It started early in our relationship and is one of the many little things about my wife that makes me smile. I start every morning with a cup of coffee, and I’ve never been particular about the brand or the quality. On the other hand, my wife really likes her coffee, and would rather go without than drink a weak brew. This has meant that my morning joe for nearly thirty years has been dark, robust, and flavourful. Except for one day, every year.
On this exceptional day, I follow my predictable routine and navigate directly for the coffee pot before anything else. My wife is a morning person, and the pot is always brewed before my eyes open. I fill my mug near to the brim, add a teaspoon of sweetener (because I’m NOT already sweet enough), bring it to my lips, and blow across the hot surface to cool it some. Anticipating the flavour and caffeine kick, I take a mouthful… and immediately turn, lean over the sink, and spit every salty drop into the drain. And when I look up, there she is, smiling. She gives my arm a little pinch and then a punch and says, “Happy first of the month!” And once again, I swear she won’t get me next year.
Although I grew up aware of April 1st traditions, my family did not invest in pranks. Nor did we monthly recite a medieval rhyme, meant to ward off bad luck and weaken witches. The origins for the day of pranksters may be older than the rhyme, reaching back to ancient Rome. It is understood that April Fool’s shenanigans are all meant in fun – no harm, no foul. Apparently, back in 1992, a media prank broadcast Richard Nixon’s return to politics and a run for the White House. A few years later, Taco Bell announced it had purchased an American icon and renamed it Taco Liberty Bell. A personal favourite is the invitation to play Pac Man on Google Maps. Funny, right? Just like gagging on salty coffee.
It's just a joke.
A joke is something to cause amusement or laughter. We can feel relief in a laugh, and science supports this conclusion. To have a sense of humour is to appreciate the joke, but humour also means, “mood or state of mind.” Is it still a joke when someone is not laughing? It seems common that a joke is shared at someone’s expense; there is a target. Looking backwards, it is easy to find examples of skits, lampoons, and jokes that would not pass today. They would just not be tolerated. Despite this, there are many successful performers who have built careers with material that is offensive – to someone. So, what is an appropriate response when sensibilities have been violated, and just how fine is that line?
Many readers will recall the slogan Je Suis Charlie, created by French art director Joachim Roncin. The declaration was coined to identify with victims of a violent attack upon the offices of a French satirical newspaper. The paper had published a cartoon that offended Muslim extremists. Depending upon one’s point of view, the cartoon was either satire or Islamophobic provocation. Regardless, the perceived offense did not justify the loss of twelve lives. There is no justification for such extreme violence. Violence, no matter the degree, is never an appropriate response to the ignorant and the insensitive… right? Full disclosure: as a husband and father, human and flawed, my own judgement may waffle at this question. My inner voice whispers to me, quiet and contrite, “it depends.”
To be clear, I am not equating the sensational assault which has spawned more than 5 billion hits in Google – depending upon the search string – with vengeful murder. The two incidents are a universe apart… well, worlds apart, with countless degrees of separation. But together they form bookends, framing the discourse of a fundamental question: can we live together and teach harmony, true respect, and honour for all the differences in our human condition?
Darren Danyluk would be delighted to connect with your Chapter through a virtual meeting or town hall or, under revised health protocols and schedules permitting, Darren could 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.
Nominations for candidates for BCPVPA Directors to serve July 1 2022 – June 30, 2024 will be open from now until April 15, 2022. Candidates must be current BCPVPA members, nominated by two current BCPVPA members, and the nomination form is now available in the Member Portal and at bcpvpa.org/about-bcpvpa/about/elections. We encourage all members to consider getting involved, and helping to set the direction for your Association.
The election for FIVE Directors to join the BCPVPA Board of Directors will take place May 17-19.
Registration is now open for BCPVPA Foundations: The Next Generation of Short Course I. In conjunction with the UBC Faculty of Education, we are excited to offer Foundations in person on the UBC campus in July 2022, respecting any health and safety protocols that may be in place at that time. The full-day sessions on July 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 will be framed around the BCPVPA Leadership Standards for Principals and Vice-Principals in BC, with the overarching theme of ‘Equity’.
BCPVPA’s Professional Learning & Development Directors are seeking member feedback on the programs, events, and offerings they have been curating for your professional learning. We value your ideas as to how we can continue to grow and develop in our support of members.
The survey will be open until June 15, and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete – thank you for your feedback!
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 final virtual (Zoom) seminar for the 2021/22 school year will be:
Register here! Please register early as sessions have limited attendance.
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.
Member Portal Highlight: We are pleased to announce that we have launched the PLD tile in the Member Portal. There you will be able to find information about our programs and events, along with resources, guides, and much more. Take a look, and let us know what you think: email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you at Coffee Connections, hosted by BCPVPA President Darren Danyluk and senior staff. Find the link to register for all spring sessions under Member News > Hot Notes in the Member Portal. Register for all sessions, and attend when you can!
Read this week’s featured articles from the March 2022 issue of Principl(ed):
A Day in the LifeLucinda Wolters, Elementary Principal at Arden Elementary in the Comox Valley, recounts her journey to school leadership and the experiences in her life that were formative, both personally and professionally.
Take 3Spring is upon us! Jack MacNeill, president of humanworks, encourages us to take advantage of the improved weather as a means to invigorate your health and wellness plans.
We continue to work with the data that we obtained from the Thriving in Education survey. Read Part 1 of an overview in the November 2021 issue of Principl(ed), and read the March 2022 Principl(ed) for Part 2.
Chapter Council members can mark their calendars for the final meeting date for the 2021-22 school year:
The Principl(ed) Podcast with host Chris Horton connects with BC school Principals and Vice-Principals. Stay tuned for the next episode, dropping May.
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.
In this series we have heard from Nouman Ashraf and Carolyn Roberts. We are looking forward to hearing from Beth Applewhite, and Bryan Gidinski during their upcoming webinars. For more information and registration details please see the link below.
Our next Leading for Equity Webinar will be hosted by Bryan Gidinski on April 11th. We are looking forward to having him facilitate the webinar The Performance of Pink. It lays the foundations for discussion topics that he will address.
Register for Webinars
The next webinar is: The Performance of PinkHosted by: Bryan Gidinski
This session will provide some insights and perspectives on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), and how leaders can influence the creation and maintenance of inclusive communities.
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.
Session Topic: to be determined
Thursday April 28, 2022 - CanadaFriday April 29, 2022 - Australia
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Registration - $50 CA | Information
Have you ever wondered why some school leaders are far more successful than others? How is it that when faced with a relatively common set of challenges, some school leaders are able to not only meet the administrative demands of the system but also transform their school in ways that enrich the lives of staff and students? What is IT these extraordinarily successful leaders draw upon to drive the transformation?
In this BCPVPA workshop, be prepared to examine more deeply the roots of your beliefs and the life experiences that are the underpinnings of your leadership potential.
John Morrison is a Canadian bestselling author, conference presenter, and nationally recognized leader in education.
We are sharing book titles, articles, videos and podcasts to help support our members' continuing 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, please contact Erin Hughes.
Video | TedXRuhrUniversityBochumUnlocking the potential of Diversity in Educationwith Sagithjan Surendra
Sagithjan Surendra challenges us to imagine a world where everybody – no matter the social and financial circumstances – can embrace their full potential.
In this week’s blog, Charles Ungerleider responds to the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s recently released report on Right to Read.
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 that you can explore. ReFresh appears as a Member Update every Wednesday. All ReFresh posts are archived here.
Read the latest ReFresh: Coping with Stressful News
Each month, 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: Bright Morning Podcast with Elena Aguilar & Discussion Guide
Applications are now open for the 8th cohort of Transformative Educational Leadership Program at UBC. Become a part of a professional network focused on building leadership capacity and contributing to system change within the K-12 system. Application deadline is June 15 with the program set to start in October 2022. For more information please go to telp.educ.ubc.ca.
Learning is anchored by short expert-led videos and interactive practice examples drawn from a range of platforms, supported by lesson plans, slide decks, and worksheets. The resources are free with registration, designed for grades 7 to 12, and available in English and French. For more information, visit ctrl-f.ca.
Johnson Insurance is honouring an active or recently retired educator who goes above and beyond to support their students and community with an award of appreciation. The winning educator will be presented with a $10,000 grand prize. $5,000 for the educator, and $5,000 for their school.
Johnson Insurance is offering 50 scholarships, valued at $1000 each, to eligible students completing high school in 2022 and starting post-secondary education in the fall of 2022.
An excellent opportunity for educational leaders and partners to connect and learn about career paths in trade and tech available to student post-graduation.
Learn more at skillscompetencescanada.com.
Many of our members would have received this information from their Safe School Coordinators, and we have put these resources from Safer Schools Together in a PDF for your reference.
Resources Regarding the Crisis in Ukraine
2021/22 Transportation Funding Reports | DUE MAY 20, 2022: As committed to in the BC Tripartite Education Agreement (BCTEA), Boards of Education and First Nations are required to report to the Ministry on the 2021/22 spending of to/from school transportation, extracurricular transportation, and new this year, identification of funding sources for First Nation Student Transportation. Please follow these instructions for completing and submitting your 2021/22 BCTEA Transportation Report Template.
Public Provincial Online Learning Schools Implementation Timeline Extension: The Ministry has extended the implementation timeline for the public Provincial Online Learning Schools (POLS) to July 1, 2023. All current Interim Online Learning Policies and Agreements with the Minister of Education will remain in effect for the 2022/23 school year. More information is available on the online learning information page.
Read the Deputy Minister's Bulletins
by Steven Ray Sider & Kimberly Anne Maich
This book supports the professional learning of school Principals, and those who aspire to be such, in development of their skills and knowledge around fostering inclusive schools for students with special education needs.
This May, encourage your students to come together and wear jeans to show what they stand for: helping sick and injured kids to get out of their hospital gowns, and back into their own jeans. The BCPVPA is very proud to partner again with BCCHF for this campaign.
Get your school involvedThis month-long initiative has gone digital, it’s not only easy to participate, you can also engage your school community in a fun and safe way.
BCSSA is happy to announce that the BCSSA 2022 Spring Forum, Leading with a Light Heart, will be held at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver on Friday, April 8th, starting with registration and breakfast at 8am and closing after lunch at 2pm. Considering the challenges experienced over the past 2 years, we look forward to this in-person time to reconnect and the opportunity to focus on wellness and resilience. Keynote Monique Gray Smith, playwright and humourist Drew Hayden Taylor, and performers from The Improv Centre will remind us of the importance of self-reflection, taking care of our spirit, and the power of laughter.
Friday, April 8th, from 8am – 2pmWestin Bayshore VancouverFee: $350 + GST
Register for the BCSSA Spring ForumBook your hotel room
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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
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
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
Restart, refocus, or re-energize your personal leadership journey.
During this virtual workshop, school and district leaders will deepen their understanding of the impact of leading through intention. Join presenter and leadership coach Karen Power to build the skills necessary for successful school and district leadership, explore the benefits of a shared leadership model centered on instruction, students, and evidence-based decisions, and develop next steps for strengthening communication and community relationships.
A copy of Karen’s book Leading With Intention is included with your registration.
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.
NEWPrincipal - International ProgramSD 67 (Okanagan Skaha)Find out moreClosing April 4, 2022
NEWSuperintendent of Schools SD 19 (Revelstoke)Find out moreClosing April 7, 2022
NEWSD 70 (Alberni/Pacific Rim) | Closing April 8, 2022Director of Instruction - Inclusive EducationPrincipal – Tsuma-as ElementaryDistrict Principal – Indigenous Education
NEWDirector of Instruction - Indigenous Education SD 83 (Salmon Arm)Find out moreClosing April 11, 2022
NEWMiddle School Principal SD 62 (Sooke)Find out moreClosing April 11, 2022
NEWSecondary Principal SD 63 (Saanich)Find out moreClosing April 11, 2022
NEWElementary, Middle, Secondary Principals & Vice-PrincipalsSD 67 (Okanagan Skaha)Find out moreClosing April 14, 2022
NEWDirector of Instruction - Indigenous EducationSD 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)Find out moreClosing April 11, 2022
Principal - International ProgramSD 67 (Okanagan Skaha)Find out moreClosing April 4, 2022
Elementary Vice Principal PoolSD 62 (Sooke)Find out moreClosing April 4, 2022
Principal of Hazelton Secondary SchoolSD 82 (Coast Mountains)Find out moreOpen until filled