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Leadership Opportunities

The BCPVPA also includes Leadership Opportunities in every issue of eNews

Chilliwack invites applications for anticipated vacancies for Principals and Vice-Principals, potentially at the Elementary, Middle and Secondary level, for 2018-2019. Apply by 5 pm, March 23. http://bit.ly/2GyZ0wA

Surrey invites applications for District Principal – Student Support. Applications are due by 12 noon, March 29. http://bit.ly/2Dsghp0

Coast Mountains invites applications for Vice-Principal, Hazelton Secondary, effective August 1. Apply by 4 pm, April 3. http://bit.ly/2FIkBWm

Coast Mountains invites applications for Principal, Hazelton Secondary, effective August 1. Apply by 4 pm, April 3. http://bit.ly/2Ic3vPc

Coast Mountains invites applications for Vice-Principal, Mount Elizabeth Middle/Sec, effective August 1. Apply by 4 pm, April 3. http://bit.ly/2tx5OJm

CSL est à la recherche d’une personne dynamique et polyvalente pour combler un poste de Direction de l’instruction. Date de fin du concours: 11:30 pm, April 8. http://bit.ly/2HkLJrT

CSL de la Colombie-Britannique est à la recherche d’une personne pour combler un poste de Direction Générale Adjointe – Gestion Scolaire. Date de fin du concours: 11:30 pm, April 8. http://bit.ly/2DcqtSs

New Westminster invites applications for Director of Instruction, Learning Services.  Apply by 4 pm, April 23 http://bit.ly/2HHZW2m

New Westminster invites applications for Associate Superintendent. Apply by 4 pm, April 23. http://bit.ly/2GzPSZR

Secondment opportunities with the Ministry: The Ministry of Education is seeking Expressions of Interest from educators who are interested in participating in a secondment with the Ministry to support its mandate of student success. Individuals that submit an Expression of Interest will be put into a Ministry of Education Secondment Pool from which the Ministry will access for future secondment opportunities. The term of the secondment is typically around one year in duration, however, in exceptional circumstances may be up to three years. The closing date is 2 pm, April 6. Details: http://bit.ly/2DeaeEv

40th Annual Short Course

July 4 to 8 at UBC

Leading Learning:
Open Mind, Open Heart

Gain the knowledge, understanding, and connections you need to enhance your school leadership journey.

Developed in partnership with UBC, Short Course is an intensive, one-week (44 scheduled contact hours) program designed to provide new school leaders with an opportunity to hone the skills necessary for success in their new roles.

Short Course has been a part of this province’s educational leadership development for 40 years. The course work contains a blend of research and practical application that creates an essential understanding of what principals and vice-principals need to know and how to accomplish it.

Each year experienced principals and superintendents work together to plan Short Course, deliver the sessions, and facilitate the small group learning. Participants are immersed in the realities of school administration and given the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed in their new roles. Throughout the week participants have daily opportunity to reflect on their learning and set action plans for the year ahead.

The program is based on the Leadership Standards for Principals & Vice-Principals in British Columbia. Each day of the program focuses on one of the four Domains of the Standards (Moral Stewardship, Relational Leadership, Instructional Leadership, and Organizational Leadership). The concluding session, on Saturday, revolves around our BC education partners.

Moral Stewardship • Instructional Leadership • Relational Leadership
Organizational Leadership • Inspiration to Lead

Registration http://bit.ly/BCPVPAShortCourse17

Supervision for Learning

Super Vision for Learning (levels 1 and 2) 2017-18 registration

Register your intent as soon as possible and we will confirm locations/dates based on your response.

The centers of delivery for 2017-2018 are:

S4L 1:
Kelowna, Prince George, Sooke, and Metro (BCPVPA office but may shift dependent on registration). We may offer a DL Delivery method for individuals in outlying areas so please register your intent.

S4L 2:
Merritt, Comox, and Metro. This program requires a minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 participants and is based on guided classroom visits.

Registration: http://bit.ly/BCPVPAS4LTwo

Creating Thinking Classrooms

Creating Thinking Classrooms: Leading educational change for a 21st century world
by Garfield Gini-Newman and Roland Case

This book is published by The Critical Thinking Consortium and co-sponsored by the BCPVPA.

For more information and and an order form visit our books page.

The Leadership Standards for Principals and Vice-Principals in British Columbia


The Leadership Standards for Principals and Vice-Principals in BC  has been revised (2015) and is now available from the BCPVPA Professional Learning department. It will be available for download in early September.  The Standards have four domains — “Moral Stewardship,” “Instructional Leadership,” “Relational Leadership,” and “Organizational Leadership” —  and supporting individual standards. This document is not intended to be prescriptive in nature, but rather to be used to support the individual principal or vice-principal in reflecting on his or her learning needs. The purpose of the document is to foster continuous professional learning in working towards effective leadership; therefore, it is not intended as an instrument for evaluation or the judgment of the individual performance of principals and vice-principals by districts.
First published in 2007, The Leadership Standards for Principals and Vice-Principals in BC has become the document for professional growth in British Columbia.

Download a copy here.


BCPVPA Mental Health Symposium

Our thanks to the participants in the BCPVPA/BC School Centred Mental Health Coalition Mental Health Symposium.

Below are some of the resources from the conference (others will be added as they become available).

  • Full session descriptions and presenter bios here
  • Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative (CSRI) Powerpoint
  • CSRI Creating a Self-Regulated Learning Environment PDF
  • Fundamentals of Fostering Resiliency & Promoting Mental Health (A PDF of a PowerPoint)
  • DASH’s School Connectedness Capacity Building (A PDF of a PowerPoint)

Please keep us in the loop

Who, what & where: If you moved, changed schools or positions or if you have information to update our database, please click to email this information to Membership Services. 

BCPVPA videos on YouTube

Watch our videos on YouTube

The BCPVPA has posted numerous videos to YouTube and they include professional learning videos on Kindergarten, early learning, the Leadership Standards and Coaching; Aboriginal education videos; and, interviews with BCPVPA members.

Spirals of Inquiry: For Equity and Quality

Eighth Printing now available

Spirals of Inquiry, by Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser in association with the BCPVPA, is a handbook organized to provide you with specific inquiry tools, research evidence and examples from practice in BC schools. You will read arguments for the importance of considering and combining wise, strong and new approaches to inquiry and learning. You will be introduced to a set of questions that can shift thinking and practice. You will explore the key stages in the spiral of inquiry and you will consider ways to incorporate current knowledge into your designs for professional learning. We hope you will feel better equipped to create the kinds of inquiry learning communities required to get the outcomes for young people that we both want and need.

The book is priced at $20 per copy (including taxes). The shipping fee will be added (mailed or sent by courier, depending on quantity ordered). We invoice on shipment. To order the book email Jennifer and include: 1) the number of copies required; 2) the shipping address; 3) who to invoice.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network Provincial Fund, with those funds to be distributed to support inquiry-based learning initiatives.

BCPVPA Benefits Plan

The British Columbia Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association (BCPVPA) offers a comprehensive benefits package to participating eligible employees. For information about the benefits provided by this plan click to visit an external website, which is operated by Morneau Shepell.


Membership and Enrolment Forms