Nova Scotia Aspiring Leaders Program 2017-2018

The Nova Scotia Aspiring Leaders Program (ALP) is a professional learning program for teachers, mentors and school board consultants who are interested in becoming effective school principals and/or vice principals. The program is offered by the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, in partnerships with the Nova Scotia Educational Leadership Consortium (NSELC) and school boards. The online application for the 2017-2018 ALP cohort is available until April 30, 2017.

The program was develiped in response to a priority identified by school boards, and to support the commitment to teaching and educational leadership outlined in Nova Scotia's Action Plan for Education.

The ALP extends over 14 months beginning in August 2017 and includes two summer institutes and seven Friday-Saturday seminars. An eight-day residency program with an experienced school principal is integrated throughout the program. A certificate is granted following an exit assessment and successful completion of all program components.

The program has been designed to be a balance between knowledge and skills, theory and practice. Reflection and networking opportunities are incorporated into each seminar.

Download the ALP 2017-2018 brochure (pdf)

Download an ALP Frequently Asked Questions document (pdf)




Component Details

Summer Institute
Atlantica Oak Island Resort
August 8, 9, 10

- Program orientation

- The Artisan Teacher with Mike Rutherford (two days). ALP participants will join other educators from around the province for this two-day conference.

- Insights discovery (one day)

Friday-Saturday Seminars

One Friday-Saturday seminar will be held each month from September 2017 to May 2018 (no seminar November 2017 or March 2018)

Friday sessions will start at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday sessions are full-day, with the exception of April 2018, which will run two full days.

Seminar locations will rotate around the province, with dates TBA.

-School culture and building relationships

- Diversity and social justice

- Leading change

- Communication skills

- Leading professional learning

- Instructional leadership

-School management

Summer Institute 2018 Location and dates TBA. Leadership for Student Services
Residency Program The residency program will take place within individual school boards throughout the program. Mentoring with an experienced principal and applying seminar learnings through bridging activities.


Application Process

Candidate selection will be based on identified criteria and an interview by a panel of school board personnel. 

To access the online application, please visit (MyAVRSB login required)


Contact Information

If you have questions or would like additional information about the Nova Scotia Aspiring Leaders Program, please contact:

Erica Weatherbie, AVRSB Director of Human Resources

Margo Tait, ALP Coordinator

Terry Wadden, NSELC Executive Director


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