We would like to acknowledge that this research was funded and made possible by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
The team is grateful to all of the school leaders who contributed to our research. 
© 2019 by Lead to Include. 
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Our Research

Our team seeks to explore how principals support inclusive education in elementary and secondary schools. We also seek to develop resources to support principals’ professional learning in inclusive education. Please see below to learn about our Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)- funded research projects:


SSHRC Insight Grant study on inclusive school leadership.

This five year project will explore the experiences of principals as they support students with special education needs in inclusive schools in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador.


2019-2022 SSHRC Partnership Development Grant on Fostering

Equitable Education Systems for those with Disabilities in Ghana

This project brings together a team of Canadian and Ghanaian academics and disability stakeholders to determine indicators of successful inclusive education in Ghana and accompanying resources that can be used to promote inclusive education for Ghanaian students with disabilities.

June 2019: 

SSHRC-funded conference on intersectionalities in leadership for supporting students with special education needs in Canadian schools.

This conference brought together academic and non-academic audiences across Canada to dialogue about how Indigenous educators, school administrators, government ministries, and university researchers can foster the competencies of school principals to support students with special education needs in inclusive schools in Canada.


SSHRC-funded Partnership Engage Grant focuses on developing case studies for principals’ professional development to support students with special education needs. 

This project involves a partnership with the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC) to develop interactive online case studies to support principals’ learning on inclusive education.



SSHRC-funded study on principal leadership for inclusion of students with special


education needs in Canadian schools. This national study explored the ways in which Canadian


school principals and vice-principals support students with special education needs in inclusive



To learn more about our research on inclusive school leadership, please visit Dr. Steve Sider’s research site.