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Developing Leaders for Canada's Best Independent Schools

Dates: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 (Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. and Program begins at 3:00 p.m.) to Saturday, July 4, 2020 (Program ends at 12:45 p.m.)
Hosted by: Lakefield College School, Lakefield, ON (about a 2 hour drive from Toronto Pearson Airport)

To register and view more details, review the information below.


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 most aspects of independent schools. It is expected that candidates will discuss participation with their Head of School.


Improving Our Programs

In response to ongoing surveys and as part of the CAIS Strategic Plan, we have developed a framework for leadership development (CAIS Leadership Praxis) and a pathway to guide participants as they seek leadership growth opportunities. For further details please read, Building the Future: The Importance of Leadership Development & Succession Planning in Our Schools

The Benefits of the Revised Program

Over the first 20 years of the LI program, modules were developed that addressed elements of leadership and specific operational school functions. Moving forward we have:

  • Grounded our program in research and developing leadership knowledge and competencies in areas aligned with school effectiveness (the indicators of effective practice in our Accreditation Standards);
  • Made plans to extend our module offerings to meet the needs of all aspiring leaders (not just those with academic backgrounds)
  • Provided additional formal and informal time for participants to network;
  • Included blended learning into our pedagogy
  • Made plans to offer online modules beginning the fall of 2021
  • Made connections between the Praxis framework and our Next Step and Heads’ Retreat

How is the Program Changing?
All, who have begun the CAIS LI prior to the summer of 2020, will continue to find both required and elective modules as before. The expectation of 6 required and 4 elective modules remains in place.
Those new to the CAIS Leadership Institute beginning in the summer of 2020 will be required to take the new CAIS Introduction to Leadership to gain a broader understanding of leadership in an educational context. Moving forward, participants will then select at least 2 modules from 3 categories: Academic (Academic, Co-curricular and Student Well-being and Support), Operational (specific functions including Admissions, Advancement, Finance, Governance etc.) and Cross-Network (modules that have a whole school orientation (Faculty and Staff Culture, Design Thinking, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Environmental Sustainability etc.).

Hosted by Lakefield College School

4391 County Rd 29, Lakefield, ON K0L 2H0

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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.


Academic Administration

Led by John Reid
Required Module

Accreditation & School Improvement

Led by Catherine McCauley
Required Module


Led by Jill Cannon
Required Module

Faculty Culture

Led by Jason Rogers
Required Module


Led by Jewell Kennedy
Required Module


Led by Susan Wright Required Module
Required Modue

Empowering Leaders: Strengthening Coach-Like Conversations

Led by Heather Clayton
Elective Module

Design Thinking for School Innovation

Led by Justing Medved & Garth Nichols
Elective Module

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Led by: coming soon.
Elective Module

Human Resources

Led by Val Cambre Elective Module
Elective Module

Leadership in Environmental Sustainability

Led by: Michèle Andrews
Elective Module

Marketing and Communications

Led by: Coming soon.
Elective Module