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Announcements

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.



Does your school have a change in mind?

Are you clear on why and where that change should take place?

Are you ready to start planning how to make it happen?


Personalized, Project Based, Impact Oriented


  • Open to school-based teams of academic and operational leaders
  • 2018-2019 - cohort of 9 school teams
  • Three day accelerator
  • Multiple virtual checkpoints throughout the 2018-2019 academic year


Join the Second Cohort


The CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator provides the guidance and support for school teams planning important innovative change. It is a one-year cohort-based experience that will provide participants with both face-to-face and virtual engagement, designed to accelerate school strategic implementation process.

Apply Here

  • Applications are due Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Online Q&A: January 21, 1-2pm
  • On-site at Rothesay Netherwood School on July 1-4, 2019 in Rothesay, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Four virtual meetings via Zoom video link dates and times TBD





Why You Should Join

Design and accelerate a major change project for YOUR school.

Three Day Accelerator

July 1 - 4, 2019
In conjunction with the Summer LI hosted by Rothesay Netherwood School, in Rothesay, NB

Applications

Nine schools maximum.

The majority of accepted schools will be Canadian but US and internationally-located schools are strongly encouraged to apply.



2018 CSCA Cohort at St. Michael's University School, Three Day Accelerator




What is the CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator?

This is a one-year cohort based program for school teams to have dedicated time to design and implement a Head-sanctioned change project within their schools. The CSCA provides the guidance and support for school teams planning important innovative change. It is a one-year cohort-based experience that will provide participants with both face-to-face and virtual engagement, designed to accelerate school strategic implementation process. It is a design-based program organized by three facilitators with deep experience in the "HOW" of school change. It will include a 2 ½ day on-site intensive foundation-building and launch event followed by four virtual meetings to deepen the learning, support the process, and expose teams to exemplar schools and experts to help inform the process.

A maximum of NINE independent schools will be selected for participation for the second cohort beginning in July 2019.


The Learning Experience: Backed by Research & Best Practices

The CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator will be facilitated by protocols and strategies adapted from the work of IDEO, John Kotter, Grant Lichtman, and other leaders in the field of strategic change acceleration. School teams will work to articulate their strategic initiative, focus and clarify their change urgency, research exemplar schools, build a guiding coalition, and develop a implementation roadmap that will allow them to apply to future strategic change at their school. This unique experience is designed to take each school team through a intensive change mapping and planning process that prepares them for the implementation journey. Virtual support and milestone check-in opportunities are provided throughout the academic year to support course corrections, bring in outside perspectives and provide sharing opportunities to support the process.




The 2051 Project - A Journey & Evolution Story

In the summer 2015 44 CAIS school academic and business leaders came together for a three day intensive incubator to answer the question: How might CAIS schools ensure their strength and permanence through academic and business innovation? That meeting yielded the 2051 Project Report which clearly outlines WHY and WHERE CAIS schools should look to change and innovate in order to ensure their long term sustainability. That experience also identified a need within the CAIS school community for more strategic change management professional development. In April 2017 the 2051 Project met for a second time to discuss and think about “HOW” CAIS schools might best go about implementing, maintaining and sustaining strategic change. It was out of that experience that the CAIS STRATEGIC CHANGE ACCELERATOR was born.





What Schools Should Apply?

Schools that have identified a major change initiative and are at the beginning of the change implementation process would greatly benefit from this supported planning and development experience. If you have been involved with Project 2051, this may be the next logical step for your school. The majority of accepted schools will be Canadian but US and internationally-located schools are strongly encouraged to apply.

Building Your Team

Teams must consist of, at minimum, three members. It is recommended that each team include both academic program and operational leaders. Teams greatly benefit from multiple and divergent perspectives. Teams are best made up of those who will be actively leading the change initiative and are fully supported and enabled to drive the process forward.



Application Process

Schools are invited to submit applications to participate in the second cohort. The deadline for applications is February 19, 2019. A maximum of nine school teams will be selected and notified of their acceptance to the second cohort. Preference will be given to schools that have a clearly defined change initiative and that demonstrate commitment through leadership participation in the process.

Accelerator Calendar

  • Applications are due Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Online Q&A: January 21, 1-2pm
  • On-site at Rothesay Netherwood School on July 1-4, 2019 in Rothesay, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Four virtual meetings via Zoom video link dates and times TBD




Facilitation Team

Justin Medved
Director of Learning, Innovation & Technology
The York School


Justin is the current Director of Learning, Innovation and Technology at the York School in Toronto. He was one of the lead facilitators of Project 2051 and is co-founder of the Cohort 21 professional development community. Justin co-designed the facilitation package that drove the recent CIS Ontario Connect conference and has done work with multiple CAIS schools supporting their strategic planning process.

Garth Nichols
Vice-Principal, Student Engagement & Experiential Development
Havergal College


Garth is the Vice-Principal of Student Engagement and Experiential Development at Havergal College in Toronto. As one of the lead facilitators of Project 2051 and co-founder of the Cohort 21 professional development community, Garth has a passion for working with schools to support their strategic initiatives. With a compassion for all levels of stakeholders in strategic change, Garth has worked successfully with multiple CAIS schools on meaningful strategic change implementation that endures.

Grant Lichtman
Author, Speaker, Facilitator
The Future of K-12 Education


Internationally recognized thought leader and educational change agent; author of #EdJourney and Moving the Rock; has worked with dozens of schools to move them from imagination through implementation of major strategic changes.



Costs

The baseline cost for a CAIS member school team is $5000 for up to three team members. The cost for additional team members, to include meals is $500 per additional team member.

The non-member school team fee is $6250. The cost for additional team members, to include meals is $500 per additional team member.

  • Onsite programming at Rothesay Netherwood School (July 2019) and virtual workshops (2019-2020)
  • Meals at Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Travel to/from the onsite, and lodging are the responsibility of each school.
  • Further details will be provided at the time applications open




What participants Are Saying


"The CSCA was a perfect balance of theory & practice, project & process, structure & fluidity."

-- Jan Morrison, Hillfield Strathallan College


"This is a great opportunity to collaborate through Design Thinking. Our team has established a succinct yet detailed action plan for our project and the excitement level and optimism is high!"

-- Neil Robinson, Brentwood College School


"The CSCA program this year was an excellent opportunity to "deep dive" on strategic planning towards accomplishing our school-based goal. For us, this included revising what we thought was our team's actual goal. The facilitators were excellent at building teamwork, providing a connection between theory and practice, and sharing their experiences around strategic change at other schools."

-- Jim Williams, St. Michael's University School


"The framework they taught us and will use with us throughout this year will be vital to our ability to actually and decisively implement change. For small schools such as ours, an outside support and accountability structure is essential. On our own, we would never be able to prioritize long-term strategic change above the day to day challenges that demand our small staff's attention."

-- Whitney Thompson, Tandem Friends School






Announcements

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.