Monthly Archives: September 2015

Training for New Curriculum Announced

http://nationtalk.ca/story/province-and-teachers-partner-on-new-curriculum-training-for-educators

The new K-12 curriculum maps out what teachers teach and what students are expected to learn. While it focuses on the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, the new curriculum teaches them in a way that students also learn the collaboration, critical thinking, and communications skills needed to succeed after high school.

The curriculum will be phased in over three years. K-9 is available for teachers to use this year on a trial basis before being fully implemented next school year. By 2017-18 the entire K-12 curriculum will be used throughout the province.

Quotes:

Mike Bernier, Minister of Education –

“In our changing world parents expect us to make sure kids have the skills they need to succeed. The new curriculum was designed by teachers for teachers and these training supports will make sure they can bring the new curriculum to life in the classroom. It’s really encouraging to work collaboratively. The BCTF and its members have been key partners in building the new curriculum and this support plan. It’s my hope we build on this work together for an even more collaborative relationship moving forward.”

Jim Iker, president, BC Teachers Federation –

“The BCTF has been very supportive of the collaborative process involved in developing B.C.’s new curriculum and we are very proud of the hard work more than 100 of our members put into the redesign teams. The new curricula are streamlined and flexible –qualities teachers will appreciate – while remaining rigorous and engaging for students. Today’s announcement of 10 hours of in-service time for B.C. teachers to work together, learn, discuss, and share strategies about the new curriculum is a very welcome first step in ensuring a successful roll out. Teachers want to see the new curriculum succeed. Going forward, the BCTF will continue to advocate for the funding needed to ensure teachers have the resources and learning conditions to support our students’ learning.”

Teresa Rezansoff, president, BC School Trustees Association –

“The BC School Trustees Association supports the Ministry of Education’s decision to fund and facilitate opportunities for teachers at all levels to engage in and explore the new K-12 curriculum. The co-construction of this initiative by the BCTF and the ministry is positive and recognizes the value of all parties in the education sector working together. Boards of education will be looking forward to the local discussions on how best to structure the use of the 10 hours and accompanying resources to best meet the needs of teachers while minimizing any impact on student learning time.”

Sherry Elwood, president, BC School Superintendents Association –

“District superintendents and their senior leader colleagues will be pleased to work with our educational partners to design and plan for the implementation of the new curriculum. This is an exciting opportunity to create experiences for our students which will engage them in meaningful learning for the 21st century. Working together with teachers, educational support staff, principals and vice-principals, we can continue to focus on the skills that our students will need to be positive and contributing members of a future that we can only imagine!”

Dr. Peter Froese, executive director, Federation of Independent School Associations BC –

“Independent school teachers are pleased to have participated in the development of the new curriculum for K-12 students. To assist teachers in curriculum implementation strategies, the five associations of FISA BC will join our education partners in providing ten hours of professional development this year to better prepare teachers in strengthening communication, personalized learning opportunities, collaboration and critical thinking skills for students.”

Tyrone McNeil, president, First Nations Steering Committee –

“Professional learning is essential to effective implementation of the new curriculum, particularly when it comes to increased Aboriginal content. We celebrate opportunities for teachers to increase their capacity to meet the needs of Aboriginal students and integrate Aboriginal content across the curriculum.”

Nicole Makohoniuk, BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils –

“We are encouraged that all partners in education were consulted to create the new curriculum for students and that teachers will be supported as the new curriculum is being rolled out. This is an exciting time for students in education.”

Gordon Li, president, BC Principals’ and Vice Principals’ Association –

“Educators are hopeful about the possibilities of the new curriculum framework and its promise to engage students in personalized and inter-disciplinary learning and critical thinking. Successful implementation requires that principals and vice-principals work with our partners to develop common understanding and share successful practices. The opportunities the Ministry are providing will greatly increase the prospect of successful implementation for the benefit of all students.”

Kelvin Stretch, BC Association of School Business Officials –

“We appreciate the recognition by the Province of the need for additional resources to support the implementation of initiatives such as the introduction of new curriculum.”

Quick Facts:

  • The ministry is working directly with more than 150 teachers on 20 curriculum teams to develop the new curriculum.
  • Draft K-9 curriculum was posted online for review in October 2013 and garnered more than eight million webpage views and more than 1,200 pieces of feedback from teachers, experts, parents and the general public.
  • Draft curriculum for grades 10-12 is now being developed and posted for review.
  • Aboriginal culture and perspectives have been integrated throughout all grade levels.
  • The curriculum also includes the history and the contributions of the Asian and South Asian community to the development of our province – and the injustices they experienced.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/teachers-given-20-hours-over-three-years-to-study-new-bc-curriculum/article26580287/

“A year after ending a bitter five-week-long school strike, the province and the teachers’ union have worked together to develop a new curriculum that is being phased in starting this year. The changes are meant to be less prescriptive, encouraging more emphasis on critical thinking and communication skills.

Mr. Bernier said teachers will each be given 20 hours of non-instructional time to study the new curriculum over the next three years – a block of time he says is worth $100-million.”

Information on new curriculum for parents: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/

 

 

 

Conference Registration Now Open

You can now register for the October 24th conference online! All SD57 PACs are being sent a link with information, and how to receive the two free tickets each PAC receives.

If you believe your PAC should receive this, and hasn’t, please contact info@sd57dpac.ca

https://sd57dpac2015.eventbrite.ca/

Conference topics include:

  • Happy Kids & Angry Birds
  • Supporting Children with Executive Function Challenges
  • Kids Mental Health – Anxiety, Resilience, and Parent Resources
  • Gaming Funds & Responsible Gaming Practices
  • Treasurer 101
  • Making Your Life Easier with Bylaws & Robert’s Rules of Order
  • How (Not) to be Effective in Advocating for Children in the School Setting
  • Making Schools Inclusive and Welcoming
  • What All Parents Should Know about Weaving Aboriginal Perspectives into the Curriculum
  • Changes to the BC Curriculum
  • My Education BC, Parent Portal

 

DPAC will be supporting our PACs who require travel subsidies, and is working with BCCPAC to provide travel subsides for other PACs in the area.

Information on Radon Public Information Forum

The Canadian Cancer Society is hosting a free, radon public information forum on Wednesday, October 7th at 7pm at the Kordyban Lodge in Prince George (1100 Alward Street). The forum will feature speakers from the Canadian Cancer Society, Northern Health and CAREX Canada (a leading national organization focused on carcinogen surveillance), as well as mitigation professionals. The forum will address the health effects of radon, radon levels in the North, how to test and mitigate your home, as well as the status of radon testing in Canadian schools.

The presentations will begin promptly at 7pm followed by a facilitated question and answer period. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to any of the speakers, as well as purchase a radon test kit or speak to a mitigation professional until 8:30pm.

If you would like more information, you are welcome to contact myself or my colleague Megan Klitch at 250-645-2370. We also encourage you to share the information with anyone you think may be interested.

Thank you,

Jenny Byford
Advocacy Lead, Cancer Control
Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division

Tel 250-380-2358 Mobile 250-420-1784
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City of Prince George PD Day flyer

September 25 Flyer

Please find attached the Pro D Day Flyer for September 25th. The flyer is produced as a community service by the City of Prince George and promotes recreation, fitness, culture and education and is a valuable resource for parents and teachers that are looking for activities for kids to be involved in on Sept 25th Pro D Day.  This is the first edition of the flyer for the 2015-2016 school year: a flyer is distributed prior to each Pro D Day, Spring break and Summer break.

The flyer will also be available on the City Of Prince George website at www.princegeorge.ca (look under City Living>Recreation>Youth Programs).  The flyer changes from one Pro D Day to the next but the link to access it on the City website is the same.  This is the direct link: http://cityadmin/cityliving/recreation/YouthPrograms/ProDDay

Please feel free to link to this site on your school websites and list it in your monthly newsletter.  A link in the school monthly newsletter is the best way to reach most students and parents/caregivers.  Please also feel free to share the flyer or link with staff, administration as well as parents and students.

 

Evening with Gary Anaka – September 24th at Duchess Park

Printable poster: 2015 sep 24 gary anaka poster

Register here: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/understanding-the-teenage-brain-for-parents-and-students-tickets-18528026827

Parents, how can you support your teenagers to build a brain for lifetime optimal performance?

Tweens & teenagers, how can you get your parents to understand and support you?

Join our speaker, Gary Anaka, for this fun and information session. Gary Anaka is a Special Education Teacher, Author, Brain-Based Learning Facilitator, Advocate for Health and Wellness, and an inspirational Public Speaker.

Did you ever wonder why your teenagers do the weird and wacky things they do? Do you buy the myth that it is all about raging hormones? Neuroscientists are opening the window on the mysterious teenage brain giving parents inside tips that account for their emotional changes, rule breaking, defiant attitudes and sometimes dangerous behavior.

The teenage brain is wired differently than any other generation in history. It is a work in progress. Huge changes are occurring in the brain. Your teens are experiencing biological turmoil. Their brain is a construction zone with blossoming, pruning, mylenating, reconnecting and reconfiguring going on constantly. Your teens can love you in the morning and hate you in the afternoon. The smallest little incident can trigger an emotional outburst that can last for hours, even days. A new brain is being built. All of these changes begin around age 11. 

To reserve a space, please book a free ticket:

Register here: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/understanding-the-teenage-brain-for-parents-and-students-tickets-18528026827

DPAC General Meeting – September 14th

Our first meeting of the school year will be held Monday, September 14th, at the Van Bien Training & Development Centre.

 

To join us online, please click here

 

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, September 14, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Van Bien Training Centre
1. Call to order
2. Adoption of agenda and Adoption of Minutes
3. PAC Networking and discussion (To increase the effectiveness of this section of the agenda, we suggest that people report on ideas that may be of interest to other PACs, or concerns that other PACs could help with.)
7:30pm – Partner groups enter

4. Partner Group Presentations (five minutes each – questions may be taken about general topics)
a) DSAC Report ( )
b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Richard Giroday)
d) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Dan Watt)
e) Professional Employees Association ( )
f) Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)
g) Trustee Report (Brenda Hooker)
(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)

5. Elections –Vacant Director position

6. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Gillian Burnett)
c) BCCPAC Report (Dennis Fudge)

7. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Communicating with PACs and parents
b) Grant requests
c) Gary Anaka – September 24th – 7pm at Duchess Park for Understanding the Teenage Brain; morning at Nusdeh Yoh and afternoon at Spruceland.
d) Fall conference–October 24, 2015, at Civic Centre, full day.

8. Advising School District
a) Long Range Facilities Plan
b) Education Services Committee Report ( )
c) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report ( )
d) Policy and Governance ( )
e) Budget Planning Committee ( )
f) Calendar Committee ( )
g) Suggestions for School Board Report

9. Other Business
a)
b)

10. Agenda items for next meeting
11. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 5th at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

Importance of financial controls for PACs

A recent news story about a PAC on Vancouver Island that is missing $40,000 brings up the importance of PACs having financial controls.

Story: CBC article on PAC

It is important for PACs to take precautions when it comes to dealing with money, such as having two signatures required, at least two people counting cash, regular financial reviews, and viewing original bank statements. This protects the PAC treasurer, as well as protects the PAC.

Find out more about steps that can and should be taken at our DPAC conference, being held Saturday, October 24th!