12:00 p.m. Registration opens
1:002:30 Pre-conference Session 1 – The Trustee Basics

Delegates will learn about the services and programs that BCSTA offers, statutory foundations, the basics of board budgets, understanding provincial funding and more.

2:303:30 Pre-conference Session 2 – BCPSEA and Labour Relations 101

Delegates will learn about the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA), their functions and the basics of labour relations.

3:30-4:30 Pre-conference Session 3 – Leading and Learning

This is a workshop with George Couros. George is an educator from Edmonton, AB, an innovative learning, teaching and leadership consultant, and the author of the book, The Innovator’s Mindset.

7:00-7:30 Trustee Academy Official Opening
7:30-8:45 Keynote Presentation – Why Boards Matter: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity

Speaker: George Couros, Innovative Learning, Teaching, and Leadership Consultant, Author of the book, “The Innovator’s Mindset”

8:45 President’s Reception and Networking


7:15 a.m. Registration re-opens. Full breakfast provided for delegates.
7:30-8:00 Provincial Council Breakfast
8:00-8:45 Provincial Council Meeting
9:009:45 Plenary 1 – The Co-Governance Relationship between Government and Boards of Education

BCSTA President
Ministry of Education representative/s

9:45-10:30 Plenary 2 – Learning Transformation and the Role of Trustees in Learning Success
Superintendent of Learning, Ministry of Education
10:30–11:00 Break
11:0012:00 p.m. Plenary 3 – Who’s Who, Who Does What and Why?
Panel discussion with leaders of key education partners on their role and yours:
President, BC Association of School Business Officials (BCASBO)Chair, BC Public S chool Employers Association (BCPSEA)President, BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association (BCPVPA)President, BC School Superintendents’ Association (BCSSA)President, BC Confederation Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC)

President, First Nations Education Steering Committee(FNESC)

12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:15-2:15 Concurrent Sessions
C1.   “We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This…”

Eli Mina, Board Effectiveness Consultant and Registered Parliamentarian

Have you been to a meeting which was long, aimless, monotonous and dull?  Have you seen the bulk of a meeting’s time being taken up by outspoken members, to the exclusion of others? Have you witnessed a meeting becoming unraveled at the first sign of controversy or getting bogged down in arguments about rules of order? Have you ever encountered `meeting fatigue’?

Well, suffering is optional.  In this workshop we will discuss practical tools and proven ideas to help make your meetings orderly, focused, efficient, inclusive and even enjoyable. Specific topics include:

·     Who is responsible for a meeting’s success: The Chair, the Participants, or both?

·     Creating discussions that are orderly, focused, efficient, inclusive and respectful;

·     Gentle but firm enforcement of key meeting rules (`The velvet gavel’);

·     Roles of Trustees and Staff members during Board meetings.

C2.  Governance vs. Operational:  Understanding roles and expectations and BCSTA resources to assist trustees
Board Chair

SuperintendentWill include a presentation of Learning Guide and other BCSTA resources.
C3.  Conflict of Interest

Harris & Co. LLP
BCSTA Legal Counsel

C4.  Promoting Community Engagement: Communications and Media Relations – Connecting with your community

Therese Mickelson, ABC, Managing Partner, Mickelson Consulting

C5.  Indigenous Understandings
2:15-2:30 Break
2:303:30 Concurrent Sessions (repeat)


7:15 a.m. Registration re-opens. Full breakfast provided for delegates.
7:309:00 BCSTA Branch Breakfast Meetings
9:3010:30 Plenary 4 – Bargaining Preparation

BCPSEA representative/s

10:30-11:00 Break
11:0012:00 p.m. Plenary 5 – Board Decision Making: Is there a Real Need for a ‘TEAM’ approach?

School trustees, individually and collectively, are entrusted to govern in a way that optimizes the education system’s capacity to deliver its mandate. Yet, this capacity is often diminished, largely due to habits that divide the board and create tensions with management and/or the community.

In his address, Eli Mina will discuss why, contrary to common beliefs in an increasingly political world, the word ‘T.E.A.M.’ is absolutely vital to the achievement of quality decisions that reduce risk and optimize the benefits that the education system delivers to the students.

12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:15-2:30 Plenary 6 – Motion Writing 101

BCSTA Legislative Committee

In this session, the Legislative Committee and attendees will review of the purpose of a motion and how to write good a motion.

2:453:45 Plenary 7 – Current Topics for Boards of Education

This session will focus on emerging topics for boards of education. Delegates will have a chance to talk at tables and share themes that are emerging. A panel of experienced board chairs will field questions from the floor.

3:45 Adjournment