The Principl(ed) Podcast

On episode 14 of the #Principl(ed) Podcast, host Chris Horton speaks to Principals Tara Zielinski (SD 45) and Tom Aerts (SD 61) in a live interview for EASL 2021. They discuss the importance of creating authentic relationships and positive engagement with staff to build a successful team.  

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. 

Leading: Back to School

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:

Leading a Culture of Learning at Barriere Secondary
Explore “what is possible when educators step into the arena to challenge the mindset of ‘tradition’ or ‘what has always been done’ and embrace the uncertainty of the unknown”, as some BC educators change their pedagogical approach during the pandemic to the benefit of their students.

Connecting Leaders Conference 2021
Learn more about the 2021 Connecting Leaders Conference: Leading for Equity, hosted by the BCPVPA’s Metro Region Chapters. This year we will gather virtually, with keynote speakers: Nouman Ashraf, Anna Maria Tremonti, and Candy Palmater.

Everyone Deserves a Smile
The Everyone Deserves a Smile initiative started in 2003 as a way for students to both empathize with and help people who are homeless. Find out how students have helped more than 2,000 people living on the street or in shelters.

WorkSafeBC K-12 Advisory Committee

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.

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. You can easily update your account details under the 'My Profile' tile if you change roles, schools, or personal contacts.

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: Check out the many articles, guides, documents, research, and reports that we have assembled in the Resources tile. One resource you’ll find under Guides is the PPT template that can be modified for your own local PAC presentation: The Role of the Principal in your School.

Visit the Member Portal, and let us know what you think:

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: 

  • 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 October 8, 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: 

  • 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 October 8, 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:

  • 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 October 8, 2021


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. 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

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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