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Developing Leaders for Canada's Best Independent Schools

Dates for the 2020 Summer Leadership Institute Diploma Program -  virtual modules:

  • Session 1: July 8, 9 & 10, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
  • Session 2: July 22, 23 & 24, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
  • Session 3: August 12, 13 & 14, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET

Please see the modules offered in each Session below.


Summer Leadership Institute Diploma Program

In October 2019, we were excited to share the document, Building the Future: The Importance of Leadership Development & Succession Planning in Our Schools at the Heads and Chairs Conference. This document outlines the current state of leadership succession in CAIS schools and describes a plan to enhance our current leadership development programs.

For new participants, we had planned to offer the new Introduction to Leadership at the 2020 Summer Institute. It was designed to provide a comprehensive look at school leadership and provide the opportunity for participants to build strong positive relationships. Because the face to face experience is critical to launch this program, we have decided to postpone this program to the summer of 2021.

For current Leadership Institute participants, we will continue to offer options for required and elective modules on a virtual platform. We will schedule 3 sessions over the course of the summer to optimize facilitator and participant flexibility. We are currently reviewing our offerings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and will select programs that reflect the needs of our schools based upon feedback from all our Heads’ and network group calls. Also, we will ask facilitators to revise their modules to reflect the demands on school leaders during these rapidly changing times.

For those who have already registered – thank you! We will be reaching out to you first when plans are firm to discuss adjusting your choices. Our future communications will outline which modules will still be offered and additional timely new options. We are doing our best to ensure that our revised offerings will meet everyone’s needs during this difficult time.


Leadership Modules offered during the 2020 summer li

The foundation of our Summer LI is that all participants will complete 10 modules in order to earn the Leadership Institute Diploma. Each module offered covers one of the key facets of leadership in independent schools and prepares the participant for senior leadership roles. In addition, the LI provides a vehicle for building professional relationships with colleagues across the country.

Upon registration, you will be prompted to select up to 1 module per Session.

Session 1

Design Thinking for School Innovation

Led by Justin Medved & Garth Nichols
Elective Module  

Faculty Culture

Led by Jason Rogers
Required Module. Faculty Culture is full but participants can place themselves on the waiting list through the registration form linked above or contact Elizabeth Chambers.

Marketing and Communications

Led by: Cris Coraggio
Elective Module

Encouraging Dialogue: Mental Health and Our Schools

Led by Meaghen Johnston
Elective Module  

Session 2


Led by Greg Reid
Required Module

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Led by: Genny Lee & Gary Sylven
Elective Module


Led by Susan Wright
Required Module

Crisis Communication

Led by Jacqui d'Eon
Elective Module

Information Technology: Systems, Security, Privacy, and Data

Led by Jim LaPlante
Elective Module

Session 3

Academic Administration

Led by John Reid
Required Module. Academic Administration is full but participants can place themselves on the waiting list through the registration form linked above or contact Elizabeth Chambers.

Empowering Leaders: Strengthening Coach-Like Conversations

Led by Heather Clayton
Elective Module

Human Resources

Led by Val Cambre
Elective Module

Change Management

Led by Barry Wright
Elective Module

Assessment Leadership

Led by Sandra Herbst
Elective Module