This online space is designed to help new and aspiring principals narrow their first-year learning gap by offering on-demand programs that focus on preparing new administrators for the world of educational leadership. In this virtual learning lab, you will find a growing library of on-demand classes to suit your leadership needs. Most of the classes are recorded during LIVE workshops and as a result, offer an added value due to the nature of the discussions. To assist in one of my live workshops, please sign-up to be on my mailing list. This way, you'll be the first to know when an event pops up! You can be added to the list by signing up for one of the free resources by visiting www.thefirstyearprincipal.com

What we cover throughout this virtual space...

Among many other topics, here are are a few highlights of what we cover in this virtual learning space

  • How to effectively communicate with students, staff, and parents

  • How to work with difficult staff members and manage their expectations

  • How to monitor and support teacher performance

  • How to build trust and foster collaboration with your staff

  • How to manage your time, energy, and workload for optimal performance

  • How to build effective teams

  • How to prepare for a principalship interview

  • How to effectively navigate the transition from teacher to principal

About your coach

Daphne Wallbridge

Conscious Leadership Coach

Hi there! I'm Daphne and I'll be your instructor in this virtual learning space. But first, let me tell you a little bit about myself... I'm currently a superintendent in Northern, Ontario. Before that, I was an elementary school principal and a high school vice-principal. I hold a master's degree in educational leadership and I'm the author of Step Up, Step Out: A Girl's Guide to Empowerment, Self-Leadership, and Success as well as my newest book titled: The First-Year Princiap: 52 Practical Lessons to Help New Principals Thrive As Educational Leaders. My teachings focus on three critical pillars; conscious leadership, creativity, and connection. Why? Because I believe these three pillars are the key to positive and inspired school leadership. When principals run their schools with these values as their compass, they empower their staff to take risks, think outside the box, and thrive as educators. In return this creates a dynamic, positive school culture where students and staff feel expansive and ready to learn and grow. And that's why we're here, isn't it? To help our kids learn in a safe, warm, creative, and nurturing learning environment. So if you're on board with my mission, then let's dive in! And thanks again for investing in YOUR leadership, YOUR growth, and YOUR evolution! Daphne


  • Step 1: Sign-up

    Register for an account to allow you to access online training tailored to meet your professional needs.

  • Step 2: Learn

    Evolve and grow with your personal on-demand training programs filled with useful resources and insights to help you launch your principalship with greater confidence and ease.

  • Step 3: Thrive

    Go out, put insight into action and step into your power!