All schools have teams planning for uncertain times.

It's time to build your team's capacity to accelerate strategic change now.

Empower your team to lead more effectively now and in the future.


Accelerating Recovery & Reinvention -

Building Your School’s Leadership Capacity in Uncertain Times

Independent schools will be changed by recent events. Some will see this as a moment to lead the strategic changes that will sustain your school in both the short and long term. The 2020 CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator (CSCA) will support your school’s team in learning, integrating and applying the strategies and frameworks of industry experts.

The CSCA has been structured with sustainability, wellbeing and impact at its core. It is a one-week blended program, built to be flexible for the issues you identify as most critical for your school, yet structured to provide best-in-class impacts. We urge you to capitalize on this moment in your school's history. Review the 2020 CSCA Slide Deck and Schedule for detailed information.

Personalized, Project Based, Impact Oriented

The 2020 CSCA will take place during the week of July 13-17. Teams will be expected to all join virtually during the synchronous blocks of the workshop. Teams will also be able to connect for individual coaching sessions via live video chat with one or more of the program facilitators during this one week period. The program also includes multiple virtual checkpoints throughout the 2020-2021 academic year

Participating School Eligibility and Team Structure

  • Limited spots: applicant teams are selected based on the nature and scope of their change project.
  • Dependent upon the number of suitable candidate schools, consideration will be given to a second cohort during the week of July 20-24.
  • Open to Canadian and International CAIS member schools and non-member schools.
  • One or more teams per school. A minimum of 3 members per team is required; however, we have observed that teams of 4-5 leaders with different responsibilities (academic and operational) have proven most productive.


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.



What Past Cohort Participants are Saying


Dayna vanDoleweerd, Rothesay Netherwood School

"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..."

Lucia Ringuelet, St. George's 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."

Jennifer Colleran, The Sterling Hall 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."


Jessica Landry, St. George's 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!"



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


COVID-19 Resources & School Samples

CAIS members can view up to date COVID-19 resources and school samples here.