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Blogging about BC education newsOctober 8, 2013

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Writing about education has been a passion of mine for more than a decade, and I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been engaged part-time by the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils to continue that work on this blog.

The BCCPAC board has asked me to cover B.C. education in a manner similar to what I was doing for the Vancouver Sun prior to my departure in June. As a freelance writer, I will be at arm’s length from the organization but always striving to write about issues that will engage its members. I welcome suggestions about topics you would like me to cover and hope to broaden the discussion of education issues in this forum and elsewhere. It’s a critical time for students, parents, teachers and others who care about education in this province because the government is about to make significant reforms in its move toward 21st century learning under the BC Education Plan. Far-reaching changes are anticipated in areas such as student assessment, the curriculum, graduation requirements and teacher training

For those who don’t know me, I was the Sun’s education reporter for a dozen years and operated a popular blog called BC Education Report (a.k.a. The Report Card). I joined the Sun as city editor in 1996 after 12 years with The Canadian Press, including several years as news editor for CP’s Ottawa bureau, and five years with the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. My first beat was education, but it was essentially a stepping stone in those days. (I was single and intent on getting to Parliament Hill.) By the time I joined the Sun, my husband and I had a son and a daughter attending public schools, and K-12 education had become a priority in our home. Our kids attended six schools in total from 1992 to 2008 and I was a member of the PAC at each one. Those experiences shaped me as an education reporter and helped me stay focused on students.

Children and their families will continue to be my priority here. I hope you will join me in exploring subjects that are important to their future.

Email janetsteffenhagen@gmail.com


P.S. If you want more information about my years of covering education, read an article published in The Tyee here.

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