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March 16, 2017

  1. Next steps on implementing the restoration agreement
  2. Education Change Bulletin: Interim Reporting Order
  3. Teaching resources for the National Day of Mourning
  4. LGBTQ-inclusive education is as simple as SOGI 1 2 3

Next steps on implementing the restoration agreement

Following last week's successful vote to ratify the agreement on implementing our restored collective agreement language, work is underway to be ready for the spring staffing process. In early April, the Federation is convening a special meeting of all Local Presidents to get everyone up-to-date information and share strategies on ensuring the smoothest implementation possible.

The BCTF continues to press the government to ensure the full costs of the agreement are fully funded as promised and that other important concerns, like recruitment and retention in rural and northern communities, are addressed.

Earlier this week the government admitted that recruitment and retention are increasing challenges for school boards and gave the BC Public School Employers' Association $2 million to help co-ordinate an initial strategy. The Federation has asked the government and employer to go even further and consider strategies like student loan forgiveness programs, housing allowances, provision of housing, increased professional development funds, and several other potential recruitment and retention tools. 

Education Change Bulletin: Interim Reporting Order

Ed change imgThe fourth of the Federation's monthly bulletins providing updates on education change is now online. This edition focuses on the Interim Student Progress Report Order that will remain in effect for the 2017-18 school year. The Ministry of Education has collected feedback on reporting from the public through online and public forums. A summary report will be published in the spring.

Members are also encouraged to participate in the BCTF's online survey about digital reporting and assessment. The BCTF would like to better understand how these tools are used and what supports should be provided.

Teaching resources for the National Day of Mourning

April 28 is the National Day of Mourning, a day set aside to recognize workers who have lost their lives to work related incidents or occupational disease. The BCTF has partnered with the BC Labour Heritage Centre, BC Federation of Labour, and WorksafeBC in the Day of Mourning in Schools Project. Schools can register and receive resources that remind students of the importance of workplace safety and their rights as workers.

For people interested in participating in community Day of Mourning ceremonies, wish to receive Day of Mourning stickers and posters, or to leave an online message in honour of a fallen worker, visit the WorksafeBC Day of Mourning website.

LGBTQ-inclusive education is as simple as SOGI 1 2 3

SOGI CardsThe BCTF is proud to be a partner of SOGI 1 2 3, a provincial campaign that shows that sexual orientation and gender identity education can be as simple as 1 2 3. “SOGI” stands for sexual orientation and gender identity. More and more folks are using it as an inclusive term, including “SOGI club” instead of “Gay Straight Alliance.” Visit SOGIeducation.org to learn more and find proven SOGI-inclusive tools in the areas of policy and procedures, inclusive environments, and curriculum resources.

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