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What is Teacher Inquiry? What are the benefits of Inquiry? What does Teacher Inquiry look like? 
This webinar answers most questions you have about Inquiry. You will also hear stories from the field, success stories on how Inquiry is helping and transforming the teaching practice, and even the being of teachers from all over the province. Once you have watched the webinar, if you are interested in the BCTF’s Teacher Inquiry program contact us. You are an email or phone call away from being part of fantastic initiatives that are designed for you.

What is the BCTF’s Teacher Inquiry program?
It is a program that provides opportunities for teachers to come together to investigate their professional learning. The projects are either school- or district-based, and the five to six meetings per year are facilitated by trained BCTF facilitators. Teacher Inquiry is a way for teachers to engage in professional development the right way. It occurs over time, is supported both financially and professionally, and allows the teacher to control her/his own learning.

Enjoy the webinar!


From left to right, Lucie Ferrari, Lily Kamarn, Amanda Wardrop, Henry Lee and Jane Turner.

Who are our new teachers?

A new teacher may be a teacher new to the profession, a beginning teacher and/or a teacher teaching on call (in the first 5 years of their career), a teacher new to a classroom assignment or having a significant change of assignment, a teacher new to teaching in BC, or a teacher returning to the profession.

Some members choose a career as a teacher teaching on call (TTOC). The Teachers Teaching on Call page provides additional information for career and transitional TTOCs.

Need information?  

Basic information: New member support 2016-2017 PDF

New teachers, please contact Lucie Ferrari at lferrari@bctf.ca , 604-871-1809 or toll-free at 1-800-663-9163 local 1809.

TTOCs, please contact Jenny Garrels at jgarrels@bctf.ca, 604-871-1871 or toll-free at 1-800-663-9163 local 1871.

BCTF Conference for New Teachers, New TTOCs, and Student Teachers / Conférence de la FECB pour nouveaux enseignants, nouveaux suppléants et maîtres-stagiaires

The 20th annual New Teachers, New TTOC’s and Student Teachers Conference will take place on March 2 and 3, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel in Richmond.

La 20e conférence annuelle pour nouveaux enseignants, nouveaux suppléants et maîtres-stagiaires aura  lieu les 2 et 3 mars 2018 à l’hôtel Radisson à Richmond.

New Teacher Mentoring Project

The New Teacher Mentoring Project, co-sponsored by the BCTF, UBC, and BCSSA, has successfully secured ongoing funding from the Ministry of Education. The aim for growth and development of the New Teacher Mentoring Project over the next five years is to develop and strengthen the quality and sustainability of mentoring programs and processes, responsive to the differing contexts and cultures of schooling throughout the province of BC.

Employment insurance

Seniority for all

Seniority for both contract teachers and TTOCs is the theme of our Seniority for all pamphlet. Contract teachers want post and fill that is based on seniority and TTOCs want seniority for call-out and to use their TTOC seniority in a meaningful way: that is to use their seniority to get a contract position.

Publications

BCTF Handbook for new teachers and TTOCs: The practice of teaching 
This handbook contains information on the history of the Federation and on a variety of practical topics, such as classroom management, reporting requirements, working with parents, and sources of help for new teachers and TTOCs.

L’exercice de l’enseignement - Manuel pour le nouveau personnel enseignant et les enseignants suppléants 
Ce manuel contient des informations sur l'histoire de la Fédération et sur une variété de sujets pratiques, tels que la gestion de classe, l’évaluation, le travail avec les parents, et les sources d'aide pour les nouveaux enseignants et suppléants.

Roles and responsibilities of teachers and teacher assistants/education assistants: a BCTF/CUPE B.C. joint paper
Endorsed by both union executives in April 2001, the paper elaborates on the roles and responsibilities of teachers and teacher assistants/education assistants who work closely with students with special needs.

Rôles et responsabilités des enseignants et des aides-enseignants  
Approuvé par les deux dirigeants syndicaux en avril 2001, le document définit les rôles et les responsabilités des enseignants et aides-enseignants/aides-éducateurs qui travaillent en étroite collaboration avec les élèves ayant des besoins particuliers. 

Members’ Guide to the BCTF
The members’ guide contains information on BCTF priorities, services, and organization, the constitution and by-laws, a compilation of BCTF policies and procedures, and information about the Federation, covering such topics as the teachers’ pension plan and BCTF history. 

The Power of Leadership PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. describes the role of the TTOC contact in locals.

BCTF Services Handbook  
The BCTF offers a wide range of workshops, programs, and services for members. The BCTF Member Services page provides members with information about the opportunities to enhance professional practice, develop leadership skills, learn together with colleagues, and advocate for students. 

Health and safety

E-mail list

The BCTF public mailing list page has many e-mail lists that you can join. Join as many as you like. The e-mail list, bctf-beginteach, is a public list for new and experienced teachers.  

Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs)

The BCTF encourages and supports 33 PSAs. As an integral part of the Federation, all BCTF members are encouraged to become members of one or more PSAs to share expertise and to gain information and experience.  

Each year, the BCTF provides a complimentary PSA membership to each new member at the induction ceremony in the member’s local.  

Each PSA is unique—its strength determined by its members and its executive. PSAs promote communication among members through journals, newsletters, conferences, workshops, websites, e-mail lists, and other activities.  

PSAs offer many conferences and workshops that are useful for new teachers. For information, go to the PSAs Online page to access PSA websites and online information.

Other resources

Teaching in British Columbia

See our Teaching in BC page for information on certification and salaries and job search resources.

Teaching resources

  • BCTF Teaching Resources page 
  • Bohstedt, Brett. (2014). A Survival Guide for New Teachers. Education Week, published August 5, 2014.
  • Learning resources from Statistics Canada PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 
  • TeachBC
    The BCTF has launched TeachBC, our new website and online database for BCTF members to share teaching resources relevant to the BC K-12 curriculum. Teachers are encouraged to help us build this resource by uploading your teaching materials, lessons, and research.
  • Teaching to Diversity
    This subsite of the BCTF website is a joint project of BCTF Research, Special Education Association, Learning Assistance Teachers' Association, and English as a Second Language Provincial Specialist Association It is designed to support educators of school aged students of all abilities with information, strategies and resources related to special education, learning assistance and ESL.