November 22, 2017
- 16 Days of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women
- Latest Teacher magazine now online
- Government action needed to tackle BC’s high child poverty rate
- Vancouver teachers honoured by Options for Sexual Health
16 Days of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and kicks off the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign now, more than ever, it is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The classroom is an ideal setting to nurture the development of positive attitudes and behaviours towards women and girls. Visit the BCTF Status of Women web pages for resources to support teachers in this role and information about organizations that support people in becoming allies in the campaign to end violence against women and girls.
Latest Teacher magazine now online
Coming this week to teachers' mailboxes, the November/December issue of Teacher magazine presents a cornucopia of topics from seizing the teachable moment for a sex talk on the carpet to pizza and paycheques. Between the covers you can find new BCTF research on teacher resilience (despite critical conditions), learn about support services for stressed-out teachers, and sample a menu of free online teaching resources. Meet Sunshine Coast teachers who love their professional autonomy and take vicarious trips with teachers on international exchanges. You can also read and share individual Teacher articles online.
Government action needed to tackle BC’s high child poverty rate
First Call BC has released the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card and, sadly, BC still has a child poverty rate higher than the national average. With more than 153,000 BC kids living in poverty, the organization has made 21 recommendations to address our province's dismal poverty rates. Those recommendations include a $10-per-day childcare plan, raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, increasing disability assistance rates, and new investments in affordable housing suitable for families. Read more about First Call's report and spread the news on your social media accounts via the BCTF's new online news hub, the BCTF Buzz.
Vancouver teachers honoured by Options for Sexual Health
This year's incredibly deserving winners of Options for Sexual Health's education awards are Vancouver teachers Lisa Shopland-Black and Tamara McKay. Read about their amazing work ensuring that youth have accurate, up-to-date, relevant, and inclusive sexual health education. You can also learn more about Options for Sexual Health (Opt) by taking their “Askable Adult” interactive courses for adults who want to improve the knowledge and skills they need to be approachable, non-judgmental sources of reliable sexual health information.