I have a picture of my father, sitting in the driver’s seat of a 1958 Ford Fairlane with the top down. He is about twenty-two, and parked in front of the service station where he worked. The driver’s door is open. He is ready to step into the world, one foot on the ground, his elbows propped on the steering wheel and the seat back. He is wearing shades with his hair slicked back, a posed greaser. This picture was taken before my parents met; however, I do have a memory of riding in a convertible with my dad, and perhaps it was this one!
On that day, the top was down. My dad was in the driver’s seat, and I stood beside him on the front bench. I was very young, but I have a strong, glorious memory of the sun on my face, and dad’s arm holding me tight around the waist while my own arms stretch out to catch the wind. He drove the car with only his left hand, confident his right hand would keep me safe. Clearly ‘a mom’ was not along for this ride.
This cruise with my dad came to mind as I listened this week to Trevor Noah voicing his frustration for a society’s paralysis. Noah’s commentary emerged from a weekend of ongoing tragedy, particular to American states. The serious comedian offered the idea that solutions come incrementally; no one measure is likely to solve any complex problem. He drew upon the motor car as an example of incremental corrections and improvements over time. The introduction of a seat belt alone did not bring an end to vehicle tragedies, but it did make car travel more safe. The belts discouraged dads like mine from training daredevil co-pilots. Car culture in our society converted over time and continues to evolve.
Much has evolved since that lanky young man with greasy hair smirked from his car. The month of June captures two significant cultural shifts for BC and Canada which have come about through change, realized over decades.
Canada, among other countries, celebrates Pride Month in June. The points of incremental cultural change for the LGBTQIA2S+ community can be traced through time to the place we stand today. Two generations ago, while my father broke no laws joyriding with me standing on the seat beside him, romantic love outside binary convention was a crime. Very recently, living ‘out’ risked shame, disgrace, scandal, injury… even death. But in your mailboxes this month, an exceptional school leader adorns the cover of the June Principl(ed) magazine. In its pages, he shares the pride he feels in the trusting relationships he has built within his school community. He is proud to be a “visible leader” and a “queer person and part of the LGBTQ community.” The high school which was in my father’s view, behind the photographer for whom he posed, could never have conceived such a leader.
In June, Canada celebrates National Indigenous History Month. Today there is wrenching grief and a steadfast resolve to find justice for the thousands of recovered children lost in residential schools. Amid this pain and determination, on June 21st, there is an invitation during National Indigenous Peoples Day to trace through time the Indigenous histories of this land and to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous Peoples. The calendar of our society recently transformed in the cooler days of autumn as well. September 30th serves as a day to honour “the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.” Truth and Reconciliation is a journey that will be measured in years, and public “commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.” The young mechanic, smelling of Brylcreem and gasoline, never engaged the truth, much less acknowledged that he worked the pumps on the unceded traditional territories of the Kwikwetlem, Musqueam, Squamish, Stó:lō, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. But of course, how could he? As with the harm, the ignorance is generational.
The pace of meaningful change can be painfully slow; however, our pandemic experience has taught us that some beliefs and patterns of thinking can be turned on a dime. As a high school Principal recently shared with me, two years ago she would have argued timetable conversion is a lengthy process, requiring extensive consultation and debate. While she would strongly support a process of consultation, she now believes the change can be measured in weeks rather than years. For what else might we pick up the pace? Will equity, inclusion, and the environment wait upon our grandchildren? I think not.
Two brand-new workshops are now open for registration. We are happy to share with you the details on these foundational programs.
The Four Essential Roles of Leadership will be held over two days in Vancouver on Friday November 18 and Saturday November 19, 2022.
Learn about the four essential roles that successful educational leaders play:
Cognitive Coaching is a multi-day foundational seminar held in Vancouver and facilitated by John M. Clarke from Thinking Collaborative. In this workshop you will:
This 8-session program will be held:
In Their Own Words documents the early years of BC school leaders and what led to the formation of the Association told by the people who lived it. Thanks to our friends at the BCRPVPA who produced this story about the BCPVPA.
The June Issue of Principl(ed) has been mailed out, and members should be receveing their copy soon. We are excited to share more stories from your colleagues from across the province.
We are looking at a possible provincial-wide book study, and we would love to get your feedback.
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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.
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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.
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The Principl(ed) Podcast with host Chris Horton 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 Principl(ed) Podcast is on hiatus until the 2022-2023 school year begins. We are excited to bring you the voices of education leaders across the province when we are back in September.
Listen to previous episodes on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more! Link to your favourite platform here.
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.
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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.
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The rapid pace of educational change with a growing, diverse student population increases the challenge for school leaders to make decisions and act quickly. School leaders and staff members are primed to rely on biased thinking. Why? Because unconscious biases are how our brains compensate for overload.
In this workshop, learn to identify bias, cultivate connection, and choose courage. These skills can help you unlock your potential as a leader.
If you are an experienced school leader and interested in exploring Generative Leadership Theory, our Amplification series is now open for registration. We would love it if you joined us virtually for this four-session program.
Sessions will be held:
October 12, 2022 November 23, 2022February 15, 2023March 7, 2023
We are excited to announce that registration for Connecting Leaders Conference 2022 is now open. This year, we will be transitioning back to an in-person event, along with the option to participate virtually. The conference will be held Thursday October 20, Friday October 21, and Saturday October 22 at the Victoria Conference Centre, with this year's theme:
Reconnect | Rejuvenate | Rejoice
Conference-goers will be immersed in learning sessions led by Doug Keeley, Carolyn Roberts, and Kevin Lamoureux. There will be early-bird pricing so be sure to register sooner rather than later!
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!
Becoming a new Vice-Principal?Transitioning from Vice-Principal to Principal?
In conjunction with the UBC Faculty of Education, we are excited to offer BCPVPA Foundations: The Next Generation of Short Course I.
Hosted in-person on the UBC campus in July 2022.*
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’.
Register*Respecting any health and safety protocols that may be in place at that time.
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This month, humanworks Rehabilitation Consultant Darby Eakins guides us three tips to use summer to it's fullest capacity: to rest, to strategize for long-term wellness, and to plan for the next school year.
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.
Events| UBCIndigenous History MonthDuring the month of June, we are encouraged to learn more about – and deepen respect for – the history, culture, and resilience of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Learn alongside others through featured events at UBC.
Resources | SOGI 123 & ARC FoundationA Curated List of SOGI-Inclusive Books for K-12 SchoolsHere is a list of books hand-picked by our friends at SOGI 123 and ARC Foundation, including topics on: family diversity, gender stereotypes, and identity.
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: Summer Safety
From the administrators of the TELP program, Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser, comes the book: Leading Through Spirals of Inquiry: For Equity and Quality. Join them and moderator Anthony Mackay for a free 55 minute virtual book launch, during which they will discuss the topics covered in the book.
A friendly reminder that applications are 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.
Networks of local leaders are being developed to support
outdoor and environmental learning.
See what's happening provincially, and in
your own school district: Spring 2022 EEPSA
The spring series from Take Me Outside, and our Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners, brings a list of new workshops and resources. Check out the 'top ten tools for spring' here and their upcoming workshops:
Virtual Campfire Connections: Circling up with Educators from Coast to Coast to Coast
Thursday, June 23 at 4pm
Join the 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.
Homeschooler Registration: To plan for the coming school year, school districts and schools are reminded that home educators are required to register homeschoolers with a school by September 30 each year and that public schools are required under the School Act to register homeschoolers. Schools may wish to remind homeschooling families of the requirement to register in end of year communications. Please review the Homeschooling Procedures and Guidelines Manual for a summary of school and district responsibilities and best practices.
Read the Deputy Minister's Bulletins
Public updates on 2022 Teacher Collective Bargaining are available from the BCPSEA website.
The Provincial Collective Agreement between BCPSEA and the BCTF expires on June 30, 2022.
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 are also available in the Member Portal.
NEWHigh School PrincipalSt. Andrew's (Victoria)Find out moreopen until filled
NEWDirector of Human ResourcesSD 33 (Chilliwack)Find out moreClosing date: June 24, 2022
NEWYukon EducationPrincipal - Jack Hulland Elementary School (closes June 16, 2022)Principal - Vanier Catholic Secondary School (closes June 12, 2022)Principal- Selkirk Elementary School (French Immersion) (closes June 12, 2022)
District Principal of Early Learning & ChildcareSD 23 (Central Okanagan)Find out moreClosing date: June 13, 2022
SD 8 (Kootenay Lake)Principal PoolVice-Principal Poolopen until filled