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Online PD Webinars

Each year, we host webinars on national topics that are most relevant to our leaders. Access previously recorded webinars in CAIS Connect. Register for upcoming webinars here.

New PD model

Anne-Marie speaks to moving forward with a new national PD model with the creation of one national conference. Watch the Video

2015 CAIS Accreditation Guidelines

Review the new CAIS Accreditation Guidelines that are being piloted this school year. We welcome your feedback!

Online all the Time

CAIS is committed to learning opportunities that do not require travel. Our most popular online learning resource is our Top 12, that is shared weekly with over 1200 leaders. We research the most topical articles each week in our industry based on our 12 National Standards, and we also welcome suggestions from our community!

Each year, we host webinars - often in the spring! - on national topics that are most relevant to our leaders. To launch our first ever series, we found leaders in each of our 12 National Standards to focus on the key strategic issues and share strategy.

Whenever possible, we strive to invest in research that schools most need, so we can avoid duplication of efforts in our 95 schools. For example, when Canada introduced Anti-spam legislation, we partnered with Deloitte and developed a toolkit. When schools asked about gender and sexuality issues, we asked BLG and students to guide us.

All of our webinars are posted in CAIS Connect, so leaders can really learn online all the time.

Finally, we support 12 national networks through targeted webinars, national engagement forums, and cohort groups. Please contact the office for more information.

Upcoming Webinars

Commitment to School IMprovement Webinar

"The Power of Questions – The ‘No Cost’ High Yield Tool for Leaders":

  • April 26th, 2017 - 12:00pm EST

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"Coaching: GROWing Your Leadership and Your Culture ":

  • May 10th, 2017 - 12:00pm EST

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Past CAIS Webinars

PAST Webinar - International Fundraising

View in CAIS Connect

Standard: School & Community

Date: November 2nd, 2016

Presented by Ross Marsh, Principal, The Ross W. Marsh Group of Companies and Laura Edwards, Executive Director Advancement, York House School

Many schools have seen an influx of Chinese families on campus. Are you wondering how to approach philanthropy and deepen engagement among parents who do not fluently speak English? What are the cultural cues you need to know in these circumstances? When is the right time to travel to China to build a relationship? Let’s explore these key questions and learn what strategies and tactics to employ to be successful with on campus engagement efforts as well as travel to China.

Ross and Laura, both seasoned experts, bring a wealth of experience in International Fundraising. They will share time-tested strategies and personal experience which will help you to start and grow an International Fundraising program.

We will be taking questions and continuing the conversation on Twitter. Be sure to follow #CAISPD

Who should participate:
Advancement Professionals, Heads of School, Board Chairs (all CAIS community are welcomed)

PAST Webinar: An Update on Human Resources in an Independent School Context

View in CAIS Connect

Standard: Governance

Date: May 5, 2016

This session will examine current and emerging issues with respect to employment law in an independent school setting. The session will review a range of issues including the value of employment agreements, compliance with employment standards, workplace harassment and workplace violence policies, recent case law with respect to just cause and a review of effective employment policies and practices. The session will focus on best practices to assist and support the school’s Board of Governors and school administration.

Speaker: Eric Roher

Eric Roher is National Leader of the Education Focus Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Eric practises in the areas of education law, labour relations and employment law. He advises a range of public and private sector employers, as well as school boards and independent schools. He also represents clients before administrative tribunals and labour relations boards, including the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Ontario College of Teachers.

PAST Webinar: Respecting the Rights of Transgender Students

View in CAIS Connect

Standard: Governance

Date: May 12, 2016

This session will examine best practices for supporting and accommodating trans students in an independent school setting. The session will review the definitions of gender identity and gender expression under the Ontario Human Rights Code and will discuss steps that schools should take to make students feel accepted and included.

The session will examine a range of relevant issues including use of washrooms, gym class, sports teams, school trips and classrooms and will review the nature of the accommodation process.

Speaker: Stephanie Young

Stephanie Young is an associate in the Toronto office of BLG. She practices in both the Labour and Employment Group and the Insurance and Tort Liability Group. Stephanie was a summer student and an articling student at BLG before joining the Firm as an associate in 2013.

PAST Webinar: Responding to Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

View in CAIS Connect

Standard: Governance

Date: May 18, 2016

Practical Implications:

  • Reporting obligations to police, Ontario College of Teachers, parents, insurer
  • Scope of internal investigation
  • Responding to criminal investigations
  • The challenges of historical abuse allegations

Legal Implications:

  • Limitation periods
  • Damage awards-loss of income/future care awards
  • Establishing the standard of care expected of a school

Speaker: Mary Lynn Gleason

Mary Lynn Gleason is a partner in and member of the Health Law Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Her practice focuses on the defence of hospitals and their staff in medical malpractice claims. She has acted as counsel for hospitals, nurses, physicians and other health practitioners at inquests, civil trials, various levels of courts and administrative tribunals, including the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. She has extensive experience in the defence of complex obstetrical brain injury medical malpractice cases. Mary Lynn also serves as general counsel to hospitals on a wide range of issues including privileges, policy, privacy and risk management issues. Mary Lynn has acted for a variety of institutional clients in the defence of abuse allegations.

PAST Webinar: Civil Actions Against Private Schools

View in CAIS Connect

Standard: Governance

Date: May 26, 2016

This session will examine recent cases in which private schools have been sued with respect to their handling of student disciplinary issues. The session will review the facts leading up to each of these court cases and their outcomes. The presentation will focus on emerging trends in this area and the lessons that can be learned from previous cases.

Speaker: Markus Kremer

Markus Kremer is a partner in our Commercial Litigation Group in our Toronto office. Fluent in English, French and German, Markus practises in the areas of commercial litigation and public law, specializing in pension litigation, class actions, and constitutional and human rights law. Markus has particular experience providing advice to, and representing, pension plan administrators and actuaries, and in defending financial institutions from class actions. He also has experience enforcing foreign judgments and arbitral awards in Ontario. In the area of constitutional law, Markus has particular expertise with respect to difficult religious rights issues in the education system. In addition to representing parties in litigation, Markus is regularly retained by employers and administrators of single- and multi-employer pension plans with respect to plan administration issues, including the correction of payment errors and plan interpretation issues. Markus has appeared as counsel before all levels of Court in Ontario, and before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court and the Financial Services Tribunal.

PAST Webinar: 2015 KPI Benchmarking Overview: Next Steps in Helping Deliver Decision-Making Information

View in CAIS Connect

Standard: Finance

Date: May 30, 2016

Please join Innovative Research Group by webinar to review the redesigned 2015 Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Benchmarking report and a discussion on proposed next steps on maximizing value for CAIS member schools.

In the Fall of 2015, CAIS hired Innovative Research Group to re-imagine, design and executive the development of the 2015 KPI Benchmarking report. The KPI Benchmarking exercise provides an opportunity for CAIS member schools to compare aspects of their operations with their peers. The purpose of benchmarking is to allow a school to identify disparities in certain aspects of its performance, which may lead to discussions about whether the school would like to see improvements in those areas. It is up to each school’s administrators to decide whether variances need to be investigated and, if so, to use their knowledge to identify reasons for the differences and take action where appropriate.

Who should participate:
Heads, Chairs, Business Officers, SMT and other users of the KPI Benchmarking report.

Jason Lockhart and Julian Garas

PAST Webinar: Executing Accreditation Pilot Surveys: Industry Best Practices

View in CAIS Connect

Standard: Commitment to School Improvement

Date: May 31, 2016

Please join Innovative Research Group by webinar to review the accreditation survey templates and industry best practices on survey design and analysis.

CAIS members adhere to national standards that inspire continuous whole school improvement. As are part of the continuous improvement process, CAIS will be moving towards standardized surveys of key constituencies as part of the accreditation process. For the next few years, schools will not be required to conduct these surveys using a standardized questionnaire or with mandatory questions. However, CAIS is encouraging members to start from a common survey template in order to ensure that the surveys are asking relevant and appropriate questions. Innovative Research Group and CAIS have prepared accreditation survey templates that can be used by schools to design their own accreditation surveys. These templates give a questionnaire structure and set of suggested questions various constituency groups.

Who should participate:
Heads, Chairs, Accreditation Administrators, Marketing and Communications Managers.

Jason Lockhart and Colin Whelan

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