When I was little, my parents continually reminded me about the value of
education.They taught my sister and me
to be grateful for the opportunities we had to experience a high quality
publicly-funded elementary and secondary education, and then to pursue
post-secondary studies at a relatively low cost.
CTF is currently doing a review and an alignment of its advocacy work to
ensure it reflects the issues teachers want their organizations to speak out
about on their behalf. Teachers have repeatedly, strongly and recently
expressed their beliefs in the need for a forceful teacher voice on making life
better for children.
Issues related to the teaching profession, public education and the
common good are key elements of VOX, the CTF National Advocacy Campaign in the months
leading up to and well beyond the next federal election. The teacher
voice is an important one to be heard for democracy.
With the return of the contentious Bill C-377 in the Senate, CTF’s Bob McGahey describes how debate in the
Canadian parliamentary system is not what it used to be. Can the Canadian public rely on fact-based discourse, intelligent, thoughtful discussion or well-reasoned responses to questions? You decide.
A first in the
history of French-language education: CTF has introduced Francophone teachers to
a major project that defines pedagogy in Francophone minority settings in
Canada. It’s called PELF – Pédagogie à l’école de langue française - Pedagogy
in French-language schools project – and it’s already receiving wave reviews by
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and CTF recently unveiled the
Canadian Human Rights Toolkit, a new central hub of educational resources
available at no charge to all K-12 teachers. Find out more on how teachers and
students can benefit from this unique resource that supports human rights
Historically speaking, the idea of recognizing
and respecting the basic human rights of all people, as they are entrenched in
international human rights instruments such as the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, is relatively new.
CTF Researcher Bernie Froese-Germain draws from the recent CTF President’s
Forum to explain more.
This new teacher resource was developed as a supporting tool for the
CARE Theme of Imagineaction and to complement the Keep the Promise campaign. As
the education partner in this ongoing social justice campaign, CTF knows that
both student interest and the development of their social identities grow from
their connections to family, school, and community.
Since the release of the online survey results in May, CTF Researcher
Rick Riel has further mined the data to examine the four priority areas
identified by over 8,000 teachers that would improve their work-life balance
and enable them to become a more effective teacher.
Angela Marr, member of the New Brunswick Teachers’ Association was one
of 50 participants who took part in CTF’s Project Overseas last summer. Here is
her story which was first published in the NBTA News.
In this article, Heather Thomson, member of the Elementary Teachers’
Federation of Ontario explains how research continues to show that girls and
boys are engaging in self-harming behaviours such as food restriction/dieting,
excessive exercising, etc. at earlier ages; and that poor body image in youth
can result in avoidance of many academic, social and economic opportunities.