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
 Module 10 - Fostering a Culture of Reconciliation in our Schools
  • Build understandings of the origins, histories, and historical contributions of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Develop awareness and knowledge of treaties and treaty relationships to further our journey towards reconciliation.
  • Learn and understand more about the Indian Act and how it has impacted the lives of Indigenous peoples since 1876.
  • Understand Indigenous experiences related to forced assimilation and the legacy of residential schools.
  • Develop an understanding of the Indigenous protest movement.
  • Set goals of reconciliation for ourselves and our school communities.

Module 11 - Leaders Supporting French as a Second Language Programs in Ontario

  • Explore the benefits and transferable skills afforded through second language learning
  • Understand the similarities and differences between the three French as a Second Language programs in Ontario. 
  • Examine the important role of leadership in French as a Second Language teacher support and retention.
  • Reflect on how leaders create equitable and optimal conditions for learning for all learners in French as a Second Language programs.

Module 12 - Supporting Student Mental Health

  • Explore a shared language of mental health via the School Mental Health of Ontario (SMHO) website and resources
  • Understand culturally responsive Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and the Ailighned and Integrated Model (AIM) from the SMH-ON website
  • Compare and contrast mental health supports/strategies within your school
  • Understand the role of schools in supporting student mental health

Course fee

$100 + HST per module 

2021/2022 Schedule

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

July 27 - 28, 2022 Module 12 - Supporting Student Mental Health  July 20, 2022
 October 14 – 23, 2022 Module 1 - Developing an Understanding of the School Principal Role October 7, 2022 
November 10 - 20, 2022  Module 2 – Having a Professional/Challenging Conversation November 3, 2022 

December 9 – 18, 2022

Module 3 – Exploring your Equity Stance December 2, 2022 
January 20 – 29, 2023 Module 4 – What is Instructional Leadership? January 13, 2023
 February 3 – 12, 2023 Module 5 - Leading Safe Schools  January 27, 2023 
 March 3 – 12, 2023 Module 6 - Data Informed Decision Making  February 24, 2023 
 April 28 – May 7, 2023 Module 7 - What are the Legal Duties of a Principal?  April 21, 2023 
 May 12 – 21, 2023
Module 8 - Growing Your Personal Leadership Resources (PLR’s) May 5, 2023 
 June 9 – 18, 2023
Module 9 - Life-Balance for Aspiring Leaders  June 2, 2023 
 July 14 – 23, 2023
Module 10 - Fostering a Culture of Reconciliation in our Schools July 7, 2023 
August 11- 20, 2023 Module 11 - Leaders Supporting French as a Second Language Programs in Ontario August 4, 2023 
 September 15 – 24, 2023
Module 12 - Supporting Student Mental Health September 8, 2023 



Board Partnerships

Toronto District School Board

It is a priority for us to develop, provide and support a variety of relevant, accessible and locally customized professional learning opportunities, based on diverse Member needs, feedback and job demands. For those looking to offer this program in your board, we can customize most of our programs and learning sessions to the unique characteristics of each district upon request.  

Terms and Conditions

 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.

 Interpretation Services
The OPC is committed to accommodating the individual needs of our Members, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Once a candidate has registered and paid the applicable registration fees for a course, the OPC will contract with an interpretation service of its choosing and will cover the fees and expenses related to interpretation services in accordance with its contract arrangements with the interpreter. The candidate is welcome to provide a list of preferred interpreters for us to consider, but OPC retains the discretion to choose the provider of these services.

As the OPC is required to comply with the cancellation policy specific to each independent interpreter, it will communicate the cancellation policy to the course candidate in writing. A candidate seeking to cancel their participation in an OPC course must comply with the interpreter’s cancellation policy and be respectful of the associated timelines. Candidates will be held responsible for cancellation fees applied as a result of missing timelines for cancellation.

OPC’s standard refund policy will also apply to all cancellations.