ONE TO ONE Literacy Society Volunteer Position

Share the joy of reading in your community by becoming a ONE TO ONE virtual volunteer tutor.

ONE TO ONE connects emerging readers with volunteer tutors across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We know that this valuable connection between tutors and students directly affects their confidence and chance of succeeding academically and in life.

For Fall 2021, we are looking for volunteer tutors for our virtual after-school program (3:30-6 pm). You will read once a week for 2-3 hours from October to June, excluding school holidays. The students will be at home with a parent/caregiver nearby in case they need technical support. We are looking for volunteers who are comfortable with technology and reading with children in a virtual environment. Virtual tutoring requires:

  • Desktop or Laptop computer
  • Fast and stable internet connection
  • Confidence scheduling and hosting Zoom meetings, working with several online tools simultaneously, and familiarity with basic technology (hosting a Zoom meeting, muting and unmuting, chat function etc.)

We’ll teach you the rest and ensure you have the practice and support before you get started on your reading journey.

It’s easy to get started – fill out an application form online, complete a free criminal record check and then have a chat with ONE TO ONE on the phone to make sure we’re a good match. Initial training sessions for new volunteers will be held in September 2021.

Find out more and apply now at https://one-to-one.ca/get-involved/become-a-tutor/


myPITA 2021 Fall Conference Registration is Open!

It's a new school year, and it's time to think about Pro-D!

The myPITA Fall Conference is open for registration! We will be online again this October, and we have a fantastic line-up. Explore our offerings and register now to be guaranteed your first choice of sessions, as popular presenters and topics can fill up fast! Join us on October 22nd for a great day of professional development.

Some highlights:

  • Adrienne Gear will be providing a new workshop on Poetry!
  • Carol Fullerton will be presenting a session on planning and teaching math for a diverse classroom!
  • Diana Cruchley is once again presenting a full slate of English Language Arts sessions!
  • David McCormick will be presenting a full morning session on using D&D and Storytelling in schools!

Check out the other offerings and register now at https://mypita.ourconference.ca/ 


BC Ministry of Education News

Aug 31 Release – Education by the Numbers
Aug 31 2021 - BC’s Ministry of Education has released a snapshot of BC’s K-12 education system.
Education by the Numbers

A Message from the Deputy Minister - Use of School Facilities for Federal Election:

Returning officers from Elections Canada may contact school districts to discuss the use of schools as voting places for the upcoming federal election on September 20.  and/or for advance voting on the previous Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Superintendents will assess the ability of districts to support Elections Canada in this important process to use school facilities while ensuring voting can be carried out in a manner safe for students and staff in accordance with the current health and safety guidelines, and education delivery disruption is kept to a minimum.

School Foods Data Collection: The Ministry is establishing a web-based school foods data collection to inform opportunities to enhance existing school foods programs across the province. To assist with this process, school districts are asked to access the School Meal Program Survey beginning on August 24 and provide information on the school foods programs provided in each school in their district. The deadline to provide this information is Friday September 24. If you require clarification on any of the survey questions, please direct your inquires to brett.wilmer@gov.bc.ca

Read the Deputy Minister's Bulletins

2021 Canadian Outdoor Learning Free Fall Virtual Workshop Series

A new series from Take Me Outside, and our Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners!

  • Registration is free and there will be plenty of draw prizes for attendees!
  • Workshops are 60 minutes and will take place on Thursdays at 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern.
  • For those who can’t attend live these will each be recorded and posted on the bottom of this webpage.
  • Following the workshop, participants will receive a link through which they can access a certificate of attendance.
  • If you can’t attend the live workshop you can still request a certificate after you watch the recording.
  • Subscribe to seasonal updates to stay in the loop on these and future workshops


Outdoor Learning Tips, Tricks, Tools & Resources
Join Jade Harvey-Berrill, Farheen Kadwa and a diversity of other educators from Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners who will share tips, tricks, tools and resources to enhance your outdoor learning practice. Whether you are new to this and looking for starting steps, or you are a seasoned outdoor educator, this group will be sure to offer you some insights that you can put into your teaching practice.

In addition to her work with Take Me Outside, Farheen also works with WWF Canada in marine conservation, and she helps run a not-for-profit organization, Hijabi Ballers, which supports and celebrates Muslim women who play sports. In addition to her work supporting outdoor learning, Jade hosts youth rock climbing and outdoor skills camps, is a Level 1 Professional Mountain Bike Instructor and also runs a variety science workshops and field trips for K-12 in schools.

BetterEducate

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! 

Learn more here

Join the Platform!

If you haven’t yet signed up for BetterEducate, visit the site and sign up for your free membership
with the promo code BCPVPA123.  View Sign-Up Instructions

Early Intervention Program

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

BC Retired Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association (BCRPVPA)

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


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