K-12 Education Review


Click here to read the Society’s position on seven current issues. 

Send a written submission

One way in which you can participate in the public consultation for the K-12 Education Review is by providing a written submission to the Commission. A written submission is an excellent opportunity to get your voice on the record about the realities of Manitoba’s classrooms and the challenges you face in your specific school or division as well as offer recommendations on ways to improve our public education system.

To ensure the Commission considers your submission, please include:

  • Your name and contact information; and
  • References for any supporting documentation referred to in your submission.

Submissions may be sent to:

Fax: 204-945-0221

Manitoba’s Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education
470 – 800 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3G 0N4

The deadline for receipt of written submissions is May 30, 2019.

The K-12 education review will be led by a nine-member Commission tasked with proposing a “renewed vision” for kindergarten-to-Grade 12 education and making “bold recommendations to ignite change” within existing systems and programs that will inspire excellence in teaching and learning.

What will be the focus of the Review?

  1. Long-term vision: What should the goals and purpose of K-12 education be in a rapidly changing world?
  2. Student learning: What are the conditions required to achieve excellence in student achievement and outcomes in Manitoba?
  3. Teaching: How can teachers and school leaders become more effective?
  4. Accountability for student learning:How can the education system develop a stronger sense of shared accountability for student learning?
  5. Governance: What type of governance structures are needed to create a coordinated and relevant education system?
  6. Funding: What actions are required to ensure that the education system is sustainable and provides equitable learning opportunities for all children and youth?

Who are the Commissioners?

Manitoba’s Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education includes Ian Wishart, legislative assistant to the minister of education and training, who will lead public consultation and stakeholder engagement. The eight other commissioners are:  

Dr. Janice MacKinnon (co-chair) served as a Saskatchewan cabinet minister from 1991 to 2001.

Clayton Manness (co-chair) was a member of the legislative assembly for Morris from 1981 to 1995, and served as minister of finance, minister of education and training and government house leader.

Terry Brown is an owner and partner of Legacy Bowes Group and the past chair of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Frison is president and chief executive officer of Assiniboine Community College.

John Daniel (JD) Lees is a former science teacher at Steinbach Regional Secondary School.

Jill Quilty is a lawyer with Law North Law Corporation and served as a member of the Truth and Reconciliation Academic Working Group, the Ad Hoc Response Committee for Gender Discrimination and the Indigenous, Black and Mi’kmaq Standing Committee.

Laurel Repski served as vice-president (human resources, sustainability and audit) at the University of Winnipeg from 2006 to 2018.

Denis Robert is a retired principal with 32 years’ experience in Manitoba schools. He spent the final 23 years of his career at Collège Béliveau, one of Canada’s first French immersion schools.

How can Manitobans participate?

All Manitobans are encouraged to participate in the consultation process, which will run from February to May 2019. You can participate by attending a public meeting, submitting a written report or filling out the online survey.

MTS will participate as a stakeholder but it is especially important that teachers from across the province take the time to add their voice to this review.

The Commission will also seek input from students.

What is the Timeline?

  • February – May 2019: Online engagement and public and stakeholder meetings
  • June 2019 – January 2020: Analysis and formulation of recommendations
  • February 2020: Recommendations to the Minister of Education and Training
  • March 2020: Public release
  • October 2020: Provincial election

For more information about the review visit www.edu.gov.mb.ca/educationreview/.

How will The Manitoba Teachers’ Society participate?

The Manitoba Teachers’ Society will be intensely involved in the Education Review, and will speak up at every opportunity and in every forum available.

We will encourage and support local associations who wish to do the same – and we’ll guarantee that staff will attend every public meeting.

Count on us to keep you current on the dates and venues of public and stakeholder meetings, share the most recent developments through email and social media and the Manitoba Teacher.

We want you to know the issues and be able to communicate our position so that our collective voice cannot be ignored.

Media Round Up: Education Funding Announcement and K-12 Review

There has been a flurry of media activity leading to both the Education Review and Funding Announcements.

Click here to access all of it including the MTS President’s comments.