August 31, 2016
- Opportunities for BCTF members
- Call for abstracts—teacher voices wanted at public health conference
- Another successful Summer Conference and Facilitators’ Institute
- New report shows the extent of underfunding in BC
Opportunities for BCTF members
The Federation currently has openings for three important upcoming initiatives. Visit the BCTF's opportunities for members page to learn more and apply.
Committee vacancies - Members are encouraged to apply by September 9, 2016 for the G.A. Fergusson Memorial Award Trustees committee, the Teacher Magazine Advisory Board, and the W.R. Long International Solidarity Fund committee. Visit the opportunities for members page to learn more about each one.
ERAC Learning Resource Evaluators - The Federation is seeking four elementary and four secondary teacher-librarians (plus alternates) to serve as Education Resource Acquisition Consortium (ERAC) resource evaluators. This is a three-year commitment and will be associated with a project that ERAC will begin in October 2016. Visit our postings page to learn more and apply.
Student Mental Health Summit - The Federation is seeking 20 members to participate in a one-day summit on student mental health on Thursday, September 29, 2016. The purpose of the summit is to allow members to identify complex issues facing students living with a wide-scope of mental health issues. The day will provide an opportunity to hear what supports are in schools now, what members need, and what the BCTF can do to support members and students. Information about how to apply is on the opportunities for members page.
Call for abstracts—teacher voices wanted at public health conference
Each year, the Public Health Association of BC organizes a conference that engages a different sector. This year, the conference's theme “Strengthening Healthy Development: Education and Public Health in Partnership” is focused on collaborative dialogue between public health and education professionals. The Public Health Association of BC, in partnership with the BCTF, is inviting all members to consider registering as a participant or submitting a proposal to the call for abstracts. To learn more about the conference, its sub themes, and how to attend or present, visit the conference's website.
Another successful Summer Conference and Facilitators’ Institute
From August 20-26, 2016, hundreds of BCTF members once again took over the Thompson Rivers University campus for the Federation's annual summer leadership and facilitators training conferences. Highlights this year included workshops on infusing Aboriginal content into the curriculum and Women in Negotiations (WIN). The latter is a key part of the Federation's commitment to conducting training in the areas of equity and inclusion. The WIN workshop trained a whole new group of women on negotiation tactics, grievance work, and how to support more women in getting involved in the collective bargaining process.
New report shows the extent of underfunding in BC
On August 24, 2016, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a report that outlines the real story behind BC's education funding crisis. The report clearly shows how the government's claims that funding for public education is at “record levels” are false.
Follow the report's author, Alex Hemingway, on Twitter https://twitter.com/1alexhemingway to get more of his analyses on finance and public services.