New course aims to prepare and support principals at First Nations schools

January 13, 2016

A pilot project started by the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Education in partnership with the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative is helping principals in First Nation schools. The First Nations Principals Course provides over 200 hours of mostly online training to principals who often do not have access to resources or support networks. The course includes instruction on topics such as setting up student records, evaluating and improving teaching skills, and parental and community involvement. Participants can access instructional videos as well as online discussion forums where they can share knowledge and best practices with peers and colleagues. “If our goal is ultimately to try to improve student achievement, the single best way to do that is to support educational leaders,” said uToronto professor and course co-leader Jean-Paul Restoule. Toronto Star