New BCSSA Member and Newly Appointed Superintendent Sessions

Virtual New BCSSA Member and Newly Appointed Superintendent sessions will be held on the two days prior to the Summer Leadership Academy via Zoom. The New Member sessions are currently scheduled for Tuesday, August 18th from 12:30 – 3pm and Wednesday, August 19th from 8:30am – 12pm. The Newly Appointed Superintendent Sessions are currently scheduled for Tuesday, August 18th from 8:30am - 12pm and Wednesday, August 19th from 9am – 12pm. See below for session agendas.  Zoom links will be sent out one week prior to the sessions.

Date:  August 18 & 19, 2020

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New BCSSA Member Orientation Session Agenda

The presenters:  Terry-Lee Beaudry, Deputy Superintendent, and Vianne Kintzinger, retired Assistant Superintendent, Central Okanagan Public Schools

Tuesday, August 18th, 12:30 - 3:00pm
Wednesday, August 19th, 8:30am - 12:00pm

As a recently-appointed Assistant Superintendent, Director, District Principal, you have the privilege and responsibility of working in many contexts.  From walking alongside your District's educational leaders to transform learning, to serving as a corporate executive to your Board of Education, your roles and responsibilities are vast and complex.  The two half days of online learning will be interactive and designed to promote collaboration with colleagues by having each participant explore their leadership "Presence" in four of the seven British Columbia School Superintendents Association (BCSSA) Dimensions of Practice:

  • Leadership and District Culture
  • Policy and Governance
  • Communications and Community Relations
  • Leading Learning

Self awareness of balance and wellness, professionally and personally, will be embedded throughout each day's learning sequence.  We are excited to come alongside you to broaden your collegial network, deepen your understanding of governance, and bring clarity to your multi-faceted role of District leadership.

On Wednesday, August 19th from 11:00am - 12:00pm there will be an introduction to the Ministry of Education and their roles presented by Scott MacDonald, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, and his team

Download the full agenda here:

New Members Orientation Agenda - Participant Copy


Newly Appointed Superintendent Session Agenda

Tuesday, August 18th

8:30am - 12:00pm
The Superintendent and Board, Working Together/Building Capacity
Speaker:  Sylvia Russell, Superintendent, SD42 - Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows

Wednesday, August 19th

9:00am - 11:00am
Strategy and Budget: Working in Tandem for Student Success
Speakers: Kevin Godden, Superintendent and Ray Velestuk, Secretary Treasurer, SD34 - Abbotsford

11:00am - 12:00pm
Introduction to the Ministry of Education, Roles and Support
Speakers:  Scott MacDonald, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, and his team