Send us pro-d event details for #BCed!

Do you know of an awesome local PD event? Tell us about it! We want to know about any and all upcoming professional development events in British Columbia K-12 education! The BC Early Career Teachers’ Association publishes quarterly newsletters and email bulletins informing our province’s pre-service and early-career teachers about opportunities for networking, growth, collaboration and support! Email us about your local PD event at psac77@bctf.ca or tweet us @bcecta!

#BCECTA members are invited to register for four days of Tribes TLC® Training!

Dear BCECTA members,

We are extremely excited to let you know that Tribes TLC® Training is being offered to BCECTA teachers over four days between April 20th – May 27th!

What is Tribes TLC® Training? 

Tribes Learning Communities (Tribes TLC®) is a process that leads to a caring environment through the promotion of cooperative learning, a structure for positive interaction and ongoing group productivity.  The basic training helps prepare teachers to develop a caring classroom environment that promotes student development, motivation and academic achievement.  You can find out more by going to: http://tribes.com/about/

a) What grade levels is this for?  K-12 

b)How does this connect to the redesigned curriculum?  Tribes TLC Training helps teachers weave together Core Competencies, First Peoples’ Principles of Learning and Curricular Competencies.  

cWhere are the 4 days of training being held?  In Coquitlam. Details will be emailed out to registered participants.

Details are being finalized, but here is what we can tell you now…

1)       Check your calendar to ensure you can commit to all 4 dates as follows:

–          Thursday, April 20th (after school) 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

–          Friday, April 21st (all day on PD Day) 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

–          Friday, May 26th (after school) 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

–          Saturday, May 27th (all day) 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

2)     Email us to indicate interest: waitlists will be created if needed. Future sessions will be offered if needed. bcecta@gmail.com

 What’s the registration fee for the 4 days?  

Registration Fee $100 for ALL FOUR DAYS
Book Fee $80

*participants may be able to use their local PD funds to offset this cost: talk to your local PD chair person. BCECTA is also working on developing grants for future PD opportunities like these.

Please note: Space is limited.  Avoid disappointment by registering sooner than later!


Kind regards,

Amanda Long
President, BCECTA
B.C. Early Career Teachers’ Association

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Welcome to the British Columbia Early Career Teachers’ Association!
We are the newest Professional Specialist Association of the BCTF. We are pleased to be supporting Teachers-Teaching-on-Call and early career teachers in their first years of teaching. We are expanding our communications to include Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, while expanding this website as our main resource for providing members with support. Check back often; there’s more to come!

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Pop-up Conference for Early Career Teachers October 21st at Riverside Secondary in Port Coquitlam.

The BC Early Career Teachers’ Association (BCECTA) PSA is proud to be presenting a Pop-up Conference on Friday October 21st at Riverside Secondary in Port Coquitlam. 

Registration is now open.  
 We have partnered with CUEBC (Computer Using Educators BC) for an amazing day.

REGISTER HERE:
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make sure you select “BCECTA” from the drop-down menu during registration to ensure the proper data goes through!

http://cuebc.ca/cue/2016/06/15/conference-registration-now-open/ 

We also have discounted rates for student teachers if you have friends who may be interested.

Registration includes:

*   Keynote speaker : Chris Kennedy (West Van superintendent, former Riverside principal)
*   Hot catered lunch, snacks, and beverages throughout the day
*   Valuable door prizes including laptops, iPads, Sphero robots, and more!
*   Two additional free optional Saturday events: Intro to Coding for Teachers & Intro to Teaching Coding for Teachers

*   Welcome gift for every participant (valued at $40+) 

> a 4 port high speed charging station and a BCECTA lanyard!
> charge up to 4 devices at the fastest possible speed, safely and securely.

* One year’s membership to the BC Early Career Teachers’ Association is included, with access to our resources, newsmagazine, and proD opportunities.
* A variety of workshop choices from CUEBC around technology as well as specific workshops for early career teachers, student teachers and TTOCs from BCECTA:
 > technology based workshops available such as “Awwww SNAP(chat)! How to have social media and a job”
> specific workshops for early career teachers, TTOC and student teachers such as TTOC Tool kit, TTOC and the new contract, Young & New Workers health and safety,
> general interest workshops like “Creating a Gender Inclusive Classroom”
> many more which are being added daily and listed here:  http://cuebc.ca/conference/sessions.php


When you register be sure to select BCECTA as your PSA

Thanks for your time… we can’t wait to see you October 21st at Riverside Secondary!

Extra Conference details:

Door Prizes are selected throughout the day and registrants will all have a chance to win some of the following items:
  • iPad Pro
  • Laptops,
  • Chromebooks,
  • Spheros Robots,
  • Bluetooth speakers,
  • LittleCodr games
  • much more!

Keynote Speaker
Chris Kennedy is Superintendent of the West Vancouver School District. (The West Vancouver District is making huge waves lately as the upcoming host and organizer for TEDxWestVancouverED on Sept 24th. Watch highlights from the past few years by clicking here. )

Regular Rate (after Sept 22nd):
$150 BCTF Member
$175 Non BCTF Member
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Venue Information (click for Google Maps)

We will also be holding our Annual General Meeting after the conference, with food & refreshments as a social event for all of our members! We can’t wait to see all of you and celebrate our first anniversary as an official Professional Specialist Association. It has been a tremendous achievement for early-career teachers to come together and form such a passionate initiative for supporting student teachers, new teachers, and TTOCs. This social event and AGM are our opportunity to say thank you, involve you in decisions, and build excitement for things to come! 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us in the BC Early Career Teachers’ Association executive committee if you have any questions (email, phone, or text
604-862-2045). We are excited to celebrate our first anniversary, so we can’t wait to see you in Port Coquitlam on October 21st! 

Register today for our Oct 21st #PSAday Conference in Port Coquitlam!

We are proud to be presenting the B.C. Early Career Teachers’ PSA Pop-up Conference Friday October 21st at Riverside Secondary in Port Coquitlam. Registration is now open!

We are partnered with CUEBC (Computer Using Educators BC) for an amazing day! We were able to negotiate a discounted rate for student teachers of just $60. Make sure you  BCECTA as your PSA in the drop-down menu during registration to get the $60 student rate for BC Early Career Teachers!

Registration includes:

*   Keynote speaker : Chris Kennedy<https://cultureofyes.ca/> (West Van superintendent, former Riverside principal)
*   Hot catered lunch, snacks, and beverages throughout the day
*   Valuable door prizes including laptops, iPads, Sphero robots, and more!
*   Two additional free optional Saturday events: Intro to Coding for Teachers & Intro to Teaching Coding for Teachers
*   Welcome gift for every participant (valued at $40+)
* A variety of workshop choices from CUEBC around technology as well as specific workshops for early career teachers, student teachers and TTOC from BCECTA.
*Great opportunities to network and connect with like-minded colleagues
* Opportunities to try out and enjoy hands-on experiences with a variety of emerging technologies

Info here: http://cuebc.ca/cue/cuebc-conference/

* Interested in presenting? A small number of spots are still available; click here<http://cuebc.ca/cue/2016/04/13/presenter-registration-now-open/> to apply

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All #BCed Early Career Teachers are invited to our first conference!

We are thrilled to present our very first conference, thanks to support from the Computer Using Educators’ Association (CUEBC)! CUEBC is an organization of volunteer teachers dedicated to promoting the educational uses of technology in the classroom, and we couldn’t be more grateful for their support.

The B.C. Early Career Teachers’ Association is holding a ‘pop-up’ conference, which means student teachers, grad students, TTOCs and contract teachers all have access to register for our BCECTA-sponsored sessions, as well as any of CUEBCs workshops, at a greatly reduced early-bird price. We are so new as an association that we couldn’t run such a huge conference on our own, (with amazing prizes for all registrants to boot!) so we are jumping for joy to join with CUEBC on October 21st during the province-wide professional day.

Details are below. Register before Sept 21st to get discounted early-bird rates!

Conference details:

IMPORTANT: When you register, make sure you select “BCECTA” as your professional specialist association. This ensures that the proper data goes through. 

 

Keynote Speaker
Chris Kennedy is Superintendent of the West Vancouver School District. (The West Vancouver District is making huge waves lately as the upcoming host and organizer for TEDxWestVancouverED on Sept 24th. Watch highlights from the past few years by clickinghere. )



Our conference will feature:

  • Exciting and valuable gifts and doors prizes (including a $40+ valued gift for all registrants)
  • Over 30+ sessions focused on topics relevant to Early-Career Teachers and all K-12 interests and skills, especially for those curious about incorporating technology!
  • Hot catered lunch and snacks included in registration fee
  • Great opportunities to network and connect with like-minded colleagues
  • Opportunities to try out and enjoy hands-on experiences with a variety of emerging technologies
  • Apply for local PD funding in case it can help refund registration costs: contact your local teachers’ association PD rep 

Early Bird Rate (until September 21):
$125 BCTF Member
$150 Non BCTF Member

Regular Rate (after Sept 22nd):
$150 BCTF Member
$175 Non BCTF Member

 

Venue Information (click for Google Maps)

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We will also be holding our Annual General Meeting after the conference, with food & refreshments as a social event for all of our members! We can’t wait to see all of you and celebrate our first anniversary as an official Professional Specialist Association. It has been a tremendous achievement for early-career teachers to come together and form such a passionate initiative for supporting student teachers, new teachers, and TTOCs. This social event and AGM are our opportunity to say thank you, involve you in decisions, and build excitement for things to come!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us in the BC Early Career Teachers’ Association executive committee if you have any questions (email, phone, or text 604-862-2045). We are excited to celebrate our first anniversary, so we can’t wait to see you in Port Coquitlam on October 21st!

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Kind Regards,

Your BCECTA Executive Committee
^ At our August 26th, 2016 Executive Meeting in Kamloops

(Pictured: Laura – Secretary, Katherine – Outgoing conference chair, Colin – outgoing member at large, Mark – interim webmaster, Alexa – interim editor, Alexandra – member at large, Amanda – President, Nicole – Vice President, Amanda R. – Treasurer, Gita – Member & co-chair of the VESTA TTOC Committee. Special thanks to our photographer Chris, TTOC chair for the North Vancouver Teachers’ Association.)

One-day workshops for new teachers Saturdays Sept 17th & 24th

Upcoming one-day workshops for new #BCed teachers! Register soon, spaces are going fast! Sept 17th or Sept 24th (Saturdays) in Surrey in partnership with “StartUp!” and MyPitaBC. bit.ly/startupreg

New B.C. Teachers & TTOCs! Do you like to travel?

Maybe you would like to pick up some work teaching teachers! (It’s a blast – many of us on the BCECTA Executive Committee have been facilitating for the past few years, and it’s super rewarding!)

Our BCTF is looking for teachers and TTOC’s interested in becoming facilitators for two important new workshops: “Mental health Issues in the Classroom,” and “Bargaining: The School Union Team.” The first workshop is part of the Federation’s Professional and Social Issues series, while the second is with the School Union Representative Training program.

Successful applicants will be asked to attend mandatory training at the Federation’s Facilitator’s Institute Training at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, August 20-22, 2016 (expenses like gas mileage, a room on campus, and per diems for food are covered). The days you get booked to facilitate workshops are paid by the school district, who then expenses it to the union for reimbursement, so your paycheck just looks the same as always 🙂 Things like flights and hotel are covered if you get booked to facilitate for teachers outside of your local area, and you are not expected to do it at any personal financial cost, so food is covered also. It’s a neat way to see the province and gain some teaching experience that is ‘outside of the box’!

To apply, or to learn more, follow the link:http://bctf.ca/opportunities/BCTFCommittees.aspx

Apply before June 10, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

How Are You Today?

Mental Health awareness is an ongoing human concern not unknown to teachers, parents, and students. While contracted teachers in many districts can can access a variety of benefits from the employer (For example, Delta Teachers have access to the Optum Employee and Family Assistance Program https://www.livewell.optum.com/public/welcome.asp & extended health benefits), and the union (BCTF can help us access Short and Long-term Disability insurance), there are other avenues for help.

The first line of defence in protecting our precious human assets is often our connections to each other. The Not Myself Today campaign is to better understand one’s own mental health, reduce stigma and foster safe, open and supportive work environments has a powerful short video highlighting the need for each of us to notice, listen and connect with each other.

Give it the ‘Not Myself Today’ campaign video a quick watch at the link below.  Consider how each of us can make connections to scaffold support towards better health.

http://www.notmyselftoday.ca/

Thank you to Susan Yao, 2st Vice-President (acting 1st Vice-President) of the Delta Teachers’ Association, for sending this information to Delta Teachers and to the BC Early Career Teachers’ Association!