Catholic division looking at skills for future

The Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division will hold a session looking at the necessary skills for the 21st century learner in Red Deer Catholic schools.

The Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division will hold a session looking at the necessary skills for the 21st century learner in Red Deer Catholic schools.

It’s the first time they’ll hold a public forum of this nature to help in the board’s planning for the future. The public school district has been holding town hall meetings to help with planning for more than a decade.

Board chair Christine Moore said the Catholic board felt it would be a good exercise. She said they hope to have it as an annual event.

“The board really is interested in engaging the public as much as they can,” said Paulette Hanna, superintendent of the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division. “This is the beginning of that.”

Moore said the public needs to know how education is changing and how research shows the different ways that children learn.

She said engagement is crucial to student success and it can be different for every child.

She said technology is only a small part of the picture, which includes a focus on fine arts and creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The forum is set for April 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas School at 3821 39th St.

Information collected at the forum will help to finalize adjustments to the division’s three-year plan, which is expected to be finalized in June.

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