BCTF report to MLAs calls for significant boost
Once again the BC Teachers' Federation is urging provincial legislators to follow through on their own previous recommendations to increase public education funding.
In the evening of September 21, 2016, BCTF President Glen Hansman appeared before the Legislative Assembly's Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services in Richmond to submit the Federation's brief on the urgent need for substantially increased education funding to meet the diverse needs of students in BC.
With a $1.9 billion surplus, it's time to re-invest in BC's public schools
The BC government announced a projected provincial budget surplus of over $1.9 billion even as school districts around the province are considering more school closures and deeper cutbacks. BCTF President Glen Hansman reacted to the news by calling on the government to make an immediate and substantial re-investment in BC's public education system.
BCTF releases list of best kids’ books
as selected by BC teachers
As part of the BC Teachers’ Federation’s
100th anniversary, the BCTF encouraged members to recommend their favourite kids’
books to celebrate literacy and lifelong learning. We asked teachers: “What are
the books you believe every student should read before graduating?” The result is
a list of 100 books each for elementary and secondary students with an
accompanying online resource and poster set to promote the books and the love
Ministry of Education posts important curriculum updates
Teachers can now read updated proposals for the revised grades
10-12 curriculum as well as the finalized versions of the
K-9 curriculum on the
Ministry of Education website. The government has also posted
instructional samples created by teachers from across the province. These samples will also be added to the federation’s resource-sharing site,
TeachBC, in the coming days. Remember to share your own resources and lessons plans on TeachBC!
Working together to make our schools healthy and safe
All BC students and school staff deserve to learn and work in healthy, safe environments. A new
brochure highlights important ongoing health and safety issues in our schools including water and air quality, seismic upgrades, and winter conditions.
Teaching for Reconciliation
In addition to the Federation’s new
Project of Heart: Illuminating the Hidden History of Residential Schools in BC resource featured in the slider above, the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) has released three excellent new grade 5, grade 10, and grade 11/12 residential school
teaching resources. These can be downloaded for free, and support teaching of the new curriculum.