Vancouver Board of Education trustees select new Superintendent of Schools

Board & Committees, Community, Schools & Students

Vancouver, B.C. – (December 3, 2009) – Vancouver Board of Education trustees have selected Steve Cardwell as the new Superintendent of Schools and Chief Executive Officer for School District No. 39 (Vancouver).

“We are very pleased to be welcoming Mr. Cardwell to the position of Superintendent of Schools,” said Patti Bacchus, chair of the Vancouver Board of Education.

“Mr. Cardwell is a strong advocate for public education with a progressive vision for 21st century learning. He comes highly recommended to this board, and we are confident he will work effectively with trustees, our stakeholders, staff and students to realize our goal of enabling success for all students.”

Cardwell has been an educator since 1980 and has worked in support of teaching and learning with staff and students in Delta since 1991. He has been actively involved in leadership roles with the educational community for nearly 30 years has been a member of various Provincial Curriculum, Assessment and Examination Committees during this time. He is also the Vice President of the BC School Superintendents’ Association (BCSSA).

Cardwell holds a B.Sc. (Biology), Professional Teaching Certificate and a research-based M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from UBC. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at SFU focusing on student engagement in urban secondary schools. Cardwell could start his new role as early as January.


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Steve Cardwell has been an educator since 1980. He has worked in support of teaching and learning with staff and students in Delta since 1991 where he has held various positions including Assistant Superintendent, Director of Educational Programs, District Vice Principal and District Science Coordinator.

Prior to his time in Delta, Steve was a school administrator in Richmond and before that, taught for 9 years in Kitimat. During that time, Steve served as Personnel, Bargaining Chairperson and President of his local. He served as North-Coast Zone Bargaining Coordinator and was a member of the Provincial Bargaining Committee with
the BCTF. Steve combined his roles in Delta with secondments as a Faculty Associate and as a lecturer at UBC (for six years) and at SFU. Steve holds a B.Sc. (Biology), Professional Teaching Certificate and a research-based M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, all from UBC.


He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at SFU focusing on student engagement in urban secondary schools and hopes to defend in 2010. He recently presented keynotes for the BC School Trustees’ Association (February 2009), BC School Superintendents’ Association (August 2009) and CUPE BC (October 2009) on this important topic.


Steve has been actively involved in leadership roles with the educational community since 1980. Some of the organizations and activities with which he has been associated include:

National Science Teachers’ Assoc. (NSTA) Regional Conference Chairperson, 1991;Director - Association for the Promotion and Advancement of Science Education (APASE), 1992-1993; President, British Columbia Science Teachers’ Association (BCScTA), 1995-1997; BCScTA Conference Chairperson, 1994, 1997; Provincial Science K-12

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Committee, 1995-1998; Education Advisory Committee for “The Brainium” Multi-Active Education Inc., 1997-1999; Member of the Programs and Exhibits Advisory Committee for Science World, 1998-2000; External School Accreditation and External District Review Team member, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001-Chair, 2003, 2004, 2006; National Staff Development Council (NSDC) Conference Program Chairperson, 2004; Staff Development Council of BC
(SDCBC) Conference Co-Chairperson, 2002, 2006; and, Interactive Innovations Whistler Conference Site Co-Chairperson, 2006. He was also the lead facilitator for a provincial webcast on Parent Involvement in schools that was broadcast from Delta to over 20 school districts throughout British Columbia.


Steve chaired the Coast-Metro Challenge Consortium and was Chairperson for the Coast-Metro Implementation Committee for several years. He is currently Vice President of the BC School Superintendents’ Association (BCSSA) and served as the BCSSA Professional Development Chairperson (2005-2008), with responsibility for organizing three provincial conferences each year. Steve was co-chair of the International Congress on School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) organizing committee held in Vancouver in 2009. Steve has also recently been appointed to the Board of the Technology Education and Careers Council (TECC).


Steve has been a member of various Provincial Curriculum, Assessment and Examination Committees, including Chairperson of the Performance Assessment Committee. He provided an analysis with instructional recommendations for the Ministry of Education (Science) in Ontario on the international TIMSS assessment. He was also the primary author of the Grade 10 Technical Report for the last Provincial Learning Assessment (PLAP) of Science. Steve was pedagogical consultant and an author for the First Edition of Science Probe 7, a textbook used throughout British Columbia.


The most recent activity, of which Steve is most proud, is the formation of the Delta South Asian Student Support Initiative (DSASSI) focusing on greater student and parent community connections with school. He is known for his valuing of ethical responsibility, building and fostering strong working relationships, leading with technology and demonstrating exemplary communication skills.


For more information, contact:
Patti Bacchus, board chairperson 604-250-1130
David Weir, VSB communications manager 604-713-5074

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