December 6, 2017
- Speak out against gender-based violence
- Feeling drained? New resources available to help BCTF members
- Bring Human Rights Day into the classroom with new lesson plans and resources
- Learn how to upgrade your position on salary scale
Speak out against gender-based violence
Every December 6, we pause to remember the 14 women who were killed for being women at the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique massacre. They were Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz. Now, more than ever, is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. We all need to speak out against gender-based violence and call out sexist or misogynistic language when we hear it. Visit the BCTF Status of Women web pages for resources to support teachers in this role and information about organizations that support people in becoming allies in the campaign to end violence against women and girls.
Feeling drained? New resources available to help BCTF members
Starling Minds, in partnership with the BCTF, has created a new series of online tools, called Regulation Essentials, to help BCTF members with their health and well-being. The tools will help members learn how to manage the intensity of their emotions, handle pressure, and make better decisions. Regulation Essentials teaches cognitive behavioural therapy strategies to improve the ability to relax and manage stress throughout the day. This can help members improve their resilience and confidence in the long term. Log in to Starling, click the “library” from the top menu and browse the course selection to take the Regulation Essentials course. As a BCTF member, it's available to you to use anywhere and anytime you want, for free. The Starling minds program guaranties confidentiality.
Bring Human Rights Day into the classroom with new lesson plans and resources
December 10 is #HumanRightsDay and the Canadian Teachers' Federation has developed some new learning resources to help teachers bring these important concepts into the classroom this month. The Speak Truth to Power Canada project includes free lesson plans and activities to teach students about human rights from 12 Canadian human rights defenders. These lesson plans are easily integrated into the teaching of language arts, health, social sciences, creative arts, and other subject areas.
Learn how to upgrade your position on salary scale
The Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) has updated some policies that may mean some members are eligible to upgrade their position on the salary scale. Alternatively, the changes may help other members choose to take additional studies to upgrade their TQS salary category. Any member who believes they qualify for an upgrade should contact the TQS. Members can review the TQS Category Requirements page at any time to see the various pathways to salary upgrading.