The purpose of the division is to enhance student learning by promoting and supporting socially responsible quality teaching.
Key elements of work in the division:
- Career-long teacher development (recruitment, pre-service, certification, induction/mentoring, and ongoing professional development)
- Curriculum and education policy
- Social justice programs to support safe, nurturing, and inclusive environments in which all teachers and students can work and learn
- Quality teaching and support for at-risk teachers
- Aboriginal education
- Training and support for local leaders and professional development and social issues networks
- Programs and services for French-speaking members
- Lesson aids and teacher resources
- Support for new teachers and liaison with the teacher education institutions.
- Advocacy for teachers in matters related to the BC College of Teachers and the Teacher Qualification Service.
Priorities of PSID
- Focus on professional leadership
- Assert the central role of members in student learning and in the development of education policy at the school, district, and provincial levels.
- Advocate, in all venues, for continued improvements in students’ learning conditions.
- Exercise professional autonomy in the planning, delivery, and assessment of education to students.
- Challenge the achievement/assessment/accountability agenda at the school, district, and provincial levels.
- Establish control by BCTF members of our professional development.
- Promoting and supporting quality teaching practices that support the needs of teachers throughout their careers
- Focus on social justice
- Advocate for a quality public education system that is free and equitablefor all students, and resists privatization and commercialization.
- Promote the work of the revitalized social justice program with locals, PSAs, and members.
- Extend the work of the Federation in Aboriginal education in all locals.