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October 11, 2017

  1. Trustees speak out against misuse of FSAs, call for change
  2. Recruitment and retention stories in the news
  3. Resources available to help teachers learn about sexual orientation and gender identity education
  4. Opportunities for members

Trustees speak out against misuse of FSAs, call for change

Although the FSAs are still going ahead this fall, momentum is building to end the practice of releasing the data to outside groups like the Fraser Institute who misuse the data. President of the BC School Trustees Association, Gordon Swan, has sent a letter to the Minister of Education, Rob Fleming, asking the government to protect school and student data to prevent the harmful ranking of schools. He wrote, “the unnecessary and unwarranted damage to schools must be stopped as soon as possible.” The letter was also featured in a Global News story.

Remember to share the BCTF's letter to parents asking them to withdraw their Grade 4 and Grade 7 children from these standardized tests. 

Recruitment and retention stories in the news

emptyFor weeks, the BC media has been covering the BCTF's ongoing concern about a shortage of specialist teachers and teachers teaching on call. The Federation is especially concerned that districts are unprepared for the coming cold and flu season. Here are some stories you can share online to help put pressure on the employers' association and government to act on developing a robust recruitment and retention strategy.

 

 Glen Hansman on the Simi Sara show - CKNW
Flu season and teacher shortage could create havoc - Richmond News
Teacher shortages, flu season causing concerns in Prince George - My Prince George Now
Lack of substitute teachers has Sooke superintendent filling in - CTV Vancouver Island
Flu season could cause chaos in Maple Ridge classrooms - Maple Ridge News

Resources available to help teachers learn about sexual orientation and gender identity education

sogiToday, October 11, is “national coming out day.” Marking this day is meant to encourage discussion and conversations about equality, equity, and inclusion for LGBTQ folks in our communities. The BCTF is part of a network called SOGI 123 that is working to equip educators of all backgrounds and experiences with tools and resources to support LGBTQ students and to create more inclusive school environments for all students. The SOGI group has produced a series of professional development modules, some as short as five minutes, to help teachers further their own learning and understanding. These learning resources will help teachers move their conversations from the “why” to the “how” of SOGI-inclusive education. 

Opportunities for members

Internal Mediation Service-The BCTF has an opening within the Federation's Internal Mediation Service network. Members in the service work with colleagues around the province to resolve workplace conflicts. Learn more about the current opening and how to apply online.

Labour conference in Chicago-The BCTF is accepting applications for one member who is in their first five years of teaching and/or who identifies as Aboriginal and/or as a racialized worker to be sponsored to attend the 2018 Labour Notes conference in Chicago. The conference is one of the world's largest gatherings of grassroots union activists. Please fill out and submit this online form to apply.

UC Berkley Summer Institute on Union Women-The BCTF will be sponsoring two members to attend this year's Summer Institute on Union Women at the University of California Berkley Labour Center in July 2018. The delegation will include at least one member in their first five years of teaching and at least one member who identifies as Aboriginal and/or a racialized worker. Please fill out and submit this online form to apply.


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