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Heads & Chairs Conference

The Conference includes workshops for new Heads and new Chairs, notable Guest Speakers, separate sessions for Heads and Chairs, and the CAIS Annual General Meeting. Several other presentations and workshops take place, which vary each year. Learn more & register here.

Leadership Institute

Prepare for senior leadership roles in independent schools with our Leadership Institute. Learn More

Online PD Webinars

Each year, we host webinars on national topics that are most relevant to our leaders. Access previously recorded webinars in CAIS Connect.

New PD model

Anne-Marie speaks to moving forward with a new national PD model with the creation of one national conference. Watch the Video

2015 CAIS Accreditation Guidelines

Review the new CAIS Accreditation Guidelines that are being piloted this school year. We welcome your feedback!

Other Conferences & Resources

CAIS schools are leaders in education. Many of our schools develop programs for educators, and we encourage you to check out these world-class opportunities in our sections below.

Aditionally, from time to time, CAIS promotes Professional Development opportunities led by credible organizations with missions and values that are aligned with CAIS.

Contact us to post your program with CAIS

CAIS School Conference & PD Opportunities

CAIS schools are leaders in education. Many schools develop programs for educators, and we encourage you to check out these world-class opportunities.

Blackbaud Canadian K-12 User Conference


November 16 & 17, 2017
Hillfield Strathallen College
299 Fennell Ave W
Hamilton, Ontario

Please join us at Hillfield Strathallan College for the First Annual Blackbaud Canadian K-12 Users Conference, on November 16-17, 2017.

Sponsored by Blackbaud, this 2 day conference will centre on the ON Product suite. The focus will be on best practices, intellectual sharing and outcome-based solutions that will connect your whole school. You will also have the opportunity to network with your peers and Blackbaud Product Managers.

Breakfast and lunch is included for each day, with dinner being arranged at a local restaurant but not included in the conference. There is no fee to attend the conference.

Please click here to register: https://goo.gl/forms/CHAjbT42SBo7qGR22

Conference site: https://sites.google.com/yorkschool.com/bbuc2017/h...

Conference contact:

Batula Grant, B.Sc., M.Sc.
Hillfield Strathallan College
Phone: 905-389-1367, ext. 163

Entrepreneurship Education Workshop for teachers

Hosted by Royal St. George's College (120 Howland Avenue, Toronto, Ontario)
April 19th to 21st, 2018


The Korda Method is a highly developed curriculum so that students master cognitive, productive and social-emotional skills to solve problems that are real and don’t have answers in the back of the book. They are empowered as they discover their own ability to create value and contribute to the world.

Join the growing cohort of innovative educators who are preparing their students for a changed world. We will give you our methodology, skills curriculum, instructional practice and toolkit to equip you with everything you need to build your own entrepreneurship and problem-based programs. The educators who participate in our workshops are developing transformative interdisciplinary courses in a diverse range of schools as their students learn what they need to thrive in the 21st century.

This training program was founded at Hawken School in Cleveland. To learn more about the Hawken School's Model for Entrepreneurship Education and this training program, watch the short video below:

For more information and to register for the workshop, click below:

* Please note that space is limited.

Investigations & Expressions

Investigations and Expressions Professional Learning workshops offer educators an opportunity to explore inquiry-based and Reggio-inspired learning for Grades K-6 in collaborative, hands-on sessions.

  • Tour the BSS Junior School and experience Reggio-inspired learning in action.
  • Discuss strategies and scaffolds to make thinking visible and create rich environments for learning.
  • Be inspired by classroom projects presented by BSS teachers who are implementing inquiry-based learning with their students.

Join us for one or all three sessions!

Where: The Bishop Strachan School, 298 Lonsdale Road, Toronto
When: October 27, 2017 | February 9, 2018 | April 20, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (registration from 10:00 to 10:15 am)
Cost: $150 for educators, $100 for students for each session

Register online now!
For more information contact Noreen Luk at nluk@bss.on.ca

Download the I&E flyer

2018 Global Forum on Girls' Education® II

Mark your calendars for June 18-20, 2018, for the Global Forum on Girls' Education® II in Washington, DC!

NCGS is proud to host the Global Forum II in collaboration with 15 strategic partners -- preeminent educational organizations from around the world.

Nearly 1,000 educators, researchers, advocates, and authors from 23 countries came together in 2016 for the first-ever Global Forum on Girls' Education®. What began as an exchange of best practices for teaching girls became much more significant. It signaled the start of a movement -- a call to action to awaken the world to the importance of empowering girls through a single, inalienable right: access to a quality education.

Join as we stand up -- and speak up -- for girls everywhere!

Register here.
Pledge your support on Change.org here.

Orton-Gillingham Tutor Training

Fraser Academy is pleased to offer the AOGPE Orton-Gillingham Training Course (Associate Level). This 70-hour course is certified by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, the largest OG organization in North America.

The training is composed of 3 modules, for a total of 9 sessions. It consists of high-quality training in structured, multisensory language instruction that goes far beyond the basic level of teaching phonograms.

Participants learn advanced word attack and writing skills as well as comprehension and study strategies for teaching both elementary and secondary school students with dyslexia and other language-related learning disabilities.

This approach also gives participants the opportunity to learn the structure of written English, as well as systematic and multisensory teaching techniques.

Find out more at fraseracademy.ca/professional-development/og-tutor-training

Join PHE Canada November 2 and 3, 2017 to Make a Positive Change
2017 Healthy School Community National Forum

Celebrate Canada's 150th in Ottawa, Ontario and discover how school communities across Canada are enhancing the well-being and achievement of children and youth.

Physical and Health Education Canada’s HSC National Forum is a biennial national event that brings together community leaders and decision-makers working in health, education, research, government and active living sectors. The two-day networking and professional development event presents an opportunity for all sectors serving the same child to come together to engage with and learn from school health champions, and district and government leaders that have made healthy schools a priority goal in their community.

Find out more at http://www.phecanada.ca/HSCForum2017

Global Student Leadership Summit

On April 9-11, 2018, the Global Student Leadership Summit (GSLS) will host 3000 student leaders and educators from over 20 countries for three days of over 60 world-class speakers, interactive workshops and peer collaboration in London, Ontario. GSLS is the first truly large scale, international, multi-day leadership summit for youth from around the globe.

Imagine the sheer energy and power of over 3000 student leaders from across the globe, coming together to learn and be inspired! Imagine the spark that would ignite, and the change that would be fostered.

In an ever-changing global, political and social climate, our future leaders will have the opportunity to begin to change the conversation and work to create positive impacts for their schools, cities, communities and countries. These leaders will take over the downtown core of one Canada's greatest cities, and leave a legacy of leadership behind. The first ever GSLS will be an event that the game-changers of tomorrow will not soon forget.

The event is run by Canada's premier student leadership organization, YLCC Inc. Today, YLCC works with over 200,000 youth through more than 14 different programs, including the Ontario Student Leadership Conference (OSLC). For the last 38 years, OSLC has been the signature event for student leaders in Ontario. It is the longest running and largest student leadership conference in Canada, with over 2,200 youth leaders joining us in Niagara Falls.

View flyer

Find out more at globalstudentleadership.com

Regional PD Opportunities

Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS)


QAIS promotes collaboration, provides services that further educational leadership and advocates independent English language education in Quebec on behalf of its member schools.

Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC)


The purposes of the ISABC are to foster and encourage the establishment and operation of independent schools in BC. In a spirit of collaboration, the Association draws more closely together the Heads of School, school administrators, teachers, and students. The schools engage in collaborative professional development as the basis for enhancing teaching and learning in the schools.

Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario


Mission: To advance educational excellence in our member schools.

CIS Ontario is an association of independent schools working together to support member schools in their missions to prepare students for the 21st Century.

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