May 31, 2018
- Updates on graduation assessments
- Creating a culture of consent in our schools
- Opportunities for Members: Provincial Bargaining Team
- Opportunities for members: BCTF employment opportunities
- BC government releases report on upcoming referendum on proportional representation
Updates on graduation assessments
The latest edition of the BCTF's Education Change Bulletin provides important updates about the Ministry of Education's changes to the graduation program, including the new requirement for students to complete a provincial literacy and numeracy assessment. The Graduation Numeracy Assessment is being implemented this year, and the Graduation Literacy Assessment will be implemented in the 2019-20 school year, replacing the existing Language Arts 12 examinations. Please review the Education Change Bulletin for all of the updates and important advice.
Creating a culture of consent in our schools
At our 2018 Annual General Meeting, the BCTF adopted a plan to help advance a culture of consent in our schools, workplaces, and communities. Strategies to do this important work include leading by example at our own internal union meetings and events with zero tolerance for inappropriate comments, gestures, and physical contact. The strategy also includes supporting members with resources and assistance in addressing inappropriate actions in the workplace as well as education tools to teach students about the necessity of consent; ways to address inappropriate comments, gestures, and physical contact; and ways they can act as an ally to identify and halt harassment. Lesson plans, resources, workshops, and links to support services are all available on the BCTF's Gender-Based Violence web page.
Opportunities for Members: Provincial Bargaining Team
The BCTF is currently accepting applications for the Federation's Provincial Bargaining Team, which will be appointed by the Executive Committee. The team will work under the direction of the Executive Committee and will be responsible for negotiating the provincial aspects of the next collective agreement. Applicants should have a wide range of negotiation and contract administration skills and experience, and be very familiar with the current issues faced by teachers in the workplace, as well as the process of negotiations and contract enforcement. The application deadline is August 13, 2018. Learn more and apply online. Other committee vacancies are also posted online.
Opportunities for members: BCTF employment opportunities
The Federation has the following employment opportunities:
The Income Security Division has a full-time term vacancy for the position of Assistant Director, Health and Safety Officer. The position co-ordinates the Federation's Health and Safety Program, provides support to Field Service staff on health and safety issues, and co-ordinates the Health and Safety Advisory Committee. The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m., June 4, 2018.
The Communications and Campaigns Division has a full-time term vacancy for the position of Assistant Director, Outreach/Political Action. The position assists in the co-ordination of Federation outreach and political-action initiatives, and ongoing communications and campaigns work. The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m., June 4, 2018.
Learn more about both positions, and other opportunities online.
BC government releases report on upcoming referendum on proportional representation
BC's Attorney General has released a report and series of recommendations about the upcoming referendum on proportional representation. The recommendations call for two questions to be placed on a mail-in ballot this fall. The first question will ask British Columbians which system we should use to elect MLAs: the existing first-past-the-post system or a system of proportional representation (PR). The second question would ask voters which PR system they prefer. The report calls for the province's independent chief electoral officer to provide neutral information on the various options. For teachers, this will be an excellent opportunity to engage as voters, but also to bring the issues into the classroom to help students learn about voting, government, and civics.