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Academic and Career Guidance Content is specific learning content for students from Elementary Cycle Three to Secondary Cycle Two. These content items and their accompanying Expected Student Learning Outcomes address three broad themes: self-knowledge, knowledge of the world of school, and knowledge of the world of work.

The Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGCs) is fully implemented in Elementary Cycle Three , Secondary Cycle One, and Secondary Cycle Two (Sec III). Due to COVID-19, implementation in Secondary Cycle Two (IV and V) has been postponed to 2021-2022.

The GOAL Post

The GOAL Post* newsletter/blog highlights exciting GOAL-related activities in schools and in the community. As well, The GOAL Post contains a wealth of information on the Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGC). Go to site

Please report any broken links immediately to the website coordinator.
For information about the ACGC please contact Marsha Gouett.

*The GOAL Post is published by the GOAL Network in collaboration with Ministère de l'Éducation du Québec (MEQ), Direction du soutien au réseau éducatif anglophone (DSREA) and funded by MEQ through the Canada-Québec Agreement on Minority-Language Education and Second-Language Instruction.

ACGC Teaching and Learning Tools

Teaching and Learning Tools are resources developed either individually by, or in collaboration between, the GOAL Network, the GOAL teaching community, the school boards, and the ACGC Regional Resource.

The tables of ACGC content are located in the "ACGC MEQ Resources" sections below.

 Continuum with Links_2021_08_18 Download 
This fillable PDF is a one-page planning tool for Elementary Cycle Three, Secondary Cycle One and Secondary Cycle Two. In all but a very few instances, there are direct links to Turnkey Materials (learning situations), Summary Sheets, and Record-Keeping Tools (graphic organizers) for every ACGC item. For planning purposes, the content items have fillable boxes for recording the level, term, and subject in which the ACGC will be addressed. Please note the date "2021_08_18." Updates will be posted until all the ACGCs have live links.

Table of content items for Elementary Cycle Three, created by CSS des Bois-Francs, featuring student-friendly graphics. Go to site 

ACGC Learning Situations

ACGC learning situations (LS) are being developed in collaboration between the school boards and Gisella Scalia, ACGC Regional Resource for the English education community. Unless otherwise indicated, they are working documents, and are the property of the indicated school boards. 

The Record-Keeping Tools are a type of graphic organizer, and their use is optional. Please read this brief introduction to this tool as it applies for all the content items. The link to each tool is placed below with its corresponding content item. Go to site 

Below are Learning Situations and Record Keeping Tools for each ACGC item. Resources for each LS will include: Planning Synthesis, Teacher's Guide, and Student Booklet.

Template for Writing Learning Situations
This template is intended as a support to those involved in writing learning situations for ACGC at both the elementary and secondary levels. Go to site 

Québec Education Program Summary Table
This table lists the subject-specific competencies in all programs at the elementary level. It is a very handy reference tool if you wish to create a learning situation where the ACGC is infused into a specific subject. Click the link, then click Summary Table, the first item in the box. Go to site 

1. INTERESTS AND APTITUDES: Produce a description of himself/herself in terms of interests and aptitudes

Learning Situation: Learning More About Myself - Who Am I? – English Language Arts or Ethics and Religious Culture, Elementary Cycle Three, Grade 5 or 6
(Lester B. Pearson SB, Riverside SB, English Montreal SB)

Planning Synthesis   Teacher's Guide   Student Booklet PDF   Student Booklet Word

Record-Keeping Tool ("Graphic Organizer"): Go to site  Word PDF

2. SOCIAL INFLUENCES: Select examples where his/her attitudes, behaviour or values are influenced by others, and examples where he/she influences others

Learning SituationYou affect others but they also have an effect on you!

Planning Synthesis   Teacher's Guide   Student Booklet PDF   Student Booklet Word

Record-Keeping Tool ("Graphic Organizer"): Go to site  Word PDF

3. STUDENT DUTIES AND WORK METHODS: Compare the work methods and duties of a student with those observed in the world of work

Learning SituationStudents at Work – English Language Arts, Grade 6
(Lester B. Pearson School Board)

Planning Synthesis   Teacher's Guide   Student Bookle PDF   Student Booklet Word

Record-Keeping Tool ("Graphic Organizer"): Go to site  Word PDF

4. STRENGTHS IN THE PROCESS OF TRANSITION: Select various personal characteristics that will be useful in preparing for the transition from elementary school to secondary school

 Learning SituationA Celebration Pole of Strengths – Visual Arts, Grade 6
(CSS de la Capitale, des Découvreurs, Portneuf and des Premières seigneuries)
*Translated and adapted by the English education community in Quebec

Planning Synthesis   Teacher's Guide   Student Booklet PDF   Student Booklet Word

Stories the Totems Tell

Record-Keeping Tool ("Graphic Organizer"): Go to site  Word PDF

5. CHARACTERISTICS OF SECONDARY SCHOOL: Compare the main differences and similarities between elementary school and secondary school

Learning SituationSecondary School, What's up with that ? – English Language Arts, Gr 6
(New Frontiers School Board)

Planning Synthesis   Teacher's Guide   Student Booklet PDF   Student Booklet Word

Record-Keeping Tool ("Graphic Organizer"): Go to site  Word PDF

6. OCCUPATIONS OF PEOPLE IN HIS/HER COMMUNITY: Develop a description of the occupations of people in his/her community

Learning SituationOccupations – English Language Arts, Grade 6 
(Lester B. Pearson School Board)

Planning Synthesis   Teacher's Guide   Student Booklet PDF   Student Booklet Word

Record-Keeping Tool ("Graphic Organizer"): Go to site  Word PDF

ACGC Professional Learning

GOAL Network / ACGC Community of Practice (CoP) Meeting Dates (2021-22)

Schedule forthcoming . . . 

LCEEQ 13th Annual Conference, February 7-8, 2022

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LCEEQ Conference 2022, "The Reflective Practioner" will provide the opportunity for reflection and collegial exchange on a number of issues including: a deeper understanding of learning, how the curriculum should enhance such, the role of assessment, equity, and diversity, optimizing technology, and the importance of health and well-being for all. Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2021.Go to site

QPAT October 14 & 15, 2021

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An evening with Margaret Atwood
Preliminary list of confirmed workshops available. Check the QPAT site for further details. Go to site 

QPAT Annual Teacher's Convention 2020

Montreal: October 15-16, 2020. Deadline for workshop proposals is March 6, 2020.

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QPAT Annual Teacher's Convention 2019 presentation: What is Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGC)?

This presentation by Vicky Parsons (New Frontiers School Board) and Gisella Scalia (ACGC Regional Resource Person for the Anglophone sector) is an excellent primer which begins with the Learning Related to the ACGC (also known as "the tables"). The tables include each content item and its theme, as well as the corresponding Expected Student Learning Outcome (ESLO) and Learning Strategy. The presentation breaks down and illuminates every aspect of ACGC for teachers. Download  (Note: this is a large PDF and may take a minute to download.)

Visit GOAL

 . . . see also GOAL professional learning. Go to page

ACGC MEQ Resources

Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGC)

Contenus en orientation scolaire et professionelle (COSP)

ACGC is specific learning content for students from Elementary Cycle Three to Secondary Cycle Two. These content items and their accompanying Expected Student Learning Outcomes address three broad themes: self-knowledge, knowledge of the world of school, and knowledge of the world of work.

For more information about ACGC, contact your school board's GOAL consultant. For the latest news and updates on ACGC, see also The GOAL Post. Go to site

 ACGC Flyer for Parents

This flyer includes the ACGC "continuum" table, suggestions for parents to talk with their kids about the ACGC, and suggestions for engaging with their kids in their learning. Go to site 

ACGC Documents

The following are the official MEQ documents related to ACGC implementation.

Content Tables

ACGC content table: "Learning Related to Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGC) for Elementary Cycle Three" (with Expected Student Learning Outcomes), August 2017 - revisedNote: table marked “August 2017 - revised” is the correct one and earlier versions must not be used. Download

French version of table. Download

Continuum of Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGC)
This one-page chart lists all compulsory content items and their accompanying Expected Student Learning Outcomes (ESLO) grouped in the following columns: Elementary Cycle Three, Secondary Cycle One, Secondary Cycle Two (Sec III) and Secondary Cycle Two (Sec IV and V).  Go to site 

Resources

Summary Chart of the Learning Situations for Each Cycle (xlsx). Download 

Implementation Guide for Elementary Cycle Three Compulsory Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGC)
This comprehensive guide for Education Professionals and Administrators features all aspects of ACGC implementation. Go to site 

 Summary Sheets for the ACGC for Elementary Cycle Three. Go to site 

Educational Aims and Clarifications Regarding Compulsory Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGC) in Elementary Cycle Three. Go to page 

Six Compulsory Content Items: Aims and Explanations

AREA 1: Self-knowledge

  • INTERESTS AND APTITUDES: Produce a description of himself/herself in terms of interests and aptitudes.  Go to page 

  • SOCIAL INFLUENCES: Select examples where his/her attitudes, behaviour or values are influenced by others, and examples where he/she influences others. Go to page 

  • STUDENT DUTIES AND WORK METHODS:
    Compare the work methods and duties of a student with those observed in the world of work. Go to page 

  • STRENGTHS IN THE PROCESS OF TRANSITION: Select various personal characteristics that will be useful in preparing for the transition from elementary school to secondary school. Go to page 

AREA 2: Knowledge of the world of school

  • CHARACTERISTICS OF SECONDARY SCHOOL: Compare the main differences and similarities between elementary school and secondary school. Go to page 

AREA 3: Knowledge of the world of work

  • OCCUPATIONS OF PEOPLE IN HIS/HER COMMUNITY: Develop a description of the occupations of people in his/her community. Go to page 

Learning Strategies Associated With the ACGC for Elementary Cycle Three
MEQ, ACGC file, working document, May 15, 2018 version. Four cognitive strategies that foster knowledge acquisition. Download 

 Template for Writing Learning Situations
This template is intended as a support to those involved in writing learning situations for ACGC at both the elementary and secondary levels. Go to site 

 Lists for the Creation of Pedagogical Material
The aim of these reference lists is to support the development of instructional material related to the ACGC. The list in itself is not a pedagogical activity.

List of references-Strengths.pdf Go to site 
List of references-Perceptions, attitudes and behaviours.pdf Go to site 
List of references-Interests.pdf Go to site 
List of references-Interests and aptitudes-elementary cycle three.pdf Go to site 
List of references-Duties and work methods.pdf Go to site 
List of references-Attitudes, behaviours and value.pdf Go to site 
List of references-Aptitudes.pdf Go to site 
List of references-Values.pdf Go to site 

Ensuring a Smooth Transition from Elementary to Secondary School
This guide provides education and health and social services personnel with information so that they may analyse and improve measures aimed at meeting students' needs during their elementary to secondary transition. Download  

Pedagogical Tools – Book Webs

  • BookWEB - ACGC - Social influences Go to site 
  • Book: Albert Einstein - Template as Guide Go to site 
  • Book: Cloth Lullaby - Template as Guide Go to site 
  • Book: Mo's Mustache -Template as Guide Go to site 
  • Book: Ordinary Mary - Template as Guide Go to site 
  • Book Web : Word Documents
  • Ordinary Mary Template as Guide.docx Download 
  • Albert Einstein Template as Guide.docx Download 
  • Cloth Lullaby Template as Guide.docx Download 
  • Mo's Mustache Template as Guide.docx Download 

VIBE Platform

The "COSP" (Continus en orientation scolaire et professionnelle) are the French version of ACGC. The MEQ "COSP VIBE" is a sharing platform which houses all COSP resources currently available. For documents available in English on the VIBE platform, click on the blue tab "English" on the far right. Go to site 

 

MEQ ACGC Meetings and Training Sessions

These documents can be used for reference purposes. Some information may have been revised since the original date of publication.

 PPT Presentation of the ACGC Webinar: An Ongoing Collaboration, November 26, 2020

This is the English version of the PowerPoint of the webinar held on October 22, 2020. Download  

Implementation of Compulsory ACGC Elementary Cycle Three and Secondary Cycle One 2018-2019

Face-to-face meeting in Montréal, March 2019. Representatives of English school board resource teams and representatives of English private schools. PPT presentation Download

Introduction to Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGC)

April 2019 (translation of the PPT presentation of September 2018 VIA online meeting). Download 

MEQ Meeting for Board Resource Team Members: Elementary Cycle Three Implementation (2017-2018)

Members of your board's ACGC resource team attended ministry meetings on October 19 & 26, 2017, regarding ACGC implentation in Elementary Cycle Three. The  French PPT presentation is available. Download 

Webinar

This PowerPoint of the webinar to share some of the specifics of implementation, facilitated by Joanne Veilleux and Yvon Doyle, took place on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Download

ACGC Videos

In 2016-2017 ACGC piloting took place in at least one elementary school and one high school in every school board.

The short videos in this section feature Elementary Cycle Three teachers casually talking about their experiences piloting the ACGCs.

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(Left to right) Anna Maria Parente, Emilia Martinez, Chantal Baril, and Lynn Lacourse, Elementary Cycle 3 teachers, Leonardo da Vinci Academy, English Montreal School Board.

 

Gardenview School elementary teachers Valerie Honig (left) and Jennifer Furtado, English Montreal School Board.

 

Lester B. Pearson's Community and Spiritual Care Animator Mary Rutherford (left) and Maple Grove Elementary School teachers Roberto Espérance and Vicky Lazaris.