National Leaders Conference 2022: Leading into a courageous and compassionate future
Dates: April 10 - 12, 2022
In-person component: The Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC
Audience: Education Program Leaders
As school leaders commit to contributing to a courageous and compassionate future, it is essential that we address the complexities of the key themes of the 2022 CAIS National Leaders Conference: pluralism, well-being and technology.
In recent years, leadership in the independent school sector has been deeply impacted by uncertainty. Disruptions have pushed school leaders into a reactive mode, responding to issues, some new and others long-standing. The relentless unpredictability has confirmed for CAIS school leaders the need to accept that change is the new constant and adopt a leadership stance that is adaptive, nurtures resilience and builds supportive connections.
Even as leaders grapple with the immediate challenges, we remain committed to learning in order to inform the future. As we begin to see a glimmer on the horizon of the virus becoming endemic, leaders are identifying the positive by-products of the last two years. In the time of COVID, technology was leveraged to support continuity of learning for students and advocates applauded those advances that had been long-awaited to revolutionize education. At the same time, continued and urgent challenges, cloud the silver linings, making it clear that the learning is not complete. Issues related to creating pluralistic communities and climate change continue to challenge us. And each of these issues, technology, pluralism and climate change are connected to the well-being of leaders, teachers and students as though by a golden thread.
At the NLC 2022, school leaders will collectively consider how to be agile and responsive in times of uncertainty. The concept of a growth mindset will permeate the event, empowering participants to further enhance our mutually supportive networks and to consider our personal well-being in support of our school communities. We will practice an adaptive leader’s approach to disruption, recognizing that while change is perpetual, in coming together as a community, we build our resilience together.
Thanks goes out to the NLC 2022 Planning Committee for their flexible and adaptive approach in planning a conference in an ever-changing environment. We understand that next spring, there will still be various unknowns. Our goal is to have a hybrid conference with both an in-person and virtual component and we will continue to monitor the evolving situation. Decisions for the final format will be based on the safety and security of our members.