Our BCPVPA members and staff are readers! 

Here we share reviews of some of their favourite books:

Split the Pie: A Radical New Way to Negotiate by Barry Nalebuff
Reviewed by Carmen Eberle, BCPVPA in Principl(ed) November 2023

Walking on Eggshells? A Practical Guide to Resolving Stressful Conflict at Work and Home by Marli Rusen
Reviewed by Carmen Eberle, BCPVPA in Principl(ed) November 2022

Troubling Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Education: Critical Perspectives by Sandra D. Styres and Arlo Kempf
Reviewed by Carolyn Roberts, Faculty Lecturer and Indigenous Pedagogies Teaching Fellow, SFU Department of Education in Principl(ed) November 2022

The Power of Pressure: Why Pressure Isn’t The Problem, It’s The Solution by Dane Jensen
Reviewed by Dave Conroy, SD 73 in Principl(ed) June 2022

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life, One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott
Reviewed by Kendra Simonetto, SD 35 in Principl(ed) June 2022

The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph
Reviewed by Carmen Eberle, BCPVPA in Principl(ed) November 2021

Inquiry Mindset Assessment Edition: Scaffolding a Partnership for Equity and Agency in Learning by Trevor MacKenzie
Reviewed by Dr. Diane Charles, SD 68 in Principl(ed) November 2021

Calm Within the Storm: A Pathway to Everyday Resiliency by Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe
Reviewed by Margaret Paxton, SD 39 in Principl(ed) June 2021

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski
Reviewed by Victoria McAllister, SD 8 and Janene Stein, SD 8 in Principl(ed) March 2021

Who Do We Choose to Be? Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity by Margaret J. Wheatley
Reviewed by Andrea McComb, SD 43 in Principl(ed) November 2020

A Walking Curriculum: Evoking Wonder and Developing Sense of Place by Gillian Judson
Reviewed by Holly Zurak, SD 27 in Principl(ed) November 2020

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
Reviewed by Wendy Wu, SD 43 in Principl(ed) June 2020

The Devil is in the Details: System Solutions for Equity, Excellence, and Student Well-Being by Michael Fullan & Mary Jean Gallagher
Reviewed by Ian Landy, SD 47 in Principl(ed) June 2020

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
Reviewed by Kathy Fladager in Principl(ed) March 2020

Make Learning Magical by Tisha Richmond
Reviewed by Sue Tonnesan Fladager in Principl(ed) March 2020

Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit by Marie Battiste
Reviewed by Kelda Logan, SD 64 in Principl(ed) November 2019

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar
Reviewed by Margaret Paxton, SD 39 in Principl(ed) November 2019

Our BCPVPA staff have reviewed these books to help guide retirement plans: 

Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D.
Reviewed by Don Boyd, BCPVPA Director, Member Support Services, in Principl(ed) November 2020

What Color is Your Parachute? For Retirement by John E. Nelson and Richard N. Bolles
Reviewed by Don Boyd, BCPVPA Director, Member Support Services, in Principl(ed) June 2020

How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free by Ernie J. Zelinski
Reviewed by Ellen Roberts, BCPVPA Director, Member Support Services, in Principl(ed) March 2020


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