November 9, 2016
- Log in to the MyBCTF portal to order your free BCTF membership card
- Important updates on education change
- New webinar on infusing Aboriginal content
- Join over 300,000 people worldwide in signing the ATOM Project Petition
- Important notice for past or current Nanaimo teachers
Log in to the MyBCTF portal to order your free BCTF membership card
Over the decades, the Federation has issued various cards or certificates as a show of solidarity and membership. This year, the Federation has brought back this tradition to commemorate the BCTF's 100th anniversary.
By logging into the MyBCTF portal and filling out the BCTF Member Card request form, you can have one mailed to you. The card will serve as a quick reminder of your BCTF ID number that allows you access to the BCTF portal and various member services. The card may also be used at some retail outlets in your community where special offers are provided to teachers.
Important updates on education change
In addition to the Education Change Bulletin sent last week, there are several important new updates on curriculum, reporting, and assessment. With all the changes, the Federation is continuing to work hard to press on the Ministry of Education for more appropriate timelines, funding, and resources. Here's the latest:
- The BCTF has asked the Ministry of Education to push back the implementation of the Grades 10-12 curriculum documents and to have them remain in draft form only.
- The BCTF Executive Committee recently passed a motion withdrawing the Federation from participating in the development of the replacements for the FSA and provincial exams. Despite many months of work, meetings, consultations, and near consensus on the matter from partner groups, the government has still not committed to replacements that secure the data and protect student privacy.
- Federation representatives will reach out to the Ministry of Education to express teachers' ongoing concerns with the confusing changes to reporting and the lack of clear and timely information.
In many conversations with Ministry of Education staff and the Minister, BCTF Table Officers have been clear that education changes, even if they are welcome, cannot all be piled on at the same time without the necessary supports, resources, and appropriate timelines.
New webinar on infusing Aboriginal content
A new webinar featuring BCTF members and other educators discussing strategies to infuse Aboriginal content throughout the curriculum and grade levels is now available on YouTube. This professional dialogue is an excellent resource for teachers looking to learn more about ways to include Aboriginal content and perspectives in an authentic and respectful manner.
Join over 300,000 people worldwide in signing the ATOM Project Petition
The ATOM Project Petition calls upon world leaders to put a permanent end to nuclear weapons testing by endorsing and enforcing the Comprehension Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Visit the ATOM Project Website to sign the petition and learn more about current threats and potential impacts of nuclear weapons testing. This site also provides resources to help engage teachers and students in discussions around the issue of nuclear weapons.
Important notice for past or current Nanaimo teachers
The Nanaimo District Teachers' Association (NDTA) has reached a settlement agreement with the Employer (School District 68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith) regarding experience recognition for Teachers Teaching On Call (TTOCs). This is often referred to as the “two banks.”
This settlement may apply to you if:
- you were a teacher teaching on call in SD 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) from July 1, 2011 to September 2014; and
- you worked as a contract teacher; and
- you had not yet reached the top of the salary grid.
The employer has provided the NDTA with reports dated September 15, 2011 to September 15, 2014 that show increment totals for experience earned in the TTOC “bank” and the experience earned in the contract “bank” for those teachers who had not yet reached the top of the salary grid.
To verify the NDTA's information, please check your pay statements and any other information that confirms your salary scale grid placement and then contact the NDTA office at 250-756-1237 no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2016. Call or email one of the following individuals who will be able to assist you:
Shannon Iverson, NDTA First Vice-President/Grievance Officer firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Ball, NDTA President email@example.com.