September 15, 2016
- Applications open for the BCTF’s Teacher Inquiry Grants
- Government takes action on making all schools safer for LGBTQ students
- BCTF seeking members for BCTF committees
- Mental health posters for middle and high school students
- Wear orange on September 30 in the spirit of reconciliation
- Teacher exchange opportunity
Applications open for the BCTF’s Teacher Inquiry Grants
As teachers work through the changes in curriculum, we are examining their practice and looking for examples of best practice. Working together, teachers can pose a question, research, and reflect along with colleagues through teacher inquiry. The BCTF will provide a matching grant of $3,500 to provide release time and a facilitator. Topics can range from curriculum, Aboriginal content, mindfulness, creating safe environments for LGBTQ students, to addressing student anxiety in schools. This year grants will also be given for topics related specifically to curriculum implementation and union issues.
Applications for the BCTF Teacher Inquiry Grants are due September 30, 2016.
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Government takes action on making all schools safer for LGBTQ students
On September 8, 2016, BCTF President Glen Hansman participated in a joint news conference with Mike Bernier, the Minister of Education, to announce the government's move to make references to sexual orientation and gender identity in all school Codes of Conduct mandatory. The changes, which also apply to all private schools, have been advocated for by teachers and other community groups for more than two decades. At the event, Glen said: “The changes being made today mean students, if they choose to, can come out or transition at any school in the province and know that the onus is on the school community to support them and protect them.” Read Glen's full statement to learn more about this important change, which comes soon after the positive changes to the BC Human Rights Code in July.
BCTF seeking members for BCTF committees
Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee
This committee advises the Executive Committee on the development and implementation of an employment-equity program for Aboriginal teachers, reviews research on the level of success of Aboriginal students, and provides advice on initiatives to enhance success for Aboriginal students.
Income Security Committee
This important committee advises the BCTF Executive Committee on policies and procedures related to the Salary Indemnity Plan and gives advice and recommendations on the Salary Indemnity Fund, including the BCTF Health and Wellness program, and the BCTF/BCSTA Group Life Insurance Plan.
Learn more about these committees, the application process, and all other vacancies on the Federation's opportunities for members page.
Mental health posters for middle and high school students
The Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Abuse Collaborative, which the BCTF has been part of, has released a series of downloadable posters to help middle and high school students learn about the common signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression. The posters also provide strategies to cope with stress and find support.
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Wear orange on September 30 in the spirit of reconciliation
On September 30, 2016, teachers and school communities are encouraged to participate in Orange Shirt Day an opportunity for schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. The organizers created Orange Shirt Day as a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, in the spring of 2013, where one survivor told her story about “having her shiny new orange shirt taken away” on her first day of school at the Mission. Organizers hope the event will be an opportunity to keep the discussion on the legacy of residential schools and the need for reconciliation moving forward.
Teacher exchange opportunity
The world is your classroom! Live and teach (including your family) in another country for a year while remaining employed and paid by your Canadian board and retaining seniority and benefits. Find out more information at one of the upcoming information sessions being sponsored by the BC Exchange Teachers' Association and the Canadian Education Exchange Foundation.
Lower Mainland-Saturday, October 15, Cloverdale Recreation Centre, 176th Street, Surrey at 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
North Vancouver Island-Saturday, November 5, Comox Recreation Centre, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
For further information contact BC Exchange Teachers' Association President Rick Mulholland at firstname.lastname@example.org.