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NCTE Affiliate Leadership Development Award

Congratulations to our own Ashley Cail, who has received the 2015 NCTE Affiliate Leadership Development Award.  The award recognizes her as an early career teacher who has demonstrated a capacity for professional leadership as well as a willingness to join and participate in the BC Teacher’s of English Language Arts (NCTE affiliate) during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Ashley is a member of the team that produces our English Practice journal, which also recently won an NCTE award.

See Press Release NCTE Award

Whistler Conference May 2016


Registration is live!

Whistler Conference

Friday, May 6, 2016 – Whistler Hilton Resort

Check out this line up:

Adrienne Gear

  • Nonfiction Writing Power Effective writing instruction

Victoria Olson

  • Screencasting to explain everything Passion-based learning

Naryn Searcy

  • Assessing the new curriculum Indigenous perspectives

Rome Lavrencic & Stacia Johnson

  • New core French curriculum

Katherine Mulski

  • Web applications

See full brochure here: Whistler Brochure 

Registration Rates

BCTF members $125 until April 10, $145 starting April 11. Non-BCTF members, out-of-province and administrators $145. TTOCs, student/retired teachers, para-professionals, and SEAs $65. Register as a group of three or more and receive 10% off.

Space is limited; register early to avoid disappointment.

Registration includes PSA memberships. Participants may choose to receive memberships in all three of the co-sponsoring PSAs. Coffee to start your day as well as mid-morning refreshments are included. Lunch is on your own to take advantage of Whistler’s many interesting options.

Whistler Hilton Resort Rates

4050 Whistler Way V0N 1B4
Rate code: My Pita Conference Booking Code: MYP

$149 per night plus taxes for a double occupancy standard room with two double beds or king/queen junior suite with kitchenette. Other room options are available.

Book by April 5, 2016. Room rates are applicaple from May 2–10, 2016. $20 for each adult over double occupancy. $22 per night for parking. Reservations guaranteed with credit card or advance deposit.


BCTELA proud to announce NCTE AWARD!

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English Practice Wins NCTE Affiliate Journal Award

The journal, English Practice, edited by Pamela Richardson of Royal Roads University and Sara Davidson of the University of British Columbia, and published by the British Columbia Teachers of English Language Arts, earned honorable mention for journals published by affiliates of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

The Affiliate Journal Awards will be among awards presented by the NCTE Standing Committee on Affiliates during the Affiliate Breakfast on November 22, 2015. This event is part of the NCTE Annual Convention being held November 18-22, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Twelve entries were received this year. Entries for the award were journals published during the year from May 2014 through the program deadline of May 1, 2015.

This program, established in 1995, recognizes affiliate journals that provide their members with scholarly articles on issues and topics related to the teaching of the English language arts. The entries are judged on content, organization, layout, and physical appearance as well as variety of articles published, quality of writing, evidence of research and scholarly exploration, appeal to many different groups within the affiliate, coverage of important issues in English language arts education, inclusion of other types of writing (poetry, affiliate news, book reviews, etc.), a readable and attractive design, appropriate cover art, clean typography for body copy and headlines, presence of basics of magazine publishing (folios, general information on publisher, date, cover, table of contents, etc.), use of graphic elements to aid readability, and quality of paper on which the journal is printed.

The National Council of Teachers of English, with more than 35,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.

October Pro-D Almost HERE!

The BC Teachers of English Language Arts Provincial Specialist Association conference planning committee has been working hard getting ready. We are excited to be getting together in a month.

  1. Registration – thank you to everyone who has registered and become a BCTELA member. Please follow the link below to complete this process:

Updated Conference Brochure – CLICK HERE

  1. Hotel –If you need a room, please contact the hotel as soon as possible to guarantee the conference rate. Here is the hotel information:

It’s HERE!!

The BC Teachers of English Language Arts presents its Fall Conference:

Story and the Landscapes of Learning

October 23rd, 2015

Matthew McNair Secondary School

9500 No 4 Road

Richmond, BC

Story and the Landscapes of Learning brings together educators who are committed to teaching practices that respect nd engage diverse learners. This year we feature sessions focusing on inquiry, diverse texts, indigenous perspectives, the new curriculum and stories of place and learning.

Featuring: Richard Wagamese, David J. Smith, Faye Brownlie, Sharon Jeroski, Leyton Schnellert, Carl Leggo, Dale Allender and many more!

Read with us!

If you haven’t yet had a chance to join the BCTELA summer book club, don’t worry: you still can! The coordinated date has been extended to July 6th.
This year we are reading about theories of Place-Based education. As this topic is still emerging as a area of study, we will be reading four articles rather than a single text.
Let us know if you have questions. If you’re ready to read, please download the form and send it to the address you’ll find at the bottom. We will send you the articles. The first two will be discussed on Twitter on July 9th, and the second two on August 11th (see the Important Dates in the sidebar to the left).

Summer is #BCTELAbook Club Season

Summer book clubWe are pleased to announce BCTELA’s third annual professional literature book club. Three years ago we started a pattern of book clubs over the summer as a lead-up to our fall conference. We have traditionally chosen professional literature authored by our upcoming keynote as a way to extend and deepen the conversations surrounding the themes of our conference.
This year we are continuing to connect our professional book club to the October conference. But this time, rather than choosing a text by our keynote speaker, we are using the theme of the conference as inspiration. The theme of the 2015 BCTELA provincial conference is “Story and the Landscapes of Learning” and centres on the ideas of place-based learning and the stories which make up our experience of ‘place.’

Instead of selecting one professional book as our book club text, we have chosen to build a text-set of four articles. The articles have been carefully chosen to provide a comprehensive foundation from which to further explore and discuss what it means to teach BC students to read and write stories set in BC.
The discussion format will be similar to what we have done in the past: we will use Twitter as an accessible platform and divide the reading into a few hour-long twitter chats. The chats will be on July 9th from 10-11am, and on August 11th from 11am-12pm. As usual, our tweets will be delineated by the hashtag #bctelabook.

If you are interested in reading along with us, download and fill out the 2015 BCTELA book club application and email it to Celia Brogan (address on the form) by June 25th.

English Practice wants your writing about place, identity and English language arts!


English Practice, the journal of the BC Teachers of English Language Arts, is a peer-reviewed, open access, online publication published twice annually.

We accept submissions under the following categories:

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

In line with the theme of the 2015 BCTELA conference we invite you to submit pieces for our our upcoming issue.

Call for articles – Fall 2015:  Story and the Landscapes of Learning 

A pheasant rises wild from the pea vines. 

A shadow settles in the maze of poverty grass. 

Home at last, I scrub my hands, the peasant’s song in me. 

(Patrick Lane, Washita, 2014, p. 50)

Powerful stories are located in our personal and social geographies. Our stories both shape our world and are shaped by our world, helping us to create identities from individual and shared experiences. In line with the BCTELA 2015 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 themed issue on place-based learning and English language arts. Entitled Story and the Landscapes of Learning this issue delves into the vital relationships between identity and the places in which we live and learn. We invite pieces that explore the role of place in informing our stories, our literacies and our practices, and pieces that help us to understand the role of English language arts in deepening our relationship to place and the environment.

Questions to consider might include:

How are we shaped by the places in which we live and learn? How is our environment our teacher? How does place influence our teaching practices? How do we make visible our relationships to our environment? What kinds of learning experiences do we owe our students so they can connect with, see themselves in, and become stewards of the places in which they live? How can we help students develop their own sense of home, place and identity through writing and texts?

Deadline: September 30th, 2015

Please see our Criteria and guidelines for more information about the submission process, and send your queries and completed submissions to:

Editors: Pamela Richardson, Sara Davidson and Ashley Cail




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