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The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) invites passionate teachers to join our team as facilitators for our expansive workshop offerings, including School Union Representative Training and Professional and Social Issues programs. At the heart of these workshops is the principle of “teachers teaching teachers,” underscoring the vital role of teacher facilitators in the BCTF workshops program.

Annually, thousands of teachers benefit from workshops led by BCTF members. Given that many teachers may never interact directly with the BCTF Executive Committee, our facilitators serve as the ambassadors of the Federation. We are currently seeking dedicated teachers to become facilitators for a three-year term. Those selected will receive comprehensive training encompassing general design and facilitation skills, and specialized knowledge in content-specific program areas. To support our facilitators in their crucial work, we provide release time and cover expenses during workshop facilitation (i.e., travel, accommodations, dependent care, and meals).

BCTF workshop facilitators
Successful workshop applicants must be available to attend the Facilitators’ Institute Training (FIT) on August 17, 18, and 19, 2024.  

Facilitators must also be available to facilitate up to three workshops per year, particularly in the busy months of September to November, and sometimes with short notice.

If you are captivated by professional development, committed to serving members, and embrace the journey of lifelong learning with a collaborative spirit, you will find this to be a fulfilling and rewarding role.

You must be open to engaging in self-assessment and accepting participant feedback to develop as a BCTF facilitator, as this is a necessary component of the role.

French Immersion or Francophone program teachers are encouraged to apply to train and lead specific workshops. Applications and training at FIT will be done in English. The French Facilitator sessions are developed by French speakers and the French coordinator, Carmen Woo (1-800-663-9163 (toll-free) local 1809; direct line 604-871-1809; cwoo@bctf.ca).

The positions listed below will commence for a three-year term on July 1, 2024.

 

School Union Representative Training (SURT) Workshops
SURT is a training program for local union representatives, such as Aboriginal contacts, health and safety reps, school staff reps, social justice reps, and professional development chairs.

SURT facilitators are released as needed throughout the year to conduct workshops for local leaders of the Federation. They receive training in workshop design, facilitation, inquiry processes, and content areas related to the responsibilities of local leaders.

SURT facilitators will be released from their regular duties, and the BCTF will reimburse the school board for any TTOC costs. All related travel and per diem costs will be reimbursed.

Applicants may apply to facilitate from the following two categories of SURT workshop areas:

  1. Health and Safety Training
  2. Professional Development Representative

Health and Safety Training Facilitators
Up to 3 facilitators required, three-year terms

Health and safety trainers (HST) deliver training to members of school/worksite, district health and safety committees, and SURTs in health and safety. HSTs will receive training in facilitation and content areas related to the responsibilities of health and safety committees. Some of the content areas are:

  • Violence in the Workplace
  • Occupational Health and Safety Training for New Committee Members and Worker Reps
  • Role and Function of the School Site Health and Safety Reps
  • Incident Investigations and Reports
  • Refusal of Unsafe Work.

Due to the technical nature of the content, experience serving as a member of a site-based Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee is desirable.

For more information, contact MICHAEL-DON BORASON at (toll-free) 1-800-663-9163, local 1891; direct line 604-871-1891 or mborason@bctf.ca.

Professional Development Representative Facilitators
Up to 6 facilitators required, three-year terms

Professional Development Representative facilitators deliver training to school PD representatives. They will receive training in facilitation and content areas related to the responsibilities of the school PD representatives. Some of the content areas are:

  • The Autonomous Professional
  • Role and Function of the PD Rep.

For more information on school PD rep workshops, contact DANIEL SHIU at (toll-free) 1-800-663-9163, local 1849; direct line 604-871-1821 or dshiu@bctf.ca.

 

Professional and Social Issues Workshops
Professional and Social Issues (PSI) workshops include topics and program areas for teacher professional development. The workshop areas include Aboriginal education, school and classroom issues, social justice, teachers teaching on call, and Provincial Specialist Associations.

PSI facilitators are released as needed throughout the year to conduct these PD-related workshops for locals and school-based professional development days. PSI facilitators receive training in workshop design, facilitation, inquiry processes, and the above-specific content areas.

PSI facilitators will be released from their regular duties, and the BCTF will reimburse the school board for any TTOC costs. All related travel and per diem costs will be reimbursed.

Applicants may apply to facilitate workshops from the following five categories of PSI workshop areas:

  1. Aboriginal Education
  2. School and Classroom Issues
  3. Social Justice
  4. Teachers Teaching on Call
  5. Provincial Specialist Associations.

Aboriginal Education
Up to 2 facilitators required, three-year terms

The Federation offers Aboriginal Education workshops on a variety of Aboriginal topics, including the following:

  • Education for Truth and Reconciliation: Using the Aboriginal Lens
  • Infusing Aboriginal Content—Graduation Requirement
  • Indigenous Floor Map
  • Decolonizing Our Spaces.

For more information on Aboriginal Education workshops, contact GAIL STROMQUIST at (toll-free) 1-800-663-9163, local 1854; direct line 604-871-1821 or gstromquist@bctf.ca.

School and Classroom Issues
Up to 12 facilitators required, three-year terms

The Federation offers a variety of professional development workshops related to school and classroom issues on a variety of related topics, including the following:

  • Assessment Issues in the Secondary Classroom: Challenges and Possibilities
  • Professional Boundary Issues: Teacher/Student Relationship
  • Social Media

For more information, contact HENRY LEE at (toll-free) 1-800-663-9163, local 1849; direct line 604-871-1849, or hlee@bctf.ca.    

Social Justice
Up to 15 facilitators required, three-year terms
(Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, and 2SLGBTQIA+ members are encouraged to apply)

The Federation offers several workshops on social justice topics, including anti-poverty, anti-racism, anti-homophobia/anti-transphobia, peace and global education, gender equity and women’s rights, environmental justice, equity and inclusion, and teaching for social justice. Some of the workshops offered include the following:

  • Creating a Gender-Inclusive School Culture
  • Anti-racist Strategies for Educators
  • Supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ students and staff
  • Teaching Green: Food Security
  • Poverty is a Classroom Issue
  • Addressing Ableism.

For more information, contact HEATHER KELLEY at (toll-free) 1-800-663-9163, local 1850; direct line 604-871-1850 or hkelley@bctf.ca.   

Teachers Teaching on Call
Up to 5 facilitators required, three-year terms

These facilitators should be teachers teaching on call (TTOC). They are paid an on-scale wage by the Federation for workshops provided during the school day or if travel has precluded the facilitator taking a TTOC call-out for the day.

The workshops address the unique issues faced by teachers teaching on call. Some of these include the following:

  • Classroom Management for TTOCs
  • Dealing with Stress in the Workplace
  • New Teachers.

For more information, contact HENRY LEE at (toll-free) 1-800-663-9163, local 1849; direct line 604-871-1849, or hlee@bctf.ca.

Provincial Specialist Association
Up to 6 facilitators required, three-year terms

The Federation offers professional development workshops on topics developed by the Provincial Specialist Associations (PSA). There are a variety of topics, which include the following:

  • Analyzing Play in the Early Years
  • Education for All: 21st Century Inclusion
  • Exploring Connections between Classroom Practice and Self-Regulation.

For more information, contact JENNIE SLACK at (toll-free) 1-800-663-9163, local 1812; direct line 604-871-1812, or jslack@bctf.ca.

Application deadline: April 19, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.

To apply, submit a CV application form.

An applicant may wish to provide, on a voluntary basis, information as to whether they self-identify as a member of an equity-seeking group.

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