BCPVPA Mentorship 2018-2019

The BCPVPA continues its mentorship program for the 2018-2019 school year, recognizing the unique work and challenges encountered by new school-based principals and vice-principals throughout British Columbia.

The Program aims to cultivate a network of support and collaborative partnership engaging retired principals as mentors, matching mentors with newly appointed colleagues in districts different to their own.

  • Download a Mentor application (applications closed for 2018-2019)
  • Download a Mentee application (applications closed for 2018-2019)
  • Download the proposed scheduled for the 2018-19 BCPVPA Mentorship program

Some comments from last year’s inaugural program:

  • “Taking the time to reflect on goals, strategies, next steps with an interested conversation partner has helped me to gain more objectivity regarding my job and my learning.  The mentors’ role is supportive but also geared to expanding my own perspective so there is always room for growth.” 2017-2018 mentee
  • “This is exactly what I was looking for as an educational pursuit since retirement. I was awakened to the whole process of mentorship and its positive implications to sustain principal leadership.” 2017-2018 mentor

Participants commit to a weekly confidential coaching conversation, with follow up emails and/or texts.

The program includes required mentor/coach training for new mentors in Vancouver Oct.24 (1:30 – 5:30 pm) and Oct. 25 (9 am – 3:00 pm), plus invitational webinars and workshops for both mentors and mentees throughout the year.

An honorarium and a copy of When Mentoring Meets Coaching is provided for mentors.

See the proposed schedule for the BCPVPA 2018-2019 mentorship program.

  • 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 2018-19 BCPVPA Mentorship Advisory Team
  • Jessica Antosz 
  • Liz Bell
  • Kevin Fadum
  • Eileen Phillips
  • Ted St.Pierre 
  • Sabrina Symons
  • Alison Davies (coordinator for 2018-19)

Implementation Framework of BCPVPA Mentorship Program

  • an honorarium of $300 will be provided for mentors, and may be used towards travel expenses related to the program
  •  mentor and mentee applications to be sent to Kevin Reimer by Sept. 28th.
  • an introductory webinar will be held for all 2018-2019 participants Oct.11 4:30 pm.
  • mentor training will be provided at the Vancouver BCPVPA office Oct.24 (1:30 – 5:30 pm) and Oct. 25 (9 am – 3:00 pm)
  • invitational Webinars to support mentorship conversations will be held for both mentors and mentees throughout the year (link to proposed schedule)
  • formative feedback will be solicited through an on-line survey in April
  • a summative program review will be provided in June to assist the Advisory Team in future planning.