of Education Climate Change Focus Groups
Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) is seeking
BCTF members selected will
represent the BCTF on one of two focus groups:
Number of BCTF representatives
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
Climate Change Focus Groups
March 30, 2021
p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
March 31, 2021
p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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).
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
active teaching assignment in a related subject area
- a variety of
educators, from classroom teachers to career program teachers and school
- balance of diversity—gender,
Aboriginal, regional representation, etc., will be sought.
addition, successful applicants must commit to being available for the meeting
times outlines above:
Complete the appropriate CV
Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
Grahame Rainey, BC Teachers’
604-871-1845 or 1-800-663-9163,
15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (late
applications will not be accepted)
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
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.