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November 7, 2019

  1. Important BCTF bargaining updates
  2. Solidarity with Saanich
  3. Discounted Vancouver Canucks tickets for an educators appreciation night
  4. December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women
  5. Registration is open for the New Teachers’ Conference in Richmond
  6. Thinking about reporting and your classroom assessment practices?
  7. 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 there.

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

EducatorsNightLogoThe 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

2020 NTC

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 schools. 

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. 

Additional resources 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.

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