January 11, 2017
- Answering your questions on the implementation of our restored language
- Your 100th anniversary issue of Teacher is in the mail!
- New plaque to honour the BCTF’s accomplishments over the last century
- Opportunities for Members: BCTF job posting and committee vacancies
- Our students don’t need FSAs
Answering your questions on the implementation of our restored language
After last week's announcement of the $50 million interim agreement to immediately hire 1,100 new teachers while discussions on full implementation continue, the Federation sent all members more detailed information in an email from President Glen Hansman. Please remember to go through this document to get answers to a series of important questions. Last week's Memorandum of Agreement was just the first step. There is a lot more to come and the Federation needs your help to get it done. Here is the video of last week's press conference.
Your 100th anniversary issue of Teacher is in the mail!
With a look back to the early days of teaching, including a story of getting the strap in Grade 1, this special issue celebrates the past 100 years of the BCTF. It has inside stories and wise words from our past leaders, provides colourful spreads illustrating our bargaining sagas, tracks our impressive social justice accomplishments over time, and brings home the value of our pensions by putting us in the shoes of a teacher who, after 43 years of teaching, discovers her board has decided she doesn't deserve a pension.
This issue will make every teacher proud. Can't wait for the mail? Read it online.
New plaque to honour the BCTF’s accomplishments over the last century
It was a full house at the BCTF on January 4, 2017 as Past-Presidents, active and retired teachers, staff, and other labour leaders gathered to recognize the 100th anniversary of the BCTF's founding meeting. To honour the milestone, the BC Labour Heritage Centre dedicated a new bronze plaque that will be installed at the former site of the King Edward High School in Vancouver where the founding meeting of the BCTF was held on January 4, 1917. Learn more about the event and the plaque from the BC Labour Heritage Centre. You can also dive deep into the Federation's history with our new online museum.
Opportunities for Members: BCTF job posting and committee vacancies
Job posting: The BCTF is currently looking to fill a term position (11 months) for an Assistant Director in our Communications and Campaigns Division. In addition to various internal communications responsibilities, the position is also the Editor of our flagship magazine. Visit the employment opportunities page or simply download the specific posting for more information. The deadline to apply is this Friday, January 13, 2017.
Committee vacancies: The BCTF is currently seeking members to serve as Annual General Meeting Ombudspersons, sit on the W.R. Long International Solidarity Fund Committee, and serve as Directors of the BCTF Assistance Society. Please go to the Opportunities for Members page to learn more.
Our students don’t need FSAs
The Foundation Skills Assessment tests (FSAs) for Grade 4 and 7 students are again scheduled to take place in January and February. Teachers continue to oppose these tests for sound educational reasons. We know that they do not provide useful information for our professional practice, are not accurate indicators of individual progress, and the data is misused to create unscientific school rankings.
As in past years, Grade 4 and 7 teachers will send BCTF materials to parents so that they can make an informed decision on whether to request that their children be excused from writing the tests. Districts have been notified by the provincial employer that both the “Request that your child be excused from the FSA” letter and the accompanying “Parents Should Know: FSA tests are not useful” brochure can be sent home in sealed envelopes with students.
Teachers believe that parents should be able to decide on the participation of their children in activities that are not part of the curriculum. Some school districts have sent letters indicating that they will honour the rights of parents to choose whether their children write the tests.
Visit our FSA page for more useful information for both teachers and parents.