The B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) are back at the bargaining table, trying to reach an agreement before June 24, when the union plans to begin a strike vote. From all reports, there’s been little progress. Read Janet Steffenhagen’s full blog post here.

A significant number of children fall behind in school and never catch up, simply because they are the youngest and most immature in their kindergarten class, says a study released this week. Click here to read the entire article.

The Roots of Empathy program, which arranges to have babies brought into classrooms to encourage respect and kindness among young students, will be expanded this year into 360 kindergarten classes in B.C., Premier Christy Clark announced today. Click here to read the full article, published by the Vancouver Sun.

In 1986, to recognize the importance of university teaching, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 3M Canada created the 3M National Teaching Fellowships. Ten university faculty members are recognized each year for their educational leadership and exceptional contributions to teaching. These winning professors have a single purpose—helping students to learn.  Maclean’s, the program’s media sponsor has created profiles for each of the winners. To read the profiles, click here.

Parent complaints about a draft policy intended to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students from harassment have resulted in revisions, the Burnaby school district said Wednesday.

To read the full story, published in the Vancouver Sun click here.

UBC Library will launch Refworks 2.0 on Monday, July 4, 2011. The new interface provides a cleaner layout and clearer navigation, while retaining all the functionalities you’re familiar with in Refworks Classic.

For additional information, see the RefWorks at UBC Blog.

The presidents of B.C.’s four research universities have joined others in calling on the provincial Liberal government to improve financial assistance for post-secondary students to bring B.C. closer in line with what’s offered in other provinces. Read the entire story here.

A recent study by researchers at the University of Western Ontario indicates that full-day kindergarten may have a negative effect on the learning and personal development of some children. You can read the article, published in the Vancouver Sun, here.

On June 13th, Education Minister George Abbott will hold the first ever tweet-chat between a Minister of Education and members of the public. Click here to find out how to join the conversation.

Students in Windsor walked out of class this past Monday to protest against a Catholic school board decision to cut librarians and close libraries. Read the CBC article here.

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