This week, the BCPVPA hosted the first webinar in the Leading for Equity Series. Unfortunately, I was on the road during this webinar, which limited my participation to listening intently. While there was so much rich information and critical exchange, a simple two-word name for a clerical process absolutely captured my attention and evoked in me powerful emotions, long dormant but clearly just below the surface. One of our BCPVPA colleagues briefly spoke to the transformative impact upon students when a ‘Late Slip’ becomes a ‘Welcome Slip.’
Unheralded, memories from grade four flooded my thinking, and I gave myself over to them.
Grade four was a tough year. In this school year, my parents made the separation of their lives together permanent and bound by a judge. Right or wrong, my mother shared with me details of the process and the outcomes, believing open and honest sharing to be fundamental in a trusting relationship. As a result, while only nine years of age, I became versed in the mechanics of divorce. To further unsettle the year, we moved.
I was already a skilled nomad, as we had frequently moved. I took pride in the fact that my room was the first unpacked, with pictures and shelves up on the walls within a day. In the past, each move had put us in a larger apartment suite, or one with more attractive rent and amenities. The new home was usually within blocks of the old one, and I was able to remain in the same school. Except in grade four.
The house we moved into was miles away in East Vancouver, and my new school would be Sir Matthew Begbie Elementary. Looking up from the steps which led to the front doors of this imposing, grey building, I felt small and overwhelmed. So much was different, and every face and voice new to me. It didn't help that we had arrived in the spring, when everyone else already knew the drill. It only helped me to stand out, more visibly apart. There was, however, one routine that remained familiar to me in this transplanted home, and that was getting ready for school.
With a single, working parent raising both my sister and me, mornings could be rushed, and we often ran late. In grade three, I usually visited the office at least once a week, sent by my teacher Miss Rash to correct the register. I’d walk up to the office counter and say to the secretary seated there that I was “Late, not absent.” Eventually, the secretary began to finish my sentence. Sometimes she did so with a sigh but always a smile. Arriving late in grade four was a more bruising experience for me, and it seemed to happen with greater frequency – at least that was the perception of a boy more fragile at nine than he was at eight. And as hard as it was to join his class late, he always turned the knob and walked through the door… until he didn’t.
That May morning was clear and dry in East Van, and marked rush by a failed alarm clock and an early appointment for my sister; mom wasn’t heading to work today. I left the house to walk the few blocks to school, already knowing I’d arrive well after the bell had rung. Knowing this, I had pestered my mom to let me come along this morning. But school was too important, and I would have to be late, not absent. The school grounds were empty when I arrived, with everyone already inside. I climbed the enormous front steps and entered the main doors. The hallway was empty, too. I made my way up the wide inside steps, leading to the second floor. I could hear teachers and students through the closed doors that each stared with an opaque window that distorted the movement inside. I approached my classroom door and put my hand on the doorknob. I didn’t turn it. Looking into the filmy glass, I could see shadows of students moving about the room. I wanted to be inside. But I was late, and unable to stand in that open doorway and articulate why.
I retreated down each set of steps and across the playground. Back at my house, my mom and sister hadn’t yet left, waiting on a friend who would drive. Unable to face her either, I hid beneath our own front steps. When they finally drove off, I used my key and returned to my room to plan. It was brilliant: I would join my class at recess when they are all outside playing on the grounds. I could slip in among them undetected; and at the bell, I could blend in with the surge returning to class, finally to be noticed once I was safely in my desk. My anxiety and flight had led me to hatch a good plan.
Soon it was June, a time of Playland gift tickets from the Gizeh Temple Shriners and yet another move, a return to the old neighbourhood I was missing. Grade five was going to be a good year.
Lost in my thinking as I drove, I heard Ashraf Nouman suggest that in the work of equity, we must “begin by decolonizing our hearts and minds.” I walk in this world as one most privileged, and I did so even as a child. I saw my own culture in the faces of all the adults in my world, and despite this I hid in shame beneath a front porch. With this frame, perhaps we can understand why marginalized and racialized children may not be at their desks; they are absent, not late.
There are many lenses we can use to recognize inequity, and many ways to challenge it. While the shift from a Late Slip to a Welcome Slip may seem small, it is a step down a road where we change practices which currently 'other' both children and their families. The label of judgement is replaced by a declaration of reception. Rather than a penance, it is an embrace, saying "We are glad you are here!” And isn't that something we all need when we arrive?
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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.
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.
gone the extra mile to support your school community? BCPVPA Chapters are
invited to nominate individuals, organizations, and businesses who contribute
their time, expertise, and passion to make a difference in the lives of BC
students. Community partners bring special opportunities and services to
schools – now is the time to celebrate all that they do.
This year, it is even easier to nominate a community partner. You can fill in the online form or follow the instructions on our Member Portal to email your nomination. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you looking for a unique learning and leading opportunity? Look no further!
Two BCPVPA leadership programs in spring and early summer 2022 offer the opportunity to share your experience and hone your facilitations skills.
BCPVPA’s program for aspiring school leadersCurrent Vice-Principals (only) are invited to apply to facilitate small groups of teachers who are interested in exploring the nature of the Vice-Principal/Principal role in schools.
This program takes place over 4 Saturday mornings March to May 2022.
The time commitment for Facilitators includes:Pre-Program Facilitators Training session – Date to be determined 4 Saturdays – March 5th, April 2nd, April 23rd, and May 7th, 8:30 am to 12:00 noon DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION FEBRUARY 28, 2022
BCPVPA’s program for new school leadersCurrent Vice-Principals and Principals are invited to apply to facilitate small groups of new and nearly new Vice-Principals and Principals in the early stages of their school-based leadership careers.
This program takes place over 5 sessions in the first week of July 2022
Time commitment for Facilitators includes: Pre-Program Facilitators Training session – Date to be determined 5 Days – July 4, July 5, July 6, July 7, and July 8 8:30 am to 2:30 pm DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION APRIL 1, 2022
Episode 16 is now available! Featuring two live recorded conversations with BC Vice-Principals. In part one, Maghen Girard and Nancy Roberts talk about VP fall responsibilities, and in part two, Raelyn Larmet and Chris Martin follow this discussion by speaking about January to end of year.
about the high-level responsibilities of Vice-Principals at the Elementary and
Secondary level, and how portfolios fit into the day-to-day public school life
of a BC VP.
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.
The new issue has been printed and mailing will begin soon! We expect
that the issue will reach our members and friends any day now – stay tuned!
A month ago we heard from a SOGI Sexual Health Support Teacher, Amy Witt, in SD83 who was going to be providing SOGI-inclusive training to administrators in the school district. She said how important visual signs of safety are for staff and students to feel like they are free to be themselves in their school. The message was received – we put together and had BCPVPA pride post-it notes printed and sent out to be distributed at the SOGI training.
Here are some photos of North Okanagan Shuswap BCPVPA members posing with the newly created, SOGI-inclusive BCPVPA Post-It Notes at their SOGI training event.
Coffee Connections, hosted by BCPVPA President Darren Danyluk and senior staff. 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
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.
Do you know someone looking for a new role with scope? We are seeking two new teammates who are eager to learn and grow alongside a friendly, committed, and engaged group of colleagues in our Vancouver office. Find out more:
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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.
Member Portal Highlight: BCPVPA Chapters are now able to submit their Partnership Awards nominations through the Member Portal. All you need to do is go to the main page and click on the 'Partnership Awards' tile and then you will be able to access more information and the nomination form or instructions how to nominate via email.
Visit the Member Portal, and let us know what you think: email@example.com
For an overview of some of the findings of the survey, look for Rochelle Morandini’s article in the November issue of Principl(ed) magazine. You can also find her presentation slides used for the November Chapter Council in our November 24, 2021 Member Update.
Chapter Council members can mark their calendars for these meeting dates:
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In this webinar session hosted by BCPVPA, we invite Lee Smith to share his doctoral research on Moral Distress with our members. He will define Moral Distress, differentiate it from other ethical dilemmas, and speak about the possible implications of moral distress that educators and leaders face. This webinar will offer information and context to PVPs who may feel they are facing greater public scrutiny and stress regarding the administration of COVID-19 guidelines in schools while provincial mandates are constantly evolving.
Watch for Lee’s article about Moral Distress in the November 2021 issue of Principl(ed) magazine.
RegisterDec 7, 2021 03:30 pm
Lee Smith has worked as a teacher and then administrator, mostly internationally, since 1996. In August of 2019 he moved back to Canada to pursue full-time PhD studies in Educational Policy Studies - Ed Admin and Leadership at the University of Alberta. Lee spent nine years working in BC Offshore Schools near Shanghai, including five years as a Principal in two different schools.
We are delighted to announce the return of IDEAS (formerly Issues Forum):
Friday February 11, 20229:00am – 3:30pmRiver Rock Casino Resort, Richmond BC
A ‘team’ needs all of its members: our feature keynote will be Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team goalie Sami Jo Small, who relates her own story of facing adversity and becoming a powerful force of positivity for her team. Additional speakers and sessions will be announced soon, and registration will open in January. Save the date!
BCPVPA’s 2021 Connecting Leaders Conference: Leading for Equity marked the beginning of our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion focus for professional learning. We are pleased to announce that we are further extending these learning opportunities in the new: 2021-2022 BCPVPA Leading for Equity Series.
In this series we will be hearing from Nouman Ashraf, Carolyn Roberts, Beth Applewhite, and Bryan Gidinski. For more information and registration details please see the link below.
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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.
Save the dates:
Friday February 25, 2022 - CanadaSaturday February 26, 2022 - Australia
Thursday April 28, 2022 - CanadaFriday April 29, 2022 - Australia
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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.
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 Canada’s diverse communities.
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.
Podcast: Gender. Sexuality. School.The Street Belongs To Ushosted by Tara GoldsteinA great conversation between Tara Goldstein the producer and host, with Karleen Pendleton Jiménez, author of the book The Streets Belong to Us. In this book, Karleen tells the story she wish she had growing up, one that provides representation for Mexican American children and a journey for kids that feel called by both girl and boy genders. In this discussion, we hear about why Karleen made this book for young people (8-12yrs) and the impact she hopes it has.
Newsletter: Under the White GazeWhite at the Museumwritten by Chris CheungIn this issue of Under the White Gaze, Chris Cheung visits the New Westminster Museum and learns about the efforts to decolonize their records and exhibits. Through oral history interviews, borrowing family heirlooms, and event participation the museum has been taking steps to create a more full picture of the diverse communities that reside and have history in New Westminster.
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This month, humanworks Rehabilitation Consultant Darby Eakins offers her health tips & tricks for how we can finish the semester strong and avoid collapsing at the 'finish line' when winter break arrives.
Darby is a registered clinical counsellor who describes her work calling as ‘caring for people who care for people’. Darby has worked supporting leaders and workers in complex human serving systems (health care and education) for over a decade. At this time, she specifically supports teachers and school leaders and finds deep joy and honour in her work.
In this week’s blog, Charles Ungerleider channels the Grinch as he asks some cold and calculating questions.
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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: De-Stress During the Holidays
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, and find Discussion Tips and Prompt Questions: How Might We Equitably Access The Things That Matter?
The Indigenous Youth Mental Health Literacy Curriculum Project is a program connecting Indigenous youth and elders through Sharing Circles to collect well-being approaches from community members that participate. In October we included this opportunity in eNews, please click here to reference the original post.
We are happy to provide an update to our members, here is the November 2021 update for the BC section of the national IYMHL project. The Youth Ambassadors have been trained and are preparing to run the Sharing Circles with the Elders. We are excited to hear that the Ambassadors and Elders have connected and that they are moving to the next phase.
BCSTA’s Indigenous Education Committee has launched the Trustee Knowledge Series in response to the B.C. Tripartite Education Agreement.
The objective is to help trustees, educators, leaders and the general public learn more about Indigenous issues in education.
Only a couple more programs left until the end of the year from the series by Take Me Outside and Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners!
Join our Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners to learn, share and connect around all things related to outdoor learning. There will be opportunities to hear from partners and breakout into groups and discuss key things on your mind. Whether your a seasoned outdoor learning educator, or an educator taking their first steps outside the classroom, there will be some great takeaways.
The BCPVPA is pleased to announce that we will again be partnering with the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation for the Jean Up! campaign in May 2022. The 2021 campaign raised more than $308,000 to fund innovative research, and tailor care to the specialized needs of kids in BC. Our friends at BCCHF have told us that a large part of the success of the campaign can be attributed to the support of our members! As we look ahead to 2022, if there are any materials or assets that would help you to fundraise in your schools, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can communicate those wishes to BCCHF.
Topics: Student Inquiry, Passions, Interests & Questions
The inquiry teacher is regularly inquiring into his or her students as learners and asking, ‘What are they revealing to me?’, ‘How might I respond?’ and ‘What next?’ (The Power of Inquiry p. 135).
Last year NOIIE were able to bring Kath Murdoch to you via Zoom for an introductory session on creating inquiry-oriented classrooms. This year, NOIIE are pleased to be offering a three part series, in which she will be introducing us to many of the ideas included in her forthcoming book due to come out before the end of 2021. The focus of this new book is on personal inquiry: how to work with children’s personal passions, interests and questions. While Kath’s focus is primarily on K-8, her ideas cross all grades and ages.
In this 3 part professional learning series, Kath Murdoch will work with participants to explore ways in which NOIIE can offer young learners the opportunity to inquire into the questions, interests, issues and passions that are important to them. In conjunction with shared inquiry journey, opportunities to explore personal passions are highly engaging and allow learners to build their capacity as independent, thoughtful, reflective contributors to their communities. Over the three sessions, Kath will share strategies and structures for supporting and guiding personal inquiries, various contexts in which personal inquiry can be developed and the role of the educator in the process, Drawing on her extensive experience working with teachers and children around the world, Kath will share many practical examples. Importantly, participants will be invited to reflect on the way they can include opportunities for personal inquiry in their own lives.
Supporting Children and Youth During Natural Disaster Events:The past several days have been extremely challenging for school districts and communities that are dealing with the aftermath of the floods that have severely impacted parts of our province. Supporting Children and Youth During Natural Disaster Events is a new resource with suggestions and links to other resources to consider in responding to the mental health and wellbeing needs of those affected by these floods and other severe weather-related events.
Ensuring Safe Access to Schools:The B.C. government has introduced new legislation that will help maintain access to critical services that British Columbians rely on and that protect those who provide those services, as the Province moves to prevent disruptive behaviour from affecting schools and health-care facilities. More information is available in this news release.
Read the Deputy Minister's Bulletins
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 membership with 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.
Direction Générale Adjointe (Associate Superintendent)SD 93 Conseil Scolaire FrancophoneFind out moreClosing December 10, 2021
Vice-Principalship OpportunitiesSD 40 (New Westminster)Find out moreClosing January 10, 2022
Principalship OpportunitiesSD 40 (New Westminster)Find out moreClosing January 10, 2022
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