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Category Archives: Public Education
Let’s talk about language: Is disability a bad word?
Posted on March 21, 2023 by Leah Kelley, Ed.D.
(CW – for outdated ableist terms in article) In my work as an educator and an activist, I have long wondered why it is so difficult for us to use the word “disability.” The word “special” and the notion of … Continue reading →
Voting “yes” – because I trust you… #bced
Posted on September 17, 2014 by Leah Kelley, Ed.D.
Yup… Voting ‘yes’ and that vote is not saying that I think this is a good deal… because it is not… But it is better than I think we would get if we were legislated back… and I trust, respect … Continue reading →
Posted in Autism, BC Teachers Federation, BCTF, Christy Clark, Collective Responsibility, family, Parent, Public Education, social justice | Tagged @bcliberals, BC Coalition of Businesses, Christy Clark, FSA testing, stress, struggle, teacher, Teachers' Strike 2014, The Fraser Institute, voting "yes" | 4 Comments
Ken Bramble: Connecting the Dots in #bced
Posted on September 14, 2014 by Leah Kelley, Ed.D.
Some may wonder why a blog that is generally about Autism would be so closely focused on matters of public education of late, but the reality is that these matters are connected, and there is an unquestionable intersectionality between social … Continue reading →
Posted in Activist, Advocacy, advocate, Autism, BC Teachers Federation, BCTF, Educator, Public Education | Tagged best practice, Bill Gates, Charter schools, CISCO, Competition, Declining enrolment, FSA testing, FSA Tests, GELP, human rights, Intersectionality, Ken Bramble, Labour Dispute, Magnet schools, political interference, Save Our Schools NZ, Schools of Choice, social justice, The Fraser Institute | 3 Comments
Megan Metcalfe: I don’t want you to “negotiate” #BCTF #bced
Posted on July 5, 2014 by Leah Kelley, Ed.D.
The following is a guest post by BC Parent, Megan Metcalfe: I sent a letter to Christie Clark’s office, Peter Fassbender’s office, and my MLA about two weeks ago. I got a response just today. It was addressed from the … Continue reading →
Posted in Christy Clark, Collective Responsibility, Educator, Parent, Public Education, Silence, Special Education | Tagged BC Federation of Labour, BC parent support teachers, BCTF, Christy Clark, Liberals, Megan Metcalfe, musician, negotiate, parent, Peter Fassbender, politics, teacher strike, Vancouver musician | 7 Comments
Not alone… #BCTF #BCFED #TeachersStrike
Posted on June 20, 2014 by Leah Kelley, Ed.D.
Yesterday evening, along with other members of my district’s local, I went to the BC Federation of Labour’s rally in Vancouver to support the BCTF and it was heartening to see the support from so many unions and members of … Continue reading →
Posted in Activist, Autism, BC Teachers Federation, BCTF, Educator, Parent, Public Education, social justice, Special Education, Teacher | Tagged BC Federation of Labour, BC Liberal Party, BCFed, BCTF, CUPE, Not alone!, public education, Solidarity, Teacher's Strike, Teachers taking a stand, Teachers' Strike 2014, Union | 2 Comments
Chalk on the line…. #thisismystrikepay
Posted on June 17, 2014 by Leah Kelley, Ed.D.
This is what happens when you put a doodler like me on the strike line… Appreciation to the people who brought us goodies and/or had words of support today. We are walking the line to protect public education and ensure … Continue reading →
99 years… Updating Solidarity Forever #thisismystrikepay #BCTF
Posted on June 14, 2014 by Leah Kelley, Ed.D.
Today I am rewriting the lyrics to Solidarity Forever – 99 years after they were penned. I will be singing this at our Study Session and Rally on Monday. #thisismystrikepay Solidarity Forever: Ralph Chaplin (1915) Lyrics updated by Leah Kelley … Continue reading →
Posted in Activist, Autism, Autistic, BCTF, Christy Clark, Educator, Public Education, social justice, Special Education, Teacher | Tagged #Thisismystrikepay, BCTF, Collective bargaining, For the union makes us strong, Ralph Chaplin, Solidarity Forever Lyrics, Teacher's Strike, Updated lyrics, Worker's rights | Leave a comment
Deconstruction by Design: A visual history of the Liberal attack on education
Posted on June 9, 2014 by Leah Kelley, Ed.D.
The following are some of my drawings and whatnot over the past few (okay… 27) years of weathering the BC [neo]Liberal Government’s attack on public education… interspersed with information about the BCTF’s bargaining history. The cartoons I’ve included have all … Continue reading →
Posted in Activist, Autism, Christy Clark, Educator, Public Education, social justice, Special Education, Teacher, Visual History | Tagged BC Liberal Party, BCTF, child-centred classroom, Christy Clark, Contract Stripping, Deconstruction by design, Gordon Campbell, I am the BCTF, Liberal attack on Public Education, neoLiberal, political cartoons, teacher strike, Visual History | 4 Comments
I am a Greedy Teacher #bctf #bced
Posted on June 8, 2014 by Leah Kelley, Ed.D.
I am a greedy teacher… I want more than I currently have, a lot more. I don’t think that I should have to apologize for that. You see I have a son that will need help in school. He will … Continue reading →
Posted in Advocacy, BC Teachers Federation, BCTF, Christy Clark, Educator, Public Education, social justice, Special Education, support, Teacher | Tagged #ChristyClarkslockout, Andrew Turner, BCTF, Dr. Charles Ungerleider, Dr. David Zyngier, Dr. E. Wayne Ross, I am a greedy teacher, Maureen Dowd, Peter Fassbender, public education, rail against injustice, teacher strike | 10 Comments
This Teacher will Rail Against Injustice
Posted on June 5, 2014 by Leah Kelley, Ed.D.
We (BC Teachers) are in the midst of negotiations – at the table with a government that is unwilling to negotiate. We are at stage two of a three stage plan of action – which currently involves rotating strikes. We … Continue reading →
Posted in Autism, BC Teachers Federation, Christy Clark, Educator, Public Education, social justice, Teacher | Tagged advocacy, BC Hydro, Distraction, Elaine Bernard, Folksong, grandparents, hope, hospital, parents, political, resiliency, struggle, teacher, They'll Never take our Power, unconstitutional, Working lives: Vancouver 1886-1986 | Leave a comment