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Leading Student Achievement: Networks for Learning

Leading Student Achievement (LSA): Networks for Learning was a highly successful collaborative project, which ran successfully from 2005 until 2019. Approximately 60 boards (28 from CPCO) joined the project.

LSA began in 2005 as a result of a proposal submitted to the Ministry by the three Ontario Principals’ Associations (CPCO, OPC and ADFO). Although the project evolved over the years, it was based on sound research and a multi-level approach which provided support to school leaders when they worked with colleagues to build professional capacity in order to improve achievement and well-being.

The LSA project developed an impressive infrastructure of schools and leaders as participants organized into Principal Learning Teams (PLTs)/Networks which helped guide district and school level decisions and assisted in promoting a collaborative approach to planning and delivering instruction.

LSA was designed to support the Ontario Ministry of Education in reaching goals for education:

  • achieving excellence
  • ensuring equity (LSA will focus on Aboriginal Cultural Competency) 
  • promoting well-being and
  • enhancing public confidence

The project provided leadership and support by developing and sustaining learning networks of principals, teachers and system leaders within their districts, the province and internationally which focused on some of the following initiatives:

  • LSA Theory of Action
  • Principal Learning Teams
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Collaborative Inquiry Processes
  • Leading Mathematics Success
  • Knowledge Building/Knowledge Forum
  • Ontario Leadership Framework/School Effectiveness Framework

LSA supported system leaders and principals in the alignment and integration of these initiatives with School, Board and Ministry initiatives.

To honour the work done by system leaders and principals, CPCO offers the LSA Resources for continued use and access.