Each month, we will offer several professional learning sessions based on themes identified by our members. All sessions are free to OPC Members and Associates. Non-Members will pay a registration fee for each session.

To register, click on the session title that you are interested in and complete the form below the description. 

  October: SEL Leadership Series: Session # 3

SEL Leadership Series: Session # 3

Date: Wednesday October 20, 2021

Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT.

Description: In session 3, we will begin by asking leaders how they’re feeling about implementing SEL in the midst of challenges caused by the pandemic. Then we’ll dive into the following questions: 1. What are the obstacles leaders face in creating a school-wide approach to SEL? 2.

What role can our business and community partners play in helping students, teachers, and parents see the value in SEL? What is the role of school leaders in supporting teachers as they begin to implement the new math curriculum which includes SEL as a strand?

More specifically, we will begin by identifying obstacles and then together discuss elements of a practical plan that builds on our school strengths to create conditions that best elevate the social and emotional dimensions of learning within our schools.

We will then hear from business leaders, and how they are focusing on SEL in the workplace. We’ll explore partnerships to help make the case for SEL in schools so that students can thrive at school, at work, and in their communities.

Finally, we’ll take a look at the new math curriculum as one element in the evolution towards an increased focus on social emotional learning in schools. We’ll do a temperature check to see how teachers are responding and initial steps by school leaders in implementation. Most importantly, we’ll acknowledge that this is the beginning of a journey and will identify next steps in professional learning for teachers and leaders.

SEL Leadership Series: Session # 1 Recording - SEL from the Classrooom to the World

SEL Leadersip Series: Session # 2 Recording - Leading for Well-Being and Learning

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Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Adams & Mr. Louka Parry

Dr. Jennifer Adams: Jennifer has recently completed an eight-year term as the Director of Education for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board in Ontario Canada, serving a diverse student population of 73,000 across 150 elementary and secondary schools. She is a former superintendent of curriculum, elementary school principal, and French teacher. Jennifer earned her doctorate in educational administration from the University of Toronto/OISE, Canada. 

Jennifer has served as the Chair of the Informal Advisory Group for the OECD Study on Social and Emotional Skills and is currently on the Executive Committee for Karanga: The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Knowledgehook Signature Leadership Series. Jennifer is the founder and CEO of Educating Leaders, a consulting company specializing in education, future skills, and senior leadership/talent development.



Mr. Louka Parry: Louka Parry is a learning strategist, education futurist and social entrepreneur working at the global forefront with schools, systems and organisations to help them adapt for the future. As a school teacher, he was promoted to Principal at 27 years old and was named Inspirational Public Secondary Teacher of the Year for South Australia. Now as Founder and CEO of The Learning Future, he works internationally (in English and Spanish) to support positive change with a focus on innovation, future skills, leadership, wellbeing, technology and organisational culture. 

Louka also serves as a Founding Executive of Karanga: The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills that seeks to inspire and equip practitioners, policy makers and researchers from across the world to promote quality and equitable Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills through initiatives that connect, coordinate, and drive action. A rapid learner, he holds two Masters degrees, speaks five languages, has visited over 80 countries and recently completed a fellowship at Stanford’s d.school. You’ll normally find him nerding out on ideas, running trails, playing music and generally exploring with a rather insatiable and problematic curiosity. 

 November - More information will be available soon
More information will be available soon.
December: Changing YOU in order to change your world; new perspective on taking action!

Changing YOU in order to change your world; new perspective on taking action!

Date: Tuesday December 7, 2021.

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST.

Description: In the midst of stress, overwhelm and uncertainty in this world we need some optimism and proactivity!  This session will focus on YOU; taking action for changing you in order to change your world.  When we learn to create habits and actions that change our daily intentions and perspectives we begin to see the world in a different way.  When we can see the world with optimism, positivity and endless possibilities that is when we have mastered putting on our oxygen mask first in order to put on others and become the leaders and people we were truly meant to be!

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OPC Member Registration

Non Member Registration

Presenter: Michelle Sigmann

Who is Michelle Sigmann? Professionally I am a Vice Principal and a Certified Wellness Coach.  I understand the busyness of life and how overwhelm, and stress can take over our intention to be well and take care of ourselves.  My vision and what I teach is an approach that is both realistic and manageable for busy people trying to do it all.  You can have it all, you just need to be able to learn a system that keeps you focussed, intentional with your time and prioritizing the things that matter the most.  I am excited to watch people get motivated and inspired right in front of me to change their perspective to change their world.


The Ontario Principals’ Council is committed to accommodating the individual needs of our Members and learning session participants, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Our professional learning offerings provide access to a variety of AODA compliant mechanisms, including technologies, to share, collaborate and connect across Ontario and beyond. If you require accommodation, please contact learning@principals.ca or call 416-322-6600 and ask to speak with a member of our professional learning team.