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The BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) is seeking 10 members to work with the Ministry of Education to enhance mental health resources for use in schools. This project will involve four full days of collaboration time to review, modify, and endorse the Key Principles and Strategies for K–12 Mental Health Promotion in Schools as a resource to support educators in bringing mental health and well-being promotion into each classroom. The project continues the work that started with the recent Ministry Mental Health—Regional Listening Sessions.

BCTF members selected will represent the BCTF as follows:

Grade Level

Number of BCTF representatives

Elementary/Middle

5

Secondary

5

In addition to public school teachers, the Ministry will appoint educators with other roles, such as administrators and independent school teachers to this project. These non-BCTF participants will not be appointed by the BCTF.

General information
The Ministry of Education released the Mental Health in Schools (MHiS) Strategy in 2020 which provides a vision and pathway for mental health promotion, prevention, and early intervention supports that meet the diverse needs of students in the K–12 education system. The key action to work with educators to strengthen the tools and resources needed to embed mental health and well-being into each classroom sits under the Mental Health in the Classroom pillar of the strategy. 

The focus of this Ministry initiative is to empower BC teachers to integrate mental health and well-being into classroom instruction and school-based relationships. This includes ensuring BC educators can access reliable, appropriate, and effective learning resources to support students.

Collaborative resource development
The BC curriculum underwent a re-design commencing in 2012 to use a competency-based model to engage students in their own learning to foster skills and competencies needed for success. In 2019, the Ministry of Education collaborated with the BCTF to develop Supporting Student Health resources for Elementary and Secondary school instruction. At this time, the Ministry and BCTF wish to take the additional step to update a curricular competency and concept map and to develop additional lessons to support mental health and well-being in the curriculum.

The Key Principles and Strategies for K–12 Mental Health Promotion in Schools was co-developed with a working group with membership from the BC Teachers’ Federation, BC Centre for Disease Control, mental health and educational partners as a resource that includes evidence-based information for promoting mental health during the 2021–22 school start-up and addressing the impacts of the pandemic.

Collaborative work session participants will be asked to complete tasks including, but not limited to:

  • reviewing the Key Principles and Strategies for K–12 Mental Health Promotion in Schools resource to pull out relevant information to educators and update the document with relevant actions and resources currently being used by educators.
  • reviewing and updating a draft document identifying where BC’s curriculum supports mental health and well-being.
  • developing lesson plans to support curriculum and core competencies aligned to curriculum map.

Upon completion of the collaborative work sessions, educators will have helped to finalize:

  • a curricular map highlighting where mental health and well-being are addressed in the BC curriculum and curricular competencies.
  • an updated Key Principles and Strategies for K–12 Mental Health Promotion in Schools document.

These materials will become key supporting resources for the MHiS Strategy.

Selected applicants will participate in four (4) full-day collaborative sessions via Zoom in February 2022. The total time commitment will be approximately 32 hours for collaboration session participation. TTOC costs will be covered by the Ministry, and any time required outside of meetings will be compensated according to government guidelines. More details will be provided to selected applicants by the Ministry.

Selection criteria

  • active BCTF membership status
  • awareness of the role and responsibilities of representing the BCTF and the teaching profession
  • the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, meet deadlines, and be enthusiastic and committed to supporting student mental health
  • experience as a K–12 classroom teacher
  • familiarity with the redesigned BC curriculum
  • a balance of diversity—gender, Aboriginal, regional representation, etc., will be sought
  • priority may be given to applicants who participated in the previous Ministry Mental Health Listening Sessions.

To apply:
Complete the CV form here
Fax to 604-871-2286 or email your application to applications@bctf.ca.

Direct enquiries to:
Grahame Rainey, BC Teachers’ Federation, grainey@bctf.ca
604-871-1845 or 1-800-663-9163, local 1845

Deadline for application:
Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 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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