2011 Conference

Conference Speakers

Barbara Coloroso

Barbara Coloroso

Barbara is an international bestselling author and for the past 38 years an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice.

She has appeared on Oprah, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and NPR and has been featured in the New York Times, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and other national and international publications.

Her uniquely effective parenting and teaching strategies were developed through her years of training in sociology, special education, and philosophy, as well as field-tested through her experiences as a classroom teacher, laboratory school instructor, university instructor, seminar leader, volunteer in Rwanda, and mother of three grown children.

She is the author of four international bestsellers: kids are worth it! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline; Parenting Through Crisis—Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change; The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander—From Pre-School to High School, How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence; and Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right—From Toddlers to Teens, Teaching Kids to Think and Act Ethically. Barbara’s latest book is Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide…and Why it Matters. She also has two critically acclaimed video programs Winning at Parenting...without beating your kids and Winning at Teaching...without beating your kids.

"She’s witty; she’s wise; she’s compassionate; she’s sensible… she offers adults clear, manageable tips for building nurturing relations with children and teens.” – Canadian Guider

“Hearing Barbara Coloroso talk about raising kids is like being exposed to good art- both experiences resonate with clarity, insight, honesty, and all the components are in ideal proportion.” – Chicago Parent

“Sure kids rebel: It's part of that process called growing up. Just knowing that doesn't make parenting easier, but knowing Barbara Coloroso might." - The St. Paul Pioneer Press

John Gaiptman

John Gaiptman

John graduated from McGill University in 1978 and started his career teaching high school Math and Special Education in Kamloops and later in Surrey. He was a high school principal in Kitimat for four years before moving to Victoria. In 1998, John moved from his post as principal at Lambrick Park Secondary School to the Board Office to be a District Principal. Two years later he was appointed the Associate Superintendent of Schools and in 2002 he was named Superintendent of Schools for the Greater Victoria School District.

As an educator and a parent, John strongly believes that the 21st century learning agenda has powerful implications for our school system.

Pat Duncan

Pat Duncan

Pat Duncan has been an Associate Superintendent for the Greater Victoria School District (#61) for the past three years. Prior to coming to SD#61 Pat was a teacher in the Cowichan Valley School District #79 for 19 years where he held various positions including Vice Principal, Principal, and Director of Middle and Secondary Education. Pat was also seconded to the Ministry of Education for a brief period. Pat believes that students need to be highly creative, strong communicators, good problem solvers, informed decision-makers, and have well developed research and inquiry skills. They must be fully engaged in deep, personalized learning experiences so that they are acquiring the essential skills to be active participants in our emerging knowledge-based society.

Rick Davis

Rick Davis

Rick Davis is a Superintendent of Achievement with the BC Ministry of Education. He was appointed to this position in July 2007, after a long career in education, both as a teacher and an administrator. During his career he has also worked in various school district offices and with the British Columbia Public School Employers Association, as well as with the Ministry of Education.

Rick has taught students from grades 1 to 12, first in Alberta and from 1974 in British Columbia. At the high school level, he taught Physics and Mathematics before entering school administration.

His career has taken him to many varied communities in British Columbia including the Kootenays, Peace River, North Central, Okanagan, Metro and South Island regions. In his work as a Superintendent of Achievement, Rick monitors student achievement in school districts and assists school districts in planning for improvements.

Most recently, Rick is playing a role in facilitating transitions to personalized learning in support of this new initiative.

Rod Allen

Rod Allen

Rod Allen is a Superintendent of Achievement with the BC Ministry of Education, appointed in January 2008.

Rod began his career in education in 1984 in LaLoche, a small isolated Aboriginal community in northern Saskatchewan where he taught grades 8 and 9 for three years. This experience marked the beginning of Rod’s interest and commitment to rural education. From 1987 to 1989 Rod was a volunteer teacher in a rural village in Lesotho. Since returning to Canada in 1989, Rod taught at most grade levels in Kaslo and the Bulkley Valley where he advanced through school and district leadership positions. Rod served as Superintendent of Schools in SD 54 (Bulkley Valley) prior to being appointed Superintendent of Achievement. Currently, Rod has a leading role in BC’s transformation to personalized learning.

Rod received his undergraduate degree, teaching qualification, and Masters in Education Administration from the University of Victoria and is married with two children, both at the University of Victoria.

Charlie Coleman

Charlie Coleman

Charlie Coleman is principal of Cowichan Secondary School in Duncan, British Columbia, where he is leading the staff to build a results-oriented professional learning community. He has been a principal at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels in ethnically and socio-economically diverse communities. Charlie is former principal at Quamichan Middle School and Khowhemun Elementary schools, and he has also been involved with the BC Ministry of Education School Improvement Project in a variety of middle and high school settings. He is a certified staff developer who combines his experience and expertise with an engaging sense of humor in his workshops and presentations.

As former principal of Khowhemun Elementary School in the same district, Charlie brought students and staff through challenges familiar to many socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. Four years after he became principal, the percent of all Khowhemun students who met or exceeded expected scores in math and reading (based on the British Columbia Performance Standards) increased significantly. At Quamichan Middle School, Charlie’s PLC team increased reading scores significantly (as measured by the District Reading Test) and significantly improved the transition rates for the vulnerable Aboriginal population.

Charlie’s accomplishments earned him the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Outstanding Young Educator Award. He has also received Canada’s Outstanding Principal Award from The Learning Partnership, and Khowhemun Elementary was named a Top 40 School in Canada by Today’s Parent Magazine. He has published several articles in the United States and Canada and has served on numerous educational committees and teams.

A firm believer in servant leadership, Charlie uses his knowledge and energy to help other educators achieve great results. In addition, his experience working with urban and Native Canadian (Aboriginal) students translates into practical strategies for helping eliminate achievement gaps in diverse school communities.

He earned a master’s degree in education administration and leadership studies and a bachelor’s degree in secondary curriculum from the University of Victoria.

Alana Hopkins

Alana Hopkins

Alana is from the Heltsuk Nation and has had the honor of living and raising three boys on Coast Salish Territory for over 20 years. Her children are her passion; her future. She has a son in high school, another in middle school and one just starting out on his educational journey. Her perspective is that she has “placed her precious children in the hands of the education system" and this belief is the driving force behind her involvement with the education of her boys.

Alana has been involved with the development of Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreements for the past five and a half years and has also been a director on the Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils for the past two years.

Alana states that she “has had the honour of meeting other like minded parents who are there to make a difference not only for their own children but her children as well.”

"There is no one leader. It’s a shared leadership among our people".

Luc Van Hanuse

Luc Van Hanuse

Luc van Hanuse has held various positions at Native Friendship Centres throughout BC, worked as a First Nations District Counsellor in Elementary and Middle schools and managed an After School Care Program for 3 years. For the past 5 years Luc has been a Social Worker at the Ministry for Children and Family Development on the Aboriginal Child Welfare Team in Victoria. Luc has relations from the North West Coast First Nation of Oweekeno and the Apache American Indian Tribe. He also has two daughters in elementary school.

Nella Nelson

Nella Nelson

 

 

 

 

Nelson2

Ms. Nelson is a member of the Tsawataineuk Band of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation, and is originally from the N’amgis Nation of Alert Bay, B.C. She has been married for 38 years, and is a mother and a grandmother. Nella and her husband, Alex, have also cared for 28 First Nations young people from their home communities.

Nella has worked for the Greater Victoria School District for the past 31 years as a high school history teacher and counsellor, and as district administrator for the Aboriginal Nations Education Division [formerly known as the First Nations Education Division]. She has also taught as a sessional instructor in the University of Victoria School of Social Work, and currently is a guest lecturer for the UVic Faculty of Education.

Nella is a very active member in the First Nations community. She served on the Camosun College Board of Governors from 1995-2001, and is the Chair of the Camosun College First Nations Advisory Board. She is a Board Member of the M'akola Housing Society, Hulitan Social Services and the Miskawao Development Corporation.

She is a board/advisory member of the Victoria First Nations Inter-Agency Team, University of Victoria Faculty of Education and Faculty of Nursing Aboriginal Advisory, Masters of Aboriginal Counselling Program Advisory, and the Red Cross First Nations Advisory for Abuse Prevention Services. Nella completed terms as a board member of the B.C. Children's Commission Multi-Disciplinary Team, the B.C. Human Rights First Nations Advisory, Greater Victoria Police Diversity Team and Sexually Exploited Youth Committee for the Capital Regional District.

Recent appointments are as President of Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services, a member of the Ministry of Education Provincial Audit Program Advisory Committee, the University of Victoria Office of Community-Based Research Steering Committee and the Provincial Representative Advisory Committee on Children & Youth with Special Needs working with Mary-Ellen Turpell Lefond.

Nella was seconded by the Ministry of Education to work on the curriculum teams that developed the First Nations Studies Framework for the province. These teams completed the Integrated Resource Package for B.C. First Nations Studies 12, Shared Learnings and the Provincial Support Handbook for First Nations Workers. The curriculum teams also reviewed the BCFNS-12 Exam

Specifications and the BCFNS-12 Teacher's Guide. In addition, Nella co-authored “A Framework for Developing First Nations Curriculums”, “A Response to the Celebration of 50 Years of Human Rights in Canada.” [Legislated Discrimination in Canada] and Welcome, Friends and Relatives, to our Bighouse: Volume 1, Kwakwak'wakw Potlatch.

Nella and Alex, through the Kwagiulth Urban Society Suicide Prevention and Intervention Group, have been active presenters on suicide and personal healing at the local, national and international levels. Nella has also been an active force in the city and province on anti-racism campaigns and committees. She attended Camosun College in 1972, and then went on to UVic to complete degrees in anthropology/sociology and secondary education.

In 1994, Nella received the Queen’s 125 Commemorative Medal for community service. In 1998, she was awarded the YM/YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Education, Training and Development. In 2009, she received the Camosun College Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Carolyn Crippen

Dr. Carolyn Crippen

Dr. Carolyn Crippen is an Associate Professor of Leadership Studies in the Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies Program in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. She has worked as a teacher, school administrator, superintendent of schools and assistant dean prior to coming to UVic in 2008.

Carolyn’s credentials include: BA-Carleton-Interdisciplinary; MEd-Ottawa-Special Education; PhD-North Dakota-Leadership Studies: Higher Education.

Carolyn has been involved with Servant Leadership since 1980 and sees her work with this movement as her service to others and raison d’etre toward the moral imperative.

Carolyn has presented at the Universities of Oxford, Iceland, and Penn State. Recent publications include the Canadian Journal of Educational Administration & Policy; the International Journal of Servant-Leadership; Insight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching; and the Journal of Women in Educational Leadership.

Servant-Leadership PowerPoint (example of a previous workshop by Dr. Crippen)

 Presented by the School District Parent Advisory Councils of Sooke (SPEAC) and Victoria (VCPAC) with support from the Greater Victoria School District.