Your ELAC President's Message
Greetings from your English Language Arts Council! Whether you’re in your first or fortieth year of teaching, I trust that you’re still full of the enthusiasm and optimism that comes along with a new school year. As an English teacher, you have one of the most important jobs there is! Because of you, young people are inspired to read and share stories, to express themselves thoughtfully and creatively, and to better understand the world and their place in it.
I have the privilege of serving you this year as ELAC’s President, and I’m excited to share with you some of the exciting things ELAC is up to this year. We recently struck a subcommittee whose mandate is generating and advocating for a list of literature that supports inclusive teaching and learning. This year, our focus is on reviewing and recommending texts that successfully address and recognize gender and sexual minorities. This work is so vital in ensuring that our classrooms are welcoming spaces that recognize the dignity and rights of all students.
I’m also excited to tell you about a one-day event ELAC is tentatively planning for March, in potential partnership with the University of Calgary, on the topic of gender and sexual minorities and representations in the ELA classroom. In addition, ELAC will also be hosting an exciting professional development event in Edmonton later in the spring, in concert with our Annual General Meeting. I hope to see you at one (or both!) of these events.
Please stay tuned for our future monthly newsletters, where we will soon be sending out a survey in order to hear your feedback about how ELAC can best serve its members. If you would like to become more involved in ELAC, there are numerous opportunities that I would love to tell you more about! Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in teaching and learning,