Good morning, County! Happy October!
Last week was another busy one here at the office, as all three local Presidents struggled to understand the removal of excess marking and preparation time from teachers schedules, and the implementation of the tier 2 support for students.
It seems that there is a great deal of confusion around what this support is meant to be, and how it has rolled out across schools. We have recently received information from the HRCE that this is not meant to be “Tier 2” support, but rather “Tier 1” support. However, when looking at the inclusion report, what is actually happening in most schools fits under neither description. We have further been told that this is still very much a work in progress, and is an attempt to align HRCE practice with the Inclusion report, and, more specifically, the Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) for students.
Further confusion has been elicited by the discrepancy between what is being asked of teachers by HRCE and what is being asked in other areas. For example, the expectation that teachers input tier two adaptations was supposedly removed as one of the expectations in Tienet, but from what we can gather, HRCE has directed that teachers should continue to do so.
Know that your local president is strenuously expressing his concern about how this has been handled to the HRCE, and will continue to work to get some clarity and professional development provided to staff. The lack of a cohesive plan for implementation and evaluation of these measures is a key concern for all three local presidents.
In a similar vein, we understand that this has been a tremendously stressful time for our members as they try to navigate these new expectations. Your local executive has been working hard on this and we will shortly be sending out a survey from the Canadian Mental Health Association called Guarding Minds at Work. The survey measures several key psychological and psychosocial indices that connect directly to worker psychological health and well being, and recommends actions that can be taken by the employer. We would ask that all members carve a moment out of their busy days to complete the survey once it is launched. The larger the data set, the more accurate the results. We are expecting to launch the survey within the next two weeks.
In other news, we are pleased to be in full swing for the election of our next Provincial Executive member. Thanks to Drew Fournier and Paul Boudreau for putting their names forward, and please make sure that you cast your ballot on October 17th!
That is all for this week, County. Please let me know if you have any specific questions/ concerns.