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September 13, 2019

  1. 3,000 emails and counting. Send one to your MLA today!
  2. Parents asked to withdraw students from the FSA
  3. Be part of the BCTF Teacher Inquiry Program
  4. New Teachers’ Conference—call for proposals

3,000 emails and counting. Send one to your MLA today!

Since the BCTF launched its latest member-to-MLA email campaign on Wednesday, more than 3,000 teachers have written to their NDP MLA or the Premier asking them to ensure we get a good deal at the bargaining table. Mediation resumes later this month and our Bargaining Team needs your ongoing support to ensure the decision makers get the concessions off the table and make more funding available. We’ve got their attention, let’s keep it! Let’s get to 6,000 by Monday. It takes less than 30 seconds. Send that email today

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 begin shortly. 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 currently available in English and French, with Punjabi and Chinese coming soon.

Be part of the BCTF Teacher Inquiry Program

The BCTF Teacher Inquiry Program is a teacher-organized, teacher-led professional development opportunity where groups of teachers come together to pose questions about their teaching and their practices. Teachers spend time exploring their own questions through a guided process with BCTF Teacher Inquiry Facilitators who provide guidance and resources during the sessions. Teachers will meet with an assigned BCTF facilitator for six sessions (usually half-days). Participants will work on their inquiry projects in between meetings as well. A matching grant funding of up to $5,000 is available to support the release time for teachers to participate in the Teacher Inquiry Program. More information is available online as is the application form. The deadline to apply is October 4, 2019.

New Teachers’ Conference—call for proposals

The BCTF is now accepting submissions for proposed workshops at our two New Teachers’ Conferences 2020. Please submit your proposals online by October 7, 2019.  Our New Teachers’ Conferences bring together early career teachers and teacher candidates from all over the province to network, sharing opportunities, and get valuable Pro-D. The conferences are in Richmond on January 25, 2020 and in Nelson on May 23, 2020.


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