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November 7, 2018

  1. Two new members elected to the BCTF Executive Committee
  2. Apply to attend an international pedagogical conference in Cuba in February
  3. Apply for up to $2,000 for a social justice project in your school
  4. Opportunities for Members
  5. Nominations open for prestigious BCTF awards
  6. All on board to support free transit for BC students
  7. CBC writing challenge asks students to imagine the year 2168

Two new members elected to the BCTF Executive Committee

At their meeting on Saturday, November 3, members of the Representative Assembly elected two new members to the BCTF Executive Committee to fill in for two resignations.

Karen Edwards, Sublocal President from Tumbler Ridge, was elected as a Member-at-Large. A teacher for more than 25 years, Karen earned her Doctor of Education on the topic of “Creating spaces of belonging in elementary schools for Aboriginal learners.”

Elected to the second Member-at-Large position designated for a racialized member was Susan Trabant from Prince George. A queer Métis woman, Susan serves on her local executive, as a member of the BCTF Health and Safety Advisory Committee, and as the northern lead on the SOGI 123 initiative.

BCTF President Glen Hansman thanked all eight members who ran for the positions and said: “We look forward to welcoming these two new members on to our Executive Committee and working together as we enter the upcoming round of bargaining.”

Apply to attend an international pedagogical conference in Cuba in February

The Latin American pedagogical conference hosted by the Cuban education union brings several thousand educators to Havana to share ideas on pedagogy and to visit Cuban schools. The conference, which takes place from February 4 to 8, 2019, includes teachers from countries in Latin America with solidarity relationships with the BCTF. The Federation's International Solidarity Program will send a delegation of five members, whose costs will be covered by the BCTF. For more information and to apply, go to bctf.ca/SocialJustice.aspx?id=19096

Apply for up to $2,000 for a social justice project in your school

Do you have an idea for an activity in your school or classroom that promotes socially responsible teaching in an inclusive, safe, and healthy environment? The Ed May Social Responsibility Fund provides up to $2,000 for teachers to implement projects in areas such as violence prevention, antiracism, antipoverty, gender equity, peace and global education, environmental justice and, sexual orientation and gender identity. The deadline is November 21, 2018.

Opportunities for Members

Health and Safety Advisory Committee: The BCTF currently has a vacancy on the Health and Safety Advisory Committee. This committee advises the Executive Committee on health and safety matters. Members can learn more about this volunteer position and apply online. The deadline is November 30, 2018.

Nominations open for prestigious BCTF awards

Nominations are now open for the Federation's most coveted awards. The winners are invited to the Annual General Meeting to be honoured by colleagues from across the province. 

  • The Bob Rosen Social Justice Award is granted to a member or honorary associate member who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution in working for systemic change on issues of social justice. Applications are due by January 31, 2019.
  • The Stewart Schon Award  is granted to a member or honorary associate member who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the health and safety of BCTF members. Applications are due by January 31, 2019.
  • The G.A. Fergusson Award is granted annually to a BCTF member (or former member) who has made an outstanding contribution to public education. Applications are due by February 10, 2019.
  • Nominations are also open for Honorary Life Memberships. Applications are due by February 10, 2019.

 

All on board to support free transit for BC students

AllonBoardTeachers are acutely aware of how many ways poverty affects the lives of students and their families. Not having enough funds to pay for bus fare is a significant barrier daily across Metro Vancouver. A new campaign, #AllOnBoard, has been launched to push for free transit for all children and youth aged 0-18 and affordable transit based on income for adults. The BCTF has endorsed the campaign and you can sign the #AllOnBoard petition to express your support too. November is Antipoverty Month and there are teaching resources available on the BCTF website here: Antipoverty Month.

CBC writing challenge asks students to imagine the year 2168

The first pageThe First Page is a new CBC creative writing challenge open to Grade 7 to 12 students from November 8 to 29. It asks students to write the first page of a book set in 2168! The CBC also has some new content for classrooms, which includes Canadian authors reading from the first page of their books and providing writing tips, a reading from one of the winning entries of 2017, and some discussion questions for classrooms. You can find that all online


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