K-12 education review

The Review

On January 23, 2019, the Manitoba government announced the appointment of a nine-member Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of the province’s K-12 education system. The mandate of the Manitoba Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education is to “carry out an independent review of the province’s K to 12 education system. Its goal will be improving outcomes for students, ensuring long-term sustainability and enhancing public confidence in our education system." Specifically, the Commission will:

  • propose a renewed vision for K to 12 education;
  • make recommendations that inspire excellence in teaching and learning, and ignite positive, progressive change in existing systems, structures and programs; and
  • look at the K to 12 system as a continuum that takes an integrated, lifelong approach to learning, with strong links between early learning, post-secondary education and labour market success.

Visit the Commission's website for additional information.

The Commission and its work

The Commission is comprised of nine members, and will be co-chaired by Dr. Janice MacKinnon and Clayton Manness. Ian Wishart, legislative assistant to the Minister of Education and Training, will lead public consultations and stakeholder engagement. A full list of Commission members and their biographies is available online.

The Commission will consult with students, parents, educators, school boards, academics, Indigenous organizations, la francophonie, municipal councils, professional organizations, the business community and members of the public from across Manitoba. The Commission will also conduct extensive research and study best practices.

Throughout the review process, the Commission will focus on:

  • A long-term vision – Given how rapidly the world is changing, what should our goals and purpose be for Kindergarten to Grade 12 education?
  • Student learning – How do we help our students achieve excellence?
  • Teaching – How can we help teachers and school leaders to achieve better outcomes?
  • Accountability for student learning – How do we develop a stronger sense of shared accountability for student learning and an understanding that every member of the education team (e.g., principals, teachers, maintenance staff, bus drivers, administration staff) has an important role to play?
  • Governance – What governance structures do we need to put in place to make our education system more relevant and better coordinated?
  • Funding – How do we ensure that our education system is sustainable, and that it provides equitable learning opportunities for students of all ages?

Getting Involved

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

Written submissions, including name and contact information of the sender, may be sent to:

Email: K12educationcommission@gov.mb.ca

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.

Dates of public consultations and the link to the online survey will be posted as they become known.

Key Dates

February - May 2019:
Online engagement and public and statekholder meetings

June 2019 - January 2020:
Analysis and formulation of recommendations

February 2020:
Recommendations for the Minister of Education and Training

March 2020:
Public release

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