Catholic Principals' Leadership Development | Ontario, Leadership en action and Principal Association Projects,  the service partners for Catholic Principals' Council | Ontario (CPCO)L'Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (ADFO) and Ontario Principals' Council are offering webinars with a variety of experts focused on different areas of leadership that

  • explore guiding principles for effective school leadership and capacity building
  • can be aligned with ministry priorities and board policies and
  • can be used by the principals and vice-principals in each of the four sectors specific to leadership responsibilities.

Par l’entreprise d’associations partenaires (CPLDO, PAP et LEA), le Catholic Principals' Council | Ontario (CPCO), le Ontario Principals’ Council et l'Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (ADFO) offrent des webinaires aux directions et directions adjointes des quatre secteurs de l’éducation visant l’exploration de principes de base pour un leadership efficace tout en étant alignés avec les priorités ministérielles et les pratiques des conseils scolaires.


Specific topics for each speaker will be added soon. All webinars are fully subsidized by Professional Learning funding provided by the Ministry of Education as part of LOA4 negotiations in 2016. As such, they are offered at no cost to members and associates of the principals’ associations.

Le webinaire de Lyne Tremblay a été le premier dans cette série, offert le printemps dernier. Les informations seront mises à jour au fur et à mesure qu’elles deviennent disponibles. Ces webinaires sont offerts gratuitement à partir d’un financement du Ministère de l’Éducation dans le cadre de la lettre d’entente 4 signée lors des négociations de 2016. Bien que ces webinaires soient offerts en anglais, nous invitons les francophones à s’y inscrire.

Communicating in Challenging Times - Jennifer Abrams - October 1

Date: October 1

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m./13:00 - 14:00 

Description: No matter where what role we play in a school (principal, department chair, team lead), we all strive to make our communications clear and understandable.  And yet, in this time of uncertainty, we often don't get enough of an opportunity to think about the specific language we use and what our audiences need. We end up not being as successful as we could be in getting our messages out. 

We need to build up a skill set of messaging capabilities, resistance management strategies and for the sake of our health, our stress tolerance. This webinar is based on Jennifer’s book Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives will provide support and a laugh – all to help you communicate more effectively in these unprecedented and uncertain times.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Learn more about the communication of our initiatives, the complexity of it all and where we ‘trip up’ in our messaging 
  • Review research on how others respond and resist change 
  • Develop a linguistic tool kit for managing the resistance of others.


Presenter: Jennifer Abrams 

Formerly a high school English teacher and a new teacher coach in Palo Alto Unified School District (Palo Alto, CA), Jennifer Abrams is currently a communications consultant and author who works with educators and others on new teacher and employee support, being generationally savvy, effective collaboration skills, having hard conversations and creating identity safe workplaces.

Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community, Hard Conversations Unpacked - the Whos, Whens and What Ifs, and Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives.  Her upcoming book on being our best adult selves at school will be out in 2021.

Jennifer has been invited to keynote, facilitate and coach at schools and conferences worldwide and is honored to have been named one of the “18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know,” by Education Week’s ‘Finding Common Ground’’ blog.  More about Jennifer’s work can be found at her website,, and on Twitter @jenniferabrams


Change: Surviving the Chaos - Richard Gerver - October 15

Date: October 15

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m./13:00 - 14:00 

Description: How did you react when it really struck? Paralysis, denial, anger, depression? Maybe a mix of all four. As educators and as leaders we want nothing more than to support our colleagues, galvanise our communities and most importantly, lift up our students. The events of the last few months and the lack of certainty it has brought has left so many with a profound sense of a lack of control. In this uplifting session, Richard will share thinking and ideas that will help us, on a human level, feel a greater sense of empowerment and optimism as we move our schools and communities forward and out of the chaos. 


Presenter: Richard Gerver 

Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He is an award-winning speaker, bestselling author and world-renowned thinker.

Richard began his career in education, most notably as headmaster of the failing Grange Primary School. In just two years, he famously transformed the school into one of the most acclaimed learning environments in the world. He was celebrated by UNESCO and the UK Government for its incredible turnaround.

Richard has since transitioned to the global stage where he uses his trademark humour and natural style to deliver passionate, provocative and authentic speeches. He draws upon the first-hand experiences and unique insights garnered from frontline education to explore the links between great leadership, human potential, change and innovation.

The three core principles underpinning Richard's philosophy are communication, empowerment and impact. He argues that great leadership is first and foremost about serving the needs of the people who work for you. His mantra: systems and structures change nothing; people do. More about Richard’s work can be found at her website,, and on Twitter @richardgerver


Yassmin Abdel-Magied - October 27

Date: October 27

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m./13:00 - 14:00 


Presenter: Yassmin Abdel-Magied 

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is an engineer, author, broadcaster, and award-winning social advocate. Her powerful TED talk, “What does my headscarf mean to you” has more than 1.8 million views, and she has become an internationally renowned speaker on the topics of unconscious bias and leadership. Through her work and thought-provoking talks, Yassmin is on a mission to make diversity the norm across the world through empowerment, empathy, and the power of stories.

At the age of 16, Yassmin founded Youth Without Borders, a youth-led grassroots organisation focused on empowering young people to positively change their communities. Driven by her love of Motorsport, she also designed a race car at 19, and graduated valedictorian with first class honours from mechanical engineering. Yassmin then went on to work as one of the few female engineers on oil and gas rigs around Australia, while continuing to advocate for social justice.

A bestselling author, Yassmin published her debut memoir, Yassmin's Story at the age of 24 and her writing has appeared in publications worldwide, including The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Australian Financial Review. She is also the author of the children’s fiction book You Must Be Layla.

Yassmin has served on numerous boards and councils, and is currently the founder of Mumtaza and an internationally sought-after advisor on issues facing women, youth, and those from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds. She has spoken in more than 20 countries across five continents. 


 Gabrielle Scrimshaw - November 10

Date: November 10

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m./13:00 - 14:00 


Presenter: Gabrielle Scrimshaw 

Gabrielle Scrimshaw is an internationally sought-after storyteller and expert in Indigenous education. She has an MBA from Stanford and is a Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.

Growing up in a rural Indigenous town of 800 people, Gabrielle was raised in a single parent household and is a proud citizen of the Hatchet Lake Denesuline Nation. She is the co-founder of the Indigenous Professional Association of Canada and is an expert on diversity, leadership, and social justice.

She is a regular contributor for North America's largest national media outlets and has been profiled by the New York Times and Forbes.


 Sugata Mitra - November 17

Date: November 17

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m./10:00 - 11:00 


Presenter: Sugata Mitra 

Prof. Sugata Mitra’s current work is on the Internet and children’s learning. Prof. Sugata Mitra is Professor Emeritus at NIIT University Rajasthan India. A Ph.D. in theoretical physics, he retired in 2019 as Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, UK.  

In 2013, he was awarded the first $1 million TED prize, to put his educational ideas together to create seven laboratories called ‘Schools in the Cloud’. Here he studied learning as emergent phenomena in an educational self-organising system. These results question the ideas of curriculum, examinations and the meaning of ‘knowing’ itself in the Internet world of the 21st century.

The effects of Sugata Mitra’s work on the lives of people and the economy of the countries can only be guessed at. 




The following topic areas will be addressed through these webinars:

  • Developing agency
  • Improving equity through leadership
  • Becoming resilient leaders
  • Celebrating innovation
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Achieving balance (French session)