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April 5, 2018

  1. Education funding formula review under way
  2. Spaces still available for this weekend’s social justice conference in Surrey
  3. Opportunities for Members: BCTF committee vacancies
  4. CBC launches the Shakespeare Selfie Challenge

Education funding formula review under way

The provincial government is currently undertaking a review of the education funding formula. As part of that process, the government has released a wide-ranging discussion paper to “inform the work of an Independent Review Panel, which will make recommendations to the Minister of Education in summer 2018” and “summarize the feedback that has been heard through the process so far.” Prior to the release of this discussion paper, the BCTF submitted its own brief to the Ministry of Education and continues to liaise with the Minister and his staff about the funding model and the need for adequacy, stability, and predictability of funding in the system. The Federation made nine key recommendations that focus on three key principles: the funding should be adequate and based on need, equitable and inclusive, and comprehensive. 

Spaces still available for this weekend’s social justice conference in Surrey

Register now for Reclaiming Common Ground, ​a cross-border social justice conference for BC, Washington, and Oregon teachers. Hosted by the Surrey Teachers' Association on Saturday, April 7, 2018, the conference ​will bring together teachers and activists to examine and reimagine the public school as common ground for nurturing the progressive democratic ideals of equity, inclusion, and justice. The keynote speakers are award-winning author Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine, This Changes Everything, and No Logo) and her brother Seth Klein, the BC Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Learn more about the various workshops and how to register online. Registration is only $35.

Opportunities for Members: BCTF committee vacancies

Many of the BCTF's advisory committees have vacancies opening up on July 1, 2018. These committees, such as the Committee for Action on Social Justice, the Finance Committee, the Professional Issues Advisory Committee, and the Pensions Committee, provide advice to the BCTF Executive Committee and perform other important functions. The terms of reference for these committees can be found on pages 188-190 of the Federation's Members' Guide. Learn more about these committees and how to apply online.

There are also vacancies for the Federation's Internal Mediation Service, a team of volunteer BCTF members trained as mediators who work with teachers and others to help resolve workplace conflicts. Learn more about the position and how to apply online

CBC launches the Shakespeare Selfie Challenge

From April 6 to April 27, CBC's Shakespeare Selfie Challenge will be open to Grades 7 to 12 students across Canada. Students are encouraged to write a monologue or soliloquy in the voice of a Shakespearean character, exploring a current event from the last year. CBC Books has created a Teachers' Guide along with a collection of videos to help students prepare their Shakespeare Selfie entry. When the competition opens on April 6, a link to an online submission form will be available at

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