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Announcements

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.



Does your school have a change in mind?

Are you clear on why and where that change should take place?

Are you ready to start planning how to make it happen?


Personalized, Project Based, Impact Oriented


  • Open to 9 school-based teams of academic and operational leaders
  • Three day accelerator from June 30 to July 4, 2020 at Lakefield College School in Lakefield, ON
  • Multiple virtual checkpoints throughout the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Open to CAIS member schools and non-member schools in Canada and Internationally

Join the Third Cohort


The CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator provides the guidance and support for school teams planning important innovative change. It is a one-year cohort-based experience that will provide participants with both face-to-face and virtual engagement, designed to accelerate school strategic implementation process.


What Past Cohort Participants are Saying


"The CSCA was an incredible experience. I walked in on Day 1 with very little knowledge and not entirely sure what to expect, and from the moment the program began, I never stopped learning. It was well organized, focussed, informative, constructive, interactive...I am coming away from this experience completely inspired. So jazzed for the end of the beginning..." -- Dayna Vandeloweerd, Rothesay Netherwood School

"Change does not need to be enormous to provoque considerable barriers and to require considerable time, energy, and work. Within a large context, small actions and corrections can go a long way in achieving an improved journey." -- Lucia Ringuelet, St. George's School

"We humbly threw our seed of an idea down in what is clearly the fertile soil of the CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator. The expert advice and mentorship, tools and challenging, gracious collaboration with our fellow schools has lead to the growth of a seedling project - different from what we expected, yet one we fully intend to cultivate for our boys." -- Jennifer Colleran, The Sterling Hall School

"The CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator took me on a personal journey, as much as a professional one. Lessons shared this week won't just benefit our organization's change project. They opened my mind to the opportunities created when you embark on any kind of change adventure. Thank you to my team, our colleagues around the room, and to our fearless facilitators. Bravo!" -- Jessica Landry, St. George's School

 



 


About the CSCA

 

What is the CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator?

This is a one-year cohort based program for school teams to have dedicated time to design and implement a Head-sanctioned change project within their schools. The CSCA provides the guidance and support for school teams planning important innovative change. It is a one-year cohort-based experience that will provide participants with both face-to-face and virtual engagement, designed to accelerate school strategic implementation process. It is a design-based program organized by three facilitators with deep experience in the "HOW" of school change. It will include a 2 ½ day on-site intensive foundation-building and launch event followed by four virtual meetings to deepen the learning, support the process, and expose teams to exemplar schools and experts to help inform the process.

A maximum of NINE independent schools will be selected for participation for the second cohort beginning in June 2020.

What Schools Should Apply?

Schools that have identified a major change initiative and are at the beginning of the change implementation process would greatly benefit from this supported planning and development experience. If you have been involved with Project 2051, this may be the next logical step for your school. The majority of accepted schools will be Canadian but US and internationally-located schools are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Schools are invited to submit applications to participate in the second cohort. The deadline for applications is will be annouced shortly. A maximum of nine school teams will be selected and notified of their acceptance to the second cohort. Preference will be given to schools that have a clearly defined change initiative and that demonstrate commitment through leadership participation in the process.

The Learning Experience: Backed by Research & Best Practices

The CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator will be facilitated by protocols and strategies adapted from the work of IDEO, John Kotter, Grant Lichtman, and other leaders in the field of strategic change acceleration. School teams will work to articulate their strategic initiative, focus and clarify their change urgency, research exemplar schools, build a guiding coalition, and develop a implementation roadmap that will allow them to apply to future strategic change at their school. This unique experience is designed to take each school team through a intensive change mapping and planning process that prepares them for the implementation journey. Virtual support and milestone check-in opportunities are provided throughout the academic year to support course corrections, bring in outside perspectives and provide sharing opportunities to support the process.

Building Your Team

Teams must consist of, at minimum, three members. It is recommended that each team include both academic program and operational leaders. Teams greatly benefit from multiple and divergent perspectives. Teams are best made up of those who will be actively leading the change initiative and are fully supported and enabled to drive the process forward.

Accelerator Calendar

  • June 30 - July 4, 2020
  • In conjunction with the Summer LI hosted by Lakefield College School, in Lakefield, ON
  • The Application deadline will be announced shortly
  • Online Q&A: January 16, 2020 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Four virtual meetings via Zoom video link dates and times TBD


 


The Facilitators

 

Justin Medved


Director of Learning, Innovation & Technology
The York School

 

Justin is the current Director of Learning, Innovation and Technology at the York School in Toronto. He was one of the lead facilitators of Project 2051 and is co-founder of the Cohort 21 professional development community. Justin co-designed the facilitation package that drove the recent CIS Ontario Connect conference and has done work with multiple CAIS schools supporting their strategic planning process.

Grant Lichtman


Author, Speaker, Facilitator
The Future of K-12 Education

 

Grant Lichtman is an internationally recognized thought leader in the drive to transform K-12 education.  Based on two decades of work as a senior administrator, teacher, and trustee in K-12 education, he speaks, writes, and works with school and community teams to build capacity and comfort with innovation in response to a rapidly changing world. Grant has visited and worked with more than 200 schools and districts since 2012, and is the author of four books: Thrive: How Schools Will Win the Education Revolution; Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education; #EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education, and The Falconer: What We Wish We Had Learned in School.

Garth Nichols


Vice-Principal, Student Engagement & Experiential Development
Havergal College

Garth is the Vice-Principal of Student Engagement and Experiential Development at Havergal College in Toronto. As one of the lead facilitators of Project 2051 and co-founder of the Cohort 21 professional development community, Garth has a passion for working with schools to support their strategic initiatives. With a compassion for all levels of stakeholders in strategic change, Garth has worked successfully with multiple CAIS schools on meaningful strategic change implementation that endures.



 


The 2051 Project - A Journey & Evolution Story

In the summer 2015 44 CAIS school academic and business leaders came together for a three day intensive incubator to answer the question: How might CAIS schools ensure their strength and permanence through academic and business innovation? That meeting yielded the 2051 Project Report which clearly outlines WHY and WHERE CAIS schools should look to change and innovate in order to ensure their long term sustainability. That experience also identified a need within the CAIS school community for more strategic change management professional development. In April 2017 the 2051 Project met for a second time to discuss and think about “HOW” CAIS schools might best go about implementing, maintaining and sustaining strategic change. It was out of that experience that the CAIS STRATEGIC CHANGE ACCELERATOR was born.

 



 


Grant Lichtman- The Nature of Change in Education - A Night of Inquiry, Innovation and Impact - Thought Leader in Transforming Education

What is inevitable 20 years from now in the world of education? About half an hour later I had written two pages, single spaced of Items that I thought, these things are inevitable 20 years from now. And as I took that list and I ground truthed it with various thought colleagues around the country, a few around the world, one thing became very quickly apparent and clear. There is an enormous gap between where schools are today and even the best schools.... and where they need to be to face those inevitable conditions just two decades into the future.

Ryan Baker - The Value of the Strategic Change Accelerator (2018) - Teacher - Hillfield Strathallan College Team

What Design Thinking and the Strategic Change Accelerator teaches you - you're already anticipating barriers and how to get around them. So you don't start the project and then hit a barrier that can bog you down. You're already trying to strategize around them before you implement the project. So I think it's a good way to allow for sustainable change for ideas that are strong and creative that schools want to implement to benefit kids.

Patti MacDonald - The Value of Mixed School Teams - Executive Director, CAIS

This is not work that can be done in isolation. And in the past we always invited single people to come and work and grapple and go back. And then they go back and all the learning they've done falls flat because they don't have a group of supportive colleagues to help them...bring the work forward..... Having teams of people... six people here, four people there, five people there - they're deeply engaged... this is what we want a classroom to look like.



 


2018 CSCA Cohort at St. Michael's University School, Three Day Accelerator





Announcements

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.