English Language Arts 8-12 Curriculum Review Update

As many of you are aware, the Ministry has been involved for some time now in a wholesale revision to the English language arts curriculum for grades 8-12.

The Ministry ignored long-established protocols whereby the BCTF was involved in the selection of curriculum writing team members, and only after a draft curriculum was available was BCTF input requested. (more…)

Barry Sullivan Public Speaking Contest

Each April, the Canadian Bar Association holds events to celebrate Law Week. In past years, these have included short story, essay, photo, video and public speaking competitions.

The CBA events celebrate the signing of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This year’s theme for Law Week is “Access to Justice.” (more…)

Catalogue Offers Recommended Novel Titles for Classroom Use

The Ministry of Education has reminded school districts that novels used in classrooms must be evaluated and selected through policies and procedures established by the district and approved by the local school board. The Ministry of Education used to carry out these evaluation but stopped running them in 1998. (more…)

Presidents Message

This President’s Bulletin is a bit of a smorgasbord—with an assortment of opportunities for you and your students. For teachers, there is info on the Surrey English Teachers’ Inspiration Day: “You are a reader too, you are a writer too” on Friday, February 16, 2007. This conference is open to out-of-district teachers and will be sure to beat back the winter blahs. (more…)

English 12 First Peoples Update


The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MOE) is in the final stages of the development of the English 12 First Peoples (EFP12) curriculum and examination. (more…)


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