How to make those difficult conversations a little bit easier

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How to make those difficult conversations a little bit easier

By Michael Bungay Stanier


Michael Bungay Stanier is a keynote speaker at the upcoming CPCO Conference 2017. To register for the conference, visit our website.


As a Principal, you’re likely used to having conversations of all kinds with students and fellow employees, but having to tackle a difficult discussion with a parent is another feat altogether.

I’m sure many Principals can recall a difficult conversation (or two, or three) they’ve had to have with a parent. Maybe the parent was unwilling to listen, maybe they weren’t supportive, maybe they were overly concerned or all around confused. We’ve all been there — in that awkward, difficult-conversation twilight zone, where everything seems to spiral downwards.

Luckily, there are a few ways to make your next difficult conversation a little easier, and it all essentially comes down to improving communication.

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Authentic Recognition of Catholic Values

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Catholic Values

Authentic Recognition of Catholic Values

By Carla Collier, Vice-Principal
Our Lady of Grace Catholic School
Angus, Ontario, SMCDSB


Catholic values are at the very root of the tree of life. If the roots are strong, the tree will blossom. As Catholic leaders, we have been given the awesome opportunity to grow together in our faith as members of a Catholic school community. And it is through the teaching of Catholic values that we will create a healthy, strong and blossoming tree that will demonstrate who we are. As said in the Gospel of John; “I am the vine, you are the branches.” (John 5:15)

Effective modelling and authentic recognition of our Catholic values are essential for the spiritual and emotional growth of our students as well as ourselves. Living out our Catholic values is a lifelong journey wherein we are always learning from our own actions as well as those around us; both young and old.

There are plenty of examples of love, service and compassion that surround us throughout our daily encounters with the people in our lives. However, at times, we can get inundated with daily tasks and chores and those ‘feel good’ stories of truth, courage and kindness may get lost amid the day’s responsibilities. We may get so caught up in our own work that we lose sight of the small yet important actions that make us all caring and helpful human beings.

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IEL resources

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New IEL resources for Principals & Vice-Principals are now available

By Hannah Yakobi

Photography by / courtesy of IEL

The school year has begun and is now in full swing!

This year, the Ontario Institute for Education Leadership (IEL) is pleased to provide a variety of incredible resources for Principals and Vice-Principals.

As you know, IEL is a bilingual organization that includes representatives from Principals’ and Supervisory Officers’ associations, Ontario Association of Senior Business Officials (OASBO), Council of Directors of Education and the Ministry of Education. With this in mind, IEL’s direction this year focuses on influencing and supporting provincial program and policy development and implementation of the Ontario Leadership Strategy (OLS) and the Ontario Leadership Framework (OLF) through a collaborative network of Ministry and professional associations of school and system leaders in the interests of student achievement and well-being.

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Back to school infographics

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back to school
Six infographics for the upcoming school year

By Jacob Chouinard

The first day of school is rapidly approaching. To get prepared for this school year, mental preparation and setting goals are key.

The following infographics illustrate many strategies that we hope you will find both helpful and inspiring in any activity that takes place in your school, be it teaching, learning or leading!

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Tabbie Silver Award 2017

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Tabbies Awards

Principal Connections’ Collaborative Professionalism issue wins a Tabbie Silver Award

By Jacob Chouinard
Photography by Hannah Yakobi and courtesy of the TABPI website


CPCO is delighted to receive an award for one of the recent issues of our magazine! This award was presented for our Collaborative Professionalism issue that was released in fall 2016, following a large rebranding strategy. Principal Connections has won awards throughout the years, but this is the first Tabbie award the magazine has received.

Tabbie Award

The Tabbie Awards have been around for over two decades, and are sponsored by Trade Association Business Publications International. The 2017 Tabbie Awards featured more than 400 entries, with nominations from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Singapore and South Africa.

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