February 23, 2018
- New funding for education, childcare, and housing in BC budget
- March Teacher magazine is on the way!
- Employment opportunity at the BC Teachers’ Federation
- Webinar on improving education for youth in care
- How BC Votes: Have Your Say
- Strategies to improve equity and inclusion in public education
New funding for education, childcare, and housing in BC budget
On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, the new BC government released its first full budget. The centrepiece was the announcement of a new universal childcare plan that will add thousands of childcare spaces and reduce costs significantly for many families. This is great news for BCTF members who have, or are planning to have children, as well as our future students who will benefit from enhanced early childhood education. The budget also brought in some significant new measures to address BC's housing crisis.
Most significant for our sector is a $212 million year-over-year increase in funding for public schools. We will know more about how that funding will be distributed in mid-March when school districts get their operating grants. The government also committed to ongoing funding for tuition-free adult basic education, which will be a great help to our members who are adult educators. Read Glen Hansman's full response in the BCTF's news release and listen to his interview on the CBC.
March Teacher magazine is on the way!
Watch your school mailbox for the March issue of Teacher magazine. It comes fully loaded with information about the BCTF's Annual General Meeting, including statements from your 2018-19 BCTF Executive Committee candidates. This issue also features the #MeToo movement, our advocacy timeline on the Bountiful situation for women and children, new resources from Equal Voice, and tips for teachers on facilitating respectful classroom conversations on controversial issues. Find out how to register your school for the April 28 Day of Mourning to raise awareness about young worker safety. Get a preview of an amazing giant gym-sized map, with accompanying resources, that shows the traditional territories of Inuit, First Nations and Metis peoples. The entire magazine is also now online to read through it all. Thanks to school staff reps, for distributing Teacher magazine to your colleagues!
Employment opportunity at the BC Teachers’ Federation
There is an employment opportunity in the BCTF's Field Service Division for an Assistant Director responsible for Support for Bargaining and Collective Agreement Implementation. This is a full-time continuing position, starting April 1, 2018.
Webinar on improving education for youth in care
On Tuesday, February 27 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., the McCreary Foundation Youth Researchers will be hosting an online presentation on “Redefining Educational Success for Youth in Care.” Former youth in care will provide a research presentation on their experiences in public education. There will also be a question and answer period. Set yourself a reminder by clicking “get notified” on the BCTF's Livestream site.
How BC Votes: Have Your Say
Should our province elect our MLAs by proportional representation? Should we stick with the status quo first past the post system? This fall, British Columbians will decide by referendum whether to change BC's provincial voting system so that the number of votes more closely matches the number of elected representatives. BC teachers, like all British Columbians, are encouraged to take the questionnaire or make a written submission before February 28, 2018. Help shape the referendum on how BC votes.
Strategies to improve equity and inclusion in public education
The BCTF has a new workshop, Creating Inclusive Spaces: Applying an Equity and Inclusion Lens to Your Local, Schools, and Classrooms, available for local or school-based professional development days. This workshop raises awareness about barriers to inclusion based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, and physical ability. It also explores strategies and resources to address these barriers. It uses an inquiry model to help teachers plan specific actions they can take in their classrooms, schools, locals, and communities. Learn more about the workshop or book it online.