A partnership with Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario, Learning Forward Ontario and the Ontario Principals’ Council 

As educational organizations pivot to a post-pandemic future, the landscape will be forever changed. Leaders in school systems must be ready to shift to meet known challenges that have become even more urgent at this unprecedented  time and to face new challenges that  require innovative and creative leadership thinking. 

This free series, sponsored by the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC), Catholic Principals Council of Ontario (CPCO) and Learning Forward Ontario, is designed to engage school leaders and administrators in conversations related to the emerging issues in educational leadership in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world. The sessions will maximize participant connection and the sharing of ideas. Each session, facilitated by OPC, CPCO and Learning Forward Ontario representatives will feature short articles from the three association publications for participants to consider that reflects relevant topics to contemporary school leadership and learning.

Upcoming Sessions

More information will be available soon.

Past Sessions

2023-24
Game Changers: Leading in times of Transformational Change - October 24

Description: During this session, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its implications for education and leadership will be examined.

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2023 

Panel: 

Session 1 Articles for Discussion:

Volante, Dr. Louis, Deluca, Dr. Christopher and Klinger, Dr. Don A. “Forward-Thinking Assessment in the Era of Artificial Intelligence: Strategies to facilitate deep learning.” Education Canada, V.63 Issue 2 (web exclusive), Summer 2023.

Additional Resources:

Dr. Philippa Hardman - The AI Education Revolution is Coming - or is it?

On Learning Design and AI - A Conversation with Dr Philippa Hardman

Selects: AI in Education with Chris Dede (S5E4)

 Trauma-informed School Leadership - January 16

Descripton: Spurred on by the pandemic, the idea that schools are not only places of learning, but should also be places of “healing,” trauma is now a widespread educational aspiration.  But how are we, as leaders, actually doing when it comes to genuinely supporting students and others who experience trauma?

Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2023 

Panel: Dr. David Tranter - Professor, Lakehead University

Session Two Articles for Discussion:

Trépanier-Bisson, Dr. Nadine, Tratner, Dr. David and Pollock, Dr. Katina. "Trauma Informed Practice: Why Educator Wellbeing matters." Education Canada, V.63 Issue 3 (web exclusive), Fall 2023.

 

Leading Transformational Change: Students as Agents of Change - April 2

Description: Join us for a thought-provoking discussion session focusing on the urgent need for education to adapt to the rapidly changing global landscape. This session will  examines key challenges such as demographic shifts, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the rise of populism, intolerance, and fake news. We will also look at the role educators play in preparing students for these challenges by fostering critical thinking, creativity, and social responsibility.

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Panel: Dr. Ann E. Lopez, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

Session 3 Articles for Discussion

Lopez, Ann E. "Students as Agents of Change." Principal Connections, V. 27 Issue 2, Winter 2023

2022-23
What Does Leading for Equity Look Like? - November 3

As educational organizations pivot to a post-pandemic future, the landscape will be forever changed. Leaders in school systems must be ready to shift  to meet known challenges that have become even more urgent at this unprecedented  time, and to face new challenges that  require innovative and creative leadership thinking. 

This series, sponsored by the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC), Catholic Principals Council|Ontario (CPCO) and Learning Forward Ontario, is designed to engage school leaders and administrators in conversations related to the emerging issues in educational leadership in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world. The sessions are designed to maximize participant connection and the sharing of ideas. Each session, facilitated by OPC, CPCO and Learning Forward Ontario representatives will feature short articles from the three association publications for participants to consider that reflects relevant topics to contemporary school leadership and learning.

Date: Thursday, November 03, 2022.

Session 1 Articles for Discussion:

Navigting Equitable Leadership in Schools by Ann E. Lopez

Standards for Professional Learning by Learning Forward Ontario

The View from Canda: Different terminology, but a shared commitment to professional learning By Beate Planche, Sue Elliott, Audrey Hobbs-Johnson and Carol Campbell

Anti-Oppressive Education: Adapting to the demands of educational and social reform By Kulbir Singh Dhaliwal

Facilitating Professional Learning for Equity - February 28

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Session 2 Articles for Discussion:

Decolonizing Professional Learning - by Dr. Joelle Rodway, Dr. Carol Campbell, Dr. Ann Lopez, Dr. Silvia Moore, Dr. Nicolas Ng-a-Fook and Dr. Leyton Schnellert

Identity is at the Heart of Facilitating for Equity - by Canadace Bocala and Rolesia Holman 

Educating the Next Generation - April 13

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2023.

Panelist: Josh Fullan, MFA, BEd, OCT, IAP2

Session 3 Articles for Discussion: 

Schmidt, Dr. Bonnie. "Designing Schools of the Future." The Register, Summer 2020, pp. 15-21.

Fullan, Josh. "Citizenship for a New Age." Principal Connections, Winter 2022, pp. 8-10.

2021-22
The Right Drivers for Whole System Success - October 21

As educational organizations pivot to a post-pandemic future, the landscape will be forever changed. Leaders in school systems must be ready to shift  to meet known challenges that have become even more urgent at this unprecedented  time, and to face new challenges that  require innovative and creative leadership thinking. 

This series, sponsored by the Ontario Principals’ Council and Learning Forward Ontario, is designed to engage school leaders and administrators in conversations related to the emerging issues in educational leadership in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world.  

The sessions are designed to maximize participant connection and the sharing of ideas.  Each session will focus on a different article that reflects relevant topics to contemporary school leadership and learning. 

Date: Thursday October 21, 2021

Guest Facilitator: Michael Fullan - Author, Speaker and Educational Consultant

Session 1 Article for Discussion  

The Right Drivers for Whole System Success by Michael Fullan.

Navigating Educational Equity in the Time of COVID-19 - January 20

Description: OPC and Learning Forward Ontario will be joined by guest Dr. Vidya Shah for the second session of the article series. This session will examine how we navigate the pandemic that has amplified the many longstanding inequities inherent in school systems that created even more significant gaps. How can we mitigate against this? As Vidya Shah asks in one of the articles we will use as a jumping-off point - "Who will we choose to be and how will we choose to live? How will it influence the how and why of schooling? "

Date: Thursday January 20, 2021

Guest Facilitator: Vidya Shah - Faculty of Education, York University

Session 2 Articles for Discussion:

Opportunism or Opportunity? - Navigating educational equity in the time of COVID-19 By: Vidya Shah

Leading an Equity-Focused Response Through and Beyond COVID-19 By: The Leadership Academy

Supporting School Leaders Beyond Wellness and Resiliency - April 12

Description: Principals’ and vice-principals’ work has intensified. Professional leadership learning predominantly focuses on individual personal wellness and professional leadership strategies. However, changes in the education system structure may provide more long-term solutions to the work environment. How can school leaders bring about these system changes?

Date: Tuesday April 12, 2022

Guest Facilitator: Dr. Katina Pollock - Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy in the field of Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies at the Faculty of Education, Western University.

Session 3 Articles for Discussion:

Principal well-being: Strategies and coping mechanisms in times of uncertainty

School principals work intensification and resilience - A call for structural change