BCPVPA Mentorship 2019-2020
The BCPVPA continues its mentorship program for the upcoming school year, recognizing the unique work and challenges encountered by new school-based Principals and Vice-Principals in British Columbia.
The Program aims to cultivate a network of support and collaborative partnerships, engaging retired Principals as mentors and matching mentors with newly appointed colleagues in districts different to their own.
Some comments from the 2018-2019 program:
“It is like a day long pro-d in a one hour conversation,” – 2018-2019 mentee
“The learning is reciprocal; the conversations are enriching; the relationship has enhanced my sense of well-being and professional efficacy,” – 2018-2019 mentor
“I’m fortunate enough to be with a fantastic and very experienced Principal at my school, but having an outside contact who really carved out time to talk was really beneficial. I felt that I could come to her with something of concern or of interest and together we could set a path,” – 2018-2019 mentee
“A colleague (especially one that listens) is always appreciated by a single administrator,” – 2018-2019 mentor
“I have been able to learn on the job by using things that are happening as mini case-studies which we analyze each week,” – 2018-2019 mentee
“(The mentee) is more confident that their moral compass is pointed in the right direction and more courageous in their decision making,” – 2018-2019 mentor
“The weekly phone calls have enabled me to think out loud with my mentor as I work through a particular challenge in the workplace,” – 2018-2019 mentee
“Strengthen self-confidence, increased capacity for admin management, ability to look at big picture, rely on basic values and moral stewardship as guidance in problem solving, more effective with leadership style when working with staff,” – 2018-2019 mentor
“My mentor has shared documents and experiences that I’ve been able to share with other leaders in this district so the networking has been valuable,” – 2018-2019 mentee
“Should be mandatory for every educational leader to be a mentor and mentee at least once in their career – and not to wait until you’re retired! ” – 2018-2019 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 in October 2019, plus invitational webinars and virtual meetings for both mentors and mentees throughout the year.
An honorarium and a copy of When Mentoring Meets Coaching is provided for mentors.
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 BCPVPA Mentorship Advisory Team
- Kevin Reimer
- Ted St.Pierre
- Alison Davies (coordinator for 2019-20)
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 the end of September
- an introductory webinar will be held for all 2019-2020 participants in early October
- mentor training is scheduled at the Vancouver BCPVPA office on October 24
- invitational Webinars to support mentorship conversations will be held for both mentors and mentees throughout the year
- 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.