This virtual learning series, comprised of eight sessions, is offered to newly appointed principals and vice-principals in Ontario. The program is founded on an inquiry-based approach through a reflective lens of human rights and equity. Each component of the program will enable participants to become more confident in their decision-making skills in various aspects of school leadership.

Through facilitated conversations, collaborative learning sessions and networking opportunities participants will explore challenges and opportunities as they transition and move through their first couple of years in formal school leadership. Sessions will include guest speakers, engagement through case studies and unpacking of resources to support a positive and smooth transition into the role. 


This program is open to newly appointed principals and vice-principals (up to three years in the role). There will be common sessions along with opportunities to collaborate in role-specific groupings. 


Date and Time 


Session 1

Saturday, September 28, 2024 

9:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. 

Getting Organized | Managing Priorities 


Centering Human Rights and Equity – Culturally Responsive Leadership 

Session 2

Wednesday, October 23

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 

Inclusive Education and Universal Design for Learning 
Session 3

Saturday, November 23

9:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. 

Communication | Social Media | Interpersonal Skills  


Conducting Investigations and Bias-aware Progressive Discipline 

Session 4

Wednesday, January 22, 2025 

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 

Finance and Managing Resources 
Session 5

Saturday, February 22 

9:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. 

Human Resources -Working with Unions and Managing Staff Relationships
Session 6

Wednesday, March 26

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Introduction to Mentor-Coaching 
Session 7

Saturday, April 26

9:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. 

Instructional Leadership and School Improvement Planning 
Session 8

Wednesday, May 28

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 

Ongoing Professional Development and Commitment to Learning 


Program Wrap-up and Reflection 


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Lawrence DeMaeyer

Professional Learning Consultant, Ontario Principals' Council

Lawrence has been an educator for over 30 years. He started his career as an elementary teacher before moving to secondary school where he spent over a decade as a Business Teacher and Department Head. He then served for 10 years as a secondary Vice-Principal and Principal. As a Principal, Lawrence held system-level leadership positions as a School Support Officer and Principal of Modern Learning. He has also served as a Superintendent of Education and Superintendent of Leadership Development and School Support. Lawrence’s passion for developing people, system learning, and innovation led him to join OPC in February of 2021 in the role of Professional Learning Education Advisor.  

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Susie Lee-Fernandes

Director of Professional Learning and Engagement, Ontario Principals' Council

Susie has served in education for over 23 years in the roles of teacher, principal and superintendent with responsibilities for equity, special education and leadership development. She is a dedicated educator and life-long learner, committed to culturally responsive leadership and authentic collaboration with community partners. In her current role as Director of Professional Learning for the Ontario Principals' Council, Susie is honoured to support principals and vice-principals in exemplary school leadership at the local, national and international levels.



Member and Associates: $495 + HST (you must login to receive the member/associate rate).

Non-Members: $750 + HST


  • After registration closesconfirmation and Zoom meeting linkwill be sent. 

  • There are no assessments or formal completion criteria for this program. If you have any questions, feel free to contact 

  • Registration deadline is Sunday, September 15, 2024.

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.