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Register for the CAIS National Leaders Conference

Register today to join us virtually on April 12-16 for the 2021 National Leaders Conference: Positive Transformation: Reframing our Relevance.

This year we are offering two distinct conference experiences - one for Academic leaders and one for Operations leaders - all for one school fee with unlimited attendees! Find out more here.

COVID-19 Resources & School Samples

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

Heads' Retreat

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

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

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

Updates to the 2021 Summer Leadership Institute will be posted in spring 2021.


Heads' Retreat Facilitators




Martha Perry
Principal at St. Clement's School

Peter Sturrup
Head of School at Pickering College

What Others have Said

I have attended the CAIS Head’s Retreat on a couple of occasions and found it invaluable. Martha and Peter are outstanding leaders and have set an agenda that contributes to a Head of School’s professional well being and growth. The opportunity to get together with colleagues from across the country to share stories and ideas for a few days in early July has definitely benefited our school, our leadership team, and myself. You won’t be disappointed in this investment of time.

Derek Logan, Head of School, Kingsway College School

The Head’s Retreat gave me an opportunity to reflect on the year and to gain perspective. It was such a collaborative and warm atmosphere and I appreciated working with trusted colleagues on tough topics. We engaged in open, honest conversations about challenges and had an opportunity to practice the art of questioning and coaching, which I found invaluable. This is one of the very few times as Heads we get to spend quality time with our peers across the country. I left feeling not only rejuvenated but supported. What a great way to close out the year and transition into the summer!

Sharon Klein, Head of School, St. Margaret's School