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.

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.