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May 15, 2019

  1. Take part in the latest curriculum change survey
  2. The May/June edition of Teacher magazine is online
  3. Get engaged with the bargaining process
  4. BCTF report on racism available online
  5. Opportunities for Members

Take part in the latest curriculum change survey

The BCTF invites you to share your experiences implementing BC’s redesigned curriculum in your classroom and school. The results from the survey will be used to help teachers and the BCTF make critical assessments of curriculum change over time and continue to advocate for a teacher-led process that enhances public education in BC. This includes working to get you the resources, time, and support you need for the coming school year. Please click here to participate in this short survey before June.

The May/June edition of Teacher magazine is online

Teacher Magazine May 2019Want to know what’s happening with bargaining? Check out pages 6–7, in the latest edition of Teacher magazine. You’ll find an explanation of PELRA and our broken negotiating system. You’ll also find thought-provoking articles about our March AGM, the prevalence model, teacher resources for the new school year (is it too early to think about that?), and articles written by teachers around the province. Our cover feature is a heartwarming story about teachers inspiring students to become teachers.

Get engaged with the bargaining process

Last week, the BCTF launched an email campaign to help put every member in touch with their local NDP MLA and the Premier. The simple-to-use form takes less than two minutes and will help the Bargaining Team get the current concessions of the table. If you’re on Twitter, please like and retweet this series of tweets from the BCTF. Finally, keep an eye out for another email later this week launching another wave of pressure on the NDP MLAs. The Bargaining Team needs your ongoing support to tell the MLAs and Cabinet to give BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) new marching orders. It’s time for the government to stop bargaining like it’s 2014 and Christy Clark is still the Premier!

BCTF report on racism available online

Earlier this year, the BCTF hosted a two-day issue session with 15 members to discuss the impacts of racism in our workplaces and unions. All of the participants were members who identified as racialized. Following the important conversations and dialogue, a report on the issues and strategies to combat racism and make our union and workplaces more inclusive was presented to the BCTF Executive Committee. All members can read that report online

Opportunities for Members

The BCTF is seeking 18 members to participate as BCTF representatives to a Ministry of Education Open School BC committee. The committee will be tasked with reviewing existing Asia Pacific Foundation resources and developing a needs assessment for new resources that connect the redesigned Socials Studies 11–12 curriculum to the Asia Pacific region. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Click here to learn more and apply. 

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