Shared Leadership: Building Relationships and Engaging Communities

Learn how to create meaningful relationships within your community that will help build effective, innovative learning environments that support student and staff success.

Reflect on the role of education leaders as community builders and explore theories, models, approaches, and strategies that enable and support the development of collaborative networks between various stakeholders (e.g., principals, teachers, school/organization teams, students, families, and community members). Join discussions, engage with case scenarios, and build your capacity to develop and sustain effective education community relations. Throughout the course you’ll develop your portfolio and personal leadership resource archive.

Who Should Attend?

  • OCT Certified Educators who aspire to transition into a school leadership role (e.g., Vice-Principal, Principal) and meet the Ontario College of Teachers requirement for the Principal’s Qualification Program (PQP) Part I.
  • Education Professionals (Non-OCT), such as Domestic and International Teachers, Administrators, aspiring Principals, School Leaders, Teacher-Leaders and Governance Members in International Schools who are looking to explore and develop the skills, knowledge, resources, and competencies of effective and adaptive leadership within the K-16 space. 

Learning Outcomes

Learners who successfully complete this course will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Reflect on the role that teachers, school staff, parents/families/caregivers, and other relevant stakeholders play in co-constructing an effective school environment.
  • Identify historical, legislative, (educational) theoretical, social justice, and/or situational conditions that impact community building and engagement.
  • Reflect on your personal leadership strengths, growth areas, and approaches as they relate to community building and engagement.
  • Identify strategies, communication protocols, processes and measurable expectations to foster a culture of shared responsibility, safety, relationship building and accountability.
  • Develop models and strategies for effective decision-making and crisis management.
  • Explore strategies for stimulating individual and collective professional growth of staff and school.


The course requires access to a computer, camera, headphones/speakers, microphone and highspeed 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 for 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 the Executive Director, OISE Continuing & Professional Learning unit. For more information about the Educational Leadership & Policy program, formerly Educational Administration program, please refer to the OISE Bulletin.


The Following information is for OCT Certified Educators only:

Pre-requisites for OCT Certified Educators

Domestic Teaching Experience: 

Must be verified by your Supervisory Officer on the Certificate of Teaching Experience Form. A school Principal’s signature does not satisfy this requirement.

International Teaching Experience:

Must be verified by the Head of School on the Statement of Successful Teaching Experience Form. A school Principal’s signature does not satisfy this requirement.

Leadership Practicum Proposal:

As per the OCT’s Principal’s Qualification Program Guideline: “Candidates must develop a Leadership Practicum proposal before being recommended for completion of Part I and successfully complete the Leadership Practicum experience before being recommended for completion of Part II. The Leadership Practicum must apply to a school setting and be mentored by a practicing qualified principal or vice-principal. It is expected that the duration of the Leadership Practicum will be a minimum of 50 hours of which 20 hours could be observation” (p. 17).


Learners will select a mentor who is an OCT qualified, experienced and practicing principal or vice-principal.


OCT Certified Educators: Course 1 of 3 towards the Principal’s Qualification Program, Part 1.

Education Professionals (Non-OCT): Course 1 of 3 towards the OISE CPL Certificate of Completion.

Program Outcome for OCT Certified Educators 

Program Outcome for Education Professionals (Non-OCT)

Upon completion of Phase One – Education Leaders: Building the Foundations of Leadership 3-course pack:

Additional Qualification: Principal’s Qualification Program, Part 1. 

This will be reflected on your OCT Certificate of Qualifications.

Upon completion of Phase One – Education Leaders: Building the Foundations of Leadership 3-course pack:

OISE CPL Certificate of Completion from the University of Toronto.


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Course can be applied towards

Education Leaders Program: Phase 1