Decentering Whiteness: An anti-racism institute

Take a look at this professional development program offered by the UBC Faculty of Education starting October 27. This program draws from the understanding that structural racism starts from the social structures of language and thought. From this, the content will explore approaches to decentering whiteness.

This Fall Professional Institute will run over six sessions with options to participate in-person or online. 

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Quality Forum Health Talks Student Contest is Now Open!

We are promoting Health Talks Student Contest, a BC student opportunity for you to pass on to teachers and students at your school. This event is part of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council's annual Quality Forum. Students are asked to apply as part of a contest to select eight speakers that will be featured at the Quality Forum event: Health Talks. 

Health Talks will take place on March 1 - the first evening of Quality Forum 2022 - and will feature eight speakers using the PechaKucha format. This diverse group of speakers representing a range of professions and perspectives will take the stage to tell us about their hopes in creative, memorable ways while displaying 20 photos for 20 seconds each. Enter the contest by November 15 at 12:00 pm!

Who can enter? All BC students. Medical school, post-secondary, high school, elementary school – every student is welcome!

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BCRTA Golden Star Awards

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.

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uLead 2022: The Summit of Education Leadership Conference April 10-12, 2022

April 10-12, 2022 in Banff, Alberta

uLead 2022 -  the Summit of Educational Leadership! This year’s conference is focused on the theme of Reimagining School Leadership. This three day conversation on leadership will provide every delegate with an opportunity to both see a variety of models of innovative leadership and to also discuss the direction we should be moving in as school leaders and systems in our age. A unique opportunity awaits to join educational leaders from around the world in the beautiful world heritage location of Banff, Alberta at one of the world’s premier conferences for school-based leaders, district-level leaders, and provincial and state education leaders. 

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BCPVPA members are offered an exclusive rate, use the code "BCPVPA-MEMBER" for a 40% discount

2021 Canadian Outdoor Learning Free Fall Virtual Workshop Series

A series from Take Me Outside, and our Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners! Are you having trouble keeping track of all of the great things going on? Well, to help you keep track, here's a handy 'top 10' list for the season ahead:


Place-based Education: Finding the good in the pandemic
November 4, 4:00 pm PT

Outdoors and place-based education got a big boost during the pandemic.  Administrators and teachers realized that moving learning outside was a good way to avoid viral transmission.  Once they were out there, they needed to adapt their approach to teaching – it had to be more real. And teachers also realized that students were more engaged and attentive.  Let’s explore what educators learned from pandemic-inspired outdoors learning and look at some good practices in place-based education from across North America.


BC Ministry of Education News

Expanded Health and Safety Measures for K-12 Students:
Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced updates to the Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K-12 Schools and the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings to require masks for kindergarten to Grade 3 students. The rollout began on Monday, October 4 when all students in B.C. schools will be required to wear a mask when inside a school building, including while at their desks and on buses. This measure builds on the existing guidelines that currently apply to all students in Grades 4 to 12. If any school district or school requires assistance to identify suppliers of face masks or other PPE, please contact educ.srsd@gov.bc.ca. Beginning this month, the Provincial Health Office will also be releasing a new monthly report that will inform British Columbians about the virus and how it affects school-aged children. Please email educ.covid@gov.bc.ca if you have any questions.

Read the Deputy Minister's Bulletins

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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