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.”
At the time of this publication, the preliminary schedule includes the following content:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2018
|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
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018
|BCSTA Branch Breakfast Meetings|
|Plenary 1 – The Co-Governance Relationship between Government and Boards of Education (signing of the MOU)
|Plenary 2 – Learning Transformation and the Role of Trustees in Learning Success
|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.
|Concurrent Session 1: “We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This…”
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:
|Concurrent Session 2: Governance and Operations: Understanding the difference; knowing your role; doing it well.
“Clearing the path for student learning.”
|Concurrent Session 3: Conflict of Interest
|Concurrent Session 4: Improving Media Relations to Reach Your Community: Using communications to connect with the public
|Concurrent Session 5: Indigenous Understandings – Moderated by Brad Baker
|Movie Night Hosted by the Indigenous Education Committee|
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018
|Provincial Council Meeting|
|Plenary 4 – Bargaining Preparation
|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
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.
We look forward to seeing you at Academy.