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To celebrate our upcoming October conference keynote speaker, we will be reading Chris Tovani's book So What do They Really Know? We invite BCTELA members across the province to join us in reading this text in preparation for the October PSA professional day. Participants will receive a copy of So What do They Really Know? to read over the next few months. Members of the BCTELA executive will host a web-based discussion on Elluminate for all participants in late September and a Twitter chat in October, prior to the conference.
The deadline for Voices Visible student writing submissions is coming this week. Students' entries must be mailed by April 30th.
This year's cover letter asks for the submitting teacher's BCTELA member number. This number is the same as your BCTF member number. If you can't easily locate your number, just leave that field blank and we can look it up for you. Don't forget that you must be a current member of BCTELA to be eligible to submit your students' work.
Blog post by BCTELA Executive Member, Starleigh Grass
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My favorite poems tend to be poems which have a social justice theme. Social justice poems engage me because by highlighting specific injustices they act as catalysts which help me imagine a more just and equitable world. The only thing better than a poem with a social justice theme is a text set of poems on a specific social justice theme!