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 5 - Leading Safe Schools
  • The role of the principal in creating and maintaining safe and caring schools
  • Progressive discipline as a whole-school approach
  • Bullying intervention and prevention as integral to a positive school climate
  • Restorative circles as a means of working through conflict in schools
Module 6 - Data Informed Decision Making
  • The role of the principal in promoting a culture of excellence and accountability
  • Internal, external and holistic accountability
  • Types of data: achievement, demographic, perceptual, and program
  • Data and the School Effectiveness Framework and the School Improvement Process

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 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.
Module 12 - Supporting Student Mental Health
  • Explore a shared language of mental health via the School Mental Health of Ontario (SMHO) website and resources
  • Understand culturally responsive Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and the Alighned and Integrated Model (AIM) from the SMH-ON website
  • Compare and contrast mental health supports/strategies within your school
  • Understand the role of schools in supporting student mental health

TDSB Schedule 

These modules are for TDSB employees only. 

Dates Module  Registration deadline
November 27 - December 5, 2023  Module 5 - Leading Safe Schools November 20, 2023
January 15-23, 2024 Module 6 - Data Informed Decision Making  January 9, 2024 
February 12-21, 2024 Module 7 - What are the Legal Duties of a Principal?  February 5, 2024  
April 15 - 24, 2024  Module 10 - Fostering a Culture of Reconciliation in our Schools April 8, 2024
May 27 - June 5, 2024  Module 12 - Supporting Student Mental Health May 20, 2024

Course fee

$100 + HST per module


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.