The BCPVPA is initiating a provincial pilot mentorship program for the 2017-2018 school year, recognizing the unique work and challenges encountered by new school-based principals and vice-principals throughout British Columbia.
Initially this pilot aims to cultivate a network of support and collaborative partnership engaging retired principals as mentors. The pilot project will include up to 40 partnerships, which will inform the longer-range development and sustainability of this provincial initiative respecting the need for place-based responsive design.
Guiding aims of the BCPVPA Mentorship Pilot Program
Build principals’ and vice-principals’ confidence and self-efficacy by:
- supporting understanding and appropriate responsiveness relating to administrative responsibilities associated with Board policy, the School Act and administrative responsibilities
- developing capacity with the knowledge, skills and attitudes outlined in the BCPVPA Leadership Standards
- strengthening reflection on practice
- developing and articulating a framework for judgment and decision-making
- refining artistry in implementation of principals’ and vice-principals’ work
Maintain and enhance principals’ and vice-principals’ sense of well-being by:
- considering personal health and care and creating work/life balance
- expanding perspectives on tensions and struggles
- developing a supportive network for principals and vice-principals.
Foster and value continuous learning for mentors and mentees by:
- respecting existing strengths and skills and identifying areas for continuous growth
- articulating professional vision and purpose
- 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 2017-18 BCPVPA Mentorship Advisory Team
- Jessica Antosz
- Liz Bell
- Don Boyd
- Kevin Fadum
- Harold Krische
- Eileen Phillips
- Ted St.Pierre
- Kevin Reimer
- David DeRosa
- Heidi Grant
- Ted St. Pierre
Alison Davies (coordinator for 2017-18)
Implementation Framework of BCPVPA Mentorship Pilot Program
Roles and expectations of participants (mentors and new principals, vice-principals):
- Mentors will become members of the retired Principals’ Association
- Participants will commit to participation for the current school year
- Participants will commit a monthly minimum of 4 hours, with a strong recommendation of weekly contact
- honorarium of $300 will be provided for mentors.
Planning, communication and assignment of partnerships:
- Descriptions of the program and applications for mentors and mentees are distributed through the BCPVPA website, the BCRPVPA website, and through the BCPVPA communications director
- Application for mentees are distributed late August and sent to mentors in September.
- Applications to be sent to the BCPVPA President by October 20th
- Assignment of partnerships will be determined by the Mentorship Advisory Team in October
- a letter will be sent to District Superintendents to inform them about the pilot project and request recommendations regarding potential mentor participants.
Facilitating quality mentorship interactions:
- Participants will meet through face-to-face and video-conferencing technologies
- Participants will co-create how mentorship communication can best suit their needs to provide both informal conversation and more structured planning and coaching
- A webinar will be held for all mentor and mentee participants Nov.1, 4 pm. welcoming them to the program and establishing initial mentorship processes
- Mentor training will be provided at the Vancouver BCPVPA office over 2 days (November 9/10) and for one day in May to gather program feedback
- Mentor training will include a component on boundaries and policies.
Coordinating program feedback:
- Formative feedback will begin early February
- A summative program review will be completed by the end of April to assist the Advisory Team in future planning.