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BCPVPA elections for six Directors

Download a nomination form (nominations close May 16)

Candidates standing for election (as of April 24)

  • Darren Danyluk (Rocky Mountain)
  • Heidi Grant (Cowichan Valley)
  • John Horstead (Surrey)
  • Brett Johnson (Greater Victoria)
  • Lee Karpenko (Prince George)
  • Dan Kenkel (Prince George)
  • Carol-Ann Leidloff (Kootenay Lake)

BCPVPA members will elect six Directors in June to be members of the Board of Directors, effective July 1. The newly-elected members will join existing members of the Board who are completing terms from last year’s election.
The elections will take place with the following timeline:

  • Nominations opened April 11.
  • Nominations close May 16.
  • Candidates will speak at the May 24 Chapter Council.
  • A special election issue of eNews will be published on May 30.
  • The election for Directors will take place June 10–12.
  • Election results will be announced in eNews on Friday, June 13.
  • Directors begin their two-year terms on July 1.

Also on July 1, Shelley Green’s term as President ends, and she begins a one-year term as Past President. Gordon Li’s term as President Elect ends, and he begins a two-year term as President, followed by a one-year term as Past President.

BCPVPA Mental Health Symposium

Westin Wall Center, Richmond, October 24, 2014

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. Registion will open later this month and will be open to both BCPVPA members ($125) and non-members ($150). The fee includes breakfast and lunch, but GST will be added.

BCPVPA hosts CAP annual conference in 2015

Connecting Leaders: Inspiring Learning

May 11 – 14, Whistler • The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Anne Smith (Prince George) and Bruce Frith (Saanich) have been named Conference Co-Chairs for the 2015 Canadian Association of Principals annual conference. The conference, sponsored by the BCPVPA, will be held in Whistler in May, 2015. Both Anne and Bruce have been on the organizing committees for Connecting Leaders conferences in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Anne was Conference Chair in 2013.

Conference and registration details will be available in late spring.

Register for Short Course 2014

Registration is now open for  the 37th annual BCPVPA/UBC Short Course, July 7-11 at UBC. This five-day program, endorsed by BCSSA, is an excellent opportunity for newly-appointed and experienced principals and vice-principals. Participants will immerse themselves in challenging and rewarding studies about their roles while building a network of colleagues. Experienced school leaders will find the week an invigorating learning experience. The program includes presentations by skilled BC practitioners, a session on the legal context of roles, duties and responsibilities, facilitated discussions, breakout sessions and informal networking.

Register (takes you to a new site)

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 May. 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.

Chapter Council dates for 2013-2014

  • May 23-24 (BCPVPA Partnership Awards presented Friday, candidates for election as Directors speak on Saturday)

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 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


Sixth Printing Now Available • Order Today

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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