August 18, 2016
- The Ministry of Education has posted important curriculum updates
- BCTF seeking members for three important committees
- Government announces new $15 million “Student Transportation Fund”
- 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
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:
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”
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
In 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.