Today I spoke with one of the teachers previously serving on the curriculum working group for health and wellness. She says disbanding and replacing the groups so rapidly is a mistake by the Alberta government. #ableg #abed…
Teacher @JodiKuriger explained how the curriculum working groups would meet four times a year, for three intense days at a time. They were tasked with going through educational literature reviews, and studying curriculum from other jurisdictions. #abed #ableg
She said the groups didn’t review documents handed to them - they wrote some of the outcomes in the curriculum documents. And all of those outcomes had to be backed up with references to relevant research to explain their importance. #abed #ableg
She thinks it was some time in fall 2019 when the education minister came to one of the group’s meetings and said the process was on pause and wasn’t sure if or when the groups would come back. Then there was a long wait. #ableg #abed
She was dismayed by the content of some of the leaked drafts. And upset, but not surprised, when the groups were rapidly disbanded and the government asked for new nominees. #abed #ableg
"I believe that this is just a show," Harding-Kuriger says of the process of putting together the new groups. "It's a joke. This is their attempt to say that they consulted with teachers and they want to push it through quite quickly." #ableg #abed
Interestingly, even though she’s disillusioned with the process, she’s seeking nomination to return to the working groups. She has three young kids who will be learning from the new curriculum, she says. #ableg #abed
She’s also concerned about the pace of implementation and questions whether the (hopefully) tail end of a pandemic is the right time for Alberta teachers to launch into a new curriculum, new resources in all subjects at once. #abed #ableg

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19 Nov
New: the education minister will be moving some contentious curriculum review meetings with teachers online -- not in person, in Edmonton, as originally planned… #ableg #abed
LaGrange's press secretary says schools and school boards now have until Friday (tomorrow) to appoint teachers to the new curriculum working groups. Initial deadline was Tuesday (they had seven days to provide names, now it's 10). #ableg #abed
The newly online meetings have also been nudged one week later to Dec. 3 and 4. Were going to be Nov. 25 and 26. #ableg #abed
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19 Nov
New: The Alberta government has changed provincial policing standards to ban "carding," or, street checks, which disproportionately target visible minorities. #ableg
From a gov't news release: "The new rules state that officers can collect personal information from members of the public only in specific circumstances, such as asking about a crime that has taken place." #ableg
(More news release): "These interactions will be voluntary, and officers must make that clear at the outset of the interaction that citizens have no obligation to provide their personal information or answer questions." #ableg
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18 Nov
On Tuesday, on his way into the house, the health minister said the low number of contact traces prompted by Alberta’s app was a problem of scale - that more people need to download it to spark more traces #ableg… Image
Despite @CBCFletch ‘s report from software experts that the issue with the ABTraceTogether app is a universal issue with third-party apps on iOS (iPhones), Shandro insisted the Alberta app works.… #ableg Image
Shandro also said reports from a local software developer who tested whether two iphones next to each other would "see" each other when the AB app ran in the background have not been verified. #ableg Image
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17 Nov
#abed news: The Alberta government is disbanding a group of 358 teachers, academics, Indigenous and francophone experts who were reviewing the new K-12 curriculum and rapidly assembling new groups of teachers to do the work:… #ableg
This comes in the wake of some of the government's hand-picked curriculum advisers making controversial suggestions that experts say would put Alberta decades behind other jurisdictions #ableg #abed…
The former curriculum working groups were originally appointed by the former NDP government in 2016. At one point, there were more than 400 people in the groups. They had expenses reimbursed but were otherwise volunteering their time to look at specific subjects. #ableg #abed
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24 Oct
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is addressing the UCP AGM now. #ableg He says he's here to give a message of hope at a difficult time.
So far he's touched on the story of David Thompson, the first European to see the Rocky Mountains, the role of "personal responsibility" in Alberta's management of the pandemic, the Northern Lights awards for community contributions and the Alberta economic recovery plan #ableg
Sub-message to Joe Biden here, saying any American administration will have to answer to the thousands of people employed in the Keystone XL pipeline project.… Alberta invested $1.5B in it #ableg
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24 Oct
Federal conservative leader and Opposition leader Erin O'Toole will now address the UCP AGM. #ableg #cdnpoli
He's standing outside in Ottawa and the sun is shining and there is no snow and there are still leaves on trees. Grrr.
"Just another reason to hate Ottawa," O'Toole quips. #ableg
O'Toole said one of his first jobs was as a pipeline inspector with TransCanada. Alberta needs to be back in the driver's seat as we recover from the pandemic and economic downturn, he said. #ableg
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