Deadline for submissions for the December WTA Newsletter is: November 25th 2013.
Change and the school year!
By: Dave Najduch, WTA President
It seems like we have just started the school year and it is now only 5 weeks till the Christmas Holiday break. Where does the time go?
This fall members were faced with an unprecedented number of changes they were expected to either implement or be trained in. The following reflects the big things many have had to deal with:
Math CAP changes
Fountas and Pinnell
The writing sample process
New Report Cards
The new IEP process
Workplace Safety and Health Training
VOIP (New School phones)
The above is taking place along with all the regular work classroom teachers are expected to do with students.
I would like to thank those of you who have taken time to send in emails, make phones calls and/or share in person information about the work you are doing. It is clear that there has been a lot of additional pressure on the system and individual members. Many feel the assessment and reporting workload is increasing at the expense of time teaching children. Even in schools where the implementation of the above has gone well, many members are feeling tired and stretched.
The WTA has taken the feedback provided by the membership over the last few months and has spoken with the Division at a number of different levels. In the last four weeks we have been in meetings with the Chief Superintendent, the Director of HR, the Area Superintendent responsible for assessment, the Director of Assessment and Instructional Support Services, the Director of Research, Planning and Systems Management and Trustees where we have shared concerns and provided input.
Please continue to forward comments to our office so that we can continue to share your experience with the WSD.
Manitoba Teachers’ Society and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation AGM July 10-12, 2014
For the first time in 20 years MTS is hosting the Annual General Meeting of the CTF in July 2014. The Society is looking for an army of local volunteers to help with a wide range of jobs that need to be done. It is a great opportunity to meet teachers from across Canada and to meet teachers from across the province. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Assistant General Secretary, Bobbi Ethier at email@example.com