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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 20, Number 1, September 2007

Parent presentations a big hit

Need a workshop for parents on a school or district professional development day? Working with your Parent Advisory Council on ways to engage parents in supporting student learning? Do you know about the Federation’s parent presentation program?

Every year, more than 2,000 parents in BC attend a BCTF parent presentation. Over 100 workshops were presented last year. These presentations are developed and presented by teachers, who answer requests from Parent Advisory Councils wishing to book the topics as part of their parent education program.

Topics range from antibullying to supporting student learning. They also include a look at commercialism in schools, target marketing of students, and overall student and school health and safety. Last year, a series of three presentations was developed for Aboriginal parents. Several of the workshops are now available in French for Francophone parents. This year, translation into other languages is being considered.

Think about booking a presentation and inviting parents to your school or district professional day. In September, a brochure is sent to every PAC chair in BC. You might check with your PAC to see if they have received it and encourage them to book a presentation.

The Federation is always looking for teachers who can volunteer their time as parent presenters. If you are interested in becoming a parent presenter, please contact sbishop@bctf.ca. Materials, online support, and training are available. Download the brochure at bctf.ca/parents.aspx?id=4798.

– Sylvia Bishop

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