From UNDRIP to concrete policies to advance the rights of Indigenous Peoples, BCPVPA President, Brian Leonard reviews the important steps being taken toward lasting and meaningful reconciliation in education in BC.

A Day in the Life of a New Secondary Vice-Principal: Lori Burger
An advocate for Truth and Reconciliation, Indigenous educator Lori Burger reflects on her constant learning and changing views on leadership. She shares how this shapes her experience as a Vice-Principal in Prince Rupert.

What are the major challenges the BC Ministry of Education and Child Care faces? We spoke with Deputy Minister Christina Zacharuk about the updates to the K-12 Student Reporting Policy, increasing access to childcare, and more.

In Spring 2022, BCPSEA engaged with school districts, boards of education, and sector management associations to create a new strategic plan. Deneka Michaud shares the plan’s highlights.

Leadership is a skill to be learned, not something one is born with. Peter Johnston, BCPVPA Director, PLD,  introduces the importance of prioritizing leadership as a skill to be learned and developed.

The Adaptive Schools program has helped many education professionals improve the way they collaborate and work together in teams in their workplace. Learn what some past participants had to say about their experience.

We Really Must Look at Email
Does your inbox take up too much of your time? Discover an effective email template and some tips for making email communication more efficient.

There’s a lot to learn about school district governance in BC. Read our featured article to learn more about the different entities in the system and how they can impact the work of Principals and Vice-Principals. 

A Very Fond Farewell
“Ellen puts her heart into her work; she is hard on issues and soft on people.” Our colleague Ellen Roberts, BCPVPA Director of Member Support Services, has announced that she will retire in Spring 2023. Join us and other sector colleagues in wishing her a fond farewell.

Kevin Luchies (SD 61, Greater Victoria) saw many moral dilemmas and lessons in his favourite show, Star Trek, and he reflects upon how these lessons could be applied by humanity at large. 

With the Spring season right around the corner, and days growing longer, we find ourselves drawn to be more active. Here are three ideas to help invigorate your wellness focus, and motivation to embrace the dawning of Spring. 

One of the first steps for many new Principals & Vice-Principals is participating in Foundations for New School Leaders (previously BCPVPA Short Course). For one week, attendees connect and learn valuable lessons to thrive in their new roles.

In Hartley Bay, Principal Cameron Hill follows a family legacy of teaching and involvement in the local school system. His students are the grandchildren of his former schoolmates and, for him, giving back to the community is paramount.

This year, BC is taking a ground-breaking step forward for truth, reconciliation, and anti-racism. Find out about the new requirement for Indigenous-focused coursework.

An important part of the journey to becoming an educator is the practicum placement offered in a Teacher Education Program. UBC’s partnerships with schools prepare future educators through diverse, enriching opportunities across BC.

Empathy is a valuable leadership skill that benefits you and those around you. There are a few strategies one can take to develop more empathy, as well as to manage it.

Asking open-ended questions can significantly improve your coaching skills. Learn this and other crucial tips that #Principals can develop and use in coaching conversations with teachers. 


The BC Principals' & Vice-Principals' Association is a voluntary professional association representing school leaders employed as Principals and Vice-Principals in BC's public education system. We provide our members with the professional services and supports they need to provide exemplary leadership in public education.

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