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Wellbeing & work intensification A BCPVPA survey
The BCPVPA Mental Health and Wellness Advisory Committee is interested in hearing from BCPVPA members regarding perspectives on workplace wellbeing and work intensification. The survey asks that members reflect on their work-life balance, levels of stress and anxiety as well as their approach to self-care. Survey responses will anonymous and used in aggregate and without identifiers to guide the work of the Committee. The survey will remain open until February 13. BCPVPA members complete your survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BCPVPAWellnessWork2017
Registration opens next week. Watch for our Tweet/website and next week’s eNews.
Visible Learning Institute with John Hattie & Ainsley Rose
July 7 and 8 Richmond (Pacific Gateway Hotel) US $449 (with the $50 BCPVPA discount code applied) The Vancouver Visible Learningplus Institute is a two-day conference with John Hattie and Ainsley Rose. This institute introduces you to the core concepts and research of Visible Learning. You will learn to systematically examine effective instructional practice in order to make the greatest impact on student achievement and learning. Ainsley Rose will provide the BC context and application. Through the lens of Visible Learning evidence, you will learn to systematically examine effective instructional practice to determine the impact on student achievement and learning.
Register soon. More than 100 registrations have already been allocated.
July 4 to 8 Registration http://bit.ly/BCPVPAShortCourse17
Gain the knowledge, understanding, and connections you need to enhance your school leadership journey. Moral Stewardship • Instructional Leadership • Relational Leadership 0rganizational Leadership • Inspiration to Lead Active Members $1312.50 Non-Member $2100 Fees include all taxes. eNews 1
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Leadership Opportunities Sooke invites applications for Assistant Superintendent, effective Aug 1. Apply by 12 pm Feb 6. http://bit.ly/2iKohrg
New Westminster invites applications for upcoming Vice-Principal vacancies. Apply by 4 pm, Feb 16. http://bit.ly/1Z9KtPe BC School Superintendents Association invites applications for an .8 FTE executive director. http://bit.ly/2h23LoM Sooke invites applications for Principal, Edward Milne Community School (700 9-12 students), effective Jan 1, 2018. In additional to a many secondary sections, programs include Advanced Placement, AVID, and hockey and soccer academies. Apply by 12 pm, Feb 6. http://bit.ly/2kxeh5Y
Principal oppportunity in Lanzhou, China
Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows invites applications for District Principal, Human Resources, primarily responsible for the teaching portfolio. Apply by 4 pm, Feb 2. http://bit.ly/2jK2X7i
BC Offshore School in Lanzhou, China www.locss.com/en/ Lanzhou Oriental Canada Secondary School (LOCSS) is a BC Ministry of Education annually inspected and certified BC Offshore School, in its 4th year of operation. We employ only BC Certified teachers and we teach only the BC Graduation Program Curriculum (Gr 10-12) to 170 students. Also, we enroll a Foundations Class of 25 for students who need additional English before entering the Gr 10. LOCSS is located, at the heart of China, on the banks of the Yellow River. Lanzhou is both historical and modern. Last June, our first Graduation Class of 42 students received their BC Dogwood Graduation Certificates. All of our graduates are currently attending major Canadian universities, with 34 attending U of A or U of T. LOCSS is housed in a large host school, which is considered to be one of the finest in northwest China. In the Fall of 2017, we will move into a new and separate building within the larger school campus. English is the language of instruction and the language of LOCSS. In a recent letter to the LOCSS Owner/Operator from the BC Director of International Education, she wrote, “I would like to acknowledge and commend you on your students’ success in business competitions in Beijing and Shanghai, provincial exam results, community service projects, collaboration with the host school for events and Café Night.” We seek a Principal to work from the beginning of August for the 2017-2018 school year. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with our enthusiastic, hardworking, knowledgeable, and effective staff, to lead our school and student success (in all of its measures). Requirements include: successful school-based leadership experience as a principal or VP; experience leading teachers to create a positive, vibrant, and challenging learning environment; and an ability to work closely and effectively with all students, faculty, and parents. LOCSS operates from early September to the end of June.This is a full-time leadership position.The employment contract includes a competitive salary and benefits, including: a two-bedroom modern furnished apartment rent free, extensive January-February vacation (about 4 weeks), a travel allowance and bonus travel allowance to Canada (or elsewhere), and other attractive benefits. A sense of humour and positive outlook are essential. For additional information, or to apply, please contact Rick Erickson, LOCSS BC Offshore Program Consultant at [email protected]
I look forward to hearing from you. Opportunity is knocking, we look forward to your reply.
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Planning Ahead the Association’s guide to upcoming professional learning events is published in the 1st issue of the month
Some upcoming events February 1, Vancouver
PDK UBC’s dinner meeting, Aboriginal Education with Brad Baker. Information: http://bit.ly/2kaUNI8 February 9, Burnaby Learning Forward BC dinner on Connecting with Innovative Practices in Classrooms Where Assessment and Reporting Transform Student Learning Information: http://learningforward.bc February 16-17, Vancouver The 30th annual conference of the BC Alternate Education Society Information: http://bcaea.com/conference.html February 18, Vancouver Reimagining Public Education Discourse in BC Presented by the Centre for Educational Leadership and Policy, SFU Information: http://bit.ly/2bctevs
February 24, Kelowna An intro to a Coach Approach to Leadership Presented by Norm Bradley and Maeve Buckley Email: [email protected]
April 5-7, Vancouver Blending Boundaries: Leading Digital Disruption, Innovation and Equitable Learning Information: http://canelearn.net/symposium/ April 19, Victoria April 21, Vancouver Leadership: Insights for Thinking Differently Featuring Randy Grieser, Founder of ACHIEVE and author, The Ordinay Leader Information: http://achievecentre.com April 30-May 3, Vancouver Facing Forward: Innovation, Action, Reflection The 2017 Canadian Evaluation Society’s Conference. Information: http://c2017.evaluationcanada.ca/
the Association’s guide to upcoming professional learning events is published in the st 1 issue of the month Next issue is February 3
May 11-12, Vancouver (UBC) Powering Up Practicum The 2017 BC Teacher Education Roundtable conference Information: http://bit.ly/2jBgL2A May 12-13, Richmond NOII Symposium: Connected Learning Matters Featuring Kaleb Child, Blye Frank, Jan Hare, Shelley Moore, Judy Halbert & Linda Kaser, Natalie Mansour & David Sim, Amelia Peterson, and Helen Timperley. Information: http://noii.ca/symposium/ May 23-26, Saskatoon Growing Together: Cultivating Change The Canadian Association of Principals annual convention. Info: http://bit.ly/2eKtP4k eNews 3
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encourages your participation. Email [email protected]
Educational Leadership & The Art of War
An invitation to attend a BCPVPA-endorsed focus group interview to be UBC or via Skype
Are you interested in exploring the tactics that school leaders use in their daily work and in difficult situations? This is an opportunity for BC principals and vice-principals to get together to discuss educational leadership and school management strategies in an exciting new context. Dr. Fei Wang, an Assistant Professor, UBC, is conducting a study on Subversive Leadership and The Art of War, funded by the 2016 Social Science and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant (SSHRC IDG). The research is grounded in the strategies and tactics outlined in The Art of War, an ancient treatise attributed to the Chinese strategist Sun Tzu in the 5th century BC. The study explores the strategies that school leaders use to perform their roles and manage the challenges that they face. The research team is seeking to recruit principals and viceprincipals from BC K-12 schools to participate in a 60-90-minute focus group interview that will can be scheduled during the periods indicated above. Participation in the focus group interview will provide an opportunity to learn about how other school leaders react in different situations. All information collected for the study will be treated in strict confidence and no identifiable information will be included in any publications. If you are interested, indicate your preference and availability for participation by emailing Dr. Fei Wang at [email protected]
Focus groups can be set at a time that best suits you during the following periods: February 17-25 March 1-4 March 8-11
Super Vision for Learning Level 1 Registration: http://bit.ly/BCPVPAS4LOne 2017/18 cohorts in Nelson, Kelowna, Sooke and two (TBA) in Metro The BCPVPA’s eight-month learning experience in which supervision for learning, school improvement, and professional development are the key outcomes. Based on a peer coaching model, there are five days of program development over the course of eight months and ongoing joint practice development with colleagues.
Super Vision For Learning Level 2 Registration: http://bit.ly/BCPVPAS4LTwo 2017/18 Cohorts in Comox, Penticton, Vancouver
Learning Walks with an Instructional Framework Principals and vice-principals who have completed Level I of the BCPVPA Super Vision for Learning program will deepen their knowledge of effective instructional practices and use various tools and processes for observing and analyzing instruction and planning next steps based on the analysis. Managers [email protected]
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Clean Energy BC offers a $1000 scholarship to a BC student who is interested in pursuing a future in clean energy at a post-secondary institution. http://bit.ly/2jEq5Gb Applications due May 15.
BCPVPA’s 2017 Partnership Awards
is now accepting nominations from Chapters for its annual Partnership Awards. The Awards recognize the valuable support provided to principals, vice-principals, teachers and students by individuals or groups who have, over an extended period of time, demonstrated strong support for public education creating a direct benefit for students. The winners last year were Yo Bro/Yo Girl Youth Initiative, (Surrey PVPA); Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre (Nanaimo/Ladysmith PVPA); Cumberland Community School Society, (Comox Valley PVPA); Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations, (Vancouver Island North PVPA); and, John and Sandra Barth, (Nechako Lakes PVPA). Nominations must be submitted by Friday, March 31, 2017. The Awards will be presented at the May 2017 Chapter Council meeting. Nomination form: http://bit.ly/BCPVPAPartnership2017 Read about last year’s recipients: http://bit.ly/1NNp0GW
Resource Alert Please inform your teachers to the need to reuse the Sip Smart!BC™ booklets with each class.
Sip Smart!BC™ helps teach students about sugary drinks and healthy drink choices. One complete print version of this updated program was sent to BC public schools with Grades 4, 5 and 6 in fall 2016. The materials were designed to last and be shared amongst teachers for several years. We have learned of a possible misunderstanding about the Class Set of 30 booklets. In the past, sets could be ordered so families could keep a copy of the booklet. However, for sustainability and cost reasons, replacement sets are no longer available. Please alert your teachers to the need to reuse the Sip Smart!BC™ booklets with each class, distributing and collecting them each time the program is offered. Questions or comments about this popular program may be forwarded to [email protected]
Register today for the Canada Games Activity Challenge A Canada 150 Signature Project, the Canada Games Activity Challenge is an interactive program designed to engage children ages 5 – 12 to build daily, active habits. The Challenge supports elementary teachers with a database of age-appropriate and skillspecific physical activities. The Challenge begins February 13 and takes place over a Building active habits three-month period. Principals can register their schools, or teachers can register their for 5- to 12-year olds classes at https://activitychallenge.canadagames.ca/
A BCPVPA survey See page 1 for details
Wellbeing & work intensification The BCPVPA Mental Health and Wellness Advisory Committee is interested in hearing from BCPVPA members regarding perspectives on workplace wellbeing and work intensification. eNews 5
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2016 — 2017 Board of Directors President Kevin Reimer (Comox Valley) [email protected]
Directors Brad Baker (North Vancouver) [email protected]
Susan Clough (Surrey) [email protected]
Steve Dalla Lana (Prince George) [email protected]
Darren Danyluk (Rocky Mountain) [email protected]
David DeRosa (Kootenay-Columbia) [email protected]
Tracy Godfrey (Vernon) [email protected]
Heidi Grant (Nechako Lakes) [email protected]
Brett Johnson (Greater Victoria) [email protected]
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ast weekend, the BCPVPA hosted its annual Contract/Legal Seminar in Richmond. The seminar was for contract team representatives, many of whom are in their first year being on the contract team, from around the province. On Saturday, there were concurrent sessions on a variety of topics intended to meet the varied interests of our contract team members. Of interest to me, considering this week’s survey on workplace wellbeing was the session; Rewiring Principal/Vice-Principal Brains to Improve Mental Fitness.
The facilitator began by stating that while we have positive images of physical fitness our view of mental fitness tends to be synonymous with mental illness. The presenter used the analogy that our mental fitness could be compared to the energy contained within a battery. Our battery inputs, such as exercise, proper nutrition, and rest, should exceed battery outputs such as stress, workload, and pressure to ensure that we are always fully charged. Ideally, we should awake each morning with our batteries fully charged ready to take on the day. If there is an imbalance between outputs and inputs then we awake each morning with our batteries only partially charged. Over time, if our battery baseline continues to erode, there can be significant stresses on our mental health. A potential symptom of a dwindling battery supply was referred to as presenteeism. Preseenteism differs from absenteeism in that you are present at your workplace but are unable to engage and perform at a high level because your mental health and wellbeing are not at optimal levels. The results of the survey attached to this week’s eNews (see page one) will help to guide and direct the work of the BCPVPA Mental Health and Wellness Committee. The survey, intended to take approximately 15 minutes, is designed to provide a snapshot regarding workplace wellbeing and work intensification. For the purposes of our survey we have defined work intensification as an increase in workload or a compression in the amount of time to complete the designated tasks. The survey will be open and accessible for two and half weeks. The Mental Health and Wellness Committee will be carefully reviewing the results to develop strategies to better support the mental health and wellness of our colleagues. Have a great weekend, Kevin
Lee Karpenko (Prince George) [email protected]
Carol-Ann Leidloff (Kootenay Lake) [email protected]
Brian Leonard (Coquitlam) [email protected]
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