BCPVPA Mentorship
Pilot Program


The BCPVPA is initiating a provincial pilot mentorship program for the 2017-2018 school year, recognizing the unique work and challenges encountered by new school-based principals and vice-principals throughout British Columbia.

Initially this pilot aims to cultivate a network of support and collaborative partnership engaging retired principals as mentors.  The pilot project will include up to 40 partnerships, which will inform the longer-range development and sustainability of this provincial initiative respecting the need for place-based responsive design.

Download an application as Mentor

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Guiding aims of the BCPVPA Mentorship Pilot Program

Build principals’ and vice-principals’ confidence and self-efficacy by:

  1. supporting understanding and appropriate responsiveness relating to administrative responsibilities associated with Board policy, the School Act and administrative responsibilities  
  2. developing capacity with the knowledge, skills and attitudes outlined in the BCPVPA Leadership Standards
  3. strengthening reflection on practice
  4. developing and articulating a framework for judgment and decision-making
  5. refining artistry in implementation of principals’ and vice-principals’ work

Maintain and enhance principals’ and vice-principals’ sense of well-being by:

    1. considering personal health and care and creating work/life balance
    2. expanding perspectives  on tensions and struggles
    3. developing a supportive network for principals and vice-principals.

Foster and value continuous learning for mentors and mentees by:

    1. respecting existing strengths and skills and identifying areas for continuous growth
    2. articulating professional vision and purpose
    3. seeking and receiving feedback.

Guiding Principles of the BCPVPA Mentorship Pilot Program

Open: accessible  to principals and vice-principals new to role and changing a role

Voluntary: participation is encouraged, not mandated or required

Non-judgmental: the focus is on learning and growth and mentors act as agents of development

Relational: respects the importance of  a trust-based relationship, recognizing the place for vulnerability and the need for confidentiality

Individualized:  needs and interests of mentees are a priority when matching with a mentor and establishing goals

Learner focused: develops opportunities for growth for both mentors and mentees, recognizing learning is reciprocal and mutually beneficial to all participants

Flexible:  offers diverse means  for participants to meet and interact/communicate (adaptive to place and technology use)


The 2017-18 BCPVPA Mentorship Advisory Team

  • Jessica Antosz 
  • Liz Bell
  • Don Boyd
  • Kevin Fadum
  • Harold Krische
  • Eileen Phillips
  • Ted St.Pierre 
  • Kevin Reimer
  • David DeRosa
  • Heidi Grant
  • Ted St. Pierre

Alison Davies (coordinator for 2017-18)


Implementation Framework of BCPVPA Mentorship Pilot Program

Roles and expectations of participants (mentors and new principals, vice-principals):

  1. Mentors will become members of the retired Principals’ Association
  2. Participants will commit to participation for the current school year
  3. Participants will commit a monthly minimum of 4 hours, with a strong recommendation of weekly contact
  4. honorarium of $300 will be provided for mentors.

Planning, communication and assignment of partnerships:

  1. Descriptions of the program and applications for mentors and mentees are distributed through the BCPVPA website, the BCRPVPA website,  and through the BCPVPA communications director
  2. Application for mentees are distributed late August and sent to mentors in September.
  3. Applications to be sent to the BCPVPA President by October 20th
  4. Assignment of partnerships will be determined by the Mentorship Advisory Team in October
  5. a letter will be sent to District Superintendents to inform them about the pilot project and request recommendations regarding potential mentor participants.

Facilitating quality mentorship interactions:

  1. Participants will meet through face-to-face and video-conferencing technologies
  2. Participants will co-create how mentorship communication can best suit their needs to provide both informal conversation and more structured planning and coaching
  3. A webinar will be held for all mentor and mentee participants Nov.1, 4 pm. welcoming them to the program and establishing initial mentorship processes
  4. Mentor training will be provided at the Vancouver BCPVPA office over 2 days (November 9/10) and for one day in May to gather program feedback
  5. Mentor training will include a component on boundaries and policies.

Coordinating program feedback:

  1. Formative feedback will begin early February
  2. A summative program review will be completed by the end of April to assist the Advisory Team in future planning.