The 2019 National Leaders Post Conference Call for Workshop Proposals are open until December 7. Apply 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.
- 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
Grant Lichtman- The Nature of Change in Education - A Night of Inquiry, Innovation and Impact - Thought Leader in Transforming Education
What is inevitable 20 years from now in the world of education? About half an hour later I had written two pages, single spaced of Items that I thought, these things are inevitable 20 years from now. And as I took that list and I ground truthed it with various thought colleagues around the country, a few around the world, one thing became very quickly apparent and clear. There is an enormous gap between where schools are today and even the best schools.... and where they need to be to face those inevitable conditions just two decades into the future.
Ryan Baker - The Value of the Strategic Change Accelerator (2018) - Teacher - Hillfield Strathallan College Team
What Design Thinking and the Strategic Change Accelerator teaches you - you're already anticipating barriers and how to get around them. So you don't start the project and then hit a barrier that can bog you down. You're already trying to strategize around them before you implement the project. So I think it's a good way to allow for sustainable change for ideas that are strong and creative that schools want to implement to benefit kids.
Patti MacDonald - The Value of Mixed School Teams - Executive Director, CAIS
This is not work that can be done in isolation. And in the past we always invited single people to come and work and grapple and go back. And then they go back and all the learning they've done falls flat because they don't have a group of supportive colleagues to help them...bring the work forward..... Having teams of people... six people here, four people there, five people there - they're deeply engaged... this is what we want a classroom to look like.
Design and accelerate a major change project for YOUR school.
July 1 - 4, 2019
In conjunction with the Summer LI hosted by Rothesay Netherwood School, in Rothesay, NB
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vice-Principal, Student Engagement & Experiential Development
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.
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.
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
The 2019 National Leaders Post Conference Call for Workshop Proposals are open until December 7. Apply here.
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