First Nations Principals’ Course

MFI’s First Nations Schools Principals’ Course serves as a much-needed resource, providing professional development aimed at building leadership skills and improving educational outcomes for students.

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About the Program

The First Nations Schools Principals' Course is designed for principals, vice principals and aspiring school leaders who want to develop educational leadership skills and school-improvement strategies.

The course was introduced as a pilot program in September 2015. It was piloted with 20 experienced principals from across Canada in order to provide feedback on the activities and resources and smooth out potential hiccups.

  • 13

    Indigenous educators developed the course with MFI and OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)

  • 97

    Indigenous educators have completed the course to date

  • 7

    Number of times the course has been delivered since it began in 2016

The Impact

Research shows just how valuable principals are in improving student learning. A highly effective principal who is successful in leading student success initiatives has been trained in how to work with their teachers. FNSPC goes further by teaching principals and aspiring principals how to lead collaborative problem-solving with staff and stakeholders, collect and analyze student test data, implement school and classroom data-driven decision making, and carry out the work required for high levels of personal and organizational performance.

Our Role

MFI spent over a year and a half working in a partnership with 13 First Nations educators, academics, and education leaders as well as the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto to develop a course that combines face-to-face and online learning, which greatly increases its accessibility and reach.

Explore MFI’s virtual learning hub called The Training & Resources for Early Education & Schools (TREES) Network. TREES is a space for delivering and accessing culturally appropriate training, professional development, resources, supportive circles and peer mentorship opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous learning professionals working with Indigenous children, students and families.