May 25, 2017
- Final election counts result in no party having a majority
- Survey Notice: Teacher Mental Health and Well-Being Baseline Survey
- Teachers reminded not to participate in provincial assessment development teams
- New BCTF Task Force on Distributed Learning seeking members
- The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Educator Network is looking for members
Final election counts result in no party having a majority
After all the absentee ballots were counted this week, no party could gain enough seats to form a majority government. Over the next week, British Columbians will hear from all three parties about their attempts to form a governing coalition or other arrangement. Regardless of how those discussions go, the Federation will be pushing to ensure education remains a top priority for all the parties in the Legislature. Funding, resources, support for students, childcare, and implementation of the restored language all must remain priorities for all parties.
One way teachers can help is to share the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative's latest Vancouver Sun op-ed that pushes back against the Fraser Institute's ongoing calls to cut public services and reduce taxes on the wealthy. Please read, share, and retweet this important work. The parties are negotiating right now what a new provincial budget could look like.
Survey Notice: Teacher Mental Health and Well-Being Baseline Survey
The BCTF has chosen a randomized sample of members to participate in the first ever baseline survey conducted in British Columbia on public school teachers' mental health and well-being perspectives, experiences, and needs. The anonymous and confidential survey will be distributed by email shortly and we would greatly appreciate approximately 15-20 minutes of your time to complete. We thank you in advance and look forward to providing you with the full results in the coming months.
Teachers reminded not to participate in provincial assessment development teams
A reminder that the BCTF is not participating in the development or piloting of Ministry provincial assessments at this time. As members have been advised, due to the ongoing misuse of school and student data, BCTF members will not be reinstated on the assessment development teams. This affects any revisions to the FSAs, as well as the development and piloting of the Grad Literacy and Numeracy Assessments in both French and English. Therefore, the Federation reminds members that they should not be participating in Ministry led provincial assessment committees or the piloting of these provincial assessments.
New BCTF Task Force on Distributed Learning seeking members
The Executive Committee has approved the creation of a Task Force on Distributed Learning (DL) to provide research and proposals for issues around DL, including the workload of teachers and preparation for the next round of bargaining. The task force will be made up of six members, five whom teach in a district Distributed Learning program or school, and one teacher in a face-to-face teaching situation. Please review the posting and apply by June 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. using the online curriculum vitae form.
The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Educator Network is looking for members
The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Educator Network enables educators to meet, share resources, co-design programs, and collectively overcome SOGI obstacles within and across districts. Interested in becoming a SOGI Champion at your school? Applications for SOGI School Leads for the 2017-18 school year are now being accepted. School Leads raise awareness of SOGI within their schools by sharing, implementing, and developing SOGI-inclusive practices and initiatives.