BCPVPA October 2019 Webinar Series

Four of BC’s most influential educators share words of inspiration for school leaders and their teams in this series of webinars that follow the release of the “Leading Student Success” video series, October 8-17, 2019.

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Brad Baker
Indigenous Education

Tuesday October 22, 4:00pm
How do Principals and Vice-Principals continue to enhance the learning environment for all learners regarding Indigenous Education? Understand the Three Pathways of Indigenous Education and how vital they are to leadership.
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Faye Brownlie
Literacy Education
Wednesday October 23, 4:00pm
Literacy is the key that unlocks doors. Literacy is about thinking – making meaning and thinking creatively. By providing guidance, educators can increase their students’ connection to the text and deepen their understanding, engagement and motivation for reading.
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Shelley Moore
Diversity Education
Tuesday October 29, 4:00pm
In this webinar, Shelley Moore looks at how the goals of inclusion have continued to shift and evolve as we learn more about diversity and identity. We will reflect on the next steps for advocacy, celebration, and plans for action.

Dr. Linda Kaser and Dr. Judy Halbert
Wednesday October 30, 4:00pm
The inquiry leadership practices of BC and Yukon leaders are system changing not only in Canada but around the world. The webinar will address this question: What are the top five practices that outstanding inquiry leaders do to inspire adults to be curious about getting stronger learner outcomes? Drs. Kaser and Halbert will draw on the work in BC and the Yukon as well as the work in England, Catalonia/Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Kenya and Canadian schools in China. They will also highlight a new and very useful just published Playbook that will help formal leaders, teachers and young people in their decision-making lives.

BCPVPA April 2019 Webinar Series

This series is available on the BCPVPA YouTube channel.

Recorded Tuesday April 16, 4:00 pm
Mentoring & Coaching: Powerful Conversations
Henry Au and Alison Davies

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The conversations we have with colleagues every day are opportunities to explore and strengthen professional judgement leading towards desired results and greater self-efficacy. This webinar will examine the qualities of powerful mentor/coach conversations, present a framework for effective conversations and offer examples of impactful questions that help colleagues learn from difficult issues as they arise. We will discuss the dispositions and skills important to such conversations, and in particular the challenges in making space for intentional conversations in highly demanding workplaces.

Henry Au has been a learning leader with the Vancouver School Board since 2013, and prior to that he was an educator in the independent school system for more than 15 years.

Alison Davies has an Education Masters in Curriculum Studies from SFU and has been an elementary teacher since 1990. Alison led the New Teacher Mentoring Project, a joint project of the BCTF, UBC and the BCSSA, from 2012-2017, and has served as coordinator of the BCPVPA Mentorship Program since its inception in 2017.

Recorded Thursday April 18, 7:30 am
Indigenous Transitions: Improving Transitions for Indigenous Learners through Collaborative Inquiry
Dr. Catherine McGregor

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From 2016-2018, 10 educator teams from across BC engaged in a deep exploration of how to better support their Indigenous learners, particularly examining what we call ‘transition points’, places and times where learners are at risk of losing their connection to schooling and educational success. In this webinar, Dr. McGregor relates some of the powerful learning of the educator teams and shares a summary of the principles the teams used along with the context of the work for school leaders across BC.

Dr. Catherine McGregor currently serves as Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. Her research is in the area of leadership, and she is particularly interested in investigating the role leaders can play in schools and communities that enable socially just and transformational change, creating equity and inclusive learning environments.

Recorded Tuesday April 23, 4:00 pm
Chapter Transitions: The New BC Societies Act and the Benefits of Incorporation
Carol Powell and Kevin Reimer

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BCPVPA’s Carol Powell and Kevin Reimer invite members to learn more about the recent changes to the Societies Act and how that may impact Chapters around the province. While the BCPVPA’s recent work on Chapter governance focused on supporting the incorporation of BCPVPA Chapters who were transitioning from the former Society Act (B.C.) to the Societies Act (B.C.), during this process we realized that other BCPVPA Chapters may be interested in the benefits of incorporation as a B.C. society. Carol and Kevin will share with participants the benefits of incorporation as well as an overview of the model Constitution and Bylaws that Chapters can use as a template when modernizing their own Constitutions and Bylaws.

Carol Powell is a CPA, CGA, and recently celebrated 30 years with the BCPVPA as Manager, Finance.

Kevin Reimer is the BCPVPA Executive Director. Kevin has served as a teacher, Adult Education Principal, and Vice-Principal and Principal since 1998 in Delta and the Comox Valley, and is a former Director and President of the BCPVPA.

Recorded Wednesday, April 24th 4:00 pm
Foundry: Why to Connect and the Work that Foundry is Doing
Skye Barbic and Pam Liversidge

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Foundry is a Canadian first: a network of centers that offer primary care, mental health care, addictions support, peer support and social services to BC youth ages 12-24. In this webinar, Skye Barbic and Pam Liversidge introduce the mission and vision of Foundry and outline the services, support and the resources & tools for people working in school communities to learn more about supporting student mental wellness.

Skye Barbic is the Foundry Head Scientist, Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia and a member of the Federal Minister of Health’s Mental Health Advisory Council. Skye has 16 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist working with youth and young adults with mental illness and substance use disorders.

Pam Liversidge is the Foundry Executive Director. Pam brings 18 years of strategic level policy experience within the social sector, and worked previously in the provincial government to develop province-wide strategies in Aboriginal housing, child welfare, physician compensation and mental health and substance use.

Recorded Thursday April 25, 7:30am
Focus Schools: Collaboration and School Teams
Kevin Brand, Olivia Densmore, Kerri Steel and Laura Tait

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The goal of Focus Schools is to increase literacy achievement for our struggling learners. Collaborative school teams, driven by a deep understanding of our students and their needs, work to implement tiered models of support to enhance the social-emotional wellness of all students. In this webinar, the Nanaimo Team explores the many levels of support required to make Focus Schools successful.

Kevin Brand is currently the Principal of Bayview Elementary in Nanaimo and served for four years as a Principal in both Ladysmith and Fort Rupert (Port Hardy).

Olivia Densmore is a teacher who prioritizes student engagement, assessment-informed practices and teacher collaboration. She currently works in Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools as a Literacy Coordinator.

Kerri Steel is currently the Principal of Ladysmith Intermediate School and has served as the Vice Principal of Cedar Elementary and Cedar Secondary Schools, and the District Principal of Learning for the Qualicum School District.

Laura Tait is currently an Assistant Superintendent in the Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. Laura is Tsimshian from Prince Rupert and her mother is from the village of Lax Kw’Alaams. She was born into the Eagle Clan.


BCPVPA  and the Ministry of Education: March 2019 Webinar Mini-Series

This Webinar Mini-Series is available on the BCPVPA YouTube channel.

1. BC Training and Education Savings Program (BCTESP) Grant
Recorded Thursday March 7, 4:00pm

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The $1,200 BC Training and Education Savings Program (BCTESP) grant for BC children was launched in 2015. The webinar will provide details about who is eligible and how to receive the grant. The Ministry of Education will share its plans for promoting the grant to families in the coming year and is seeking feedback and suggestions from school administrators.

The webinar will be led by Nancy Needham, Sr. Policy Analyst with the Student Certification Branch. Nancy has been working at the Ministry of Education since 2011, and is the program lead for BCTESP and the Provincial Scholarship Program.

2. Student Information Systems
Recorded Thursday March 14, 4:00pm

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BC Ministry of Education staff will present updates on Student Information Systems including TRAX, StudentTranscript Services, MyEducation BC, Graduation Assessments and the new Student Data Exchange.

The webinar will be led by Ministry consultant Bert Van Der Geest, Project Director for the Integrated Student Data portfolio of projects; Linda Dun, Manager, Graduation and Certification; and Christine Lervold, Director My Education BC Operations


BCPVPA Webinar Series – Fall 2018

Fall 2018 Webinars are available on the BCPVPA YouTube channel.

Understanding your Personal Services Contract

This webinar is presented by BCPVPA Managers of Contract/Legal, Don Boyd and Warren Hicks. This webinar is aimed to help principals and vice-principals develop a general understanding of their personal services contract, key components of their contract and their fiduciary responsibilities as agents of their Boards of Trustees.

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Taking Care of Your Personal Wellbeing

Presented by President Jack MacNeill and Vice-President Wade Repta of humanworks. humanworks has had a long association with the BCPVPA supporting the health and wellness needs of principals and vice-principals. Jack and Wade’s presentation will offer participants some important reminders on how to make their wellbeing a priority in their lives.

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BetterEducate – A Dynamic Tool for School Leaders

Presented by BCPVPA President David DeRosa, this webinar is intended to highlight some of the important features in BetterEducate and to showcase some of the recently added functionality. The BCPVPA continues to work with the BetterEducate developers to create a dynamic platform that allows educators to connect, network and learn from each other.

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Understanding and Accessing Benefits Supports

Presented by Ingrid Gallier of Morneau Shepell this webinar is intended to provide an overview of the benefits plans of principals and vice-principals and how to access a range of supports within the plan.

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Leading an Effective Decision-Making Process

Presented by BCPVPA Managers of Professional Learning, Liz Bell and Jessica Antosz along with Dr. Bruce Beairsto. The webinar will introduce the elements of a tool kit of PDF files that can be used in a variety of ways to improve a group’s ability to understand each other, resolve differences and make good decisions. The entire toolkit is posted on BetterEducate.

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