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April 12, 2017

  1. Teachers need to be part of this provincial election
  2. Sign up for Student Vote to get youth engaged too!
  3. New report on professional learning highlights BC teachers’ leadership
  4. Employment Opportunities at the BCTF
  5. The Syrian refugee crisis is promoting a surge in privatization

Teachers need to be part of this provincial election

adThe provincial election campaign has officially started. That means third parties like the BCTF, other unions, and business groups are now limited in how they can advertise. Now, more than ever, we need teachers to get more involved and engaged to ensure education issues stay top of mind when British Columbians vote on May 9. Here are some easy ways to get involved and make a difference.

Social Media-While the BCTF's ads will no longer be running on television, we can keep them front and centre on social media. Please share our Facebook and YouTube ads with your social media networks. If you're on Twitter, remember to use one or more relevant hashtags like #bced, #fundBCschools, #bcpoli, or #bcelxn17.

Volunteer-Campaigns are won and lost by folks on the ground working in local offices. Consider spending some time working for a candidate in your community who is committed to supporting public education and our schools. You can also reach out to your local teachers' association to find out what activities and events they have planned.

Donate-Campaigns require people power, but also the support individual donations provide. If you can't volunteer, consider giving to a local candidate who teachers can trust to put the interests of our schools and our students first. 

Sign up for Student Vote to get youth engaged too!

svStudent Vote allows students to experience the voting process themselves and build habits of active and engaged citizenship. Students learn about government and the electoral process, as well as the current election issues, parties, and candidates through classroom learning, campaign activities, media consumption, and family dialogue.

On Student Vote Day, students act as election officials and co-ordinate a vote for the candidates running in their school's electoral district. Teachers can register online to receive activity guides, campaign posters, electoral district maps, ballots, and ballot boxes. This is a free, high-quality, non-partisan learning resource.

New report on professional learning highlights BC teachers’ leadership

The State of Educators' Professional Learning in British Columbia (2017), a comprehensive overview of BC's professional learning landscape and culture, is now available through Learning Forward's website. The report is the culmination of a two-year effort, anchored by the BCTF Research Department, to document the province's professional learning landscape and culture-including the professional development experiences of public school teachers. The British Columbia Education Collaborative (BCEC), a group of eight educational organizations including the BCTF, won Learning Forward's 2016 Learning Design Award for the study's vision and content, as it “focuses on adult learning and the importance of embedding attention to learning theories, research, and models.” 

Employment Opportunities at the BCTF

The BCTF currently has two full-time continuing job postings open for members. They are Assistant Director, Aboriginal Education and Assistant Director, Pensions and Group Benefits. Both positions start September 1, 2017. You can learn more about the postings and apply online

 

The Syrian refugee crisis is promoting a surge in privatization

syrianEducation International has released a deeply concerning report about the crisis in Syria and its impact on the education community. In Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon combined, 900,000 Syrian children have no access to education. This has triggered a flood of aid offers from the private sector, the size and intention of which is explored in the report, Investing in the Crisis: Private participation in the education of Syrian refugees. The study explores the complex inter-relationship between conflict and private sector participation and raises serious questions about the growing role of corporate actors and the ethical tensions between humanitarian and profit motivations to engage in this crisis.