The world of education is changing and students at Surrey Christian and Holy Cross Regional Schools will benefit from innovative concepts being put into practice by teachers and administrators.

At Surrey Christian School, a project will deepen students, parents and teachers understanding and appreciation of the First People’s Principles of Learning as they transition to the new curriculum and continue designing personalized learning experiences for students.

Holy Cross Regional High School will run a gradeless assessment and reporting program in select Grade 8 and 9 classes. Through this program, students will not receive percentages or grades; instead learning is reported four times a year using a standards-based report card to communicate their level of understanding and provide suggestions to help students move forward with their learning.

“Students are growing-up in a rapidly changing world of information and these projects represent a truly innovative approach to teaching and learning,” said Surrey-Panorama MLA Marvin Hunt.

These are two of the first 17 initiatives receiving support through the K-12 Innovation Partnership program.

The K-12 Innovation Partnership gives public and independent schools the opportunity – and support – to explore new programs and practices to help students and teachers succeed. The selected projects complement the new K-12 curriculum being phased in over the next three years and focus on:

  • Enhanced hands-on, project-based learning
  • Supports for vulnerable and/or at-risk students
  • Aboriginal learning
  • Science and technology, and
  • Reporting and assessment practices.

The 17 projects from throughout the province were selected by the Innovation Partnership Working Group (IPWG), a collaboration of education partners including the BC Teachers’ Federation, BC Schools Superintendents Association, BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association, the Federation of Independent School Associations of BC and the Ministry of Education.

Each project will receive $8,000 in financial support for teacher release time, research, and project expenses, plus there will be opportunities for project teams to collaborate with colleagues and explore how these innovative concepts could be adopted by other school districts.

A second intake for the Innovation Partnership will be announced later this fall, and schools are encouraged to continue to submit proposals for consideration.