Jan 252013

heading_logo-fs8Pour être admissibles à une subvention de 500 $, les enseignantes et les enseignants doivent présenter leur demande avant le 15 février 2013. Les projets doivent être achevés au plus tard en le 30 juin 2013. Visitez www.imagine-action.ca pour de l’inspiration.

Apr 032011

The new targets for academic success established by the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS) through its Partnership/Management Agreements is generating much concern among teachers who fear that they will be forced to grade their students easier in order to meet the success rate imposed on them. If teachers don’t evaluate students on their true abilities and knowledge, how can it be in the best interest of the students?

Moreover, after lengthy discussions concerning the integration of students with special needs, teachers are concerned about lengthy delays (which Ms. Line Beauchamp has said could drag on until the Fall of 2012). In the Government’s recent budget, $240 million was allocated for technology in education but nothing was allocated for special education!

Teachers throughout the province are invited to join QPAT, FSE-CSQ and other interest groups at a public demonstration at l’Assemblée Nationale in Quebec City on May 14th at 11 a.m.

This promises to be a massive event! For more information, you are invited to visit the FSE website (French or English). QPAT will be informing its members shortly through its website and possibly its Liaison newsletter, so stay tuned!

Of course, its a long way away to Quebec City for ESTA-AEES members so I invite you to participate in one of the following ways:

  • Leave a word of encouragement on QPAT’s Facebook or Twitter page.
  • Complete and send the survey “Common Report Card” that you will soon receive in your school/centre.
  • Leave a comment on the ESTA website, Facebook page, or Twitter page.
May 092010

On May 6 and 7, QPAT held its Annual General Meeting (a.k.a. Provincial Council) in Point-Claire. Representing ESTA were Nelson Roussy, 1st vice-president, and myself. Gordon Dell, ESTA past president, was also there as a QPAT executive board member.

The meeting began with the “big guns” as Serge Laurendeau, QPAT president, introduced three representatives from our Common Front partners: Mary-Lou Donnelly, President of the Canadian Teacher’s Federation; Manon Bernard, President of the Fédération des syndicats de l’enseignemnet (FSE); and Réjean Parent, president of the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ).

I was very happy to meet with 111 representatives from the various locals that makeup QPAT. It was a very productive meeting and I feel that these meetings bring us all a little closer. Solidarity!