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