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PSID

Professional and Social Issues Division

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

  1. 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
  2. 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.