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What a week for BCTELA!

Our annual fall conference is coming this week, and what a line-up! You can register at the door, although the online conference registration is open until October 17th, at 11:59 pm. Don’t forget the wine and cheese on Thursday night!

The Fall 2017 issue of English Practice, our peer-reviewed journal, is hot off the presses!

 

 

If you are inspired to contribute to English Practice, you can follow this link to the 2018 Call For Articles.

 

 

 

 

Our Voices Visible writing contest information is ready to go for this school year!

Important documents:

Voices Visible Poster 2017-18 – Put up at your school!

Voices Visible 2017 2018 Writing Contest Entry Form-BCTELA

What a great team working hard for you at your Professional Specialist Association! See you in Kelowna!

Fall Conference Registration is Live!

Enriching Community Through Story: Strengthening voice and choice

BCTELA’s annual conference brings together educators who are committed to teaching practices that respect and engage all learners. This year’s sessions will focus on topics such as exploring story and ourselves; fostering community and engagement through connections, reading, and writing; connecting ELA to the core competencies; considering gender identities; Aboriginal perspectives and principles of learning; exploring ELA 10–12 possibilities; voice and choice; inclusive practices; and a special panel tribute to the work and in influence of Richard Wagamese.

BCTELA PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE 

October 20, 2017 

George Elliot Secondary School 

10241 Bottom Wood Lake Rd, 

Lake Country, BC 

8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m. 

2017 BCTELA Conference at a glance

2017 BCTELA Conference Agenda and Sessions

Click here to register! Conference fee includes a membership to British Columbia Teachers of English and Language Arts (BCTELA) provincial specialist association (PSA)

Highlights

Thursday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wine and Cheese Event at The View Winery

A Portage and Main sponsored event featuring the writing of Schnellert, Brownlie, and Moore in their upcoming book in the It’s All About Thinking series. Event included in registration.

Friday, October 20, 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and presentations by student writers published in the BCTELA Voices Visible publication.

Friday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Keynote: Ivan Coyote

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Sticker

Ivan Coyote is the author of 11 books, the creator of four short films, six full-length live shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer’s, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam and Australia.

Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice, and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Ivan’s stories remind us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.

 

BCTELA Grades 2-12 Writing Contest

We are pleased to announce our annual writing contest!

BCTELA 2016-2017
Voices Visible Writing Contest Rules

  1. The Voices Visible writing contest is open to all students in British Columbia from Grades 2 to 12.
  2. This contest is free to enter.
  3. Contest entries must be submitted by a BCTELA member. To become a member, please register at BCTELA.ca
  4. All entries must be received by April 30, 2017

Here’s the VV Poster 2016 2017 for your school so you can advertise!

Download the remainder of the 2017 Writing Contest Entry Form-BCTELA

We look forward to receiving submissions from all your talented students!

 

Call for Articles – Share your Practice!

English Practice Call for articles: 

In line with the BCTELA 2016 conference theme, English Practice invites you to submit teaching ideas, classroom inquiries and practice-focused research, reflective and critical narratives, poems, fiction and other arts-based renderings, as well as, book reviews for our upcoming issue.

Entitled Empowering Learners; Renewing our Practice this broadly-themed issue opens a space for exploration and conversation around all that brings a sense of empowerment, vitality, agency and deeper purpose to the learning and teaching of English Language Arts.

Questions to consider might include:

What does empowerment mean and look like for students?  What role does language, literacy and/or literature have in student empowerment? How do I nurture a sense agency in my students? How might I use texts and/or literature to help students understand themes of power and agency? How do I maintain vitality and feel empowered as a teacher?

We have four sections to assist you in preparing and submitting your writing:

  • Teaching Ideas (classroom lessons and strategies)
  • Investigating our Practice (teacher inquiry)
  • Salon (Literary & arts-based pieces)
  • Check this Out (book reviews)

Deadline: March 15th, 2017. Anticipated publication Summer 2017. 

Editors: Sara Florence Davidson and Ashley Cail

More detail can be found by following this link.

Please send your queries and completed submissions to:

englishpracticejournal@gmail.com

Please see this page for our guidelines for submission. 

See our previous journal, Fall 2016 Story and the Landscapes of Learning for inspiration!

Proposed ELA 10-12 Curriculum Structure

Proposal for English Language Arts Grades 10-12 Curriculum

via Ben Pare

Context

As with Grades K-9, the redesigned Grades 10-12 curriculum will support both disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning, encourage locally-developed curriculum, as well as enable a variety of learning environments and school and classroom configurations. This flexibility supports teachers and students wanting to organize learning through interdisciplinary inquiries that focus on project-based learning, problem-based learning, or learning through design. Central features of the 10-12 curriculum include the following:

  • Core competencies remain central to BC’s redesigned curriculum framework and apply from Kindergarten through to graduation.
  • Curriculum in Grades 10-12 maintains the same structure as in Grades K-9, including Big Ideas, Curricular Competencies, and Content.
  • Grades 10-12 provincial curricula consist of both core curriculum (curriculum that all students are required to study) and optional curriculum (curricular options that students may choose from).

It is proposed that there be two curricula within the Graduation English program: English 10-12 and English First Peoples 10-12. These two curricula are academically equivalent, and both are accepted for entrance to post-secondary education. It is also proposed that Communications 11/12 curriculum and the Communications 12 examination be discontinued as of September 2017.

The following is a draft of the redesigned curriculum for English Language Arts (ELA) 10-12. Your feedback on this draft is encouraged.

ELA 10-12 Proposed Curriculum structure.

We welcome your feedback.

  • What do you like about the draft? Please comment on the core and optional curricula.
  • What do you think should be improved? Please comment on the core and optional curricula.
  • Does the core curriculum require anything further to meet the needs of students graduating from BC schools? Please provide details.

You can find a feedback link here on the 10-12 Draft Curriculum site.

Upstanders -Book Club

Upstanders is about helping young people question the world, build knowledge, become skilled researchers, and communicate thoughtfully—in the service of humanity, not just themselves.”
—Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Sara Ahmed

Join our book club and get a free book! All you have to do is be a current member, and send your application in by May 20th. First come, first served!

This is our fourth year with the Summer Book Club event. Once again we are returning to our strategy of picking a book by the up-coming October conference keynote speaker. This year, we are pleased to announce Harvey Daniels will be in attendance in Victoria on the PSA Professional Development Day.

Here is the link to the book, Upstanders.

We will be discussing the book over two twitter chats. The chats will be one hour long and will  take place Wednesday, July 20th, at 3pm and on Wednesday, Aug 17 @ 3pm.

If you are wondering how to participate in such a Twitter event, here is some advice from last year on how to prepare. Not sure where you will be on those days – besides enjoying a hard-earned rest? No worries – we’ve had members tweeting from a cafe on the road, a camp site, and while bathing a busy toddler. Can’t fit it in? Don’t worry!

If the Twitter Chat is not for you, we have some potential to meet up in different locations for in-person inspiration! Just indicate on the form that you are interested. Or, do both. Last year, people first had a chat together at a cafe and then joined the twitter chat right after.

 

 

Deadline Extended for English Practice!

The deadline for submissions to the “Story and the Landscapes of Learning” issue of English practice has been extended to March 15, 2016. 
We will now also be accepting submissions on general topics related to the teaching of English Language Arts in grades 4-12; however, preference will be given to submissions on the topic of place-based and/or place-conscious learning
Please consider submitting your poetry, prose, articles, photographs, postcard stories, lesson ideas, and teaching reflections.
 Read more about our criteria and guidelines for submission.

Call for Workshop Proposals

The BC Teachers of English Language Arts 2016 Fall Conference

Empowering Learners; Renewing our Practice

We are excited to announce our October conference will be held at Royal Bay Secondary School in Victoria, British Columbia.

Are you interested in sharing your practice? Here is the Workshop Proposal Form 2016 for individuals willing to present  at the conference. Please submit by February 15, 2016.

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