We offer education that enable students to reach the Quebec education standards while also maintaining a focus on the Cree way of life.
In 2010, the CSB leadership embarked on a mandate to develop a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum (GVC) to serve as a primary school improvement goal and vehicle to increase academic success for our students. The GVC was a key response to the CSB Council of Commissioners' goal of an annual increase in the graduation rate, as well as the goal that all students read, write, and perform mathematics at grade level.
The GVC was designed to promote high expectations, high quality of instruction and high academic success board-wide for all students.
Since 2010, project managers, researchers, writers, teachers, consultants, and subject matter experts, have been involved in the development and evolution of what is currently our GVC 'living' document in math, science, and the three languages, in both the elementary and the secondary panel. Included are learning targets, second-language approaches, Cree language and culture themes and resources, and indigenous books and resources, with a focus on best instructional practices. GVC development has focused on the Cree student and has maintained rigor and alignment to student outcomes.
The Cree School Board Land-Based Education model supports students in naturally experiencing the Cree way of life while providing them with high-quality learning opportunities. The Land-Based Project is complementary to the Cree Culture classes, as it incorporates the Cree way of life with grade-level learning targets in core academic subjects and the social-emotional domain.
The current role of the Land-Based Education Team is to offer support to Pre-K to Grade 3 teachers in creating and implementing the project to their students. This support is provided through workshops, blog posts, lesson plans, individual teacher meetings, and other resources. The Land-Based project is part of the Cree School Board’s initiative in putting the Cree language, Cree culture and the Cree way of life.