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Ministry of Education Climate Change Focus Groups  

The BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) is seeking BCTF members selected will represent the BCTF on one of two focus groups:

Grade Range       Number of BCTF representatives
K–7 10
8–12 10

In addition to public school teachers, the Ministry may appoint educators from independent schools to this project. These team members will not be appointed by the BCTF.  

Context

Throughout BC, people are experiencing the effects of climate change—from increasing wildfires, changes to ecosystems and loss of species to more frequent flooding, longer summer droughts, and heatwaves. The Ministry of Education acknowledges that K–12 education has a central role to play in helping individuals, families, and communities understand climate impacts, identify actions to prepare and adapt, and build climate resilience. BC’s redesigned curriculum is well positioned to support climate education. However, further work is required to empower BC teachers to integrate climate change, adaptation, and Indigenous epistemologies into classroom instruction; this includes ensuring BC teachers can access reliable, appropriate, and effective learning resources to support their students in becoming the next generation of changemakers.  

General information

In a preliminary step to support this work, the Ministry of Education and the BC Climate Action Secretariat are looking for K–7 and 8–12 teachers to participate in a pathfinding, inquiry-driven conversation about the future of climate preparedness and climate adaptation education in BC. There is a distinct need for Indigenous educators and teachers with an interest or background in science education.   

In these sessions, participants will discuss how BC’s curriculum currently supports climate change education, explore possible lines of inquiry to enhance the curriculum, share existing learning resources and identify opportunities for further resource development, and gather recommendations on how to best proceed with future phases of engagement.    

Meeting logistics

The total time commitment is four hours, with one hour of preparation work in advance of a three-hour virtual session. The sessions will be scheduled as follows:  

Ministry Climate Change Focus Groups
Date Time Grade Level Location
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. K–7 Online
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 8–12

The Ministry of Education will either provide a leave of absence request or will remunerate participants directly at a rate of $150 (for four hours of work) if the meeting falls outside your teaching hours (e.g. during spring break).  

Selection criteria

  • active BCTF membership status
  • awareness of the role and responsibilities of representing the BCTF and the teaching profession, including the ability to work collaboratively in a co-constructive team environment and meet deadlines
  • knowledge of the Know-Do-Understand (KDU) provincial curriculum model and of the current redesigned curriculum at the appropriate grade level
  • current active teaching assignment in a related subject area
  • a variety of educators, from classroom teachers to career program teachers and school counsellors
  • balance of diversity—gender, Aboriginal, regional representation, etc., will be sought.  

In addition, successful applicants must commit to being available for the meeting times outlines above:

To apply

Complete the appropriate CV form here

Email your application to applications@bctf.ca

Direct enquiries to:
Grahame Rainey, BC Teachers’ Federation, grainey@bctf.ca
604-871-1845 or 1-800-663-9163, local 1845  

Deadline for application:
Monday, March 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.
(late applications will not be accepted)

Because the BCTF has an affirmative action policy, applicants may wish to provide, on a voluntary basis, information as to whether they self-identify as a member of one or more equity-seeking groups. This includes women, racialized persons, Aboriginal persons, persons who are trans, gender diverse or Two Spirit, persons with a disability, and persons who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual.

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