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New archive offers untold opportunities to learn about residential schools
BCTF President Jim Iker and Aboriginal Education co-ordinator Gail Stromquist were among the hundreds of people who gathered yesterday under rainy skies to witness the first lighting of a sacred fire outside the new National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) on the campus of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. 

Ministry and BCTF announce time and funding for curriculum implementation 
BCTF President Jim Iker, along with representatives of all the education partner groups, participated in a news conference in Victoria with Education Minister Mike Bernier to announce a collaborative plan for curriculum change implementation.  

BCTF Conference for New Teachers, New TTOCs, and Student Teachers
The 2016 conference will be held on February 26 and 27, 2016 in Richmond. 

Education funding brief
Recommendations for more funding for public schools were presented by the BCTF to the Standing Committee of the Legislature on Finance: funding for curriculum change, more teaching staff, and restoring free education for adults. Reduced funding for private schools was also recommended. 

Humanitarian crisis—how to help
In light of the current refugee crisis, many teachers are wondering what they and their students can do to help. A number of different options are available.

Addressing youth mental health issues in BC’s K–12 public schools
This BCTF brief offers six constructive recommendations to address the issue of youth mental health in BC and proposes several actions to build supports and collaborations in the future, including increasing the number of school counsellors/specialist teachers and addressing the needs of marginalized youth.

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.

The Ministry of Education has also released an Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives in the Classroom discussion document. The Federation provided advice on FNESC’s teaching resources and the new Ministry discussion document.    

Adult Education in BC’s public schools: Lost opportunities for students, employers, and society—A BCTF study of working and learning conditions
A study of Adult Education in BC’s public schools in the context of policy changes and funding cuts.

MyEducation BC — critical issues in technology
MyEducation BC is the new student information system for BC schools. New technologies always raise issues—from implementation and support to privacy in the era of “Big data.” This PowerPoint frames some of these issues.

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