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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.

CAIS Conferences

Update on the National Network Advisory Council for CAIS (NNACC)

In June, CAIS will bring together council members for a 1.5 day meeting in Toronto. Drew Stephens, Head of Southridge School and Michaele Robertson, CAIS Board member will support the development of our new national network guidelines, and Marc Ayotte, Head of Hillfield Strathallan College, has offered to share the work of the Research Committee and how it will align with the new national conference. From this meeting we hope to then create a National conference planning committee that includes seven representatives from the National Networks.

NNACC Mandate - Draft:
To advise CAIS on how to support the seven partner group (national networks) as we strengthen communications and relationships to better align accreditation, professional development and research, with a new one national conference model.

Council Members

Admissions Professionals
Janis Clark, Collingwood School
Jessie-May Rowntree, Pickering College

Advancement Professionals
James McMillan, Selwyn House School
Mireille Millette*, Sterling Hall School

Business Professionals
David Burton, Brentwood College
Nicole Murphy, Pickering College

Junior/Middle School Leaders
Ron Clark*, Rundle College
Heather MacDonald, Holy Trinity School

IT Professionals
Jim LaPlante, Upper Canada College
Mary Anne Van Acker, The Bishop Strachan School

Senior School Leaders
Denise Lamarche, St. Michaels University School
Bryan Auld, Bayview Glen

University Guidance Professionals
Kim Tulloch*, Lower Canada College
Ally Read, Armbrae Academy

CAIS Board members
Drew Stephens, Southridge School
Michaele Robertson, University of Toronto Schools (retired)

CAIS National Research Chair
Marc Ayotte, Hillfield Strathallan College

Each year, the Heads of School and Board Chairs of CAIS member schools gather for the Annual Conference. The Conference is hosted by a different school or group of schools every year.

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From the work of The 2051 Project, conversations with our National Networks, and researching trends from around the world, we know there is a changing landscape in education.

CAIS understands that there is a sense of urgency and the need to refine the future vision of independent schools while maintaining a hungry, humble, nimble attitude in order for CAIS schools to continue to be permanent and strong.

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