Quality Teaching and Learning
BC's Education Plan acknowledges the complexity of the teacher's role. Teachers will receive support as they continue to adjust their roles to match what students need. They will design personalized education that opens the door to educational opportunities for British Columbia's young people. Professional standards will be high and we will bring in a new system to regulate the success of the teaching profession.
- We will work with our education partners to make sure that Professional Development days are used to enhance educators' knowledge base and professional expertise. It is important that teachers are able to refresh and develop new practices throughout their careers by participating in professional learning opportunities. On Professional Development days, parents make alternative arrangements for their children and they need to be assured that these days are used as intended.
- We will work with universities to ensure teacher preparation programs give new teachers the knowledge and skills they require to support student learning.
- We believe mentoring is key to supporting teachers' professional learning, both in their formative years and throughout their careers. Teachers will have increased access to learning opportunities by working with teacher mentors and each other.
- We will work collaboratively with educators, to increase transparency and accountability and to ensure that the interests of children are protected. New legislation will create a teacher regulation system that puts the public interest first. The goal is to raise the stature of the teaching profession and increase public confidence in the profession’s disciplinary processes.
- Working British Columbians in most professions participate in performance evaluation sessions with their employer. Principals will be doing the same with teachers. Regular feedback to teachers will help focus their professional development opportunities.
Progress to Date
- A 16-member British Columbia Teachers' Council has been established. The Council is responsible for setting standards for teachers in areas of teacher education, certification, conduct and competence.
- Learn Magazine has replaced TC, the magazine of the former British Columbia College of Teachers. Learn provides information about Ministry initiatives, timely news pieces in education and other issues important to the teaching community.
- UBC Mentorship Pilot in 3 school districts over 3 years to support new teachers and teacher collaboration.
Last updated: September 2012
These action items will be further developed with the education sector over the coming months and implemented over three years.