SPSC Program

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Program Objectives

The major goal of the Short Course is to provide an intensive opportunity for participants to deepen their knowledge of theory, practice, and reflection, contributing to their skills as teachers and school leaders. 
The activities of the Course will enable participants to:

  1. Examine the role of the principal through the lens of instructional leadership;
  2. Extend knowledge regarding the practices of establishing a vision, influencing school culture, and stimulating the learning environment, while at the same time managing, modeling, and monitoring activities within the school;
  3. Learn about new developments and initiatives in education;
  4. Share experiences, insights and concerns with other practitioners; and,
  5. Develop a support network.

Short Course Design

The format for this year’s short course is based on the Instructional Leadership Framework.  Specifically, we have designed the course so that participants will be able to frame their learning within the three successful components of instructional leadership: Establishing a Vision and Culture Conducive to Learning; Stimulating the Learning Environment; and Managing, Modeling, and Monitoring. 

Within the theme of Establishing a Vision and Culture Conducive to Learning, we have planned larger plenary sessions so that participants can come to understand the necessary roles of a shared vision and a culture of learning in their professional communities.

Within the theme of Stimulating the Learning Environment, we have planned smaller sessions which will enable participants to focus on topics of special interest to their schools.  These sessions will make up a significant component of the conference in that each will generate discussion within the broader context of school leadership.  This session format consists of multiple small group presentations, with audience sizes of 15-25 participants in the hope that participants engage in meaningful, related discussion.

Within the theme of Managing, Modeling, and Monitoring, we have placed sessions (large and small) which will help participants understand the management role inherent in the leadership of schools.

Throughout the week, participants will frequently meet as a ‘small group’, where they will have the opportunity to discuss what they have learned, ask questions of group members and leaders, and share experiences, thoughts, and concerns in dialogue with one another.

In addition, breaks and lunches are scheduled throughout the course, with the first day culminating with a social hour and banquet to kick off the week.

While the week’s activities will include a number of topics of special interest to beginning vice-principals and principals, many of the issues will be relevant to those in other leadership positions, including teacher leaders.. SOME of the topics for the week include:

  • Alcohol education resources
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Assessment leadership
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Data driven decision-making
  • Data walls
  • Differentiation in Action
  • Essential conversations
  • First Nations Success Program
  • Leadership in Early Learning
  • Management vs. leadership
  • Parent engagement
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Project based learning
  • Research in Education
  • School Community Councils
  • School finances and budgeting
  • Special Education
  • Support-staff evaluation
  • Teacher Professionalism
  • Technology in administration
  • The Continuous Improvement Framework