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Acronym Name and link Description
Action Schools! BC A best practices physical activity model designed to assist elementary schools in creating individualized social action plans to promote healthy living.
ABCDE Association of BC Deans of Education The Association B.C. Deans of Education represents the nine provincial teacher education programs. The ABCDE exists to enhance cooperation among British Columbia’s teacher education programs and other educational stakeholders in providing quality undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs as well as excellence in related scholarship and research. The ABCDE also promotes the exchange of ideas and discussion about enhancing educational opportunities for B.C.’s children.
ACEBC Association for Community Education in BC The Association for Community Education in British Columbia is dedicated to fostering and promoting Community Education and Community Schools in British Columbia. ACEbc has been active in British Columbia since 1975 in the areas of community education, community school development, advocacy and liaison, organization of workshops and conferences, publishing resource materials and conducting community school research. ACEbc is a non-profit organization with membership open to individuals, groups or organizations interested in Community Education. The Association is governed by an elected volunteer Board of Directors
BCASBO BC Association of School Business Officials (formerly the BC School District Secretary Treasurers’ Association) The BC Association of School Business Officials is the professional association of the business officials working in school districts. The membership includes Secretary-Treasurers, Assistant Secretary-Treasurers, Comptrollers, Payroll and Benefits Supervisors, Managers of Human Resources, Accountants, Information Systems Managers.
BCASAA BC Association of Student Activity Advisors Facilitating the growth of student leadership in BC
BCCPAC BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils See Who We Are section of the website
BC Government Website for the BC Governement can be used to navigate to various ministry sites and resources.
BCPSEA BC Public School Employers’ Association
The BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) supports public education through innovative human resource practices, services and partnerships. As the employers’ association and accredited bargaining agent for the province’s 60 public boards of education, they provide a full range of human resource services with a focus on the development, coordination and facilitation of human resources best practices.
Representatives from the 60 boards of education elect nine school trustees to the Board of Directors; they are joined by four government representatives and a non-voting representative each from the BC School Superintendents’ Association and the BC Association of School Business Officials.
BCPVPA BC Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association
BCSSA BC School Superintendents’ Association The members of the BCSSA are the superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of instruction and other senior executives of BC’s 60 school districts.
BCSTA BC School Trustees Association
BCTC BC Teachers’ Council
The BC Teachers Council is the regulator for approximately 67,000 certified educators in British Columbia. They enforce standards for educators, assess applicants for certification, approve and evaluate teacher education programs, and issue teaching certificates. It is comprised of 16 elected and appointed members, 15 of whom are voting members. Of the 15 voting members of the BC Teachers Council, 5 are elected from among the teachers of the province, 3 are appointed directly by the Minister on the advice of the BC Teachers’ Federation and the remaining 7 are appointed by the Minister from the various education partner groups. One non-voting member is appointed by the Minister.
The Branch came into being in 2011 under the Teachers Act to:
  • assess applicants for certification
  • issue certificates of qualification
  • approve teacher education programs
  • conduct reviews of certificate holders
  • suspend or cancel certificates when necessary
These responsibilities were formally held by the BC College of Teachers, which existed from January 1, 1988 to January 9, 2012.
Certificate holders include classroom teachers, vice-principals, principals, directors and superintendents in the public, independent and First Nations school systems in BC.
BCTF BC Teachers’ Federation The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), is the union of professionals representing 41,000 public school teachers in the province of BC, Canada. All public school teachers belong to the BCTF and their local teachers’ association.
BFL Breakfast for Learning
CAP Canadian Association of Principals The national voice for principals
CEA Canadian Education Association
CHSF Canadian Home and School Federation The Canadian Home and School Federation is a national, non-profit and non-partisan umbrella organization for provincial affiliates representing parents committed to improving the quality of education available to their children.
CMEC Council of Ministers of Education The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada is an intergovernmental body founded in 1967 by ministers of education, it provides leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and international levels and contributes to the fulfilment of the constitutional responsibility for education conferred on provinces and territories.
CPF Canadian Parents for French
Canadian Parents for French-BC & Yukon Branch is a parent-led, non-profit organization that provides French-language educational, social, cultural and sporting activities for youth.
Through local chapters, CPF provides support, information and resources for parents with children studying French, whether through an immersion, intensive or basic French programme. They work with school boards, teachers, parent advisory councils and the federal and provincial governments to suggest and monitor policies and programmes that affect the access to and quality of children’s French educational programmes.
CSF Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique
CSBA Canadian School Boards Association
CTF Canadian Teachers’ Federation
CUPE Canadian Union of Public Employees
CommintyLink CommunityLINK (Learning Includes Nutrition and Knowledge) provides over $51 million in funding  to all 60 boards of education to support vulnerable students in academic achievement and social functioning.
DASH Directorate of Agencies for School Health The Directorate of Agencies for School Health in British Columbia (DASH BC) is a network of local, regional, and provincial organizations and individuals including teachers, parents and community members who hold closely to the vision that every school aged child or youth in British Columbia is part of a health-promoting school community that enables them to lead active, fulfilling lives, well-equipped for future life success
ECEBC Early Childhood Educators of BC
ESSA Emergency Social Services Association
FISA Federation of Independent School Association of BC
FNESC First Nations Education Steering Committee
Encourages discussion on education matters affecting First Nations in BC. Information on activities, programs, upcoming events, and publications.
FPFCB Federation des parent francophones de la Colombie-Britannique
FIPPA/FOIPOP/FOIPPA Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act find more information at the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner
Healthy Families BC
IGE Institute of Global Ethics
LearnNow BC The LearnNowBC.ca web portal, created by the Virtual School Society, is a single point of entry to information about distributed (online) learning in British Columbia for students K-12, parents and educators. This one-stop educational portal provides access to choices and free services for learners of all ages.
ldac-acta Learning Disabilities Association of Canada Provides leadership and support to people with learning disabilities (LD), their parents, teachers and other professionals. Working with their network of provincial/territorial and local partners, they provide cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and tools you can use.
MCFD Ministry for Children and Family Development
MOE Ministry of Education
National PTA National PTA United States volunteer organization working on behalf of children.
NSBA National School Boards Association
Open School BC Open School BC designs, develops and distributes educational resources and services to public sector clients and K–12 schools.
SPOABC School Plant Officials Association of BC
SAEE Society for the Advancement of Excellence in Education Electronic access to the archives of its field research in Canada’s public schools
UBCIC Union of BC Indian Chiefs
UBCM Union of BC Municipalities

 

BCCPAC’s National and Provincial Affiliates
Acronym Name and link
ASCA Alberta School Councils’ Association
MAPC Manitoba Association of Parent Councils
NBFHSA New Brunswick Federation of Home and School Associations Inc
NLFSCI Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils
NSFHSA Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations
OFHSA Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations
PEIHSF Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation
QFHSA Quebec Federation of and School Associations
Saskatchewan Association of School Councils

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