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National Leaders Conference

The 2019 National Leaders Post Conference Call for Workshop Proposals are open until December 7. Apply here.

Strengthen Your School Leadership

CAIS values the constant and deliberate quest for excellence, and we recognize the vital leadership role that governors play, in partnership with Heads, in the success of our schools. We want all of our schools to have strong Heads who focus on supporting the students of the present, but we also want strong Boards that focus on supporting the students of the future.

The Governance Guide include new learning on a number of areas, including Human Resources, Risk Management, Head Transitions, and Consent Agendas.

CAIS members and non-members can purchase a hard copy here. And CAIS members can also view the full PDF in CAIS Connect here.

CAIS School Innovation Grant

The CAIS Vision is to be the standard of excellence in learning and leadership, shaping the future of education. CAIS supports continuous whole school improvement by providing funding to schools that wish to take part in relevant research. The purpose of the CAIS School Innovation Grant (SIG) is aligned to the CAIS Strategic Plan, and designed to build school-based research capacity across CAIS schools through the administration and support of the CAIS School Innovation Grant Program.

We invite proposals for research projects that inspire and support school improvement. Successful applicants should be prepared to commence their research following an information meeting scheduled for January, 14 2019. Research projects must be designed for completion no later than September 2020, and presentations will be scheduled during the 2020-2021 school year.

Researchers will be supported through the process by members of the SIG Committee. There is no requirement for prior research experience, but projects will be subject to an approval process that assures use of an acceptable research design and methodology, and the application of professional research standards. Joint proposals from more than one CAIS school are welcome.


CAIS School Innovation Grant (SIG) Committee Members

Leanne Foster (Chair)
Head of School
Trafalgar Castle School
All Girls / Ontario

Trish Cislak
Head of Libraries & Research / Head of Grade 9
Crescent School
All Boys / Ontario

Seonaid Davis
Vice Principal, Teaching & Learning
Havergal College
All Girls / Ontario

Kimberley Harvey
Director of Senior School
York House School
All Girls / British Columbia

James (Jaime) McMillan
Director of Advancement
Selwyn House School
All Boys / Quebec

Jennifer (Jenny) Wright
Deputy Head, Academic
St. John’s-Ravencourt School
Co-Ed / Manitoba

CAIS Staff:

Patti MacDonald
Executive Director

Karen Flindall
Research and Communications Coordinator

Particular topics and areas of interest may include, but are not limited to, the broad areas outlined below:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Curriculum design
  • Student leadership
  • Experiential education
  • Service learning
  • Technology in learning
  • Health and wellness
  • Boarding life
  • School life
  • Community / Parent engagement
  • New generational learning spaces
  • Enrolment management
  • Philanthropy and giving
  • Alumni relations

Project Dates

  • September 17, 2018 – Information is released to CAIS Schools
  • November 1, 2018 – Grant applications are due
  • December 14, 2018 – Grants are awarded / Recipients are notified by email
  • Dates for 2019 and 2020 to be confirmed
  • January 14, 2019– First meeting of Grant recipients and Granting Committee.
  • January 2019 – June 2019 Literature Review and Research project refinement and mentor meetings
  • May 2019 – Follow up meeting of Grant recipients and Granting Committee
  • September 2019 – March 2020 School Research phase
  • March 2020 – Meeting of Grant recipients and Granting Committee
  • March 2020 - September 2020 – Report completion
  • Presentation of Research will take place during the 2020-2021 school year (Venue and format TBC)


Research groups will:

  • Meet regularly with their committee mentor(s) to discuss ongoing progress
  • Update their school leadership on the progress of the research
  • Collaborate with other members of the school community as appropriate
  • Present research to own school community in the form of a report and/or professional development workshop and a written report to The Board of Governors
  • Present research to the CAIS Leadership at an appropriate CAIS Conference or Webinar
  • Prepare a report for publication on the CAIS website
  • Continue to act upon and support other faculty and staff in implementing findings from the research in the years that follow the grant

View Grant Recipients' Findings: