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Policy and Action Advisory Committee

The Policy and Action Advisory Committee  (PAAC) plays a role in advancing our profession through advocacy.   The complexity and diversity of challenges faced by the profession continues to grow and increasingly members of British Columbia Teachers of English as an Additional Language (BC TEAL) have looked to the Association for leadership and advocacy on numerous issues.  The BC TEAL mission statement reads in part:

“B.C. TEAL is an advocate on behalf of teachers and learners of English as an additional language in British Columbia.

B.C. TEAL represents the profession of teaching English as an additional language in the development of policy at all levels of government. ”

The PAAC works on behalf of BC TEAL in achieving these goals.  Issues of advocacy need to come from the roots of the association’s membership.  BC TEAL advocates on a wide range of issues related to the field of Teaching English as a Second or Additional Language in our province. Position statements passed at the annual general meetings of the membership are not official policy of the association.

The changing BC student demographics, political climate and varied issues faced by those in our profession have made it critical that the Association diversify its primary focus beyond that of professional development to developing clear positions on issues and advocating on behalf of teachers and learners. Political circumstances, research and member feedback have galvanized the committee’s work and focus.  Areas in which the committee is focuses include being an informed voice in influencing public policy; identifying and working with advocates such as faculty and student associations, community groups, and government and business representatives; developing communication networks; developing position statements, and working with the media, including social media.  We strive to be a positive and strong voice for our profession in this province and to identify ways to further advance the profession.

Position Statements

Position statements passed at the annual general meetings of the membership are not official policy of the association.

BC TEAL Position Statement on the Needs and Rights of Refugees  – Passed April 2016

BC TEAL Position Statement on the Importance and Need for Professional Development- Passed May 2014

BC TEAL Position Statement Against Discrimination on the Grounds of Nationality, Ethnicity or Linguistic Heritage - Passed May 2014

BC TEAL Position Statement on Academic and Degree-granting Credit for English for Academic Purposes Courses in Postsecondary Education - Passed April 2013

Chair:

Alison Whitmore

 

Connect with the PAAC via the BC TEAL website group: Policy and Action Advisory Committee

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