Attention School Leaders! The #Leadership20 MOOC Is For You.

George Couros, Twitter royalty (we’re big fans of @gcouros) and all around awesome school principal, has announced what is essentially a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that’s perfect for school leaders around the world. It’s going to explore what leadership looks like in the context of modern schools.

George wrote up a better explanation than I could ever hope to, so here it is. Hope you take part in this great opportunity:

Starting on October 2nd, I am very pleased to announce that Parkland School Division, in conjunction with the Central Alberta Regional Consortium, will be holding totally open and free sessions on “Leadership 2.0“.  This will explore what school leadership looks like in the context of today’s world and how innovative leaders are pushing their schools and organizations forward.  The course will be based on the Alberta Principal Quality Standards but these standards are applicable to the success of a school leader anywhere in the world and usually align with most organizational standards.

Based on the idea of a MOOC, we encourage ANYONE to attend these free webinars. This is meant for current leaders, new leaders, aspiring leaders, or anyone interested in moving their organization forward.  It is also open to those outside of education as well.  There is no sale here, just an opportunity for people passionate about growing in their profession.  Graciously, all speakers have agreed to do a session for free.  Here is the information below:

Leadership 2.0 – A Collaborative Learning Opportunity for School Leaders

As administrators, learning is continuously evolving and we must be learning leaders within our organization.  But what does leadership look like in schools today?  If we are leading schools the same way that we were 20, 15, or even 10 years ago, will administrators still be relevant.

Using the Alberta Education framework for Principals, we are looking at developing leadership in schools that builds upon the fundamentals of good administration but in a continuously changing environment.  Although we will be using the Alberta Education framework, these qualities are beneficial to leaders no matter what area of the world they are in. Because of this, we have asked school administrators from all over North America to share their insights on each strand and how they effectively meet this in the context of today’s learner.

With the “Leadership 2.0” open course, we will be pulling upon different experts to talk about what leadership looks like based on the Alberta Education Principal Quality Standard.  The following seven dimensions will be focused on:

  1. Fostering Effective Relationships
  2. Embodying Visionary Leadership
  3. Leading a Learning Community
  4. Providing Instructional Leadership
  5. Developing and Facilitating Leadership
  6. Managing School Operations and Resources
  7. Understanding and Responding to the Larger Societal Context

To ensure that participants are coming out with a product, a first session on “digital portfolios” will be offered to help school leaders be able to reflect openly on their learning both during and after the sessions.  The suggested platform for this portfolio will be a wordpress blog.

Sessions will happen on the following dates and are open to all participants:

Session 1 Welcome Session →
Creating a Digital Portfolio
(Speaker – George Couros)
What do you want in a principal?
October 2, 7PM EST
Session 2 Fostering Effective Relationships
(Speaker – Jeff Delp)
October 9, 7PM EST
Session 3 Embodying Visionary Leadership
(Speaker – Chris Smeaton)
October 16, 7PM EST
Session 4 Leading a Learning Community
(Speaker  – Jonathan E. Martin)
October 23, 7PM EST
Session 5 Providing Instructional Leadership
(Speaker – Chris Wejr)
October 30, 7PM EST
Session 6 Developing and Facilitating Leadership
(Speaker – Shannon Smith)
November 6, 7PM EST
Session 7 Managing School Operations and Resources
(Speaker – George Couros)
November 13, 7PM EST
Session 8 Understanding and Responding to the Larger Societal Context
(Speaker – Tom Hierck)
November 20, 7PM EST
Session 9 Final Session – Big Questions and Moving Forward
What do I want in my principal?
(Speaker – George Couros)
November 27, 7PM EST

All participants are welcome to all sessions, but we encourage participants to attend all to broaden their learning.  Each session will be between 60-90 minutes dependent upon conversation from the participants.

The link for the sessions is located here → (Link to come)

We also encourage participants to use the #leadership20 hashtag and share their learning on Twitter.

Thank you for your consideration!

George Couros

Please share this with anyone in your schools or organization that you feel will be interested or you can contact me directly on Twitter (@gcouros) or email (

The above info is current as of Sept. 24, 2012. Be sure to check this page out for the most updated information!


  1. George Couros

    September 25, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for sharing!!! Hoping that more than 5 people show up ;)

    • Jeff Dunn

      September 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Shoot for the moon, George!

  2. carla arena

    October 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Hi, George. Where can I find the links for the online webconferences? Was there a recording for this week’s session?