These offerings provide a range of opportunities for Members to collaborate and connect on different topics and professional responsibilities. 

 Indigenous Connections
Indigenous Connections is a series of opportunities for school leaders to engage in conversations that deepen their understanding of Indigenous history, heritage, and culture. These facilitated sessions are designed to maximize peer-to-peer connection and sharing of ideas, especially those connected to creating school environments that acknowledge and honour Indigenous ways of knowing and being, and where all students can thrive and grow.  

Session #3 -  Discussions about Cultural Safety in Education: Creating safer spaces for community and student engagement

Description: Participants will explore cultural humility as a lifelong learner, cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity.

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2022

Cost: Free for OPC members and associate members. Non-members = $56.50 ($50.00 + 6.50 HST).

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

Facilitator: Sabrina Sawyer

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Sabrina is an educator, she currently works in Equity and Women’s Services with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. Prior to leaving Grand Erie, Sabrina was an elementary classroom teacher (2006-2016) and the Indigenous Education Lead for the Grand Erie District School Board (2016-2020). She was involved in many student leadership initiatives as well as committees, including an Executive member of the ETFO Provincial Executive and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation’s Advisory Committee for Indigenous Education.

Principal Coffee Connections

OPC is offering 30-minute “Coffee connections”. During these drop-in sessions you can join us with your morning coffee, tea, juice or water and discussion some of the issues you are dealing with along with principals and vice-principals from across Ontario or joint with the British Columbia Principals' and Vice-Principals' Association (BCPVPA). We may choose to focus on a specific topic, or we may not. The intention is to provide a space where you can have a coffee and friendly conversation with colleagues. Sessions will take place on the third Thursday of each month and will alternate between a 7:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. start time.

Sessions

  • December 15 at 7:00 p.m. EST
  • January 19 at 7:30 a.m. EST
  • February 16 at 7:00 p.m. EST
  • March 16 at 7:30 a.m. EDT
  • April 20 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
  • May 18 at 7:30 a.m. EDT
  • June 15 at 7:00 p.m. EDT

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 Equity Connections

Equity Connections is a series of opportunities for school leaders to engage in conversations that deepen their understanding of anti-racism and anti-oppression. These facilitated sessions are designed to maximize sharing of ideas, especially those connected to creating anti-oppressive school environments and where all students can thrive and grow.

Session #2: Leading Through In/Visibility

Description: The second session of Equity Connections will be facilitated by Vidya Shah. Vidya will be in conversation with Irfan Toor, OPC's Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to explore the theme of “Leading through In/Visibility”, based on her podcast of the same name from the UnLeading Project.

UnLeading Podcast - Leading Through In/Visibility

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST.

Cost: Free for OPC members and associate members. Non-members = $56.50 ($50.00 + 6.50 HST). 

Facilitator: Vidya Shah

Panelist: Irfan Toor, Director of Equity Diversity and Inclusion at Ontario Principals' Council

                    Renu Kohli, Principal in the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board

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Dr. Vidya Shah is an educator committed to issues of equity and justice. She is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, York University and teaches in the Master of Leadership and Community Engagement and Initial Teacher Education Programs. She received her Doctorate in Educational Administration from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and her research explores the contributing factors to district reform for equity. Vidya has worked in the Model Schools for Inner Cities Program in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and was a primary, junior and intermediate classroom teacher in the TDSB. She is currently the GTA Regional Lead for the Réseau de Savoir sur l’Équité/Equity Knowledge Network in partnership with the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa and the Ontario Ministry of Education. Vidya is also a curriculum writer and is actively involved in community initiatives.

Session #3: Pushing Through the Resistance

Description: Speaking out against racism, sexism and oppression, in an unwavering and unapologetic manner, is not always easy nor is it always appreciated. Regardless of your own personal identity, equity work is difficult.  As leaders we know equity work is an essential part of our portfolio.  This 60-minute session will focus on practical strategies to address resistance and promote inclusion in ways that are not tokenistic.  Whether furthering your own learning or sharing ideas that have been successful, this session will give school leaders the chance to refocus on your personal agency and skill to develop a plan for moving forward with your equity work. 

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2022.

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST.

Cost: Free for OPC members and associate members. Non-members = $56.50 ($50.00 + 6.50 HST).

Facilitator: Michelle Rodney-Bartalos

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Recently retired from being System Principal of Equity, Michelle Rodney has worked as an advocate for many marginalized communities, exercising a confident and passionate voice to inspire staff, parents and students to excel in all aspects of school life despite systemic barriers. She has worked in an assortment of schools in two different school boards (TDSB and HWDSB), providing her with a range of experiences within culturally and socio-economically diverse communities. She is passionate about education and has always promoted a culture of high expectations for all staff and students.  

Through various roles, courses, workshops and trainings in Canada, the US and Australia, she has varied experience with leadership of staff and adult learning models. In roles on Hamilton Wentworth Principal Council as Vice Chair, Chair, OPC Counselor, Elementary Equity Representative, EDI OPC Representative, as well as CODE Conversations Series Panelist and DEI Summit presenter she has effectively engaged and motivated elementary and secondary colleagues while working collaboratively with HR departments and unions. In her system role as well as currently sitting on the Board of Directors for two major organizations, she focuses on mentoring, recruiting and retaining staff with eye to creating a more equitable future for the youth of Ontario. 

Virtual Schools Professional Learning Network (PLN)

This PLN focuses on the opportunities and challenges of leading virtual schools.  Driven by participant voices, this is an opportunity for Members with responsibility or interest in leading virtual schools to engage with colleagues to share ideas, strategies, experiences and learning needs.  Please join us in this supportive, engaging learning opportunity.

Session #1:

Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2022.

Time:  4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST.

Facilitators: Shaundell Parris, Asha Rathod

Session #1.5:

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2022.

Time:  4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST.

Facilitators: Shaundell Parris, Asha Rathod

Session #2:

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

Time:  4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST.

Facilitators: Shaundell Parris, Asha Rathod

Session #3:

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2023.

Time:  4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT.

Facilitators: Shaundell Parris, Asha Rathod

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Please note that registering for the session linked above will register you for all three sessions. Additionally, registration is open to everyone at any time, even if you have missed the first or second session.

Leadership Development Professional Learning Network (PLN)

Leadership development continues to be an important focus for all school districts, including support and learning for emerging leaders and newly appointed administrators. This PLN is for Members who are involved in leadership development activities in their districts to come together and share some of their ideas, strategies and experiences.  Whether you are in a central role or are a committee member that supports leadership development and are interested in forming a network to connect and share, this PLN will be for you.

Session #1:

Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

Time:  3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST.

Facilitator: Lawrence DeMaeyer

Session #2:

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

Time: 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST.

Facilitator: Lawrence DeMaeyer

Session #3:

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2023.

Time:  3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Facilitator: Lawrence DeMaeyer

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Please note that registering for the session linked above will register you for all three sessions. Additionally, registration is open to everyone at any time, even if you have missed the first or second session.

Adult Learning (Continuing Ed.) Professional Learning Network (PLN)

If you are interested in joining a PLN to discuss matters related to Adult Learning or Continuing Education, please fill out this survey here: 

Adult Learning/Continuing Education Survey