I feel a little superior, being of the Walkman generation. My contemporaries may share this conceit, born of the toil before music became personal and portable at the same time. We remember when moving through the world to a soundtrack was limited to elevator muzak which was piped into shops and malls through strategically placed speakers. As we cruised through K-Mart, an easy-listening version of some Rolling Stones song would play in the background. I remember thinking that it must be terrible for Mick Jagger to go shopping: imagine the Piano Guys performing Satisfaction. There was technology that would allow a person to take music for a walk, but it was limited to a transistor radio small enough to carry comfortably; and then we were at the mercy of the station DJ’s playlist. I often dreamed of walking or pedaling my bike to my playlist, a soundtrack I would choose. In the summer of ’79, my dreams came true!
At the local Radio Shack, I was amazed to discover there was such a thing as a portable 8-track player! Although it weighed about five pounds and needed six C cell batteries to operate, with it, I could take my music (well, one 8-track tape) anywhere I went. It felt incredible to ride my bike – the nylon strap of the player wrapped back and forth across the handlebars – listening to the funky bassline of Rickie Lee Jones’ Young Blood filling the air around me. Only a short time later, I was able to retire this ponderous portable for a device which weighed less than a pound and could be clipped to my belt. Working in a record store and making my own mixed tapes gave me total control of my life’s soundtracks, and the earphones meant that only I could hear the guilty pleasures included in my choices.
As long as people have been making music, listeners have coveted favourite pieces; we have chosen our songs and assigned them to moods, occasions, and events in our lives: graduating classes carefully choose the song to which caps are tossed; couples select the perfect song for their first dance. Of course, music players today are ubiquitous, and we carry complete catalogues in our pockets. For better or for worse, and more than ever before, music accompanies us through much of every day. Despite this saturation, we still seek particular music that serves to mark a special time. Here in June, the special endings and beginnings which abound are in search of soundtracks.
Forty years ago this week, Paul McCarney and Stevie Wonder topped Billboard with Ebony and Ivory, and I stood on the verge of the rest of my life. For the first time in my school-life, September was not scripted. I did have plans, but they had not been determined for me by parents or policy. The path ahead was clear, but it was untried and unknown. And while at that time in my life I was more Van Halen than Van Morrison, it was a song of the latter singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland which captured my attention. Because of my years in the record store, I was familiar with his jazzy Moondance and the easy rock of Brown Eyed Girl; but in 1982, the B-side of his new single entered my life’s soundtrack.
The song has an easy-going swing, with a persistent high-hat backing Mark Isham’s buoyant trumpet. It is a vibe for lazy days of summer and carries no urgency. The music caught me first; the lyrics grabbed me next. The song’s mood belies a rather serious contemplation of the ultimate moving on, of, “standing in the darkness … waiting at the door … [walking] into the light … the dawn will end the night.” As with all poetry, there is metaphor, symbol… and interpretation. Morrison gave me these lyrics at a significant milestone in my life. A door was firmly closing behind me while I stood in its frame, poised with uncertainty before making the next step. And here I am once more… cue soundtrack. In this month, when the dark and the light strike a momentary balance, many school leaders find themselves in such moments of transition, re-creating to inhabit new roles and new settings, re-discovering capabilities and limits, re-learning as they perceive that which has been veiled. Again, re-setting for the months ahead.
I believe it is fair to say that our communities are, with cautious optimism, anticipating the weeks and months ahead, too. And for both leaders and those in their charge, these transitions – whether modest or grand – will be paced accordingly by those crossing the sill. We are each a dweller and every dawn a threshold.
In all the words I have written, and all the words I could know, a simple pair best convey the sincere gratitude I feel for having been given this opportunity to serve as President for the BC Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association: thank you.
We would like to announce that 2021-2023 Board Director Read Jorgensen (SD61) will be retiring this summer. Read has enjoyed a 33 year career in public education, and shares that the best part of that time has been spent with colleagues in the important work that we do with students every day, and that it has been an honour to serve on the Board of the BCPVPA in supporting Principals and Vice-Principals across the province. The Board and staff of the BCPVPA are grateful to Read for sharing his voice and his time, and for the wisdom that he has brought to his work.
With Read’s retirement, the BCPVPA By-laws require that a by-election be arranged for a Director to join the Board for the second half of Read’s term, to June 30, 2023. The August 26 edition of eNews will confirm the timeline for the election. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (Framework) formalizes the planning and reporting expectations for school districts and reflects a public commitment for Indigenous peoples, education partners and communities to work together to continuously improve student learning outcomes. To assist the board in implementing the Framework, the Ministry of Education and Child Care has committed to a modified annual peer review approach based on feedback and recommendations received this past year, with the purpose of engaging in a collaborative assessment process of reviewing district strategic planning and enhancing student learning reporting.
The responsibility would involve a 2-year time commitment as described in the attached Sector Volunteers Expression of Interest document. If you are interested in applying to volunteer, please complete the attached Volunteer Application Form. Applicants must have approval from their supervisor/district prior to submitting interest. The deadline for submitting your application to email@example.com is Thursday June 30, 2022.
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 receiving 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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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 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:
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 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.
Course| UBCHistorical, Systemic and Intersectional Anti-racism: From Awareness to ActionThis week, we share a learning opportunity that was recommended by one of our Board Directors during the June 15 Coffee Connections. This course is developed by the UBC Faculty of Education for educators but is beneficial for anyone working in schools. Anyone can take the course at no cost, so feel free to take it yourself or recommend it to colleagues and staff.
The "course will systemically cover and uncover implicit and explicit forms of historic, systemic and institutional racisms and their colonial and intersectional impacts on marginalized peoples and their communities in the past and in contemporary times."
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: Diving Into the Summer with Optimism!
Supporting Principals to Address Challenges in Retention and Professional Support of French as a Second Language Teachers is in its final year of a 3-year pan-Canadian initiative led by the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) for all publicly funded English language school boards.
There is funding up to $ 7,500 available to school districts in support of elementary or secondary principal professional learning to pilot one or more strategies to support school administrators leading FSL programs.
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.
Ventilation Funding: The Ministry is confirming that funding will be provided for ventilation improvements as communicated earlier in the year. A total of $0.8 million will be provided to independent schools through FISA and funding must be spent by the end of November 2022. Questions can be sent to Tim.Jah@gov.bc.ca Director, Funding and Allocation.
Mental Health French Translation: A French translation of the Key Principles and Strategies for K–12 Mental Health Promotion in Schools document is now available on the erase website (at the bottom of the COVID-19 section). This document was completed by the Mental Health School Start Up Working Group, through a review of data and research on the mental health impacts of COVID-19 and literature on mental health promotion.
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.
NEWVice-PrincipalSD 20 (Kootenay-Columbia)Find out moreClosing date: June 20, 2022
NEWElementary/Junior High School PrincipalSD 27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin)Find out moreClosing date: June 30, 2022
NEWElementary/Junior High School Vice-PrincipalSD 27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin)Find out moreClosing date: June 30, 2022
Director of Human ResourcesSD 33 (Chilliwack)Find out moreClosing date: June 24, 2022
High School PrincipalSt. Andrew's (Victoria)Find out moreopen until filled