It’s the 25th day of June, and nearly the end of 1 school year. The last 10 months have seen 190 days of school in the 60 different school districts, scattered across the regions of BC. Within these districts are 1,578 public schools at which 553,000 youth and children learn, grow, and play. These children are attended to by more than 2,624 Principals and Vice-Principals, as well as approximately 100,000 teachers, support staff, bus drivers, superintendents and assistants, carpenters, technicians, and groundskeepers.
The BCPVPA has issued 38 volumes of eNews to which I’ve contributed nearly 40,000 words in my attempt to capture the experience of this school year. I have sent 1,050 emails to Principals of the schools which reported a combined 11,251 days of potential exposure to COVID-19, the virus which has so far infected 147,271 people in British Columbia, and claimed 1,744 lives. In this week of June, 3,518,243 people have received their 1st dose of vaccination against this illness, and we all harbour a cautious hope that our 2nd dose will lead us out of this painful experience and expand our bubbles well beyond the ‘Safe 6’.
The story of our school year in a pandemic is more than simply the sum of its parts, an accounting by the numbers. The numbers are rather sterile, blankly serving as a tally. It is critical that we remember each sum is a compilation of stories. In one of his essays, George Orwell muses that one life is a world in itself. Numbers can then serve as a shorthand to express a veritable universe of experiences and lives. The tallies are invitations of a sort, drawing our eyes, our minds, and our hearts into the constellations of human experience found in numbers such as 9:29; 10,000; 94; 280; 3,600; or 215. It is only in looking past the numbers and deep inside them that can we begin to understand, engage, and bear witness.
This year’s winner of CBC Canada Reads is Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead. Joshua is an Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of the Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). Well into the book, Joshua writes about water and the rivers in his life. Joshua calls the water a “mentor”, a teacher. In the next lines, his metaphor extends, and the water becomes a road, a path… perhaps a journey or life itself. He writes, “The water is a furious road and the only words we can say to one another are simple: witness me.” To bear witness: “To show that something exists or is true.” This need for validation and confirmation is at the core of our existence. And here in June of 2021, we must witness a great deal.
In her book The Listening Leader, Shane Safir writes about fostering trust, relationships, and community. She writes about bids for a leader’s attention which come from all sides: students sharing successes, teachers unloading a difficult lesson, communities speaking their truth, colleagues seeking support, or parents searching for answers. Safir characterizes these bids as a call for care or attention, a call to be seen and validated. “Even those times that feel shrouded in criticism or negativity: Can you find a bid lurking there?... How [leaders] respond to these offers matters … a lot.” I would suggest that this is something well understood by the Principals and Vice-Principals in our schools, who have spent this last year acknowledging bids for attention that have come from every avenue in their communities. More than listening, our school leaders have heard; they have supported and sustained their communities through one of the most difficult years of the last century, for reasons well beyond the urgent health crisis. And in the concluding weeks of this school year – one that began with a reimagining of how ‘school’ will work and ended with envisioning a ‘near normal’ Autumn – our school leaders will take account of what was learned these past 10 months, and note what lessons have only just begun.
Before the moments of this June pass, we must bear witness to what our Principals and Vice-Principals have accomplished over the past year because their own bid will be quiet, if not silent. They will never say, “Look at me.” Over the past 12 months, I have endeavoured to bear witness to the dedication, competency, compassion, and excellence of our school leaders at every opportunity. I have seen you, and I have heard you.
I wish you a Summer filled with the people and the experiences which will restore you. Keep well and safe until we begin again.
And as I close the book on this school year and my weekly communication, let me end by saying with genuine awe, “Just look what you’ve done!”
Whether you are soaking up the sun, out on the water, exploring your region, or catching up on your reading, the BCPVPA wishes our members and their families all the best for a great Summer ahead. You have supported your staff, students and parents through a difficult year, and have done so with patience, grace, innovation and humour. We hope that you can take the time to rest, restore and rejuvenate!
Watch for our annual Fall digital magazine Leading: Back to School in your inbox the week of August 23.
Publication of eNews will resume on Friday August 27.
BCPVPA staff are working both remotely and in the office.
Being the captain of the ship can be challenging, but it does not have to be lonely. You are invited to join a collaborative journey to navigate the waters together.
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
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
NEW! Thank You to the 2020-2021 BCPVPA Board of Directors
Darren Danyluk, SD6 (Rocky Mountain) – President
David DeRosa, SD20 (Kootenay-Columbia) – Past-President
Tom Aerts, SD61 (Victoria)
Susan Clough, SD36 (Surrey)
Carmen Eberle, SD35 (Langley)
Bev Forster, SD54 (Bulkley Valley)
Heidi Grant, SD91 (Nechako Lakes)
Sid Jawanda, SD27 (Prince George)
Read Jorgensen, SD61 (Victoria)
Brian Leonard, SD43 (Coquitlam)
Jacqueline Taylor, SD22 (Vernon)
Sally Zryd, SD73 (Kamloops-Thompson)
Brian Leonard, SD43 (Coquitlam) – President-Elect
Jacqueline Borosa, SD92 (Nisga’a)
David DeRosa, SD20 (Kootenay-Columbia)
Sanj Johal, SD44 (North Vancouver)
Paul Marsden, SD36 (Surrey)
We would like to invite BCPVPA leaders who are women of colour to contribute their voices to a proposed upcoming article in Principl(ed) magazine. This collaborative article would weave together the stories and perspectives of several women to talk about their leadership paths, the challenges, the rewards and where they find inspiration.
If you are interested, please contact Sandra Murphy.
The BCPVPA has produced an abbreviated guide which provides a summary of the BC Ministry of Education K-12 Education Recovery Plan, and the BC Centre for Disease Control/ BC Ministry of Health Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools: Outlook for the 2021-22 School Year, issued June 17, 2021. The original documents are linked below:
BC News Release June 17 2021
K-12 Education Recovery Plan June 17 2021
BCCDC_BCMH_Schools Outlook June 17 2021
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
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.
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 email@example.com
We have also posted a Survey for your feedback.
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
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.
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
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.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources
Since February 2021, eNews has shared book titles, articles, videos and podcasts to encourage continuing the work of anti-racism and equity, and to help deepen our understanding of the history of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and marginalized communities in Canada. We would love to hear if you have found this column helpful, or if there are other ways that you would like to see BCPVPA share resources. Contact Sandra Murphy
by Johanne Mednick Myles
by Ibram X. Kendi
The BC Retired Principals' & Vice-Principals Association (BCRPVPA) invites BCPVPA members to join them on an amazing group river cruise across Europe:
Pack and unpack only once as we sail on some of Europe’s most famous rivers; the Rhine, Main and the Danube!
Experience five exciting European countries; Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.
Trip Merchant has secured a large early booking discount and even further savings on balcony cabin upgrades along with an “Extended Drinks Package” and 50 Euros On-board credit per person.
Open to all family and friends of BCPVPA and BCRPVPA Members! Come join us!
Full itinerary and details
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This project is being undertaken by the UBC Faculty of Education and Chilliwack School District, in collaboration with four other provinces and territories. View the latest bulletin
To get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Vice-PrincipalSD 40 (New Westminster)Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary
Closing Friday July 2, 2021 at 4 pm
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 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
SD 91 (Nechako Lakes)Elementary Principal
Ongoing Closing Date