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David DeRosa

October 19, 2018 Message to Members

Connecting Leaders

The Connecting Leaders conference this weekend is an opportunity for our colleagues to share and learn, to reconnect with peers and make new connections. The impetus behind Connecting Leaders is for participants to bring ideas, energy and inspiration back to their schools, and we look forward to seeing how that excitement is shared.

Each Connecting Leaders conference has a topical theme: this year’s theme is Changing Tides: Charting Our Course Together. I think we can all attest to the flow of change that we’ve experienced in recent years, and the increasing complexity of our roles. As the needs of our schools and the system require an enhanced skill set from school leaders, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. The idea of working together to navigate change resonates, and through opportunities like Connecting Leaders we want to give our members the tools, resources and training that you need to be successful. We want you to know that there’s a community of peers who are ready to support you, and somewhere that you can turn for help.

Branching off from the theme of this conference are five points of focus: inclusion, resilience, change, leadership and wellness. I want to remind you of your immense capacity in all of these areas. Principals and vice-principals are on the leading edge in championing inclusion and making sure that everyone is welcome in BC schools. We model resilience as we move through the hundreds of demands on our daily path. We engage change, we learn from it and we anticipate it in our leadership journey. We have a heightened awareness of wellness in our schools, and we are becoming better at recognizing our own needs and challenges.

I encourage you to think about your current navigation of change and what might emerge if you applied a different perspective or drew upon the support of a peer. For one day, recognize change as your ally and not your adversary: invite change to the table, and see what happens.

I hope that our conference attendees enjoy their experience of learning and sharing, and that everyone has a great weekend.

Take Care,

David

Visible Learning

Foundation Day Institute
November 5-6, 2018

This two-day institute to provides the tools to identify key takeaways from the Visible Learning research, learn about the five strands of Visible Learning, and identify the difference between influences that impact student achievement.
Executive Airport Plaza Hotel, Richmond
Members: register now and get your promo code

Register:  bit.ly/VancouverVLBCPVPA

 

BCPVPA Webinar

Understanding and Accessing Benefits Supports

Wednesday October 24, 4:00 pm

Presented by Ingrid Gallier of Morneau Shepell this webinar is intended to provide an overview of the benefits plans of principals and vice-principals and how to access a range of supports within the plan.

Register: bit.ly/2xVLlxJ

BCPVPA Webinar

BetterEducate – A Dynamic Tool for School Leaders

Tuesday October 23, 7:30 am

Presented by BCPVPA President David DeRosa, this webinar is intended to highlight some of the important features in BetterEducate and to showcase some of the recently added functionality. The BCPVPA continues to work with the BetterEducate developers to create a dynamic platform that allows educators to connect, network and learn from each other.

Register: bit.ly/2RqDgZQ

BCPVPA By-Election

BCPVPA By-Election for vacant Board Of Directors seat
Candidate Statements released October 18
Online Voting October 23 – October 25, 5pm

Connecting Leaders

2018 Connecting Leaders Conference
Nanaimo, BC – October 18 – 20

David DeRosa

October 12, 2018 Message to Members

The Board of Directors

A quick Google search or a casual “hey, Siri” – “hey, Alexa” will reveal a common list of the responsibilities of a Board of Directors:

  1. Set the Organization’s Mission and Purpose
  2. Support the Executive Director and Staff 
  3. Ensure Effective Organizational Planning
  4. Approve the Budget
  5. Enhance the Organization’s Public Image

Your BCPVPA Board of Directors has similar responsibilities in supporting the association. When the Board meets October 12-13, those responsibilities will be woven into our conversations and decision-making over those two days. Your Board understands the work of principals and vice-principals because they walk in your shoes every day. They each bring to the role valuable and diverse perspectives that reflect their home communities, their personal experiences in the K-12 system, and a singular passion for innovative education.

The Board recognizes that their decisions can have a deep and lasting impact. Our decisions are guided by the BCPVPA Strategic Plan, and the four governing goals:

  1. Achieve contract provisions and total compensation that reflect the skills, responsibilities, and needs of principals and vice-principals 
  2. Support principals and vice-principals in building their leadership capacity 
  3. Support the efficacy of school leadership provided by principals and vice-principals 
  4. Strengthen the engagement of members with the Association and each other 

As we work through our agenda over the next two days, these four goals will frame our discussions and decisions. We will seek expertise to enhance our knowledge and we will share the regional stories of our members. We will find moments to laugh and reflect and, throughout our time together, the complex and changing needs of our students will always come first at the Board table.

Take Care,

David

October 16 Webinar

Understanding your Personal Services Contract

Tuesday October 16, 7:30 am

This webinar is presented by BCPVPA Managers of Contract/Legal, Don Boyd and Warren Hicks. This webinar is aimed to help principals and vice-principals develop a general understanding of their personal services contract, key components of their contract and their fiduciary responsibilities as agents of their Boards of Trustees.

Register: bit.ly/2yeepjq

National Principals’ Month

The BCPVPA is celebrating National Principals’ Month in October!
Media Release

Webinars

BCPVPA Webinar Series – Fall 2018

Make some time for yourself this Fall with a selection of BCPVPA webinars that will help our members to learn, connect and reflect. This series includes overview sessions focusing on your personal services contract and benefits plan, tools for improving your networking and decision-making skills, and a primer on finding space for personal priorities. 

The Fall Webinars are now available on the BCPVPA YouTube channel.

Understanding your Personal Services Contract

This webinar is presented by BCPVPA Managers of Contract/Legal, Don Boyd and Warren Hicks. This webinar is aimed to help principals and vice-principals develop a general understanding of their personal services contract, key components of their contract and their fiduciary responsibilities as agents of their Boards of Trustees.

Watch the Webinar on YouTube

 

Taking Care of Your Personal Wellbeing

Presented by President Jack MacNeill and Vice-President Wade Repta of humanworks. humanworks has had a long association with the BCPVPA supporting the health and wellness needs of principals and vice-principals. Jack and Wade’s presentation will offer participants some important reminders on how to make their wellbeing a priority in their lives.

Watch the Webinar on YouTube

 

BetterEducate – A Dynamic Tool for School Leaders

Presented by BCPVPA President David DeRosa, this webinar is intended to highlight some of the important features in BetterEducate and to showcase some of the recently added functionality. The BCPVPA continues to work with the BetterEducate developers to create a dynamic platform that allows educators to connect, network and learn from each other.

Watch the Webinar on YouTube

 

Understanding and Accessing Benefits Supports

Presented by Ingrid Gallier of Morneau Shepell this webinar is intended to provide an overview of the benefits plans of principals and vice-principals and how to access a range of supports within the plan.

Watch the Webinar on YouTube

 

Leading an Effective Decision-Making Process

Presented by BCPVPA Managers of Professional Learning, Liz Bell and Jessica Antosz along with Dr. Bruce Beairsto. The webinar will introduce the elements of a tool kit of PDF files that can be used in a variety of ways to improve a group’s ability to understand each other, resolve differences and make good decisions. The entire toolkit is posted on BetterEducate.

Watch the Webinar on YouTube

 

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