Upstanders -Book Club

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.



Deadline Extended for English Practice!

The deadline for submissions to the “Story and the Landscapes of Learning” issue of English practice has been extended to March 15, 2016. 
We will now also be accepting submissions on general topics related to the teaching of English Language Arts in grades 4-12; however, preference will be given to submissions on the topic of place-based and/or place-conscious learning
Please consider submitting your poetry, prose, articles, photographs, postcard stories, lesson ideas, and teaching reflections.
 Read more about our criteria and guidelines for submission.

Call for Workshop Proposals

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.

Special AGM- Constitutional Change

We will be having a Special AGM on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 10:00 am in the Ovans Room at the BCTF Building in Vancouver. The sole purpose of this meeting is to discuss and vote on the recommendation made at the last AGM and formally put into writing at our last executive meeting, that we add two members-at-large to our executive.

Notice of Motion:

MOVED that Assocation hold a special general meeting on January 29 2016 at 10am in the BCTF Building to consider the following amendment to the BCTELA constitution:

Add to Article 4.2
In addition, there may be two members-at-large, based on the needs and financial position of the association as determined by the table officers at least four weeks prior to the annual general meeting. Duties of these positions will be communicated to the membership prior to the AGM.

BCTELA Journal Facebook Page launch!

English Practice now has a Facebook Page!

Like us on Facebook and receive lesson and article ideas that connect to the current call for articles. Share resources with other educators, and provide us with feedback on our latest issue.

We would love to hear from you.

BCTELA Facebook Page link!

NCTE Affiliate Leadership Development Award

Congratulations to our own Ashley Cail, who has received the 2015 NCTE Affiliate Leadership Development Award.  The award recognizes her as an early career teacher who has demonstrated a capacity for professional leadership as well as a willingness to join and participate in the BC Teacher’s of English Language Arts (NCTE affiliate) during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Ashley is a member of the team that produces our English Practice journal, which also recently won an NCTE award.

See Press Release NCTE Award

Whistler Conference May 2016


Registration is live!

Whistler Conference

Friday, May 6, 2016 – Whistler Hilton Resort

Check out this line up:

Adrienne Gear

  • Nonfiction Writing Power Effective writing instruction

Victoria Olson

  • Screencasting to explain everything Passion-based learning

Naryn Searcy

  • Assessing the new curriculum Indigenous perspectives

Rome Lavrencic & Stacia Johnson

  • New core French curriculum

Katherine Mulski

  • Web applications

See full brochure here: Whistler Brochure 

Registration Rates

BCTF members $125 until April 10, $145 starting April 11. Non-BCTF members, out-of-province and administrators $145. TTOCs, student/retired teachers, para-professionals, and SEAs $65. Register as a group of three or more and receive 10% off.

Space is limited; register early to avoid disappointment.

Registration includes PSA memberships. Participants may choose to receive memberships in all three of the co-sponsoring PSAs. Coffee to start your day as well as mid-morning refreshments are included. Lunch is on your own to take advantage of Whistler’s many interesting options.

Whistler Hilton Resort Rates

4050 Whistler Way V0N 1B4
Rate code: My Pita Conference Booking Code: MYP

$149 per night plus taxes for a double occupancy standard room with two double beds or king/queen junior suite with kitchenette. Other room options are available.

Book by April 5, 2016. Room rates are applicaple from May 2–10, 2016. $20 for each adult over double occupancy. $22 per night for parking. Reservations guaranteed with credit card or advance deposit.


BCTELA proud to announce NCTE AWARD!

EP Cover

English Practice Wins NCTE Affiliate Journal Award

The journal, English Practice, edited by Pamela Richardson of Royal Roads University and Sara Davidson of the University of British Columbia, and published by the British Columbia Teachers of English Language Arts, earned honorable mention for journals published by affiliates of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

The Affiliate Journal Awards will be among awards presented by the NCTE Standing Committee on Affiliates during the Affiliate Breakfast on November 22, 2015. This event is part of the NCTE Annual Convention being held November 18-22, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota avis viagra ligne.

Twelve entries were received this year. Entries for the award were journals published during the year from May 2014 through the program deadline of May 1, 2015.

This program, established in 1995, recognizes affiliate journals that provide their members with scholarly articles on issues and topics related to the teaching of the English language arts. The entries are judged on content, organization, layout, and physical appearance as well as variety of articles published, quality of writing, evidence of research and scholarly exploration, appeal to many different groups within the affiliate, coverage of important issues in English language arts education, inclusion of other types of writing (poetry, affiliate news, book reviews, etc.), a readable and attractive design, appropriate cover art, clean typography for body copy and headlines, presence of basics of magazine publishing (folios, general information on publisher, date, cover, table of contents, etc.), use of graphic elements to aid readability, and quality of paper on which the journal is printed.

The National Council of Teachers of English, with more than 35,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.

October Pro-D Almost HERE!

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.

  1. 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

  1. Hotel –If you need a room, please contact the hotel as soon as possible to guarantee the conference rate. Here is the hotel information:


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