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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.

Mission, Vision, and Values

CAIS Mission:

To pursue continuous whole school improvement through accreditation, exemplary leadership development, research, and national collaborative initiatives.

CAIS Vision:

To be the standard of excellence in learning and leadership, shaping the future of education.

CAIS Values:


The students of our schools are the reason we exist. Strong schools can inspire students, who can, in turn, change the world. Everything we do must ultimately support the learning and development of students.


Exemplary leadership is the essential ingredient to continuous improvement and innovation. Our role is to shepherd, steward, and serve school leaders.


Excellence is a constant and deliberate quest. Our schools share a passion for continuous improvement and innovation to support their commitment to educational excellence and long-term sustainability. Our commitment is to deliver excellence to our members in everything we do.


Collaboration fuels creativity and leverages resources. By working together within our community and with others on common issues, we bring greater value to all of our schools and to our students.


We best serve our schools by focusing on issues and programs that are relevant to our standards and support school improvement and innovation.


We address national issues that affect our members within the context of a rapidly changing globalized world.


We are committed to and promote life-long education, inquiry and independent thinking, the protection of human rights, and understanding and respect for differing perspectives and diversities among people.