A Message from IEL Chair

Dear Colleagues in Education,

The Institute for Education Leadership (IEL) is pleased to provide you with information pertaining to the official launch of the Strong Districts and Their Leadership section of the IEL website (www.education-leadership-ontario.ca).

The resources posted on the website are a compendium of professional learning materials that complement and further the Strong Districts & Their Leadership (Leithwood, 2013) research which identified nine characteristics of high performing school districts and the practices of senior leaders in those districts. Districts contribute to the learning and well-being of children and youth in their systems to the extent that they develop these key characteristics thereby advancing the four interconnected goals for education set out in Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario: achieving excellence, ensuring equity, promoting well-being and enhancing public confidence.

The resources draw on the expertise of senior district leaders who have contributed their experiences related to one or more of the nine characteristics of high performing school districts. The stories presented as case studies and then integrated into professional learning modules, serve as a vehicle for further developing and strengthening leadership practices across the province.

This section of the IEL website is designed as a professional learning support that can be used in a variety of ways and have different formats and content depending on the district focus and its approach to capacity building. More.

More About IEL

Find out more about our strategic planning, our steering committee and our key goals and achievement in our About Us section.


Personal Leadership Resources

Personal resources which leaders draw on in order to enact effective leadership practices. More.

Strong Districts and Their Leadership

Successful practices for school districts. More.

Leading Safe and Accepting Schools

A website of resources for sharing and use. More.


A succession planning search engine for Ontario educators. More.

Ontario Leadership Framework (OLF)

Successful practices for both school and system leaders. More.

Principal and Vice Principal Transition to the Role

Quantitative and qualitative evidence from newly appointed principals and vice-principals about their transitions from teaching to the role of principal and vice-principal. More.

Self-Assessment Tools

Assessing your leadership practices and identify areas for growth. More.

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