This series of professional learning opportunities is offered to newly appointed vice-principals and principals from anywhere in the world. The program will be founded on an inquiry approach with a dual focus. Each component of the program will enable participants to become more confident in their decision-making skills in all aspects of their work as school leaders. Additionally, participants will develop self-reflective strategies to identify racist and colonial practices and work toward eliminating them.

Fall-Winter Program

Through discussions with experienced principals and vice-principals, facilitated learning sessions and networking opportunities participants will address challenges and recognize opportunities as they move through their first school year as administrators. Participants will collectively identify topics for monthly facilitated learning sessions. Finally, each participant will have access to a set amount of coaching hours with one of the experienced school leaders.

Eligibility

This program is open to newly appointed vice-principals and principals. We will create two cohorts within the program, one for principals and one for vice-principals. 

  • Newly appointed vice-principals - If you have been appointed to the role of vice-principal anytime since September 1, 2020, you are eligible to join this program at one of three entry points: July, August or September. 
  • Newly appointed principals - If you have been appointed to the role of principal from a vice-principal position or from a teaching position anytime since September 1, 2020, you are eligible to join this program beginning in September. 
Affinity groups

Dependent on registration, we will provide participants with the option of creating affinity groups for small-group discussions. An invitation will be shared in June and in July, once registration has closed for each of the summer components. For the full year program, the invitation for affinity groups will be sent the second week of September. Those who join after that will be able to choose to be added to an existing affinity group. 

Session Content

  • Topics will be determined two months ahead of each session to continue to be responsive to needs of the group and may include adult learning principles, dealing with difficult conversations, equity leadership, special education, budgeting, staffing, and working with unions.

  • 3-hour sessions will feature content experts or experienced principals from around the province. 

  • 90-minute sessions will include opportunities for discussion in large or small groups amongst participants, and occasionally with experienced leaders. 

  • Participants will have access to a month at a glance resource to support in medium and long term planning as a vice-principal or principal.

Program Schedule

The full program is a total of 22.5 hours of learning sessions and up to 10 hours of individual coaching.

The following schedule is tentative and to the best of our ability, we will adjust the schedule based on participant feedback in the fall. Ideally, each session can be offered twice, once during the school day and another during an evening or the weekend. 

  • September 18: Engaging Parent, Community and Student Voice (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

  • October 21: 90-minute session - 45-minute group discussion, 45-minute coaching (3:45 - 5:15 p.m.)

  • November 16: 3-hour learning session (6:00 - 9:00 p.m.)

  • December 15: 90-minute session - 45-minute group discussion, 45-minute coaching (3:45 - 5:15 p.m.)

  • January 23: 3-hour learning session (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.)

  • February 17: 90 minute session - 45-minute group discussion, 45-minute coaching (3:45 - 5:15 p.m.)

  • March 22: 3-hour learning session (6:00 - 9:00 p.m.)

  • April 27: 90-minute session - 45-minute group discussion, 45-minute coaching (3:45 - 5:15 p.m.)

  • May 14: 3-hour learning session (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

  • June 9: 90-minute wrap-up session and celebration of progress (3:45 - 5:15 p.m.)

Mentor-Coaching Component

Each participant will be paired with a facilitator who will act as a coach for the duration of the program. The pairing process will take into account participant preferences and level of comfort with the facilitators. The nature of the discussions between the participants and the facilitators will be confidential and they will not report back any discussions with OPC or school boards. They will share with us general topics that are discussed to help inform the themes for the monthly learning sessions. 

 

Each individual will have access between 6 and 10 hours of individual coaching based on their needs.

Registration 

The OPC will subsidize a portion of Member and Associate participation. 

Program Registration Deadline OPC Member or Associate Cost Non-OPC Cost
Fall-Winter Program September 30 $885 $1,560

All pricing is subject to HST.

A discount is offered for group registrations, please email gboulos@principals.ca to register a group. 

OPC Member or Associate Registration

Non-OPC Registration