Trustee Academy 2017

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Title: Education Evolution: Student-Centred Governance

November 23-25, 2017
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond,  BC (map)

The theme for this year's Winter Academy is “Education Evolution: Student-Centred Governance.”

Please Note: Invoices for the 2017 Trustee Academy will be issued post-event.

The keynote will involve Maria LeRose, well-known television, webcast and live-event Moderator, working with a student panel to explore the topic of Authentic Student Voice in School Board Governance. For the Pre-Conference Plenary, Charlotte Waddell, Canada Research Chair in Children’s Health Policy, SFU will present on Child and Youth Mental Health – Policy and Practice. Other Plenaries include Evan Adams, Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority; Ivan Coyote, Author and Storyteller; and Vaughn Palmer, Political Affairs Provincial Commentator. Workshops will include Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Director Human Early Learning Partnership, UBC; and, Jesse Miller, Social Media Specialist. 

 Program is subject to change. 

A collection of resources and presentations from Trustee Academy are available on the BCSTA HUB, under the documents section of the main tab. 

 Please note that we are launching the new HUB service in waves and your invitation to access it may not yet be sent. Please keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation if you have not yet received one. It is also possible for you to request these files from your board chair or superintendent in the interim, as they will have access to the HUB.

POCKET GUIDE (the pocket guide contains program information and session descriptions for Trustee Academy 2017.)
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Dr. Evan Tlesla II Adams 

Dr. Evan Adams is a Coast Salish actor and physician from the Tla’amin First Nation near Powell River, BC, Canada.

Dr. Adams stars as Thomas Builds-The-Fire in ShadowCatcher Entertainment’s SMOKE SIGNALS, written by Sherman Alexie and directed by Chris Eyre. He also won Best Actor awards from the American Indian Film Festival, and from First Americans in the Arts, and a 1999 Independent Spirit Award for ‘Best Debut Performance’. He won a 2011 Gemini Award for co-hosting the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards along with Adam Beach. Aside from his career in the arts, Dr. Adams has completed a Medical Doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2002, and a residency in the Aboriginal Family Practice program at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC.

Dr. Adams has a Masters of Public Health (2009) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He was the first-ever Aboriginal Health Physician Advisor in the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, BC Ministry of Health (2007-2012). He was the Deputy Provincial Health Officer for the province of BC from 2012 to 2014. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority.

Betty Baxter

Betty Baxter is current Chair of the Board of Trustees for School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast). 

Baxter operates a small business offering services in adult education, mediation and leadership training. 

Baxter’s expertise and passion in creating the conditions for educators to achieve their professional goals motivates her work on the school board. 




Patrick Bocking

Patrick Bocking is Superintendent of School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast). 

In that role, he prioritizes a community of innovation, creativity, and collaboration.

Bocking brings extensive experience in supporting cultural shifts in education.





Carolyn Broady

First elected in 2011 as at trustee for the West Vancouver Board of Education, Carolyn Broady has a passion for and deep interest in public education.  As current chair of the board, Broady has been involved with a wide range of committees for the West Vancouver School District including Finance and Facilities, Human Resources, the President’s Committee and the Hiring Committee.  She is also the Chair of the Education Committee for the BC School Trustees Association as well as a member of their Legislative Committee. Passionate about education, Broady would like to ensure that every child has the opportunity to excel and reach their potential.

Broady grew up in West Vancouver, graduating from West Vancouver Secondary and then attending UBC where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1989. In the early 1990’s she travelled and then worked for the Government of Alberta in London, England before returning to Vancouver to work with a North American transportation company.   When she left work to focus on her family she began her involvement within the West Vancouver School District, where both her children attend public schools.  She and her husband chose West Vancouver to raise their family because of the community’s strong focus on family, community, and excellence in education. 



Matt Carruthers 

Matt Carruthers is B.C.’s SOGI Education Lead and currently seconded from the Delta School District after 14 years as an elementary school principal. 

Prior to his current role,  Carruthers was the SOGI district lead in Delta, sat on the SOGI committee for 4 years, participated in an advisory committee for the Ministry of Education and collaborated with district leads in the SOGI Educator Network. 

Currently, he is overseeing a rapid expansion of the network, assisting with district goal setting and liaising with B.C.’s Partners in Education.



Ivan Coyote

photo by Sarah Race PhotograpyIvan Coyote is the author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, six full-length live shows and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer's, film, poetry and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam and Australia.The Globe and Mail newspaper called Coyote "a natural-born storyteller" and the Ottawa Xpress once said that "Coyote is to Canadian literature what KD Lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture."

Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Ivan's stories remind us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.

Ivan's 11th book, Tomboy Survival Guide, was released in the fall of 2016 with Arsenal Pulp Press. Tomboy Survival Guide was named an American Library Association Stonewall Honour Book in 2016, and this fall Ivan will be given an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at Simon Fraser University for their writing and activism.



Pearl Deasey

Pearl Deasey is in grade 12 student at Chatelech Secondary in Sechelt.

Born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, Pearl is an active participant in her school and community. 

Pearl was selected from her school to be a member of the District Student Leadership Team (DSLT) and elected by the DSLT to be the 2017/18 Student Trustee for the Board of Education. 



Simi Kang

Dr. Simi Kang is the Medical Director of Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of The Self-Motivated Kid and The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids. This critically acclaimed book became a #1 Canadian Bestseller, was released in Germany, Russia, and China, and won the 2015 US News International Book Award.

Dr. Kang uses irrefutable science, unforgettable true stories and her own life experiences to show how to develop self-motivation, adaptability and the key 21st-century skills of communication, collaboration, contribution, creativity and critical thinking.

In the media, Dr. Kang is a writer with articles featured in The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, South China Morning Post and Time magazine. She is a recognized media expert for discussing both common and complex conditions such as health, lifestyle, motivation, leadership, workplace culture and 21st-century skills. She has been invited to contribute to major news outlets such as NPR, CBC National News and Radio, CTV National, Al Jazeera, Der Speigel and the Washington Post.

Dr. Kang is seriously concerned about the direction of humanity and has made promoting mental health and wellness a priority. She is Global Presence Ambassador – a humanitarian organization that works to promote life skills for youth around the world. She has recently launched DolphinKIDS: Future-Ready Leaders, her own Innovation, Leadership and Wellness Programs for youth in Canada, the US and India.

Dr. Kang was honoured with the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her years of outstanding community service. She has received five national awards in the field of addictions and mental health, including the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Research Award. She was also the 2016 recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Health and Wellness for Vancouver.



\Maria LeRose

Maria LeRose is an award-winning television producer & interviewer  and a producer of Educational Videos.  She holds a Masters in Education with a concentration on social and emotional learning and development. Early in her career LeRose worked in a variety of Social Service jobs including Youth Worker and  Mental Health Worker.  

For 14 years LeRose has been an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. She designs large scale learning events, and is a Communications and Education consultant with a variety of organizations including the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education - where she designs and moderates their annual Heart-Mind Conference.


Jesse Miller

Jesse Miller (MA, PgDip) is a respected national speaker on the topics of social media awareness, social networking behaviours and online content evaluation. He has been presenting and consulting with schools, government organizations and public safety agencies since 2007. His presentations through have reached thousands of participants across Canada, and his work within the province addresses diverse social media issues ranging from cyberbullying, digital citizenship and digital curriculum development.

Miller has been featured at a wide range of conferences across North America and is a trusted speaker of municipal policing services and the RCMP across BC. He provides a provocative vantage point to social media and technology use within schools, the workplace and the family home. Miller is renowned for proactively examining the challenges of social media, addressing the realities behind the known concerns around social media, and prompts dialogue that reflects the issues seen with new media and technology influences. His presentation provides audiences with the tools needed to better equip themselves for participation in the social media world and extends dialogues to reflect technology influences in our connected daily lives.



Vaughn Palmer

Vaughn Palmer’s hard-hitting columns have seen him cover the feats and follies of BC’s premiers for 30 years. An award-winning journalist, Palmer is the Vancouver Sun’s provincial political columnist, based in Victoria. He also hosts the weekly program Voice of BC on Shaw TV and is a regular commentator on radio station CKNW in Vancouver and on KUOW, the National Public Radio station in Seattle.

Palmer is the recipient of the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Webster Foundation, a co-winner of the Jack Webster award for reporting and a recipient of the Hyman Solomon award for excellence in public policy journalism from the Canadian Public Policy Forum. Since 1984, Palmer has examined an extensive range of issues, personalities and scandals that have come to define BC’s political scene.



Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and a Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is also the Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), an interdisciplinary research unit in the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Known as a world renowned expert in the area of social and emotional learning (SEL), her research focuses on identification of the processes and mechanisms that foster positive human qualities such as empathy, compassion, altruism, and resiliency in children and adolescents. 

Dr. Schonert-Reichl has served as an advisor to the British Columbia Ministry Education on the development and implementation of the redesign of the Curriculum and Assessment Framework that includes a focus on the promotion of students’ personal and social competencies. Kim is an Expert Advisor to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s (OECD) Education 2030 initiative, a board member of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), and an advisor to the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. 

Dr. Schonert-Reichl has over 100 publications in scholarly journals, book chapters, and reports and has edited two books on mindfulness in education, including a co-edited book (with Dr. Robert W. Roeser) published by Springer Press in 2016. She has presented her research at over 200 scholarly conferences and has given over 350 presentations on the topic of children’s social and emotional development and SEL to parents, community organizations, educators, and policy makers. 



Laura Tait

Laura Tait is Tsimshian from Prince Rupert and her mother is from the village of Lax Kw’Alaams. She was born into the Eagle Clan. Tait is currently the Director of Instruction in the Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools and she holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Vancouver Island University, a B.Ed. from Malaspina University-College and a B.A. from the University of Victoria. She is involved in a number of district and provincial educational initiatives in Instruction, Assessment and Aboriginal Education and she is passionate about educational reform, especially as it pertains to student success.

BCSTA Director Stephanie Higginson will be co-presenting with Laura Tait. 



Charlotte Waddell

Dr. Charlotte Waddell is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with longstanding interests in health policy and population and public health. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Children’s Health Policy and is Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU, where she is also Director of the Children’s Health Policy Centre. After her basic training at UBC, Charlotte worked with First Nations communities across BC for eight years before going on to complete her MD followed by residencies and research training at McMaster University. She held faculty appointments at McMaster and UBC before joining SFU in 2006. Dr. Waddell’s research focuses on improving the social and emotional well-being of all children, and on the public policies needed to reach this goal. In addition to her research, Dr. Waddell teaches at SFU and consults with policymakers at the regional, provincial and federal levels. She also continues to work as a psychiatrist with disadvantaged children and youth – who inspire and inform every aspect of her research and teaching.