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What is SPSC?

The Saskatchewan Principals' Short Course (SPSC) is sponsored by Saskatchewan Ministry of Education; the Saskatchewan School Boards Association; the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation; Saskatchewan School-Based Leaders; and the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents.

The SPSC is open to teachers, teacher leaders, current or prospective Saskatchewan principals and vice-principals, others holding administrative responsibilities in schools (department heads, coordinators), and anyone else interested in developing their skills in instructional leadership. The sponsors of the Course are appreciative of the fact that many school boards in the Province nominate and financially assist at least one participant each year. However, because the Course is of interest to many Saskatchewan educators, individuals who wish to pay their own registration are invited to register, as well.

In 2024 SPSC will be held using a hybrid model of the option for participants to attend in-person or on-line, via the Zoom platform.  This year's theme is "Engagement, Learning and Leading."

Graduate students in the departments of Educational Administration and Curriculum Studies at the University of Saskatchewan are advised that, given the prior approval of their advisor, this virtual conference may be included as part of their Master's or PhD program of study.

SPSC Program Director

Dr. Gordon Martell

We are excited to again be convening a forum of educational leaders and perspective leaders to exchange ideas and inspirations on learning and leadership at the 2024 Saskatchewan Principals’ Short Course. Through dynamic times, we continue to witness school leaders steward the values of publicly funded and band-controlled education and ensure that children and youth are prepared to advance the ideals of a shared and prosperous future. When we gather as a community of leaders, we make sense of our challenges, reaffirm commitment to our communities, and exchange ideas to enhance our ability to lead change by posing the question, “…what’s now and what’s next in educational leadership…” (Netolicky, 2021).  

The 2024 Saskatchewan Principals’ Short Course theme of Engagement, Learning and Leading invites delegates to explore how we navigate complexity and enhance the moral purpose of schools through collaborative leadership. We endeavour to create a learning forum where we talk about challenges and opportunities and how we foster communities that see value in diversity and the role of schools in developing citizens who seek to nurture common good among peoples.  

At the heart of reimagining schools for complex times are leaders that push past the limits of binary thinking and serve as catalysts to connect diverse knowledges to inform our schools, systems, and curricula. As we strengthen our leadership networks, we also strengthen our stewardship of the role and purpose of schools as catalysts for peace, equity, prosperity, and inclusion. Engaged leaders mediate overlapping and sometimes conflicting perspectives by serving as rich sources of knowledge and experience and as those trusted to guide school communities through uncertain times.  

We aspire to a learning forum that emphasizes how leaders gather and exchange ideas, how they build collaborative practice, and how they challenge publicly funded and band-controlled education to new heights. Engaged leaders are resilient, inspirational, and effective. Your participation in the 2024 Saskatchewan Principals’ Short Course will provide opportunity to celebrate leadership, recommit to students and families, and embrace your role in building communities of practice. You will contribute as much as you learn, and you will help strengthen a community of engaged educational leaders ready to embrace the future and ensure our schools continue to nurture hope and inspiration. 

Registration

Registration will close on June 26, 2024.

Hotel Information

Staybridge Inn and Suites

Participants are required to make their own hotel arrangements.  We have blocked rooms set aside for participants to book in with Staybridge Inn and Suites Located at 1838 College Drive, Saskatoon SK. 

There are two room options available for guests to stay at either the Holiday Inn Express or Staybridge Suites.  The room rate is the same on both sides at $144.00 per night plus fees and taxes.  

Please use the block code: PSC

Cut off date is June 21, 2024

Sponsors

The Saskatchewan Principals' Short Course committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the following sponsors for this year's event:

 

SPSC 2024 Facilitators

Wendy lives in Saskatoon with her husband Jason, two sons, Riley and Brody and their dog, Kodi.  She has worked in 7 different Collegiates for the Saskatoon Public School Division in a variety of roles – teacher, learning coordinator, athletic director, vice-principal, and principal. Currently the principal at Centennial Collegiate, she has found focusing on Wellness and building relationships with staff and students a critical aspect in her role as a leader, especially following the pandemic. She enjoys outdoor activities, reading, puzzles, travel, and great conversation.

Tansi, my name is Jackie Durocher. I am a proud member of Lac La Ronge Indian band, my home community is Buffalo Narrows. As an Indigenous women in Leadership , I enjoy sharing my passion for Education. Currently I am a Superintendent of Education for Northern Lights School Division #113. I have 30 years’ experience in a variety of roles within our school division.

Davin lives in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan with his wife and three children where he works as the Deputy Director of Education with the Northwest School Division.  He completed his doctorate degree with a focus on educational leadership at the University of Calgary.  Over the past eight years, he has taught multiple courses in the areas of foundations, curriculum and leadership at the graduate and undergraduate levels as both the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.

I get to be a Learning Superintendent with Prairie Spirit School Division.  In addition to supporting principals and vice principals across our school division through the Admin Planning Team and our Administrative Leadership Team, it is my great privilege to hold the portfolio for Indigenous Perspectives, Partnerships and Outcomes.  I have worked in education in three provinces, numerous schools and grade levels, and have 10 years of experience as a school principal.  I am very excited to be learning alongside so many great people at this year’s SPSC.

Amy Orth started her teaching career in 2004 and has been a school administrator since 2012.  She likes to learn about leadership and is passionate about exploring ways for systems and organizations to improve their performance – how ever that might be defined.  Amy works with STF Professional Learning to facilitate learning opportunities for other educational leaders and recently completed a McDowell research project called “Female Leaders and their Impact on School Culture in Saskatchewan”.    She has two small kids and one husband and when not working, can usually be found making someone a snack.  

I am a researcher interested in anything to do with education, building community, and the social determinants of health. I am a social justice theorist and a mixed methodologist. I completed my master’s with a thesis in Curriculum Studies at the U of S and recently completed a Ph D in Health Sciences from the College of Medicine.
For the last 34 years I have worked in the context of elementary schools while going back to university. I have been a school-based administrator for the last 22 years. My husband Barry and I have five daughters in a blended family, a grandson, and I can’t forget our dog, Daisy!

SPSC 2024 Assistants to the Director

Aanii! I am Matthew Recollet, a proud Anishinaabe from Whitefish River First Nations in Ontario. Currently, in my fourth year of the Education program at the University of Saskatchewan, I am passionate about integrating Western Sciences and Indigenous Knowledge in high school education, with a focus on Land Based teachings. As the assistant to the Director of the SPSC in 2023, I am thrilled for this opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of the organization. I aspire to inspire curiosity and foster a deeper understanding of social justice issues, Indigenous ways of Knowing, and community realization. Beyond my academic pursuits, I am also deeply passionate about land stewardship and sustainability. When I am not immersing myself in educational endeavors, I enjoy reading, staying active, exploring the outdoors, and cherishing moments with loved ones. I am excited and grateful for the valuable experiences that lie ahead.

Schedule at a Glance

Tool Kit

Thank you for joining us for SPSC 2024!  Whether you are attending in person or virtually all schedules and information has now been posted.  For virtual registrants a complete master list of zoom links for all sessions will directly emailed to you by Thursday June 27, 2024. 

SPSC Program Information

Program Objectives

The major goal of the Short Course is to provide an intensive opportunity for participants from provincial and First Nations schools to deepen their knowledge of theory, practice, and reflection, contributing to their skills as teachers and school leaders.  The activities of the Course will enable participants to:

  1. Examine the role of the principal through the lens of instructional leadership;
  2. Extend knowledge regarding the practices of establishing a vision, influencing school culture, and stimulating the learning environment, while at the same time managing, modeling, and monitoring activities within the school;
  3. Learn about new developments and initiatives in education;
  4. Share experiences, insights and concerns with other practitioners; and,
  5. Develop a support network of diverse peers across the entire province.

Short Course Design

The format for the Saskatchewan Principals’ Short Course is shaped by the Instructional, Distributed, Ethical, and Transformational Leadership frameworks.  Session leaders and presenters represent views and perspectives from Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews.  As such, this course builds understanding of the role of the principal, as well as issues and challenges for provincial and First Nations leadership. 

The course is designed so that participants will be able to frame their learning within the three successful components of school leadership: Establishing a Vision and Culture Conducive to Learning; Stimulating the Learning Environment; and Managing, Modeling, and Monitoring.

Within the theme of Establishing a Vision and Culture Conducive to Learning, we have planned larger plenary sessions so that participants can come to understand the necessary roles of a shared vision and a culture of learning in their professional communities.

Within the theme of Enhancing the Learning Environment, we have planned smaller sessions which will enable participants to focus on topics of special interest to their schools.  These sessions will make up a significant component of the conference in that each will generate discussion within the broader context of school leadership.  This session format consists of multiple small group presentations, with audience sizes of 15-25 participants in the hope that participants engage in meaningful, related discussion.

Within the theme of Managing, Modeling, and Monitoring, we have placed sessions (large sessions again), which are designed to help participants understand the management role inherent in school leadership.

Throughout the week, participants will frequently meet as a small group with their facilitator, where they will have the opportunity to engage in Professional Reflection and Deeper Inquiry, discuss what they have learned, ask questions of group members and leaders, and share experiences, thoughts, and concerns in dialogue with one another.

While the week’s activities include a number of topics of special interest to beginning vice-principals and principals, many of the issues will be relevant to those in other leadership positions, including teacher leaders.

Sessions span the learning necessary for leadership, teaching, and learning across all treaties, enabling participants to not only add to their developing philosophy and repertoire of leadership strategies, but to also understand what others are facing as well.

Past Participant Comments

2023 SPSC

The following comments were selected as representative of participant response to a request as part of SPSC 2023 Evaluation to provide a closing Additional Comments about the program:

  • “The entire program could be described as strong.  I walked away thinking that attending SPSC at least once in your career needs to be mandatory.  It was the absolute best PD I have ever attended.”

  • “Every session I attended provided great practical tools, strategies, advice and reflection of own leadership style and practices.”

  • “This was well done in all areas.  I think this whole experience was incredible!  Strength would be how organized things were and how smoothly the program went.”

  • “I was a “hesitant” vice principal, and this course reduced my insecurities as I was able to see myself in this role more.  It offered the shift mindset from teacher to administrator.”

Advisory Committee

2024 Saskatchewan Principals’ Short Course Advisory Committee
Mr. Ted Amendt Saskatchewan School Boards Association
Ms. Tricia Erlendson Saskatchewan School-Based Leaders
Mr. Kevin Kleisinger Saskatchewan Ministry of Education
Mr. Withman Jaigobin Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation
Mr. Davin Hildebrand League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents
Dr. Gordon Martell Director, Saskatchewan Principals' Short Course
Mr. Greg McJannet Associate Director, Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit
Dr. Paul Newton Head, Department of Educational Administration

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