free player 5150 This week the BC Teachers’ Federation is hosting a major provincial conference entitled “Every kid counts: A call to action on class size and composition.”
BCTF President Jinny Sims said the conference will bring together hundreds of teachers, students, parents, support workers, trustees, and MLAs to shine the spotlight on the problems in ever-larger classes where students with diverse learning needs cannot get the support they need to succeed.
“Teachers took dramatic action last fall to bring these issues to public attention,” Sims said. “Learning conditions were at the heart of our strike and were key to the solid parental and public support for our strong stand.”
Sims noted that at the end of the strike the provincial government agreed unconditionally to address class size and composition, but so far teachers have seen only minimal changes.
“The legislature will open February 14 and our next meeting of the Learning Round Table is February 17, so we are looking to those crucial dates for the needed amendments to The School Act,” Sims said.
Meanwhile, conference participants will share information about the realities in classrooms across BC and strategize ways to bring about positive change. The BCTF is hosting parent and teacher representatives from every district, and has invited all MLAs and education partner groups including the BC School Trustees’ Association, the BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association, and the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils.
Speakers include Dean of Education at Simon Fraser University Dr. Paul Shaker, Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl of the UBC Faculty of Education, Fernie Secondary School teacher Kate Noakes, and Kathleen Devlin of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation.
The conference will take place February 10 and 11, 2006 at the Delta Airport Hotel in Richmond, 3500 Cessna Drive. For program details, please go to: href=”http://www.bctf.ca/events/EveryKidCounts/program.html”>http://www.bctf.ca