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Connecting Leaders: Inspiring Learning

Canadian Association of Principals
BCPVPA annual conference

May 11 – 14, 2015 Whistler • The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Click to register now takes you to a secure third party site


  • Exhibitors/Sponsors: Download an information package here.
  • Registration now open here (takes you to a secure third party site).
  • UPDATED (Feb 25) BIOS & SESSION DESCRIPTIONS conference program here.

The conference themes are:

  • Building Capacity
  • Digital Tools, not Toys
  • Balanced Leadership
  • Aboriginal Achievement — Indigenous Ways of Knowing
  • Beyond 21st Century Learning

Keynote speakers confirmed:

  • Simon Breakspear, Founder of Nextgen Learning
  • Wab Kinew, Writer, professor, broadcaster, CBC host
  • Jesse Miller, Renowned speaker on social media
  • Frederick Brown, Director, Strategy/Development, Learning Forward
  • Stephanie Hamilton, Senior Manager, Strategic Education Solutions, Apple

More than 30 breakout sessions, many by BC colleagues

Our sponsors

Best Buy
Franklin Covey
Pfizer Global Establishment
Save On Foods


BC Dairy Foundation    
BOKS – Build Our Kids Success
Destination Imagination
Educating Now
Futurebook Yearbooks
Inviteright School Tools/Event IQ          
Lamontagne Chocolates
Lightspeed Tek/Redcat
Ontario Principals Association
School Appointments
Schoolhouse Products Inc.
Shepa Kids Canada
St. John’s Music
Suttle Recreation
VS America

Remaining Chapter Council dates for 2014-2015

  • May 22-23 (BCPVPA Partnership Awards are presented May 22)

Short Course: Lenses of Leadership

July 6-10 at UBC

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Plans for the 38th annual Short Course are well underway. Short Course 2015 will take place on the UBC campus, July 6 – 10. Developed in partnership with UBC, Short Course is an intensive, one-week (44 scheduled contact hours) program designed to provide new school leaders with an opportunity to hone the skills necessary for success in their new roles. The course work contains a blend of research and practical application that creates an essential understanding of what principals and vice-principals need to know and how to accomplish it. Participants are immersed in the realities of school administration and given the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed in their new roles. The program is based on the Leadership Standards for Principals & Vice-Principals in British Columbia. Each day of the program focuses on one of the four Domains of the Standards (Moral Stewardship, Relational Leadership, Instructional Leadership, and Organizational Leadership). The concluding session evolves around our BC education partners.

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 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)

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 videos on YouTube

Watch our videos on YouTube

The BCPVPA has posted numerous videos to YouTube and they include:

Professional learning videos feature

  1. A Focus on Full-day Kindergarten
  2. The Connection between Early Learning and School Success
  3. The Role of Play in Full-day Kindergarten
  4. Five Characteristics of a Successful Full-day Kindergarten
  5. Key concepts in teaching and learning (estimation strategies for calculation and problem solving, number strand, grade 4/5);
  6. Janet Mort on early learning; and
  7. The kindergartern learning project showing how teachers use assement criteria to better understand each learner and to plan lessons based on assessment data.

Aboriginal education videos feature

  1. Gayle Bedard and Colleen Hannah on Building Bridges with Aboriginal Communities; and
  2. Willie Pierre offering a Coast Salish Traditional Opening.

Other videos include:

  1. Interviews with BCPVPA members;
  2. The Leadership Standards Forum, and,
  3. Coaching.

All the videos are available for viewing here.

Spirals of Inquiry: For Equity and Quality


Seventh Printing Almost Sold Out

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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