November 7, 2019
- Important BCTF bargaining updates
- Solidarity with Saanich
- Discounted Vancouver Canucks tickets for an educators appreciation night
- December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women
- Registration is open for the New Teachers’ Conference in Richmond
- Thinking about reporting and your classroom assessment practices?
- New Ministry Physical and Health Education resources
Important BCTF bargaining updates
Mediator’s report and analysis posted on portal
As members were told in an
email on November 4, the mediator has reported out to the BCTF about the
process of mediation to date. Members can read his report on MyBCTF portal. There is also a summary, timeline, and update on
the Representative Assembly’s decision about the report available to members as
well. All of these documents are confidential and not are to be shared online
or in social media.
All members have access to
the portal and need to log in using their BCTF Member ID. For members who have
never accessed the portal before or have forgotten their ID, click the “Sign up
now” button when you first arrive at MyBCTF. Please check that your contact information is up-to-date while you are
Solidarity with Saanich
Our CUPE 441
colleagues are on strike fighting for equal wages on Vancouver Island. We
support their fight for fair pay and our members are out on the picket line in
solidarity. The strike is about to enter its third week and everyone in Saanich
could use your support. Please go to this BCTF Facebook post and leave comments to show your
support for CUPE workers and teachers in Saanich!
Discounted Vancouver Canucks tickets for an educators appreciation night
The Vancouver Canucks are
hosting their first ever Annual Educators Night on March 18, 2020. The
Vancouver Canucks versus Tampa Bay Lightning game is during most spring breaks
and one day after the BCTF Annual General Meeting in Vancouver. Teachers and
other educators are invited to purchase up to eight discounted tickets for the
lower or upper bowl seats that includes a complimentary hot dog and beer as
well as a post game group photo. Tickets can be purchased here. Feel free to bring your family and friends, but
don’t share the purchase link in public spaces like social media. The discount
is a great deal and not for scalpers!
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women
Book this BCTF workshop on “Engaging men and boys to prevent gender-based
violence” for your
school’s next PD day to help prepare for classroom work on this topic. Your
colleagues will deepen their understanding of how socialization contributes to
the development of oppressive attitudes and behaviours based on gender. After
considering the concepts of gender identity, power, and privilege, participants
will reflect on their own values related to these topics and begin to develop a
plan to uphold them. Teachers will leave the workshop equipped with a deeper
understanding of the role men and boys can play in overcoming violence, along
with an enhanced commitment to taking on this role.
Registration is open for the New Teachers’ Conference in Richmond
The BCTF is hosting two
conferences for new teachers this year. Registration for the first one in Richmond on January
25, 2020 is now open. The New Teachers’ Conference is an opportunity to network
with teachers from all over the province and make meaningful professional
connections. The registration fee includes a welcoming reception, meals,
keynote address, resource fair, and a variety of excellent workshops. The
conference is specifically designed to serve teachers who have been teaching
for five years or less, it is also open to teachers who have come back to the
classroom after a leave or who changed districts and/or workload. Student
teachers are also encouraged to attend. Register here.
Thinking about reporting and your classroom assessment practices?
You might be interested in
booking the “Assessment for learning” (Elementary level) or the “Assessment issues in the secondary classroom” BCTF workshops for your school. Elementary
teachers will review research to clarify the differences between formative and
summative assessment, and have the opportunity to practice hands-on experiences
with how to give descriptive feedback. Secondary teachers will discuss
hot-topic issues such as the use of zero as a mark, deductions for late work,
how to grade group work and test retakes.
New Ministry Physical and Health Education resources
New Ministry of Education
Physical and Health Education (PHE) resources are available to support teachers
in delivering the redesigned K–12 PHE curriculum. The resources support the
teaching of mental health and sexual health in elementary and secondary
Developed by BC teachers with
support from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and
other key health stakeholders, Supporting Student Health Elementary and Supporting Student Health Secondary provide a starting point to teach health
topics such as consent, stress and anxiety, safe sex, mental health stigma,
cyberbullying, and online safety. The guides also include instructional
approaches and tips to respond to unexpected situations.
supporting the mental and sexual health components of the PHE curriculum have
been evaluated by Focused Education Resources (formerly ERAC) for potential use
by teachers. Links to these resources are available here.