About Us

The Purpose

Leading Student Achievement (LSA): Networks for Learning is a project developed by the provincial principals' associations, l'Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (ADFO), the Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario (CPCO), and the Ontario Principals' Council (OPC), in partnership with and funded by the Student Achievement Division, Ontario Ministry of Education (EDU), and supported by Learnography.

The project began with an elementary focus, however, it has been extended into the secondary panel and now has a K–12 focus.

The project is based on a multi-level approach providing support to district and school leaders as they:

  • improve learning and well-being for all students;
  • collaborate in Leadership Networks/Principal Learning Teams to improve instructional leadership;
  • build effective Professional Learning Communities within schools and across districts, the province, Canada and internationally thereby establishing effective Leadership Networks;
  • engage in Collaborative Inquiry Processes, Knowledge Building, and the Renewed Mathematics Strategy;
  • focus on the evolving LSA Theory of Action (2015);
  • share promising practices;
  • contribute to educational research.

LSA Framework: Multi-Level Collaborative Leadership

Professional Learning Communities
Principals and teachers collaborate in teams to improve instructional practice and school conditions that impact on student learning and well-being.
Leadership Networks/ Principal Learning Teams
Principals work in teams and learning networks across districts to increase their capacity as instructional leaders, impacting on teacher practice and school conditions that lead to improved student learning and well-being.
LSA Steering Team
The LSA Steering Team provides support to principals and system leaders through a variety of professional learning opportunities and resources.
Venn diagram for Leading Student Acheievement

LSA Priorities

The project is based on a multi-level approach providing support to district and school leaders as they work to develop greater coherence, as well as improve achievement and well-being for all students. LSA priorities focus on:

  • LSA Theory of Action
  • Leadership Networks/Principal Learning Teams (PLTs)
  • Collaborative Inquiry Processes
  • Knowledge Building
  • Supporting the Renewed Mathematics Strategy

LSA Theory of Action

Four Paths of Leadership Influence on Student Learning

Flow Chart showing Leithwood's Theory of Action

The theory depicted in this figure, describes the assumptions the LSA project makes about how their supports will eventually accomplish the single project goal of improving student achievement.

As the figure suggests, this theory assumes that LSA initiatives will improve the quality of school leadership. Such leadership, in turn, will improve the status of key learning conditions in schools, which will contribute positively to the achievement of students.

The key learning conditions, according to this theory, can be found on four paths:

  • Rational
  • Emotions
  • Organizational
  • Family

"Leadership entails assessing the status of conditions on each of these paths and selecting one or more conditions as a promising focus for improvement at any time." (Leithwood, 2014)

A Knowledge Building Theory of Action for LSA

Expectations of Participants

District/System Leaders:

  • Promote LSA within their districts
  • Work with LSA participants to support and facilitate the creation of effective leadership networks that facilitate project priorities
  • Ensure District representation at LSA sessions
  • Support and contribute to the research component of the project

Leadership Networks/Principal Learning Teams (PLTs):

  • Work in collaboration with LSA participants focusing on project priorities by sharing experiences, knowledge and strategies that contribute to improved student learning and well-being
  • Develop and submit collaborative LSA Learning Plans and Year-End Reports
  • Participate actively in LSA sponsored professional learning opportunities
  • Support and contribute to the research component of the project


The research and evaluation component of the LSA project is conducted by Dr. Ken Leithwood, Professor Emeritus, OISE/UT.

The role of research is to:

  • Assess the effectiveness of the LSA project in meeting its mandate;
  • Determine professional learning needs of participants;
  • Acquire and analyze data about effective leadership practices, collaborative instruction and improvement processes and their impact on student achievement and well-being;
  • Develop and work with the Steering Team to deliver the research component, including: surveys, interviews, focus groups, LSA Real Stories, etc.;
  • Determine future directions of the project.

LSA Support

  • Professional Resources:
    • Principal Association Project Leaders
    • Steering Team
    • LSA District Facilitators
    • Ministry of Education Officers
  • LSA Provincial Symposia
  • LSA Virtual and Face-to-Face Learning Sessions
  • LSA Speaker Series
  • Interactive Technologies
  • Other supports based on the emerging needs of participants

LSA Steering Team:

The role of the steering team is to work in collaboration with the various project partners to plan, implement and support the goals of the LSA project.

  • ADFO
    • Ginette Huard
    • Nadine Trépanier-Bisson
  • CPCO
    • Mary Cordeiro
    • Luciana Cardarelli
  • OPC
    • Linda Massey (Chair)
    • Bob Jackson
    • Bev Miller
    • Monica Resendes
  • EDU: Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat
    • Karen Dobbie
    • Maria Ivankovic
    • Lyne Caza
  • EDU: Leadership Development Branch
    • Cathy Coon-Brooks
    • Brian Jones
  • EDU: Student Success Branch
    • Anne Clifton
    • Karen Greenham
  • EDU: Research, Evaluation and Data Management Branch
    • Judi Kokis
    • Lucie McCartney
  • Learnography
    • Jennifer Coens
    • Catherine Marchand

LSA Committee of the Whole

  • Joanne Robinson (OPC)
  • Kate Cowan (SS, EDU)
  • Line Lemoyne-Lafleur (EDU)
  • Amy Coupal (LGY)

LSA District Facilitators


  • Lise Kingsbury


  • George Consitt
  • Mary Anne Cowan
  • Marcelle DeFreitas
  • Deirdre Kinsella-Biss
  • Barb VanHatten


  • Bob Jackson
  • Lizanne Lacelle
  • Bev Miller
  • Monica Resendes
  • Laura Somerville
  • Cathy Thomson
  • Marg Warren


ADFO: 11 Districts

  • Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario
  • Conseil écoles catholiques du centre-est
  • Conseil scolaire catholique de district des Grandes Rivières
  • Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord
  • CSC du Nouvel-Ontario
  • Conseil scolaire catholique Providence
  • Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l'Est ontarien
  • Le Conseil scolaire de district catholique du Centre-Sud
  • Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l'Ontario
  • Conseil scolaire public du Nord-est de l'Ontario
  • Conseil scolaire Viamonde

CPCO: 29 Districts

  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board
  • Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board
  • Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
  • Dufferin- Peel Catholic District School Board
  • Durham Catholic District School Board
  • Halton Catholic District School Board
  • Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board
  • Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board
  • Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board
  • Kenora Catholic District School Board
  • London District Catholic School Board
  • Niagara Catholic District School Board
  • Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board
  • Northeastern Catholic District School Board
  • Ottawa Catholic School Board
  • Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board
  • Renfrew Catholic District School Board
  • Simcoe-Muskoka Catholic District School Board
  • St. Clair Catholic District School Board
  • Sudbury Catholic District School Board
  • Superior North Catholic District School Board
  • The Northwest Catholic District School Board
  • Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
  • Toronto Catholic District School Board
  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board
  • Wellington Catholic District School Board
  • Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
  • York Catholic District School Board

OPC: 21 Districts

  • Algoma District School Board
  • Bluewater District School Board
  • District School Board of Niagara
  • Durham District School Board
  • Grand Erie District School Board
  • Halton District School Board
  • Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
  • Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board
  • Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
  • Keewatin-Patricia District School Board
  • Lakehead District School Board
  • Limestone District School Board
  • Near North District School Board
  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Renfrew County District School Board
  • Superior Greenstone District School Board
  • Thames Valley District School Board
  • Toronto District School Board
  • Upper Grand District School Board
  • Waterloo District School Board
  • York Region District School Board

participating groups

A project developed by the provincial principals' associations (ADFO, CPCO and OPC)
in partnership with and funded by the Student Achievement Division, Ontario Ministry of Education, and supported by Learnography.