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About 700 teachers, elected to represent their colleagues across the province, will be in Victoria during spring break to help shape policy directions and bargaining strategy for the BC Teachers’ Federation over the next year.      

The BCTF’s 95th Annual General Meeting takes place at the Victoria Conference Centre from March 19–22, 2011. While most of the meeting is open to the media, some resolutions will be discussed in closed sessions. Newsworthy highlights in brief (and approximate times) include:

Saturday March 19 

7:00 p.m.    BCTF President Susan Lambert on the implications of the financial crisis on public services and rising disparity between the rich and the poor
9:00 p.m.  Election statements by candidates for president, and 1st and 2nd vice-presidents

 Sunday March 20 

9:00 a.m.    Antiracism presentation, resolutions on Aboriginal education and social justice issues
10:00 a.m. Release of new polling results on education issues and government directions
11:30 a.m.  Speech by Betsy Kippers, Vice-President of the Wisconsin Education Association Council on the struggle for free collective bargaining in Wisconsin
3:00 p.m.   Speech by BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair 
4:30 p.m.   Election statements by candidates for member-at-large on the BCTF Executive Committee

Monday March 21

9:00 a.m. 

Speech by Sir Ken Robinson, a UK-born author and professor who has received many honours for his passionate advocacy of the arts and culture in education

11:00 a.m.   

Presentation on teacher inquiry: Reclaiming control of our professional learning

12:30 p.m.  

News conference on teacher bargaining issues

Tuesday March 22 

9:00 a.m.  

Elections for BCTF Executive Committee

 A designated area in the meeting hall will be reserved for media.

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

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