I learned that love can happen at first sight; it took only a moment.
Driving – somewhat more complicated than love – took me five hours of formal instruction to become fully licenced.
And, in a single day, I learned how to administer live-saving CPR.
It is remarkable what a person may learn and come to understand in the span of a single day. And this year, our nation has set aside a day to make a personal commitment – a step – toward Truth and Reconciliation.
Now, truth is defined as a fact or a belief that is accepted as true, key word being ‘accepted’. And reconciliation is defined as the restoration of friendship or harmony; to be restored signals that these qualities were there in the first place. Perhaps a problematic choice of words when reflecting on colonization.
In a single day, I gathered a modest understanding of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and how it “laid the groundwork for what should have been as positive a relationship as possible between settlers and Indigenous Peoples.” A noted passage of the Proclamation recognizes the First Nations as “owners of the lands that the Europeans were using and occupying…”. One hundred years later, the passage of the British North America Act marked a significant change in the relationship between European settlers and the First People of this land, shifting from a “nation-to-nation relationship to one in which Indians were considered wards of the Crown who should be forced to assimilate into mainstream society.” Hope for future harmony demands that we learn for ourselves the truth of the last 160 years.
In a single day, I recoiled to read the words written by Duncan Campbell Scott, expressing his wish to “get rid of the Indian problem… to continue until there is not an Indian that has not been absorbed into the body politic…”. Coming to accept the truth that our nation’s early leaders and their policies were created to obliterate the Indigenous cultures and Peoples is hard. Acceptance makes it impossible to retain a comfortable national self-image of the ‘polite Canadian’. Sorry, not sorry.
In a single day, I was inspired to learn the reverence held for women among Indigenous Peoples of this land. Women were central to the families, participated in government and spiritual ceremonies: “…they are the soul of the councils, the arbiter of peace and war.” Women were respected for the “sacred gifts bestowed upon them by the Creator.” Today’s reality is far removed from this tradition when a Highway of Tears is a scar through our province. Accepting this truth will require time, but it can begin this day.
In a single day, I despaired to imagine the pain felt by parents when children were seized from their homes at summer’s end. As a father, I turn my imagination away from such a crippling pain because it is too disturbing. To visualize an agent, in the company of law enforcement, entering my home and forcibly removing my children evokes in me something deeper than fear. Rage follows this trauma when the letters arrive, offering the “privilege” to have my children home for a Christmas break, providing that regulations are followed. As parents, our hearts forever “go walking around outside” our bodies; and Indigenous parents had no choice when their hearts were taken to residential schools where “boys and girls were dying like flies.” And this was known. Reported. Ignored. It must be understood that residential schools are recent history. I had been an educator for nearly ten years before the last of these schools closed.
In a single day, I feel shamed to reflect on how easily I exercise my voice along with only 62% of eligible Canadians, taking for granted what was long denied the Indigenous People of this land because – among other reasons – an Indigenous vote was “an encroachment on the rights of white men.” Only a decade before the right to vote was extended to all Indigenous Peoples, the definition of a “person” in the Indian Act read, “an individual other than an Indian.” To be considered people, an Indigenous Person had to give up their status and treaty rights. Understandably, an imposed system of government that was not only foreign but also redundant, dismissing ancient “traditions, conventions, and practices of governance”, met with a “general antipathy” of Indigenous People. Faith in leadership is delicate.
In a single day, I questioned the integrity of a nation’s leader who spoke in contradictions. An apology was issued, acknowledging the great harm caused by the “emotional, physical and sexual abuse and neglect of helpless children, and their separation from powerless families…”. The apology goes on to recognize the impediment to healing and reconciliation posed by an absence of truth and accountability. The Government of Canada concludes by asking forgiveness of the “Aboriginal peoples of this country for failing them so profoundly.” One year later, the same leader declares: “We also have no history of colonialism.” We must accept the truth before we can ever approach reconciliation.
In a single day, I spent time and learned from Bob Joseph’s 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act.
One book. One day. One step.
CBC Radio – The Early Edition, interview with Angela Sterritt about school exposure notification procedures:Listen
BCPVPA staff are
working both in the office and remotely, and continue to monitor and align with
the Province’s health and safety guidelines. We are here to support our
members: please do not hesitate to contact us, or check our App for updates.
Darren Danyluk 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 book travel to your community for a visit. To discuss a booking, please contact Sharon North.
We’re celebrating National Principals’ Month in October – it’s an opportunity to recognize the amazing achievements of our members, and to acknowledge the important work that you do every day.
BC Principals and Vice-Principals are there for their students, staff, and communities – and for you, their colleagues! We’re asking our members to offer a shout out to a colleague who has helped you, inspired you, or made you laugh. Send your short story, and we’ll share it in eNews this month. Email your stories to email@example.com
Are you a new member of the BCPVPA? Join BCPVPA President Darren Danyluk and senior staff to hear about the Association’s support of members through advocacy and professional learning, the opportunities that you will have to connect informally with colleagues, and the events and initiatives that you can look forward to this year. We’re also here to answer your questions, and find out more about what you need.
Please join us via Zoom Tuesday, October 5, 3:30 pmhttps://bcpvpa.zoom.us/j/84701379505
Coffee Connections, hosted by BCPVPA President Darren Danyluk and senior staff, returns October 5 at 7:30 am. Find the link to register for all fall sessions in the September 27 Member Update, or under Member News/ Hot Notes in the Member Portal. Register for all sessions, and attend when you can! Register
The BCPVPA is a member of the WorkSafeBC K-12 Advisory Committee, including it's sub-committee the Violence Prevention Working Group. The work of the committee has been shared by it's members and WorkSafeBC this past week. To see our Member Update from September 16, 2021, please click here.
Please take a moment to watch the video the committee produced regarding violence in the workplace.
We would like to announce that Elizabeth Bell will retire from the BCPVPA on November 1, 2021 after five and a half years as a Director of Professional Learning and Development. Prior to BCPVPA, Elizabeth was a secondary educator and administrator in the North Vancouver School District for 25 years, where her passion for building a thriving learning community extended to her work with students, staff, parents and the community at large.
This same passion continued for Elizabeth as she endeavoured to enrich school leadership through her work at the BCPVPA. Elizabeth always enjoyed sharing conversations about professional learning and educational leadership with her colleagues across the province and beyond. Through inspiring new ideas, creating professional learning networks and providing leadership opportunities, Elizabeth delighted in supporting school leadership development.
Through October, Liz will continue to support the transition at BCPVPA to new PLD Directors Andrea McComb and Peter Johnston as they assume the reigns of current and future PLD programs and activities.
We will miss Elizabeth greatly, and wish her all the best as she embarks on her next stage of learning and living including time with family, travel, and life in the great outdoors.
Our annual Leading: Back to School digital magazine includes articles from your colleagues, BCPVPA staff, and other educators and experts. Read this week’s featured articles:
SOGI 123The ARC Foundation is a leader in developing resources, policies, and procedures that support 2SLGBTQ+ students in the public K-12 education system. In Leading: Back to School, they chronicle the path taken to help schools and districts become SOGI-inclusive.
Why Mentorship?Aaron Maxwell, SD61 (Mentor) and Lani Vetter, SD75 (Mentee) discuss their experiences as participants in the BCPVPA Mentorship Program, and the honest & vulnerable conversations that continue to connect them with skills that increase their capacity as leaders.
Coffee's on!Coffee Connections is back! What began as an experiment during COVID has become a wonderful way to connect our members across the province. What was your favourite Coffee Connections moment? Read about what participants have to say in our 2021 Leading: Back to School magazine, and join us for an upcoming session.
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: Update your account details under the 'My Profile' tile; if you change roles, schools, or home address, easily update that information to reflect the accurate details.
Visit the Member Portal, and let us know what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Applications due October 8, 2021
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 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:
Applications due October 8, 2021
Episode 14 of the Principl(ed) Podcast will be available the week of October 4, and features host Chris Horton’s conversation with Principal Tara Zielinski (SD 45) and Principal Tom Aerts (SD 61).
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.
Thank you again to the more than 1,000 BCPVPA members who completed the Thriving in Education Survey in May. Look for updates this fall, and an article by Rochelle Morandini, BCPVPA Director of Member Health and Well-Being, in the November issue of Principl(ed) magazine.
Chapter Council members can mark their calendars for these meeting dates: more information will be available soon!
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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.
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Leading a Culture of Learning supports leading learning through focused dialogue that is grounded in a clear vision – all to enhance a culture of learning in your school. Participants will work with colleagues to develop curious questions that inspire learning for all. More information on upcoming sessions will be available soon.
Join the Global Network of Professional Learning Leaders for Lone Leaders, a series of three webinars designed to offer ideas, support, and inspiration. Participants will hear from experts on leadership in remote schools, and will have the opportunity to connect with colleagues from Australia and Canada.
All webinars hosted on Zoom:
Saturday October 16, 2021 - CanadaSunday October 17, 2021 - Australia
Friday February 25, 2022 - CanadaSaturday February 26, 2022 - Australia
Thursday April 28, 2022 - CanadaFriday April 29, 2022 - Australia
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Our BCPVPA Retirement Seminars address questions around retirement-readiness, the specifics of the Teachers’ Pension Plan and any other questions that you may have. Each seminar will have a 40-person limit. The next virtual (Zoom) seminars will be:
Register here! Please register early as sessions have limited attendance.
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 Erin Hughes.
Video: National Centre for Truth and ReconciliationDiversity From A Queer Perspective
Charles Ungerleider argues that those who say the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) shouldn’t be administered during COVID-19 have it wrong. Now is precisely the time that we need the information the FSA provides.
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.
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: Intermittent Fasting – Is it for me?
Every 2 weeks, your PLD Directors will upload
pertinent articles, blog post, or podcast on BetterEducate and in the new Member
Portal and in the BCPVPA Member Portal under Resources/ Readers’ Corner for your quick learning opportunity.
Read the latest article here: All Canadians should take Sept. 30 to observe National Truth and Reconciliation Day
The PLD team also includes strategies you might use to process the piece with your staff and teammates. Read here
In a notice sent to all Trustees, Superintendents, and Secretary-Treasurers the BCSTA provided an update in regards to the notice of liability letters that were received by many school districts and boards of education.
The BCSTA consulted with Harris & Co. to provide the update. The update concluded that "there is very little risk that school districts would be generally liable for having vaccination clinics in schools or for requiring students to wear masks". This was in response to legal threats that stated "it is unlawful for the district to 'practice medicine' by having vaccine clinics at schools and requiring students to get vaccinated" and "it is unlawful to require students to wear masks in school".
Any law or legal action quoted in the notice of liability letters were deemed either not applicable to the jurisdiction of British Columbia or represent an inaccurate legal summary of the laws cited.
Please read the entire update here.
The Indigenous Youth Mental Health Literacy Curriculum Project is looking for BC Youth Ambassadors and Elder Mentors to participate in the project from October to December. Indigenous youth and elders will connect through sharing circles and collect wellbeing approaches from community members that participate.
Meetings will take place over Zoom, so access to a computer and comfort with technology are needed.
Please see the project posters below for more information:
Youth | Elders
The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund Society (VSCF) was established in 1981 as the newspaper's in-house charity, with a mandate to raise funds to help children in need throughout the province. The purpose of the charity is to:
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BC Retired Teachers’ Association (BCRTA) is pleased to offer the Golden Star Awards Program again this year. Adjudicated by the Excellence in Public Education Committee, the awards acknowledge outstanding intergenerational programs in BC’s public schools. This year, due to the restrictions of COVID-19 measures, established programs will proceed differently but we are hopeful that some teachers will find safe ways to facilitate communication between students and seniors. One of last year’s winners is developing the use of technology and letter writing, for example, to continue their program. Although in-person activities are not permitted at this time, students and seniors can still learn much from one another. If teachers are able to continue intergenerational programs during these difficult times, we want to acknowledge their efforts.
Information Sheet on Changes to Online Learning:An information sheet summarizing the upcoming changes to the Online Learning delivery model in B.C., including what to expect for the 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 school years, is now available on the new Online Learning website. Please share this information with the parents of online learning students in your district.
Funding Eligibility of Undocumented Students: With the potential for an increased number of undocumented or refugee school age students arriving in B.C.'s schools ahead of the September 1701 count, school district staff are reminded in this information document of the Operating Grant Eligibility directives and the K-12-Funding Refugee Policy. Directives to verify B.C. residency are not intended to exclude families who are B.C. residents and may have unresolved federal immigration status. Please contact EDUC.Compliance@gov.bc.ca with any questions.
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A series from Take Me Outside, and our Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners!
Outdoor Learning in the Early YearsThursday, October 14 at 4pm PST | 7pm EST
Play is the best way children learn in the early years and the best place for play is outdoors! Following the lead of the children and supporting them with the time, space, materials and permission is our role as adults. What does that really look like? We will explore this together and you will come away with practical ideas and resources to support outdoor play in the early years.
Christina Pickles has been connecting people of all ages with the natural world for 20 years in the badlands, forests, streams and streets. For the past 7 years she has focused on outdoor play in the early years and now believes that it is the best way children connect with nature, their communities, their bodies and each other.
October 22, 2021 (BC Provincial Professional Development Day)Location: Langley Regional Airport and/or virtual
Who should attend: Teachers, administrators and career advisors / support staff who are teaching aviation, or who want to contribute to the conversation about teaching aviation, or who are supporting students as they pursue learning about aviation.
The day will begin with a keynote address from Cathy Press, CEO and Owner of Chinook Helicopters, Chief Pilot, Airline Transport Pilot (Helicopter & Aeroplane), and most recently the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree from the University of the Fraser Valley. Panel discussions (industry leaders, training institutions, and career seekers), curriculum collaboration and sharing, and some hands-on STEM will be included. We hope to be able to include some airport facilities tours but this will depend on COVID protocols in place on the date.
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
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
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. Career opportunities will also be available in the Member Portal.
NEWElementary PrincipalSD 38 (Richmond)Find out moreClosing October 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm
NEWVice-Principal Elementary/Middle/SecondarySD 35 (Langley)Find out moreClosing October 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm
NEWVice-PrincipalSD 44 (North Vancouver)Find out moreClosing October 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Assistant Superintendent of SchoolsSD 35 (Langley)Find out moreClosing October 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Secondary PrincipalSD 41 (Burnaby)Find out moreClosing October 1, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Secondary Vice-PrincipalSD 41 (Burnaby)Find out moreClosing October 1, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Elementary PrincipalSD 41 (Burnaby)Find out moreClosing October 1, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Elementary Vice-PrincipalSD 41 (Burnaby)Find out moreClosing October 1, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Vice-Principal - BC Provincial School for the Deaf K-12SD 41 (Burnaby)Find out moreClosing October 1, 2021 at 4:00 pm
District Principal of Indigenous EducationSD 28 (Quesnel)Find out moreOpen until filled
Elementary School PrincipalKispiox Community School (Gitksan/Wet’suwet’en)Find out moreOpen until filled
School PrincipalKitsumkalum ‘Na Aksa Gyilak’yoo School (Terrace)Find out moreOpen until filled