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New BC Throne Speech a refreshing change

After 15 years of unconstitutional legislation, cuts to services for students, and school closures, the new BC government delivered a Throne Speech that is a big step in the right direction. That was the response of BCTF President Glen Hansman after hearing the Lieutenant Governor’s address to the Legislative Assembly. “The last 15 years have…

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Government restores funding to adult education

After a two-year fight, adult educators and students celebrated the restoration of funding for tuition-free adult education as one of the new government’s first actions in office. I know so many Punjabi elders who wanted to achieve basic adult education but couldn't afford it. Thank you, @jjhorgan. #bced #betterbc — Manveer Singh (@manveerssihota) August 9,…

Poll shows British Columbians want class-size limits and specialist teachers ratios returned quickly
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Poll shows British Columbians want class-size limits and specialist teachers ratios returned quickly

A poll released on December 16, 2016 showed British Columbians overwhelmingly want the government to abide by the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on teachers’ working conditions and implement it quickly. Doing so could mean more teachers working with students as soon as January. In response to the poll’s findings, BCTF President Glen Hansman said,…

The BC Teachers’ Federation’s 33 Provincial Specialist Associations give teachers a community to exchange ideas on research, teaching strategies, curriculum development, and other shared goals.
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BCTF members take the lead with professional development conferences

On October 21, 2016, The BC Teachers’ Federation’s 33 Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs) hosted a wide range of excellent professional development conferences in communities across BC. These conferences are part of the BCTF’s ongoing commitment to enriching teacher-led professional development and lifelong learning. Every year, the PSA conferences bring teachers together to collaborate, learn, and improve…

Accepting “they” as a singular pronoun: Writing gender-neutral report cards
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Accepting “they” as a singular pronoun: Writing gender-neutral report cards

The ever-expanding knowledge of gender fluidity has resulted in more and more students feeling comfortable understanding their gender identity. With this evolution, teachers are looking to explore different ways they can give constructive feedback without using gendered pronouns on report cards. This practice allows students and teachers to work together and not feel anxious about…

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