Category: #SafeReopeningBC

My thoughts on PPE for teachers

The BC Teachers’ Federation just held its last Representative Assembly (RA) of the school year, remotely by conference call. Building on lessons learned from the remote Annual General Meeting (AGM) held just over a month ago, the RA considered many resolutions and it was a productive meeting. Issues were debated, motions amended, and union democracy advanced.

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Teachers’ professional check-list and guidelines for members of the government’s Education Steering Committee during COVID-19

Teachers are invited to join the conversation and help develop a check-list for members of the government’s Education Steering Committee. Last week the government announced that schools would fully re-open in September, if safe to do so. The government announced that it would form a Steering Committee to help prepare for this. The BCTF submitted representatives and these representatives will be meeting with the BCTF table officers on July 2nd to prepare for the committee’s work

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Why fads, trends, and gurus won’t protect public education during COVID-19.

Defending the integrity of public education matters most to those facing the greatest obstacles to justice and fairness. That’s one reason why we should be on the lookout for simplistic “one-size-fits-all” approaches to teaching and learning. We must also pushback on Trojan Horses, radical approaches that would undermine public education waiting to be brought into the public education system during this time of crisis.

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Which approach works best in COVID-19 classrooms and schools: Hybrid, blended, or none-of-the-above?

In a crisis being precise matters because every action comes with profound implications, for both the immediate crisis and for everything that follows. That’s why government must be clear about its plan for reopening B.C. schools and how it will respond to the challenges that COVID-19 presents for B.C. students and their learning.

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Why B.C. students need rigorous education with integrity, not just grades and credentials, during COVID-19.

Key to getting public schools back on track is to focus on the integrity of teaching, learning, and reporting of student progress. If the curriculum is to be scaled back, then this must be made explicit and the costs to student learning should be known. Lost teaching and learning time for most students, especially students with limited resources available for at-home learning, should be clear and visible.

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Tom is a founding organizer of the Critical Education Project.

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