Nurturing Sustainable Leadership

The Nurturing Sustainable Leadership Professional Learning Fellowship (PLF) provides a facilitated learning process aimed at seasoned school/education leaders who are interested in pursuing a self-designated project related to expanding and enhancing their skills as innovative, strategic, and effective school leaders within the K-16 space.

Rooted in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education’s (OISE) evidence-based Ontario Leadership Framework, which was first introduced in 2006 by Professor Kenneth Leithwood, this Fellowship focuses on enhancing and supporting essential practices of successful education leaders, including the development of processes, mechanisms, and tools that can be leveraged by educational leaders when identifying and addressing existing challenges, incorporating effective solutions, planning and directing school/organization improvement, supporting their team, and aligning strategy and resources with vision and goals to drive student achievement and produce highly effective teams. 

The program is designed in a cohort-based peer-to-peer flexible and inquiry-oriented environment where you will be guided by a facilitator and supported by experts in residence as you go about developing your leadership roadmap.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Professional Learning Fellowship, Fellows will have demonstrated the ability to: 

  • Create an implementation framework for their school leadership philosophy or style that directs, motivates, and manages people, resources, and school environments.
  • Identify strategies for the development, implementation and communication of a shared vision and mission, including long- and short-term goals and performance expectations for school improvement and student achievement.
  • Identify and apply practices for the building and modelling of productive relationships with students and families, staff and teacher federation representatives, and the broader community.
  • Determine the planning and processes to identify and understand a range of situational factors of a school, and to leverage educational partners, resources, and staff in developing a collaborative, supportive and safe school culture.
  • Formulate performance indicators to effectively track deliverables, timelines, and budgets to measure and report on accountability.
  • Design and integrate into the work environment a growth and innovation mindset rooted in supports for staff professional development, achievement, and capacity.
  • Determine the process and criteria required to create, implement, assess/evaluate, and support/improve instructional strategies and curriculum.
  • Integrate social justice and anti-racism into all facets of school leadership, team dynamics, growth, supervision, evaluation, design, and implementation.


The course requires access to a computer, camera, headphones/speakers, microphone and high speed internet to access the OISE course environment, and other websites and resources as required.  

Please note: Effective January 2011, OISE MEd students in the Educational Leadership & Policy program who have successfully completed their Principal's Qualification Program (PQP) from OISE may use these as electives LHA1060 and/or LHA1061. Students wishing to pursue this optional route to fulfill one of the program requirements will be required to obtain the approval of Dr. Anna Katyn Chmielewski, Program Coordinator for Educational Leadership & Policy. Admission into the Principal's Qualification Program (PQP) is separate from the graduate program and is contingent upon the approval of to the Executive Director, OISE Continuing and Professional Learning unit. For more information about the Educational Leadership & Policy program, formerly Educational Administration program, please refer to the OISE Bulletin.


OCT Certified Educator Education Professional (Non-OCT)

1. Completion of Phase 1: Education Leaders: Building the Foundations of Leadership 3-course pack.

2. An approved Practicum Proposal.

3. You will be asked to upload a Professional Learning Goals Statement (500 word maximum) along with an up-to-date CV (please see "Note" within the "Full Course Details" section for more information).

The Education Leaders: Nurturing Sustainable Leadership fellowship program is designed for experienced education professionals interested in innovative, strategic, and effective school/organization leadership in elementary, secondary, and college learning environments. 

A minimum of five years of progressive work experience demonstrating growth and/or advancement in complexity, difficulty, or level of responsibility is expected.

You will be asked to upload a Professional Learning Goals Statement (500 word maximum) along with an up-to-date CV (please see "Note" within the "Full Course Details" section for more information).

Applicants should be individuals who have interest in pursuing an in-depth, self-directed inquiry.

Common professions include:

  • Domestic and International Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Aspiring Principals
  • School Leaders
  • Teacher Leaders
  • Governance Members in International Schools 


OCT Certified Educators: course 1 of 1 towards the Principal’s Qualification Program, Part 2. 

Education Professionals (Non-OCT): course 1 of 1 towards the OISE CPL Master Certificate of Completion. 

OCT Certified Educator Program Outcome  

Education Professional (Non-OCT) Program Outcome 

Upon completion of Phase Two – Nurturing Sustainable Leadership Professional Learning Fellowship: 

Additional Qualification: Principal’s Qualification Program, Part 2. 

This will be reflected on your OCT Certificate of Qualifications. 

Upon completion of Phase Two – Nurturing Sustainable Leadership Professional Learning Fellowship:

OISE CPL Master Certificate of Completion from the University of Toronto. 


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Course can be applied towards

Education Leaders Program: Phase 2 - Professional Learning Fellowship