At just about this time last year, I was preparing for the graduation events at our high school. In our small town, in step with the rest of the province and nation, we were preparing for the pandemic version of a high school graduation. We believed that we were planning for a unique event, the likes of which we would not see again. We expected that the return to classes in September would look quite different from the norm, but never imagined that the restrictions and safety measures would last an entire school year, nor did we foresee a second graduation event under similar protocols. But here we are.
The old joke goes there are only two things in life which are certain: death and taxes. I would argue there are a few more certainties, but there is truth in the idea that little is guaranteed.
In this June season, there will once more be many speeches given about resilience and the ability to adapt. Change is inevitable and we are stronger for working through a challenge. While there is truth in these ideas, they serve as cold comfort when disappointments are sharp, especially for the young. And we are allowed to be disappointed: once more, the end to the school year is untraditional. In some respects, this year’s events will be subject to even greater restrictions and adaptations than those of last June. The celebrations of our students’ dreams likely took the form of caps tossed into a sunny sky before a cheering crowd, followed by an endless summer!
The term ‘virtual ceremony’ has become part of our vocabulary. Live-stream events and Travelling Road Show Convocations peppered the calendars of May and June, as school leaders and their teams made certain that this important achievement for our students was celebrated. So: where is the silver lining in this experience? Is there a life lesson worth noting? Perhaps there is, and it may not be the cliché or the most obvious message.
We envision the story of our lives, and expect the milestones along the way to take a traditional form and fit our narrative. The last year has shown us that every story can be rewritten. We have been reminded of the forces that are completely out of our control, which can appear, reshape and sometimes crush our plans and expectations. After thirteen years of school, one feels entitled to a graduation celebration. We’ve worked hard in anticipation of this day. Tradition dictates that our years of hard work and dedication are rewarded with ceremony. The unfulfilled expectation of our envisioned graduation is difficult to accept. We have earned our moment in the spotlight, and we may feel robbed of our due. Perhaps this is a good lesson, however painful, for us to learn.
Resilience and the ability to adapt are valuable qualities, and both may be gained in the wake of uncertain times. But humility is as valuable, perhaps even more so. To be humbled by experience is not a bad thing.
It hurts to be taught we are not the central player in the big picture, that we are elements of a grander storyline, and that it is not all about us. Humility calls upon us to reflect and acknowledge the greater good, the need to contribute and do our part in this world. Humility calls upon us to examine that which we’ve taken for granted, to adopt a newfound and genuine appreciation for what we have, and to understand we must feel thankful and not entitled. Humility teaches us humanity, and this world can do with a great deal more of that.
Class of 2021, your season of celebration is unlike any other in modern memory because it arrives at the culmination of an entire year spent learning and growing within a pandemic. This makes you and your achievements, the unfulfilled traditions, and this remarkable time in history unforgettable. Yours will always be the class which weathered a global pandemic; yours will be an international alumnus, sharing forever this unparalleled milestone on the brink of your adult lives.
A leader who lived long ago is credited with saying “There is no education like adversity.” Class of 2021, I believe you are graduating into the world with a unique education. I hope that you will carry forward the lessons that adversity has taught you.
BCPVPA staff are now working both remotely and in the office.
June marks Indigenous History Month! It's a time to celebrate, honour and learn more about the incredible accomplishments, heritage and traditions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. It's also a time to recognize the injustices and trauma of the past and present, and to further our commitment to the 94 Calls to Action, allyship & solidarity. Go to Resources
We mourn for the 215 children who never made it home from the Kamloops Indian Residential School, and we hold space collectively for the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc community, and Indigenous communities across Canada. For survivors, families and communities, support is available if you need to seek help, counselling or reach a 24/7 crisis line: click here.
The month of June is also Pride Month! Pride Month is a time to celebrate the stories, diversity and accomplishments of LGBTQ2S+ communities and also to raise awareness of historical and ongoing injustices they face. We stand with the LGBTQ2S+ community and strive for equality, safety, justice and inclusion for all. School resources
The BCPVPA Mentorship Program recognizes the unique experiences 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 by engaging current and retired Principals as mentors, and matching mentors with newly appointed colleagues in districts different to their own. Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 school year:
"It was a fantastic program. I was paired with a person who is similar and willing to learn alongside me. I made a great friend and colleague that I know I can count on to talk to, learn from and bounce ideas around with. Thank you very much for this." - Mentor
"As a single site admin, and going through COVID challenges, it has been invaluable to be able to speak openly and honestly with my mentor; they ask great questions, and also provide another perspective." - Mentee
To assist the work of implementing The Framework for Enhanced Student Learning (FESL), the Ministry of Education is looking for representatives from BC’s various education partner organizations to serve on two working groups:
The deadline for your application to the BCPVPA is 9 am Monday June 21, 2021, with submissions directed to BCPVPA Executive Director Kevin Reimer.
Read the June 14 Member Update
Download the application form
The Southeast Kootenay Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association (SEKPVPA) has launched an appeal to the BC Labour Relations Board (LRB) regarding the Board's May 21 decision.
The BC Principals' & Vice-Principals' Association issued a statement regarding the May 21 LRB decision on May 27, 2021.
Read the statement
The Minister of Education is seeking to appoint one BCPVPA member to the BC Teacher's Council for their first meeting in October 2021. Per the BC Teacher's Council Regulation, the BCPVPA may nominate up to three of its members for consideration and the Minister of Education will make the final decision regarding the BCPVPA member appointed to the BCTC.
Under the Teachers Act, the BC Teachers' Council (BCTC) is responsible for:
1. Setting standards for applicants and educators in BC, including education, competence and professional conduct requirements
2. Setting standards for post-secondary teacher education programs
3. Reviewing and approving post-secondary teacher education programs
BCPVPA Member Application
The application deadline is 5:00pm Friday July 2, 2021.
Our members and friends are now receiving the Summer issue of Principl(ed) magazine!
Check out your copy to read Darren's perspective on the sacred traditions of June, find out more about the VSB's Indigenous Education Allies and Leads program, learn about inclusive school communities, and so much more. Read the full issue and articles online.
If you have an idea for an upcoming article or feature, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We have also posted a Survey for your feedback.
On Friday May 28, 2021, the Times Colonist newspaper in Victoria issued an editorial – “Principals’ push to unionize deserves detention”. As the Times Colonist elected not to print the BCPVPA's letter or OpEd in response to the editorial, we released the OpEd response on our website and through our social media platforms on Thursday June 10.
Save the date: the next Leading the Way virtual event will be on Monday September 20 at 7:00 pm.
The theme will be Resilient Women Thriving in Leadership and we are delighted to announce that our feature interview will be with Robyne Hanley-Dafoe. Principal Paula Gosal from Chilliwack Middle School (SD33) will join us as a guest speaker, and additional event guests will be announced when registration begins in August.
Congratulations to the winners, selected at random from all members who responded to the survey:
Heather Goodall (SD84, Vancouver Island West)
Shawn O'Brien (SD43, Coquitlam)
Patrick Thomas (SD35, Langley)
Click here to see the demographic and regional breakdown of those that completed the survey, and read the teaser summary.
We will be sharing a full report on the results in the early Fall with commentary on what recommendations we believe - going forward - will maintain those members who are currently doing well and what can be put in place to enable more members to thrive.
If you have read the June 2021 issue of Principl(ed) magazine, you know that both Jessica Antosz, Director of Professional Learning and Development, and Don Boyd, Director of Member Support Services, are retiring from the BCPVPA at the end of July. They have each dedicated their careers to educational leadership, innovation and success for their students and teams. We will miss Jessica and Don greatly, and look forward to hearing about their future travel and leisure adventures. Read the Principl(ed) article.
Darren Danyluk, BCPVPA President, would be delighted to connect with your Chapter through a virtual meeting or town hall this Fall and, should health protocols allow, Darren may be able to begin traveling to communities for visits. If you are interested in having Darren attend a virtual Chapter meeting in September or October, please contact Sharon North.
In Episode 12, host Chris Horton sits down with Jessica Antosz, BCPVPA Director, Professional Learning & Development. As Jessica approaches retirement this year, they look back on the pivotal moments in her journey, and the growth opportunities, highlights and successes from her many years of school leadership and supporting leaders across BC.
Listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more! Access the podcast here.
The Principl(ed) Podcast is a made-in-Canada monthly series that connects with BC school Principals and Vice-Principals who are working everywhere in the province, from the smallest rural schools to the bustling urban centres.
The BCPVPA annually awards up to 20 scholarships, in the amount of $1000 each, to students who are graduating from the BC public school system and will proceed to a post-secondary institution. These scholarships recognize students who have demonstrated academic achievements and school or community leadership. More Info
View 2021 Application Form
Applications due Sept 17th, 2021
The BCPVPA is thrilled to announce the six recipients of this year’s Partnership Awards. The following individuals and groups are being recognized for their valuable and long-term contribution and support of Principals, Vice-Principals, teachers and students. We thank all the Chapters who put forth a nomination this year!
Read the media release
View 2021 Partnership Award recipients
The new Directors of the Board were elected by members in the May 25 – 27 vote. The five successful Directors of the Board for two year terms 2021-2023 are:
As Brian Leonard will take on the role of President-Elect beginning July 1, 2021, and there is one year remaining in Brian’s term as Director, the sixth place Director candidate will complete this one-year Director term, 2021-2022:
These six Directors will join Brian Leonard, SD43 (Coquitlam) – President-Elect and the following 2020-2022 Directors on the Board, beginning July 1:
Our very sincere thanks go out to Rob Clark, SD75 (Mission), Beverly Forster, SD54 (Bulkley Valley), Grant Frend, SD42 (Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows), Bill Rounis, SD47 (Powell River) and Tara Zielinski, SD45 (West Vancouver) for their candidacy in this election.
This experiential series for educational leaders facilitated by Miriam Miller and Dr. Hagar Goldberg explores and puts into practice research-based tools to build connection, resilience and social and emotional competencies for ourselves and our teams.
This leadership course is composed of four two-hour online synchronous sessions, and ongoing asynchronous communication beginning August 26 and concluding Spring 2022.
Find out more
Registration for LCL 1 & 2 is open for 2021-2022 Cohorts! This robust program offers practical learning, connection with other leaders, and opportunities to sharpen your leadership skills. View 2021 -2022 LCL Flyer
Specific dates to be determined (health protocols considered)
In-Person Northern Cohort (Prince George) and Virtual CohortRegister HereProgram Details
In-Person Metro RegionRegister Here
REGISTER HEREView CL 2021 Event Overview
The 2021 Connecting Leaders Conference: Leading for Equity, hosted by the BCPVPA’s Metro Region Chapters, will be happening October 21 – 22, 2021. Leading us in conversation will be Keynote Speakers: Nouman Ashraf, Anna Maria Tremonti, and Candy Palmater.
Each week, we will be sharing books, articles, videos and podcasts to encourage continuing the work of anti-racism and equity, and to deepen our understanding of the history of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and marginalized communities in Canada. Have a recommendation to share? Please let us know!
PODCAST: Racism and K-12 Workplace Well-Being
by Rohan Thompson
How is racism a workplace wellness issue? Most workplace wellness programs are focused on the individual - helping people deal with stress, workload, and enhancing their communication skills. Often, the solution is to provide tools such as webinars, programs, and employee benefits. While these programs and tools are all great, they often ignore how organizations can actually be environments that increase stress and mental health issues among racialized peoples. The onus is often put on the individual to tend to their own-well-being while rarely acknowledging how racism can impact employee mental health and wellness.
GUIDE: What matters in Indigenous Education: Implementing a Vision Committed to Holism, Diversity and Engagement
Dr. Pamela Toulouse explores an Indigenous approach to quality learning environments and the Measuring What Matters competencies and skills. The paper draws out the research, concepts and themes from Measuring What Matters that align with Indigenous determinants of educational success. It expands on this work by offering perspectives and insights that are Indigenous and authentic in nature.
ReFresh is a BCPVPA health resource with simple exercises and information to explore in your breaks at work. ReFresh appears as a Member Update every Wednesday. All ReFresh posts are archived here.
Read the latest ReFresh: Refreshing Through Recognition
In this week’s blogpost Charles Ungerleider argues that having endured a very challenging year, some teachers might lose sight of their impact on students. He shows the long enduring impact that many have had.
Read the latest blogpost here
Charles Ungerleider is a Professor Emeritus of Education at The University of British Columbia and Managing Partner at Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group. The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in the OpED articles are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy, or position of the BCPVPA.
New articles and blogposts are shared bi-weekly on Wednesdays from the Professional Learning & Development department on BetterEducate.
Read the latest resource here: The Final 20%: What It Takes to Create Profound Change in Leaders – Dennis Sparks (Learning Forward)
Not on BE yet? BCPVPA Members can sign up for free using the code Bcpvpa123.
The Ministry of Health has engaged a third party to survey education stakeholders across the province to better understand youth substance use prevention in schools.
This 10-minute survey is the beginning of a comprehensive two-year project that aims to increase awareness and uptake of best practices to help prevent, delay, and reduce harms from youth substance use.
Please complete this 10-minute survey about practices, attitudes, and barriers you face in addressing youth substance use. The survey is anonymous and voluntary, and is in no way an evaluation of professional performance.
It’s essential that they hear from you and your colleagues. Please share this survey with all BC Principals, Vice-Principals, teachers and other professionals in your schools.
The survey closes Sunday, June 27, 2021.
Vice-Principal Thomas Skelton (SD5, Southeast Kootenay) is nearing the starting point of his charity ride for Mental Health July 2 – 9, 2021. Thomas will ride from Fernie BC to Nelson BC, and then on to Kelowna doing 12 stages of 16 km rides in 48 hours! He is doing this in collaboration with the KIJHL hockey league and MindRight – a BC-based mental health charity that provides support and programming for students and athletes. Thomas is challenging every Principal and Vice-Principal in BC to show their support for mental health by pledging $2. Click here to donate.
Imagine the difference you can make with your support as you help Thomas reach MindRight’s goal of $10,000 for mental health programming!
The collection phase of Census 2021 is underway: the data collected from the Census of Population is used by non-profits, governments, and businesses to make decisions about the future of community social services and infrastructure.
If you or your colleagues have any questions about the Census, visit this link.
For classroom conversations, check out Resources for Educators.
Strong Stories Indigenous Learning Book Bundle for Students
This set of Strong Stories in partnership with Strong Nations is a bundle of 48 books for elementary students - written, illustrated and published by Indigenous people from across Canada. These resource books offer a wealth of knowledge from a variety of perspectives to help elementary school students better understand the richness of Indigenous cultures in Canada while supporting a deeper connection with the land. Learn more & order
Youth Ambassador Program
This program offers youth the opportunity to gain practical work experience, network, strengthen 21st-century skills, and gain leadership experience while learning about DWF and Canada’s true history with residential schools.
Indigenous History Month 2021
For more information, visit DWF Youth Ambassador Program. You can read more about the DWF's Legacy Schools Program in the June issue of Principl(ed) magazine.
In honour of Indigenous History Month, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is pleased to present a series of four events in celebration of the diversity of Indigenous Peoples across Canada. Throughout the month of June, we will be featuring Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, artists, and allies from communities coast to coast. Join us on Facebook and Youtube as we come together in hope, unity, and celebration.
Register for Events Here
Stories from the River: Exploring British Columbia's Principals’ Experiences of Developing their Identities, Capacities, and Agency in Leading Educational Transformation
The objective of this study is to hermeneutically explore and address current gaps in the literature regarding Principals' perspectives on and lived experiences of developing their identities, capacities, and sense of agency while leading increasingly diverse schools through complex transformations and events. The study is seeking 10 volunteer Principals from diverse backgrounds, who are willing to share a few stories of leading their schools through change at three points in time:
View Confidentiality Form
If you have any concerns about this voluntary and recruitment survey, or the study itself, please contact Leah Taylor, Doctoral Candidate in Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies at the University of Victoria.
Graduation ceremonies qualify as ‘educational activities’ and are therefore allowed to continue in alignment with the PHO Gathering and Events Order and the K-12 Health & Safety Guidelines. The Government of BC has issued this guiding resource.
Solution Tree Canada is pleased to offer BCPVPA members a preferred price for the upcoming Achieve Virtual Institute this summer.
Achieve Virtual Institute: Promising Practices in Instruction, Assessment and Grading
BCPVPA members registering online can apply Discount Code Leader21 at check-out. If paying by purchase order, please quote “BCPVPA Discount Code Leader21”
*The BCPVPA discount code provides $100 off each registration and cannot be combined with other discounts i.e. team pricing
With the ongoing need for continuity of learning in our system, the BCPVPA has opened up free access to BetterEducate for all BC K-12 educators. Develop a BetterEducate Profile | Collaborate with Colleagues | Browse and Share Resources | Develop your Plans – All on one platform!
If you haven’t yet signed up for BetterEducate, visit the site and sign up for your free membershipwith the promo code BCPVPA123. View Sign-Up Instructions
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a province wide professional support service provided by the BCPVPA at no cost to you and is completely voluntary and confidential. The program supports BCPVPA Benefits Plan members experiencing health-related personal and/or professional challenges. Find out more
Applications for the 2021 Johnson Scholarship Program are open! Our partner, Johnson Insurance, is proud to offer 50 scholarship opportunities, valued at $1000 each, to eligible applicants. Deadline: July 15, 2021
To learn more about this exciting opportunity, visit Johnson.ca/scholarship. Programme debourses d’études 2021: Johnson.ca/fr/bourses-detudes.
Johnson hopes that you are staying safe and healthy! As we all adapt to the changes necessary due to COVID-19, home insurance should be the last thing you have to worry about. Johnson can make your home insurance easier with great benefits, and caring service. Find out more about exclusive savings.
Are you or a colleague thinking of retirement soon? Please check the BC Retired Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association for benefits offered to retired members, such as affinity, health & travel insurance, prestige coverage, pensions & other topics of interest, and you will also find a mail-in application form on the site. The BCRPVPA looks forward to hearing from you if retirement is in your near future! Contact the BCRPVPA
Visit Make a Future for an up-to-date job board with all of the latest opportunities in the BC Education sector.
BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA)Director, Communications & Stakeholder Relations
Closing Monday June 28, 2021
Assistant Superintendent - Inclusive EducationSD 73 (Kamloops-Thompson)
Closing June 29, 2021 at 12 noon
Assistant Superintendent - Early Learning and Elementary EducationSD 73 (Kamloops-Thompson)
SD 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)The District Vice Principal or Principal – Inclusive Education
Closing June 25, 2021 by 12 noon
SD 78 (Fraser-Cascade)District Principal - Indigenous Education
Closing June 29, 2021 at 3:00 pm
SD 22 (Vernon)District Vice-Principal - Indigenous Education
Closing June 29, 2021 at 10 am
SD 46 (Sunshine Coast)Director of Instruction, Inclusive Education
Find out moreClosing June 30 by 12:00pm
Expression of Interest for SecondmentMinistry of Education (Online Learning & Change Management Lead)
Find out moreClosing June 18 by 5:00pm
SD 91 (Nechako Lakes)Elementary Principal
Ongoing Closing Date