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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

BCPVPA Webinars

BCPVPA April 2019 Webinar Series

This series is available on the BCPVPA YouTube channel.

Recorded Tuesday April 16, 4:00 pm
Mentoring & Coaching: Powerful Conversations
Henry Au and Alison Davies

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The conversations we have with colleagues every day are opportunities to explore and strengthen professional judgement leading towards desired results and greater self-efficacy. This webinar will examine the qualities of powerful mentor/coach conversations, present a framework for effective conversations and offer examples of impactful questions that help colleagues learn from difficult issues as they arise. We will discuss the dispositions and skills important to such conversations, and in particular the challenges in making space for intentional conversations in highly demanding workplaces.

Henry Au has been a learning leader with the Vancouver School Board since 2013, and prior to that he was an educator in the independent school system for more than 15 years.

Alison Davies has an Education Masters in Curriculum Studies from SFU and has been an elementary teacher since 1990. Alison led the New Teacher Mentoring Project, a joint project of the BCTF, UBC and the BCSSA, from 2012-2017, and has served as coordinator of the BCPVPA Mentorship Program since its inception in 2017.

 

Recorded Thursday April 18, 7:30 am
Indigenous Transitions: Improving Transitions for Indigenous Learners through Collaborative Inquiry
Dr. Catherine McGregor

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From 2016-2018, 10 educator teams from across BC engaged in a deep exploration of how to better support their Indigenous learners, particularly examining what we call ‘transition points’, places and times where learners are at risk of losing their connection to schooling and educational success. In this webinar, Dr. McGregor relates some of the powerful learning of the educator teams and shares a summary of the principles the teams used along with the context of the work for school leaders across BC.

Dr. Catherine McGregor currently serves as Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. Her research is in the area of leadership, and she is particularly interested in investigating the role leaders can play in schools and communities that enable socially just and transformational change, creating equity and inclusive learning environments.

 

Recorded Tuesday April 23, 4:00 pm
Chapter Transitions: The New BC Societies Act and the Benefits of Incorporation
Carol Powell and Kevin Reimer

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BCPVPA’s Carol Powell and Kevin Reimer invite members to learn more about the recent changes to the Societies Act and how that may impact Chapters around the province. While the BCPVPA’s recent work on Chapter governance focused on supporting the incorporation of BCPVPA Chapters who were transitioning from the former Society Act (B.C.) to the Societies Act (B.C.), during this process we realized that other BCPVPA Chapters may be interested in the benefits of incorporation as a B.C. society. Carol and Kevin will share with participants the benefits of incorporation as well as an overview of the model Constitution and Bylaws that Chapters can use as a template when modernizing their own Constitutions and Bylaws.

Carol Powell is a CPA, CGA, and recently celebrated 30 years with the BCPVPA as Manager, Finance.

Kevin Reimer is the BCPVPA Executive Director. Kevin has served as a teacher, Adult Education Principal, and Vice-Principal and Principal since 1998 in Delta and the Comox Valley, and is a former Director and President of the BCPVPA.

 

Recorded Wednesday, April 24th 4:00 pm
Foundry: Why to Connect and the Work that Foundry is Doing
Skye Barbic and Pam Liversidge

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Foundry is a Canadian first: a network of centers that offer primary care, mental health care, addictions support, peer support and social services to BC youth ages 12-24. In this webinar, Skye Barbic and Pam Liversidge introduce the mission and vision of Foundry and outline the services, support and the resources & tools for people working in school communities to learn more about supporting student mental wellness.

Skye Barbic is the Foundry Head Scientist, Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia and a member of the Federal Minister of Health’s Mental Health Advisory Council. Skye has 16 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist working with youth and young adults with mental illness and substance use disorders.

Pam Liversidge is the Foundry Executive Director. Pam brings 18 years of strategic level policy experience within the social sector, and worked previously in the provincial government to develop province-wide strategies in Aboriginal housing, child welfare, physician compensation and mental health and substance use.

 

Recorded Thursday April 25, 7:30am
Focus Schools: Collaboration and School Teams
Kevin Brand, Olivia Densmore, Kerri Steel and Laura Tait

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The goal of Focus Schools is to increase literacy achievement for our struggling learners. Collaborative school teams, driven by a deep understanding of our students and their needs, work to implement tiered models of support to enhance the social-emotional wellness of all students. In this webinar, the Nanaimo Team explores the many levels of support required to make Focus Schools successful.

Kevin Brand is currently the Principal of Bayview Elementary in Nanaimo and served for four years as a Principal in both Ladysmith and Fort Rupert (Port Hardy).

Olivia Densmore is a teacher who prioritizes student engagement, assessment-informed practices and teacher collaboration. She currently works in Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools as a Literacy Coordinator.

Kerri Steel is currently the Principal of Ladysmith Intermediate School and has served as the Vice Principal of Cedar Elementary and Cedar Secondary Schools, and the District Principal of Learning for the Qualicum School District.

Laura Tait is currently an Assistant Superintendent in the Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. Laura is Tsimshian from Prince Rupert and her mother is from the village of Lax Kw’Alaams. She was born into the Eagle Clan.

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BCPVPA  and the Ministry of Education: March 2019 Webinar Mini-Series

This Webinar Mini-Series is available on the BCPVPA YouTube channel.

1. BC Training and Education Savings Program (BCTESP) Grant
Recorded Thursday March 7, 4:00pm

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The $1,200 BC Training and Education Savings Program (BCTESP) grant for BC children was launched in 2015. The webinar will provide details about who is eligible and how to receive the grant. The Ministry of Education will share its plans for promoting the grant to families in the coming year and is seeking feedback and suggestions from school administrators.

The webinar will be led by Nancy Needham, Sr. Policy Analyst with the Student Certification Branch. Nancy has been working at the Ministry of Education since 2011, and is the program lead for BCTESP and the Provincial Scholarship Program.

2. Student Information Systems
Recorded Thursday March 14, 4:00pm

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BC Ministry of Education staff will present updates on Student Information Systems including TRAX, StudentTranscript Services, MyEducation BC, Graduation Assessments and the new Student Data Exchange. 

The webinar will be led by Ministry consultant Bert Van Der Geest, Project Director for the Integrated Student Data portfolio of projects; Linda Dun, Manager, Graduation and Certification; and Christine Lervold, Director My Education BC Operations

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BCPVPA Webinar Series – Fall 2018

Fall 2018 Webinars are 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.

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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

 

David DeRosa

October 5, 2018 Message to Members

Celebrating Teachers and Principals

As we lead in our schools every day, juggling the activities, challenges and triumphs that mark our hours, we can get pretty focused on that world. Today is a good day to put our heads up and be recognized by the global community. It’s National Principals’ Month, and October 5 is World Teachers’ Day: I invite you all to recognize your colleagues and to be recognized for the great work that you do.

All of our members started their careers as teachers and continue to serve as instructional leaders today. Those beginnings in the classroom and that passion for teaching, learning and positively influencing the life trajectory of your students opened a variety of paths to leadership at the school and district level. Our research reveals that the majority of principals and vice-principals continue to teach: nearly 60% of us have a teaching assignment alongside our leadership responsibilities, strengthening the impact that we have in the lives of our students.

The transition from teaching to leading can be a steep curve, and the BCPVPA is here to make sure our new PVPs have all of the tools they need to be successful. Many of the 167 participants who recently completed Short Course I commented that the training – and the sense of community – was invaluable to their progress. Our Mentorship program is another way that the ‘wisdom in the room’ can benefit new leaders.

This month, we’ll be focusing on our success as school leaders, how we can continue to learn and grow, and ways to share best practices from around the globe. BC continues to be an international success story in education, and this can be attributed to the strong collaboration between amazing teachers, remarkable principal and vice-principal leaders, skilful district staff and supportive trustees. I’m inviting you to share your leadership stories with us this month and to tell us what you and your colleagues are doing to foster innovative education in your schools. Send me an email or post on social media tagging @bcpvpa & #OutstandingPrincipals – great news needs to be shared! To get you started, check out what some of your colleagues are up to: twitter/bradleyrbaker   twitter/selmahsmith  twitter/SLShortall

Happy National Principals’ Month, and I hope you enjoy Thanksgiving with your friends and family this weekend.

Take Care,

David

David DeRosa

September 28, 2018 Message to Members

We’ve Got Your Back

Principals and vice-principals can be the broad backs that carry a lot of weight: they advocate for the needs of their students and teams, represent the needs of their schools and often even support the needs of their communities. We see it on the ground in our schools, and it’s backed by widespread research: in order to be supported and successful, our students must be at the centre of all we do. Ensuring this in our ever-changing environment can be a delicate balancing act as we respond to our Boards of Education with school plans and goals, ensure that Parent Advisory Councils have the data that they need, and listen to the ideas and concerns of all of our different stakeholders. As we prioritize the streams of basics, necessities and requests that flow through our days, we place our own needs somewhere to the side, where we can “get to them” later. And we all know that later is, well, much later.

As a Principal, advocacy and representation were embedded in my daily life. As I adjust to my new role as BCPVPA President, there’s a comfort in knowing that these are also the core pillars of the Association, and that this team is here to support your success with the same energy and enthusiasm that you bring to supporting students, teams and partners every day. One of my markers of success in this role will be sharing the stories of our members: sometimes those are success stories, and sometimes they are the narratives of challenge on the path to success. I’d like to share a few sweet tweet-moments that resonated with me this week: Delta VP Sarah Garr’s favourite moment with a student; Director Steve Dalla Lana’s thank you; and the BCPVPA’s Elizabeth Bell’s tribute to shared learning.

These are some of the gifts that we gain from the work we do, and there are many moments in the day that tell us we are on the right path. As you travel through your days, with all of the baggage that you accumulate, I wanted to let you know that we’ve got your back. Let us know what you need.

Take Care,

David

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