In 1948, George Orwell was in the process of naming his newly completed novel, when he decided to flip the last two digits of 1948 to create the title for his futuristic novel, 1984.

When CAIS was looking to name our Future of Education Research Initiative and Incubator in 2015, we borrowed Orwell’s idea.

What is The Project 2051 Challenge?

In July 2015, CAIS brought together 22 academic and 22 business leaders, all from different schools, to address the question, “How do CAIS schools ensure their strength and permanence through academic and business innovation?”

In April 2017, the 2051 Project continued with the 2051 Challenge.

The 2051 Challenge Incubator Report

The exploding capacity of digital technology as well as new research on teaching and learning are impacting what and how students learn. It is well documented that student potential can be enhanced by personalized learning - an approach that recognizes and values differences in how they learn and are assessed. Read the report to learn more.

The 2051 Project Report

To initiate innovation and change in our schools, both in the academic realm and business realm, in order for our students to experience an education that prepares them for a future we cannot yet imagine. Read the report to learn more.

Meet the 2017 Participants

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Our Mission:

To create opportunities for school leaders to research international best practices and develop strategies to grapple with the dual challenge of designing innovative academic programs, while managing cost per student.

Our Vision:

To continuously explore academic and business innovation to ensure independent schools’ strength and permanence, while shaping the future of education.

Our Values:

To provide our members with professional development opportunities and research resources that will push schools to look externally at global education trends and internally at their strategic priorities, and discover what their role will be in shaping the future of education in their schools, their staff and their students.

Why Innovate?

Internationally, independent schools face dual, interconnected challenges: ensuring that we continuously improve our academic program while at the same time maintaining strong, sustainable business plans to preserve our long-term heath and viability.

The international educational landscape continues to change and become more competitive. Our increasing use of technology – as well as new research on teaching and learning – influences the education we provide tomorrow’s leaders. So also our financial realities continue to change and become more competitive, including such effects as school demographics, increasing tuition fees, the nature of parent demands, and the need to balance traditional education with the increased desire for job skills.

What is Innovation?

George Couros (Educator, author and consultant) defines innovation as:

“innovation is a way of thinking that creates something new and better. Innovation can come from either “invention (something totally new) or “iteration” ( a change of something that already exists), but if it does not meet the ideas of “new and better,” it is not innovative.”

What have we accomplished?


The 2051 Project Report

is a resource for our schools to continue the conversation within their leadership teams and school communities about the future strength and permanence of our schools.

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The 2051 Project Presentation

is a resource for school leaders to use to communicate the purpose, importance, and value of the project and begin the conversation within their own schools.

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The 2051 Project Resources

are Articles, Videos, and Books gathered to further our understanding of key issues surrounding independent school education.

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