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March 1, 2017

  1. Parent groups speak on education funding
  2. Sign up for Student Vote
  3. New BCFED election ad for the “Nintendo Generation”
  4. Adult Education Writing Contest
  5. Survey on teachers’ use of digital assessment and reporting
  6. Opportunities for Members

Parent groups speak on education funding

panIn response to last week's provincial budget, the Parent Advocacy Network for Public Education (PAN) released a public statement saying, “Budget 2017 does not redress the current deficiencies in our public education system nor does it provide the adequate, predictable, and sustainable funding necessary to ensure a quality equitable education for all children.” Read the group's full statement.

Earlier in the month PAN, along with eight other parent and advocacy groups, released their Declaration in Defence of Public Education demanding the government properly fund public education in order to fulfill their responsibilities laid out in the BC School Act and the BC Statement of Education Policy Order. The groups are also calling for a 20% increase to the K-12 public education annual operational funding to “redress all of the current deficiencies and fully prioritize and revitalize our education system to ensure an equitable quality education for all children.”

Thank you parents for your advocacy!

Sign up for Student Vote

student voteWith a provincial election coming up in May, now is the time to start thinking about registering with Student Vote to get your class engaged in the civic process. Historically, BC teachers have had one of the highest participation rates in the country for Student Vote and this election is a great opportunity to keep that momentum up. Read, print, and share this handout that talks about the benefits of Student Vote from the perspective of teachers and students. Let's do our part to help build civic engagement in our schools and communities!

New BCFED election ad for the “Nintendo Generation”

bcfedadThe provincial election season is starting to ramp up with the arrival of a new BC Federation of Labour ad that is a funny but hard hitting take on Christy Clark's record as Premier. For those of you who spent hours in your youth playing on a Nintendo, you'll love the classic Super Mario feel. “Photo op power up!”. Check out and share the ad from Facebook or YouTube

Adult Education Writing Contest

writingcontestThe BCTF Adult Education Advisory Committee has launched a writing contest, with prizes, for all students and former students of continuing education. The goal of the contest is to collect stories that can help raise awareness of the value of adult education in our school districts and the cuts that are putting it at risk. Learn more about the rules and prizes by downloading this form

Survey on teachers’ use of digital assessment and reporting

Please complete the BCTF survey on teachers' use of digital assessment and reporting tools in public schools in BC. In an era of increasing reliance on digital and social media, the Federation has developed a survey to explore teachers' experiences of these tools for student assessment and reporting to parents. We want to learn more about how these tools have impacted your workload, assessment practices, and communications with students and parents. 

Opportunities for Members

The Federation's Committee for Action on Social Justice has vacancies. The committee makes recommendations to the BCTF Executive Committee on social justice issues, creates resources for teachers and locals, assists locals and zones in developing general social justice programs and projects, and works on developing links with other unions and community groups. Learn more and apply online.  

Ministry of Education Committee-The Federation is seeking teachers to be BCTF representatives to write an Annual Instructional Plan template. The focus for this work is for English Language Learners teachers. The Ministry has increased the BCTF representative positions to eight, so we have extended the deadline to Wednesday March 15, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Learn more about the positions and apply online.   

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