BCTELA’s annual conference brings together passionate educators who are committed to
teaching practices that respect, engage, and include all learners. This year’s sessions will
focus on topics that empower learners to take ownership of their learning, connect ELA to
the core competencies, consider gender identities; infuse aboriginal perspectives and
principles of learning; and explore exciting possibilities in ELA 10-12.
-EMPOWER YOUR TEACHING: Cognitive apprenticeship
and inquiry to promote powerful reading, composing and
The keynote will explore how inquiry as cognitive
apprenticeship is THE model of instruction for developing
motivation, as well as developing deep conceptual and
procedural understanding that leads to transfer and application
of learning in the real world.
Once again, the BCTELA student writing contest is open for entries!! Please spread the word to your colleagues!
Selected winners will have their writing published in Voices Visible and will receive a copy. It is an exciting way for B.C. learners to have an authentic experience with writing and being published!
The submission deadline is April 30, 2018.
You must be a BCTELA member to have your students entries qualify. You can join online through this website, or go to the BCTF website and choose BCTELA as a your PSA for only $35 for the year (payment is through BCTF).
We are getting excited about our upcoming conference in the fall!!
“Inquiry, Identity and Inclusion: Inspiring learners into action”
Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Wilhelm
If you are interested in presenting, please download the presenter form, fill it out and then email it to to the contact person below. We know this will be another rich, engaging and inspiring conference and this year it will be back in the lower mainland (Port Moody), an easy skytrain ride to Moody Middle School.
Hundreds of BC Teachers were lucky to hear Ivan Coyote’s keynote address at the recent BCTELA regional conference in October. Some of them also took advantage of Ivan’s workshops over the day. Ivan has also generously supplied us with a great list of resources, below. We are so grateful for their work with BC Teachers.
To start, here’s Ivan’s TEDX Vancouver Talk, We all need a safe place to pee:
Ivan’s descriptions and links:
1. This is a very interesting manifesto that a Jewish reform group put together about how they could support the rights of transgender people in their temple:
8. Here is a link to a campus pride index that rates colleges and universities across the US based on criteria about how safe they are for GLBTQ students. I would really like to see us start to frame our discussions about our school districts in a similar fashion, and make working for a safer school a bit of a competition. What an amazing difference re-framing the conversation could make: