Monthly Archives: October 2008

NCTE Regional Conference

Asking the Right Questions: Engaging Today’s Learners

October 22-24, 2009

BCTELA is pleased to announce that our 2009 annual conference will be a NCTE Regional Conference to be held at the newly renovated Delta Burnaby Hotel.

This four day conference will feature leading speakers like Jeff Wilhelm, Faye Brownlie, Davis Booth and Sharon Jerosky. A special feature of this conference will be a day of workshops and presentations by university educators and researchers.

The heart of our program will be built around teachers who believe in making a difference and educators who see kids as co-constructors of curriculum and can speak to the power of collaboration.
Go to the “Conference” tab to see more information or download the conference flyer here.

New Wordscapes Youth Art Journal

After publishing the annual Wordscapes: British Columbia Youth Writing Anthology for the past six years, Ripple Effect Arts and Literature Society (REAL) will be relaunching the publication as the new Wordscapes Youth Arts Journal in March 2008. In addition to publishing nearly 50 talented high school writers and visual artists each year, the journal will also have a Contemporary Writing section with writing samples by established authors from Canada’s literary community. REAL is excited to have lined up a number of excellent writers to appear in the first three issues in 2008, including: Douglas Coupland, Christian Bök, Wade Compton, Rachel Zolf, Janina Hornosty and Billeh Nickerson. Continue reading

ERAC Revisited

At our last executive meeting, one of our members expressed a concern regarding a troubling district-wide email she received from her board office: a ‘friendly’ reminder to submit any novel titles she may be considering for her classes next year to BC ERAC so that they could be approved for use. A colleague’s request for clarification was answered with a general confirmation that any novels used in the classroom next year must be on the ERAC list (http://www.bcerac.ca/ and scroll on NOVEL). Until now she has exercised her professional autonomy and reviewed novels herself during the summer if she felt she wanted to use something new in the coming year. Continue reading

English 12 First Peoples Update

BCTELA wants to keep English language arts teachers “in the loop” during the development of this exciting new course. Keep posted for lists of recommended resources and opportunities to get involved with piloting units of study by checking out the BCTELA web site (www.bctf.ca/bctela) and the First Nations Education Steering Committee web site (www.fnesc.bc.ca). Continue reading