First Nations Schools Principals' Course

The First Nations Schools Principals' Course is designed for Principals, Vice Principals and aspiring school leaders who want to develop educational leadership skills and school improvement strategies.

The curriculum includes readings, resources, discussions and case studies about the specific opportunities and challenges of working in First Nations Band-operated schools.

Educational Leadership

  • Working with parents, community leaders & members, Elders, educators and others to meet the needs of students
  • Effective school leadership in a First Nations context
  • Leading change in Band-operated schools

School Improvement Strategies

  • Working with teachers to establish and implement high expectations for student learning and wellbeing
  • Collecting and using a range of data about student's learning to improve classroom instruction
  • Providing feedback to teachers to improve classroom instruction


Successful completion is a final grade of C-

Upon successful completion of the course, a certificate of completion recognized by OISE, Continuing and Professional Learning at the University of Toronto will be granted. For members in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers, a recommendation will be sent for two Schedule C courses:

  • First Nations’ School Leader Program: Leadership
  • First Nations’ School Leader Program: Supporting Indigenous Learning and Holistic Well-Being


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