The Global Principal Partnerships (GPP) is a one-week international exchange program for Ontario principals and vice-principals with three essential components

  1. shared knowledge
  2. immersed learning
  3. inquiry-based research

It is grounded in the principles of the Ontario Leadership Framework.

Applicants complete a personal profile survey that matches them with an international colleague. Participants job shadow their partner over a week-long exchange. Accommodation and meals are provided by exchange partners.

Participants are asked to select an area of focus to investigate over the course of the exchange.

Exchange Fee

$325 + HST covers the administration, planning and coordination of the program.

Flights and expenses incurred are the responsibility of the participant.


The GPP aims to give participants the opportunity to

  • travel
  • make new acquaintances
  • learn first-hand how the role of school administrators differs across international districts and school systems
  • engage in a self-reflective process that improves their ability to examine their own practices, ask questions and make changes
  • build international Professional Learning Communities to foster ongoing learning and
  • contribute to and learn from international best practices in education administration and school/system leadership.
Upcoming Exchanges



Ontario Participants visiting Italy

March 9 to 17, 2019

Italian Participants visiting Ontario

April 6 to 14, 2019

Ontario Participants visiting Finland

March 9 to 17, 2019

Finland Participants visiting Ontario

October 19 to 27, 2019

The application deadline was October 15, 2018.

Make your payment

If you have been accepted to participate in the exchange, please make your payment here:

Finland-Pay Now


Italy-Pay Now

Research Report

Download “A Glance Beyond our Borders: A report on professional exchanges between school administrators.”

This report shares participant experiences and gives readers a better understanding of what GPP is accomplishing.