The Emerging Leader Development Program (ELDP) is designed to prepare teachers for a successful transition to a school administrator role. The five-hour online modules are facilitated by practising principals and provide an opportunity for reflection and dialogue with other emerging leaders. The ELDP focuses on topics described in recent research or identified as helpful by new and experienced principals and vice-principals in building their capacity to deal with the complexity of the role.

Modules may be completed in any order. You can choose as many or as few as you would like to participate in. This is not a certificate program.

Module information

Module 1Developing an Understanding of the School Principal Role

  • The legal duties of principals as outlined in the Education Act
  • The Ontario Leadership Framework: developing an understanding of the 5 domains and how the OLF can be used as a guide for professional growth
  • The personal leadership resources and how they impact the role of the principal
  • Emotional Intelligence (EI)

Module 2Having a Professional/Challenging Conversation

  • Different types of conversations
  • Cognitive and emotional barriers
  • Active trust as an essential part of making change and leading a school
  • Recognizing the power of listening throughout the conversation

Module 3Exploring your Equity Stance

  • The impact of privilege and unconscious bias impact on school, students, staff and communities
  • The principal as change agent
  • Recognizing biases/privilege and the extent to which these inform our decision-making attitudes and actions
  • The moral imperative in creating an equity and inclusive stance

Module 4 – What is Instructional Leadership?

  • How leadership and management are intertwined in the role of principal
  • The changing nature of school leadership
  • The difference between professional learning and professional development
Module 5 - Leading Safe Schools
  • The role of the principal in creating and maintaining safe and caring schools
  • Progressive discipline as a whole-school approach
  • Bullying intervention and prevention as integral to a positive school climate
  • Restorative circles as a means of working through conflict in schools
Module 6 - Data Informed Decision Making
  • The role of the principal in promoting a culture of excellence and accountability
  • Internal, external and holistic accountability
  • Types of data: achievement, demographic, perceptual, and program
  • Data and the School Effectiveness Framework and the School Improvement Process
Module 7 -  What are the Legal Duties of a Principal?
  • The similarities and differences between the legal duties of a teacher and principal
  • The relationship between a principal's legal duties and their daily practice
  • Health and safety of students and staff
  • Principal duties related to statutes, regulations, PPM's and board policy

Module 8 - Growing Your Personal Leadership Resources (PLR's)

  • Social resources, psychological resources, and cognitive resources
  • Self-awareness through assessment surveys
  • Strategies to build strong PLR's
  • Personal action plan & SMART goals

Module 9 - Life-Balance for Aspiring Leaders

  • Examine life-balance and it's complexities
  • Explore the wellness wheel
  • Understand your well-being and link to practice
  • Ways to enhance your well-being

Course fee

$100 + HST per module (effective January 2, 2020)

2019 - 2020 Schedule

The modules are available online for one week at time per the schedule below. The expectaion is that five hours worth of work is completed within that week. Program deadlines are firm.




October 5 - 12 Module 1 - Developing an Understanding of the School Principal Role  September 28
October 26 - November 2 Module 2 - Having a Professional/Challenging Conversation  October 19
November 16 - 30 Module 3 - Exploring your Equity Stance November 9
December 7 - 14 Module 4 - What is Instructional Leadership? November 30
January 11 - 18 Module 5 - Leading Safe Schools  January 4
February 1 - 8 Module 6 - Data Informed Decision Making  January 25
February 22 - 29 Module 7 - What are the Legal Duties of a Principal?  February 15
March 28 - April 4 Module 8 - Growing Your Personal Leadership Resources (PLR’s) March 21
April 25 - May 2 Module 9 - Life-Balance for Aspiring Leaders  April 18



Cancellation and refund policy

A full refund will be issued if cancelled one week before the course start date. An administrative fee of 50% of the course cost will be charged for late cancellations. There will be no refund for cancellations after the course start date.