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August 18, 2016

  1. The Ministry of Education has posted important curriculum updates
  2. BCTF seeking members for three important committees
  3. Government announces new $15 million “Student Transportation Fund”
  4. BCTF welcomed back into the Canadian Teachers’ Federation

The Ministry of Education has posted important curriculum updates

As we approach the back-to-school season, the Ministry of Education has posted a series of updates to its curriculum website as well as changes to reporting orders. Teachers can now read updated proposals for the revised Grades 10-12 curriculum, as well as the finalized versions of the K-9 curriculum online. There are also a series of new instructional samples  ready for viewing. The Ministry's new policy statement explains the rationale and guidelines. The various updated reporting orders are also listed below.

Educational Program Guide Order

Graduation Program Order

Provincial Examinations Order

Required Areas of Study in an Educational Program Order

Student Progress Report Order

More information outlining the changes and Q and A will be released by the Ministry in the weeks ahead.

Thank you again to the hundreds of members involved in the curriculum revision teams. The Federation continues to advocate for additional supports, new funding for in-service and teaching resources, and the time teachers need for successful implementation.

BCTF seeking members for three important committees

The Federation currently has openings on three important committees. Visit the BCTF's opportunities for members page to learn more about each committee and the application procedures. The deadline for applications for all three committees is September 9, 2016. The committees with vacancies are:

G.A. Fergusson Memorial Award Trustees. One, three-year term is open for the committee that examines nominations for the G.A. Fergusson Memorial Award, and selects the recipient.

Teacher Magazine Advisory Board. One, three-year term is available for the board that participates in the planning and review of Teacher magazine, the Federation's flagship publication.

W.R. Long International Solidarity Fund. One, three-year term is open for the committee that promotes international understanding and raises member awareness of BCTF participation in international projects.

Government announces new $15 million “Student Transportation Fund”

Earlier in August, the provincial government once again responded to mounting criticism of the impacts of its underfunding by announcing a new transportation fund to help districts cover the costs of busing students. This announcement was a direct result of the advocacy from outspoken teachers, parents, and community leaders who were critical of moves to charge families hundreds of dollars to bus their children to school. 

This move is another in a stream of small funding announcements that show the BC Liberal government is feeling the pressure from parent, teacher, support staff, and community advocacy. We all welcome these announcements and encourage the government to do more, like increasing the overall operating grants. With a $700 million surplus, we know the provincial government has a lot of room to make a more significant commitment to resolving the underfunding crisis facing BC schools.

BCTF welcomed back into the Canadian Teachers’ Federation

BCTF ChrisIn July, our three Full-Time Table Officers Glen Hansman, Teri Mooring, and Clint Johnston led the BCTF's delegation to the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) Annual General Meeting where delegates unanimously approved the Federation's return as a CTF member. As part of the CTF again, BCTF members are now part of a national alliance of provincial and territorial teacher organizations that represent nearly 200,000 elementary and secondary school teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International. Read the full news release from CTF President Heather Smith to learn more about the BCTF rejoining this important national organization.


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