The BCAEA is pleased to provide assistance to teachers wanting to start a local Alternate Education Chapter in their district. A startup grant of $200 (or $300 if you have ten or more members) is available as well as an ongoing grant of $10 per member in subsequent years. If you are interested in forming a local Chapter, contact Mike Shaw, BCAEA President for full details, but in a nutshell, there are three steps:
1. Have a meeting and elect a President, Vice President, and Treasurer;
2. Create and adopt a constitution; and
3. Provide the BCAEA with a copy of your constitution, minutes of meetings, and a list of members, including the Executive, and apply for the Chapter Support Grant.
This grant consists of four awards totalling a maximum of $4000, and is available for an activity for the benefit of at-risk students who are receiving alternative programming.
Honouring a retired teacher, union activist, and long-time supporter of the BCAEA, this $1000 award is presented to a teacher, program or school that developed curriculum that caters specifically to alternate students.
As a teacher with a current membership in the BCAEA, you are eligible to sponsor up to five of your students' applications for one or more of our $9,000 in student awards. Changes and tweaks are made to the forms on an ongoing basis, so be sure to download the latest versions below, which are available as a fillable PDF form.
Important: Students must claim their award within 18 months of winning. Awards unclaimed after 18 months have expired and are no longer valid. Questions should be addressed to the BCAEA Awards Chair
To celebrate their success in alternate, five awards of $1000 each are available to a student graduating from an alternate program, and continuing their education or training at a post-secondary institution.
Fifteen awards of $200 each are available to a student now enrolled in alternate who is demonstrating responsibility for behaviour, a significant level of self-motivation, improved self-esteem and self-confidence.
Please note that except for the Student Activity Grant and the Regional Conference Grant which accept submissions throughout the year, the deadline for receipt of applications for all other awards and grants is March 15th. Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to consider incomplete or late applications.