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Announcements

Heads & Chairs Conference

The Conference includes workshops for new Heads and new Chairs, notable Guest Speakers, separate sessions for Heads and Chairs, and the CAIS Annual General Meeting. Several other presentations and workshops take place, which vary each year. Learn more & register here.

Leadership Institute

Prepare for senior leadership roles in independent schools with our Leadership Institute. Learn More

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.

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


Stay Tuned for upcoming webinar announcements.



Past CAIS Webinars




The Power Of Questions

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Date: April 26, 2017

Overview: What are the characteristics of effective questions? How does mindset impact your questions? What are examples of questions you might use with others... Read more

GROWing your Leadership and Your Culture

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Date: May 10, 2017

Overview: When we think about pace and priorities, building in processes for coaching conversations and for feedback to create more balanced, agile leadership... Read more

Continuing the Conversation - Place, Pedagogy and Purpose

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Date: February 10, 2017

Overview: In this online discussion we explore how the learning space itself impacts student engagement and well-being and affords opportunities for innovative pedagogies... Read more

Strategy Forum for K-8 CAIS Schools

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Date: January 18, 2017

Overview: What are the issues that K-8 schools face that are unique because of their configuration? And what are the opportunities? Leaders are invited to share their ideas... Read more

Strategy Forum for Small CAIS Schools

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Date: January 19, 2017

Overview: What are the issues that small schools face that are unique because of their size? And what are the opportunities? Leaders are invited to share their ideas... Read more

Culture of Philanthropy

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Standard: Commitment to School Improvement
Date: December 17, 2016

Overview: Leaders from Trinity College School, Shawnigan Lake School and Upper Canada College who will share their strategies and inspirations with us... Read more

Sexting and Teenagers: OMG, What R U Thinking?

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Standard: Commitment to School Improvement
Date: December 14, 2016

Overview: Sexting has grown dramatically among young people in North America, and independent schools across Canada are questioning their role in ensuring safety... Read more

International Fundraising

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Standard: School & Community
Date: November 2, 2016

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

National Student Panel on Supporting LGBTQ+ Students

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Standard: Co-Curricular & Learning Environment
Date: June 7, 2016

Overview: We are all keen to understand how teens are dealing with issues of gender, sexuality and inclusion, and we are fortunate to have three CAIS students share their stories and advice... Read more


An Update on HR in an Independent School Context

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Standard: Governance (Governance Series)
Date: May 5, 2016

Overview: 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... Read more

Respecting the Rights of Transgender Students

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Standard: Governance (Governance Series)
Date: May 12, 2016

Overview: This session will examine best practices for supporting and accommodating trans students in an independent school setting. The session will review the definitions of... Read more


Responding to Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

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Standard: Governance (Governance Series)
Date: May 18, 2016
Practical Implications:

  • Reporting obligations to police, Ontario College of Teachers, parents, insurer
  • Scope of internal investigation... Read more

Civil Actions Against Private Schools

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Standard: Governance (Governance Series)
Date: May 26, 2016

Overview: 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... Read more


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

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Standard: Finance (Spring Standard Series)
Date: May 30, 2016

Please join Innovative Research Group by webinar to review the redesigned 2015 Key Performance Indicator (KPI)... Read more

Executing Accreditation Pilot Surveys: Industry Best Practices

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Standard: Commitment to School Improvement
Date: May 31, 2016

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




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