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ISSL Module 3 – Capacity Building Practices

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  •  September 19, 2022 - October 17, 2022
     8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Module 3 – Capacity Building Practices 

  • How does your system build capacity? How effective is your system? How do you know?
  • What are we learning from effective systems using emotional intelligence (EQ) and cultural intelligence (CQ) to create inclusive systems that maximize school performance?
  • Which personal leadership attributes are most helpful to practicing system leaders today?
  • Why is building lateral capacity, within schools, across systems, and between systems, a key improvement strategy? What can you begin to do differently to build the capacity?
  • How will an understanding of leadership conversations build capacity?


Joni Heard

Joni Heard is a seasoned educator who rose through the teaching ranks and is deeply committed to the application of research-based practices and processes within the realm of educational leadership.

Having served in a number of leadership roles, Joni’s career trajectory includes being a consultant at the district level, vice Principal and principal, education officer, and seconded to the Ontario Ministry of Education for province-wide leadership development.

As an instructor with ISL, Joni oversees a portfolio that includes: classroom instruction, online courses for current and aspiring educational school leaders, developing workshops for international education study tours and Government and Ministry relations. Joni has delivered the system program in Scotland, and Sweden. In 2021-22 Joni will be delivering the program in Sweden and Norway.

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Bruce Barrett

An entrepreneurial mindset, coupled with 30 years of education, places Bruce Barrett firmly at the intersection of education and business. As an instructor with International School Leadership (ISL), Bruce leverages his experience as a classroom teacher, school administrator (secondary and elementary), and Superintendent, to meet the needs of school and system leaders alike.

Bruce firmly believes that any educational system, its school, or component parts, is measured by achievement, well-being, and safety. His work with school administrators is designed to drive student achievement and engagement by leveraging the analysis of class, school, and system data. For the programs and participants to succeed, a commitment to ongoing conversations and regular monitoring visits is required. Those are key drivers to continuous improvement and that visibility is the gateway to positive relationships. A system of checks and balances keeps Bruce engaged with his clients.

Bruce is currently delivering the system program in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Guest Contributors

Hans Nilsson

 Hans Nilsson is a recently retired superintendent from Malmö municipality in Sweden.  He has been a teacher, school and system leader and Associate Director.  Hans’ system responsibilities have included a family of schools, special education and leadership development.


Annette Beaton

Annette Beaton is an Education Scotland Lead Specialist- Systems Leadership.  She is a former teacher, school leader and Scottish College of Educational Leadership (SCEL) fellow.  Annette’s system level work has focused on building capacity, professional learning, leadership development and co-ordination of a national leadership program.