Imagine a Canada

Posted on: November 8th, 2016 by lmccoll No Comments

Please click on this link to read more about Imagine a Canada and scroll down to Imagine a Canada 2016 Commemorative Video

 In the first year of Imagine a Canada, 10 recipients (4 from BC) were selected from across Canada and were honoured in a ceremony at Rideau Hall on March 1, 2016.

2017 will be a big year for Imagine a Canada. The 10 Imagine a Canadarecipients in each province and territory will go forward to a national selection committee where one recipient from each province and territory will be selected to be honoured by Governor General David Johnston in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in June of 2017.

Thank you,

Gail Stromquist

Assistant Director, Aboriginal Education
Professional and Social Issues Department BCTF
100-550 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2



Nurturing quality thinking in all students Pro-D Opportunity

Posted on: November 8th, 2016 by lmccoll No Comments
Based on the ideas of The Critical Thinking Consortium’s best-selling publication, Creating Thinking Classrooms, this professional learning session explores inspiring ideas for deepening student learning through effective instructional practices that are grounded in coherent principles.
During this two-hour session, you will:
  • Discover why thinking needs to be at the heart of 21st century learning
  • Learn which principles and practices best support pedagogy and student learning
  • Explore how TCprofessional learning and resources can enrich school and district initiatives
Download the flyer for more information about how to register for this session, and please feel free to forward this email to anyone whom you think might be interested.

Register before November 23rd to ensure your spot (space is limited).
$40 registration fee (inclusive of taxes and fees)

We look forward to seeing you!

Friday, November 25, 2016
Facilitated by Garfield Gini-Newman

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Vancouver School Board
Room 120, 1580 W Broadway
Vancouver, BC  V6J 5K8

Fee: $40 (including taxes)

Scholastic Take Action Resources

Posted on: November 3rd, 2016 by lmccoll No Comments

Take Action is a series of 12 engaging titles that focus on ethical citizenship, social justice, sustainability, and our Canadian society.

Now with these 8 new titles for the 2016/17 school year:

  • Activist Art – How do we use art to make the world a better place?
  • Community Cares – How can we build strong communities?
  • Lead the Way – How can you be a good leader?
  • In Our Hands – How can we be active global citizens?
  • Earth Action – How can we make better choices to help the Earth?
  • Are You Hungry? – What will it take to feed the world?
  • Your Mind Matters – Why is talking about mental health important?
  • Animal Relations – What is our responsibility to animals?

Get more information!

Climate Change Conference

Posted on: November 3rd, 2016 by lmccoll No Comments
Dear Colleagues

Windermere Secondary students are busily organising our eighth annual C3 Conference (Climate Change Conference) at Windermere Secondary School on Dec 5, 2016.  We are very excited to confirm registration is now open with  our two keynotes confirmed: Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, who has served as the President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs since 1998.  He has been a strong opponent of projects such as the Kinder Morgan pipeline and Site C dam and strong voice for First Nations communities across BC.  We are also excited to have Anjali Appadurai join us.  Anjali has long been involved in the world of social and environmental advocacy. Her work has specialized in the intersection of international environmental governance and social movements, and she has worked as an activist, campaigner and strategic communicator at a local and international level around issues of climate change and environmental governance.  we have an excellent lineup of speakers and workshops  including Greenpeace, Sean Devlin, Dogwood initiative and many more.  I will be sending 3-4 posters (attached) to VSB schools.  If anyone else would like posters let me know and please feel free to share this event with others.



Registration for this event is now open at


In addition, if you are interested we will have student representatives visit your school to promote the event to Social Studies, Enriched Social Studies or any other classes that may be interested. If you have any questions or would like a presentation at your school please contact me at 604 713 8180 or  



Vagner Castilho

Windermere Secondary School

Fraser River Discovery Centre

Posted on: November 2nd, 2016 by lmccoll No Comments

New Westminster, B.C. – The Fraser River Discovery Centre is pleased to announce the return of River School for the 2016-17 school year, which will see nearly 2500 students in grades kindergarten through 9, participate in our place-based, interactive, curriculum-connected programs.

Each of our seven programs are tailored to specific groups of grades, and are either science or social studies based.

The purpose of River School is to get students thinking about the river, its stories and contributions to BC, and the Fraser’s impact on their own lives, while bringing children directly to its banks. At the Westminster Quay, students can see the river at work and up close during their educational experience.

“Coming to the FRDC allows students to be actively engage with their local environment. We offer programs that get kids thinking about the river and moving around, while using materials and technology that they wouldn’t normally be exposed to in the classroom. All of our programs get kids outside looking at the river and talking about it, giving them a chance really see what an impact it has on their lives,” said Education Coordinator Julie Epp.

Last year, River School welcomed 2250 students from 10 different districts and 50 unique schools. This year, participation is expected to increase by 10 to 15 percent, as it has for the past two years, meaning the FRDC should welcome 200-300 more students to its galleries by May 2017.

While educating children about the river’s history and present day impact is a large part of River School, our Education Department also administers are wide variety of public programs, geared towards adults from community organizations and other groups, such as ESL or Settlement Services providers. Through the FRDC, newcomers have the opportunity to develop language skills while engaging with our interactive exhibits, and learning about the Fraser’s impact on their community.

To learn more about River School and our public programs, please visit our website at or call 604-521-8401 ext.108.

Historical Inquiry Pro-D Workshop

Posted on: November 1st, 2016 by lmccoll No Comments


AESN/NOII grant applications

Posted on: October 29th, 2016 by lmccoll No Comments

TO: Networks of Inquiry and Innovation and Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network

Please find attached the NOII AESN Fall Newsletter…

NOII AESN Fall 2016 Newsletter.pdf

Re: 2016-17 NOII AESN Inquiry Proposal Template attachments – the timeline for submission is November 25, 2016.

1) AESN-NOII Inquiry Proposal Submission Form

2016-17 AESN NOII Inquiry Proposal Submission Form.docx

2) 4 Key Questions

2016 4 Key Questions for Scanning and Checking.pdf

3) SOI -A Guide to the Phases of the Spiral of Inquiry


The template can be accessed on the NOII website


Congratulations to Vedanshi Vala!

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by lmccoll No Comments

2016 Young Citizens Recipients

Canada’s History Society is pleased to announce the 26 winners of the Young Citizens program. From November 26-29, these students will travel to the Canada’s History Youth Forum and spend four days together exploring the capital region and learning more about our country’s past.

Vedanshi Vala
British Columbia
L’histoire d’un pionnier canadien

BCTF Social Justice Resource

Posted on: October 11th, 2016 by lmccoll No Comments


Rename BC?

Posted on: October 10th, 2016 by lmccoll No Comments

Sunday, October 16: Unceded Territories exhibition closes at MOA

The Unceded Territories exhibit at the MOA will be closing this Sunday. This exhibit, featuring the work of internationally renowned artist and activist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, confronts the colonialist suppression of First Nations people and the ongoing struggle for Indigenous rights to lands, resources and sovereignty. Yuxweluptun will also be giving an artist talk on Sunday, Oct 13th at 1pm. Admission to this event and the exhibition is free with a UBC student card.

What Would You Rename British Columbia? Since Unceded Territories opened in May, people have been asked what they would rename the province of British Columbia. Over 1000 people have sent in ideas. This is your chance to share your new name for the province at until Sunday, October 16. Afterward, the public will be asked to vote for their favourite name. In the meantime, watch this short video to see what some visitors to the museum would choose to re-name BC.