Voices Visible Writing Contest Rules
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!
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:
Deadline: March 15th, 2017. Anticipated publication Summer 2017.
Editors: Sara Florence Davidson and Ashley Cail
Please send your queries and completed submissions to:
Please see this page for our guidelines for submission.
See our previous journal, Fall 2016 Story and the Landscapes of Learning for inspiration!
Proposal for English Language Arts Grades 10-12 Curriculum
via Ben Pare
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:
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.
We welcome your feedback.
You can find a feedback link here on the 10-12 Draft Curriculum site.
“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.
The BC Teachers of English Language Arts 2016 Fall Conference
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.
We will be having a Special AGM on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 10:00 am in the Ovans Room at the BCTF Building in Vancouver. The sole purpose of this meeting is to discuss and vote on the recommendation made at the last AGM and formally put into writing at our last executive meeting, that we add two members-at-large to our executive.
Notice of Motion:
MOVED that Assocation hold a special general meeting on January 29 2016 at 10am in the BCTF Building to consider the following amendment to the BCTELA constitution:
Add to Article 4.2
In addition, there may be two members-at-large, based on the needs and financial position of the association as determined by the table officers at least four weeks prior to the annual general meeting. Duties of these positions will be communicated to the membership prior to the AGM.
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