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January 24, 2018

  1. Integrate strategies into your daily life to manage your stress with Starling
  2. Registration open for the 2018 New Teachers’ Conference
  3. Remembering the January 29, 2017 mosque shooting in Quebec
  4. Golden Star Awards to give $1,500 to six school programs—Applications open
  5. Opportunity for Members: BCTF Assistance Society

Integrate strategies into your daily life to manage your stress with Starling

sAs part of the Federation's partnership with Starling, the BCTF is pleased to offer all teachers teaching on call (TTOC) access to a five-day mental fitness challenge for stress management that starts on January 29, 2018. BCTF members who are not TTOCs can still access the full Starling program to improve their mental wellness and resiliency. This challenge focuses on making small changes throughout the day that will lead to big differences in your level of stress by the end of the day.

Members can sign up to the challenge or access the other programs at any time by signing in to your Starling account. You can find the challenge on your “My Starling” page or on the “Challenges” page.

These programs are free to BCTF members.

Registration open for the 2018 New Teachers’ Conference

Registration for the BCTF's 2018 New Teachers' Conference is now open! The conference, from March 2-3, 2018 in Richmond, includes two renowned keynote speakers, a session of round tables with BCTF staff, a panel of new teachers from rural areas in BC, and 33 workshops covering a wide variety of educational topics such as Aboriginal education, social justice, special education, French education, science, and math. This is an excellent opportunity to network, collect new teaching resources, and learn from other colleagues. 

Remembering the January 29, 2017 mosque shooting in Quebec

It's been one year since the deadly mass shooting in a Quebec mosque shocked Canadians and inspired many solidarity rallies across the country. A new campaign, www.rememberJan29.com/https://souvenezvous29jan.com/, has been launched online to encourage Canadians to post on the website or social media about where they were on January 29, 2017, and how they felt when they first heard the news. The campaign encourages Canadians to reflect on what that moment means to us now and how we can stand up against Islamophobia in our communities. Use #RememberJan29 or #SouvenezVous29Jan on Twitter or post directly to the campaign's Facebook page

Golden Star Awards to give $1,500 to six school programs—Applications open

BCRTAThe BC Retired Teachers' Association is accepting applications for its Golden Star Awards that
recognize established school programs in the public system that have, as the focus, the interaction of BC students with seniors. Programs that feature intergenerational projects, whether at the classroom, department, school, district, or community level, that have been in operation for a minimum of one full school year are eligible for award consideration. The $1,500 prizes are to be used to enhance the programs. Learn more about the application requirements online

Opportunity for Members: BCTF Assistance Society

There are currently six vacancies for directors (one-year terms) of the BCTF Assistance Society. The society provides emergency financial aid to members who are, or have been, active members of the BCTF and to their spouses. Assistance is given in the form of loans or grants. The deadline to apply is February 20, 2018. Learn more and apply online


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