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BC Initiatives and Teachers' Practices

Many BC teachers are using innovative and exciting 21st century teaching practices to engage their students in learning.  Some are also engaging in reflection and discussion about their evolving teaching approaches and about contexts which might enable or restrict their capacity to innovate.  There are two parts to this section which reflect both practices and context.  The first, 'Factors impacting teacher practices,' frames the teaching practices with discussions about approaches and contexts, while the second, 'BC initiatives and examples of teacher practices,' provides examples of the actual approaches developed.

This is an evolving page, which we hope to add to as we learn more about teachers' current innovative practices.  To submit information to be added to this section, please contact: cnaylor@bctf.ca.

[For information on the British Columbia Education Plan, click here.]

Factors impacting teacher practices

How accessible is technology?  Are exams and testing impacting teaching and learning? Building a 21st century educational system is not just about teachers working differently but is also about factors which impact teachers' ability to innovate and build appropriate learning environments for students' needs. 

BC Science Teachers Association. (2009). Science 10 provincial final exam: Provincial survey results. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

Chapman, A. (2011, February 16). Report from PSA council discussion of 21st century learning - Trends in technology theme. [Memo to BCTF Executive Committee]. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.  


BC initiatives and examples of teacher practices

BCTF. (2011). Teaching and learning in the 21st century: Teachers lead the way.

Canadian Council on Learning. (2007). 21st Century Learning Initiative (Canada) in British Columbia. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

Canadian Council on Learning. Evolving education: Learning in the 21st century. 21st Century Learning Initiative (Canada). Multimedia icon (video camera) 

Computer-Using Educators of BC (CUEBC). (2013).

de Haan, J. (2011, October 3). Errin Gregory, Gold Trail School District. Technology with Intention.  

Ekdahl, M., Farquharson, M., Robinson, J., & Turner, L. (2010). The points of inquiry: A framework for information literacy and the 21st century learner. Vancouver: British Columbia Teacher-Librarians' Association. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.   

Hyslop, K. (2011, November 15). Schools of the future, today. The Tyee.

Naylor, C., et al. (2008). 'My teaching took off sideways': The unexpected impact of SMART Boards(TM) and the emergence of a professional learning community within an elementary school. Vancouver: British Columbia Teachers' Federation. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.  

Ruralteachers.com. (2011, June 2). Growing Innovation Grants 2011 (Information about BC Ministry of Education program). [Blog post].

South Kamloops Secondary School. (2011). SKSS SIP [School Improvement Plan] 2011-2014 Collaborative Blog.

Special Education Association of BC. [Differentiated Instruction Wiki]. (2010).

BC schools designed in part for self-regulated personalized learning

Caulfeild Elementary School, West Vancouver - IDEC (Inquiry based Digitally Enhanced Community).

Frances Kelsey Secondary School, Mill Bay.

Rossland Secondary School blended learning.

Thomas Haney Secondary School, Maple Ridge.

Yale Secondary School (Abbotsford) robotics engineering program.

Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry (Victoria) - private high school


The Multiliteracy Project: A research collaboration of students, educators and researchers. Vancouver: University of British Columbia.

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