September 12, 2018
- Parents asked to withdraw students from the FSA
- September 30 is Orange Shirt Day
- Opportunities for Members: ERAC Learning Resource Evaluators
- Opportunities for Members: Tri-national Conference in Mexico
- BCTF Executive Committee by-election: Call for nominations
Parents asked to withdraw students from the FSA
This year the government-mandated Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) tests for Grade 4 and 7 students will take place in October and November. As we have for the past several years, teachers are asking parents to request that their children be excused from these tests. The BCTF has long been concerned with the misuse of data from these tests by the Fraser Institute, as well as the time they take away from meaningful teaching and learning. If you are a parent of a child in Grades 4 or 7, please use this letter and form to have them excused from participating. For teachers of those grades, check in with your union staff rep or local association if you have any questions or concerns. The letter is posted in Chinese, English, French, and Punjabi.
September 30 is Orange Shirt Day
Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools, and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. The day is inspired by Phyllis' Story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day at a residential school. It is an opportunity to set the stage for antiracism and antibullying policies for the coming school year. While Orange Shirt Day falls on Sunday this year, teachers and schools are encouraged to organize events for a nearby date that suits their community.
Opportunities for Members: ERAC Learning Resource Evaluators
The BCTF is seeking 100 active members in all subject areas and grade levels, with proficiency in the use of technology, to evaluate learning resources. ERAC is a consortium of BC public school districts, independent schools, and the Territory of the Yukon that provides services for the evaluation, selection, access, and deployment of K-12 learning resources. With the new provincial curriculum, there is an increased need to identify and evaluate relevant, quality resources for use by BC teachers and students. Learn more about the required qualifications and application process online. The deadline for applications is September 21, 2018.
Opportunities for Members: Tri-national Conference in Mexico
Applications are open to become a member of the BCTF delegation to the Tri-national Conference in Defense of Public Education. This year's conference will be held in Orizaba, Mexico from November 8-11, 2018. For 25 years, Tri-national Coalition has brought together public education activists in Mexico, the US, and Canada to defend public education. Participants will leave Vancouver on November 7 and return on November 12. Six members from the general membership will be selected by the BCTF as participants. Members of equity-seeking groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Information about applying to attend the conference can be found online. The deadline for applications is September 28, 2018. For more information contact Larry Kuehn (email@example.com).
BCTF Executive Committee by-election: Call for nominations
The BCTF will have a by-election to fill a Member-at-Large vacancy on the Executive Committee (EC) at the Fall Representative Assembly (RA), November 2-3, 2018. As per BCTF by-law 5.5, Local Representatives to the BCTF, the voting members of the RA, will cast the ballots for this election. The term of office for this position would begin immediately upon election and run through to June 30, 2019. This is not a released position but, does regularly involve days on leave for union business to attend EC meetings, other committee meetings, and participate in Federation events. Learn more about the Executive Committee online.
The election is open to candidates who are active members in good standing. Nominations must be in writing and received by the BCTF no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018. Nominations must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by the candidate on the official BCTF nomination form signed by at least 10 other active members in good standing or through a resolution at a local general meeting.
In addition, all candidates are asked to submit a statement (limit of 200 words), bio (limit of 35 words), and photo (high resolution, head and shoulders only) by the deadline, on September 28. These will be posted for the information of Local Representatives and all other members through the BCTF member portal.