Faculty of Education hosts webinar series on Bill 64
The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Education is hosting a webinar series discussing the proposed changes to Manitoba’s education system. The series will see educational experts from across the province provide academic and research perspectives on Bill 64 and the accompanying action plan.
Earlier this year, the Government of Manitoba introduced Bill 64, the Education Modernization Act. If passed in the legislature, this bill would drastically reshape the structure and organization of the public school system in Manitoba. The proposed bill would see the elimination of local school boards and amalgamate all 37 school divisions into one singular body. At the same time, the Government released its action plan Better Education Starts Today, in response to the recommendations in the recently released report by the Commission on K-12 Education. The changes proposed in Bill 64 and in the action plan would impact all public kindergarten to Grade 12 schools in the province.
“This government-proposed changes have the ability to drastically change the face of the education system in our province,” says Dr. Thomas Falkenberg, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Education. “As educators and academics, we’re going to provide a research and scholarship-based analysis of the proposed changes.”
The Proposed K-12 Education Reform: What does it mean? What does it matter? Part 1: School System Organization, Leadership, and Purpose will be held on June 10 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm and feature Dr. Jon Young, Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Education, Thomas Falkenberg, Acting Dean and Professor of Education from UM and Dr. Jacqueline Kirk, Chair of Leadership & Education Administration Department in the Faculty of Education at Brandon University. Visit the event page to register.
The Proposed K-12 Education Reform: What does it mean? What does it matter? Part 2: Policy, Inclusion and Indigenous Achievement will be one week later on June 17 from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Attendees will hear from Dr. Jeannie Kerr, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, and Dr. Lesley Eblie Trudel, Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Education from the University of Winnipeg and Dr. Frank Deer, Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor of Education from UM. Visit the June 17 event page to register.
The events are open to the public and will have a question-and-answer period.
More webinars will follow in the coming weeks and months.