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Connecting Leaders
Framing the Future

October 22-23 * Richmond

Connecting Leaders is an annual conference organized by and for principals and vice-principals in the BCPVPA. This year the conference will feature four exciting speakers, and a host of local and provincial experts. Please join us in Richmond for the evening of Thursday, October 22 and all day Friday, October 23. Together, as learners, leaders, and influencers of public education in BC, we will be “Framing the Future” together.

Our speakers are:
Ray Zahab is the founder of impossible2Possible (i2P), an organization that inspires and educates youth through adventure learning, and inclusion and participation in expeditions. In 2006/7, Ray and two other runners ran the width of the Sahara Desert — 4600 miles — in 111 days. The run was documented in Running the Sahara a film directed by Oscar winner James Moll and narrated by Matt Damon. i2P aims to inspire and educate youth through adventure learning, inclusion and participation in expeditions.

Daisy Dyer Duerr
Principal of Saint Paul School, in Saint Paul, Arkansas. Daisy was named one of NASSP’s 2014 Digital Principals, an award that honors those who exhibit bold, creative leadership in their drive to harness the potential of new technologies to further learning goals.

Steve Barkley
Executive Vice-President of PLS 3rd Learning, and internationally recognized for his ability to facilitate change. Most recently, Steve has concentrated his efforts on working with several districts in leadership training, coaching skills, and establishing teacher professional development goals. His dynamic energy and focus provide a model for the skills necessary for effective change in individual teachers, teams, and schools.

Steve's Keynote:

Leaders Communicating to Build a Culture of Coaching
Why is a culture of coaching important to creating improved teaching and learning in a school? How does an administrator serve as an evaluator and a coach to staff? How do ongoing individual and group conversations with staff create an openness to coaching feedback? What does a coaching conversation sound like and feel like?

Dan Pontefract
Author of Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization and, in November, Dual Purpose: Redefining the Meaning of Work. He is Chief Envisioner of TELUS Transformation Office; an organizational culture change consulting firm. Previously he lead the leadership development, learning and collaboration technology strategy at TELUS where he introduced the TELUS Leadership Philosophy (TLP), an open and collaborative-based leadership framework for all 40,000+ TELUS employees.

Our Breakout Sessions:

  • Valuing our Narratives as Vice Principals in the Richmond School District: Facing the Challenges of Meeting with Colleagues to Have Professional Dialogue, Andrew Ferguson, Kathy Pantaleo and Mitch Ward • Richmond
  • Confessions of a Neophyte Elementary Principal, Leslie Lee and Terri Smith • Victoria
  • Why Would Anyone Go To Our School? Paul Bishop • Sunshine Coast
  • Fostering a Culture of Awareness and Understanding on LGBTQ Issues in Schools, Matt Carruthers • Delta
  • Blending Future Forward: Our Journey in Disruptive Innovation @ Navigate, Jeff Stewart • Comox Valley
  • Essential Technology Education Skills for Education Administrators – Some Ideas to Explore, Norbert Kaspar • North Peace
  • School-based Approaches to Professional Learning, Tanya Dailey and Jovo Bikic • Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows
  • Student Voice: Designing a Child-Centred School Code of Conduct, Bryan Johnson and Martha Gerow • Sooke

Early bird fees through August 1 (all fees include GST):

  • BCPVPA member: $393.75
  • Non-member: $525
  • Associate member: $498.75

Leadership Opportunities


Gulf Islands invites applications for the position of Principal, Saturna Elementary School/Saturna Ecological Education Center, effective as soon as possible. “The successful candidate will be responsible for the operation of the school and for the delivery of high quality programs to learners of all ages, including preschool, primary, middle years, high school and adults. This is a position that requires a great range of flexibility, creativity, patience, and a passion for environmental, place-based and differentiated education.” The posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected, but a review of applications will begin August 14.

More information is here.

Vernon, Vancouver, Duncan, Prince George, Surrey, Coquitlam, Burnaby

Supervision for Learning

Limited space is now available in seven cohorts (Vernon, Vancouver, Duncan, Prince George, Surrey, Coquitlam, and Burnaby) for the BCPVPA’s Supervision for Learning program, which supports instructional leadership and is designed to increase the impact of school administrators on teaching practices and student achievement. The program provides five days of learning over eight months. Participants are involved in ongoing shared-practice and dialogue with colleagues and BCPVPA instructors. The cost is $800 per person ($1150 for non-members). Download information/registration.

A new book from
The Critical Thinking Consortium Co-sponsored by
the BC Principals’ &
Vice-Principals’ Association

Creating Thinking Classrooms:
Leading educational change for a 21st century world

by Garfield Gini-Newman and Roland Case

Download an order form. $32.95 per copy (plus taxes and shipping).

The Leadership Standards for

Principals and Vice-Principals in British Columbia

Click to download your copy.

Click to download the Self-Assessment document as a Word document.

Click to download the Self-Assessment document as a fillable PDF.

The Leadership Standards for Principals and Vice-Principals in BC (revised 2013)  is now available for download and use. Four core domains — “Moral Stewardship,” “Instructional Leadership,” “Relational Leadership,” and “Organizational Leadership” —  have been expanded with nine individual standards: values, vision and mission; ethical decision-making; supervision for learning; curriculum, instruction, and assessment; intrapersonal relationships; interpersonal relationships; learning culture; management and administration; and community building. This document is not intended to be prescriptive in nature, but rather to be used to support the individual principal or vice-principal in reflecting on his or her learning needs. The purpose of the document is to foster continuous professional learning in working towards effective leadership; therefore, it is not intended as an instrument for evaluation or the judgment of the individual performance of principals and vice-principals by districts.
First published in 2007, The Leadership Standards for Principals and Vice-Principals in BC has become the document for professional growth in British Columbia.

Throughout the past year, The Standards were reviewed and revised by the following members of the 2013 Leadership Standards Committee: Jessica Antosz, Qualicum, Chair; Elizabeth Bell, North Vancouver; Daniel Blais, CSF; Don Boyd, Qualicum; Edward (Woody) Bradford, Abbotsford; Tim Davie, Nanaimo-Ladysmith; Gaila Erickson, BCPVPA; Carol-Ann Leidloff, Kootenay Lake; Caroline Picard, CSF; and Anne Smith, Prince George.

• We thank the Ministry of Education for financial support and our educational partners
and members of the profession for their thoughtful feedback.

BCPVPA Mental Health Symposium

Our thanks to the participants in the BCPVPA/BC School Centred Mental Health Coalition Mental Health Symposium.

Below are some of the resources from the conference (others will be added as they become available).

  • Full session descriptions and presenter bios here.
  • Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative (CSRI) Powerpoint
  • CSRI Creating a Self-Regulated Learning Environment PDF
  • Fundamentals of Fostering Resiliency & Promoting Mental Health (A PDF of a PowerPoint)
  • DASH’s School Connectedness Capacity Building (A PDF of a PowerPoint)

Please keep us in the loop

  • Who, what & where: If you moved, changed schools or positions or if you have information to update our database, please click to email this information to Membership Services. 

BCPVPA videos on YouTube

Watch our videos on YouTube

The BCPVPA has posted numerous videos to YouTube and they include professional learning videos on Kindergarten, early learning, the Leadership Standards and Coaching; Aboriginal education videos; and, interviews with BCPVPA members.

Spirals of Inquiry: For Equity and Quality


Eighth Printing now available

Spirals of Inquiry, by Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser in association with the BCPVPA, is a handbook organized to provide you with specific inquiry tools, research evidence and examples from practice in BC schools. You will read arguments for the importance of considering and combining wise, strong and new approaches to inquiry and learning. You will be introduced to a set of questions that can shift thinking and practice. You will explore the key stages in the spiral of inquiry and you will consider ways to incorporate current knowledge into your designs for professional learning. We hope you will feel better equipped to create the kinds of inquiry learning communities required to get the outcomes for young people that we both want and need.

The book is priced at $20 per copy (including taxes). The shipping fee will be added (mailed or sent by courier, depending on quantity ordered). We invoice on shipment. To order the book email Jennifer and include: 1) the number of copies required; 2) the shipping address; 3) who to invoice.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network Provincial Fund, with those funds to be distributed to support inquiry-based learning initiatives.

BCPVPA Benefits Plan

The British Columbia Principals' & Vice-Principals' Association (BCPVPA) offers a comprehensive benefits package to participating eligible employees. For information about the benefits provided by this plan click to visit an external website, which is operated by Morneau Shepell.


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