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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.

“Education is the greatest gift of life, it should never stop.”
- Tony Clark, Author, Motivational Speaker

2018 Heads Institute

A Retreat for Reflection, Connection and Conversation

July 4 – 6, 2018 Victoria, BC

Program: View the DRAFT program

Registration for the Heads Institute is closed. Please contact Don Kawasoe (dkawasoe@cais.ca) with any inquiries.

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Saanich Peninsula farmland on southern Vancouver Island sits Victoria, BC, renowned for the restful retreat it offers its guests. It is here, in the warmth of summer, at a venue away from the other CAIS institutes, that CAIS Heads from across the country will gather to reflect, discuss, ponder, share, laugh, release, and learn from one another.

Facilitated by Peter Sturrup and Martha Perry, the exclusive two-day Heads Institute provides a supportive environment within which the challenges of this incredibly complex role will be shared and opportunities for skills development will abound.

Creating work/life balance, leading others, looking back, and looking ahead are among the areas of focus through peer-to-peer dialogue, speaker discussions and pockets of reflection and journaling. Punctuated by incredible meals and social gatherings, this much-anticipated annual retreat is the collective exhale, and invaluable recharge, for all who attend.

Heads Institute Facilitators

Peter Sturrup

Peter Sturrup has been Headmaster of Pickering College, a coeducational, K to 12 day and boarding school in Newmarket, Ontario since 1995. Previously, Peter was a Geography teacher and Dean of Residence for nine years, also at Pickering College, and taught Geography at Wilfrid Laurier University (in Waterloo, Ontario) for ten years.

Peter received his B.A. and M.A. (Geography) from Wilfrid Laurier University and his B. Ed from the University of Toronto. Peter's volunteer time includes having just completed his term as Chair of the Board of the Ontario Conference of Independent Schools (CIS)...

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Martha Perry

Martha has been Principal of St. Clement’s School (SCS) since August 2010. In this role she led the School through its 2012-2017 strategic planning process, and a CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools) review. Believing that the independent school is also a connected school, Martha has personally worked to forge and strengthen relationships between SCS and organizations as diverse as the Round Square; the aboriginal community at Moose Factory; and the Rotman School of Business. Martha has a wealth of experience in the independent school system, working with staff and with students at all levels and in all aspects of school administration...

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What Others have Said

“The CAIS Heads Institute was a welcome salve at the end of a busy year. It was valuable to have the opportunity to learn different strategies for thinking through challenges, particularly at a time in the year when we are both reflecting on the past year and planning for the next. We are a small but mighty group in Canada and this opportunity to connect, reflect and unpack a few things with some extraordinary colleagues was a gift”.

Erin Corbett, Head of School, River Valley School

“We built authentic relationships based on trust and transparency and I left Halifax with a broadened support network who I feel comfortable calling upon in times of need. I cannot imagine a better way to end a school year and look ahead to the future with more clarity, purpose and conviction”.

Michel Lafrance, Head of School, West Island College MTL