Leading: Back to School

Our annual Leading: Back to School digital magazine is now available. You’ll find articles from your colleagues, BCPVPA staff, and other educators and experts, sharing tips and tools for back to school and thoughtful articles to provide inspiration on your leadership journey. 

Read this weeks featured articles:

Developing a Staff Vision
Kevin Reimer, BCPVPA Executive Director, proposes developing a staff vision through collaboration and storytelling, learning what is important to your staff through their own ‘hall-of-fame’ moments, and discerning the values and beliefs at the core of those moments.

Looking Ahead
What does Professional Learning and Development have planned for this fall? Read the department recap regarding new directors, advisors, and upcoming events. PLD has many programs lined up, like Leading a Culture of Learning, Leading the Way, Coffee Connections, Lone Leaders, and Connecting Leaders.

New Staff
We have three new friendly faces in our office! Carmen Eberle is a new Director of Member Support Services, and Peter Johnston and Andrea McComb have both taken on the roles of Directors of Professional Learning & Development. We welcome them to our team! 

BCPVPA Member Portal

Visit the BCPVPA Member Portal

To set up your password, follow the simple instructions sent in the August 31 Member Update, and log in anytime via the Sign In option on our website.

What will you find in the Member Portal? Check out the overview, and we’ll bring you highlights each week in eNews as we continue to add content to the site.


This week’s highlight: We know that during busy times, you might miss BCPVPA news and information that comes to you by email. Issues of eNews and all Member Updates from August onward are archived just a click away in the Member Portal, anytime you need them! 

For more information about the Member Portal, contact sandra@bcpvpa.bc.ca

BCPVPA Student Scholarships | 2021 Applications Open

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 Principl(ed) Podcast

September’s Principl(ed) Podcast dropped on Tuesday September 7 in honour of ‘back to school’! In episode 13, host Chris Horton shares his live conversation with BC Vice-Principals Katie Marren and Holly Zurak, recorded at BCPVPA’s 2021 Essentials for Aspiring School Leaders. As a Principal or Vice-Principal, how do you represent your core values in your school leadership?

Listen on  iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more! Link to your favourite platform 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. 

BCPVPA Essentials for New School Leaders Advisory Committee

The BCPVPA requests expressions of interest from current BCPVPA members to plan Essentials for New School Leaders (Formerly called Short Course I)  

ENSL is a grounded experience with the BCPVPA Standards and Planning Guide to support newly appointed Principals and Vice-Principals in their new roles. The committee discusses and plans: the structure, delivery, theme, keynote speakers and breakout sessions for the program.  

The tentative meeting dates are: 

  • September 29, 8:00 am - 10:00 am 
  • October 27, 8:00 am - 10:00 am 
  • January 26, 8:00 am - 10:00 am 
  • April 20, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Applications due Sept. 22, 2021 


BCPVPA Leadership Planning Guide Review

The BCPVPA Leadership Planning Guide is responsive to and reflective of current organizational practices. Much of the guide relates directly to responsibilities found in the School Act and Regulation, the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Fire Safety Act and other statutes, Ministerial orders, and policy documents.  

This review will include a focused look through the lens of equity. Each revision is undertaken by a committee of practicing Principals and Vice-Principals, and we invite you to apply to be part of the review team.  

The tentative meeting dates are: 

  • October 6, 8:00 am - 10:00am 
  • November 3, 8:00 am - 10:00am 
  • December 1, 8:00 am - 10:00am 
  • January 12, 8:00 am - 10:00am 
  • February 2, 8:00 am - 10:00am 

Applications due Sept. 22, 2021 


BCPVPA Leadership Standards Review

The BCPVPA Leadership Standards were first established in 2007 and they have been continually reviewed and revised to stay current and relevant. This review will include a focused look through the lens of equity. Each revision is undertaken by a committee of practicing Principals and Vice-Principals, and we invite you to apply to be part of the review team. 

The tentative meeting dates are:

  • October 7, 8:00 am - 10:00 am 
  • November 4, 8:00 am - 10:00 am 
  • December 2, 8:00 am - 10:00 am 
  • January 13, 8:00 am - 10:00 am 
  • February 3, 8:00 am - 10:00 am 

Applications due Sept. 22, 2021


Seeking Storytellers

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.

BCPVPA Thriving in Education Survey

Thank you again to the more than 1,000 BCPVPA members who completed the Thriving in Education Survey in May. Rochelle has been engaged in reviewing the data with Verita HR Services, as there is a great deal of complex information to assess, collate and connect. In August, Rochelle presented the Executive Survey of outcomes to the BCPVPA Board of Directors. We expect to have a preliminary report available to members soon. 

Chapter Council

Chapter Council members can mark their calendars for these meeting dates: more information will be available soon! 

  • November 19-20, 2021
  • February 11-12, 2022
  • May 13-14, 2022


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