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Academic Program Forum - Where is Excellence

Academic Program National Engagement Forum

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  • Session One: Wednesday, February 22 - 1:00pm EST (DATE CHANGE)
  • Session Two: TBA

Duration: 1 hour per call

Spots Available: 30


The purpose of the forum is to explore, through a national conversation of CAIS educators, excellence in independent schools. Where do we find it, how do we leverage the knowledge of CAIS and/or NAIS schools as we examine excellence in schools?

Educators who sign-up will need to be active participants in the discussion and bring to the conversation the areas you have chosen to pursue greater excellence in, and the schools you have identified, visited or contacted through that process, and which might be a model for the future. This content can be from independent schools or universities. Each person will have a 4-5 minute window to share, and then we will move on to the next participant to share in their "stories of excellence".

Upon registration, participants will be given additional details, and a template to assist in the preparation of their own contributions.

Who should participate:

Upper School Educators and Administrators who wish to explore excellence in Independent Schools.


Keith Driscoll

Director of Residence and Student Life
St. Michaels University School

Keith grew up in Ontario, and attended McGill in Montreal where he spent four years playing Varsity basketball while earning a BEd. He began his career in Vancouver teaching at Archbishop Carney and St. Patrick Regional Secondary before crossing the moat to the Island. Since joining SMUS, Keith and his wife, Michelle, have served as Senior Assistants in Timmis House and Senior Houseparents in Bolton.

One of the major movements in boarding has been leadership training. Keith teaches the Five Practices of Leadership as put forth by Kouzes and Posner to staff, faculty and students in an effort to highlight the capabilities he believes everyone has.

When Keith isn’t working he enjoys coaching volleyball, playing hockey and spending time with his family.

Courtenay Shrimpton

Assistant Headmaster: Head of the Upper School and Director of Strategic Developmen
St. Andrew's College

Courtenay Shrimpton joined SAC in 1999 as a history teacher and Housemaster of Flavelle. He holds a BA and B.Ed. from McGill University, and a master's degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University.

Previously the Dean of Students at Lower Canada College, Courtenay has served as the Assistant Headmaster, Student Life at SAC for eight years, and for the past two has taken on the responsibilities of Assistant Headmaster, Upper School and Strategic Development. In this capacity, Courtenay oversees the Upper School, its faculty, and students. He oversees the administration team and works closely with department heads. His primary responsibility is for the professional growth and development process for faculty and works closely with the Assistant Headmaster, Academics in many areas of school life. Additionally, he is responsible for the coordination and direction of strategic initiatives at the School, from operational to strategic planning (2011-2016) and the execution and management of Campus Master Plan II.

Courtenay lives in Aurora with his wife, Leslie, also a teacher, and their three girls.

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