Education

Julia Levy poses in this undated handout photo. Levy, British Columbia’s newest Rhodes scholar, will pursue a master’s degree in computational chemistry, but she says it’s also an “incredible opportunity” as a trans woman to give back to her community. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Ilme Vysniauskaite *MANDATORY CREDIT*

B.C.’s Julia Levy is Canada’s first trans woman Rhodes Scholar

Levy will head to Oxford University in England next October for the fully funded scholarship

 

Surrey school district brought its five-year plan before Surrey city council on Monday (Nov. 28) evening, outlining a proposal for the development of eight new schools, replacement of one elementary school and expansion of another elementary school. (File photo)

New school sites for Surrey, White Rock endorsed by city councils

Surrey councillor voices concerns over ‘low estimates’ of future student numbers

 

A teacher shortage in Surrey school district has left classrooms struggling to meet the needs of students, especially students with learning disabilities. Surrey’s teacher union says the district is having trouble with retaining and bringing in new staff. (Unsplash photo)

Surrey’s schools experiencing teacher shortage due to low pay, burnout, says union

Surrey school district is the largest in the province and not exempt from the province-wide issue

 

Students in Mission middle schools and secondary schools are disrputing classrooms because of vaping. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. school district troubled by vaping students

Mission superintendent Angus Wilson says students leaving classes to vape is impacting their capacity to learn and focus

Students in Mission middle schools and secondary schools are disrputing classrooms because of vaping. (Black Press Media file photo)
Students make their way to the first day of school at Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. British Columbia’s public school teachers have ratified a new three-year contract. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. teachers strongly approve three-year contract with pay boost, added benefits

British Columbia’s public school teachers have ratified a new three-year contract. Nearly…

Students make their way to the first day of school at Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. British Columbia’s public school teachers have ratified a new three-year contract. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A Campbell River teacher was disciplined for a lesson she taught her students about racism. (Pixabay)

B.C. teacher reprimanded for Grade 2 exercise on segregation that left child in tears

Commisioner For Teacher Regulation says teacher failed to treat students with “dignity and respect”

A Campbell River teacher was disciplined for a lesson she taught her students about racism. (Pixabay)
Duty Piper Jeff Sim and Surrey RCMP Sgt. Michael Dubyk led Surrey Board of Education trustees into the inaugural meeting on Wednesday night, Nov. 9 (Surrey Schools photo)

Re-elected Surrey school board trustees officially sworn in

The same trustees from last term were welcomed once again for the 2022-26 term

Duty Piper Jeff Sim and Surrey RCMP Sgt. Michael Dubyk led Surrey Board of Education trustees into the inaugural meeting on Wednesday night, Nov. 9 (Surrey Schools photo)
Students at the Washington Junior High School leaving classes for the day, use the unlocking mechanism to open the bags their cell phone were sealed in during the school day, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, in Washington, Pa. Citing mental health, behavior and engagement as the impetus, many educators are updating cellphone policies, with a number turning to magnetically sealing pouches. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Schools clash with parents over bans on student cellphones

Parents who had constant access to their children during remote learning reluctant to give that up

Students at the Washington Junior High School leaving classes for the day, use the unlocking mechanism to open the bags their cell phone were sealed in during the school day, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, in Washington, Pa. Citing mental health, behavior and engagement as the impetus, many educators are updating cellphone policies, with a number turning to magnetically sealing pouches. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
A report from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection found 167 school personnel had criminal charges laid against them over a 5-year reporting period. Advocate file photo

‘Tip of the iceberg:’ Report finds 252 school personnel accused of sexual offences

Canadian Centre for Child Protection report details offences against 548 children over a 5-year span

A report from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection found 167 school personnel had criminal charges laid against them over a 5-year reporting period. Advocate file photo
Cornerstone Christian School now has therapy bunnies to help students with difficult times. (Submitted image)

Therapy bunnies melting worries away for B.C. students

Abbotsford’s Cornerstone Christian School introduces lop-eared rabbits as newest members of staff

Cornerstone Christian School now has therapy bunnies to help students with difficult times. (Submitted image)
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College enrollment is down for a third year in a row

On Oct. 20, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released a report…

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Surrey school district is not done facing over-capacity concerns, as the school-year brought in 2,200 students, when 900 were expected. (Surrey Schools photo)

Surrey school district welcomes 1,300 more students than projected

District recommending more new schools, expansions

Surrey school district is not done facing over-capacity concerns, as the school-year brought in 2,200 students, when 900 were expected. (Surrey Schools photo)
Students of Surrey Schools Welcome Centre with Canucks mascot Fin at the game on Oct. 7, 2022. (Photo: surreyschools.ca)

Free suite seats at Canucks game for new-to-Canada students in Surrey school program

‘Imagine that, only being six weeks in Canada and to go to a Canucks game, a full stadium…’

Students of Surrey Schools Welcome Centre with Canucks mascot Fin at the game on Oct. 7, 2022. (Photo: surreyschools.ca)
Former Abbotsford vice-principal Mike Haire has been given a lifetime teaching ban after previously being sentenced for two child porn offences. (Abbotsford Police Department)

Lifetime teaching ban issued to former Abbotsford vice-principal sentenced for child porn

Mike Haire received 20-month jail sentence in June for hundreds of images and videos

Former Abbotsford vice-principal Mike Haire has been given a lifetime teaching ban after previously being sentenced for two child porn offences. (Abbotsford Police Department)
English Language Learners teacher, Harjit Chauhan (centre) has been actively involved with educating students and the community about cultural celebrations like Diwali and Ramadan. (The News)

B.C. teacher wins national We Love Teachers contest

Harjit Chauhan was one of eight finalists in the inaugural Staples Canada program

English Language Learners teacher, Harjit Chauhan (centre) has been actively involved with educating students and the community about cultural celebrations like Diwali and Ramadan. (The News)
Mike Rumpeltes, KPU metal fabrication instructor, works in the shop at KPU. (Photo submitted: KPU)

Metal fabrication classes to return to KPU in 2023

Cloverdale campus looks to start classes mid-February

Mike Rumpeltes, KPU metal fabrication instructor, works in the shop at KPU. (Photo submitted: KPU)
Elgin Park Secondary students explore all of the different career options presented to them for WorkBC’s ‘Find Your Fit’ event. Mattia Trentanove operates a flight simulator. (Sobia Moman photo)
Elgin Park Secondary students explore all of the different career options presented to them for WorkBC’s ‘Find Your Fit’ event. Mattia Trentanove operates a flight simulator. (Sobia Moman photo)
A file photo shows a Toronto community school classroom on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. In B.C., elementary school teacher Austin Uzama was suspended in September 2022 for professional misconduct. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio

B.C. teacher suspended after showing Halloween prank video with fake decapitations

Austin Uzama showed an age-inappropriate video to Maple Ridge students and lied about credentials

A file photo shows a Toronto community school classroom on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. In B.C., elementary school teacher Austin Uzama was suspended in September 2022 for professional misconduct. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio
Surrey school district building (File photo)

Surrey student who battled cancer diagnosis among 5 grads recognized for achievement

Five students from the Surrey school district were chosen as recipients for the awards

Surrey school district building (File photo)
Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter were censured by the board and suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. (Black Press Media file photos)

Judges says B.C. school board lacked authority to suspend trustees

Diane McNally and Rob Paynter have been reinstated after suspension over alleged bullying

Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter were censured by the board and suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. (Black Press Media file photos)