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!

The New Teacher Mentoring Project (NTMP) is accepting applications!

Attention all B.C. Teachers! The New Teacher Mentoring Project (NTMP) is pleased to announce we are now accepting registrations for our third summer institute on mentorship, Leading Together: Sustaining Mentorship, Strengthening Teaching, being held July 4‒6, 2016, at the AMS Student Nest (formerly the Student Union Building) on the UBC Vancouver campus. Please see the attached information flyer. Are you glad to learn about this? Join the B.C. Early Career Teachers’ Association in order to get timely emails about these kinds of opportunities!
Conference fees, accommodation, breakfasts and lunches, and parking at UBC will be covered by the NTMP for up to two participants from each school district/local. Travel costs to and from UBC need to be covered by district, local, or personal professional development funds. We invite you to forward this email to up to two current or emerging mentor leaders within your district or local who are committed to ongoing leadership and development of mentorship programs and practices.
Registration is limited to 45 persons and the deadline is Friday, May 20, 2015. Individuals may register for the institute and request accommodation at the Walter Gage Residence on campus by completing the online form here.
An agenda and more details will follow in late June. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Alison Davies:
         Alison Davies
Co-ordinator, New Teacher Mentoring Project
c/o BC Teachers’ Federation
Tel: 604-871-1823
Cell: 604-347-6184
Fax: 604-871-2286
email: adavies@bctf.ca

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– forwarded with love from your BC Early Career Teachers volunteer executive committee members

UBC Faculty of Education summer institutes

Dear BC Teachers:

Below is a list of UBC Faculty of Education summer institutes, which are currently open for registration. I wanted to share these summer learning opportunities as some are beginning to fill up.

Best wishes,
Heather McGregor
UBC Faculty of Education

2016 SUMMER INSTITUTES
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING PROGRAMS for BC Teachers
pdce.educ.ubc.ca/workshops-institutes

Focus on: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & INFANT DEVELOPMENT

PLACE-CONSCIOUS LEARNING IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/ece2016

ECED 480B | ECED 565F | Non-credit

Begins July 2016 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by May 23

 

RECONCILIATION IN EARLY LEARNING AND CARE COMMUNITIES

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/idsc2016

Non-credit

Begins July 2016 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by June 1

Focus on: INDIGENOUS EDUCATION

 

INDIGENOUS EXISTENTIAL RESISTANCE: THE SUNDANCE PRACTICE

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/ier2016

EDST 565B | EDUC 490V

Begins May 2016 | UBC Vancouver & Kanai Reserve, Alberta

Apply by April 9

 

THEORIES AND DIMENSIONS OF PLACE-BASED LEARNING

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/Bamfield2016

EDCP 467A | EDCP 532 | Non-credit

Begins July 2016 | Bamfield, B.C.

Apply by June 13

Focus on: OUTDOOR EDUCATION

 

OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/OutdoorEd2016

EDCP 323 | Non-credit

Begins July 2016 | UBC Vancouver & Deas Island, Delta

Apply by May 24

 

OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: SKILLS CERTIFICATES

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/OutdoorLeadership

Non-credit course

Begins June 2016 | UBC Vancouver & Deas Island, Delta

Apply by April 23

Focus on: HOME ECONOMICS EDUCATION

 

ECOLOGY OF FOOD STUDIES

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/FoodStudies

EDCP 495 | Non-credit

Begins July 2016 | Prince George

Apply by May 23

 

TEXTILE STUDIES

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/TextileStudies

EDCP 362 | Non-credit

Begins July 2016 | Richmond

Apply by May 30

 

2016 AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/agriculture2016

EDCP 329

Begins July 2016 | Abbotsford, BC

Apply by June 6

Focus on: LANGUAGE & LITERACY EDUCATION

 

TEACHING ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/TeachingEnglish

LLED 478A

Begins July 2016 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by May 23

GRAMLIGNE: Apprendre et enseigner la grammaire communicative en langue seconde 

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/ete2016

Online Course

Begins May 9 | ONLINE

 

CRITICAL DIGITAL LITERACY: ISSUES, CHALLENGES, DIRECTIONS

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/CDL2016

Begins July 2016 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by May 30

 

GOING PUBLIC: BUILDING CAPACITY FOR KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION THROUGH THE MEDIA

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/GoingPublic

Begins May 2016 | UBC Vancouver (blended in-person & online)

Apply by April 18

 

TESL CERTIFICATE SUMMER PROGRAM

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/Rits2016

LLED 489A | LLED 489B | LLED 489C | LLED 478C | LLED 399

Begins June 2016

Apply by May 18

Focus on: INCLUSIVE LEARNING, INQUIRY, and SELF-REGULATED LEARNING

 

SRL INQUIRY HUB – Developing Self-Regulating Learners in Inclusive Classrooms

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/2016srl

Begins July 2016 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by May 23

 

PRACTICAL INQUIRY AND INNOVATION FRAMEWORDS for School and District Teams

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/inquiry2016

Begins July 2016 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by May 26

 

CREATING THE FUTURE: PARTNERSHIPS FOR INCLUSIVE LEARNING

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/InclusiveLearning

Begins August 2016 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by July 11

 

SUPPORTING IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE STUDENTS IN SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SETTINGS http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/SupportingImmigrants

Begins August 22 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by July 11

UBC CONTINUING STUDIES PROGRAMS for Teachers

 

FRENCH IMMERSION SUMMER INSTITUTES

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/workshops-institutes

July | UBC Vancouver & Robson Square

 

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/workshops-institutes

July 4-15 | UBC Vancouver

Opportunities for members

Why make time to get involved in the BC Early Career Teachers Association?

Be active in BCECTA and you’ll get a lot more out of your union. Getting involved means:

  • Helping make a difference
  • Getting together with work friends and colleagues and meeting new people
  • Letting your voice be heard
  • Contributing to your professional community
  • Learning about your rights and discussing issues important to you
  • Taking advantage of opportunities for education, leadership training and personal development
  • Having fun and doing something you enjoy.
    Want to get involved? Contact us today at psac77@bctf.ca

    Below is a list of potential committees within the structure of the BC Early Career Teachers’ Association. While the Executive Committee is responsible for overseeing the business of the provincial specialist association, the various standing committees play an integral role in organizing activities for members, strategizing around issues, and providing advice and critical feedback to the Executive Committee in specific areas. Committees can meet via Skype or Google Hangout if geography presents a challenge, special budgets can be allocated for organizing in-person socials or meetings, and your committee may organize special projects or events throughout the year.

    The Committees are also great places for members to get involved! Contact the us at psac77@bctf.ca to find out more!

    Possible Committees (seeking members!) – The sky is the limit!

  • Early Career Teachers LSA’s (Local Specialist Associations)

  • Bargaining for Early Career Teachers

  • BCECTA  Convention/ Conference Committee (Katherine O’Connor = Conference Chair)

  • Economic Welfare of Early Career Teachers

  • Executive Committee (Send in nominations prior to August, please!)

  • Finances for Early Career Teachers

  • Health & Safety of Early Career Teachers

  • International Solidarity with Early Career Teachers worldwide

  • Labour Affairs and Education for Early Career Teachers

  • BCECTA Political Action and Public Relations

  • BCECTA Pro-D Committee

  • BCECTA  Status of Women Committee

  • BCECTA Teachers Interested in Multicultural Education

  • BCECTA Teachers on Call Advisory Committee

  • BCECTA Ad Hoc Committees

  • BCECTA Ad Hoc Committee on Aboriginal Education

  • BCECTA Ad Hoc Committee on Status of Men in the Teaching Profession

  • BCECTA Ad Hoc Technology Advisory Committee

     Become a provincial workshop facilitator or join an advisory committee:

    http://www.bctf.ca/OpportunitiesforMembers.aspx

You can attend these free workshops for TTOC’s!

Workshops

 

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Access the Canadian Teachers’ Federation’s “Perspectives” magazine!

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Perspectives web magazine is published by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), a national alliance of provincial and territorial teacher organizations that represent nearly 200,000 elementary and secondary school teachers across Canada. As members of the BCTF, we now belong to the Canadian Teachers’ Federation.

Latest Issue                     Subscribe now                       Archive                        Français

In this issue:

The National Film Board (NFB) offers a wealth of resources for teachers [nfb.ca]

About 90% of Canadian schools are subscribed to the NFB’s CAMPUS, its online media resource. If you’re unsure whether your school has a subscription you can check CAMPUS. In the meantime, here’s an excellent blog about the story of the fight for linguistic rights for Francophone Canadians. [+]

Connected to learn: Teachers’ experiences with networked technologies in the classroom

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation and MediaSmarts partnered to gain a better understanding of the role new technologies play in teaching and learning in Canadian schools. [+]

Archives are available here: 

 

 

Graduate Diplomas in Education – Accepting late applications

SSFU Faculty of Education – Field Programs – Click below for information!  These programs are led on-location, hosted by local districts.

The Graduate Diplomas in Education (GDE) are designed for  teachers, in collaboration with BC school districts, and whose primary focus is school-based practice. It provides the opportunity for teachers and teachers on call (TOC’s) to engage in focused, sustained, reflective inquiry into their practice within a 2-year cohort model. The Graduate Diplomas in Education offered by Field Programs in the Faculty of Education can also be used for TQS Category Advancement.

Program Start Program Application Deadlines Notes
May 2016 Frameworks for Inquiry and Innovative Learning Design, Delta Accepting late applications
May 2016 Restorative Justice, Coquitlam Applications Closed
May 2016 Nature-Based Experiential Learning, North Vancouver Accepting late applications
September 2016 Inclusive Education, Surrey March 16, 2016 – July 8, 2016 Information Session
September 2016 Language and Culture in Today’s French Classrooms, Nanaimo-Ladysmith December 15, 2015 – July 8, 2016
September 2016 Language and Culture in Today’s French Classroom (Blended) Prince George, Quesnel, Caribou-Chilcotin Regions January 15, 2016 – May 1, 2016

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Join the PSAs of your choice—PSA online registration!

B.C. Teachers are encouraged to check out the online membership registration system for Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs). You can easily and quickly join, renew, and purchase your PSA memberships on the BCTF website at https://www.bctf.ca/psa/join.aspx

Many teachers hold multiple PSA memberships, in order to stay current, to network with other teachers in their same specialty areas, to support their professional community’s ability to thrive, and to find out information they might otherwise miss.

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PSA membership offers an opportunity for professional dialogue and support with colleagues from around BC. PSAs encourage you to renew or join soon, because April 15 is the deadline for PSA memberships to qualify for BCTF per capita grants. All PSA’s rely on that grant money to organize pro-d, publish newsletters, network, host websites, and more. Did you know that many local PD committees reimburse the cost of a PSA membership? Inquire with your local teachers’ association as to whether you can submit your receipt for a refund.

The BCTF includes 32 Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs). PSAs are channels for members to exchange ideas on curriculum, resources, teaching strategies, research, and other shared interests.

Looking to join one of the BCTF’s 32 Provincial Specialist Associations?
You can now register or renew your membership online!

Join a PSA now at: bctf.ca/psa/join.aspx
For more information, visit the PSA website at bctf.ca/PSAs.aspx
Many PSAs maintain online websites and resources, as well as offering:

•         PSA conferences
•         PSA workshops
•         PSA publications
•         email alerts/discussion forums/blogs
•         awards/scholarship information

Links to the PSA websites may be found at bctf.ca/PSAwebsites.aspx

Alternatively, you can download and print the PSA application form<http://www.bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Public/PSAs/%7EPSA-ApplicationForm.pdf> , and mail or fax it to the BCTF with the appropriate fees.

For information concerning PSA applications, contact Melissa Ng, 604-871-1802 or 1-800-663-9163 local 1802.

**If you have recently attended a PSA Conference and your registration fee includes a PSA membership, please disregard this notice**

 

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BCTF Annual General Meeting

The BCTF AGM will be taking place during Spring Break, March 12-15, in Vancouver.  The meeting is open to all BCTF members, so if you are interested, please drop by the Hyatt Regency. This link will take you to the BCTF website and the Reports and Resolutions book.  This contains all the motions that will be debated at the AGM, if they hit the floor.  Some are related to TTOC’s! Please take some time to look over this book and read the recommendations and resolutions.  If you have any questions or any thoughts you would like to share with representatives, please email us at psac77@bctf.ca !

Redesigned Curriculum is the focus of May 6th Teachers’ Conference in Whistler!

On May 6th , come join your colleagues in beautiful Whistler for a day that will renew your passion for teaching, inspire your love of learning and invigorate your spirit!  The annual Whistler Conference is cosponsored this year by three  Provincial Specialist Associations, the Provincial Intermediate and Middle Years Teachers’ Association (myPITA), the British Columbia Teachers of English Language Arts (BCTELA) and the BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages (BCATML).  Together, they have put together an all-star cast of presenters including Adrienne Gear, Victoria Olson, Naryn Searcy, Stacia Johnson, Rome Lavrencic and Katherine Mulski.  Each presenter will focus on the newly redesigned BC Curriculum and you are sure to take away not only practical ideas to implement immediately but also strategies to help your planning for years to come.

View workshops and register online at www.bctela.ca . Space is limited, so reserve your spot before Spring Break!

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