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Professional and Social Issues Workshops Program

Introduction

The BCTF has a proud history of supporting members and locals with workshops and training. Workshops are led by classroom teachers (facilitators) with special expertise and training.

Workshops are available for school staffs, districts, locals, parent groups, and conferences/PD days.

Special requests: Sometimes schools, locals, or regions need a workshop or study session that is not covered by our current list of workshops. BCTF facilitators are often able to adapt and extend services to meet these needs.

Further, locals and/or schools that are geographically adjacent may wish to co-sponsor BCTF workshops together. Jenny Garrels, the workshop co-ordinator, will work with locals and schools in the organization and logistics of co-sponsored workshops. Sessions meeting BCTF workshop criteria and budget guidelines will be fully funded by the BCTF. Cost-sharing with school districts and agencies is also negotiable.

If you have an idea, special circumstance, or request, please contact Jenny Garrels at 604-871-1871, or 1-800-663-9163, local 1871, or jgarrels@bctf.ca.

Examples of special request workshops

  • classroom demonstrations 
  • onsite school district and local training to build local capacity 
  • presentations to parent advisory councils 
  • introduction to regional teacher inquiry or action research groups, examining teaching practice, and curriculum questions 
  • social justice associates, linking with community coalitions to sponsor regional/local social issues events.

Booking criteria for workshops

  • booked through the Professional and Social Issues Division 
  • facilitated by BCTF facilitators who are classroom teachers 
  • require at least three weeks’ advance notice 
  • for groups of 15 to 30 (special circumstances and small schools exempted) 
  • for intact teacher groups, school staffs, etc.

Preference is given to workshops that are three to five hours in length. Some workshops cannot be presented in less than five hours.

Workshops require no honorarium as the BCTF covers the costs for the facilitator. The organizing local or school is responsible for facilities and supplies.  

Criteria for PD days or conferences

  • no more than five BCTF-led workshops may be presented on a PD day 
  • preregistration is preferred, with cancellation two weeks in advance if the workshop is undersubscribed 
  • minimum length of the workshops is two to three hours each 
  • a few workshops are five hours in length.

Booking a workshop 

All PSI workshops must be booked through the BCTF Professional and Social Issues Division (PSID) and must be made at least three weeks prior to the date of training. Contact the BCTF Professional and Social Issues Department (PSID), Ashley Gurat at 604-871-1857 or 1-800-663-9163, local 1857, to book Professional and Social Issues (PSI) workshops.

Give at least three weeks’ notice so that PSI facilitators, who are teachers or local officers with busy schedules, have adequate time to prepare materials and arrange travel. 

Workshop Request Online Submission
To book a workshop, use the “Book this workshop” link below the selected workshop description. Select “Professional and Social Issues” from the program type list and click “Go.” Fill in the form and submit. Upon submission, your workshop request will be sent to the BCTF and you will receive an email confirmation of its receipt. 

A detailed, confirmation email will be sent to you when a facilitator has been arranged.

 

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