School Principals celebrate 10 years of Professional Development Excellence

    TORONTO, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Principals' Council
celebrates its 10th Annual Odyssey Conference, the largest leadership
symposium of its kind in Canada dedicated exclusively to the needs of public
school leaders. Principals and vice-principals from Ontario will be joined by
colleagues from other provinces, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United
States for Charting our Journey - A Celebration of Exemplary Leadership.
    Ten years ago, when principals and vice-principals were removed from the
teacher federations, a small group of dedicated school leaders decided to
organize a professional development conference for their peers. That
conference, Charting New Waters for School Leaders, set the course for the
establishment of Education Leadership Canada, an arm of the OPC dedicated to
developing and delivering high quality professional development for practising
administrators. Today, the tenth annual conference will welcome over 600
school leaders, continuing in the tradition of providing an array of
informative, insightful and practical workshops to help schools become even
better places of learning.
    Odyssey 2007 will provide an array of workshops such as professional
learning communities, practices to improve student achievement, data-driven
school success, leadership practices and action research. In addition to
dozens of in-depth workshops, the conference will feature three high profile
keynote speakers:

    -   Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire (Ret.), the Force Commander of the United
        Nations Assistance Mission to Rwanda,
    -   James Cunningham, one of Canada's funniest and most versatile
    -   Yvonne Camus, participant in the World Championships of Adventure
        Racing - Eco Challenge.

    "Schools continue to be the focus of our society and of our communities.
The objective of this conference is to provide opportunities for school
leaders to learn new skills, share best practices and pass on their knowledge
to all school staff. That professional learning is then translated directly to
the school level, so that we can help all students reach their potential,"
said Lisa Vincent, President of the Ontario Principals' Council.

    The Ontario Principals' Council is the voluntary professional association
representing 5,000 principals and vice-principals in Ontario's public
elementary and secondary schools. Established in 1998, OPC advocates on behalf
of public education and provides professional supports to its Members.

For further information:

For further information: Peggy Sweeney, (416) 322-6600 (OPC office),
(416) 573-2261 (cellular)

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