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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.

Implementation of the Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGCs) is compulsory in Elementary Cycle Three for the 2017-2018 academic school year, and in Secondary Cycle One in 2018-2019.

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 et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES), Direction du soutien au réseau éducatif anglophone (DSREA) and funded by MEES 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, the ACGC Regional Resource, or LEARN.

The table of ACGC content for Elementary Cycle Three is located in the "ACGC MEES Resources" section below.

CQSB Planning Template

This planning template was created by Jill Robinson, CQSB and shared September 2018. Download 

ACGC Learning Situations—Elementary Cycle Three

The following ACGC learning situations have been developed in collaboration between the school boards and Gisella Scalia, ACGC Regional Resource for the English education community. Unless otherwise indicated, the following are working documents. These learning situations are the property of the indicated school boards. 

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

 

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

You affect others but they also have an effect on you!  (ELA) Commission scolaire de la Capitale 

    Planning Synthesis     Teacher's Guide     Student Booklet

 

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

Students at Work! (ELA) Lester B. Pearson School Board

     Planning Synthesis     Teacher's Guide     Student Booklet

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.

 

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

Secondary School, What's up with that? (ELA Grade 6)  (New Frontiers School Board) 

     Planning Synthesis     Teacher's Guide     Student Booklet

 

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

Career Day: What  jobs do people do where I live? Let us explore and discover together! (ELA) Lester B. Pearson School Board 

     Planning Synthesis     Teacher's Guide     Student Booklet

ACGC Professional Learning

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. Download

MEES Meetings for Board Resource Team Members: Secondary Cycle One Implementation (2018-2019)

Members of your board's ACGC resource team will be attending ministry meetings on October 3 & 10, 2018, regarding ACGC implentation in Secondary Cycle One.

For more information, contact Marsha.Gouett.

GOAL Network / ACGC Community of Practice (CoP) Meeting Dates (2019-2020)

Meeting #5: Thursday, May 7, 2020. 

Meeting #4: Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Meeting #3: Friday, December 6, 2019.

Meeting #2: Friday, November 1, 2019.

Meeting #1: Friday, September 27, 2019. Time. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Place: New Frontiers School Board, 214 Rue McLeod, Châteauguay, QC J6J 2H4

Ministry ACGC Training Sessions

March 14, 2019 (in English) for English private schools and school boards:
The session will be held on Thursday, , at the U of Sherbrooke building near the Longueuil metro. You will receive all the relevant information from the Ministry COSP team in the coming days. Save the date! 

MEES VIA Meetings on ACGC (COSP) for Board Resource Teams (2017-2018)

30 January, 2019 COSP Ministry team's province-wide VIA meeting.

VIA meetings were held on the following dates:  1, 2, and May 16, 2018, to discuss various elements of ACGC implementation.

MEES 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 version is available. Download 

For more information, contact Marsha.Gouett.

Webinar (Veilleux/Doyle)

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

Visit GOAL

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

ACGC Curated Resources

Curated resources are resources that have not been created by members of the Québec education community, but have been vetted as useful tools for teachers.

As curated resources become available, they will be grouped according to content item.

 

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

HiHo VideosIn the following videos, children meet a fire-fighter, a veterinarian, and an opera singer. The children interview the professionals who describe their occupations in child-friendly terms. Teachers may utilize the following models to facilitate explicit instruction for the learning strategy “to develop.” Students may utilize these videos to develop examples of descriptions of various occupations. 

Kids Meet a Veterinarian Go to site 
Sherry, wearing vet scrubs, defines what a veterinarian does, different tools used, as well as some procedures. She describes helping various animals that were ill, needed medical attention, or emergencies. She states why she became a veterinarian, what she enjoys most, and what she enjoys least within her job. She states the educational requirements in order to become a veterinarian, the cost required to attend school, as well as the salary earned.

Kids Meet an Opera Singer Go to site 
Angel, wearing an opera dress, demonstrates what an opera singer does by performing some musical notes. She states why she became an opera singer, at what age she knew she wanted to become a singer, at what age she began working toward her dream, and the educational path she took. She names some of the countries in which she has performed, and the languages she speaks and understands, especially Italian. She mentions how she feels before every performance.

Kids Meet a Fire Fighter Go to site 
Anna, in her fire fighter gear, describes what a fire fighter does, and demonstrates some tools, such as pick head ax and hose. She states why she enjoys being a fire fighter and mentions the number of schools attended in order to become a fire fighter. She also describes the physical requirements. She describes a 24 hour work day and what happens during a shift.

ACGC MEES 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.

Implementation Schedule

2017-2018: Implementation of the ACGCs compulsory in Elementary Cycle Three.
2018-2019: Implementation of the ACGCs compulsory in Secondary Cycle One.
2019-2020: Implementation of the ACGCs compulsory in Secondary Cycle Two.

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 Documents

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 

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

 MEES, ACGC file, working document, May 15, 2018 version. Four cognitive strategies that foster knowledge acquisition. Download 

Analysis Grid – Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGC)

Eight criteria to select, enhance or plan activities, actions, or learning situations that enable students to learn what is set out in the ACGC. Go to page 

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  

Other Resources on VIBE

How To Ensure Students Are Actively Engaged and Not Just Compliant By Katrina Schwartz Dec 9, 2016 Download 

Pedagogical Tools – Book Web

  • 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 

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.