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The BCTF is currently seeking 120 active BCTF members who meet the qualifications outlined in this document to evaluate learning resources for Focused Education on behalf of their colleagues in BC and the Yukon.  

Focused Education is a not-for-profit organization created to fulfil a mission of supporting excellence in K–12 education in British Columbia. The organization is expanding on the benefits to the K–12 education sector provided by its predecessor organizations, ERAC and BCEM.

Evaluation reviews are available for reference by all Focused Education members through the K–12 Evaluated Resource Collection. To view the full evaluation records, create an account or log in if you already have one.

Work and workload
Following successful completion of the online evaluation training modules, BCTF-appointed evaluators will be offered assignments. Resources will be made available online for review or sent directly to the evaluator’s residence and assigned a Focused Education identification number for tracking purposes. No additional personal information will be required or shared.

The work includes:

  • individually scanning and reading the resource
  • scheduling and participating in an online environment (Zoom, Collaborate, etc.) to discuss findings and reach consensus
  • working in pairs to complete the online evaluation form with accuracy and detail for each resource
  • a defined period to complete assigned work
  • maintaining confidentiality and giving attention to copyright guidelines.

Evaluators are expected to:

  • apply provincial learning resource evaluation criteria to the submitted resources
  • determine the extent that the resource matches provincial curriculum learning standards
  • evaluate materials in all media formats
  • complete accurate and detailed online evaluation forms
  • write clear and comprehensive descriptions in English or French
  • observe the requirements of copyright legislation and confidentiality
  • sign an undertaking of confidentiality regarding the evaluation work.

Compensation
Evaluators are under personal contract with Focused Education and are compensated for training and assigned evaluation tasks based on their predetermined rate for resource type.

Training
All evaluators must successfully complete the required training by specified dates before they will be offered assignments.

  • Additional workshop/refresher sessions may be required from time to time with compensation.
  • Training consists of a self-paced online program, available 24/7, and structured webinars hosted by the course facilitator.
  • Attendance is mandatory for the webinars.

Positions
Focused Education is currently seeking 120 evaluators for learning resources. The term of appointment will be for three years, from July 1, 2023 to September 30, 2026. Resources to be evaluated include fiction, non-fiction, reference, and learning technologies delivered in print or digital formats in the following subject areas:

Elementary (54)

Area/Subject/Focus

Grades

Number

Indigenous—French Immersion

K–7

4

Indigenous—Social Studies

K-7

2

Teacher-Librarian

K–7

2

Career Education

K–7

2

English Language Arts

K–7

8

French Immersion

K–7

8

Mathematics

K–7

2

Physical and Health Education

K–7

4

Science

K–7

4

Social Studies

K–7

6

ADST: Information and Communications Technology

K–7

2

ADST: Technology Education

K–7

2

Arts Education: Dance

K–7

2

Arts Education: Drama

K–7

2

Arts Education: Music

K–7

2

Arts Education: Visual Arts

K–7

2

Secondary (66)

Area/Subject/Focus

Grades

Number

Indigenous—French Immersion

8–12

2

Indigenous—Social Studies

8–12

2

Indigenous—English Language Arts

8–12

4

Teacher-Librarian

8–12

2

Career Education

8–12

2

English Language Arts

8–12

16

French Immersion

8–12

6

Mathematics

8–12

2

Physical and Health Education

8–12

4

Science

8–12

4

Social Studies

8–12

8

ADST: Home Economics and Culinary Arts

8–12

2

ADST: Information and Communications Technology

8–12

2

ADST: Technology Education

8–12

2

Arts Education: Dance

8–12

2

Arts Education: Drama

8–12

2

Arts Education: Music

8–12

2

Arts Education: Visual Arts

8–12

2

Selection criteria
It is required that selected evaluators have:

  • active BCTF membership status
  • awareness of the role and responsibilities of representing the BCTF and the teaching profession
  • a district/school email address and access to the internet
  • academic preparation in the identified subject area(s)
  • experience teaching the identified curricula in the classroom for at least the last two years (except for teacher-librarians or district specialist teachers)
  • intermediate to high proficiency in the use of learning technologies in the classroom
  • the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, meet deadlines, and be enthusiastic and committed to the subject area
  • excellent writing skills and the ability to write clear and concise evaluations with specific supporting information in a limited number of words
  • ability to access and work collaboratively in an online application
  • no conflict of interest due to contractual arrangements with a producer of educational resources, specifically:
  • You are not associated with and are independent from publishers, producers, distributors, and suppliers of educational learning resources.
  • Neither you nor your immediate family is—or has been in the 12-month period immediately preceding this agreement—performing any work for any publisher, producer, distributor, or supplier of educational learning resources.
  • You will not receive or accept any gifts, gratuities, premiums, or royalties from any publisher, producer, distributor, or supplier of educational learning resources.
  • You will not accept any educational material related to your evaluation assignment, including but not limited to applications, digital technologies, and printing material from any publisher, producer, distributor, or supplier of educational learning resources.

Position offers are based on subject expertise and the availability of evaluators, and care is taken to consider provincial-wide representation and to include rural and urban perspectives.

To apply:
Complete the online application, which is being hosted on SimpleSurvey, an entirely Canadian designed, developed, hosted and supported online form and software company, here:
form.simplesurvey.com/f/s.aspx?s=d0f5479c-09b6-47bb-a7d0-99a8971e2780

The application will ask for the usual personal demographic information, such as address, phone, and email, as well as relevant teaching experience and education information.

Below is the link to SimpleSurvey’sPrivacy Policy:
form.simplesurvey.com/oss/external/privacypolicy.aspx?lang=EN

Direct all enquiries to:
Tracey Ernst, BC Teachers’ Federation, ternst@bctf.ca
Distribution: All members electronically

Deadline for application:
Thursday February 23, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.

(late applications will not be accepted)

Because the BCTF has an affirmative action policy, applicants may wish to provide, on a voluntary basis, information as to whether they self-identify as a member of one or more equity-seeking groups. This includes women, racialized persons, Aboriginal persons, persons who are trans, gender diverse or Two Spirit, persons with a disability, and persons who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual.

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