October 26, 2016
- BCTF table officers provide an update education reporting changes
- Media columnists take on private school funding
- Apply for up to $2,000 for social justice project in your school
- BCTF 100 Best Books list popping up in book store displays
- Nominations open for prestigious BCTF awards
BCTF table officers provide an update education reporting changes
The BCTF's three full-time table officers, Glen Hansman, Teri Mooring, and Clint Johnston, held a webinar on October 18, 2016 to help BC teachers catch up on recent changes to BC's reporting orders. The Federation's representatives took questions from teachers and also provided an update on their advocacy work to get the government to provide adequate time and new funding to support the entire system as it shifts to the revised curriculum and new reporting requirements. The webinar has been archived on YouTube and is available to watch at any time.
The Ministry of Education has also posted a document that discusses some of the K‒9 reporting guidelines and addresses some common Q and As.
For updates as they happen on all other curriculum changes and issues, be sure to visit the BCTF's curriculum page.
Media columnists take on private school funding
When the government announced $1 million in new funding for students with special needs just for 15 private schools, the move was strongly criticized by the BCTF and parent groups as unfair, elitist, and a step back from inclusion. Since then, some media outlets and columnists have taken on the debate.
In the Vancouver Sun over the weekend, columnist Pete McMartin says, “this is egalitarian Canada, so why should private schools get public money?” In his piece, McMartin takes a strong stance against private school funding. In particular, he calls public funding to the most elite private schools “obscene.”
Katie Hyslop's piece in The Tyee takes an in-depth look at debate on support for special needs kids in public system and features comments from BCTF President Glen Hansman and parent activists.
Apply for up to $2,000 for social justice project in your school
Do you have an idea for an activity in your school or classroom that promotes socially responsible teaching in an inclusive, safe, and healthy environment? The Ed May Social Responsibility Fund provides up to $2,000 for teachers to implement projects focused on promoting social justice in areas such as violence-prevention, antiracism, antipoverty, gender-equity, global education, environmental justice, sexual orientation, gender identity, and peace. For an application form and examples of past Ed May projects, visit the Grants and Funds page on the BCTF Social Justice web pages. The application deadline is November 23, 2016.
BCTF 100 Best Books list popping up in book store displays
The tremendous popularity of the Federation's 100 Best Books posters and website continues to inspire readers three months after the launch. In Williams Lake, The Open Book is just one of the many independent bookstores and libraries that have requested additional copies. Their main display now features our posters and the books listed. We know many other stores and libraries have done the same. Thanks again to all the teachers who submitted suggestions and helped with this successful initiative!
Nominations open for prestigious BCTF awards
Nominations are now open for a series of awards presented at the BCTF's Annual General Meeting. Under Opportunities for Members under Awards there are calls for nominations for the Bob Rosen Social Justice Award and the Stewart Schon Award, both have deadlines of January 31, 2017. The other call for nominations is for the G.A. Fergusson Award and Honorary Life Membership with a deadline of February 10, 2017.
The G.A. Fergusson Award is awarded annually to a BCTF member (or former member) who has made an outstanding contribution to public education. Nominations are also open for Honorary Life Memberships.
The Bob Rosen Social Justice Award be granted to a member or honorary associate member who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution in working for systemic change on issues of social justice.
The Stewart Schon Award is granted to a member or honorary associate member who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the health and safety of BCTF members.