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International Leadership Offerings

Ontario Principals International Certificate in School Leadership

Leadership Cert

In a second exciting development, the University of Waikato has partnered with the Ontario Principals Council to offer the International Certificate in School Leadership in New Zealand.  The programme is designed for school leaders and IPL now has a team of 7 New Zealand principals who completed their Master Trainer certificates in Ontario in October and who will facilitate the programme in New Zealand in 2017

There are six modules in the Level One certificate and the content has been contextualised to fit the New Zealand education scene.  The programme will be offered for the first time in 2017.

The International School Leadership Certificate represents the culmination of many years of experience in providing professional development in Ontario and around the world. It builds on the strengths of the Ontario certification programme, international work to date, and our shared vision for the future.

We are planning the 2017 programme now for Auckland and Hamilton. To register your interest in this programme, contact Beth Dungey (bethdg@waikato.ac.nz)

Download a copy of our brochure

Leading Educators Around the Planet (LEAP) Programme

Are you an established school leader and wondering where to head next for high quality professional learning? The IPL has two exciting new offerings available in 2017

Exchange programme extended to New Zealand!

Principals and deputy principals are invited to participate in the LEAP Program (Leading Educators Around the Planet) with colleagues in Ontario, Canada. The program will be facilitated by the Institute for Professional Learning, University of Waikato in conjunction with the LEAP organization in Ontario.


Selected principals and deputy principals from the central North Island area.


Through a guided professional inquiry, participants will work on improving student achievement in a specific area of focus in their own school or community of learning. During the exchange, the visiting educator will work on their inquiry, supported by the host principal/deputy-principal and discussed at length between both parties prior to the visit. Following the exchange, participants will complete a 300 word template about their inquiry. This template should become an addendum to their professional development goal for the upcoming school year.

Why International Research:

When educators are exposed to experiences outside their regular environments, they are able to observe with a “clear” lens their own practice and ask the relevant questions necessary for positive changes to occur. The self-reflective process is a key element to build strong school leadership. Past participants have overwhelmingly responded that their participation in the exchange has been the best professional development experience of their careers. There may be opportunity to combine the professional learning with a post graduate paper from the University of Waikato.


The Ontario participants coming to New Zealand will shadow and be billeted with their New Zealand partner from July 23 2017 to August 2 2017 inclusive. Spouses and/or travelling companions may accompany the participants overseas. The New Zealand school leaders will then visit Ontario, shadow and be billeted with their matched partner from October 1 2017 to October 11 2017 inclusive.

Since both parts of the exchange parallel times when schools are not in session, no challenges exist regarding leave during the visiting educators’ time overseas.

For further enquiries or for application forms, contact Beth Dungey - bethdg@waikato.ac.nz