Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues in Education,

Welcome to The Institute for Education Leadership. Here you will find research, resources, and tools for building strong leadership practices in current and upcoming educational leaders.


The IEL's goal is to assist school and system leaders in maximizing the achievement and well-being of all children and students. The IEL accomplishes this by focusing on three key areas:

  1. Engaging in professional inquiry;
  2. Influencing leadership practice; and
  3. Promoting and mobilizing research on effective leadership practice.

Leadership Initiatives

The IEL's Ontario Leadership Framework (OLF) is an evidence-based resource for school and system leaders from all four sectors of education in Ontario. The OLF highlights and describes successful leadership practices for school and system leaders and effective organizational practices at school and system levels. Central to the OLF are the Personal Leadership Resources (PLRs), which outline the leadership traits and dispositions most likely to influence the effectiveness with which leadership practices are enacted. These PLRs are especially relevant to leadership recruitment, selection and ongoing professional development.

Promoting Inclusive Learning

The work of the IEL has strengthened leadership practice across the province and beyond. One example of this work is the Leading Safe and Accepting Schools project, which partnered the IEL with the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Safe Schools and Student Well-being Branch. Practical resources to support districts in ensuring a safe, inclusive and accepting learning environment for student achievement and well-being were developed and are easily and readily accessible in the "Resources" section of this website.

The IEL continues to work diligently to ensure that all leaders are supported and that learning opportunities and resources are readily available to them. Browse the for more information and discover a wide range of researched based professional learning materials for current and aspiring school and system leaders in both English and French.