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National Leaders Conference

The 2019 National Leaders Post Conference Call for Workshop Proposals are open until December 7. Apply here.

Strengthen Your School Leadership

CAIS values the constant and deliberate quest for excellence, and we recognize the vital leadership role that governors play, in partnership with Heads, in the success of our schools. We want all of our schools to have strong Heads who focus on supporting the students of the present, but we also want strong Boards that focus on supporting the students of the future.

The Governance Guide include new learning on a number of areas, including Human Resources, Risk Management, Head Transitions, and Consent Agendas.

CAIS members and non-members can purchase a hard copy here. And CAIS members can also view the full PDF in CAIS Connect here.

Other Conferences & Resources

CAIS schools are leaders in education. Many of our schools develop programs for educators, and we encourage you to check out these world-class opportunities in our sections below.

Aditionally, from time to time, CAIS promotes Professional Development opportunities led by credible organizations with missions and values that are aligned with CAIS.

Contact us to post your program with CAIS

CAIS School Conference & PD Opportunities

CAIS schools are leaders in education. Many schools develop programs for educators, and we encourage you to check out these world-class opportunities.

The Bishop Strachan School Summer Symposium: Investigations & Expressions Professional Learning
July 2-5, 2019

What’s innovative in curriculum design?
Bring inquiry to your primary or junior classrooms!

As Canada’s oldest independent day and boarding school for girls, The Bishop Strachan School has learned a thing or two about balancing curriculum expectations with meaningful, emergent project work. We are our own live research hub into 21st Century learning. As a school founded on innovation we can’t wait to share our Reggio-inspired work from Grades JK to 6. Come experience the exciting environments and projects our children are engaged in.

View the website here.

Flourish: The Positive Education Conference

June 16th & June 17th, 2019

Ridley College, St. Catharines, Ontario

Learn. Connect. Be Inspired.

Flourish will be a unique gathering of educators from across North America and Europe. This event will serve as an exciting opportunity to advance the understanding of Positive Education, to share promising practices and to connect to a global movement dedicated to wellbeing and achievement.

  1. Please click here to read more about our dynamic speakers and our opening night reception for this inaugural conference.
  1. We are honoured to be hosting speakers from Australia, Mexico, the United States and across Canada, while welcoming delegates from around the world. We are looking forward to one and a half days of learning, networking and professional growth.
  1. The conference is aimed at JK-Higher Education educators who are interested in the science of Positive Psychology and its manifestation and application in school communities. Social emotional learning, resilience training, wellbeing, relational learning and the impact on learning and student achievement are at the heart of positive education. If your school is pursuing these topics, please consider attending Flourish: Positive Education Conference
  1. A pre- & post- conference learning opportunity is available thanks to our partners at The Flourishing Center.
    Click here to learn more about The Positive Education Certification, a 5 day training institute offered onsite at Ridley College.

  1. Please share with your colleagues and encourage them to register as soon as possible. Hotel rooms are reserved, but are limited.

We look forward to hosting you for this unique learning experience this June!

Register Now!

AOGPE Orton-Gillingham Training Course (Associate Level):

Registration is currently open for the Fraser Academy Summer 2019 AOGPE Orton-Gillingham Training Course (Associate Level). Colleen Chow and Ellen O'Brien, AOGPE Fellows-in-Training, instruct this course.

We encourage early registration as course space is limited.

Summer 2019 Associate Coursework Dates

The OG Tutor Training Associate Coursework is comprised of 3 modules, for a total of 9 sessions.

Dates: Weekdays, July 2-12, 2019

Time: 8:00am - 5:15 pm; final Friday ends at 4:15 pm

Module 1: July 2, 3, 4
Module 2: July 5, 8, 9
Module 3: July 10, 11, 12

Following the successful completion of the Associate Coursework, students may participate in a supervised Associate Practicum leading to a membership at the Associate Level in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

Click here for full details.

If you have any questions about this course, please email Erin Kline at ekline@fraseracademy.ca.

Quality Project Based Learning

August 19-21, 2019
View flyer here.

Hillfield Strathallan College

In Partnership with PBL Works.
Do you want to make the classroom more student=driven, inquiry based and authentic?

Come to the PBL Canada Institute in Hamilton, ON and work with the faculty from the Buck Institute for Education, the leaders in project-based learning. Courses are available for teachers and leaders to learn about Gold Standard PBL and project design, assessment and implementation.

Read more and register here.

Discussion-Based Learning Symposium:

Exploring the Harkness Philosophy in Our Classrooms

Event website

Date & Time:
August 20, 21, 22
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

$600 (plus GST)
*Includes lunch and refreshments each day and all conference materials

Southridge School
2656 160th St, Surrey, BC

Come explore how you can utilize student-centred, discussion-based, collaborative techniques to enhance your educational program and foster the growth of core competencies. You will be introduced to the Harkness philosophy, see how it is utilized in your subject area, and have an opportunity to practice the technique.

You will learn about the Harkness philosophy at Southridge School and hear from educators who are currently researching and using discussion-based learning techniques in their classrooms.

Who might be interested?

  • Humanities, Arts, Science, Mathematics, and Modern Languages educators who would like to incorporate discussion-based learning in their classrooms
  • Administrators who are interested in student-centred educational practices
  • Educational professionals who would like to learn more about the Harkness philosophy

Register here.

Registration deadline: June 1, 2019

In person or virtual event!

On behalf of WE, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for your ongoing dedication, support and commitment to experiential service-learning in your classrooms and schools. We are fortunate to partner with you and grow together as a community of professional learners who empower youth with the skills, knowledge and motivation to bring positive and transformative change in themselves and in the world.

Participants at the summit will hear from current thought leaders in experiential service learning and receive an exclusive look at what's new and available within the WE Schools Program. You'll have the opportunity to connect with others just like you to deepen your understanding and grow your practice to the next level.

We are excited to share that this year the WE Schools Educator Summit will be in person and virtual. We will be providing further information about speakers, workshops and location information in August.

Please register HERE.
WE Schools Educator Summit Details
Date: Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
Location: WE Global Learning Centre (339 Queen Street East)
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Integrative Thinking in the Classroom
At Pickering College

August 21 & 22, 2019

The Integrative Thinking toolbox uses frameworks developed by
academics, across fields to support students to think about their
thinking and creating better models. Originally created for executives
and leaders, educators across K-12 have become the pedagogical
innovators who have shaped the tools to enhance their practice and
student learning.

Join colleagues across grades and subject areas to explore concrete
tools to bring 21st century learning, skills and mindsets to life – on
the first day of school!


This program is two consecutive days of learning, followed by four check-ins during the school year.
Two-day in-person program is a hands-on experience with the tools of Integrative Thinking, using lessons that teachers have created for their classrooms.

The check-ins will be led by educators and used to workshop ideas that you have for your classrooms.

Pair with a mentor for four remote check-ins during the school year.
Join us for this hands-on professional learning experience that you can implement the first day of school.

$595 early bird rate - until June 30 ($649 after June 30)

View the flyer here.

For groups of five or more, please contact us at





Reggio-Inspired Summer Institute

St. Michaels University Junior School is pleased to offer this Summer Institute experience for educators wishing to deepen their practice through meaningfully inviting children into innovative experiences in literacy and mathematics, while building solid foundations in learning.

August 22 - 23, 2019

Registration Page and Link:

View the flyer here.


St. Andrew's College annual Canadian Universities' Fair

October 2, 2019

St. Andrew’s College (SAC) will host its 12th Annual Canadian Universities' Fair for students in York Region on Wednesday, October 2 from 4:30-9:00 p.m. Last year more than 950 students gathered information from over 45 universities. We would like to continue this success. Please share this event information with students and parents you think would be interested in learning more about various Canadian universities. Admission and parking are free!

St. Andrew's College
15800 Yonge Street
Aurora, ON L4G 3H7

E. universitycounselling@sac.on.ca
T. 905-727-3178 ext 240

Regional PD Opportunities

Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS)


QAIS promotes collaboration, provides services that further educational leadership and advocates independent English language education in Quebec on behalf of its member schools.

Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC)


The purposes of the ISABC are to foster and encourage the establishment and operation of independent schools in BC. In a spirit of collaboration, the Association draws more closely together the Heads of School, school administrators, teachers, and students. The schools engage in collaborative professional development as the basis for enhancing teaching and learning in the schools.

Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario


Mission: To advance educational excellence in our member schools.

CIS Ontario is an association of independent schools working together to support member schools in their missions to prepare students for the 21st Century.