P.E.I. Teachers' Federation wants voice on district advisory councils

Ryan Ross
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Bethany MacLeod, president of the P.E.I. Teachers' Federation at her desk in the federations office in Stratford on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.

When it comes to giving advice on education, the P.E.I. Teachers' Federation wants a place at the table.

PEITF president Bethany MacLeod said the government should include teachers on its new Family of Schools District Advisory Councils.

Those councils are discussing important issues like student engagement and learning strategies to help students who are struggling, she said.

"To me I just can't understand why teachers wouldn't be at the table to discuss some of those pertinent issues."

The councils are part of the changes to P.E.I.'s education system the provincial government announced in November.

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Those changes include the dissolution of the English Language School board and the creation of several new advisory committees, including the district councils.

Last week the province announced the members of the P.E.I. Learning Partners Advisory Council, which includes several current or former teachers.

There is also the P.E.I. Principals Council that includes every principal in the province.

MacLeod said the government is not giving teachers a voice and it's vital to have them on the district advisory councils.

She suggests even one dedicated spot for a teacher on each council would be helpful.

"I don't feel like it's a big ask and I don't understand why we can't have that," MacLeod said.

Education Minister Doug Currie said teachers' voices are important, but there are other opinions that are also critical in the process.

"I value the voice of teachers," he said.

Currie referred to the teachers on the other two councils as evidence of their input in the education system and said there are 13 parents on the district councils who work as teachers.

"I'm very confident that the voice of the teacher is very well captured," he said.

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Organizations: P.E.I. Teachers, English Language School board, P.E.I. Learning Partners Advisory Council P.E.I. Principals Council

Geographic location: P.E.I.

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  • An actual teacher.
    February 03, 2016 - 07:41

    Alright, enough. Teacher in the mirror- PEI teachers do everything within their limits to help their students internally. If there are decisions passed by governing bodies they limit the amount of internal difference a teacher can make. Therefore, it is imperative that teachers have a voice represented in as many of the committees and boards that exist. A voice does not a veto vote make. They are not making unilateral decisions but bringing knowledge of how the system actually works into the conversation. Also, about the 'Facebook' comment. A vast majority of teachers are working much too hard to be posting on Facebook during lessons and if I want to check my Facebook during a break, lunch or a free period who the hell cares. Mary J. Smith – Where do I start. Capitalize your name. You are a proper noun. While I’m at it, so is 'Google' so it needs a capital as well. In addition, 'maybe' should also have a capital letter as it is starting the sentence. You've repeated verbs and prepositions in two different occasions. Please be more careful and proofread your work. Also, your statement is a run on sentence. One idea, one sentence please. A '?' is a terminal punctuation that can only be used in a singular form. Your three '?'s are superfluous. Now that that is done; Google is an amazing tool which students should learn how to use effectively. It is much more beneficial to teach students how to find answers for themselves then to have them memorize route information. Something you may have learned if you had any form of training in education. De udder guy – Due to poor diction and little context, I genuinely cannot tell if your statement is for or against the PEITF having a voice on the committees. If you are, congratulation you are a functional member of society while a rational grasp on the concept that people who are trained in a field should be consulted on making decisions in said field. If not, well at least you tried to get involved so a gold star for that. No thanks (1) - Yes. Yes it is. No thanks (2) - PEITF is an acronym. All of the letter must be capitalized. Additionally, please refer above to my instructions on how to use terminal punctuation. Also, while I don't personally know Bethany MacLeod, I feel confident that with her High school Diploma and (presumably) somewhere between 1-3 university degrees she might know a thing or two about homework. Thank you for your time an attention. That is all for day class!

    • no thanks
      February 03, 2016 - 14:39

      i hope you don't teach english

    • no thanks
      February 03, 2016 - 14:41

      big paragraph

    • An actual teacher.
      February 04, 2016 - 03:08

      I (which is always capitalized in the personal pronoun form) do teach English (which again, should be capitalised as it is a proper noun). While I am impressed you were able to recognise that my paragraph was improper, it was not due to it being “big” but rather due to my changes in topic. However, I can assure you my “big paragraph” is due to a formatting restriction on the comment sections and not a lack of my understanding. I am disappointed that you were unable to notice my two typing errors however (even we teachers make mistakes). I should have said 'rote' not 'route' and 'and' instead of 'an'. My sincerest apologises. It does seem however, my errors were in good company in this comment section.

  • Teacher in the mirror
    February 02, 2016 - 21:08

    If the PEITF wants to make a difference they can do that internally. Speak to your members and get them focused on the student not themselves. Facebook after hours not during the class would be a nice start.

  • mary j smith
    February 02, 2016 - 19:27

    maybe just get get back to teaching instead of having them goggle everything they work in in stores doing cash and they cant even add or subtract what happen to all the real teachers???

  • de udder guy
    February 02, 2016 - 15:34

    More bafflegab from the annointed in waiting. I guess you have to be a teacher with a child in the system to have a voice that matters.

  • no thanks
    February 02, 2016 - 14:40

    "I don't feel like it's a big ask" she says !!! Is that proper English ?

  • no thanks
    February 02, 2016 - 14:36

    peitf president needs to do her homework !!!!