Serving and Supporting BC’s Boards of Education

AGM Keynote Profile: Gabrielle Scrimshaw

Gabrielle Scrimshaw is a Dene woman from Hatchet Lake, a small community in northern Saskatchewan.  She grew up in a family with two sisters and her father, a single parent.  She knows the challenges that Indigenous people face in Canada and said in her TEDx talk in Toronto, that by all statistics, she should not

Challenges in French Education Teacher Supply and Demand

In February of this year, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages released a study it had commissioned on supply and demand of French Second Language (FSL) teachers in Canada.  The study was led by the Canadian Parents for French and conducted by researchers from across Canada, including Mimi Masson, Elizabeth Larson, Paule Desgroseilliers,

Advocacy: Minister of Education Rob Fleming to Boards of Education RE: Long-Range Facilities Plans

[Received April 12, 2019] “I am pleased to bring your attention to the Ministry of Education’s new approach to long-term capital planning for boards of education. The Ministry’s guidelines for the development of Long-Range Facilities Plans (LRFP) for school districts have undergone a significant revision from the initial version that was produced in March 2017 under the previous administration.”

BCSTA Working Groups: Progress Report

Following the BCSTA AGM in 2018, the Board of Directors approved a Strategic Plan, an element of which under the Advocacy goal is to: “Create specific working groups in support of achieving our advocacy goals and addressing the major identified themes (including consideration of involvement with partner groups and external organizations).”

A Children’s Health Hub in Gold River

Over the years 2013 to 2016, the Early Development Instrument (EDI) results in School District 84 (Vancouver Island West) showed that 53% of children in the community were vulnerable on one or more of the five scales (physical health and well-being, language and cognitive development, social competence, emotional maturity, and communication skills and general knowledge).