The BC Teachers of English Language Arts Provincial Specialist Association conference planning committee has been working hard getting ready. We are excited to be getting together in a month.
- Registration – thank you to everyone who has registered and become a BCTELA member. Please follow the link below to complete this process:
Updated Conference Brochure – CLICK HERE
- Hotel –If you need a room, please contact the hotel as soon as possible to guarantee the conference rate. Here is the hotel information:
The BC Teachers of English Language Arts presents its Fall Conference:
Story and the Landscapes of Learning
October 23rd, 2015
Matthew McNair Secondary School
9500 No 4 Road
Story and the Landscapes of Learning brings together educators who are committed to teaching practices that respect nd engage diverse learners. This year we feature sessions focusing on inquiry, diverse texts, indigenous perspectives, the new curriculum and stories of place and learning.
Featuring: Richard Wagamese, David J. Smith, Faye Brownlie, Sharon Jeroski, Leyton Schnellert, Carl Leggo, Dale Allender and many more!
We held the first of our chats around place-based education and pedagogy today. Here’s the Story:
If you haven’t yet had a chance to join the BCTELA summer book club, don’t worry: you still can! The coordinated date has been extended to July 6th.
This year we are reading about theories of Place-Based education. As this topic is still emerging as a area of study, we will be reading four articles rather than a single text.
Let us know if you have questions. If you’re ready to read, please download the form and send it to the address you’ll find at the bottom. We will send you the articles. The first two will be discussed on Twitter on July 9th, and the second two on August 11th (see the Important Dates in the sidebar to the left).
We are pleased to announce BCTELA’s third annual professional literature book club. Three years ago we started a pattern of book clubs over the summer as a lead-up to our fall conference. We have traditionally chosen professional literature authored by our upcoming keynote as a way to extend and deepen the conversations surrounding the themes of our conference.
This year we are continuing to connect our professional book club to the October conference. But this time, rather than choosing a text by our keynote speaker, we are using the theme of the conference as inspiration. The theme of the 2015 BCTELA provincial conference is “Story and the Landscapes of Learning” and centres on the ideas of place-based learning and the stories which make up our experience of ‘place.’
Instead of selecting one professional book as our book club text, we have chosen to build a text-set of four articles. The articles have been carefully chosen to provide a comprehensive foundation from which to further explore and discuss what it means to teach BC students to read and write stories set in BC.
The discussion format will be similar to what we have done in the past: we will use Twitter as an accessible platform and divide the reading into a few hour-long twitter chats. The chats will be on July 9th from 10-11am, and on August 11th from 11am-12pm. As usual, our tweets will be delineated by the hashtag #bctelabook.
If you are interested in reading along with us, download and fill out the 2015 BCTELA book club application and email it to Celia Brogan (address on the form) by June 25th.