September 13, 2019
- 3,000 emails and counting. Send one to your MLA today!
- Parents asked to withdraw students from the FSA
- Be part of the BCTF Teacher Inquiry Program
- 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
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
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
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,