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Tell Your Colleagues!! BCTELA is gearing up to host a fabulous conference day on October 25th in Surrey, B.C.!

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**Please note the correct address of the new Moody Middle School location!

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.

Jeffrey Wilhelm

-EMPOWER YOUR TEACHING: Cognitive apprenticeship
and inquiry to promote powerful reading, composing and
social action!

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.



Enriching Community Through Story: Strengthening voice and choice

Handouts from presenters -with our thanks:

Adrienne Gear: We Are All Connected – GEAR BCTLA 2017

Dennise Clark: Offering Choice- BC’s New ELA 10-12 Curriculum Clark

Department Unit Planning Template Clark

Belinda Chi: Exploring Story Through First Peoples Principles of Learning Chi

BCTELA’s annual conference brings together educators who are committed to teaching practices that respect and engage all learners. This year’s sessions will focus on topics such as exploring story and ourselves; fostering community and engagement through connections, reading, and writing; connecting ELA to the core competencies; considering gender identities; Aboriginal perspectives and principles of learning; exploring ELA 10–12 possibilities; voice and choice; inclusive practices; and a special panel tribute to the work and in influence of Richard Wagamese.


October 20, 2017 

George Elliot Secondary School 

10241 Bottom Wood Lake Rd, 

Lake Country, BC 

8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m. 

2017 BCTELA Conference at a glance

2017 BCTELA Conference Agenda and Sessions


Click here to register! Conference fee includes a membership to British Columbia Teachers of English and Language Arts (BCTELA) provincial specialist association (PSA)


Thursday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wine and Cheese Event at The View Winery

A Portage and Main sponsored event featuring the writing of Schnellert, Brownlie, and Moore in their upcoming book in the It’s All About Thinking series. Event included in registration.

Friday, October 20, 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and presentations by student writers published in the BCTELA Voices Visible publication.

Friday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Keynote: Ivan Coyote

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Sticker

Ivan Coyote is the author of 11 books, the creator of four short films, six full-length live shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer’s, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam and Australia.

Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice, and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Ivan’s stories remind us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.


BCTELA October 2019 Conference Call for Presenters!!

BCTELA October 2019 Conference Call for Presenters!!

This will be an exciting day you won’t want to miss!! Our keynote is DAVID A. ROBERTSON, an award-winning Indigenous writer. His books include When We Were Alone (winner Governor General’s Literary Award), Will I See? (winner Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award), The Evolution of Alice, Sugar Falls (YA graphic novel) and more!

Deadline to submit program proposals is March 8, 2019. Please download and fill out the document below.Email as an attachment to Katie Marren:

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2016 Provincial Conference

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Fall 2014

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Wine and Cheese and Keynote Address

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Saturday Institutes

Due to thoroughly positive feedback last year, we are please to continue our tradition of Saturday Institutes. Saturday offers three full-day institutes with some of the biggest names in literacy education. This is your opportunity to immerse yourself in a … Continue reading

Friday Conference Program

Morning Session (9-11AM) FR1-A Reading Power – A Practical Approach to Comprehension Instruction in the Elementary Grades. Adrienne Gear/ Vancouver, BC K-5 What is “comprehension instruction”? How can we ensure that our students do not develop into merely “decoders” but … Continue reading

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Conference 2010 Speakers

BCTELA’s Fall 2010 Keynote address will be given by Richard Wagamese: Richard Wagamese is one of Canada’s foremost Native authors and storytellers.  Working as a professional writer since 1979 he’s been a newspaper columnist and reporter, radio and television broadcaster … Continue reading

Fall 2013

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Fall 2011

Teachers and Students Together: Leading Literate Lives October 21 – 22, 2011 Johnston Heights Secondary School at 15350 – 99 Avenue, Surrey B.C. Join us in Surrey for our annual fall provincial conference as we explore the ways students read … Continue reading

Spring 2011

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Fall 2010

Provincial Conference 2010 Building Pathways October 21st – 23rd, 2010 BCTELA’s annual conference brings together educators who are committed to teaching practices that respect and engage diverse learners. This year we feature sessions focusing on First Peoples literature and learning, … Continue reading

Fall 2009

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Spring 2009

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Fall 2008

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Fall 2007

Writing Ourselves, Reading the World For Teachers of English Arts Grades 4 -12 Date: October 18 -19, 2007 Location: Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School, 419 – 24th Avenue East, Vancouver, BC, V5V 2A2 workshop at 2007 conference


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