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 2022 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 "Leading with Care."

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 Vicki Squires

Welcome to the Saskatchewan Principals’ Short Course 2022! Our experiences throughout the last year have confirmed the critical role that schools play in society, and most importantly, how strong leadership and informed decision-making are essential in facilitating learning in a safe environment. Dr. Squires has had extensive experience as a classroom teacher, special needs teacher and an in-school administrator, and understands the essential role that leadership plays in the daily lived experience of teachers and students. By investing your valuable time in this short course, we hope that you will gain deeper understandings of leadership, engage in recent leadership scholarship, and learn practical skills and knowledge to assist you in your leadership journey.

Tool Kit

Thank you for joining us for SPSC 2022!  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 30, 2022. 


SPSC 2022 Facilitators

The daughter of educators, Jade Ballek has been a teaching principal at Dinsmore Composite, a rural K-12 school, for the past five years.  Previously, she served as a principal of the Sun West Distance Learning Centre.  Prior to principalship, Jade was a Learning Coach and later Consultant in the Sun West School Division during which time she led a division-wide action research project on Blended Learning and supported online teachers as an instructional designer.  She holds a master's degree in curriculum where she focused much of her learning on the role of technology to engage learners and currently, is working towards a PhD at the University of Saskatchewan, exploring the role of rural school leaders in supporting reconciliation through anti-racist education.  Jade is a member of the e-Learning Cohort with the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation Professional Learning Unit.  Family-focused, she and her husband of 30+ years operate a family farm with their three sons, and Jade can often be found taking pictures of the prairie landscape, reading books, and singing songs with her two grandchildren.

Jill Clapson is a principal at École St. Gerard School within the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. She is passionate about language development and literacy for English as an Additional Language learners in French Immersion programs. A strong believer in the synergy of collaboration, Jill creates experiential learning for school teams to support students’ diverse needs. Prior to this, she worked in a rural school in the North East School Division. Jill enjoys kayaking, soccer, and water skiing and believes in always growing.

Celia Deschambeault is from Cumberland House, Saskatchewan in Treaty Five Territory. She is a mother of 8 children. She is a curriculum and resource developer. She has worked in the area of Education for the past 20 years with a particular focus on Language revitalization. She holds a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education and is a PHD Candidate in the area of curriculum and instruction. Her passion lies with supporting Indigenous people with their pursuit in language programming and creating resources. Her current work includes creating an avenue of prioritizing Indigenous knowledge’s as a foundation for Indigenous education.


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.

Jennifer Hingley began her teaching career in 1996 and has worked for Northern Lights Schools Division, Saskatoon Public School Division and currently serves as a Superintendent of Schools with Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division. Jennifer is a proud graduate of the SUNTEP program and acknowledges the impact that the SUNTEP program had in developing her skills as an educator and nurturing her identity as a Métis person.  It was in the SUNTEP program that her passion for social justice, anti-racism and a holistic education model was ignited.  This provided the foundation for a teaching philosophy and practice that at its center holds the values of equality, justice, generosity, kindness and believing in the strengths and goodness of all students.  Jennifer has worked in a variety of roles in education including middle years teacher, Consultant: FNIM Education; Coordinator: FNIM Education, Principal and Superintendent of Schools. Jennifer works in staff development and has a passion for curriculum and effective instruction with the purpose of honoring Indigenous ways of knowing to improve student learning. Jennifer believes in honoring the teachings of Elders who have taught her that the purpose of education is to help illuminate the gifts that all children have been given so that they can serve and give back to their communities.

My name is Anita Johnstone from Mistawasis Nehiyawak in Saskatchewan. I hold a B.Ed, M.Ed and currently enrolled in the Doctor of EdD program at the University of Saskatchewan. I have been a teacher, Principal and Director of Education. I have been in education for over 24 and am excited for more years to build our education systems. With my new business SHEsolutions, I have been busy with the construction of projects designed to enhance our First Nations schools and Provincial schools. In development are the Land-Based meets Treaty Education, Mental Health and Reconciliation, that aligns with the curriculum and classroom teaching. My business is close to completing a certification program that trains Principals, Superintendents and Director of Education through modules. I am proud to be the first, First Nation full fledged member of LEADS, and am also very proud of the extensive training I hold in other areas.  An area that I was passionate about becoming apart of. I am excited for the next adventures in my life and hopefully it will have a positive impact on all education sectors.

Randolph J. MacLEAN is the Superintendent of Schools/CEO at Anglophone East School District in Moncton New Brunswick. Anglophone East School District has 17 000 students in 39 schools, Randy moved to Anglophone East in May of 2022 after spending nine years as the Deputy Director of Education at Horizon School Division in Central Saskatchewan. Randy is passionate about the need to improve schools, supports for improving leadership and teacher practices, assessment, and technology integration to enhance the learning experience for all students. He believes that we must create authentic school learning environments for all students, to ensure they will have the prerequisite skills enabling them to seamlessly transition into the ever-changing global community.
He knows that in order to achieve this goal we must transform the learning environment for both students and teachers, so learning is relevant, engaging and challenging for all learners for fifteen years He worked at The Eastern Townships School Board. In such capacities as principal of Alexander Galt Regional High School, Principal of the Enhanced Learning Strategy/Director of Transportation As well as Principal of Massey-Vanier High School, when the Eastern Townships School Board in 2003 became the first school board in Canada and the second in North America to implement a one-to-one laptop deployment from grades 3 - 11. Under Randy’s leadership Massey-Vanier High School was selected as of the top five most improved High Schools in Quebec for three straight years.
He is the co-author of ‘Getting it Right’ Aligning Technology Initiatives for Measurable Student Results.
Randy in married to Carolyn, who a Pre-kindergarten/teacher librarian, they have three daughters are they are busy running around supporting activities of their three daughters and is an advocate for healthy and active lifestyles.
Randy has had the opportunity to work and present throughout the Canada, United States, Australia, Mexico and South America on such topics as; one-to-one technology integration, school improvement through increased student learning, project-based learning, and 21st century skill development.

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 peoppl at this year's SPSC.

Doug is a recently retired high school principal who currently works part-time with Field Experiences at the College of Education at USASK.  Doug believes that building relationships and checking for understanding are the most important things for teachers and administrators in schools. 

Doug is married to Shaun. He has two awesome sons who both work in healthcare and an amazing Bernese Mountain dog named Jenny.  His happy place is at the family cabin at Christopher Lake, SK. 

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.  

SPSC 2022 Assistants to the Director

Hi everyone! My name is Kayla Puetz. I grew up in Melfort, Saskatchewan. I took my first two years of university there through their local college, and have now lived in Saskatoon for four years. I am completing my Bachelor of Education, as well as a Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology. Many of my teaching experiences have been in early years, and I am looking forward to completing my final extended practicum this fall. In my spare time I like to spend time with family and friends, be outdoors, travel, and do DIY projects. 

Aanii, my name is Matthew Recollet. I am originally from Barrie, Ontario have been living in Saskatoon for about four years now. I am a proud Anishinaabe and traditionally come from Whitefish River First Nations located on Manitoulin Island. I am currently entering my third year of my bachelor’s degree in Education through the ITEP program at the U of S. My goal is to teach high school with a focus on Land Based teachings that integrate both Western Sciences and Indigenous Knowledge. I am overly excited and thankful for the opportunity to be assistant to the Director of the SPSC this year and looking forward to the valuable experience. When I’m not busy on the computer, I enjoy reading, working out, traveling, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

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


The following comments were selected as representative of participant response to a request as part of SPSC 2021 Evaluation to provide a closing Additional Comment about the program:

  • “You picked the right topics and the right speakers.  I did not have a single session that I did not learn or have an "aha!" moment.”
  • "I recommended it to colleagues while I was still in sessions!  Everyone should take this course whether they seek administrative positions or not; it completely opened up my eyes about what my role as a member of my school team could be.  I felt so excited about what education in the province and my school specifically could be."
  • "It is time and time again the best PD I attend."
  • "This is my third time, and it is great for any point of a leader's career."
  • “The choice of Impact Session was incredible!  So mush so that I had a tough time deciding."
  • “The virtual option is the reason I took it this year. So thankful it was offered this way.”
  • “I loved that fact that it was virtual.  It made it so much easier for me to attend.  I didn't have to make family arrangements and could attend from the comfort of my home.”
  • “The Fireside chats had very good discussions and networking that followed off our Impact Session and allowed us to discuss different sessions and hear from those that attended ones we weren't able to attend so that we could share our big takeaways from each other.  There was also time to share other information and learn from each other...Very powerful.”

Advisory Committee

2021 Saskatchewan Principals’ Short Course Advisory Committee
Ms. Geraldine Knudsen Saskatchewan School Boards Association
Ms. Carol Sarich 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. Vicki Squires Director, Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit
Mr. Greg McJannet Associate Director, Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit
Mr. Egan Chernoff Head, Department of Educational Administration

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