Issue # 19 | December 2015

In this issue

A New Lens: Don’t Read the Comments

Picking up on this issue’s human rights theme, Heather Smith invites us to open our eyes, minds and hearts to better understand today’s realities in terms of human rights violations. [+]

The global response to privatization and commercialization in education – It starts with you and me, as teachers

Cassie Hallet DaSilva describes how Education International’s global response to counter privatization and commercialization in education is mobilizing teacher organizations – including CTF – around the world. [+]

Speak Truth to Power Canada: Human rights, from education to action

Launched last July at the CTF Annual General Meeting, this new teacher resource is garnering much attention and kudos for its powerful ways of bringing human rights education to life in Canadian schools. [+]

Guest article: John Young, Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The recently appointed President and CEO explains how human rights education is at the core of the museum’s work as a means to inspire a new generation of Canadians to become human rights defenders. [+]

Dream Big Together: A practical resource to welcome refugee students to our Canadian high schools

As Syrian refugees arrive in our schools, the resource “Dream Big Together” is a valuable tool for teachers and parents to ignite a healthy dialogue on cultural diversity within the school setting. [+]

The federal election may be over, but the teacher voice will continue to be heard

With a new federal Liberal government in power, the CTF’s advocacy work will continue in terms of monitoring progress on commitments to support children and youth mental health as well as child poverty. [+]

Liberal education - Looking at the new federal government through teachers’ eyes

This article, originally published in The Alberta Teachers’ Association “ATA News”, examines the federal Liberal election platform and outlines the new government’s stand on some of the issues that matter to teachers. [+]

Project Overseas 2015 in St. Lucia – a PD opportunity of a lifetime for this NLTA member

Diana Durdle describes her “powerfully positive” experience last summer as a team member St. Lucia 2015. This article was originally published in the September/October issue of the Bulletin produced by the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association. [+]

CTF resources and Advisory Committee on Diversity and Human Rights

The who, what and how human rights and diversity are championed at the Canadian Teachers’ Federation. [+]

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