March 30, 2020: In consideration of the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on our communities, Short Course I & II, originally scheduled for July 2020, have been postponed to July 2021.

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BCPVPA Short Course I

Inspiring Early Career Leaders

Developed in partnership with UBC, Short Course I is an intensive, one-week (44 scheduled contact hours) program designed to provide new school leaders with an opportunity to hone the skills necessary for success in their new roles.

Short Course I has been a part of this province’s educational leadership development for more than 40 years. The course work contains a blend of research and practical application that creates an essential understanding of what principals and vice-principals need to know and how to accomplish it.

Each year experienced principals and superintendents work together to plan Short Course I, deliver the sessions, and facilitate the small group learning. Participants are immersed in the realities of school administration and given the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed in their new roles. Throughout the week participants have daily opportunity to reflect on their learning and set action plans for the year ahead.

The program is based on the Leadership Standards for Principals & Vice-Principals in British Columbia. Each day of the program focuses on one of the four Domains of the Standards (Ethical Leadership, Relational Leadership, Instructional Leadership, and Organizational Leadership). The concluding session, on Friday, revolves around our BC education partners.

Ethical Leadership • Instructional Leadership • Relational Leadership
Organizational Leadership • Inspiration to Lead


BCPVPA UBCO Short Course II
Igniting Mid-Career Leaders

Member Reflections

Are you an experienced school leader in BC?

Are you excited about your own learning, and the learning of those around you?

Do you enjoy working collaboratively with colleagues from around the province?

Are you looking for an innovative way to support your professional growth plan?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then Short Course II is the perfect learning experience for you.

The intent of Short Course II is to provide a rich, collaborative learning experience for mid-career Principals and Vice-Principals. The 2018-2019 cohort demonstrated by the final sharing of reflections and projects that the experience was impactful for the participants.

BCPVPA, in conjunction with UBCO, hosts the Short Course II Summer Summit every two years.  These three days will set the conditions for learning that will inspire and engage participants as they embark upon their individual professional learning and growth plans throughout the upcoming year.

amorie@bcpvpa.bc.ca