Uncertainty appears to be the theme this year. We have been two and a half months without a Collective Agreement and have received a Mediator’s Report which holds true to government mandates and provides little for teachers and students. It is a fact that teachers’ working conditions are student learning conditions. We want what is…

A staff meeting can be called by your Administrator up to twelve times per year according to Article D.28 of the Collective Agreement. Staff meetings are not to last longer than one and one half hours (90 minutes). Teachers should have input into the agenda of staff meetings. In addition, CTA staff reps or designates…

Teacher prep time has been a bargaining issue in many rounds of local and provincial bargaining. This time is important for teachers as it is time within the work day we can use to plan and prepare for our classes and for individual student needs. Should you be asked to do other activities during this…

The Vancouver Canucks are having an Educators Appreciation Night on Wednesday, March 18. These tickets are available at a significant discount for teachers in the lower and upper bowl sections. Please do not post this link on social media as it is not password protected and they don’t want scalpers buying the tickets. Please click…

Non-Instructional Days Non-Instructional Days come in many forms and this can be confusing not only to the parents and the community but for teachers as well. Here is a breakdown of what Non-Instructional Days look like in Chilliwack: Professional Development – teacher directed, teacher chosen; there are five professional development days provided in our Collective…

For the month of November we are focusing on incident reporting and safety plans. The CTA Released Officers and the Health and Safety Chairperson are committed to ensuring safety at all worksites. We want to make members aware of the processes and steps needed to take when incidents happen. One way to do this is…

Save the date – November 13th, 5 PM at the CTA Office. Teachers will enjoy a light dinner and then the feature presentation movie, Indian Horse. Resources will be available, and of course door prizes! Please call (604-792-9233) or email (office@chilliwackteachers.com) to save your seat.

This has been an exciting and beautiful fall in our school district. We are seeing rainbows popping up everywhere. There is now a rainbow crosswalk at the school district office and more rainbow crosswalks are being planned and painted at various school sites. These symbols of acceptance and inclusion are an important step forward for…

Changes to Teacher Regulation Branch You can no longer find the Teacher Regulation branch on the Ministry website. The TRB has been separated into three sections. 1. The Teacher Certification Branch which strictly focuses on the certification process. 2. By searching Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, you will find the site for professional conduct. 3. Standards…