Leadership Talks
This podcast engages school leaders across Ontario in authentic conversations about their passion and expertise within K-12 education. We hope listeners will gain practical insights and strategies from each other to enhance learning and strengthen their school communities. Most importantly, this podcast will highlight excellence in practice and the joy of school leadership!

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EP 13 – Equity and Mental Health: Strategies for Navigating Challenges

For this episode of Leadership Talks, we welcome Anjali Bajaj, a secondary vice-principal with the Toronto District School Board.

Anjali shares how leading for equity impacts the mental health of school administrators, a topic which she presented in…

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EP 12 – STEM Education Leadership through Inclusive Design

In this episode, Lisa Cole shares how inclusive design approaches may provide an opportunity to co-design and co-implement programs that make system impact in STEM education. She plays a pivotal role at York University’s Lassonde School of…

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EP 11 – Leading Through Challenging Situations

School leaders are tasked with ensuring the health and safety of the students and staff in school buildings. Many would wonder how to manage when a challenging situation elevates to a level that is out-of-the ordinary.

Steve Oliver joins the…

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EP 10 – Personal Leadership Journey as an Arab woman

Diane Merhi’s story is a testament to the fact that there is no one set pathway to leadership. In this Leadership Talks, Diane shares her personal journey, beginning as an office administrator, transitioning to educational assistant, and eventually…

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EP 09 – Neuroaffirmative Human Rights Informed Practice

Our conversation with Karen Timm spotlights her passion and expertise in neurodiversity.

Neuroaffirmative practice is an essential skill for school leaders, though many may not yet feel equipped to lead in this area. As the growing body of…

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EP 08 – Leveraging Student Voice through Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy

At Andrea Carnegie’s school, they work on leveraging student voices, especially the voices of Black, Indigenous and students who have been historically marginalized. This empowers students to have more ownership and agency over their learning.

For…

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EP 07 – Supporting Technological Education

With the current demand for Technological Education for K – 12, Brent Coakwell joins us on Leadership Talks to share his passion for the trades. He’ll discuss how it’s possible to empower and enhance the experience for students, while supporting…

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EP 06 – Teaching Learning Walks: Co-creating Learning

In this conversation, we chat with Bev Freedman about how COVID disrupted the ways we, as leaders, move around schools and classrooms. As we move forward, she reminds us of the importance of intentional observations of teaching/learning which occurs…

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EP 05 – School / Community Read Alouds

Gurmeet Gill, our guest in this episode of Leadership Talks, has been using school wide and community read alouds to bring the community together. The intentional selection of books support school success goals around equity, including celebrating…

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EP 03 – Leading Innovation, Finding and Activating School Leaders

For this episode, we have Jennifer Shortreed joining us to share some of her experiences working on innovative structures that improve student outcomes over the years, most frequently in Design thinking, Student Success and Online Learning.

As a…

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