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Adminfo is published five times per year by the BC Principals' & Vice-Principals' Association.

Issues are mailed to all BCPVPA active members (and archived on the website) in October, December, February, April and June.

Write for Adminfo: Adminfo welcomes your submissions. We are particuarly interested in best practices, school success stories and educational research. For information email your questions or submission to Richard Williams.

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In the April 2014 issue ...

In addition to the articles below, the complete issue includes a column by President Shelley Green on "a time to self-assess, identify competencies, and set goals," and a column by Executive Director Kit Krieger on the BCPVPA's strategic plan for 2014-2017. Download the complete issue:

Beyond the two-hour workshop

By Kim Atkinson Teachers in Saanich School District participate in a year long
professional learning process to reflect and share ideas and build a community of practice.
Continue reading.

Building engagement and achievement, one project at a time

By Janilee Stovel and Sandra Pond At Pacific Coast School in Prince Rupert, a team of educators address student achievement by asking two questions: 1) How could culturally inclusive, cross-curricular, hands-on, and project-based learning founded in the principles of Assessment for Learning (AFL) and LUCID (Imaginative Education) be implemented to increase student engagement and attendance? and 2) Will this implementation improve achievement for our Aboriginal students? Continue reading.

The road to leadership

By Jessica Werb Improving school safety and developing student leadership are two of the significant benefits of participating in BCAA's School Safety Patrol Program. Jessica Werb travels to Burnaby to report on the program at two elementary schools. Continue reading.

Immersed in French and nature

Two Kindergarten teachers help their students learn about nature in the most natural setting possible. The learning team reports on the school’s success in tapping into the magic of outdoor space. Continue reading.

Outside days

By Leslie Dyson Photos by Craig Cerhit Maple Ridge’s Environmental School draws on the natural world to help students develop into all-round citizens. Continue reading.

April cover art by Ashley Langan, Big Lake Elementary, SD#27


February 2014

In addition to the articles below, the complete issue includes a column by President Shelley Green on the value of laughter, and a column by Executive Director Kit Krieger on lifelong learning and estabishling credentials. Download the complete issue.

On marriage, divorce and teaching

By Cathal Walsh The author reflects on his parents' marriage and how it stood the test of time. He says a teacher’s passion for the profession can be subject to myriad emotions, too … but sometimes a divorce from bad practice can lead to a renewed professionalism. Continue reading.

An Aboriginal cultural immersion program

By Lesley Dyson. Merritt’s Aboriginal Academy draws on aspects of the area’s two dominant cultures. Students are responding by assuming new levels of responsibility. Assessment is based on growth, mastery of skills, patience and spiritual understanding. Continue reading.

A day in the life of a one-room rural school

By Gloria Gadacz. Once a commonplace feature of BC’s education system, the one-room rural school is a vanishing institution. The author shares a typical day as vice-principal/teacher at her one room K-6 school in the Kootenay Lake School District. Continue reading.

The public interest and the regulation of educators

By Laura Bickerton. The author continues her series of three columns on aspects of the Teachers’ Regulation Branch. She discusses the public interest — what it means and the role played by principals and vice-principals. Three scenarios give rise to a discussion about transparency and professional responsibility.  Continue reading.

February cover art by Logan Hammond, Erickson Elementary, SD#8


December 2013

In addition to the articles below, the complete issue includes a column by President Shelley Green on how to talking with education students, and a column by Executive Director Kit Krieger on five indicators of effective professional associations. Download the complete issue.

Three tiers to intervention and improvement

By Lesley Dyson. Watson Elementary in Chilliwack introduces a Response to Instruction and Intervention model, drawing on data and collaborative problem-solving.
This three tier approach helps the school to shift its focus, from fixing the student to fixing the instruction. Continue reading.

A Teacher's Inquiry on Inquiry

By Christine Marin and Jessica Wang. A pilot project to use an inquiry model of teaching to build students’ interest, ownership and excitement in their own learning gets off to a rocky start, but with supportive conversations, collaborative lessons, and resilience over time, the results are positive. Continue reading.

Education for the heart

By Stacey Burnard. The author shares research about social-emotional learning and how it empowers students to find success through resiliency and managing the inevitable failure. Continue reading.

A Time to Celebrate and Share Learning

By Craig Mah. School goals can be brought to life as students, staff and parents join together to celebrate learning. Continue reading.

The Standards of Professionalism

By Laura Bickerton. The author inaugurates a series of columns on how the work of the Ministry’s Teacher Regulation Branch intersects with the work of principals and vice-principals. Continue reading.

December cover art by Ashley Moore, Sir Alexander Mackenzie School, SD#49


October 2013

In addition to the articles below, the complete issue includes a column by President Shelley Green on how to have difficult conversations, and a column by Executive Director Kit Krieger on reading the data from the May BCPVPA membership survey. Download the complete issue.

Exploring the Relationship between Time and Learning

Martin Blakesley

For years the Gulf Islands has operated on a modified school calendar based on a four-day instructional week. Over time, the Board monitored student achievement, but not to what degree student that achievement may have been affected by the length of the school week. A former principal undertakes to find the answer. In this article, he sets the context, explains the process, reviews the literature and shares his research results. Continue reading.

Putin, Pride and Policy

by Dr. Christine Perkins

In BC, 35 out of 60 districts do not have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity. A Sea to Sky principal champions the cause in her district and offers other principals and vice-principals a blueprint for action. Continue reading.

Principals of Inclusion

by Darrin Griffiths

Book Excerpt: Principals of Inclusion: Practical Strategies to Grow Inclusion in Urban Schools by Darrin Griffiths. This excerpt is from Chapter One of the book. Other chapters cover growing inclusion with teachers, students, and parents as well as cultivating allies and reconceptualizing the principalship. Read the excerpt.

A Dynamic Approach to Dyslexia

by Leslie Dyson

When reading materials are tailored to personal interests, some students begin to understand what is being said. These steady improvements lead to improved comprehension and better prospects. Continue reading.


June 2013

In addition to the articles below, the complete issue includes a column by President Shelley Green on how to sustain energy and enthusiasm, and a column by Executive Director Kit Krieger on the journey to become a teacher. There is also an article by Sharon Cutcliffe on The Duty of Fairness. Download the complete issue.

Highly engaged and knowing learners

by Heidi Grant

George Bonner Middle School in the Cowichan Valley creates a grade 7 class that focuses on personalized learning. Teachers and students are empowered to engage in inquiry and innovation. Continue reading.

The making of a great school

by Cathal Walsh

A principal makes the case that great schools are created by dedicated professionals who work in consort to meet the interests and needs of all students. Continue reading.

Bringing mindfulness intimately, clearly & deeply into schools

by Cea Winter

Mindfulness is a way of being fully present in this moment and a teacher explains how it can help youth cope with anxiety, depression and behavioral issues. Continue reading.

Giving kids a sporting chance

by Leslie Dyson

A born-in-BC organization helps brings kids into sport with confidential financial support. Continue reading.

June cover art by Tiana Kalke, South Broadview Elementary


April 2013

In addition to the articles below, the complete issue includes a column by President Shelley Green on participating in the BCPVPA through its election process and a column by Executive Director Kit Krieger on asking questions and being responsive. Download the complete issue.

Leading from where they stand

by Doug David

School leaders in the Comox Valley turn to distributed leadership and create a Curriculum Support Teacher role to support teachers and build capacity. Continue reading.

Turning 50, reflecting on life in a technological world

by Chuck Bloch

A principal reflects on how technology is eating away at the limited family time available and offers some tips to correct the imbalance. Continue reading.

Book review and excerpt

Taking Charge: Leading with Passion and Purpose in the Principalship

Mary Nall reviews Paul Shaw's book and an excerpt from Chapter Five (Capacity Building: The Promise of Professional Learning Communities) is included. Continue reading.

Covering the bases 

by Leslie Dyson

Project-based learning in Langley engages students, and peer mentors, to approach a single subject from a variety of perspectives. And parents are involved and committed too. Continue reading.


February 2013

In addition to the articles below, the complete issue includes 1) a column by President Shelley Green on creating safe, caring cultures, 2) the third article on the history of the BCPVPA as it celebrates 25 years as an autonomous organization, 3) an excerpt from Spirals of Inquiry by Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser and 4) a column by Executive Director Kit Krieger on  the four critical elements of a success public education system. Download the complete issue.


Growing innovation in rural sites of learning, part 3

by Linda Farr Darling, Patricia Dooley and Terry Taylor

In the third of three articles, the authors talk about key aspects of successful projects and how innovative projects will be shared with other educators. Continue reading.

I dance, you dance, we all dance

by Vanessa Clarke

At Sechelt's Chatelech Secondary, all students are engaged by and participate in a dance program that offers fun, boosts school spirit and models best peer to peer practices.
ators. Continue reading.

A new school grows in the Comox Valley

by Leslie Dyson

The Comox Valley opens a K-12 school to serve the growing needs of students who are opting to know more about the Francophone culture and language. Continue reading.


December 2012

In addition to the articles below, the complete issue includes 1) a column by President Shelley Green on supporting schools with a high incidence of poverty, 2) the second article on the history of the BCPVPA as it celebrates 25 years as an autonomous organization, 3) a legal opinion on the use of cell phones in schools and 4) a column by Executive Director Kit Krieger on his first four months on the job. Download the complete issue.


In unplugged classrooms, these students dig the environment

by Leslie Dyson

Support from the World Wildlife Federation helps integrate environmental awareness and stewardship into the curriculum. Continue reading.

Five easy pieces to seamless technology integration

by Darren Rowell

A Maple Ridge School, custom built for technology, embraces technology and student directed learning. Continue reading.

Growing innovation in rural sites of learning, part 2

by Linda Farr Darling, Patricia Dooley and Terry Taylor

In the second of three articles, the authors share key aspects of projects and write about a community of learners around the province. Continue reading.

Collaboration brings innovation

by Karen Flello

When Distributed Learning and neighbourhood schools find opportunities for collaboration, innovative partnerships are created and student needs met. Continue reading.

 


October 2012

In addition to the individual articles, the entire issue can be downloaded as a single file. In addition to the articles below the entire issue includes articles by BCPVPA President Shelley Green on building capacity and BCPVPA Executive Director Kit Krieger on BC's high performing public schools. Download the entire issue.

The dividends of culture

by Leslie Dyson

Hazelton Secondary developed a three-day back-to-the-land camp to help First Nations students learn some of the life skills that are no longer being shared from generation to generation. Continue reading.


Volume, complexity and the challenge of capacity

by Harold Krische, Carol-Ann Leidloff and John Pusic

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 To focus on student achievement and school leadership, principals and vice-principals must meet the volume and complexity challenges of their roles by understanding the issues, focusing on the essential and developing leadership capacity. Continue reading.


Growing innovation in rural sites of learning

by Linda Farr Darling, Patricia Dooley and Terry Taylor

In the first of three articles, the authors set out the parameters for a program that will explore and document innovative practice in rural schools. Continue reading.


The BCPVPA is celebrating 25 years of quality leadership in education

In this, the first of five articles marking the silver anniversary of the BCPVPA as an autonomous organization, we look at the Principal's Journal, which began publication in 1960 and read some comments by Principal Jum Halcrow on the opening of the first BCPVPA conference in 1969. Continue reading.



 June 2012

In addition to the individual articles, the entire issue can be downloaded as a single file. This file  includes a column by BCPVPA President Jameel Aziz on leadership. Download the entire issue.

An angel, an ally ... a dog in the classroom

by Leslie Dyson
A Kindergarten teacher’s assistance dog provides a helping ear … and students and staff welcome a new staff member with open arms. Continue reading.

To dance … perchance to learn

by Ricki Bartlett
A dance teacher in Nanaimo helps her students develop self-reliance and then engages the high achievers to bring the weaker student along using 21st Century principles. Continue reading.

Education and the social media

by Chris Kennedy
The Superintendent of the West Vancouver School District considers some of the possible reasons to explain why BC educators have so readily involved themselves in the social media. Continue reading.

Dropping the gloves

by Elisa Carlson
An educator in Surrey is challenged to know more about social media. One year after the gloves dropped, she reflects on the journey and how it has helped to re-share her concept of networking. Continue reading.

Authentic parent involvement

by Cale Birk
An educator who regularly and warmly welcomes parents into the school reflects on what constitutes real parent involvement. Continue reading.

Picture Day 2012

Pending the release of the full Picture Day report from 2012, a selection of write-in comments from some of the 500+ members who participated in the survey. Continue reading.

 


 

April 2012

The complete issue includes all of the articles below plus BCPVPA President Jameel Aziz on the BCPVPA's Student Voice. Download the entire issue.

Volunteering to improve reading

by Jodi van der Meer

A principal in North Okanagan Shuswap works with staff and volunteers to initiate and sustain a program to improve student reading spead and comprehension. Continue reading.

Collaboration and Co-teaching: Making a difference

by Judy Zacharias

At Conrad Elementary in Prince Rupert, students read the benefits when educators work together to support at risk-youngsters in their classrooms. Continue reading.

Playground Pals

by Sylvia Bell

A principal inPeace Rive River South initiates a program to promote student leadership by shifting the focus to good behaviour and fair play. Continue reading.

Looking Critically at Presentation

by Leslie Dyson

Sands Secondary and Delview Secondary in Delta offer Media Arts programs that help students with problem-solving, artistic understanding, the importance of teamwork and accountability. Continue reading.

From the kitchen to a public school of choice

by Dan Dalgaard and Liz Tanner

Wildflower Elementary in Nelson meets community needs and builds strong relationships with parents. Continue reading.

April cover art by Jordan Perepolkin, Stanley Humphries Secondary, Castlegar


February 2012

The complete issue includes all of the articles below plus BCPVPA President Jameel Aziz on The School Community. Download the entire issue.

Engaging Curiosity

by Shannon Shields

Can a single subject hold a student's interest for 13 years? A vice-principal engages Learning in Depth and reflects on the experience. Continue reading.

Access to academic databases

by Leslie Dyson

Buying software licences in bulk reduces costs for school districts and delivers materials that are carefully evaluated. Continue reading.

Networks of Inquiry and Innovation

by Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser

Two BC educators write about Innovative Learning Environments and outline how they can lead to new designs and improved outcomes. Continue reading.

After All These Years:
Still Not Keen on Homework

by Peter Jory

[From the blogs: What our members are writing online]

A principal reflects on his own experiences as a student in grade nine and offers practical reasons why homework may be over-rated. Continue reading.

February cover art by Riikka Iivanainen, Clearwater Secondary


December 2011

The complete issue includes: BCPVPA President Jameel Aziz on Multi-level Advocacy; Chris Wejr's On Becoming Connected; Leslie Dyson on the introduction of the Farm to School program in Langley brings a host of benefits: well-fed students, sustainability and a better understanding of the food chain; Simon Blakesely's Identify and the Principalship; Artles Anderson and Brooke Moore on guiding students about media literacy and thinking critically; and Natasha Miles on writing a novel. Download the entire issue.

December cover art by Megan Graw, Dawson Creek Secondary School


October 2011

Our October 2011 issue features BCPVPA President Jameel Aziz on The Many Forms of Leadership as well as Jill Jensen's article on Intense Moral Purpose; Greg McNally on how some principals operate like the Lone Ranger, searching the landscape entirely on their own, hoping to find the solution for the challenges that faced them; Leslie Dyson on the staff and students of Sk'aadgaa Naay Elementary School in Skidegate on Haida Gwaii who are integrating the Haida language and culture into the regular curriculum; Eileen Phillips's reflection on educational initiatives of the past 40 years; and Deborah Koehn on the Network of Performance Based Schools.


June 2011

The complete issue features all the articles BCPVPA President Jameel Aziz hearing from members and Mark Thiessen on his Rwandan experience; a book review of Pyramid of Behavior Interventions by Dani Garner; Bill McGovern and Kelly Quinlan's article on a  school in Coquitlam that became the first in Canada to adopt a UNICEF initiative designed to improve school culture for students and adults; Leslie Dyson on a school in Tumbler Ridge, where student leadership is strong and independent study opens a world of opportunity; and Bruce Nicholson and Stan Peterson's article about revisiting Haiti after the devastating January 2010 earthquake that ravaged most of the country and left more than 300,000 people dead.


April 2011

The complete issue features  BCPVPA President Jameel Aziz on setting priorities in a technological age; Assessment for Learning Strategies in a Sheltered Learning Block by Peter Jory; The Visioning Process in a Secondary School by Rod Perrault; Students as Living Books with stories to tell by Leslie Dyson; and A Trip to Nepal, by Nancy Campbell.


February 2011

Our February 2011 issue  BCPVPA President Jameel Aziz on research on instructional leadership plusWalking Together for a Better Future by by Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert; A League of Writers, Poets & Filmmakers by Leslie Dyson; The Artful Classroom by Don Ottosen; and A Collaborative Force by Dani Garner.


December 2010:

Our December 2010 issue features BCPVPA President Jameel Aziz on advocacy as well as Putting Students on a Winning Streakby Debbie Cullum; The Power of a Student-based Curriculum by Chris Wejr; Juggling Your Way to Confidence by by Ian Robinson; At Home With Nature by Leslie Dyson; and Theory of Action by Denise Eli-Mansueti.


October 2010:

Our October 2010 issue features BCPVPA President Jameel Aziz on professional reading and BCPVPA Executive Director Ted Whiteland on an early learning initiative as well as Mark Thiessen's about his ongoing experiences in Rwanda, Mary Laudien about the change process,Kerri Steel on how effective school administrators can use Universal Design for Learning to integrate technology into the fabric of the learning space, Leslie Dyson on a school in Port Alberni that takes a "wrap around" approach to improve student success and Sylvia Bell is your typical (well inasmuch as any school leader can be "typical") elementary school principal. She is also an author whose first novel, Truthstone, is now available through Amazon and Xlibris.