Staff at the BC School Trustees Association have been keeping busy with only 62 days to go before the upcoming BCSTA Academy, taking place November 29 – December 1, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. Taking place in the final week of November, both newly elected and seasoned trustees will find plenty of topics of interest on hand, all of which has been curated under the banner of “building a new board: elected, engaged and empowered.”

Full event details can be viewed here.

At the time of this publication, the preliminary schedule includes the following content:

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.

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.

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.

Keynote Presentation – Why Boards Matter: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity

  • George Couros, Innovative Learning, Teaching, and Leadership Consultant, Author of the book, “The Innovator’s Mindset”
President’s Reception
BCSTA Branch Breakfast Meetings
Plenary 1 – The Co-Governance Relationship between Government and Boards of Education (signing of the MOU)

  • BCSTA President
  • Ministry of Education representative/s
Plenary 2 – Learning Transformation and the Role of Trustees in Learning Success

  • Superintendent of Learning, Ministry of Education
Plenary 3 – Who’s Who, Who Does What and Why?

Panel discussion with leaders of key education partners on their role and yours moderated by BCSTA President Gordon Swan and Board of Directors.

  • Vice President, BC Association of School Business Officials (BCASBO)
  • CEO, BC Public School 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)
Concurrent Session 1: “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.
Concurrent Session 2: Governance and Operations: Understanding the difference; knowing your role; doing it well.

“Clearing the path for student learning.”

  • SD 48  Sea to Sky
    • Board Chair Rick Price
    • Superintendent, Lisa McCullough
Concurrent Session 3: Conflict of Interest

  • Harris & Co. LLP
  • BCSTA Legal Counsel
Concurrent Session 4: Improving Media Relations to Reach Your Community: Using communications to connect with the public

  • Therese Mickelson, ABC, Managing Partner, Mickelson Consulting
Concurrent Session 5: Indigenous Understandings – Moderated by Brad Baker

  • 1:15-2:15  Truth with a panel of trustees (Erin Evans and Rhiannon Bennett)
  • 2:30-3:30  Reconciliation with a panel of trustees (Erin Evans and Rhiannon Bennett)
Movie Night Hosted by the Indigenous Education Committee
Provincial Council Meeting
Plenary 4 – Bargaining Preparation   

  • BCPSEA representative/s
Plenary 5 –  Current Topics for Boards of Education

This session will focus on emerging topics for boards of education. Deputy Minister MacDonald will speak on topics affecting school districts. Delegates will have a chance to talk at tables and share themes that are emerging

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. 

Plenary 7 – 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

We look forward to seeing you at Academy.