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BCTF Website Content

Overview

The BCTF website has two major components -- a public website and a secure portal for members-only.

The website is very rich in content. There are thousands of pages covering a wide variety of subjects under the broad areas of education, labour, and social justice. The documents and databases accessible from our pages are organized by subject category as much as possible, and cross-referenced on appropriate pages.

All of the BCTF's regular publications are available online, including an extensive archive for research purposes.

The site includes searchable databases and a multimedia centre for audio and video files.

Target audiences

To facilitate more direct access to information, the content on the public site is targeted to three audiences— teachers, parents, and the media. Our headings across the top of the page include categories of interest to all audiences.

The secure BCTF member portal content is targeted to members and local officers. A secure login is required.

Categories

The public content is grouped under the following major categories:

Aboriginal education  —  policy, enhancement agreements, employment equity, teaching resources

About us —  governance, affiliation, member services, advisory committees, history, membership, locals, and provincial specialist associations (PSAs)

Advocacy & Action —  lobbying, coalition building, campaigns

Bargaining & Collective Agreements—  overview page linking to current bargaining information for the public. Bargaining information for members and local officers is in the member portal.

Contact us — staff contacts, Executive Committee members, local presidents, PSA officers, contacts for specific information and services

Email lists  —  list descriptions and instructions to join and leave BCTF and PSA lists

Français —  for members with French as a first or working language (FFWL); includes publications and resources

Health and Safety —  contacts, publications, workshops, Worksafe BC advocacy, advice to members

Help   —  search and browsing features, A to Z index, content overview, member portal help guide

Issues in Education — key issues relevant to public education in BC, including 21st century learning, class size and composition, testing, worklife, technology in education, inclusive education, school closures, teaching and educational leadership, Full-day Kindergarten

Links  — comprehensive list of websites in the areas of education and labour; subject specific sites included on subject-related pages

New Teachers — conference, grants, publications

News & Events — BCTF calendar of events, PD calendar, newsroom, multimedia centre. The link to register online for BCTF sponsored events is in the member portal.

Opportunities for members — awards, committee postings, PD postings, workshop facilitators' postings, staff vacancies, social justice grants and funds, teaching in BC

Parents — home and school communication, supporting your child's learning, reading, special education, learning conditions, safety, hot topics, advocacy

Professional Development — conferences and workshops, PD contacts, PSAs, Quality teaching/inquiry, teacher action research, peer support, APPLE PD bulletin

Professional responsibility — BC Teachers' Council, ethical conduct, freedom of speech

Publications — Teacher newsmagazine, newsletters and alerts, briefs and position papers, research reports, education facts

Salary & Benefits — salary grids, Salary Indemnity Plan, Teacher Pension Plan, Health and Wellness Program (formerly Rehabilitation Program), financial assistance, RRSPs, leaves, travel insurance, voluntary life insurance

Social Justice   —  action groups, grants & funds, issues (including poverty, antiracism, LGBTQ, peace and global education, environment and sustainability, status of women), programs, publications, conferences, workshops, calendar of events, publications, video resources

Teachers teaching on call — policy & procedures, job search links, publications, employment insurance, workshops, seniority for all, tax information, health and safety

Teaching resources — focus on BCTF and other Canadian resources for teachers, including lesson plans, global education resources, Aboriginal education resources, social justice resources, video resources for loan

BCTF member portal (MyBCTF.ca)

MyBCTF is a secure area on the BCTF website for BCTF members only. We refer to it as the BCTF member portal.

In the last few years, many members have asked for a secure member-only portal, more use of electronic tools, opportunities for interaction and discussion in a non-public forum, and reduced paper use. MyBCTF is a major step forward in achieving those objectives. Members can login to the portal and register for BCTF events, change their membership profile information, access content targeted to members, and participate in online discussion forums.

Finding information

The site search box and the A to Z Index  on the public site are located on the top of every web page. The Quick Links drop down list connects you directly to popular topics.

Our Help page links you to the additional tools you need to navigate easily through the site.

The search feature in the member portal enables members to search for content in the portal only or search the entire BCTF website.