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Board Advocacy

The school board is an advocate for public education and for the local school system. In this capacity, the school board consults with its constituents and shares information with MLAs and government – as an​ individual​ board – and collectively through the Alberta School Board Association. School boards advocate for students.​​​

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Focus on Modernizing CB​E Schools

How does the CBE plan f​​or new schools and modernized spaces?

Each year, school boards subm​it a plan to Alberta Education that identifies the top priorities for new schools and major modernizations. Our priorities are identified by considering census data, educational need, community demographics, school enrolment, transportation times and the overall economic and growth outlook for Calgary. Alberta Education receives about 400 capital requests annually from school boards across the province, but only a small number are funded.

Modernizing CBE Schools

In the 2023-26 Capital Plan, there is a greater focus on modernization requests rather than new schools. More than half of our schools are over 50 years old and require upgrades to ensure that students are learning in modern environments that offer opportunities in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses. Opening new schools is exciting and necessary, but modernizations breathe new life into our existing schools.

On March 4, 2022, the province announced that it would build the CBE’s top priority, a middle school in the community of Evanston. That means our current Year One priorities are now:

​​​New school requests Modernization requests​ ​City Quadrant
​​​​​​​There are no additional new school requests ​in Year One of the 2023-26 Capital Plan. ​John G. Diefenbaker ​NW
​Annie Gale School NE​
A.E. Cross School​ SW​
Sir John A. Macdonald School​ ​NW

School Capital Plan - Focus on Modernizations​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Curriculum Advocacy – Ensuring Success for K-6 Learners

The Calgary Board of Education shares the government's​ goal of providing a quality curriculum that prepares students for future success. To be successful in post-secondary education and the world of work, learners need to be engaged, critical thinkers and creative problem solvers.

In alignment with concerns we have heard from our community, the CBE has been clear that we support the goal of strengthening the curriculum to prepare students for the future. The CBE provided specific and detailed feedback on concerns for timing, design, and content directly to the provincial government, through the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) and College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS).  

Concerns remain regarding design and content, as well as the timing of implementation due to the challenges of the pandemic, which is why we have advocated for a full implementation delay.  The Board will also continue to advocate for ongoing structured feedback opportunities to strengthen curriculum design and content for Grades 4-6.  

Alberta Education mandates curriculum. We would like to thank CBE administration, teachers and staff as they work hard to prepare for the implementation of Mathematics and English Language Arts and Literacy curriculum for K-3, as well as Physical Education and Wellness curriculum for K-6.  Teachers are experts in designing learning that meets the needs of students now and in the future. The Board of Trustees has full confidence in the ability of the CBE to provide quality education for all students.

Ensuring Success for K-6 Learners​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​






 Contact Us

​Office of the Board of Trustees

t | 403-817-7933

 

 Budget 2022-23

For more information about the 2022-23 budget, please visit: cbe.ab.ca/budget. You can provide feedback here. You can also contact your trustee at boardoftrustees@cbe.ab.ca.    ​

 Contact Your MLA

​We encourage you to share any concerns you may have with your MLA Find your MLA using the Legislative Assembly of Alberta​ tool. ​​

 Governance Policies

The Board’s advocacy activities are directed by Board policies:

  • Governance Policy 3.2 states that the Board advocates for the organization and the students it serves.
  • Governance Policy 3.3 states that the Board will Initiate and maintain constructive two-way dialogue with students, employees, parents and the citizens as a means to engage all stakeholders in the work of the Board and the organization.
 
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