BC Indigenous Youth Mental Health Literacy Curriculum Project

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 Resources: Trustee Knowledge Series

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. 

 


2021 Canadian Outdoor Learning Free Fall Virtual Workshop Series

Only a couple more programs left until the end of the year from the series by Take Me Outside and Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners


December 9, 4:00 pm PT

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.


New Resources
Discover three new resources available to order from Canada's Non-profit Outdoor Learning Store:
  1. Connecting the Dots: Key Strategies that Transform Learning for Environmental Education, Citizenship and Sustainability
  2. Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinixt Way (Second Edition)
  3. The Night Sky – A Glow in the Dark Guide!

Jean Up! 2022

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 sandra@bcpvpa.bc.ca, and we can communicate those wishes to BCCHF. 


NOIIE: Kath Murdoch Learning Series 2021-2022

Topics: Student Inquiry, Passions, Interests & Questions 

Dates: 

  • February 2, 3:45 - 5:15 pm PT
  • April 13, 3:45 - 5:15 pm PT

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.

Register

BC Ministry of Education News

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

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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