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Why Supporting Students With Special Needs Benefits Us All

Lizanne Foster | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

What if we looked at the whole concept of benefits in a different way. Who actually benefits when we support students whose brains work differently? We are going to need out-of-the-box kinds of thinking that students with special needs do naturally, all the time. We need special solutions to the special challenges we all face.

Private Schools Aren't The Only Place For Diverse Education In B.C.

Ashley D. MacKenzie | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley D. MacKenzie

I attended five of B.C.'s public schools. And they were all choice programs. Unique programs. Schools within the public education system that provided me with experiences and opportunities that people often think are relegated to the private system. But here's the thing: they're not.

A Conversation Between B.C. Parents During Teachers' Strike

Sarah Collins | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Collins

"I say we just gather parents to teach students in the schools this September, until an agreement can be reached!" says one of the dads. I kick off my sandals and light my hair on fire.

Mediator Agrees To Monitor Teacher Contract Talks

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Veteran mediator Vince Ready is making himself available in an attempt to end the acrimonious dispute involving British Columbia's public ...

B.C. Teacher Secretly Filmed Student, Up Women's Skirts

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A teacher who was caught with inappropriate videos on his cellphone has been banned from teaching in B.C. John MacKinnon, a learning support and sp...

Time Running Out For Province-Teacher Deal

CBC | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The provincial government says bargaining that started on Friday, after weeks of no meetings between the two sides, will resume with the B.C. Teachers...

Province Optimistic About Teacher Contract Deal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - There is some optimism as both sides in the B.C. teachers' dispute employ their full bargaining teams when negotiations resume later this w...

Teachers' Union, Province To Meet For 1st Time In A Month

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's teachers union and the government's lead negotiator have scheduled their first face-to-face meeting in more than a mont...

B.C. Teachers' Strike Can't Be Solved With Hush Money And Guilt Trips

Ashley D. MacKenzie | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley D. MacKenzie

The government is essentially paying families hush money to make them more complacent to what's happening here. Are they seriously trying to buy public opinion?

Parents Will Get $40/Day If Schools Closed In Fall

The Canadian Press | CP | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. parents will receive a $40 daily subsidy for each child under 13 years old if the teachers' strike continues into the beginning of the school yea...

Banned From Teaching After Child Porn Conviction

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Timothy Joseph Ouellette, a Vancouver Island elementary teacher, has been banned from teaching in B.C. after he was convicted of possessing child porn...

Beware, Christy Clark, B.C. Teachers Are Talking To Each Other

Lizanne Foster | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

I'm not a politician but you may want to re-think your strategy with the teachers. Something happened when you locked them out of their classrooms in June. There was lots more conversation -- mostly about you and what your real agenda is when it comes to public education. Teachers shared information and experiences and built up relationships that had not existed before.

A Teacher's Appeal To BC Liberals Of Conscience

Lizanne Foster | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

We are appealing to BC Liberals of conscience, BC Liberals who walk with integrity to speak to your peers in the party. Speak to them about what you feel is at stake if public education continues to be underfunded and your leader continues her crash and burn attack that started 12 years ago.

B.C. Coach Who Called Students 'Dumbasses' Disciplined

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

An anger-prone gym instructor and an elementary school teacher who brought a knife to class have been reprimanded by the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branc...

Teachers' Union Hopes For Mediation Next Month

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Both sides in British Columbia's ongoing teachers' dispute are talking about "mediation" but still remain far apart on key contract issues...

Gov't Won't Impose Settlement In Teachers' Strike: Finance Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government will not impose a settlement in the teachers' dispute even if there's no deal by September, the finance minister says....

2nd Mediator Declines To Help Solve Teacher Dispute

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Mediation is off the table for now in the ongoing labour dispute between British Columbia's striking teachers and their employer, after a ...

B.C. Teachers' Fight: It IS All About the Money

Elisha Bonnis | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Elisha Bonnis

I regularly see comments on social media such as, "If you really cared about the kids, you wouldn't ask for a signing bonus." Since when is there an inverse correlation between how much teachers care about students and how much of a wage increase they ask for through bargaining?

Abbotsford School District Cancels Summer School

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A handful of municipalities in British Columbia say they are cancelling summer classes because of a province-wide teachers' strike.The sch...

A Letter To B.C. Parents, From A Striking Teacher

Sarah Collins | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Collins

I often think of the raw deal you've been given when I'm on the line. Your child has moved on from our labour dispute weeks ago, and is enjoying an early break to their summer. But we haven't mentioned in the media enough about how much you've been inconvenienced with the erratic interruptions to your work schedule and the juggling you've undertaken to keep everyone in your care safe, engaged, and happy.

B.C.'s Cash Offer To Teachers Almost Expired

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The province's offer to give B.C.'s public school teachers some extra cash if they sign a deal ending their strike expires today.The more ...

Support Staff Workers Sign Deals With B.C.

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - More than 3,000 support staff workers in six school districts have signed agreements with British Columbia.The agreements between local un...

Remedial Summer Classes Must Be Taught: Labour Board

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's labour board has ruled striking educators must teach summer classes for high-school students who failed a course during...

B.C. Education Is Best In Canada: Report

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Despite the turmoil between B.C. teachers and the provincial government, a new report has ranked B.C.'s education system as the best in Canada. Ont...

How Some B.C. Students May Return To Class

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A decision by B.C.'s teachers' union means a small fraction of half-a-million public school students may return to the classroom next week...