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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.

Quick Links for Families

CAIS research

Online Learning at Canadian Universities

Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) commissioned Academica Group to write a brief summary of trends related to online learning in postsecondary institutions. The purpose of the report is to provide insight into the online learning landscape to assist member schools in ensuring that their students are prepared for the types and level of online learning they will encounter during their university education. To frame the report, four research questions were drafted by CAIS and Academica Group. The primary focus was to be trends at Canadian U15 universities.

The research questions addressed are:

  1. Should high school (HS) students of today expect to take an online course during their future university studies?
  2. How much blended learning can HS students expect to experience at a Canadian university?
  3. What broad trends related to online learning should HS students consider as they think about choosing a university?
  4. What is happening in the Canadian MOOC landscape and in relation to offerings similar to the Minerva education model?

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The 2051 Project

In 1948, George Orwell was in the process of naming his newly completed novel, when he decided to flip the last two digits of 1948 to create the title for his futuristic novel, 1984.

Like Orwell, CAIS is looking to the future and that is why we have named our 2015 Future of Education Incubator, The 2051 Project.

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Private Schools vs Public Schools: Comparing Student Performance on International Tests

Students who attend private schools tend to perform “significantly better “ on international achievement tests, but a new report, commissioned by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), paints a more complicated picture, after conducting a socio-economic analysis of the results. Given the OECD’s mandate, the detailed analysis focused as much on the perceived educational value of private schools as on reporting the actual student performance results.

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National Association of Independent Schools

Like CAIS, NAIS is a nonprofit membership association representing independent elementary and secondary schools in the United States and abroad.

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Regional Associations

These regional associations offer region-specific guidance and information that may be of use to those attending schools in BC, Ontario or Quebec.

Boarding Schools

The Association of Boarding Schools
TABS offers helpful resources, including definitions and links to types of boarding schools; information for international families; and application advice.

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Boy's Schools

International Boys’ School Coalition: IBSC
The IBSC is a not-for-profit organization made up of member schools dedicated to enhancing the education, wellbeing and development of boys worldwide.

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Girl's Schools

National Coalition of Girls’ Schools
The National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) is the leading advocate for girls' schools, connecting and collaborating globally with individuals, schools, and organizations dedicated to educating and empowering girls.

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