Throughout July and August, we are offering multiple online learning sessions on relevant topics for school leaders. All full day sessions will provide participants wellness breaks throughout the day, along with an intermission for lunch. 

The 2020 Summer Learning registration fees have been discounted to reflect a subsidy provided by OPC, which is reflective of our ongoing commitment to quality professional learning engagement and in recognition of the challenges associated with the current pandemic.

July 

Registration deadline for all July sessions is July 2

French Immersion Teacher Retention and Developing the French Immersion Program - July 6 to 17

In response to some of the challenges facing FSL leaders, CPCO and OPC have designed a 5-hour online module to support Members and Associates. Participants will explore leadership strategies and ways to mitigate issues identified in research regarding the development of the French immersion module.

 

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Culturally Responsive Leadership: Pathway Towards Empowering School Culture -  July 7

This day of interactive activities including role playing and case studies will allow participants to reflect on their understandings of culture, cultural diversity and culturally responsive education.

Participants will engage in critical discussions around cultural issues that are commonly faced by administrators, and gain understandings of how they may utilize a (Trans-multi) culturally responsive education framework to build culturally responsive leadership and an empowering school culture that provides equitable learning opportunities for diverse students. 

The workshop will create opportunities for the participants to utilize culturally responsive critical and transformational multicultural education perspectives and Indigenous ways of knowing to inform their leadership, pedagogical practices and community engagement within their schools and broader communities in Canadian and wider international contexts. 

Note: The key focus of this workshop and the workshop on International Mindedness (July 6) is on cultural understandings, but the facilitators are working together to ensure complementarity without duplication. This allows participants flexibility to choose one or to attend both.

 

Deadline for Registration: July 2, 2020

Cost: $40 plus HST    

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. including multiple wellness breaks and intermission for lunch, additional 1-2 hours of pre-work on Canvas

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Facilitator: Dr. Latika Raisinghani 

Dr. Latika Raisinghani has a PhD in CurricuLatika Raisinghani's Picturelum Studies with a focus on Science and Mathematics Education from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As a learner, teacher, teacher educator, and educational researcher, Dr. Raisinghani has engaged in teaching and learning of science and mathematics in multiple cultural contexts, which include Canada, India, and Micronesia. Guided by her father Professor (Dr.) Prem Mangharam Raisinghani’s vision of “Education as the greatest wealth”, and her mother Mrs. Mohini Prem Raisinghani’s teachings of “empathy and unconditional love”, Dr. Raisinghani strives for responsiveness in research, teaching and learning. Her research and teaching interests include critical multicultural education, culturally responsive education, Indigenous ways of knowing and community engaged learning. Informed by her doctoral research which explored Canadian teachers’ perspectives on students’ cultural diversity and culturally responsive teaching, Dr. Raisinghani aims to invite (trans-multi)culturally responsive education which builds an empowering school culture that embraces “difference” and cherishes diversity.

Education in a COVID-19 World: Why Relationships Matter More Than Ever (Dr. Tranter) - July 13

Educators, including administrators, face greater pressures in schools than ever before. They are expected to do more and more with less and less. It’s vital, therefore, that administrators revisit what matters most when it comes to promoting learning and development. This workshop will examine the emerging science that places relationships at the core of supporting mental health, well-being and achievement in education. It will help school leaders look at how they can foster “developmental relationships” in themselves, their staff, their students and community partners

 

Deadline for Registration: July 2, 2020

Cost: $15 plus HST

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. including multiple wellness breaks 

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Facilitator: Dr. David Tranter 

Professor, Faculty of Social Work – Lakehead University

Dr. David Tranter has been teaching and working in mental health, well-being, and education for over 30 years. As a researcher, professor and the Scientific Director for the Centre for Relationship-Based Education, Dr. Tranter works widely with educators across Canada and beyond to support students at all grade levels to reach their highest potential. He is a dynamic, thought-provoking, and entertaining speaker, who has challenged educators across the country to think differently about their role, and to understand the needs of students on a deeper level. He is the co-creator of The Third Path: a relationship-based pedagogical framework that promotes both student well-being and academic achievement. His book, “The Third Path”, is now available. More information about his work can be found at thirdpath.ca and relationshipbasedschools.com.

 

August 

Registration deadline for all August sessions is August 11

Focusing Your Equity Lens - August 18

This workshop is divided into three parts. Participants will

  • have the opportunity to deepen your awareness of your own biases and understand how they impact your worldview
  • learn and share with practising principals to deepen understanding of different equity lenses and
  • work collaboratively to apply your learning in order to support the integration of the equity lens in your respective school.

 

Deadline for Registration: August 11, 2020 

Cost: $20 plus HST

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. including wellness breaks, additional 1-2 hours of pre-work on Canvas

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Facilitator: Laura Hodgins 

 Sports Informed Leadership - August 18

In sport, coaches use data and a specific skill set to bring athletes to perform at an optimal or peak performance or level. As administrators, we use data and our competencies to bring teachers and students to an optimal level of achievement and well-being. What can we learn from some of the top performing coaches to support us in our roles as administrators? During this workshop, participants will explore how we can adapt strategies and attitudes from individual and team sport coaching to school leadership. 

 

Deadline for Registration: August 11, 2020 

Cost: $20 plus HST

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. including a wellness break, additional 1-2 hours of pre-work on Canvas

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Facilitators: Mark Campbell and Meshell Lynch-James

Leading Professional Learning in Your School - August 19

Administrators are often called upon to support professional learning for school staff. This highly interactive and collaborative workshop is an opportunity to add to your toolbox as a facilitator of professional learning. Using research foundations for adult learning and shared successful practices for staff learning, participants will deepen their knowledge of effective professional learning strategies to add to their existing repertoire. 

 

Deadline for Registration: August 11, 2020 

Cost: $15 plus HST

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. including wellness breaks

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Facilitator: Naeem Siddiq

Best Foot Forward for 2020-21: Choices to Support Well-being - August 20

The workshop will explore the evidence on leadership, work-life balance and well-being. The ambition of the workshop is to offer participants a variety of evidence-based practical tools and strategies to create a more well being focused approach to the 2020-21 school year. Participants will be actively engaged during the session as they work to deepen their knowledge and develop a personal and school-level wellbeing-focused approach design that is appropriate for them as they embark on a new school year. 

 

Deadline for Registration: August 11, 2020 

Cost: $30 plus HST

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. including multiple wellness breaks and intermission for lunch

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Facilitators: Dr. Karen Edge and Louka Parry

Dr. Karen Edge is currently a Reader in Educational Leadership at UCL Institute of Education and recently served as Pro-Vice Provost (International) at University College London, UK. Karen has conducted research in over 30 countries and has recently completed a 6 jurisdiction study of teacher motivation and retention. Karen's Global City Leaders Project worked with Generation X (under 40 year old) school leaders in London, New York City and Toronto to understand more about their work, lives and ambitions. Karen is also preparing two books on Generation X leaders (Routledge) and City-based education policy contexts and the influence on school leaders (Bloomsbury). She sits on ESRC (UK), Danish and Swiss National Research Review Panels and the Advisory Panel for International School Leadership Principals in Ontario. 

 

Louka Parry is the CEO and Founder of The Learning Future, an organisation that supports schools, systems and companies to thrive in tomorrow’s world. A former teacher, he became a school principal at 27 years old and was named Inspirational Public Secondary Teacher of the Year for South Australia. He has since trained thousands of educators and leaders globally to increase their positive impact. He holds two Masters degrees, speaks five languages, has completed studies at Harvard and been a resident at Stanford’s dschool. He is committed to equipping individuals, schools and organisations at the convergence of social, emotional and academic learning.

 

 

Postponed to Fall 

International Mindedness for Linguistic and Cultural Inclusion 

Participants will gain an understanding of the domains of International Mindedness: Ethical and Moral Motivation, Reflective and Critical Thinking, Knowledge of Cultural Diversity and Appreciation and Promotion of Cultural Diversity.

Later in the day, administrators will have the opportunity to reflect collaboratively on how to further their own international mindedness and how to promote international mindedness in their schools, in order to advance linguistic and cultural inclusion.

Throughout this workshop, participants will take into account other cultural perspectives such as the Indigenous perspective, when considering linguistic and cultural inclusion. 

 

Note: The key focus of this workshop and the workshop on Culturally Responsive Leadership (July 7) is on cultural understandings, but the facilitators are working together to ensure complementarity without duplication. This allows participants flexibility to choose one or to attend both.

 

Date: To be announced - Fall season 

Cost: $40 plus HST

 

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Facilitator: Dr. Lana Al-Aghbar

Dr. Lana Al-Aghbar is the Lower Elementary Principal at the American School of Doha in Qatar. She has been an international educator for over 24 years and is experienced as both an elementary classroom teacher and an elementary administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education (McGill University), a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (McGill University), and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership (University of Western Ontario). She has worked with the IB Primary Years Program and US standards-based curricula. Dr. Al-Aghbar is interested in the areas of: Cultural and Linguistic Inclusion, International Mindedness, Data Driven Instruction and Professional Learning and Collaboration.

Mindfulness Everyday 

This workshop is intended to provide administrators with a common ground of understanding and best secular mindfulness practices, suitable for education. It will equip participants with essential simple mindfulness and self-compassion practices and self-care tools to foster health and well-being. Be informed on how mindfulness programs can promote positive health and wellness for educators, professional support workers and students.

 

Date: To be announced - Fall season 

Cost: $30 plus HST

 

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Facilitator: Heidi Bornstein, R.P. 

Heidi is the founder and acting executive director of Mindfulness Everyday, a register Canadian charity, has an extensive background in mindfulness, yoga and meditation. Heidi is trained as a Hatha yoga and meditation teacher, and received intensive training at the International Meditation Institute while living in India. She is a certified MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) Level 1 teacher, Hatha Yoga Teacher, Meditation and Level 2 SMARTeducation – Stress Managements and Resiliency Techniques for Educators (SMART) Facilitator and an Instructor for University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies.