After 11 years of bringing you local reporting, the team behind the Vancouver Observer has moved on to Canada's National Observer. You can follow Vancouver culture reporting over there from now on. Thank you for all your support over the years!

Kristina Campbell

Vancouver writer and former public school educator Kristina Campbell highlights educational topics with stories from inside and outside the classroom.

Contact her at [email protected]

Children's Book Review: The Ice Bear

Opening the cover of Jackie Morris’ The Ice Bear lands you smack dab in the middle of a polar bear den.

Enough kitchen-table kvetching: Vancouver event offers strategies for community change

VAN BC's free conference will be held on Sunday, February 13th, at Ray Cam Community Centre, 920 East Hastings, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

BC teacher continues to challenge prevailing ideas about public education

Kids are failing, right? Parents are angry, right? The government is to blame, right? Not so fast, says BC teacher Tulani Ackerman after her one-woman public consultation last summer.

Falcon's merit pay unlikely to produce better teachers

Research on human motivation shows extrinsic rewards, such as money in the proposed merit pay system, often backfire.

Is education news coverage skewing perceptions of public schools?

How can we have a useful debate on the merits of public versus private schools when skewed perceptions are being disseminated by the media?

Enter your classroom or community group to win a financial literacy kit

Until November 12, educators can enter their classroom or group to win a Moonjar Classroom Kit - a collection of tools for teaching kids the ABCs of financial literacy. The Moonjar is a fun, visual...

BCTF finds lack of substance in Campbell's education announcements

Premier Gordon Campbell's much-anticipated announcements around education in his televised address to British Columbians on Wednesday has left teachers cold. "The Premier’s address lacked depth...

Teachers, grab your popcorn

Teachers will be learning about the government's intended changes to education on Wednesday

Teachers have questions, but does B.C.'s new education minister have answers?

Vancouver teachers: expect a lot of 'I'll get back to you on thats' after Wednesday's televised address by the premier, which is likely to announce significant changes to education. That's because,...