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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.

Fall Leadership Institute

The CAIS Diploma in Independent School Leadership is designed to prepare participants for senior leadership roles in independent schools, particularly for Headships, by providing courses in aspects of independent schools rarely experienced by teachers. It is expected that candidates will discuss participation with their Head of School.

Dates: November 15-16, 2019

Hosted by: Halifax Grammar School in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Program Times: Registration: 3:30 p.m.The program runs from 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

Modules: Governance, a compulsory and elective module to be confirmed. A minimum of 10 participants is required for each module to run.

Registration: Coming soon.

Draft Schedule


Modules Offered for the Fall LI


Facilitator: To be confirmed.
Compulsory Module.


Governance is ‘the unknown country’ of independent schools. When it is misunderstood and badly practiced it creates a landscape littered with bodies and broken dreams often resulting in schools sliding towards a state of chaos. In schools where it is properly understood, governance practices are almost invisible and those schools thrive. This module presents best practices and case scenarios that will allow participants to recognize and understand both good and bad governance practices.

Learning Intentions:

  • The duties, responsibilities, policies and scope of authority of governing Boards will be identified.
  • Examine the governing Board’s purpose, membership and structure and its relationship, with the school’s mission, vision, values and strategy.
  • Explore the permeable line between management and governance.
  • The centrality of the relationship between the Board Chair and the Head of School will be discussed.
  • Examine what keeps Boards and Heads awake at night.

Compulsory Module to be confirmed

Facilitator: To be confirmed.
Compulsory Module.


Coming Soon.


Elective Module To Be Confirmed

Facilitator: To be confirmed.
Elective Module.


Coming soon.