November 1, 2017
- UBC launches open online course on mental health literacy
- Introducing a 4-week mental fitness challenge for TTOCs
- Opportunities for Members: Ministry of Education committees
- #Metoo rally in Vancouver to speak out against sexual violence
- November 22 is the deadline to apply for an Ed May Social Responsibility Grant
UBC launches open online course on mental health literacy
Launching this week, a massive open online course (MOOC) will be available from UBC's Teacher Education Office to anyone interested in developing mental health literacy. The course will help educators understand how to obtain and maintain good mental health, understand mental disorders and their treatments, decrease stigma, and increase help-seeking efficacy. Equipped with a complete set of resources, classroom activities, personal exercises, and other evidence-based interventions, educators can develop a better understanding about all aspects of mental health literacy for application not only to the classroom but to aspects of their own circumstances. This MOOC may be started any time from November 1 onwards.
Introducing a 4-week mental fitness challenge for TTOCs
The BCTF, together with Starling Minds, has tailored a 4-week mental fitness challenge specifically for TTOCs. The aim of the challenge is to develop mental fitness skills into lifelong healthy habits. TTOCs can anonymously join their colleagues across the province to learn new cognitive behavioural therapy skills and improve their mental fitness and resilience. The challenge starts on Monday, November 6 and ends Friday, December 1.
Sign in to your Starling Minds account or register for the first time to participate. This service is free to BCTF members. For further information on Starling Minds and the TTOC Mental Fitness Challenge, watch this video.
Opportunities for Members: Ministry of Education committees
Ministry of Education's Inclusive Education Policy Manual Review
The BCTF is seeking approximately 15 teachers and 4 alternates, both with and without an Inclusive Education (Special Education) background, willing to participate as BCTF representatives to the Ministry of Education's Inclusive Education Policy Manual Review.
Inclusive education resource development
The BCTF is seeking approximately 17 teachers, plus 5 alternates, both with and without an Inclusive Education (Special Education) background, willing to participate as BCTF representatives to contribute to the development of the Ministry of Education's resource to support inclusive access to the modernized curriculum.
Learn more about both opportunities and the application process online.
#Metoo rally in Vancouver to speak out against sexual violence
On Saturday, November 4, BCTF members in the Lower Mainland are encouraged to attend the #Metoo rally in Vancouver. Organized by March on Vancouver, the group that staged the successful women's march in January, the rally aims to show solidarity and support for victims of sexual assault, and harassment and to call for an end to misogyny, sexism, and sexual violence in our communities and workplaces.
November 22 is the deadline to apply for an Ed May Social Responsibility Grant
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 and gender identity, and peace. For an application form and examples of past Ed May projects, visit the Federation's Grants and Funds page.