Improving School Leadership I


The purpose of this course is to orientate new principals with the scope and depth of their job as administrator of a school. The course will give principals a comprehensive view of what is expected of them, the level of commitment needed and the major aspects of their job. It will also assist to identify strengths and weaknesses and how to capitalize on and compensate for them.

What Will I Learn?

  • After completing this course, participants will:
  • Understand their job description as principal
  • Appreciate the scope and depth of the job of a principal
  • List the major facets of their job as principal
  • Identify their strengths and weaknesses and how to capitalize on and compensate for them.
  • Be able to plan for the school year
  • Be able to take care of physical and human resources
  • Be able to supervise their finance officer/bursar

Topics for this course

6 Lessons10h

Lesson 1 Orientation: Understanding your Job Description?

Includes MOE's JD, but also those not listed, also includes reporting relationships.
Lesson 1 Orientation
Assignment 1 Orientation

Lesson 2 Managing Human Resources?

Includes guidelines for working with Faculty, Support Staff, Facilities Staff, Parents, and Community Partners

Lesson 3 Physical Resources I: Finances?

Discusses key components of school finance & Supervising your Bursar/Finance Officer

Lesson 4 Physical Resources II: Assets?

Includes record-keeping of assets, care and maintenance of assets

Lesson 5 Planning: Long-term and Short-term?

Setting goals for the school community, Academic Calendar, Principal’s Calendar.

Lesson 6 OTHER Responsibilities of the Principal?

The list is endless but these are some topics that will be discussed: Curriculum, Student Discipline, Leadership Style, Managing Expectations.

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3 Courses

15 students

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What's Included?

  • Principal's job description
  • HOD job description
  • Teacher's job description
  • Sample School Calendar
  • Sample Principal's Calendar
  • Sample Financial Reports
  • Sample Asset Inventory
  • Education Act
  • Handouts


  • To successfully complete this course you will need:
  • A computer
  • Access to high speed internet
  • Openness
  • TIME!

Target Audience

  • Principals
  • Vice-principals
  • HODs
  • Teachers aspiring to be principals
  • Board members/school managers desiring to better appreciate the job of a principal.

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