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The Nova Scotia Educational Leadership Consortium (NSELC), in partnership with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Education (DEECD) and school boards, is pleased to offer the Nova Scotia Aspiring Leaders Program. The program was developed in response to an identified priority by Nova Scotia School Boards and to the commitment to excellence in teaching and leadership in the Nova Scotia Action Plan for Education.

This professional learning opportunity is designed to support teachers, mentors, and department heads who are interested in becoming effective school principals and/or vice principals.

The Aspiring Leaders Program extends over 14 months beginning in August 2017, and includes two summer institutes and seven Friday/Saturday Seminars. An eight-day residency program is integrated throughout the program. A certificate will be granted following a culminating assessment and successful completion of all program components.

Program Components

1. Summer Institute 2017:

August 8-10, 2017 Atlantica Oak Island Resort, N.S.

Total Cost: $720.00 plus HST

- The Artisan Teacher Conference with Mike Rutherford (two days) $470.00 Plus HST

(ALP participants will join other teachers and administrators from around the province for this.)

- Program orientation and Insights Discovery (one day) $250.00 plus HST

2. Friday/Saturday Seminars:

Seminars will be held with Friday sessions running from 1:00 to 5 p.m. and full day Saturday sessions. The exception will be Seminar 6, in April 2018, which will run for two full days. Seminar locations will be determined based on expressions of interest. The residency program will be held within individual school boards.

3. Seminars and Summer Institutes 2018 (Cost: $225.00 plus HST for each seminar and the Student Services Summer Institute 2018)

I. School Culture and Building Relationships (September 22-23,2017)

II. Diversity and Social Justice (October 20-21, 2017)

III. Leading Change (December 1-2, 2017)

IV. Communication Skills (January 13-14, 2018)

V. Leading Professional learning (February 23-24, 2018)

VI. Instructional Leadership (April 13-14,2018)

Storm Date (April 27-28, 2018)

VII. School Management (May 11-12, 2018)

VIII. Student Services Summer Institute (August 17-18, 2018)

The total cost of the full 14-month program is $2520.00 + HST per participant.

Application Process: Applications are available through participating school board websites and selections will be based on identified criteria and an interview by a panel of board personnel. Please note that the deadline for applications is April 14, 2017. For more information on the program and/or the application process, contact the Human Resources Department in your board.

NSELC-fpThis professional learning opportunity is to support teachers who aspire to become school based administrators. The Aspiring Leaders Program extends over 14 months and begins August 2017. The program includes two summer institutes and seven Friday/Saturday seminars. An eight day residency program is integrated throughout the program.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-18 Cohort of this exciting program being offered by The Educational Leadership Consortium of Nova Scotia (NSELC) in partnership with The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

For more information on the program, click here to visit the Aspiring Leaders Program webpage or contact Terry Wadden, Executive Director, Educational Leadership Consortium of Nova Scotia (NSELC) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 902-478-4768.

Application Process: Applications are made available through participating School Board websites. Selections will be based on identified criteria and an interview by a panel of Board personnel.

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Rutherford Flyer 2015The Artisan Teacher Conference August 8 and 9, 2017

Featuring Dr. Mike Rutherford

The NSELC, in partnership with the Rutherford Learning Group, is pleased to offer an exciting professional learning opportunity for P-12 teachers and educational leaders. The two day conference will focus on strategies for high performance teaching that enhance student learning. Participants will be introduced to patterns of skillful instruction. They will become familiar with the 23 themes of teaching that enable teachers to create classrooms with high levels of student engagement, effort, clarity, thinking, performance, and success. Conference participants will recognize the themes in their own teaching, determine their skills and strengths, and enhance their practice.

Culturally Responsive

Update: Please note that this module is now sold out. Watch for more dates in spring of 2017.

NSELC is pleased to offer a new module on Culturally Responsive Instruction.

This module is being offered to support the development of lessons that integrate instructional and assessment practices based on culturally responsive principles.

flyer pdf coverIt will enable participants to make explicit connections between culture, cultural proficiency and culturally responsive instruction.

Participants will explore models and principles of culturally responsive instruction in practice and learn to create a personal action plan.