Core Competencies

in brief:

Communication, Thinking and Personal Social Competencies

  • are expected to be integrated across subject areas.
  • are not formally assessed ‘by the teacher’ in the same way as curricular content and competencies but are essential skills that underlie all teaching and learning.
  • Resources to support implementation, including a video series, are available on the BC Ministry of Ed website. There is also a PDF file to support assessment. 
  • Profiles exist to support understanding where your students lie with respect to the competencies (these are not ‘grade or age level’ profiles but descriptors of students as they progress to increasingly sophisticated stages of competency)
    • An analogy from a PD session that may help you understand the profiles: A ‘Profile 1’ in Personal Social (Social Responsibility) might show an individual just beginning to develop recognition outside of self; a ‘Profile 8’ illustration might describe someone akin to “Ghandi”
    • “I Can” statements [Link Broken] can help in planning to integrate the core competencies into learning experiences.

Teachers are expected to support students in developing and self-assessing their growth. This often involves self-assessments as pre-, during- and post-teaching opportunities and are often embedded in self-assessment rubrics, proficiency scales, reflective writing and in performance assessment.

There is a wonderful group of educators who come together annually at the BC Core Competencies Ed Camp in January and on Twitter (@EdCampBCCC) to share resources. They are worth a follow!

Teachers and Support teachers in School Districts are also developing their own sets of resources; many of which are shared freely online. Here are only a few:


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