Education Study Tours – Toronto, Canada

Explore. Experience. Share

Education Study Tours are provided to those who wish to understand the Ontario experience in driving student achievement improvements. The tours provide an opportunity to learn about the Ontario education system at all three levels: the school, school district and Ministry of Education. Participants will gain an understanding of the alignment and focus of our highly effective school system.

Education Study Tours are typically five days in length and are provided as customized programs for international groups or as a standard program open to registration from individuals and small groups from around the world.

Over 100 tours completed with participants from Asia, Europe, South America and Australia

Study Tour Participants

Participants will

  • engage with Ontario educational experts and world-renowned guest speakers on current education topics and trends
  • experience the delivery of effective practice in our schools and institutions
  • visit our office and explore beautiful downtown Toronto, a world class city
  • collaborate and share with colleagues
  • build professional networks across the world and
  • return home with renewed focus and instructional learning practices to improve student achievement.


“A study tour to Ontario-schools really gives you a sense of, what it´s all about. You can talk with the students, teachers, principals and the people at the OPC. You can´t do that by surfing the internet.”

“Thank you so much for creating an absolutely fantastic program for our group visiting Toronto.”

“Everyone was so satisfied and felt inspired from the different visits we made during the week.”

“The well-designed contents of the tour were effective, which not only encouraged active participation of the participants but also helped us to inspire thinking, share our thoughts and be positively involved in practice.”

Group Pricing

The price for a 5-day study tour is shown in the chart below:

Size of Group Price (including tax)
30 $ 16,950 CAD
25 $ 14,800 CAD
20 $ 13,000 CAD
15 $ 11,500 CAD
Under 15 $ 10,150 CAD

Price covers cost of program and presenters. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations, transportation and catering. An ISL tour coordinator will assist the group in making these arrangements if necessary.

A 10% discount to tours over 20 people will be applied for those who are repeat clients.

For groups larger than 30, please email for pricing information

Individual Pricing

Individual registrations are accepted for our open tour sessions. The cost to join an open study tour is $650 CAD (taxes included).

Price covers cost of program and presenters. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations, transportation and catering.

Sample Educational Study Tour

International School Leadership has a long history of providing Education Study Tours for international educational leaders who wish to understand the Ontario experience in driving student achievement improvements.

Below is a typical agenda for an ISL Education Study Tour.  Ontario educators are called upon to provide the presentations and facilitate the learning. In addition, school visits are arranged within the Greater Toronto Area.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Ontario Principals’ Council / International School Leadership Welcome/Overview

Learning Session: The Ontario Improvement Strategy: What works and what remains to be done?
Whole system change strategies. Improving Learning Teaching and Leading in Ontario.  What events lead to the school reform in Ontario and what were the success and challenges experienced; strategies used to improve the performance of schools over the last eleven years.

Learning Session: Educating for Democracy: Character, Citizenship and Life Skills Development

Time of Reflection
Reviewing the new knowledge

Learning Session: Deep Leadership
Ontario Leadership Framework and the Five Core Leadership Capacities

This seminar will highlight the domains of leadership for school leaders in Ontario and the importance of understanding the personal leadership resources that leads to setting the conditions for student success and wellbeing.

Guest Education Expert Presenter

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)
The EQAO is an independent government body that develops and oversees reading, writing and mathematics tests that Ontario students must take in Grades 3,6,9 and 10. The EQAO is a fundamental source of evidence about student achievement in Ontario.

School Visits
Visit schools in the Greater Toronto Area. Schools can be selected based on focus, interest, panel, etc.

Personal Time / Sightseeing

School Visits
Visit schools in the Greater Toronto Area. Schools can be selected based on focus, interest, panel, etc

Debrief School Visits

Learning Session: Teacher Learning and Collaborative Inquiry
Increasing staff capacity is essential to improved student learning.  Driven by a moral purpose, the effective administrator needs to strive to learn along with his/her staff to increase their own capacity as an educator.  This leadership from within will help pave the way for improved learning among staff and ultimately among students.



Learning Session: Professional Learning Communities/Data Leadership
Participants will have the opportunity to engage in some authentic activities of a PLC.  They will examine actual school data to identify a learning need; participate as a team of teachers in moderated marking; discuss rubric formation and share teaching strategies to address learning needs. Steps of the professional learning cycle - plan, act, observe and reflect will be introduced.  

Guest Education Expert Presenter


Optional Learning Sessions

ISL strives to customize your tour to meet your expectations. We have access to many educational experts that can speak to a wide variety of topics. We offer a comprehensive selection of learning sessions including:

  • Overview of the Ontario System: How do the pieces fit together?
  • Ontario Leadership Framework: Leadership at every level
  • Ontario Ministry of Education: Raising the bar; narrowing the gap
  • Ontario Principals’ Council: Supporting principals in the quest
  • International School Leadership: What matters in leadership training?
  • The School Effectiveness Framework: What makes a school great in theory?
  • Professional Learning Communities: Good in theory, great in practice
  • Data Driven Leadership
  • Improving Learning, Teaching and Leading in Ontario
  • Teaching Performance Appraisal
  • Inclusive Education

Don't see your topic of interest here? Contact us to see if we have something that meets your needs.

Do I need a visa to travel to Canada?

If you are unsure whether you will require a visa to travel to Canada, click here to visit the Government of Canada webpage outlining the requirements.

Visa Supporting Documentation

If you have booked as a group and all participants require a visa, get in touch with your ISL tour coordinator to have any documentation you require prepared.

It is the responsibility of the participant to book their own travel and accommodations. Below are some suggestions and tips for planning your trip to Toronto.

ISL Office Location

2700-20 Queen St. West, P.O. Box 7
Toronto, Ontario M5H 3R3

Nearby Hotels

Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre
 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Hilton Toronto
Pantages Hotel Toronto
Cambridge Suites Toronto
Chelsea Hotel
Fairmont Royal York
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto

It is recommended that those travelling internationally by air that they fly into Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

The airport is approximately a 30 minute drive from the Downtown Toronto core and the ISL offices. Plenty of transport options are available once you have arrived in Toronto. Below are the most common methods for getting from the airport into the city:

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