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. 

  • 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 October 15 $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 

Terms and Conditions

 Refund Policy

A full refund is available if you cancel up to two weeks before the start date, less a $50.00 non-refundable registration fee.

 

A $250.00 refund is available if you cancel one week before the start date.

 

There is no refund for cancellations after the start date.

 

A full refund applies when a session is cancelled due to low enrollment. 

 Interpretation Services Terms and Conditions
 The Ontario Principal’s Council (OPC) is committed to accommodating the individual needs of our Members, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code.  Once a candidate has registered and paid the applicable registration fees for a course, the OPC will contract with an interpretation service of its choosing and will cover the fees and expenses related to interpretation services in accordance with its contract arrangements with the interpreter.  The candidate is welcome to provide a list of preferred interpreters for us to consider, but OPC retains the discretion to choose the provider of these services.

As the OPC is required to comply with the cancellation policy specific to each independent interpreter, it will communicate the cancellation policy to the course candidate in writing. A candidate seeking to cancel their participation in an OPC course must comply with the interpreter’s cancellation policy and be respectful of the associated timelines. Candidates will be held responsible for cancellation fees applied as a result of missing timelines for cancellation.

OPC’s standard refund policy will also apply to all cancellations.