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Three Day Conference: Our Evolving Understanding Of System-Level Leadership

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  •  May 11, 2017 - May 13, 2017
     9:00 am - 4:00 pm

May 11, 12, and 13, 2017

Ontario Principals’ Council Offices

Conference Room

180 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON

Our Evolving Understanding of System-Level School Leadership


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Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12, 2017

Your Instructor Paul Tufts

In this session, participants will

            Understand effective school-level leadership

  • examine attributes of an effective school leader for 21st century teaching and learning using international leadership frameworks
  • enrich the understanding of the common elements of effective school leadership as identified by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED), the Wallace Foundation and Council of International Schools (CIS) Characteristics of Accredited Schools
  • examine components of instructional leadership including setting vision, creating a safe and orderly environment, developing other leaders, improving instruction and managing people, data and processes within a diverse school
  • explore Michael Fullan’s research on the three roles of the instructional leader that maximize impact – lead learner, system leader and change agent and

Understand effective system-level leadership

  • examine system-level leadership frameworks and the research of Ken Leithwood, Michael Fullan, Andy Hargreaves, Lyn Sharratt, Avis Glaze, John Hattie and Karen Edge
  • understand the four leadership attributes by Lyn Sharratt and Gale Harild (2014) that move learners into 21st century skills – knowledgeable, mobilize, sustain, innovate
  • explore the role in terms of processes, providing and aligning resources, developing leadership capacity and ensuring productive relationships and
  • understand the personal leadership resources.

Collectively apply their new knowledge to

  • develop a draft system-level leadership framework by reflecting on the literature and other frameworks.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

In this session participants will

Understand effective schools

  • review and examine the effective school research from McKinsey & Company, Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), Washington State University, Larry Lezotte and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • identify characteristics of effective schools that support 21st century teaching and learning, using national school effectiveness, private, and international school accreditation frameworks
  • identify characteristics of effective schools that build intercultural competencies and global citizenship skills
  • increase the understanding of components for effective schools including focus on learning, student voice, monitoring and assessment, strong home-school relationships, high expectations and clear mission and vision and the system leaders’ role in implementing effective schools and

Understand effective systems

  • understand the role of system leaders in developing and sustaining effective schools and systems
  • review key actions of leaders of high performing systems that set them apart from others
  • explore key characteristics of the world’s best school systems according to OECD
  • review system effectiveness frameworks.

Collectively apply their new knowledge to

  • develop a draft system-level effectiveness framework by reflecting on the literature and other frameworks.



REGISTRATION FEE $900 CAD (includes program, snacks, and lunch)

HOTEL  Participants must make their own arrangements.  Hotel recommendation is: Toronto Double Tree by Hilton on Chestnut Street