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Sign your children up today for the B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant

Making education more affordable for families is a key focus of Education Savings Week. British Columbians are encouraged to sign up for a $1,200 grant for their children’s post-secondary education and training. “Our government is working hard to make life more affordable for all British Columbians and supporting the dream of further education is such a key part of that,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “This week, I encourage all parents, grandparents and guardians to take advantage and sign their kids up for this grant.” The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) is now offering the B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant (BCTESG) at 163 banking centres in B.C., which means the grant is now available at all major B.C. financial institutions. “The best school supply is a well-funded education savings plan, ideally, in the form of a Registered Education Savings Plan,” said Mike Stevenson, CIBC senior vice-president and region head, B.C. and northern territories retail markets. “The B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant, available today at all CIBC banking centres in B.C., is an investment opportunity not to be overlooked by parents and grandparents. We can work with you to fit an RESP into your overall financial plan and help you find ways to meet your family’s education savings goals.” In order to be eligible for the grant, the child applying must have been born in 2006 or later and...

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Investing in education leaders helps students succeed

B.C. students are among the best in the world, thanks in part to strong leadership in schools throughout the province, and now government is strengthening that leadership so students continue to succeed. The Ministry of Education is investing $200,000 to support expanded professional learning opportunities for education leaders in British Columbia. Aimed at education leaders and those who aspire to leadership roles, the funding will support new and existing professional learning opportunities across the education system. As the education system evolves to serve the changing needs of students, the demands on leaders are increasingly complex and challenging. As well, many experienced and effective leaders are approaching retirement, and there’s a need to recruit and train their replacements, and effectively manage the hand-over process. Throughout this, school administrators must maintain productive learning environments, while managing schools and school districts to the highest professional standards. To address these challenges, the ministry has partnered with the B.C. School Trustees Association, B.C. School Superintendents Association, B.C. Association of School Business Officials, B.C. Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association and the Federation of Independent School Associations of B.C. to create a Leadership Development Framework. The framework provides a vision for collaborative leadership development in the K-12 system that enables students, educators and school communities to thrive through skilled and effective educational leadership. The framework organizations have over 3,500 members and provide training programs to support professional...

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Standing up for inclusion

The following is a statement from Minister of Education Rob Fleming, B.C. Teachers' Federation, CUPE BC, School Superintendents' Association, B.C. School Trustees' Association, B.C. Principals and Vice-Principals' Association, B.C. Association of School Business Officials, Federation of Independent School Associations and B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils: “We believe that all schools in our province, public and independent, must be spaces that are safe, acceptable, respectful, and welcoming for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion or background. There is no room for discrimination in B.C. schools. “As provincial education partners, we are unified in this commitment. It is important that we all stand up and together to support inclusive-learning environments. Our goal as teachers, administrators, support staff, trustees and parents is to create learning environments where all students can thrive and live authentic lives.”...

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Provincial Community Gaming Grants boost extracurricular activities for K-12 students

Students throughout British Columbia are benefiting from enhanced extracurricular activities and a stronger school system with help from Community Gaming Grant funding for parent advisory councils (PACs) and district parent advisory councils (DPACs). PAC funding supports a range of activities intended to enrich extracurricular experiences for K-12 students, such as student publications, societies and ceremonies; sports and playground equipment; and field trips, travel and transportation. Every year, gaming revenues generate hundreds of millions of dollars that government invests in key services, including health care and education, for citizens and communities throughout the province. “Community Gaming Grants enable parent groups to fund priorities in their local school and district, such as playground and sports equipment, field trips and student clubs,” said Jen Mezei, BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) president. “Without Community Gaming Grants, many PACs would not be financially able to provide the extracurricular activities and school events that are integral to community involvement and engagement of students and their families. BCCPAC is grateful that the Community Gaming Grants program provides funding that helps provide equitable access for all students to participate in extracurricular activities that are not dependent on parent fundraising.” “Parents are tremendous advocates for their children and I commend the advisory councils for pursuing projects that improve students’ experiences,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Our government is proud to support these...

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Hundreds of Vancouver children getting safer schools

Hundreds of children in Vancouver will be learning in new, seismically safe schools, with the replacement of Sir Matthew Begbie and Bayview elementary schools, announced Premier John Horgan. “Every child deserves to go to a safe, secure and healthy school,” said Premier Horgan. “Parents have been waiting too long for action to make our schools more earthquake safe. That’s why we are accelerating seismic upgrades throughout the province.” As part of the Budget 2017 Update, the government is investing $46.9 million to replace Sir Matthew Begbie Elementary school and Bayview Community Elementary school, both of which are at high risk of collapsing in an earthquake. The new schools are scheduled to welcome students in late 2021. The new, $22.4-million Sir Matthew Begbie Elementary school will be built on a new footprint of the existing property, allowing students to remain at their home school during construction. The current Bayview Community Elementary school has a high seismic risk and will be demolished while a new, $24.5-million school will be built on the same footprint. The entire Bayview school community will be moved to temporary accommodations when construction begins, and will return to a brand new, seismically safe school that incorporates 21st century learning standards. “Parents need to feel confident their children are safe at school,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “Accelerating seismic upgrades and replacements is a key part of our government’s...

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