Welcome back!

As we begin classes this September, we have an added element: phase 1 of our job action plan which calls us to our classrooms and our students in this “time to teach.” Throughout this process, it is paramount that we provide and seek support in our professional communities acheter du viagra france.  This fall, you can find reinforcement and restoration at a PSA conference. BCTELA’s “Leading Literate Lives” is planned by teachers for teachers. We hope to see you in Surrey!

11 Things You May Not Know About BCTELA

  1. BCTELA was founded in 1959.
  2. We run the only no fee writing contest in the province and we have for over 20 years.
  3. We’re a K-12 organization.
  4. We value teachers as writers, not just teachers of writing.
  5. We’re affiliated nationally, continentally, and internationally.
  6. We have a new treasurer.
  7. Our PSA executive and LSAs are geographically diverse.
  8. We have an open access journal and website.
  9. We’ve been involved in a range of curriculum projects such as English First Peoples 10/11/12.
  10. The Middle Mosaic rocks.
  11. Half of the executive of BCTELA knits.


Local conversations

Congratulations to our newest Local Specialist Association (LSA) in SD 60-Fort St. John!  We look forward to hearing about the exciting work they’re doing together.

If you teach in SD 60-Fort St. John and want to get involved, contact us.

Continue the Conversations

Some of the Saturday institutes at the conference brainstormed some text set lists which are now up on the BCTELA wikiGo to the wiki from here and then bookmark it for easy reference.  Everyone is welcome to add and edit information, create new pages and generally collaborate for better classroom experiences.  Everyone has something to share!

Another Successful Conference

Thank you to all the teachers who made this year’s conference so wonderful! Many people commented on how much they look forward to the atmosphere of camaraderie and encouragement.

Richard Wagamese gave a lovely keynote on Thursday, Friday was full of action and the sharing of ideas and Saturday was relaxed inquiry deep into one of 4 institute topics.

Teachers coming together make the conference happen. To all who participated: thank you for your time and energy!

Pro-D Celebrate Science & Canadian Books for Young People – UBC Sept. 25th

Attention All Teachers, Librarians, and Parents

Join us for an exclusive tour of the new Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia  which is home of the Blue Whale skeleton and learn about science and science books for kids and teens!  This event supports the work of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, a not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting the reading of Canadian books for youth. (more…)

The Writer’s Life

BCTELA would like to congratulate Susan Telfer, an English teacher in Gibsons, on the publication of her first book of poetry.  It is published by Hagios Press.  Finding the time to write while teaching is an impressive accomplishment and it will surely inspire both students and colleagues. Way to go Susan!


We have started a wiki for BC English Language Arts teachers.  It’s kind of a digital incarnation of the novel title collection project we used to do. The difference this time is that a wiki updates immediately and is easily accessible to everyone.  If you’ve never used a wiki, come have a look.  We’d love to have participation from all over the province.

First, we’re collecting Canadian texts that you teach.  Next may be comics and graphic novels….


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