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.

The SPSC will be held at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan. For those needing hotel accommodations rooms will be booked by the Course Registrar at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Saskatoon East-University (across the street from the U of S Campus).

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 seminar may be included as part of their Master's or PhD program of study.


SPSC Program Director

The Saskachewan Principals' Short Course is very plesed to announce that Dr Michelle Prytula has agreed to return in 2019 in the role of Program Director.

Recognizing that the success of the teaching profession hinges on the experiences of students in classrooms, Dr. Prytula’s number one priority as an educator is the student experience.  Throughout her roles as a classroom teacher, school administrator, faculty member, and now in her current role as dean, Dr. Prytula is committed to education in this province, and has been recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for her work in support of teaching and learning.

SPSC 2019 Facilitators

Mr Pat Bugler Treaty Six Education Council
Ms Jackie Durocher Northern Lights School Division
Ms Kelley Ehman Regina Catholic Schools
Mr Mark Forsythe Good Spirit School Division
Mr Kevin Kusch Lloydminster Catholic School Division
Ms Sarah Longman Regina Public Schools
Ms Lori Meyer Prairie South Schools
Ms Cathy Mills Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit
Mr Darran Teneycke Prairie South Schools
Ms Donnalee Weinmaster Sasktoon Public Schools

SPSC 2019 Assistants to the Director

Kathryn Bloski
Zanna McCrea
Scott Tulloch

SPSC Program

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 course 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’, where they will have the opportunity to engage in Professional Reflection and Deeper Inquiry, where they will discuss what they have learned, ask questions of group members and leaders, and share experiences, thoughts, and concerns in dialogue with one another.

In addition, common breakfasts, breaks and lunches are scheduled throughout the course, with the second day culminating with a social hour and the exciting ‘Minute to Win It’ where participants collaborate in fun and games and even win prizes for their groups!

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.

Some of the topics for the week include (but are not limited to):
Instructional Leadership in Today’s Context Teachers and Social Media
Finance and Accountability in Education Education Governance in First Nations Communities
Teaching and Leadership for Second Language Learners Land-Based Education
The Teaching Principal In Rural Saskatchewan The Michif Language and Nation
Change Leadership versus Change Management School Culture and the Role of Principals
Makerspace Technology in the Classroom Indigenous Student Engagement
Legal Issues in Schools Culturally Responsive School Leadership
Initial Lessons in Cree Language Perspectives from the School Board Chair
Mental Health Issues in Schools Acquiring Resources for French Schools and Programs
Community Development Duty to Accommodate
Métis Program Development in Schools Culturally Responsive School Leadership
Leadership for Rural Education Professional Relationships and the Role of the Principal
Saskatchewan and First Nation School Funding Negligence and the Law
Facilitating Indigenous Student Engagement as a non-Indigenous Leader Developments from the SPTRB
The Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSB)  

Schedule & Map

2019 Keynote and Breakout Session Resources Provided


  • Coming soon.


  • Métis Education – Building Cultural Competency [1] [2] [3] – Samson Lamontagne
  • Responding to Traumatic Events in Schools – Coralee Pringle-Nelson & Heather Miller
  • Concentus Citizenship Education: Schools Nurture Citizens. What Kind of Citizens does your School Develop? [1] [2] [3] – Cathy Mills (Friday Repeater)
  • Understanding Negligence in Schools – David Burgess (Friday Repeater)
  • Leaning Into Challenging Coversations [1] [2] – Kelley Ehman (Friday Repeater)



  • Principals’ Administrative Responsibilities and the SPTRB [1] [2] – Trevor Smith
  • Literacy Leadership [1] [2] [3] [4] – Bev Brenna

Past Participant Comments


The following comments were selected as representative of participant response to a request as part of SPSC 2018 Evaluation to provide a closing Additional Comment about the program:

  • Keynote speakers were fabulous! 
  • The presenters were all authentic and passionate – great work getting that many amazing people at one conference. 
  • Excellent presenters and the breakout sessions helped reflect our vision and experiences. 
  • The small group sessions were a great opportunity to network with other professionals as well as debrief and discuss our professional learning. 
  • Great group leaders, experience made the discussion valuable. 
  • I really enjoyed the fast-pace of the days this week. The time flew by and we were so engaged in our learning. 
  • Excellent venue – professional atmosphere, brought back great memories of the college. 
  • I loved the venue! It already has the environment and atmosphere for learning. It felt so good to be back on campus as a student. I felt like a real life-long learner! 
  • Marquis Hall meals were amazing! A short walk before and after lunch was an added bonus. 
  • This was a great week, great opportunities, packed with meaningful information! I hope to become a great leader like the presenters and facilitators that I learned from this week! 
  • The best conference I have attended thus far in my career as an educator. I will recommend this to my peers. 
  • Loved it! Thank you for this fabulous opportunity. I feel better prepared for my exciting new role. 
  • Thank you for the opportunity to be surrounded by so many like-minded people – to share, to learn, to grow – this was an invaluable experience! 

Advisory Committee

2019 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 John Schultz Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation
Ms Gwen Keith League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents
Dr David Burgess Director, Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit
Ms Patricia Prowse Associate Director, Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit
Dr Michelle Prytula Director, Saskatchewan Principals’ Short Course
Mr Brendan Newton Grad Student, Associate Director, Saskatchewan Principals’ Short Course
Mr Pete Chief First Nations Representative
Dr Paul Newton Head, Department of Educational Administration


Registration deadline is June 25, 2019.

(As late appointments of Administrators are inevitable, we will accept late registrations.)

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