Whoever said teaching is not political clearly has never heard of the STF or looked at the history of teacher professional development. The STF stands for the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, it is an organization made up of teachers to represent teachers. They bargain with the government with teachers’ best interest in mind. Who would have thought – the people representing the people?
Even though I am only a first year student I think it is important for all education students to be knowledgeable about the salary and benefits that are provided to current teachers. An easy place to find this information is on the STF website. On this website I learned that teachers get the following benefits: health plan, dental plan, disability plan, life insurance, teacher well-being, and pension plan. This is definitely something to look forward to.
Lastly I learned of the Stewart Resources Centre. This online library houses a collection of books, audio-visual resources, print and e-journals and newspapers, and prepared units all for Saskatchewan teachers. I will definitely be spending my time during pre-internship browsing the many resources provided through this amazing resource centre.
When I was looking around the website I came across the salary grid for the past few years, including the most recent one that expired on August 30, 2017. If I were to be a first year teacher with only a BEd I would be making a salary of $55,474. This amount increases every year for the next eleven years, and varies depending on your level of education. Although new contracts will be signed and the salary will hopefully keep rising, this number gives me a good idea about what to expect in my future.
I was able to really feel part of the website when I came across a section for new teachers. This section of the website specifically addresses the questions and concerns that new teachers may have. I clicked on many links and feel fully informed on the basis of the teaching profession and on the part that the STF plays in my career.
The only topic that this website didn’t cover was the mention of substitute teachers. What is their pay rate? Do they get the same benefits? Does the STF vouch for substitute as well? The lack of mention to substitute teachers is the only cause for concern, and I’m sure that many of you out there have answers to my questions so leave them in the comments below.