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From August 18 to 21, over 500 teacher leaders will be in Kamloops for the annual BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) Summer Leadership Conference at Thompson Rivers University. Teacher leaders from across the province will network and participate in skills development workshops as well as strategic planning sessions for the important school year ahead.

“From the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island to the Okanagan, Kootenays, and the North, teachers are converging on Kamloops to build new skills and discuss critical issues facing public education,” said BCTF President Irene Lanzinger. “We are thrilled to be back in Kamloops and excited about the work delegates will accomplish over the week. At the end of the week, delegates will return to their communities and schools with new insights about how to advocate for public education and improve learning conditions for their students.

“In addition to the workshops, we have some exciting panel discussions including a presentation by renowned international social justice advocate Dr. Emmanuel Rozental,” said Lanzinger.

The official opening of Summer Conference will be Wednesday morning. Media are welcome to attend the following public events Wednesday and Thursday in the Grand Ballroom, Campus Activity Centre:

Wednesday, August 20, 2008
8:30 a.m.Official opening
Acknowledgement of Traditional Territories: Chief Shane Gottfriedson
Official welcome: BCTF President Irene Lanzinger
Plenary: Dr. Emmanuel Rozental
Thursday, August 21, 2008
9:00 a.m.Plenary: Panel discussion
3:00 p.m.Closing Plenary: Elaine Bernard, Harvard Law School
BCTF President Irene Lanzinger

Members of the media are asked to check in at the foyer of the residence at TRU. A PDF document with biographies PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. is attached.

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For more information, contact Rich Overgaard, BCTF media relations officer, at 604-871-1881 (office) or 604-340-1959 (cell).

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