How Does a Member Submit a Resource for Evaluation?
Members can request an evaluation of resources that they intend to use in the classroom for instruction and/or student assignments with a whole class or groups of students.
We first review these requests for relevancy, currency, availability of distribution, provincial wide scope, and general classroom suitability before scheduling a resource into the evaluation process.
Who Evaluates Resources?
Focused Education evaluators are selected and appointed by the BC Teachers Federation (BCTF). Once appointed, Focused ED provides evaluators with two online evaluator training courses. Following the training, evaluators are assigned in pairs to conduct the resource evaluations.
Educators interested in becoming an evaluator should view the BCTF Opportunities for Members webpage for information on the application process, which occurs in February – March most years.
What Resources Do We Evaluate?
We evaluate print and digital resources for classroom use with a focus on novels, picture books, and reference materials. We evaluate educational websites which are publicly accessible or accessible through anonymized logins, and are not fee-based. Resources which are included in the BC Digital Classroom Collection have been evaluated for use, as part of the procurement process.
Where Are the Evaluation Records?
Resources that have been evaluated and have met the evaluation criteria will have a full evaluation review, accessible in the K-12 Evaluated Resource Collection.