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Professional Learning

Our vision at CAIS is to be leaders in education, shaping the future of a courageous, compassionate world.

As a national organization, CAIS provides a comprehensive and agile professional learning program that supports current and aspiring leaders along their Leadership Pathway. The CAIS professional learning program is continuously evolving to ensure that we prepare leaders who will succeed in a constantly changing educational landscape.

Anchored by the Leadership Praxis, CAIS Professional Learning programs explore:
  • Indicators of Effective Leadership Practice (what does it mean to lead in this area?),
  • Competencies (what skills does the leader demonstrate?), 
  • Dispositions (what is the leader’s temper and knowledge?) and 
  • Knowledge (what does the leader know and understand?).

We believe looking beyond ourselves allows us to appreciate our differences and become stronger as a collective. We seek new ideas, promote diversity and lead in a changing world.

Learn more about Professional Learning opportunities in our Calendar of Virtual Events.

Foundations for School Leadership Program: Designing a Practice

Starting the Journey - Knowing Oneself in Order to Lead

Independent Schools leaders begin their leadership journey in a variety of different portfolios. The CAIS Foundations for School Leadership Program invites emerging leaders to explore leadership from multiple levels- conceptual and personal.

Program Type: Leadership Institute

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Independent School Leadership Diploma Program

Learning the Landscape for Leading in CAIS Independent Schools

Independent Schools are complex organizations. School leaders need to have a breadth of knowledge and competency across all areas in order to provide support and oversight for the entire School.

Program Type: Leadership Institute

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Next Step Program

Knowing Self and Leading Strategy, Change, and People

Senior leadership positions in independent schools require a deep understanding of oneself and what it means to lead others. Leading in positions like Deputy Head and Head of School also requires a strategic lense to effectively lead in the present as well as looking outward to the future.

Program Type: Leadership Institute

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New Heads of School & Board Chair Orientation Programs

Transitioning into a CAIS Head or Chair role

Leadership learning does not end with the acceptance of leadership roles. Education trends are continuously emerging. Similarly, School contexts and priorities change as they evolve to meet the needs of their students in a changing world. Effective leaders need to continue reflecting, learning and building areas of knowledge and competency.

Program Type: Leadership Institute

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Heads' Retreat

Lifelong Learning for Leadership

The annual CAIS Heads' Retreat brings Heads of School together to reflect upon the School year and share experiences as leaders of risk, strategy, change and people. The Heads' Retreat provides an opportunity for collaboration, support and professional learning directly related to current opportunities and challenges.

Program Type: Leadership Institute

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Heads & Chair Conference

An important benefit of membership in our national organization is participating in the annual Heads and Chairs Conference. Heads of School and the Chairs of their Boards are expected to attend the annual Heads and Chairs Conference during which the CAIS Annual General Meeting is held.

Program Type: Annual Conference

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National Leaders Conference

The annual National Leaders Conference brings together school leaders to explore a theme related to issues, trends, challenges and opportunities currently facing independent schools.

Program Type: Annual Conference

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On-Going Professional Learning


 

Discussions

CAIS Networks

The Network calls brings school leaders together from across the CAIS community to have conversations specific to their area of school leadership, sharing ideas, case studies and best practices.

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Discussions

CAIS Affinity Groups

CAIS offers virtual affinity spaces for people who identify with 2SLGBTQ+, BIPOC and Women in Leadership current and aspiring members in our schools.

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Online Learning

CAIS Webinars

As trends and issues evolve, CAIS seeks out subject area expertise in the form of webinars. They are open to all school leaders who are invited to participate live and then have access to the content on demand in the CAIS library of content.

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Support

CAIS Mentors

CAIS is committed to supporting new Heads of School starting with the offering of a current Head of School as a Mentor.

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Workshop

CAIS Learning Series

CAIS Learning Series brings together school leaders from across the country to work with the support of an expert facilitator to collect and analyze research and current practices into a document that could be shared by everyone.

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Online Resources

CAIS Connect

Log in to CAIS Connect, our portal for Candidate and Member Schools, to find resources.

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If you are interested in more information, please contact:

Catherine McCauley, Director of Professional Learning, cmccauley@cais.ca