October 5, 2016
- Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status
- Solidarity with 28,000 suspended teachers in Turkey
- Teachers needed to evaluate learning resources
- BCTF Conference for New Teachers, New TTOCs, and Student Teachers
- Support the Chew on This campaign to help end poverty in Canada
Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status
Across the world today, teachers and communities are celebrating World Teachers' Day. It's an opportunity to thank and recognize teachers for all the work they do in classrooms and communities every single day of the year to help learners of all ages.
The theme of World Teachers' Day this year is “Valuing teachers, improving their status” and marks the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation on the Status of Teachers. The Recommendation, adopted in 1966, was developed with BCTF participation and has essentially served as a charter of rights for teachers worldwide. We celebrate World Teachers' Day on October 5 because that was the signing date for this significant declaration of rights.
Solidarity with 28,000 suspended teachers in Turkey
Today in Ottawa, to mark World Teachers' Day, the Canadian Teachers' Federation and the Canadian Association of University Teachers are hosting a rally in solidarity with 28,000 suspended and fired Turkish teachers. The rally, to be held across the street from the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, aims to secure a meeting with the Turkish Ambassador to present him with a formal letter, urging the government to reinstate the tens of thousands of educators and public sector workers who have been dismissed since the failed coup on July 15, 2016. Follow the Canadian Teachers' Federation on Twitter for updates on the rally.
Teachers needed to evaluate learning resources
The BC Teachers' Federation is seeking 134 members to evaluate learning resources for ERAC, an association of BC public school districts, independent schools, and the Territory of the Yukon working together on the evaluation, selection, access, and deployment of digital and print learning resources. In order to support ongoing evaluations, ERAC maintains teams of experienced and trained evaluators proficient in the use of technology at all grade levels, in all subject and course areas, for resources in both English and French. Learn more and apply for the ERAC learning resource evaluator positions online. The deadline for applications is Monday, October 31, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.
BCTF Conference for New Teachers, New TTOCs, and Student Teachers
The 19th annual BCTF Conference for New Teachers, New TTOCs, and Student Teachers will be held on February 24-25, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in Richmond. The conference is an excellent and engaging professional development and networking opportunity designed specifically for teachers and teachers teaching on call in their first five years of teaching. Student teachers are also encouraged to attend. Information on registration will be available soon. In the meantime, the call for workshop proposals is closes Monday, October 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m..
Support the Chew on This campaign to help end poverty in Canada
On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
, October 17, the national antipoverty advocacy group, Dignity for All
, is hosting its annual Chew on This
campaign. Dignity for All is mounting a postcard campaign asking the federal government to implement a national anti-poverty plan along with paper bags with the Chew on This
logo. Local organizers fill these bags with snacks or lunches to hand out to the public at rallies across the country. To see Dignity for All's Antipoverty Plan and join or organize an event in your community, visit the Chew on This webpage