The Emerging Leader Development Program (ELDP) is designed to prepare teachers for a successful transition to a school administrator role. The five-hour online modules are facilitated by practising principals and provide an opportunity for reflection and dialogue with other emerging leaders. The ELDP focuses on topics described in recent research or identified as helpful by new and experienced principals and vice-principals in building their capacity to deal with the complexity of the role.

Modules may be completed in any order. You can choose as many or as few as you would like to participate in. This is not a certificate program.

Module Information

Module 1 – Developing an Understanding of the School Principal Role

  • The legal duties of principals as outlined in the Education Act
  • The Ontario Leadership Framework: developing an understanding of the 5 domains and how the OLF can be used as a guide for professional growth
  • The personal leadership resources and how they impact the role of the principal
  • Emotional Intelligence (EI)

Module 2 – Having a Professional/Challenging Conversation

  • Different types of conversations
  • Cognitive and emotional barriers
  • Active trust as an essential part of making change and leading a school
  • Recognizing the power of listening throughout the conversation

Module 3 – Exploring your Equity Stance

  • The impact of privilege and unconscious bias impact on school, students, staff and communities
  • The principal as change agent
  • Recognizing biases/privilege and the extent to which these inform our decision-making attitudes and actions
  • The moral imperative in creating an equity and inclusive stance

Module 4 – What is Instructional Leadership?

  • How leadership and management are intertwined in the role of principal
  • The changing nature of school leadership
  • The difference between professional learning and professional development
Module 7 -  What are the Legal Duties of a Principal?
  • The similarities and differences between the legal duties of a teacher and principal
  • The relationship between a principal's legal duties and their daily practice
  • Health and safety of students and staff
  • Principal duties related to statutes, regulations, PPM's and board policy

Module 8 - Growing Your Personal Leadership Resources (PLR's)

  • Social resources, psychological resources, and cognitive resources
  • Self-awareness through assessment surveys
  • Strategies to build strong PLR's
  • Personal action plan & SMART goals

Module 10 - Fostering a Culture of Reconciliation in our Schools

  • Build understandings of the origins, histories, and historical contributions of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Develop awareness and knowledge of treaties and treaty relationships to further our journey towards reconciliation.
  • Learn and understand more about the Indian Act and how it has impacted the lives of Indigenous peoples since 1876.
  • Understand Indigenous experiences related to forced assimilation and the legacy of residential schools.
  • Develop an understanding of the Indigenous protest movement.
  • Set goals of reconciliation for ourselves and our school communities.

Course fee

$100 + HST which is payable to OPC upon registration. Please note, TDSB will offer subsidy to staff only after the modules are completed.

Subsidy: Once registered, please send a copy of your registration and payment confirmation to suzan.joueid@tdsb.on.ca

Please contact rita.gallippi@tdsb.on.ca and/or  suzan.jouied@tdsb.on.ca  with any questions.


All modules are offered online and are asynchronous. The dates listed below are the start and end dates of each module. There may be some synchronous web meetings, but they will be recorded if you are unable to attend live.


January 7 -

January 15, 2022

Module 1 - Developing an Understanding of the School Principal Role January 1, 2022

January 28 -

February 5, 2022

Module 2 - Having a Professional Challenging Conversation January 21, 2022

March 4 - March 12, 2022

Module 3 - Exploring Your Equity Stance February 25, 2022
March 25 - April 2, 2022 Module 4 - What is Instructional Leadership March 18, 2022

April 29 - May 7, 2022

Module 7 - What are the Legal Duties of a Principal?  April 22, 2022

May 20 - May 28, 2022

Module 8 - Growing Your Personal Leadership Resources (PLR’s) May 13, 2022

June 3 - June 11, 2022

Module 10 - Fostering a Culture of Reconciliation in our Schools

May 27, 2022



Terms and Conditions

 Refund Policy 

A full refund will be issued if cancelled one week before the course start date. An administrative fee of 50% of the course cost will be charged for late cancellations. There will be no refund for cancellations after the course start date.

 Interpretation Services
The OPC is committed to accommodating the individual needs of our Members, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) 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.