Our Professional Learning Team has collaborated with experts from a variety of backgrounds to deliver topics relevant to school leaders. Learning sessions are being offered throughout July. In addition, the Leading Forward Together Conference will take place in Toronto on August 18, 2022.

Learning Sessions 

New Administrators Summer Program – July 5 and 6
Organized around the Ontario Leadership Framework competencies and infused with equity and anti-oppression framing, the New Administrator Summer Program is a focused, two-day program designed to deepen participants’ leadership knowledge, allowing them to grow and refine their leadership skills.  

These sessions are 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. Additionally, participants will develop self-reflective strategies to identify racist and colonial practices and work toward eliminating them.

Inquiry Question: What knowledge, competencies, guiding principles and key questions will help me foster equitable environments where all students and staff are engaged, empowered and successful?

These sessions will be offered in person and through Zoom.

Summer Sessions

July 5:

  • Personal leadership resources 

  • Ethical leadership 

  • Building relationships and developing people

  • Developing the organization to support desired practice

July 6:

  • Anti-oppressive leadership
  • Securing accountability
  • Setting directions 
  • Improving the instructional program 

Facilitators: More information will be available soon.

Dates: Tuesday July 5 and Wednesday July 6, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Location: 2700-20 Queen Street West, Toronto ON M5H 3R3 (in person) and Zoom (virtual)

OPC Member Cost: $200 + HST (one-day) and $400 + HST (two days)

Non Member Cost: $275 + HST (one-day) and $500 + HST (two days)

Registration Deadline: June 27 (in person) and June 30 (virtual)

Please ensure you register through the correct link.

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 Instructional Leadership for Creating Anti-Oppressive Learning Environments – July 7, 11, 13 and 15

This interactive workshop will be founded on an inquiry approach. The workshop is an opportunity for participants to explore  inquiry-based instructional leadership. The session will help participants align instructional leadership, school improvement plans and Board Improvement and Equity Plans (BIEP) to foster anti-oppressive and anti-colonial learning environments.  Through a variety of activities,  participants will:

  • Build their professional network
  • Reconnect to the importance of creating space for instructional leadership in complex times
  • Deepen their understanding of the value of an inquiry approach to instructional leadership
  • Sharpen the focus of their  instructional leadership efforts
  • Blend anti-oppressive approaches and  inquiry-based leadership through connections to the SIEP (BIEP)
  • Consider an expanded notion of data for school improvement planning

This workshop will be offered in Windsor, Sudbury, Toronto (in person and online) and Ottawa. Lunch to be catered at all venues except Toronto.

Facilitators:

  • Nadine Trépanier-Bisson, Director of Professional Learning, Ontario Principals' Council
  • Lawrence DeMaeyer, Education Advisor, Ontario Principals' Council 

Session Information:

Windsor

Date: Thursday July 7, 2022.

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Location: Information will be available soon

Cost: $200 + HST (OPC Member), $275 + HST (Non Member)

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Sudbury

Date: Monday July 11, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Location: Information will be available soon

Cost: $200 + HST (OPC Member), $275 + HST (Non Member)

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Toronto

Date: Wednesday July 13, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Location: 2700-20 Queen Street West, Toronto ON M5H 3R3

Cost: $150 + HST (OPC Member), $205 + HST (Non Member)

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Toronto (online)

Date: Wednesday July 13, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Location: Online through Zoom

Cost: $150 + HST (OPC Member), $205 + HST (Non Member)

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Ottawa

Date: Friday July 15, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Location: Information will be available soon

Cost: $200 + HST (OPC Member), $275 + HST (Non Member)

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Foundational Coaching Skills Part One and Two – July 7 and 8

The Foundational Coaching Skills Training Part One and Two is offered in two full day sessions that can be booked individually or together. Completion of Part One is required to participate in Part Two.

Since 2007, the Mentor-Coaching Institute has provided participants- administrators, supervisory officers, teachers and district employees – with an enhanced skill set that supports capacity building in a variety of educational contexts. This course grew out of continuous requests from educators for in depth training in the specific skills needed to be coach-like as a leader/teacher.

In each session, participants will be provided with many opportunities to practice and integrate the skills, attitudes, behaviours and conversational pathways that a coach-like leader or teacher-leader needs to inhabit when working with teachers, students, other administrators, colleagues or parents/ caregivers.

The training has been designed for a maximum of 35 participants.

Learning Objectives – Part One

  • Introducing the coaching model, basic coaching skills, principles, and tools.
  • Developing concrete coaching skills for communicating and facilitating conversations with increased attention and intention.
  • Developing coaching skills for supporting mentee learning and growth through the use of impactful questions, deep listening and meaningful feedback.
  • Engaging in coaching practice: demonstration coaching, peer coaching with guided observation and reflection.
  • Setting intentions for key areas of learning and the integration of coaching skills within leadership.

Follow Up - Part One

Virtual Roundtable: Integrating and Sustaining

  • 60- minute online follow-up meeting over Zoom
  • scheduled after the completion of Part One
  • designed to support the integration of learning and further coaching practice
  • additional online follow-up sessions are available at an additional cost

Learning Objectives - Part Two

  • Acquiring additional skills and strategies as coach through demonstration coaching, peer coaching and scenarios explicitly tied to leaders’ current context and needs.
  • Exploring the coaching mindset: builds capacity and accelerates learning.
  • Introducing the role and impact of strengths in maximizing performance.
  • Introducing, observing and practicing integration of the model for navigating the coaching conversation.
  • Continuing to practice coaching and receive feedback for further individual development.

Follow Up - Part Two

Virtual Roundtable: Integrating and Sustaining

  • 60- minute online follow-up meeting over Zoom
  • scheduled after the completion of Part Two
  • designed to support the integration of learning and further coaching practice
  • additional online follow-up sessions are available at an additional cost

Facilitators: Kate Sharpe and Liana Lafranier

Date: Thursday July 7, 2022 (Part One) and Friday July 8, 2022 (Part Two)

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Location: 2700 -20 Queen Street West, Toronto ON M5H 3R3

Accommodation: A hotel room block will be arranged at a nearby facility for those who require it. More information will be available soon.

Meals: Lunch and refreshments will be provided during each session.

Cost: $400 + HST (Part One), $350 + HST (Part Two), $700 + HST (Part One and Two)

All participants will receive

Registration Deadline: June 19

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Leading Change with Purpose In Complex Times (Virtual) – July 12 and 14
Through interactive online sessions we will examine two pressing leadership imperatives: leading change and creating space for anti-oppressive, transformative leadership practice. Building on participant experience throughout the workshops, we will explore the opportunities and challenges of creating collaborative, credible, and sustainable change while acknowledging educators’ pandemic-related fatigue and frustration.  Reinforcing leaders’ desire to support colleagues’ wellbeing and professional growth, the sessions will focus on different approaches to leading change in complex times,  different approaches to building engagement, and supporting colleagues to become  “change willing” and, ideally, ”change ready”. Throughout, we will collectively examine the centrality of relationships and anti-oppressive leadership practices to ensure individuals, classrooms and organizations are equitable, inclusive, creating empowering spaces for students and educators. 

Our intention is to curate an arc of learning across both sessions that provides leaders with a space to deepen their knowledge of, and confidence with current definitions and models of equity, justice and anti-oppression education. With this in hand, we will explore the opportunities and challenges created by current school and wider community contexts. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with and critique different tools and models to reflect on their leadership practice and consider strategies for embedding anti-oppressive leadership approaches to create lasting change.

Member Cost: $350 + HST

Non Member Cost: $450 + HST

Session One: Acknowledging Context – Leading Change in Complexity

Date: Tuesday July 12, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EDT)

Session Two: Creating Space for Transformative Leadership and Wellness

Date: Thursday July 14, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (EDT)

Registration Deadline: June 30

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Facilitators: Dr. Ann Lopez and Dr. Karen Edge

Dr. Ann E. Lopez, is a professor of educational leadership and policy in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She is the Director of the Center for Leadership and Diversity and Provostial Advisor, Access Programs. Her research and teaching focuses on antiracist education, equity in education and schooling, school leadership across contexts, decolonizing and socially just leadership. Dr. Lopez most recent book is entitled Decolonizing Educational Leadership: Alternative Approach to Leading Schools. She is co-Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of School Leadership and Co-Series Editor, Studies in Educational Administration. Dr. Lopez is the recipient of the 2020 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching. 

Dr. Karen Edge has worked as an educator, researcher and advisor globally for over 25 years. Karen’s work demonstrates an unwavering commitment to promoting equality and justice and drawing on local and global evidence to drive change. Karen is currently an academic at UCL Institute of Education having previously served as UCL’s Pro-Vice Provost (International) from 2016-19. Karen previously worked at the University California Santa Barbara, University of Toronto and Western University and held visiting academic posts in Canada, Chile, China and Malaysia. Karen has lead collaborative research projects in over 30 countries exploring leadership, teacher motivation, retention, generational theory and system-level design and change. A sought-after keynote speaker, Karen is widely recognized for her ability to fuse theory, practice and humour with memorable take-home messages and evidence-driven tools. As a result, Karen has delivered 100s of academic and professional keynotes in over 25 countries.

Karen is in the final stages of preparing two books on Generation X leaders (Routledge) and City-based education policy contexts and the influence on school leaders (Bloomsbury). Karen’s current advisory work includes International School Leadership Principals (Ontario, Canada); Dignitas Project (Kenya); and, the 01 Founders’ Diversity and Inclusion Board (England). She is Past Editor-in-Chief of Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability (EAEA) and a current Editorial Board Member for EAEA, Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of Educational Administration, School Leadership and Management and Leadership and Policy in Schools.