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Professional Learning Registration Links

Registration is now open for a variety of BCPVPA Professional Learning and Development programs for 2018:

Register: Issues Forum (February 23)

Register: Culture of Learning: Level One

Register: Culture of Learning: Level Two

Register: Short Course I

Register: Short Course II

BCPVPA: Leadership Opportunity

Executive Director

The BCPVPA is looking for a visionary leader to support the work of the Board of Directors and the President, provide strategic guidance in governance and partner and government relations, and manage the daily operations of the Association and its 14 professional and support staff.

The BC Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association is the professional organization representing school-based and district principals in BC public schools. The Association advocates for the members and supports them in their professional learning and employment relationship with school boards.

The BCPVPA is looking for a visionary leader to support the work of the Board of Directors and the President, provide strategic guidance in governance and partner and government relations, and manage the daily operations of the Association and its 14 professional and support staff.

The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of leadership in the public education sector and possess a detailed knowledge of the K-12 system in British Columbia. The candidate will have a successful history of working with elected Boards and in developing and implementing a Board’s strategic vision. He or she will have experience in human resource management and in developing and managing budgets.

The BCPVPA office is located in Vancouver. Additional information and responsibilities can be found here.

Applicants should include a cover letter, resume and references. No reference will be checked prior to shortlisting and without the knowledge of the candidate.

The position will commence on April 1, 2018 or a mutually agreeable date and is a continuing appointment. Applications should be forwarded to BCPVPA President-elect David DeRosa at dderosa@bcpvpa.bc.ca and must be received by 5 pm on January 26.

BCPVPA/SOGI webinars in January

The BCPVPA and SOGI present two webinars in January.

Wednesday, January 24: 7:30 – 8 am PST

SOGI Education in BC (Part 1)

Why and How (and parent rights)

This webinar will focus on the why and how of SOGI-inclusive education along with the issue of parent rights.


Wednesday, January 31: 4 – 4:30 pm PST

SOGI Education in BC (Part 2):

Building and Integrating

This webinar will provide guidance on how to build inclusive learning environments and integrate SOGI education into a classroom program.


Both webinars are presented by Matt Carruthers, BC’s SOGI Education Lead.


BCPVPA Issues Forum in February

February 23: Pacific Gateway Hotel (Richmond) • 8:30 am – 2:30 pm • Lunch is included


Learning agenda
welcome by Sally Zyrd and Carrie Froese

Flourishing Inquiry and Mindful Leadership: Creating conditions for flourishing schools
Dr. Sabre Cherkoswki, Associate Professor, UBC-Okanagan

Healthy Principals, Healthy Schools: Wellbeing and coping strategies

Dr. Fei Wang, Assistant Professor, UBC, Educational Studies

Wellness Practice

Dr. Stephen Berg, Assistant Professor, UBC-Okanagan

Brain Health and Wellness Education

Gary Anaka, Brain-based learning facilitator

Assessment and Reporting (K-9) with Ministry representative

Grade 10 Curriculum Implementation with Ministry representative

Ignites on Assessment and Reporting


Partnership Awards 2018

The BCPVPA Partnership Awards are now accepting nominations from Chapters who wish to recognize and honour the valuable support provided to principals, vice-principals, teachers, and students by individuals and groups who have, over an extended period of time, shared their time, energy and expertise to support schools.

Nominations must be submitted by 5 pm, Friday, March 30. Awards are presented at the May 2018 Chapter Council meeting.

Download a nomination form.
Read about previous winners here.

BCPVPA 2017 By-election

Read Jorgensen, Principal, View Royal Elementary in Greater Victoria, was elected Director in the BCPVPA election held this past Monday through Thursday and joins the existing 11 members of the Board. Congratulations to Read and our thanks to the other three candidates and the more than 700 members who voted.

Ministry of Education/BCPVPA webinars

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Ministry of Education/BCPVPA webinars

The Ministry of Education and the BCPVPA presented, in September and October 2017, a series of half-hour webinars designed to provide BCPVPA members and guests with current information and developments about specific Ministry initiatives. All webinars are available for viewing below:

The BCPVPA thanks the Ministry of Education’s Superintendent of Transformation, Suzanne Hoffman and all the presenters.

Updates on Ministry initiatives and changes for the 2017-18 school year

  • Foundation Skills Assessment with Nancy Walt and Janet Powell.

View the presentation.

  • Arts Education with Melanie Bradford

View the presentation.


  • Career Education with Jan Unwin, Angie Calleberg, and Nicole Arklie

View the presentation.

  • Classroom Assessment with Angie Calleberg, Acting Director, Classroom Assessment and Nancy Walt, Executive Director, Curriculum and Assessment

View the presentation.

  • Math and Science with  Angie Calleberg, Acting Director of Classroom Assessment and Nicole Arklie, Mathematics Coordinator.

View the presentation.

  • Social Studies with Nick Poeschek,Social Studies Coordinator and Brent Munro, Director, Curriculum.

View the presentation.

  • Graduation & Numeracy Assessments/ with  Markus Baer, Director, Graduation Assessments and Nancy Walt, Executive Director, Curriculum and Assessments.

View the presentation.

BCPVPA 2017 Elections

BCPVPA elections for President-elect and Directors

Congratulations to President-Elect David DeRosa, re-elected members of the Board Susan Clough, Steve DallaLana, and Darren Danyluk and newly-elected Susan Nichols who join with President Kevin Reimer and Directors Tracy Godfrey, Heidi Grant, Brett Johnson, Lee Karpenko, Carol-Ann Leidloff, and Brian Leonard to comprise the 2017-2018 Board of Directors.

Our thanks to all candidates & to the 1000+ members who voted

Visible Learning Institute

Visible Learning Institute
John Hattie & Ainsley Rose (Exclusively from Corwin and in partnership with the BCPVPA)

July 7 and 8 Richmond (Pacific Gateway Hotel)
US $449 (with the $50 BCPVPA discount code applied)

The Vancouver Visible Learningplus Institute is a two-day conference with John Hattie and Ainsley Rose. This institute introduces you to the core concepts and research of Visible Learning. You will learn to systematically examine effective instructional practice to make the greatest impact on student achievement and learning. Ainsley Rose will provide the BC context and application.

  • Recognize and implement high effect instructional strategies and make adjustments to focus on what works best in light of what the research shows
  • Discover why a culture of effective feedback is essential in a school and district, and learn strategies to make learning visible by giving and receiving effective feedback
  • Learn to use the Visible Learning plus framework, share learning intentions and co-create success criteria for every lesson, giving students the tools they need to recognize success and track their own progress
  • Learn how to integrate student voice into planning, evaluation, and developing curriculum
  • Learn how to create assessment-capable learners   

+ Register http://bit.ly/2kOhZMU (BCPVPA members please use the discount code: BCPVPA)

+ A limited number of rooms (at $325 per night) are available for BCPVPA members at the Pacific Gateway Hotel, using this link http://bit.ly/BCPVPAGatewayVL

Podcast interview with John Tyler

This week, I sat down with New Westminster Secondary Principal John Tyler. John is a member of the BCPVPA Technology Committee, has been instrumental in launching the recent professional learning webinar series and is the author of the recently released book, Networked Youth: What Every Parent Needs to Know about Online Behaviour.  In this episode John and Kevin talk about John’s book, the webinar series, and his involvement as a facilitator at Short Course.

Membership and Enrolment Forms