Trustee Modules

Good Governance for school boards


The Ontario Education Services Corporation (OESC), in partnership with OCSTA and the other provincial trustee associations offer a professional development program designed to support all Ontario trustees in their governance role. The program consists of online modules that focus on trustee roles and responsibilities, leadership skills and leading practices in the field of governance.  For the 2019-2020 school year, OESC has maintained considerable contact with OCSTA to revise and update the existing program to align with current legislation, regulation and education policy.

Module Topics include:

Ethical Leadership

Governance for Student Achievement & Well-Being

Trustee Roles & Responsibilities

Key Relationships in School Boards

Performance Review: Director of Education

Multi-Year Strategic Planning


Conflict Management

Family & Community Engagement

Advocacy: Engaging the Public

Legal Aspects of Board Governance

Running Effective Meetings


Human Resources

What Makes a Great Board Chair?

First Nation Trustees

Code of Conduct

Social Media

Internal Audit & Audit Committees

Truth & Reconciliation

Board Self-Assessment

For many years, OCSTA has augmented the OESC Professional Development Program for Trustees with distinctive faith-based content relevant to the role of Catholic Trustees. Throughout this year, this distinctive Catholic content will be undergoing a review by our Director of Catholic Education, Anne O’Brien. The process of reviewing and updating this segment of the Trustee modules will be a collaborative process with trustees. More information on this process will be shared with members in the coming weeks.

As a result of these changes and the need to have the most current information accessible to our trustees, we will be closing the online trustee module centre on the OCSTA website. All members are encouraged to access the trustee modules directly on the OESC website at A certificate of completion will be made available on that website.

Please review the memo from OESC Executive Director, Ted Doherty, explaining the newly revised program for all trustees in Ontario.

Thank you.