Educational Leadership Issues

(Understanding the Quebec School Context)

"Leadership is like art: the artist sees beauty where another person sees reality. Likewise, the leader sees energy. His job is to capture this energy and to use and channel it for the task at hand. It's a transformational process, akin to alchemy." (Antoni Cimolino, General Director, Stratford Festival of Canada)

Instructor Information:

Sam Bruzzese

Course Website: Mighty Network ( coming Sept. 2018


Website: Twitter: @sam_bruzzese Course hashtag: #edem606

Course will take place on Tuesday morning (9 am to 12 pm) at EMSB head office

Office hours: 12 to 1 @EMSB, Online (via ZOOM) and by phone

Office Location: Education Building, rm. 525

Course Overview:

Here's the official McGill University course description:

Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

Administered by: Graduate Studies

Admin & Policy Studies in Ed: Critical analysis and appraisal of leadership issues across geographic, linguistic, racial, gender and cultural contexts from a comparative perspective. Students will analyze their own experience.

Here's Winter 2018 course description given by Dr. Levitan on campus:

  • Admin & Policy Studies in Education: Critical analysis and appraisal of leadership issues focused on local contexts. Special consideration of linguistic, racial, gender, and cultural issues within Quebec. Students will analyze their own experience.

I want to thank Dr. Levitan for sharing the syllabus. This course is partly based on his readings and suggestions. I will keep adding materials over the summer.

Of course. the final course sequence will be decided by the students at our first meeting in September at EMSB.


In this course, students will co-create a seminar in leadership issues within their local context.:

  • The geographic focus of readings, lectures, and discussion will be on the city of Montreal and greater Quebec.
  • However, students from other provinces may also engage in independent work on areas where they will be teaching or leading.

The class will work together to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of current leadership issues within the various education policy and leadership systems of this province.

As part of this work, students will undertake a semester-long individual project on a leadership topic of their choice (since students are already Quebec school administrators ~ this will have to be done on an individual basis~ depending on school/board initiative and/or challenges in a particular school). This will be determined at our first class.

  • Potential topics include: Linguistic issues and demographic trends; Indigenous education; education reform initiatives; New Pedagogies for Deep learning; IB philosophy & QEP; teacher preparation; leadership preparation; policy issues of equity and social justice; student learning; school culture and leadership, technology.

By the end of this course students who fully participate in the class will:

  • Develop a critical understanding of issues in educational leadership in Quebec and potential approaches to addressing those issues
  • Practice action-oriented inquiry/reflection methods that will uncover useful information for improving practice or policy
  • Present findings
  • Develop and teach professional level content
  • TBD by students

Required Course Materials

Most weekly readings will be available to students on myCourses /Mighty Networks or through links included in the weekly schedule. There is only one reading required to purchase:

Indelible Leadership: Always Leave Them Learning by Michael Fullan (2017). Corwin Press

Here is info on the book:

Book is available on Amazon Canada for $26 (paperback) or $20 (kindle version):

If you own a Kobo, the cost is $22 for ebook: