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2051 Challenge

Register for the 2051 Challenge on April 7-9, 2017 in Montreal. Learn more here. And view the past work of 2051 here.

Register for the 2017 National Leaders Conference - Academics

April 9 - 11, 2017.
Register here

Leadership Institute

Register for the upcoming Spring and Summer Leadership Institute. Learn More & Register

2016 CAIS Webinar Recordings

Watch our International Fundraising, Governance Series, National Student Panel on Supporting LGBTQ+ Students, 2015 KPI Benchmarking Overview and our Review on Executing Accreditation Pilot Surveys webinars in CAIS Connect.
Access webinars here

Register for upcoming webinars here

2016 NLC Resources now available

Both the Catalytic Conversations on the Future of Education - Summary Report and the workshop material is now in CAIS Connect.
Access the Summary Report and Workshop Material

New PD model

Anne-Marie speaks to moving forward with a new national PD model with the creation of one national conference. Watch the Video

2015 CAIS Accreditation Guidelines

Review the new CAIS Accreditation Guidelines that are being piloted this school year. We welcome your feedback!


CAIS Grant Recipients

CAIS, along with the guidance of the National Research Advisory Committee, has awarded nine CAIS Innovation and Collaboration Grants. We are excited to be awarding research grants to the following individuals, who are volunteering their time for the CAIS collective, who have designed, developed and will carry out projects that will benefit all CAIS schools. This year the CAIS National Research Advisory Committee awarded six Innovation Grants and three Collaboration Grants to individuals from 10 CAIS schools.


Apply for a CAIS Research Grant:

View Grants Recipients Findings:

2015 CAIS Innovation Grant Recipients



Online Learning

Tammy Earle and Cara Lee, Rothesay Netherwood School

Purpose & Findings

Purpose: Explored blended learning (books, online classes, conference) as a method of learning when designing a new Gr. 10 course. This evolved into looking at blended learning at RNS for the future.
Findings: Implementation is key. If the technology and online components are carefully integrated into the curriculum, then students see value in the task and outcomes are often met.

Read more in CAIS Connect

Inclusion of International Students at a Day School

Glenn Zederayko and Chad Holtum, Glenlyon Norfolk School

Purpose & Findings

Purpose: To further advance everyone’s ability to assess the value of creating a homestay program and prepare them to execute the program in an effective, positive way.

Findings: Many pros and cons, challenges and significant costs to establish and run the program.

Read more in CAIS Connect


Experiential Learning

Denise Lamarche and Becky Anderson, St. Michaels University School

Purpose & Findings

Purpose: Examine the experiential learning opportunities provided to students in Grade 10 at SMUS

Findings: Feedback from students, parents and faculty was very positive. The benefits of shifting our grade 10 program to include experiential learning opportunities for all students far outweighed any reason not to move in this direction.

Read more in CAIS Connect

Health and Wellbeing Project

Sarah Craig, Branksome Hall

Purpose & Findings

Purpose: Implement an Employee Health and Wellness program to improve health and wellbeing for individuals and shift the wellness culture at Branksome Hall.

Findings: The first year of the Employee Health and Wellbeing Program had a significant impact on improving the overall culture of health and wellbeing at the school. Qualitative and quantitative data provided metrics to support this finding.

Read more in CAIS Connect


Student Centered Assessments

Helen Pereira-Raso, Holy Trinity School

Purpose & Findings

Purpose: To understand how the relationship between the teacher and student change when they are collaborating on student-centered assessment practices.

Findings: The single most important factor is for educators to approach their work from a mindset or stance that begins with trusting students as capable and contributing members to the learning process.

Read more in CAIS Connect

Early Education Transitions

Shailau Spivak and Danielle Hourigan, Hillfield Strathallan College

Purpose & Findings

Purpose: This study looked at how early years programs prepared students for success in a preschool setting.

Findings: A student’s participation in a preschool program at HSC positively impacted their ability to transition to elementary and overall performance in those programs.

Read more in CAIS Connect


2015 CAIS Collaboration Grant Recipients



Technology as a Disruptor

Mary Anne Van Acker, The Bishop Strachan School and Jim LaPlante, Upper Canada College

Purpose & Findings

Purpose: To provide CAIS schools with a snapshot into current and emergent trends in technology that are potentially impactful and disruptive to education.

Findings: Schools should consider including innovation leaders as part of the school’s leadership team. Further, innovation teams should be built to manage both sustainable and disruptive innovation.

Read more in CAIS Connect


The 2051 Project

Justin Medved, The York School & Garth Nichols, Havergal College

Purpose & Findings

Purpose: Research, architect and steward the Project 2051 conversation about the compelling reasons and opportunities that exist for academic and business innovation in CAIS Schools.

Findings: There is a need that is felt to continue the conversation about academic and business innovation in Canadian independent schools.

Read more in CAIS Connect


In Search of Lost Time

Glen Downey, The York School, William Peat & Adrian Hoad-Reddick, Hillfield Strathallan College

Purpose & Findings

Purpose: to offer an approach to developing what we have traditionally thought of as a “timetable” that is appropriate for 21st-century, independent, K-12 institutions in Canada.

Findings: The manner in which timetables are often revised by educational administrators is not sufficient in making the kinds of significant and systemic changes to scheduling that will improve student learning.

Read more in CAIS Connect

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