students at a table talking Student Engagement and Well-Being

Respond to diverse life experiences, engage students, promote well-being, support successful transitions, and leverage inter-sectoral partnerships

These actions respond to the Report of the Commission on K to 12 Education and system learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Student Advisory Council Complete

Action: Establish a Student Advisory Council to provide advice and perspectives to the Minister, as part of the development of a broader student engagement framework.

What's New : Over the 2021/22 term, Student Advisory Council members met nine times to discuss and provide input on various topics, which helped to inform several of Manitoba’s K to 12 Education Action Plan priority items. Topics included mental health and well-being, curriculum and assessment, the action plan, poverty and education, student presence and attendance, suspension and exclusionary practice policy, and the funding review model.

The final meeting for the 2021/22 Student Advisory Council was held August 30–31. It included a youth speaker, discussions on the report, and reflections on the 2021/22 council term. On August 31, council members visited the Legislature where they went on a tour and met with Minister Ewasko. The council presented its first annual Report of the Student Advisory Council (pdf document 1.8 MB), and Minister Ewasko answered student questions and concerns regarding education. After the meeting, members discussed ideas for innovation in education and their hopes for the 2022/23 council.

On August 16, 2022, the Manitoba government announced and welcomed new and returning members to the 2022/23 Student Advisory Council. The first meeting of the 2022/23 council was held on September 27, 2022.

More Information: Student Advisory Council

Elders and Knowledge Keepers in Schools Initiative Complete

Action: Launch an Elders and Knowledge Keepers in Schools Initiative in schools across Manitoba, with the program expanding in the 2022/23 school year to more schools.

What's New: On January 24, 2023, on the International Day of Education, Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning released The Elders and Knowledge Keepers in Schools Initiative Symposium – What We Heard, 2022.

More Information: Elders and Knowledge Keepers in Schools Initiative

Poverty and Education Task Force Underway

Action: Establish a Poverty and Education Task Force to identify actions to remove barriers to participation and engagement in learning.

What's New: Over the last 14 months the Task Force on Poverty and Education has engaged more than 2,000 youth, community members and stakeholders through surveys, virtual and in-person sessions. The Task Force collaborated with an Indigenous-led consultant firm to ensure consultations respected and included Indigenous communities and voices. The Task Force has also collaborated with several government departments on a variety of issues related to poverty and education. A highlight was providing advice to the Province on the implementation of free menstrual products in schools initiatives, which resulted in an agreement to have 3.3 million products donated annually over the next three years.

More Information: Poverty and Education Task Force

Mental Health in Schools Strategy Underway

Action: Collaborate with Manitoba Mental Health and Community Wellness to launch a mental health in schools strategy, focused on the 5Ts: talking, training, teaching, tools, and taking care.

What's New:

  • Promoted mental health for the 2022/23 Teachers' Idea Fund, with $3.2 million invested this year for 38 new projects that support mental health and well-being of students and staff.
  • Continued financial support for core mental health programs, including the Care for All in Education Initiative, Sources of Strength, and Safe Talk, as well as an expanded partnership with the Manitoba Rural Learning Consortium to offer professional learning on trauma-informed practices for rural and northern school staff.

More Information: Mental Health in Schools Strategy

Provincial Remote Learning Strategy Underway

Action: Develop a provincial remote learning strategy, including an online high school, to enhance access to programming and learning across the province.

What's New: Work, is well underway on the development of a Provincial Remote Learning Strategy that leverages the Manitoba Remote Learning Framework and the Manitoba Education Standards for Remote Learning. There is a role for remote learning, building on the innovations and the learnings from the past two years, and the Province plans to launch a province-wide online high school for the 2023/24 school year.

In consultation with education stakeholders, the department has been researching Manitoba’s remote learning needs and requirements. The stakeholder consultations are focused on how the school should be operated, the funding and governance model, and overall approaches to learning.

More Information: Provincial Remote Learning Strategy

Provincial Attendance Policy and Action Plan Underway

Action: Implement a provincial attendance policy and an action plan to support student engagement and presence.

What's New: Using contributions from the Attendance Task Force and stakeholder engagements, a provincial attendance policy directive and an attendance strategy have been developed.

Created a new School and Community Support Unit to coordinate the directive and strategy, with the conclusion of the Task Force.

More Information: Provincial Attendance Policy and Action Plan

Interdepartmental Protocols Future Actions

Action: In partnership with Manitoba Families, review interdepartmental protocols to guide student and school transitions.

Needs Assessment and Program Review Future Actions

Action: Undertake a needs assessment and program review for STEAM skills, technical-vocational learning experiences, and apprenticeship to explore equitable access for all students, including opportunities in French and throughout rural, remote, and First Nations communities.

Career Education Resources Future Actions

Action: Enhance student access to and utilization of career education resources and current labour market information.

Expanding Access to the Arts Future Actions

Action: Explore inter-sectoral approaches to expand access to the arts, including music, visual arts, dance, drama, and other value-added community activities.

Sharing High-Level Student Data with First Nations Future Actions

Action: Collaborate with First Nations to explore options for sharing high-level student data to strengthen mobility between federal and provincial education systems.

Enhancing Access to the Adult Education System Future Actions

Action: Work with Manitoba Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration to develop a strategic plan to enhance access to the adult education system to provide adult learners with essential skills and educational upgrades.