Sunday, February 26, 2012

BCTLA Awards and Grants (Deadline Apr. 1st)

Nomination Deadline: April 1st

Awards:
  • BC Teacher-Librarian of the Year - Diana Poole Memorial Award
  • BC New Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award
  • Val Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award
  • BCTLA Distinguished Service Award
  • BCTLA Honorary Life Membership Award

Grants:
  • Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant
  • BCTLA Representative Speaker Grant
  • William H. Scott Memorial BCTLA Conference Grant

For more information: http://bctf.ca/bctla/info/awards.html

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Day of Pink Book Displays (February 29)

"Dear Teacher-Librarians,

The Day of Pink 2012 is rapidly approaching. The BCTF’s Committee for Action on Social Justice (CASJ) seeks your support to recognize and celebrate this important day in schools.

The Day of Pink was started by two students in 2007 in Nova Scotia who reacted to a boy who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. The boy was threatened because he was perceived to be gay. Two of his classmates responded by urging the students in their school to show up the next day wearing pink as a sign of solidarity. Since then, the Day of Pink has grown and spread across the country as a way for students to stand up against homophobia and transphobia in schools. It is not a generic antibullying day as some mistakenly believe.

We know that some schools are still not safe spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. In fact, LGBTQ students are often some of the most vulnerable students in our schools. Sometimes their homes are not even places where their identities are valued and celebrated. We admire the fact that teacher-librarians are so dedicated to providing students with access to timely and age-appropriate information on a wide variety of issues. We appreciate your willingness to oppose censorship and make schools more inclusive places which celebrate LGBTQ student identities and family realities.

In celebration of this year’s Day of Pink, we ask that you showcase, exhibit, and display some LGBTQ-inclusive books in your libraries during Freedom to Read Week, February 26−March 3. Perhaps you might take some time to read a few stories about gender stereotypes to classes. Books such as “A Fire Engine for Ruthie” by Leslea Newman or “The Sissy Duckling” by Harvey Fierstein help to dispel myths about gender stereotypes.

For more information on the Day of Pink, go to
bctf.ca/SocialJustice.aspx?id=17998.

For Day of Pink and other LGBTQ posters and resources:
bctf.ca/SocialJustice.aspx?id=17992.

For BCTF-recommended LGBTQ resources, go to
bctf.ca/SocialJustice.aspx?id=17990.

You might also e-mail any one of the members of the LGBTQ action group of the BCTF’s Committee for Action on Social Justice:

David Butler, dbutler@bctf.ca (VESTA)
Myriam Dumont, medumont@bctf.ca (VESTA)
Shannon Lanaway, slanaway@bctf.ca (Nelson)
Vanessa Liston, vliston@bctf.ca (Haida Gwaii)

Thank you for your ongoing support in making our schools safe and accepting of everyone.

Sincerely,

James Chamberlain
Assistant Director
Professional and Social Issues
BC Teachers' Federation
#100-550 West 6th Ave.
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2
jchamberlain@bctf.ca
604-871-1842"