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CAIS Leadership Institute

Supporting the learning and development of independent school leaders is a strategic priority for CAIS that supports school improvement and innovation. Recent CAIS research indicates a growing need for motivated, diverse, and expert leadership. The Leadership Praxis, is a framework of knowledge and competencies needed to be a successful independent school leader. They reflect the Indicators of Effective Practice highlighted in the refreshed 2021 CAIS Accreditation Standards. The Praxis has guided the structure of the Leadership Institute, ensuring that it is intentional, comprehensive and organized to meet the needs of aspiring leaders.
 

Benefits of the CAIS Leadership Institute Programs:

  • Grounded in research and designed to develop leadership knowledge and competencies in areas aligned with school improvement (the indicators of effective practice in our Accreditation Standards);
  • Provide a broad range of modules that meet the needs of aspiring leaders from both Education Program and School Operations functions;
  • Includes formal and informal time for participants to network.

For further information see CAIS Leadership Institute FAQ’s or contact Catherine McCauley, Director of Professional Learning, at cmccauley@cais.ca.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Heads' Retreat

Lifelong Learning for Leadership

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

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