Kanwal Neel, Phd, veteran mathematics teacher and teacher educator, speaks about SFU’s respected teacher education program (PDP) and describes in detail his ideas about mathematics instruction in culturally diverse settings. Neel recently served as associate director of PDP and is a past president of the BC Association of Mathematics Teachers
Stepan Vdovine, school trustee from Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, discusses his election to the board at an early age, his aspirations as a trustee and the technological environment of today's BC public schools. Vdovine also describes his engagement in blogging and politics, and the values he associates with public education.
Chris Kennedy, Superintendent, West Vancouver School District
Chris Kennedy, Superintendent, West Vancouver School District, is interviewed and describes the current issues facing BC superintendents of schools. Kennedy has a special interest in technology and 21st century learning, so he details the ways in which the two come together in the improvement of our public schools. Superintendent Kennedy also describes new informal networks of communication about BC education which are emerging through social networking.
Charlie Naylor, PhD, senior researcher, and Margaret White, senior researcher analyst, BCTF Research Department
Charlie Naylor, PhD, and Margaret White, educational researchers for the BCTF, describe the purpose and procedures of the research department of the Federation. Included in this description is a detailed explanation of the current methodology used in conducting survey research that goes beyond rating scales to capture states of mind and affect. The analysts report on a recent study of “The Worklife of BC Teachers” giving specific information about how working and learning conditions shape teachers effectiveness and resilience. For the full study go to bctf.ca
Headmaster James McConnell of Stratford Hall and Gary Little, retired associate superintendent of VSB, meet with Paul Shaker to explain the origins and substance of the International Baccalaureate program. IB now addresses all elementary and secondary grades, including its university prep diploma program. The reforming aspects of IB are featured including its approach to curriculum and its in depth style of student evaluation.