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On Friday, October 24, teachers from across BC will attend professional development conferences organized by their peers and colleagues.

“Every year, at annual professional development conferences, hundreds of teachers enhance their skills and renew their dedication to education,” BC Teachers’ Federation President Irene Lanzinger said. “Within the BCTF, we have 33 provincial specialist associations dedicated to sharing new ideas and professional development. This year’s conferences will feature workshops ranging from sustainability in our schools to indigenous languages and the latest information technologies available to teachers.”

The provincial specialist associations of the BCTF will host a wide variety of volunteer-driven events that provide teachers with the opportunity to learn new teaching strategies and enhance their professional practice. Below are some examples of programs teachers will be involved in during this professional development day and weekend. For a complete listing of conferences and workshops, see:  http://bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/PSAs/PSAConfBrochure.pdf.

Art (BCATA), Salt Spring Island. The annual conference will be held at Gulf Islands Secondary School. Robert Bateman, well-known artist and spokesman for many environmental issues, will be speaking at 8:00 p.m., Thursday at ArtSpring Islands Center. Many hands-on workshops, including presentations by local artists, studio tours, and performances, will be held. For more information, visit www.ArtfulEye2008.com.

Environmental Educators (EEPSA), Vancouver. The fall conference in partnership with Science World and Metro Vancouver, “Inspiring Sustainability in BC Schools: Enabling Student Leadership & Community Connected Learning in Action,” with keynote speakers, Karsten Heuer and Keith Pattinson, Science World. For more information, visit www.bctf.ca/eepsa.

Primary (BCPTA), Abbotsford. “Primary Leadership” conference will be held at the Abbotsford Collegiate Secondary & Abbey Arts Centre. Friday program keynote speaker: Regie Routman, teacher and author of “Reading Essentials.” A wide range of topics will be presented by classroom teachers and speakers in demand Kim Sutton, Brenda Boylan, and more.

Social Studies (BCSSTA), Coquitlam. “Agents for Change!” Thirty workshops including: Ministry of Education, CBC/Radio archives, UNICEF Canada, BC Civil Liberties Association, Open School BC, Munro Communications, Law Courts education, Royal Canadian Legion, Begbie Contest Society, Historical, Local Government Management Association, BC’s Citizens’ Assembly, Amnesty International, and BC Students’ Assembly.

Educators Against Racism (EAR), Kitimat. Conference will be held at Mount Elizabeth Secondary School.
Teacher-Librarians (BCTLA), Victoria. “Mission Literacy: Teachers and Teacher-Librarians Not-So-Secret Agents of Change Spectrum” held at the Community School. For more information and a detailed list of presenters, visit www.sd61.bc.ca/gvtla.

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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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