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.