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Connecting Leaders: Inspiring Learning

Canadian Association of Principals
BCPVPA annual conference

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

  • Exhibitors/Sponsors: Download an information package here.
  • Registration now open here (takes you to a third party site).
  • Preliminary 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, Director of Indigenous Inclusion, University of Winnipeg
  • Jesse Miller, Lead at Mediated Reality
  • Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director, Learning Forward

Chapter Council dates for 2014-2015

  • November 21-22 (Presidents' Meeting during the day Nov 21, Student Scholarships presented in the evening Nov 21. The AGM is Nov 22)
  • February 20-21
  • May 22-23 (BCPVPA Partnership Awards are presented May 22)

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

Westin Wall Center, Richmond, October 24, 2014

Full session descriptions and presenter bios here.

Register Now (takes you to a secure third party site)

Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC Representative for Children and Youth, is the keynote speaker at a full-day symposium sponsored by the BCPVPA in collaboration with the School-Centered Mental Health Coalition. In addition to the keynote, both morning and afternoon breakout sessions will be held.Among the confirmed speakers, presenters and panelists: WorkSafe BC; Keli Anderson, Family Institute of Canada; Dr. Candice Murray, Dr. Connie Coniglio & Dr. Jana Davidson Children’s Hospital; Jeff Stewart, District Principal, Comox Valley, BC School Centered Mental Health Coalition; Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, McCreary Centre Society; and Laurie Ebenal, SD#43 District Principal Aboriginal Education.

Fees are: BCPVPA members ($125) and non-members ($150).

The fee includes breakfast and lunch, but GST will be added.

Registration open for
Supervision for Learning

The BCPVPA is  accepting applications for its 2014-2015 Supervision for Learning program. Last year’s program quickly reached capacity with more than 170 registrations from more than 30 school districts. The five-day program continues over eight months, and begins with a two-day training session, which focuses on listening skills, team building, learning walks, triad and team collaboration. Although the specific 2014-2015 dates have yet to be determined, the program will once again take place between October and April. The program is based on a peer coaching model and participants will engage in a learning experience in which supervision for learning, school improvement and professional development are the key outcomes. Principals and vice-principals will learn how to:

  • shift the focus of your awareness,
  • explore curious questions,
  • participate in learner-focused dialogue,
  • provide effective feedback,
  • have difficult conversations, and
  • create organizational change within your school.

For information/registration click 

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 Available Late August

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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