Workshops by Request


Pension and Retirement (2 hours)
BCPVPA Pension and Retirement Seminars address questions around retirement-readiness, the specifics of the Teachers’ Pension Plan and questions that you and your spouse or partner may have. They are available at no charge to all BCPVPA members, and we also welcome our BCSSA colleagues to these workshops.

Workshop duration: 2 hours
In-person or virtual workshop, by request
Some virtual sessions are pre-scheduled, please check Workshops/Upcoming

Request this workshop for your Chapter: bit.ly/BCP_MSS
BCPVPA and BCSSA Members and spouses: Free

Know Your Contract 
The Personal Services Contract defines the relationship between the Board of Education and the employee, with the objective that both parties understand the terms and conditions that apply to their employment agreement. 

In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of Personal Services Contracts. There is no standard contract model used across the province, or even across districts, and this session will help participants to become familiar with some of the common elements and clauses. Topics covered include an overview of:

  • The range of provincial language 
  • The compensation and approval process
  • The support available to members at the local and provincial levels
Participants will have the opportunity to test their knowledge and take a deeper dive into the variations found in contract models should they move districts. Find out more.

This workshop is interactive and will include applicable case studies.

Workshop duration: 90 minutes
In-person or virtual workshop, by request

Request this workshop for your Chapter: bit.ly/BCP_MSS
BCPVPA Members: Free
Non-Members: $100

Educational Leadership: A Regulatory Lens
In our roles as Principals and Vice-Principals, we rely on statutes, contracts, policies, standards, and other important documents to help guide and direct our decision-making and daily practice. 

In this interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to some of these important resources, and find out more about the impact they have on our work.

Learning intentions include:

  • Understanding roles and responsibilities of Principals and Vice-Principals;
  • Exploring regulatory documents that guide the work of Principals and Vice-Principals;
  • Reviewing fiduciary responsibilities, board policies, educational standards, and other measures of expectations;
  • Discussion of professional boundaries that maintain positive relationships;
  • Exploring school-leader decision-making scenarios.
This presentation is interactive. Participants will be provided with opportunities to apply their learning throughout the discussions, case studies, and question/answer periods.

Workshop duration: 2 hours
In-person or virtual workshop, by request

Request this workshop for your Chapter: bit.ly/BCP_MSS
BCPVPA Members: Free
Non-Members: $100

Fiduciary Responsibilities & Decision Making 
This workshop concentrates on the important fiduciary responsibilities of administrators, and the employers’ rights to manage and operate the district. This workshop reviews common law as the foundation both of our practice and our commitment to the Board of Education to act on their behalf.

Emphasis is placed on the basic employment relationship expectations, such as trust and confidence in administrators in their positions of authority. Participants will engage in case studies that require decision-making through a fiduciary lens, and will learn about their duties under the School Act and within the Professional Standards for BC Educators. 

Part of the workshop will be dedicated to analyzing common areas where breaches of the employment relationship can lead to disciplinary action, or can become grounds for dismissal.

Workshop duration: 1 hour
In-person or virtual workshop, by request

Request this workshop for your Chapter: bit.ly/BCP_MSS
BCPVPA Members: Free
Non-Members: $100

Avoiding Pitfalls 
This workshop offers an extensive overview of fiduciary responsibility, board policies and other measures of expectation, professional boundaries, maintaining positive relationships, and understanding your role as it relates to the TRB Professional Standards for BC Educators. 

Throughout the session, there are opportunities for table talk and discussion of case studies. The workshop defines appropriate interaction between professionals, highlights strategies to help people work effectively together, and promotes developing positive relationships with your school community. 

The workshop offers an overview of codes of ethics, the uniqueness of district policies and administrative procedures, and the BCPVPA Leadership Standards. 

In our discussion of professional boundaries, topics will include treatment of students, appropriate use of humour, use of social media, off-duty conduct, and respectful communication. There is a deep dive into the Professional Standards for BC Educators that govern conduct, and each standard and exemplar is examined alongside the TRB investigative process, with information about where to find support if given notice.

Workshop duration: 90 minutes
In-person or virtual workshop, by request

Request this workshop for your Chapter: bit.ly/BCP_MSS
BCPVPA Members: Free
Non-Members: $100


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