About

We recognize the value of public education in empowering students, strengthening communities, and enabling democracy. At its heart, public education is students and teachers working together as partners for a better future. It is our duty, as teachers and other champions of public education, to ensure that this partnership delivers on the promise of public education for all.

Our Mission

#RedForBCED provides teachers, families, and other public education advocates with diverse, informative, and thought-provoking news and views on the teaching profession in British Columbia and beyond. We are building a community centred on principled conversations about public education.

All views expressed are those of the individual bloggers and do not necessarily reflect those of their employer, union, or #RedForBCED.

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Bloggers

Mike Ball

Mike Ball is a 22 year teacher, the past president of Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association (NDTA), has served 4 years on BCTF executive as Member at Large, and is one of the three co-lead negotiators on the current bargaining team. Views expressed are his own, and may not reflect those of his union, employer, or this blog.

Tom Kertes, Editor

Tom Kertes is a middle school teacher in Prince Rupert, the territory of the Gispaxlo’ots and Gits’iis of the Ts’msyen Nation. He currently serves as the Local Election Contact of the Prince Rupert District Teachers’ Union (PRDTU) and as a member of the BCTF Professional Issues Advisory Committee (PIAC). He is the PIAC Representative to the BCFed’s Education Standing Committee and is Secretary-Treasurer of the Prince Rupert Labour Council. He is a founding organizer of the Critical Education Project. Views expressed are his own, and may not reflect those of his union, employer, or this blog.

Joanna Larson

Joanna Larson is a primary and special education teacher at an elementary school in Prince Rupert, located on the traditional territory of the Gispaxlo’ots and Gits’iis, two of the nine allied tribes of the Ts’msyen nation. She currently serves as the Local Representative to the BCTF for the Prince Rupert District Teachers’ Union, is a BCTF Teacher Inquiry Program facilitator, Treasurer of the BC Primary Teachers’ Association, and facilitates workshops across BC.  She is also the Chair of the BCTF Professional Issues Advisory Committee (PIAC).  Joanna has two children in our public schools. Views expressed are her own, and may not reflect those of her union, employer, or this blog.

Denise Wood

Denise Wood is a high school math teacher in Nanaimo BC, and is currently on leave from School District 68 to serve as President of the Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association.  A late career teacher, her goals this year include educating teachers about their rights, engaging them in their union, and empowering them to stand up. Views expressed are her own, and may not reflect those of her union, employer, or this blog.