February 3, 2016

Feed their minds!

fundBCschoolsOver the next few days as you're waiting for the bus or driving to work you might notice a colourful new ad calling on the provincial government to properly fund BC schools. It's the latest BCTF campaign designed to raise awareness and spark action on education funding.

The “Feed Their Minds” campaign is called “out-of-home” advertising because it focuses on outdoor ads on billboards and transit shelters. You will see these ads popping up in communities throughout the province.

The campaign also has online and social media components. Go to http://FundBCschools.ca/ to access social media shareables, including new Facebook cover photos, for members and supporters to download or post to their social media accounts. The campaign also encourages folks to use the hashtag #FundBCschools on Twitter.

This new initiative was timed to be released now because the new provincial budget will be announced on February 16. The Federation couldn't release it sooner because of advertising restrictions during the two provincial by-elections that wrapped up yesterday. But now, teachers, parents, and supporters can reach out directly to MLAs through the website and put pressure on them to provide better funding for our schools. The campaign will continue into the budget-setting period at the school board level.

During development of the campaign, the design and messages were researched and tested to ensure effectiveness. That included focus groups on the design concept in Prince George, Kelowna, and Vancouver. Teachers and parents who participated in those randomly selected focus groups will recognize the design! 

Please visit the site, share the messages, and keep a lookout for the ads in your communities. It's time BC invested in kids again! 

Exciting news for teachers with five years or less experience!

NTC 2016The BCTF is once again hosting an amazing conference full of learning opportunities, networking, and fun designed specifically for you. Please join us at the New Teachers, New TTOCs, and Student Teachers' Conference.

Where: The Radisson Hotel, Richmond
When: February 26 and 27, 2016

Visit the BCTF website for more information and to register.


Resources for Black History Month

Black History Month 2016February is Black History Month and a time to formally recognize and celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians.

In December 1995, the Parliament of Canada officially recognized February as Black History Month, following a motion introduced by the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine, MP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

The BCTF website has many lesson plans on antiracism as well as other antiracism resources

Opportunities for members: Peer Support Service Consultant

Interested in helping your colleagues and sharing your teaching expertise? Consider becoming a Peer Support Service Consultant. The application deadline is Monday, February 22, 2016. 

Why education needs to be kept out of international trade deal

The Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF), the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), and the Centrale des Syndicats du Quebec (CSQ) have added their voices to those of teacher unions throughout the world calling on governments to keep education out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). 

In a recent news release, the CTF and CAUT explain why they have jointly signed a letter to Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Minister of International Trade, outlining their concerns. Along with other global teacher unions, the CTF, CAUT, and the CSQ also believe that if education is included in this trade agreement, there is greater risk of increased privatization and commercialization in the public education sector. The TPP is expected to be signed in New Zealand on February 4, 2016 and covers 40% of the global economy.