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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.


Workshops & Courses for Educators

The Writing Process Workshop
November 30, 2019

Learn more here

You can view the full calendar of events here.

A Good Path to Indigenizing Learning: Planting Seeds of Possibility
November 1, 2019 from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Art Gallery of Ontario
This conference invites participants to experience and explore approaches, pedagogical practices and inspiring examples for the Indigenization of student learning and educational spaces.  Throughout the day, you will gain insights and learn about resources from Traditional Knowledge Keeper and Anishinaabe Cultural Consultant Kim Wheatley (Shawanaga First Nation); Jasmine Wong, Senior Program Associate for Facing History and Ourselves; Lorrie Gallant (Haudenosaunee Cayuga Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River), storyteller, artist, educator and former Woodland Cultural Centre Education Program Coordinator; Indigenous Education Officers at the Art Gallery of Ontario; and faculty at Pickering College.  Join us to further the possibilities for Indigenous cultural inclusion, content integration and reconciliation in your practice, and at your school.    
During the educator conference, educators will:
  1. Begin and end the day grounded in traditional Anishinaabe protocols with knowledge keeper Kim Wheatley, Shkoden Neegan waawaaskonen (Shawanaga First Nation)
  2. Learn about and participate in a smudge ceremony (optional) and territorial acknowledgements
  3. Explore what Indigenizing classrooms, schools and systems might include and how it can be pursued respectfully
  4. Take part in a private Decolonizing and Indigenizing learning tour of the McLean Centre for Indigenous and Canadian Art with the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Indigenous Education Officer
  5. Gain whole school and subject specific strategies for weaving Indigenous learning into curricular and co-curricular learning
  6. Share with other educators best practices for indigenizing and decolonizing school spaces.    
This conference is perfect for teachers and administrators who are looking to explore ideas and opportunities for their classrooms and schools. All are welcome!
Pickering College has worked with Facing History and Ourselves for many years, and we have enjoyed their training and assistance in curriculum development. We hope to have a day of sharing and learning about best practices and reconciliation.
The cost of the day, including breakfast & lunch is $200.00
Early bird registration: until October 14th is $180.00
View the flyer here.

Pollyanna Conference 2019

Race, Privilege, and Community
Saturday, November 2, 2019

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, St. Clement’s School will host a full-day exploration of diversity issues focusing on Race, Privilege, and Community.

Open to independent schools from across the region, the conference is dedicated to the in-depth analysis and discussion of issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion in our schools and in our communities.

Learn more here.

On Friday, February 14, 2019, Pickering College will be hosting a full-day dialogue with Suzanne Axelsson: Deepening our Understanding of the Reggio Emilia Approach.  
The cost of the day (including refreshments and luncheon - enjoy a taste of Italy throughout the day!) is $180
Early bird registration: until December 16, 2019 is $150
View the conference flyer here.
To register and for more information, please visit www.pickeringcollege.on.ca/reggioconference2020

Did you know that conversations are a powerful way to connect and engage all stakeholders in your school community?

Join us for a monthly webinar, presented by the Canadian Centre for Brief Coaching and Greenwood College School from October 2019 to June 2020 that will:

  • Focus of all aspects of school life including students, teachers, parents and administrators
  • Provide direction on how to measure the impact of these conversations
  • Learn from other schools and organizations about how they apply Coaching Conversations in their school communities
  • Following each webinar we will send out curated questions and comments from our participants.
  • Each webinar will be recorded and made available online for those who register for a webinar or the series

View more details here.

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.