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National Leaders Conference

The 2019 National Leaders Post Conference Call for Workshop Proposals are open until December 7. Apply here.

Strengthen Your School Leadership

CAIS values the constant and deliberate quest for excellence, and we recognize the vital leadership role that governors play, in partnership with Heads, in the success of our schools. We want all of our schools to have strong Heads who focus on supporting the students of the present, but we also want strong Boards that focus on supporting the students of the future.

The Governance Guide include new learning on a number of areas, including Human Resources, Risk Management, Head Transitions, and Consent Agendas.

CAIS members and non-members can purchase a hard copy here. And CAIS members can also view the full PDF in CAIS Connect here.

Catherine McCauley

Director of Accreditation and Research


Catherine McCauley is an experienced educator who has dedicated over 25 years in support of student academic and social-emotional growth, teacher professional learning and educational innovation.

She has built a reputation as a collaborative team member at four CAIS schools including Bayview Glen, Kingsway College School, St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School and the York School where she worked at elementary, middle and secondary levels as a classroom teacher, guidance counsellor, curriculum leader and service learning coordinator.

As an independent school community member, Catherine completed the CAIS Diploma of Independent school Leadership and was a member of the Ontario Conference of Independent Schools (CIS) professional learning community, Cohort 21. She also participated in the CAIS accreditation process in multiple schools.

Catherine holds a Master of Education degree from the University of British Columbia (Curriculum and Instruction), a Bachelor of Education degree from York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

In addition to independent and public school experience, Catherine was the Strategic Director and Director of Curriculum & Educator Professional Learning for the WE organization, an international leader in experiential service learning. She contributed to and actively supported the WE Schools strategic vision and led the creation of educational resources and professional learning programming reaching thousands of schools across Canada and the United States.

Catherine has been a leader and mentor for educators who want to explore global competences and new areas of educational research, those who want to align experiential service learning with required provincial and international curricula and those who wish to work collaboratively to incorporate innovative teaching techniques in the classroom.

Above all, Catherine believes in the power of on-going reflective practice, the development of global competencies, future-focused areas of knowledge, positive habits of mind and support of social social-emotional learning.

Catherine joined CAIS as the Director of Accreditation and Research in August, 2019.