BC TEAL: Message from the Board, Events, and Membership Update

Message From the BC TEAL Board of Directors

Dear BC TEAL Community,

I hope you are well and finding time for the things that make you smile.
We have had a busy fall with BC TEAL presenting a number of successful events. Your board has also been hard at work behind the scenes to ensure BC TEAL can continue to provide you with opportunities for PD and connection to the BC TEAL community.

One of our main concerns is the financial impact of COVID. To offset some of our expenses the board has decided to give up our physical office location. You may not notice any changes as the phone number, email addresses and online presence will remain as is. However, in order to facilitate the move, the office will be closed from December 14, 2020 to January 15, 2020.

We at BC TEAL wish you and yours a very happy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and for the exciting things we have planned for 2021.

Cindi Jones
President, BC TEAL

Upcoming Events

Inspiring Speakers Series: Ismaël Traoré
Beyond Celebrating Diversity: Basic Principles of Anti-Racist Education
Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm

In this presentation, Dr. Traoré will discuss how conventional education marginalizes racialized students through acts of omission, othering, and dysconscious racism, and provide an overview of the basic tenants of anti-racism education theory. Participants will also get some recommendations on cultivating anti-racism in the classroom beyond ‘the three S’ celebratory approach of multiculturalism: “saris, samosas, and steel bands”. This talk is best suited for persons who have some awareness of systemic racism, and would like to engage in anti-racism.

Dr. Ismaël Traoré is a racial inclusion and equity educator and specialist. At the heart of his work, is anti-racist organizational change through evidence-based practices. He is interested in issues of power and privilege, community engagement, and the social determinants of health. In his role at UBC, he supports the implementation of diversity and inclusion plans across the university.

Inspiring Speaker Series: Ismaël Traoré - Registration

Welcome to the Private Sector Happy Hour – 2020 Round Off
Thursday December 3, 2020 at 5:00pm PST
Come join us for the last Private Sector Happy Hour of 2020, with a glass of wine or your beverage of choice, and talk about what’s happening in the private sector for you at the moment.
Hosted by Laura Haseley, BC TEAL Private Sector representative, Director of Studies at St. Giles Vancouver. The private sector encompasses language schools, career colleges, and other for-profit institutions.

Private Sector Happy Hour - Registration

Other Events

In Partnership with SIETAR, BC TEAL and VCC: Self-Studies Lecture Series Webinar - Seeing Beyond Vision Loss: Setting  Students and Teachers Up for Success
November 27, 10:00-11:30 AM
Facilitator: Anu Pala, SIETAR BC Board Member

The evolution of media and technology has transformed the way we communicate, teach, learn, play, and connect to community. Whether it’s social media, virtual classrooms, or the infamous ‘Cloud,’ the way we access and share information has changed. As a result, teachers have to work hard to develop creative content in order to keep their students engaged. Ensuring that classrooms are inclusive to all students of varying abilities is paramount. While the digital door is open, is it truly accessible to all students? This interactive workshop will discuss the unique challenges of students with vision loss and provide teachers with the necessary tools and resources to set them up for success. To Register, Click Here.

BALEAP Call for Proposals

BALEAP 2021 Conference: Exploring Pedagogical Approaches In English For Academic Purposes (EAP), hosted by the University of Glasgow, Scotland. The Abstract Portal is open and accepting proposals. You can find more information about the conference, including the Call for Proposals and detailed submission guidelines, on the BALEAP 2021 Conference webpage. The deadline for proposals is 30th November 2020.

Membership Update
Thank you again for your patience while we work on the technical issues our website has been experiencing regarding membership. We are delighted to announce that the issues have been fixed and over the following days you will be contacted regarding the status of your membership. If you do not receive an email about your membership status within the next week, please contact [email protected] and we will be happy to work it out.”

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November 26, 2020 | Lisa Morhart

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