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:
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:
- 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.
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 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
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.