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Apply to the CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator

The CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator provides the guidance and support for school teams planning important innovative change. Learn more 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


  • 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
  • Limited spots: teams are selected based on the nature and scope of their change project
  • Open to Canadian and International CAIS member schools and non-member schools
  • Deadline to apply is April 16, 2020

Apply for the 2020-2021 Cohort


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.

Online Question and Answer ZOOM call:
Date: January 16, 2020 at 1:00 pm EST
Register here




What Past Cohort Participants are Saying


"This week has been mind blowing and mind opening." -- Xanthe Vallentin, Hillfield Strathallan College

"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

 



 


The Facilitators

 



 


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

CAIS Events / COVID-19 Updates

Professional Development and Student event statuses are in flux as we respond to the guidance of health officials. View our event updates here.

Apply to the CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator

The CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator provides the guidance and support for school teams planning important innovative change. Learn more here.