April 28, 2017
Both Kindra Harte and Rome Lavrencic represented BCATML at the Standing Committee On Language Articulation (SCOLA) Annual General Meeting held at the Okanagan College - Kelowna Campus.
BCATML presented a number of highlights regarding its advocacy work relating to language teaching, resource development, policy change initiatives with the Ministry of Education, and the Second Languages draft curricula.
Of particular interest to SCOLA members was BCATML's recent letter to the Ministry of Education requesting to expand the Student Exchange and Mobility Awards (SEMA) to include more countries for high school students to study abroad. BCATML also announced that it will lobby the Ministry of Education to re-examine its Graduation Years policy to include the requirement to have a Language 11 credit before receiving a Dogwood Certificate.
SCOLA members carried two motions (unanimously) in support endorsing these two BCATML initiatives:
Motion 1: "That SCOLA write to the Ministry of Education to endorse support for the BCATML initiative which would increase the scope and funding of SEMA to include more countries and to further facilitate the transition to postsecondary education."
Motion 2: "That SCOLA write to the Ministry of Education to endorse support for the BCATML initiative to include a Language 11 as a graduation requirement."
Next year's SCOLA AGM will take place at Trinity Western University (Langley Campus) on Friday, April 27, 2018.
SCOLA AGM 2017: BCATML presents its advocacy work and curriculum highlights relating to teaching languages