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Location: Delta Hotel Toronto Airport & Conference Centre in Toronto
Theme: Connected by Complexity & Design
April 6, 2019 – Pre-Conference Workshops (optional)
April 7 – 9, 2019 – National Leaders Conference
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Saturday, April 6
 

7:30am

9:00am

Boarding Summit - Welcome and Introduction
Speakers
EK

Ed Kidd

Head of School and Chair of the Canadian Boarding Collective, Ridley College


Saturday April 6, 2019 9:00am - 9:15am
Toronto AB

9:00am

Pre-Conference Workshop 1: Building and supporting an Enterprise Risk Management system in your school: Why risk management requires an integrated approach within Independent Schools.
Workshop Overview
Today’s risk management landscape can be challenging to navigate. Being aware of current best practices is the first step to sustaining a long-term commitment of fulfilling the goals of integrating risk management planning and thinking across your institution. Thankfully, many institutions have begun to, or have already integrated an Enterprise Risk Management approach for dealing with risk. Thinking of risk strategically is imperative for every organization.  This workshop is a timely refresher to help Administrators, Faculty, Programmers and Governing Board Members who have any responsibility for risk management decisions within their school.

How?
The central theme of the workshop is to help change the discourse from risk equals loss, to risk as an opportunity for gain across the strategic goals and priorities of the school. For example, re-conceptualizing risk allows educators to focus on strong programming plans, better student engagement, stronger communities, and increased learning outcomes for the 21st century learner. Administrators can harness the strategic potential of risk planning and risk budgeting across their organizational departments to help plan for and achieve institutional goals. Each of these scenarios require strong integrated risk management planning.

Participants Will Learn
This one-day workshop aims to empower participants with the knowledge to understand the foundations of Enterprise Risk Management. This workshop will be valuable professional development whether you are a risk professional already working in a risk management role, an administrator that oversees a risk portfolio, or you are a faculty member responsible for your unit’s risk management execution.

The workshop will cover the scope of enterprise risk management, including some of the most important tools that everyone who deals with risk should be aware of. Discussion will focus on the importance of matching desired outcomes with each institution’s risk appetite, risk assessments, and risk communication strategies. Schools that can find the balance between loss and gain are more apt to be prepared to take advantage of strategic opportunities.

Pre-Conference cancellation policy:
Pre-Conference Workshops are not included in the Registration fee.
Pre-Conference Workshop speakers are subject to change.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard

Director of Research, Risk Management & Innovation, ALIVE Outdoors
Dr. Howard is a risk management specialist in the field of Enterprise Risk Management. He has a strong background in the fields of outdoor and adventure education, wilderness recreation, and experiential education. He actively works with independent schools to build and maintain strong... Read More →
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Jalynn Bosley, B. Ed.,

Executive Director, Founder, ALIVE Outdoors Inc.
Prior to starting ALIVE Outdoors in 2000, Jalynn was a Phys. Ed. with the TDSB. She has over 25 years of experience as a wilderness guide and outdoor educator. She is nearing the two-decade mark as the business owner of one of Canada’s prominent experiential education companies... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Ottawa Room

9:00am

Pre-Conference Workshop 2: Future Ready Institute for School Leaders
Workshop Overview
Over 40% of students will be freelancers in the gig economy when they enter the workforce. As the world changes, it is imperative that school strategy focuses on cultivating entrepreneurialism.

Learn best practices from the world’s most successful startups and gain hands on experience with easily implementable frameworks that can be leveraged for your own organizational success.

How?
The Future Ready Institute for School Leaders is a unique professional development opportunity that is part futuring exercise, part creative problem-solving experience and part entrepreneurial bootcamp. Participants will be challenged to move beyond talking about how the future is changing, to thinking deeply about how-to future proof their students, and their institutions, through tangible and immediate action.

Facilitated by a successful entrepreneur with real-world experience starting and scaling companies as well as designing transformative strategy for some of the world’s biggest brands; learn about the skills and competencies the world’s leading companies are looking for and the ways in which you can enable students to develop demonstrable capabilities. Reflect on the responsibilities and actions school leaders need to take today in order to better prepare students for this quickly emerging future.

Participants Will Learn
Over the course of the day you will work in teams to dig deeply into critical elements of entrepreneurship and work to deliberately design an experiment, or prototype, to take back and test in your school. Leveraging best practices from systems engineering, management science, agile methodology and user centered design; you will leave with practical and actionable strategic insights to drive effective, impactful and immediate change.

Pre-Conference cancellation policy:
Pre-Conference Workshops are not included in the Registration fee.
Pre-Conference Workshop speakers are subject to change.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Prevett

Sarah Prevett

Future Design School
SARAH PREVETTE is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully sold multiple companies, invested millions of dollars in early-stage startups across a wide variety of industries and has been recognized as one of the top startup thought leaders in North America. Prevette has developed... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Montreal A

9:00am

Pre-Conference Workshop 3: Leading from Within: Self and Team
Workshop Overview
Our world is increasingly complex, requiring us to be agile, and awareness is key. Having to do more, faster, with less resources, puts incredible pressure on leaders. Often, under these conditions, creating space for crucial reflection and planning, gets pushed aside for other more urgent matters. Bring a colleague and join like-minded leaders for a day, in which we seek to PAUSE and to return to our understanding of awareness and aspects of leadership which will serve us and our teams in this complex world.

HOW?  
Participants will be introduced to concepts, strategies and tools, asked to share experiences and connections, given opportunity to practice, and to design a way forward. Together we will create a safe space, where radical candor, and deep responsive thinking and sharing will support all members as they seek to move their leadership to the next level.
 
PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN: 
  • and practice strategies and develop a common language on key areas for leading (ie. change management, deep listening, effective questioning, feedback)
  • and share experiences and learn from the experiences of others
  • and leave with concrete strategies and tools to use with their teams, as well as a plan for next steps.
 
Part One: Leading from Within – Self as Leader
Leaders will explore their own experiences through the lens of:
 
Values – what’s at stake – identifying and using a tool to see how aligned you are with your values at work?
Inner critic – we all have one – 2-3 strategies for identifying and ‘dancing’ with our inner critics!
Aspirational Vision – remembering our own compelling ‘why’ and the potential that creates for change (Intentional Change Theory – R. Boyatzis)
 
Part Two: Leading from Within: Teams, Organization 
We will explore skills, and protocols that support deepening communication, increasing awareness, and leveraging the vision of team. Participants will be asked to bring a leadership challenge which fully within their sphere of influence, that they want to work through.
 
Listening – we listen on 3 levels – identify your level of listening and watch the impact in your work.
Questioning – look at the 5 Disciplines of Questioning, consider purpose for both Open and Closed Questions, create and use some sample effective questions as you support your partners learning.
The gift of Feedback – Digging Deeper: Looking at intention vs actual impact, 4 steps to really enhance feedback conversations; tips for a 360 – participants will design a couple of informal feedback opportunities for the coming weeks….
 
Finally, we will pull together the learning from this day, as we seek to listen and support one another in our leadership challenges…protocols, processes will be used that can be duplicated back at the schools.

Pre-Conference cancellation policy:
Pre-Conference Workshops are not included in the Registration fee.
Pre-Conference Workshop speakers are subject to change.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Clayton

Heather Clayton

Heather Clayton Consulting
Heather Clayton has been an educator, leader, speaker, and developer of teams for over 20 years. Travelling across Canada and the US, Heather has presented keynote addresses to groups from 5 - 1,500 people. Heather has a Masters in Leadership from Royal Roads University, an Executive... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Windsor

9:00am

Pre-Conference Workshop 4: Open the doors to Innovation: Connecting your Plan to School Strategy
Workshop Overview
“Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Eisenhower and many others have said this. Strategy is what makes planning a daily activity, and with the right strategy, anyone in a school can take the right action, and take your school somewhere different.This workshop will help you walk away with the start of a plan that connects your role to your school’s strategy. Along the way, you’ll be challenged, tested and entertained in equal measure.

PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN:
  • At the end of our session together you’ll be able to answer these key questions: 
  • What makes your school unique?
  • How does strategy help your school’s enrolment management program be proactive and creative?
  • How does strategy shape your school’s academic program so that it’s different from your competitor’s, at a time when most schools have similar curricula?
  • Do you know how to be a problem finder, and spot the opportunities in your school’s strategy?
  • Do you keep out of the operational weeds and see the wider community as creative partners to drive change and turn strategy into reality?
  • Does everyone from HR and Facilities, to Comms and the Classroom know how they can stimulate ambitious ideas and help maintain a clear direction for the school?
Pre-Conference cancellation policy:
Pre-Conference Workshops are not included in the Registration fee.
Pre-Conference Workshop speakers are subject to change.

Speakers
avatar for Gerry De Fazio

Gerry De Fazio

CEO, NoTosh Inc (Canada)
Gerry De Fazio knows what it means to learn something new every day. With over a decade of experience in the classroom, working with our youngest learners, she realized early on to assume nothing in the classroom. Today she leads strategy and values work in Canada and is behind our... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Montreal B

9:15am

Boarding Summit - Setting the Context / Review of Timeline Presentation
Speakers
avatar for Fiona Parke

Fiona Parke

Director of Outreach, CAIS


Saturday April 6, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Toronto AB

10:15am

10:30am

12:00pm

Networking Lunch
Saturday April 6, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza Ballroom A

12:30pm

Boarding Summit - Lunch
Saturday April 6, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Plaza Ballroom A

1:00pm

1:00pm

Pre-Conference Workshops cont'd
Saturday April 6, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm

2:15pm

2:30pm

3:45pm

4:45pm

Boarding Summit - Wrap-up, Next Steps and Closing Comments
Speakers
EK

Ed Kidd

Head of School and Chair of the Canadian Boarding Collective, Ridley College
avatar for Fiona Parke

Fiona Parke

Director of Outreach, CAIS


Saturday April 6, 2019 4:45pm - 5:00pm
Toronto AB

5:45pm

Boarding Summit - Dinner
5:45 pm - Bus to Upper Canada College
6:15 pm - Reception at Sam McKinney's (Grant House) home
7:15 pm - Dinner in Upper Dining Hall
8:45 pm - Hospitality Suite at Dave McBride's home, on campus


Saturday April 6, 2019 5:45pm - 9:15pm
Upper Canada College
 
Sunday, April 7
 

8:00am

Conference registration
Sunday April 7, 2019 8:00am - 6:30pm
Plaza Foyer A

10:00am

Conference Welcome: Setting the Context
Time to kick off NLC 2019!  Hear what will be in store for you over the next three days!

Speakers
avatar for Patti MacDonald

Patti MacDonald

Executive Director, CAIS
Patti MacDonald was a member for the leadership team at The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto for a decade, spending eight years as the Principal and two years as the Vice Principal of the Junior School. She was a teacher in the classroom for over 20 years before transitioning into... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Plaza Ballroom AB

11:15am

Keynote - Complexity: Disrupting Education
Listen to Patti MacDonald (CAIS Executive Director) interview Jesse Wente for his upcoming keynote here.

Join your colleagues at NLC: Register here.

Disruption is occurring in many industries and in many ways. From Uber to Netflix, business models, service delivery, and customer engagement are all under pressure to change and evolve at a rapid pace. Some industries are flourishing while being disrupted and some have found disruptors as the forces of change that have made their business obsolete.

How is education being disrupted? How can current educators become disruptors? How can industries, including education, survive and adapt to take advantage of disruption? These are just some of the challenges facing educators and educational institutions today.

In this exclusive and original talk, Ojibwe writer, broadcaster, advocate and Crescent School alumnus, Jesse Wente, will discuss his experiences within the independent school environment, the challenges facing educators, and what they can do to survive and thrive in the era of disruption.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Wente

Jesse Wente

Broadcaster, Advocate & Pop Culture Philosopher
Listen to Patti MacDonald (CAIS Executive Director) interview Jesse Wente for his upcoming keynote here.Join your colleagues at NLC: Register here.Well known as a film critic and broadcaster in Toronto and across Canada, Jesse was the first nationally syndicated Indigenous columnist for the CBC, covering film and pop culture for 20 local CBC Radio programs. He has also been a regular guest on CBC Newsworld’s News Morning and Weekend Edition, as well as Q.Jesse is Ojibwe, and his family comes from Chicago and the Serpent River First Nation in Ontario. He is an advocate for Aboriginal Arts, most notably on screen. He draws attention to the imagery u... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

12:15pm

Networking Lunch
Sunday April 7, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Plaza Ballroom C

12:30pm

Join the discussion over lunch: building the CAIS Green Schools National Collaborative Project
Working meeting over lunch for those that are interested in attending.  Attendees to get lunch off the buffet and join in!

Speakers
avatar for Michèle Andrews

Michèle Andrews

Communications & Community Relations, Maitland Tower
Michèle Andrews has worked in independent schools since 2002 in multiple roles including Board Chair, Head of School, Organizational Development, Human Resources and external consultant. Prior to her work in education she had a successful career as a consultant in organizational... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Ottawa Room

1:15pm

LightningTalk 1 - Leadership, Technology, and Complexity in Western Canadian K-12 Districts
20 minute session

This session is based on the findings of the largest study of its kind ever conducted into the IT infrastructure and leadership structures of schools in Western Canada. All 75 large K-12 districts in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan participated. The notion of complexity was central to this research as it examined the dynamic interplay of factors, both technical and non-technical, that determine the IT infrastructure of schools and districts. District and IT leaders were interviewed about their IT infrastructure practices, their leadership structures, and the priorities that shaped their district's infrastructure. The findings of this study reveal the current technology practices and leadership structures within Western Canadian K-12. The implications/recommendations of this research present strategies for educators to set direction for facilitating learning in an increasingly connected world.The goal of this research was to facilitate the exchange of best practices among educational leaders. Of particular interest was how these leaders manage competing priorities (such as delivering the highest possible educational outcomes, equity, conforming to legislative requirements, cybersecurity, and operating within budget constraints). This session is therefore broadly relevant, both to those directly involved in schools' educational technology, and to the leaders who oversee their organizations as a whole.

NOTE: Reading materials available are provided as an additional resource and are not required for pre-reading.

IT Leadership and Cloud Computing Adoption in Western Canadian K-12 School Districts (PDF)

Speakers
avatar for Peter Holowka

Peter Holowka

Director of Educational Technology, West Point Grey Academy
Dr. Peter Holowka is an expert in educational technology and cloud computing/IT infrastructure. His research has been published internationally. He has also chaired and presented at prestigious institutions around the world, including Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge.


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 1:35pm
Mississauga AB

1:15pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: Challenge: finding early-career supply teachers & student-life assistants
45 minute session

The job market for new teachers, both nationally and internationally, is opening up and this is causing recruiting challenges for CAIS schools. In particular, our schools are finding it increasingly challenging to fill the entry-level positions that are vital to overall programming. These early-career staff members, often straight out of faculties of education, play a key role in covering classes, leading co-curriculars activities, and attending to day-to-day student life duties, particularly in boarding environments. While the name of the role differs by school (associate faculty, faculty interns, residence dons, residential assistants, in-house supply teachers, etc.), the value of the role is similar: these staff cover classes and assist with co-curricular and supervisory duties, allowing full time faculty members more time to attend to everything else that is expected in a busy CAIS school.The challenge: to a degree not seen in the last 20 years, new teachers are being wooed by international recruitment and placement companies, international schools, and large public school boards with depleted supply lists. In this competitive recruitment environment, how can CAIS schools effectively articulate the value proposition of entering independent schooling? How can these entry-level contract positions be better structured to attract millennial teachers? In this catalytic conversation we will seek to share and understand effective recruitment practices and job structures of the early-career supply teacher and student-life assistant in CAIS schools.

Speakers
avatar for Myke Healy

Myke Healy

Director of Teaching & Learning, Trinity College School
Myke Healy serves as Director of Teaching and Learning at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario. A Queen's University Concurrent Education graduate, Myke joined the faculty of TCS in 2004 and served as Social Sciences Department Head for several years. In his current academic... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:15pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: Change Doesn't Have to Hurt
45 minute session

How does a school of over 550 students (Grade 8 through Grade 12) revamp the academic timetable in under a year? Vision and courage are the two essential elements. We are anxious to share our experience of going from forming a committee in September to ready to present a completely different structure by June and implement in September. At the heart, it's not about the timetable, it's managing a major change when everyone has a lot at risk. Taking the context of a timetable, come and explore the keys to success when looking at change.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Murtland

Cheryl Murtland

Deputy Head, Director of Academics, Brentwood College School
Cheryl has been a part of the CAIS family for 17 years. She is currently the Deputy Head, Director of Academics at Brentwood College School in Mill Bay, BC. She began her career in Ontario in what is now Bluewater District as a Geography/French teacher and moved to the west coast... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:15pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: Getting the Shovel in the Ground: The Building Journey
45 minute session

New Head. First ever build at a young school. Where to begin? From the beginning. We will share a model for planning, decision-making, communication, and resource management for the successful journey from design concept to getting the shovel in the ground. Here are a few of the key questions we will seek to answer: How does the Head ensure architects, engineers, advisors and designers honour the vision, the budget and the timeline? What decisions rest with the Board? What decisions rest with the Head and leadership team? How do you design a timeline that is reasonable and builds effective relationships with key players? Where does financing come in? What expertise is important for success? Bring your own experiences and your own building dreams. Whether you are new to campus development or just looking for a better way to navigate this complex journey, there will be lots to share!

Speakers
avatar for Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

Construction Advisor, Mark Taylor Construction Advisory Services
Mark has over 30 years of construction industry experience, having spent most of this time working with major construction companies in Canada and the UK. Along the way he has fulfilled many roles including Vice-president (Permanent Modular Construction), Director of Operations and... Read More →
avatar for Jo-Anne Kingstone

Jo-Anne Kingstone

Head of School, Aspengrove School
Jo-Anne Kingstone started her career at Ridley College as an English teacher, coach and advisor. In the years between that first year at Ridley and today, she has experienced a wide variety of teaching and learning environments, all of which have confirmed her passion for the ideals... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:15pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: Liberal Arts vs Personalization of Learning: a critical discussion
45 minute session

The liberal arts model in secondary education is currently under scrutiny, in light of competing demands (STEM, a focus on computational, applied thinking, the rapid development of specialised, tech-focused approaches to education, etc.) dictated by a utilitarian approach. There is no doubt that these demands shape a competing model of education, one that is no longer idealistic in nature, and that they are in turn a response to a legitimate need to re-define the competences and intellectual tools that will allow our students to understand a complex, rapidly changing world. The urgent question that educators need to face concerns the extent to which these competing models can in fact be rendered compatible by re-thinking the flexibility and inclusiveness of our curricula. This discussion will focus on both examples of hybrid curricular solutions and the educational philosophies underpinning the issue.

Speakers
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Melissa Moore

Principal of the Middle School, Mulgrave School
Melissa Moore is the Principal of the Middle School at Mulgrave School. Her teaching background is in Humanities and Social Emotional Learning. Melissa has her Masters in Educational Leadership and has a certificate for School Leadership for Social-Emotional Learning and Character... Read More →
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Chiara Tabet

Principal of the Senior School, Mulgrave School
Chiara is currently the Senior School Principal at Mulgrave School (West Vancouver, BC). Prior to her appointment in 2017, she served as the Head of Senior School at Al Bateen School, an international IB school in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.. Chiara has also worked, first as a teacher and then... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:15pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: Living a Healthier Digital Life
45 minute session

This generation is the first to grow up in the digital world – with smartphones, social media, and an unfettered access to information. As educators, we first embraced digital tools and platforms which enabled us to collaborate, communicate, create, but are we not also obliged to prepare our students to deal with the adverse aspects of growing up online? These may include prolonged screen time leading to addiction, understanding “filter bubbles” and other machinations of social media, understanding how their personal data is collected and taking steps to protect it.

Our roundtable discussion will begin with research by Dr. Jean Twenge, and others, about the generational changes since the release of the iPhone, and the impact on our teens’ brains. Important questions to ask: How do we educate our students to be aware of the ill effects of too much screen time and give them tools that lead to a healthy balanced life? And: With so much of our students’ data stored in the US, what steps should we take to protect it?

We will share with each other programs and/or initiatives implemented to deal with these issues and discuss ways to help our students design and take control of their own digital lives.

Speakers
avatar for Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor

Assistant Head High School, St. George's School of Montreal
A graduate of McGill University, Michael began his career as a Physical Education and Health Specialist at St. George's School of Montreal's Elementary School and is currently the Assistant Head, High School. A staunch believer in one of St. George's founding principles "Health must... Read More →
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Cyndy Borden

Coordinator of Educational Technology, St. George's School of Montreal
Cyndy Borden has worked in Educational Technology for more than 20 years. Beginning in the public sector, she moved to St. George's School of Montreal 12 years ago. Cyndy's work includes promoting healthy digital citizenship. Recent research has brought her to question the use of... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:15pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: Marketing CAIS Schools: Digital Strategies from the Clouds to the Ground
Join Rob DiMartino, Co-Founder/Chief Evangelist of Finalsite in an open discussion on trending topics that matter to independent schools. This session will focus on leveraging data and web experiences to drive engagement, revenue, and overall communications efforts for schools in a mobile, socially connected world.

Speakers
avatar for Robert DiMartino

Robert DiMartino

Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist, Finalsite
Rob DiMartino, Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist at Finalsite, has presented globally on effective use of strategic web communications for independent schools. Rob brings experience of over 20 years of working with the internet in the education space. For the past decade and a half... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:15pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: Navigating a Changing Faculty Hiring Landscape
45 minute session

A blend of changing demographics, two-year B.Ed. degree programmes, the need for diversity, and an evolving approach to work appear to be making the recruitment of new faculty interns and faculty members more challenging than in recent years. This round table conversation starts with a review of the challenges and aims to look, collectively, at possible solutions and opportunities related to recruiting and retaining diverse, top-notch educators for our busy schools.

Speakers
avatar for Kristopher Churchill

Kristopher Churchill

Head of Senior School, Trinity College School
Kristopher Churchill has been the Head of Senior School at Trinity College School (Port Hope) for ten years. Previously, he was Assistant Head of School at Albert College (Belleville) and the Director of Academics at Bayview Glen School (Toronto). Prior to his administrative roles... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:15pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: St.Clement's School's Diversity Journey: Working Towards Sustainable Change
The importance of diversity to schools and organizations cannot be underestimated. Leveraging it is important for growth and change and for ensuring that all community members are contributing members. St. Clement's School began a formal journey in 2014 as a result of work with the National Coalition of Girls' School on the accommodation of transgender and gender non-conforming students in single gender schools. St. Clement's School is committed to important and sustained equity, diversity and inclusion work. This session is an opportunity to hear a brief overview of our journey thus far and to engage in conversation with facilitators and participants alike.

Speakers
avatar for Martha Perry

Martha Perry

Principal, St. Clement's School
Martha has been Principal of St. Clement’s School (SCS), one of Canada’s leading independent schools for girls, since August 2010. Martha has a wealth of experience in the independent school system, working with staff and with students at all levels and in all aspects of school... Read More →
avatar for Heather Henricks

Heather Henricks

Vice Principal, St. Clement's School


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:15pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: The CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator - Navigating Change in Complexity
45 minute session

Round Table DiscussionsLearn about the CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator, and the big learnings from Year 1. During this roundtable we will discuss how to make innovation a routine in our schools. If your school is, or you in your role are trying to implement a project or an innovation or help accelerate change now or in the future, this is the discussion for you. You will be able to learn from and play with ideas and strategies from the CSCA to support your work. .Come join us in a collaborative, in-depth discussion about sustaining innovation in a the rapidly changing and complex educational landscape.

Speakers
avatar for Garth Nichols

Garth Nichols

VP Student Engagement & Experiential Development, Havergal College
Garth Nichols is the Vice Principal of Student Engagement & Experiential Development at Havergal College, located in Toronto, Ontario, and is the Co-Founder and Lead Facilitator of Cohort 21. At Havergal College, brings a passion for exploring innovation, student engagement and the... Read More →
avatar for Justin Medved

Justin Medved

Director of Learning, Innovation & Technology, The York School
Justin Medved is Director of Learning, Innovation and Technology at the York School in Toronto. Having taught in the UK, Africa and Asia Justin has built global network of 21st century educators and thought leaders throughout his 15 year career. At the York School Justin works with... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:15pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: Wellness, Balance and Growth: Doing it all well while keeping yourself well
The key to success is caring for yourself! This session will present an overview of the key components of the following topics:
  1. Mindfulness to achieve calm, reduce stress and increase performance 
  2. Positive Psychology: what it means to be mentally healthy
  3. Seeking life balance while pursuing your aspirations 
  4. Growing personally before growing professionally -setting goals and priorities to achieve clarity 
We will explore each topic through a vibrant guided discussion and hands-on exercises. You will leave refreshed, re-energized and wanting to make some changes in your life.

Speakers
avatar for Michel Lafrance

Michel Lafrance

Head of School, West Island College Montreal
Michel Lafrance is a passionate educator and school leader who has been impacting people’s lives for 25 years. He is described as a leader, a coach, an innovator and a visionary.Michel is currently enjoying his 6th year as the Headmaster of West Island College (WIC) in Montreal... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:15pm

Catalytic Conversation: Creating Green Schools for the future: How can we embed sustainability in our school culture?
Participants will leave this workshop with ideas, inspiration and resources to help shift their schools towards a culture of sustainability. We will explore what sustainability looks like in 2019 and beyond, and engage in a multi-disciplinary team activity to set goals and create an action plan for embedding environmental sustainability in all aspects of a school including governance, operations, academics, and student life. We will share many resources and exemplars. We will also share the experience of St. George[?]s School of Montreal, a K-11 urban co-ed day school, where sustainability has become part of daily life for the whole school.

Speakers
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Danielle Delhaes

Coordinator, Sustainability Programs, St. George's School of Montréal
Danielle is the director of Paedagogia Inc., a company offering consulting services in the expanding sustainability education sector. Over the last three decades, Danielle has gained a vast experience as a teacher and education consultant working with preschoolers, students, and adults... Read More →
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Sharon Klein

Head of School, St. George's School of Montréal
Sharon Klein has been Head of School at St. George’s School of Montreal since 2014. Founded in 1930, St. George’s is a K- 11 independent, co-educational and non-denominational day school committed to providing a progressive education of the highest quality.With a Bachelor of Education... Read More →
avatar for Michèle Andrews

Michèle Andrews

Communications & Community Relations, Maitland Tower
Michèle Andrews has worked in independent schools since 2002 in multiple roles including Board Chair, Head of School, Organizational Development, Human Resources and external consultant. Prior to her work in education she had a successful career as a consultant in organizational... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Ottawa Room

1:15pm

Catalytic Conversation: Harnessing the Power of Complexity to Create Beyond What you Know is Possible
Complexity theory is the basis of much of the sweeping changes being brought into the world of education and business. Examples include student-led learning, self-organizing organizations, autonomous leadership and agile methods of delivery and leadership.

Drawing on both his Ph.D. studies and his wealth of experience in education, leading schools, business and as COO of NoTosh Kynan brings an understanding of both the theoretical and the practical to this session exploring the theory behind these changes and including real-life examples of how to apply them at a school leadership/business level.

What lessons are there to borrow for successful businesses, schools and classroom innovators?

Takeaways include:

// Kynan shares intriguing stories from the frontline of his teams work, showing how learning is schools influences industrial invention
// An understanding of the techniques one can use to better test our own assumptions about what needs innovating in the first place;
// Pragmatic advice for schools on how to innovate without burning out.
// See real-world examples of how complexity lead innovations are being applied in sectors beyond the education sector
//harness potential challenges from others as a means to create better ideas to solve the initial question

Bio
Kynan Robinson is CEO of NoTosh Inc and Chief Operations Officer for NoTosh worldwide. A dynamic, innovative and outcome focused leader with a PhD in Education and over 20 years' experience from the classroom to the boardroom he represents NoTosh across the globe, working directly with schools, colleges, universities, government agencies, startups and household names such as Google, helping them with complex problems including how to innovate and change. In the education field, he is an expert in technology, specifically digital pedagogies, student voice and choice, self-directed learning and schooling that embraces the collective and connectivity.

For Kynan, every day is a performance. Beyond his work at NoTosh he an eight-album trombonist and record-label owner, he has also twice been awarded Australia's highest music award The ARIA award, this combined with his experience, and a further decade developing multi-million dollar businesses, he brings a unique perspective to NoTosh clients and conference goers.. Kynan is masterful at valuing the individual voice within the collective and pushing teams to put their most important user at the center of their thinking.

An enigmatic, renowned public speaker and a highly sought after visionary presenter and thought leader, Kynan Robinson regularly keynotes global Conferences and education events including most recently EduForum 2018, EduTECH Asia 2018 and IBSO Canada 2018. He presented at GESS, Dubai in 2017 MCing their Awards Ceremony and regularly leads and presents workshops and keynotes all over the world. Kynan is also responsible for NoTosh's global business development and partnerships, driving growth across the NoTosh group of companies.


“Whether you’re in a classroom or a board room, the impact of switching to this way of thinking is life-changing, business-changing. You help people on the ground become leaders, not just delivering on their job but developing fresh ideas that become the lifeblood of the organisation. It doesn’t matter if you’re a school or a multi-million dollar business - the principle is the same. We call it collective creativity that embraces complexity".


Speakers
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Kynan Robinson

CEO, NoTosh Inc
Kynan Robinson is CEO of NoTosh Inc and Chief Operations Officer for NoTosh worldwide. A dynamic, innovative and outcome focused leader with a PhD in Education and over 20 years' experience from the classroom to the boardroom he represents NoTosh across the globe, working directly... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Toronto AB

1:15pm

Catalytic Conversation: Indigenizing Education - First Steps
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls for the incorporation of Indigenous perspectives within mainstream curriculum as a way to contend with Canada's colonial history, and to improve relations between Indigenous and Canadian citizens, but enactment of this policy is hindered by persisting colonial perspectives within society that have shaped the way Canadian educators think. In order to move forward effectively we must undergo a paradigm shift that requires an honest understanding of Canada's past. In this session, an educator will share her graduate research and personal narrative as a descendant of founding settlers and Indigenous leaders at the time of contact. An examination of historical policies that have shaped the collective conscience of Canadian society will provide insight to why inequality between Indigenous and Canadian citizens persists. Participants will learn how to recognize and disrupt patterns of thinking that undermine well intentioned efforts toward reconciliation, while learning about the nation-to-nation agreements that enabled the formation of Canada, and exploring what their responsibilities might be when living and working on Indigenous territories today. Examples of classroom practices that aim to honour the spirit and intent of the treaties by working within respectful relationships will be shared.

Speakers
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Janet Csontos

Educator, Janet Csontos
Janet is a Toronto educator with mixed European and Indigenous ancestry. She has worked as a sessional lecturer at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, as a curriculum developer, assistant curriculum leader, and secondary teacher in the... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Halton

1:15pm

Catalytic Conversation: Integrative Thinking - Design for Complexity
Pre-Reading Material (PDF):
Based on the work of Roger Martin, former dean of the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, Integrative Thinking is an approach to creative problem-solving that blends insights from systems theory, strategy, neuroscience, behavioural economics, and design thinking to provide tools for exploring and developing creative solutions to 'wicked problems.'In his book, The Opposable Mind, Roger defines Integrative Thinking as "the ability to face constructively the tension of opposing ideas and, instead of choosing one at the expense of the other, generate a creative resolution of the tension in the form of a new idea that contains elements of the opposing ideas but is superior to each." This session will introduce the process and key tools from Integrative Thinking and provide participants the opportunity to engage with complex leadership problems involving multiple stakeholders and come to the insights that lead to better solutions, more of the time.

Speakers
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Christopher Federico

Assistant Head of School, Academics, Bayview Glen
Christopher Federico has taught for over 20 years at both the secondary and post-secondary levels in the disciplines of history, geography, politics, and economics. He currently serves as the Assistant Head of School, Academics, at Bayview Glen. Christopher is also a fellow of the... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Aurora

1:15pm

Catalytic Conversation: Mental Health, Risk Management and Trips
This session will look at best practices with regards to planning, managing and evaluating trips and the intersection of mental health at each phase. The conversation will include an overview of key concepts of mental health and risk management, plus strategies and tools to integrate and assist with trip planning through the lens of mental health.

Speakers
MB

Mark Bunten

LINCWell Counsellor, St. Clement's School
Mark is an educator and counsellor at St. Clement’s School while also working as a Registered Psychotherapist at The Mindfulness Clinic in Toronto, Ontario. He received his B.Ed. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Toronto. In the field of education, his work has involved applied... Read More →
avatar for Louise Melville

Louise Melville

Coordinator of Experiential Learning, St. Clement's School
Louise is currently Coordinator of Experiential Education, with responsibility for Round Square, global exchanges and international partnerships at St. Clement[?]s School, she teaches geography and has responsibility for the School[?]s risk management policies. Louise has an undergraduate... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Mississauga C

1:15pm

Catalytic Conversation: When the media come knocking: Crisis communications
When the media come knocking (PDF)

Recent headlines shout sexual assaults at a private school and the media is on a “full court” press.

But media can find their way to your school’s front step in many other situations. You may find yourself in news for trying to expand your campus and neighbours are blocking the zoning variance; when your school bus driver has a heart attack and the bus filled with your children careens into a tree; when thousands of dollars have gone missing from school coffers; or when international parents object to your fees and contracts loudly and publicly.

All are real examples in Canada in the last few years – some that made headlines and some that were managed behind the scenes before the media got wind of them.

There is a right and wrong way to handle a communications crisis so that you don’t accidentally escalate the issues.

Shirley Muir, President of The PRHouse and Joanne Kamins Head of School for Balmoral Hall will walk you through how they managed a couple of crisis issues together, the progression of a typical issue and the predictable path of media coverage.

The workshop portion of the session includes a chance to review issues percolating on your campus – real or imagined. Where are you vulnerable, how will you get ready, do you have the right policies in place, what will you do the day the story breaks?

You will walk out of this session feeling more confident on how you’ll manage a similar crisis and how to best ensure it never happens to you, your students and families.



Speakers
avatar for Joanne Kamins

Joanne Kamins

Head of School, Balmoral Hall School for Girls
Joanne Kamins – Head of School, Balmoral School for Girls, WinnipegJoanne Kamins received her undergraduate degree with a double major in English and Geography from the University of Winnipeg, and a Bachelor of Education and her Post Baccalaureate in Counselling from the University... Read More →
avatar for Shirley Muir

Shirley Muir

Public Relations, Crisis Communications, Media Relations, The PR House


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Montreal AB

1:35pm

LightningTalk 2 - Data Driven Conversations around Complex Issues
20 minute session

More than ever schools are dealing with complex issues within and outside of the classroom. These complex issues are often incorporated into a strategic plan to help move the organization forward through these challenges but they are sometimes difficult to track and measure. On the same front, these same organizations are accumulating a wealth of data where schools today manage large amounts data in multiple databases and store hundreds, if not thousands, of documents day-to-day. In some cases the ability to measure or track a goal is straightforward, such as the ability to verify a raise in an academic score, but when the question is complex or less tangible, the question therefore is how can we leverage data to assist data driven conversations? This session will explore this question by learning how a school explores its data to gain insight into some of its strategic plan's goals. By exploring the school's various data systems to help identify gaps and trends, data can present an additional perspective and share a story with stakeholders to help gain insight to an issue. Some examples will include how data analysis supports a school's initiative in team-teaching in large learning spaces, professional growth, student-teacher relationships, and student well-being.

Speakers
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Jonathan Tepper

Executive Director, Information & Learning Technology, Greenwood College School
As a teacher, administrator and lifelong learner, Jonathan's combined experience and insight allow him to support Greenwood[?]s progressive approach to technology. Having a ten year tenure at Greenwood, Jonathan continues to evolve and align the school's technology with the school's... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:35pm - 1:55pm
Mississauga AB

1:55pm

LightningTalk 3 - Excursion and Trip-Based Risk Management: What You Need to Know in 2019
20 minute session

The goal of LightningTalks is to articulate a topic in a quick, insightful, and clear manner. These concise and efficient talks are intended to grab the attention of the audience, convey key information, and allow for several presenters to share their ideas in a brief period of time. Sessions should be planned for, at most, 15 minutes each and be designed as a snapshot into an area related theme noted above. Attendees will attend four LightningTalks in succession. All speakers will return to the stage for questions at the end. All rooms will be set with a projector/screen, slide advancer, podium and microphone [depending on the size of the room]. Speakers will be required to bring their own laptop. There will be a time-keeper assigned to monitor time. Presentation will be limited to two speakers per LightningTalk.

Speakers
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Ryan Howard

Director of Research, Risk Management & Innovation, ALIVE Outdoors
Dr. Howard is a risk management specialist in the field of Enterprise Risk Management. He has a strong background in the fields of outdoor and adventure education, wilderness recreation, and experiential education. He actively works with independent schools to build and maintain strong... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 1:55pm - 2:15pm
Mississauga AB

2:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: Challenge: finding early-career supply teachers & student-life assistants
45 minute session

The job market for new teachers, both nationally and internationally, is opening up and this is causing recruiting challenges for CAIS schools. In particular, our schools are finding it increasingly challenging to fill the entry-level positions that are vital to overall programming. These early-career staff members, often straight out of faculties of education, play a key role in covering classes, leading co-curriculars activities, and attending to day-to-day student life duties, particularly in boarding environments. While the name of the role differs by school (associate faculty, faculty interns, residence dons, residential assistants, in-house supply teachers, etc.), the value of the role is similar: these staff cover classes and assist with co-curricular and supervisory duties, allowing full time faculty members more time to attend to everything else that is expected in a busy CAIS school.The challenge: to a degree not seen in the last 20 years, new teachers are being wooed by international recruitment and placement companies, international schools, and large public school boards with depleted supply lists. In this competitive recruitment environment, how can CAIS schools effectively articulate the value proposition of entering independent schooling? How can these entry-level contract positions be better structured to attract millennial teachers? In this catalytic conversation we will seek to share and understand effective recruitment practices and job structures of the early-career supply teacher and student-life assistant in CAIS schools.

Speakers
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Myke Healy

Director of Teaching & Learning, Trinity College School
Myke Healy serves as Director of Teaching and Learning at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario. A Queen's University Concurrent Education graduate, Myke joined the faculty of TCS in 2004 and served as Social Sciences Department Head for several years. In his current academic... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

2:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: Change Doesn't Have to Hurt
45 minute session

How does a school of over 550 students (Grade 8 through Grade 12) revamp the academic timetable in under a year? Vision and courage are the two essential elements. We are anxious to share our experience of going from forming a committee in September to ready to present a completely different structure by June and implement in September. At the heart, it's not about the timetable, it's managing a major change when everyone has a lot at risk. Taking the context of a timetable, come and explore the keys to success when looking at change.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Murtland

Cheryl Murtland

Deputy Head, Director of Academics, Brentwood College School
Cheryl has been a part of the CAIS family for 17 years. She is currently the Deputy Head, Director of Academics at Brentwood College School in Mill Bay, BC. She began her career in Ontario in what is now Bluewater District as a Geography/French teacher and moved to the west coast... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

2:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: Getting the Shovel in the Ground: The Building Journey
45 minute session

New Head. First ever build at a young school. Where to begin? From the beginning. We will share a model for planning, decision-making, communication, and resource management for the successful journey from design concept to getting the shovel in the ground. Here are a few of the key questions we will seek to answer: How does the Head ensure architects, engineers, advisors and designers honour the vision, the budget and the timeline? What decisions rest with the Board? What decisions rest with the Head and leadership team? How do you design a timeline that is reasonable and builds effective relationships with key players? Where does financing come in? What expertise is important for success? Bring your own experiences and your own building dreams. Whether you are new to campus development or just looking for a better way to navigate this complex journey, there will be lots to share!

Speakers
avatar for Jo-Anne Kingstone

Jo-Anne Kingstone

Head of School, Aspengrove School
Jo-Anne Kingstone started her career at Ridley College as an English teacher, coach and advisor. In the years between that first year at Ridley and today, she has experienced a wide variety of teaching and learning environments, all of which have confirmed her passion for the ideals... Read More →
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Mark Taylor

Construction Advisor, Mark Taylor Construction Advisory Services
Mark has over 30 years of construction industry experience, having spent most of this time working with major construction companies in Canada and the UK. Along the way he has fulfilled many roles including Vice-president (Permanent Modular Construction), Director of Operations and... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

2:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: Liberal Arts vs Personalization of Learning: a critical discussion
45 minute session

The liberal arts model in secondary education is currently under scrutiny, in light of competing demands (STEM, a focus on computational, applied thinking, the rapid development of specialised, tech-focused approaches to education, etc.) dictated by a utilitarian approach. There is no doubt that these demands shape a competing model of education, one that is no longer idealistic in nature, and that they are in turn a response to a legitimate need to re-define the competences and intellectual tools that will allow our students to understand a complex, rapidly changing world. The urgent question that educators need to face concerns the extent to which these competing models can in fact be rendered compatible by re-thinking the flexibility and inclusiveness of our curricula. This discussion will focus on both examples of hybrid curricular solutions and the educational philosophies underpinning the issue.

Speakers
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Chiara Tabet

Principal of the Senior School, Mulgrave School
Chiara is currently the Senior School Principal at Mulgrave School (West Vancouver, BC). Prior to her appointment in 2017, she served as the Head of Senior School at Al Bateen School, an international IB school in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.. Chiara has also worked, first as a teacher and then... Read More →
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Melissa Moore

Principal of the Middle School, Mulgrave School
Melissa Moore is the Principal of the Middle School at Mulgrave School. Her teaching background is in Humanities and Social Emotional Learning. Melissa has her Masters in Educational Leadership and has a certificate for School Leadership for Social-Emotional Learning and Character... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

2:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: Living a Healthier Digital Life
45 minute session

This generation is the first to grow up in the digital world – with smartphones, social media, and an unfettered access to information. As educators, we first embraced digital tools and platforms which enabled us to collaborate, communicate, create, but are we not also obliged to prepare our students to deal with the adverse aspects of growing up online? These may include prolonged screen time leading to addiction, understanding “filter bubbles” and other machinations of social media, understanding how their personal data is collected and taking steps to protect it.

Our roundtable discussion will begin with research by Dr. Jean Twenge, and others, about the generational changes since the release of the iPhone, and the impact on our teens’ brains. Important questions to ask: How do we educate our students to be aware of the ill effects of too much screen time and give them tools that lead to a healthy balanced life? And: With so much of our students’ data stored in the US, what steps should we take to protect it?

We will share with each other programs and/or initiatives implemented to deal with these issues and discuss ways to help our students design and take control of their own digital lives.


Speakers
avatar for Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor

Assistant Head High School, St. George's School of Montreal
A graduate of McGill University, Michael began his career as a Physical Education and Health Specialist at St. George's School of Montreal's Elementary School and is currently the Assistant Head, High School. A staunch believer in one of St. George's founding principles "Health must... Read More →
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Cyndy Borden

Coordinator of Educational Technology, St. George's School of Montreal
Cyndy Borden has worked in Educational Technology for more than 20 years. Beginning in the public sector, she moved to St. George's School of Montreal 12 years ago. Cyndy's work includes promoting healthy digital citizenship. Recent research has brought her to question the use of... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

2:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: Marketing CAIS Schools: Digital Strategies from the Clouds to the Ground
45 minute session

Join Rob DiMartino, Co-Founder/Chief Evangelist of Finalsite in an open discussion on trending topics that matter to independent schools. This session will focus on leveraging data and web experiences to drive engagement, revenue, and overall communications efforts for schools in a mobile, socially connected world.


Speakers
avatar for Robert DiMartino

Robert DiMartino

Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist, Finalsite
Rob DiMartino, Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist at Finalsite, has presented globally on effective use of strategic web communications for independent schools. Rob brings experience of over 20 years of working with the internet in the education space. For the past decade and a half... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

2:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: Navigating a Changing Faculty Hiring Landscape
45 minute session

A blend of changing demographics, two-year B.Ed. degree programmes, the need for diversity, and an evolving approach to work appear to be making the recruitment of new faculty interns and faculty members more challenging than in recent years. This round table conversation starts with a review of the challenges and aims to look, collectively, at possible solutions and opportunities related to recruiting and retaining diverse, top-notch educators for our busy schools.

Speakers
avatar for Kristopher Churchill

Kristopher Churchill

Head of Senior School, Trinity College School
Kristopher Churchill has been the Head of Senior School at Trinity College School (Port Hope) for ten years. Previously, he was Assistant Head of School at Albert College (Belleville) and the Director of Academics at Bayview Glen School (Toronto). Prior to his administrative roles... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

2:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: St Clement's School's Diversity Journey: Working Towards Sustainable Change
45 minute session

The importance of diversity to schools and organizations cannot be underestimated. Leveraging it is important for growth and change and for ensuring that all community members are contributing members. St. Clement's School began a formal journey in 2014 as a result of work with the National Coalition of Girls' School on the accommodation of transgender and gender non-conforming students in single gender schools. St. Clement's School is committed to important and sustained equity, diversity and inclusion work. This session is an opportunity to hear a brief overview of our journey thus far and to engage in conversation with facilitators and participants alike.

Speakers
avatar for Martha Perry

Martha Perry

Principal, St. Clement's School
Martha has been Principal of St. Clement’s School (SCS), one of Canada’s leading independent schools for girls, since August 2010. Martha has a wealth of experience in the independent school system, working with staff and with students at all levels and in all aspects of school... Read More →
avatar for Heather Henricks

Heather Henricks

Vice Principal, St. Clement's School


Sunday April 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

2:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: The CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator - Navigating Change in Complexity
45 minute session

Round Table DiscussionsLearn about the CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator, and the big learnings from Year 1. During this roundtable we will discuss how to make innovation a routine in our schools. If your school is, or you in your role are trying to implement a project or an innovation or help accelerate change now or in the future, this is the discussion for you. You will be able to learn from and play with ideas and strategies from the CSCA to support your work. .Come join us in a collaborative, in-depth discussion about sustaining innovation in a the rapidly changing and complex educational landscape.

Speakers
avatar for Garth Nichols

Garth Nichols

VP Student Engagement & Experiential Development, Havergal College
Garth Nichols is the Vice Principal of Student Engagement & Experiential Development at Havergal College, located in Toronto, Ontario, and is the Co-Founder and Lead Facilitator of Cohort 21. At Havergal College, brings a passion for exploring innovation, student engagement and the... Read More →
avatar for Justin Medved

Justin Medved

Director of Learning, Innovation & Technology, The York School
Justin Medved is Director of Learning, Innovation and Technology at the York School in Toronto. Having taught in the UK, Africa and Asia Justin has built global network of 21st century educators and thought leaders throughout his 15 year career. At the York School Justin works with... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

2:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: Wellness, Balance and Growth: Doing it all well while keeping yourself well
45 minute session

The key to success is caring for yourself! This session will present an overview of the key components of the following topics:
  1. Mindfulness to achieve calm, reduce stress and increase performance 
  2. Positive Psychology: what it means to be mentally healthy
  3. Seeking life balance while pursuing your aspirations 
  4. Growing personally before growing professionally -setting goals and priorities to achieve clarity 
We will explore each topic through a vibrant guided discussion and hands-on exercises. You will leave refreshed, re-energized and wanting to make some changes in your life.

Speakers
avatar for Michel Lafrance

Michel Lafrance

Head of School, West Island College Montreal
Michel Lafrance is a passionate educator and school leader who has been impacting people’s lives for 25 years. He is described as a leader, a coach, an innovator and a visionary.Michel is currently enjoying his 6th year as the Headmaster of West Island College (WIC) in Montreal... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

2:15pm

LightningTalk 4 - The Veritas Report - A vehicle for student self-reflection
20 minute session

The Veritas Report is a student self-evaluation (shared with parents). Self-reflection is the initial step in growth and self-improvement. This report encourages students to consider 12 traits and reflect on their development in these areas.

Speakers
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Brenda Montgomery

Director of Academic Growth & Innovation, Selwyn House School
Brenda is the Director of Academic Growth and Innovation at Selwyn House School in Montreal.


Sunday April 7, 2019 2:15pm - 2:35pm
Mississauga AB

2:35pm

LightningTalk 1 - 4 - Q&A
10 minutes
Q&A - for all the Lightning Talk speakers 

Sunday April 7, 2019 2:35pm - 2:45pm
Mississauga AB

2:45pm

Networking Break
Sunday April 7, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Foyer

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - Advancement - Leadership Rewired: Ignite A Thriving Community In A Digital Age Of Disconnection
Believe business is built on relationships? In this inspiring and actionable keynote, renowned entrepreneur Shane Feldman will help you reimagine yourself as a community builder, so you and your organization can build thriving teams and attract loyal patrons.

In this digital age of distraction and disconnection, we’re facing a community crisis. Organizations are finding it increasingly challenging to engage and retain top-tier talent and customers. The solution is community building: redefining leadership as a daily choice to connect with others in a more intentional and meaningful way.

Whether you’re an executive, a sales rep, a dentist or an engineer, Shane's unique approach will help you connect with coworkers and customers more effectively, and equip you with the skills to be a true community builder within your organization. Having researched community in 20+ countries around the world, Shane takes the audience on a thrilling journey from remote villages to bustling metropolises, uncovering universal strategies that will help you and your organization build better relationships, and better business. Combining entertaining case studies with practical insights, this captivating keynote performance will help you and your organization optimize human connection so you can thrive in this digital age.

Speakers
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Shane Feldman

Founder & CEO, Count Me In
As the Founder and CEO of Count Me In, Feldman is the visionary behind the world’s largest millennial-led movement inspiring youth to be positive change agents in their communities. Over the past decade, Count Me In has initiated tens of thousands of projects worldwide, contributing... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Halton

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - IT Directors - CAIS IT Survey Highlights
Review insights from 2018-19 CAIS IT Leadership survey including trends on 1:1 computing, managed services, software platforms,  policy and technology innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Fowler

Charles Fowler

Director of Information Technology, Royal St. George's College
Charles Fowler is the Director of Information Technology at Royal St. George[?]s College in Toronto, where he has stewarded the the school through the advent of data networks, internet access, one-to-one access to computing, and more. Charles is active in the community of other independent... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Peel

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - Admissions - Learning Differences in Admissions and Beyond
Admissions Leaders, Learning Strategists, and a Head of School will speak to various school cultures around learning differences - how students are managed through the admissions funnel, in the classroom at various grade levels, how they are supported by Learning Strategists, and what happens when students can no longer be supported appropriately. This session will be open to participants from any network that may wish to attend.

Panel presentations will be followed by Q and A. After a 10-minute break, participants will have small group discussions at their tables, and then a roundup facilitated by the panel.

Speakers
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Kelly D'Aoust

Director of KEY, Collingwood School
Special Education Support programming K-12Admissions Intake for students with IEPsFocus on Inclusion and Teaching to Diversity
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Kirsten Davel

Assistant Director of Academics, St. Michaels University School
Kirsten is the Assistant Director of Academics at St. Michaels University School, and has over three decades of experience in the classroom. That said, she is as excited about her own learning as she is about the learning of her students. Kirsten recently completed a Masters degree... Read More →
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Leanne Foster

Head of School, Trafalgar Castle School
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Linden Gray

Head of Prep School and Learning Strategist, Halifax Grammar School
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Tiara Hillis

Director of Admissions, Greenwood College School
As the Director of Admissions, Tiara supports the recruitment and selection of mission appropriate students. Tiara gets great pleasure working with the school’s Host and Ambassador Team, teaching, coaching and mentoring. She is proud of her role in the start-up of an innovative... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Toronto AB

3:00pm

Collaboration within Networks - Closed Session - Athletic Directors - What's Your Fuel?
Let’s face it, motivation is everything. Without it—skill, knowledge and experience sits idol.

In this session, utilizing an interactive exercise, participants not only explore their own relationship with motivation, but also reflect upon how that relationship influences how they in turn motivate others.

Participants will come away with a better understanding of the mind-body-soul connection that exists during performance, and how to more effectively work with our own innate tendencies when looking for optimal fuel.

Speakers
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Jason Dorland

Healthy High Performance School
Jason was born into a rowing family. His grandfather, father and older brothers all rowed at a high level. Jason spent his high school years rowing at Ridley College before continuing his passion in university. Once on the National Team, he set his sights on the 1988 Olympic Games... Read More →
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Robyn Meagher

Healthy High Performance School
Robyn’s running career spans 17 years on the Canadian National Team. Her remarkable longevity speaks to her simple joy of running. As she says, “I just loved running on the trails in nature—it was a meditative process for me.” Her love of running resulted in some impressive... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Windsor

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - Business Officers - CAIS Benchmarks / Key Performance Indicators: Review of Recommended Changes
This will be a working session in relation to the CAIS benchmark / KPI work that has been happening in relation to the CAIS Accreditation process review. Nicole Murphy from Pickering College, who has been part of the process review, is going to lead this time for us.

Speakers
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Nicole Murphy

Director of Finance, Pickering College
NICOLE MURPHY, CA completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’sUniversity, with an emphasis on Finance and Accounting, and is a Chartered Accountant. Nicolehas an extensive background in the not-for-profit sector, including 12 years at the SeniorManagement level. She is... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Mississauga C

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - HR - Current issues in Employment Law (policies, emerging trends & issues)
Policies are the pillars of expectations for any institution. Policies related to respect, incivility, human rights, harassment and sexual harassment create a specific statement about the workplace environment. Sadly, often such policies are under-utilized and not linked to mission/vision/values and not leveraged as proactive tools to foster the sought after “culture of respect”. Even worse, they are (unknowingly) not legally compliant or have gaps that create risk. This workshop will provide an opportunity for each attendee to examine and reflect on their respective human rights/harassment policy/procedure to
ensure it best serves their institution.

This is a “working” workshop. Attendees are requested to bring a copy of their Policy
Manual, including Human Rights/Harassment Policy and Procedure.



Speakers
SL

Sara Luther

Human Rights & Employment Lawyer


Sunday April 7, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Aurora

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - JS/MS Leaders - Indigenous Education - Breaking Through the Barriers
Bomgiizhik (Isaac Murdoch) is a storyteller from Serpent River First Nation. His passion for the land is well noted and he is currently working towards building a language camp in Anishinabek territory. Bomgiizhik is known for bringing an audience through a colourful historical journey which ties into contemporary issues. Isaac is a highly sought out story teller around North America.

Speakers
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Isaac Murdoch

Storyteller
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Janet Csontos

Educator, Janet Csontos
Janet is a Toronto educator with mixed European and Indigenous ancestry. She has worked as a sessional lecturer at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, as a curriculum developer, assistant curriculum leader, and secondary teacher in the... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Montreal AB

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - MarComm - Crisis Communication: Is your School Prepared?
This two hour session will feature Dierdre McMurdy, principal at Navigator, one of Canada's leading high stakes public strategy and communications firms. Ms. McMurdy's impressive career spans work as a strategic communications advisor for federal Cabinet Ministers, a business editor and columnist at Maclean's magazine and the Globe and Mail, and TV host of Canada AM. Ms. McMurdy will deliver a compelling lecture and the steps our school's must take to be ready for a crisis and moderate a workshop.

Speakers
DM

Deirdre McMurdy

Principal, Navigator


Sunday April 7, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Ottawa Room

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - Senior School Leaders - Fostering Collective Efficacy
Collective efficacy is about the overwhelming power that school teams have to impact change when they join together to solve problems. Research shows that collective efficacy matters more in relation to increasing student achievement than the neighbourhoods where students come from and their level of household income (Donohoo, Hattie, & Eells, 2018). What educator teams do to create a better environment for student learning has a clear, measurable, and more profound impact on student achievement than demographic variables. Since ‘Collective Teacher Efficacy’ topped John Hattie’s Visible Learning list of factors that matter the most in raising student achievement school leaders (both formal and informal) are asking themselves: How can we foster a sense of collective efficacy? In this session, we’ll identify research-based, efficacy enhancing leadership practices and examine enabling school conditions that help efficacy to thrive.

Speakers
JD

Jenni Donohoo

Author and Professional Learning Facilitator


Sunday April 7, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Mississauga AB

4:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - Advancement - Advancement Fundamentals in the Future: What’s Changed and Where are We Going?
Speakers
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Ross Marsh

President, Ross W. Marsh Consulting Group Inc.
With 28 years of Advancement experience in Canada and internationally, Ross Marsh has worked with over 250 clients on Advancement projects and campaigns with goals from $500,000 to $300 million, as well as a myriad of other projects spanning the education, health, religious, arts... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Halton

4:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - IT Directors - Improving Language Learning and Assessment with A.I.
Duolingo is a language education platform that teaches 35 languages to more than 300 million students worldwide. Duolingo and the Duolingo English Test both leverage state-of-the-art artificial intelligence to develop novel instructional and assessment technologies—such as personalized practice schedules and data-driven proficiency tests.

This presentation will explore several projects where Duolingo combines vast amounts of language learner data with machine learning, computational linguistics, and psychometrics to improve learning, testing, and engagement outcomes.

Burr Settles, Research Director at Duolingo
Burr is a scientist, engineer, and research director at Duolingo, developing statistical machine learning systems to improve learning, engagement, and assessment. He also runs FAWM.ORG (a global collaborative songwriting experiment) and is the author of Active Learning—a text on AI algorithms that are curious and exploratory (if you will). His research has been published in numerous journals and conferences, and has been featured in The BBC, Slate, Forbes, and WIRED. In past lives, he was a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon and earned his PhD from UW-Madison. He lives in Pittsburgh, where he gets around by bike and plays guitar in the pop band Delicious Pastries.

Jeff Tousignant, Senior Marketing Manager at Duolingo
Jeff helps share the innovation and accessibility of Duolingo English Test with institutions, counselors, and students around the world. He has over ten years experience working with higher ed learning and assessment technology at companies like Pearson Education and Cengage Learning. As a Duolingo user since its inception, he has a passion for language learning and international education.

Speakers
BS

Burr Settles

Research Director, Duolingo
JT

Jeff Tousignant

Senior Marketing Manager at, Duolingo


Sunday April 7, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Peel

4:30pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Advancement - Flow Through Share Donation Format: learn how this simple tool can help your major gift donors achieve their philanthropic goals sooner than they thought and start to include your school as one of their priori
The Flow Through Share Donation Format is a process designed by PearTree Canada to facilitate the use of government approved tax credits to Canada’s mining and exploration sector coupled with a donation. This presentation will demonstrate the simplicity of this process and how you, your major gift donors, and all charities can greatly benefit from this proven and effective gifting format.

Speakers
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James McMillan

Director of Advancement, Selwyn House School
Small shops, Boys' schools, fundraising ideas, systems, reunions and events for alumni. Having the best job in the world.
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Les Ross

Vice President, Business Development, PearTree Canada
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Robin Turack

Vice President, Business Development, PearTree Canada


Sunday April 7, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Halton

5:00pm

6:30pm

Business Officers Network - Crescent School
Hosted by Crescent School

We are looking forward to some down time with you during our Network dinner. Please look for the Business Network Dinner sign in the Hotel lobby. Buses to depart at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday April 7, 2019 6:30pm - 9:00pm

6:30pm

Admissions Network Dinner - Branksome Hall
Hosted by Branksome Hall.

We are looking forward to some down time with you during our Network dinner. Please look for the Admissions Network Dinner sign in the Hotel lobby. Buses to depart at 6:30 p.m.       

Sunday April 7, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm

6:30pm

Advancement Network Dinner - Lee Restaurant
Lee Restaurant is a stylish eatery for creative Asian & French-influenced food.

https://www.leerestaurant.com

We are looking forward to some down time with you during our Network dinner. Please look for the Advancement Network Dinner sign in the Hotel lobby. Buses to depart at 6:30 pm.

Sunday April 7, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm

6:30pm

Heads & Chairs Dinner - Oretta
Location - Oretta

We are looking forward to some down time with you during our Network dinner. Please look for the Heads Network Dinner sign in the Hotel lobby. Buses to depart at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday April 7, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm

6:30pm

HR Network Dinner - La Scala Ristorante
La Scala Ristorante

We are looking forward to some down time with you during our Network dinner. Please look for the HR Network Dinner sign in the Hotel lobby. Buses to depart at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday April 7, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm

6:30pm

IT Network Dinner - TFS Canada's International School
Hosted by TFS Canada's International School

We are looking forward to some down time with you during our Network dinner.  Join IT leaders from across the CAIS network in a fun evening of dining and tech trivia at TFS. Please look for the IT Network Dinner sign in the Hotel lobby. Buses to depart at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday April 7, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm

6:30pm

JS/MS Network Dinner - Upper Canada College
Hosted by Upper Canada College

We are looking forward to some down time with you during our Network dinner. Please look for the Junior and Middle School Network Dinner sign in the Hotel lobby. Buses to depart at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday April 7, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm

6:30pm

Senior School Network Dinner - The Bishop Strachan School
Hosted by The Bishop Strachan School

We are looking forward to some down time with you during our Network dinner. Please look for the Senior School Network Dinner sign in the Hotel lobby. Buses to depart at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday April 7, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm

6:30pm

Marketing & Communications Network Dinner - Gusto 101
Location - Gusto 101

We are looking forward to some down time with you during our Network dinner. Please look for the Marketing and Communications Network Dinner sign in the Hotel lobby. Buses to depart at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday April 7, 2019 6:30pm - 10:00pm
 
Monday, April 8
 

7:00am

Coeducation Resources Working Breakfast
As schools committed to the fullest development of girls and boys, we are interested in all studies that help us better understand the best ways to approach education through the lens of gender, including occasional single-sex opportunities as appropriate within our school. However, we remain committed to the notion that young women and men thrive best when learning and leading together in a school community context.
We look forward to coed school leaders coming together to discuss during this working breakfast meeting.

Speakers
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Christopher Shannon

Headmaster - directeur général, Lower Canada College


Monday April 8, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Ottawa Room

7:00am

Networking Breakfast
Monday April 8, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Plaza Ballroom C

7:00am

Conference registration
Monday April 8, 2019 7:00am - 7:00pm
Plaza Ballroom A

8:00am

Welcome Remarks
Speakers
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Patti MacDonald

Executive Director, CAIS
Patti MacDonald was a member for the leadership team at The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto for a decade, spending eight years as the Principal and two years as the Vice Principal of the Junior School. She was a teacher in the classroom for over 20 years before transitioning into... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:15am
Plaza Ballroom AB

8:15am

Keynote - Design: How Open Are We To Being Open?
Listen to Patti MacDonald (CAIS Executive Director) interview Dan Pontefract for his upcoming keynote here.

Join your colleagues at NLC: Register here.

In this day and age of constant change there are key questions to ask and answer that relate to the running of a school. Are we open to learn? Are we open to design? Are we open to business? Are we open to change? Are we open to being open?

Any great organizational culture requires the right leadership behaviours to enable success. CAIS schools are no different. An open and engaged culture becomes your competitive advantage. Indeed, becoming an open organization is key to establishing a community full of great problem solvers and design thinkers.

So too, when we commit to being a collaborative leader—and learning the ways of leading engaged employees—we not only become more open and high performing, we become better at thinking. And when our thinking improves, we are then truly open to whatever change comes our way.
In this interactive keynote, best-selling author and leadership strategist, Dan Pontefract, will introduce the key facets of a truly engaged, collaborative and open thinking culture, one that inspires a community of problem solvers and thinkers. You will leave with insights, research, stories and practical tips to genuinely become more open in your practice as a CAIS leader.


Speakers
avatar for Dan Pontefract

Dan Pontefract

Author, Speaker, Thinker, Chief Envisioner
Listen to Patti MacDonald (CAIS Executive Director) interview Dan Pontefract for his upcoming keynote here.Join your colleagues at NLC: Register here.Dan Pontefract is Chief Envisioner at TELUS, a Canadian telecommunications company, where he heads the Transformation Office, a future-of-work consulting group that helps organizations enhance their corporate cultures and collaboration practices. Previously as Chief Learning Officer... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 8:15am - 9:30am
Plaza Ballroom AB

9:30am

Grab and Go Break
Monday April 8, 2019 9:30am - 9:30am

9:30am

School Tour: Appleby College
You will be able to select your School Tour on the Conference registration form.

Founded in 1911, Appleby College’s mission is to educate and enable young men and women to become leaders of character, major contributors to, and valued representatives of their local, national, and international communities. Appleby inspires its 765 students from grades 7 to 12 to pursue their individual passions through an internationally recognized and innovative academic, athletic, and co-curricular programme that has been founded on the school’s six Pillars of Strength: Academically Vital, Technologically Empowered, Universally Diverse, Community Spirited, Actively Engaged and Globally Responsible. Appleby’s model of educational excellence enables and encourages its students to learn and discover independently and collaboratively, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Monday April 8, 2019 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meet in Hotel Lobby - West entrance

9:30am

School Tour: Greenwood College School
You will be able to select your School Tour on the Conference registration form.

Greenwood opened its doors in 2002 to 72 students in Grades 7 and 9, in a newly renovated building. Today, our school numbers 489 students and more than 90 teachers and staff, and our campus has grown into one of the most advanced facilities among Canadian independent schools. Since its founding, Greenwood has garnered a reputation as a supportive co-ed community where students are engaged, open-minded and at-ease every day.

Monday April 8, 2019 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meet in Hotel Lobby - West entrance

9:30am

School Tour: Havergal College
You will be able to select your School Tour on the Conference registration form.

Since 1894, Havergal has provided young women with an exceptional education in an environment that encourages both inquiry and curiosity, and celebrates community. Through our outstanding curricular and co-curricular programs, we support every girl’s belief in her ability to acquire the knowledge and skills to achieve her goals and to make a difference in the world.

Monday April 8, 2019 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meet in Hotel Lobby - West entrance

9:30am

School Tour: Kingsway College School
You will be able to select your School Tour on the Conference registration form.


Monday April 8, 2019 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meet in Hotel Lobby - West entrance

9:30am

School Tour: St. Clement's School
As a leading independent girls’ school in Toronto, St. Clement’s School is recognized for its longstanding commitment to academic rigour and excellence in a small, nurturing environment – but that’s just the beginning. We’re a close-knit community that celebrates creativity, diversity, and innovation, where students from Grades 1 to 12 live, learn, and grow together under one roof. At SCS, every girl is known and valued.

Monday April 8, 2019 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meet in Hotel Lobby - West entrance

9:30am

School Tour: St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School
You will be able to select your School Tour on the Conference registration form.

Founded in 1891, SMLS has been a leader in education for girls and young women for more than 125 years. As the only CAIS accredited, all-girls school west of the city, our niche is girls and learning. We focus on the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of every girl from Preschool to Grade 12. We understand the developmental stages of girls and work with each girl to ensure that she is known, supported, and challenged to be her best self.

Monday April 8, 2019 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meet in Hotel Lobby - West entrance

9:30am

School Tour: TFS - Canada's International School
You will be able to select your School Tour on the Conference registration form.

TFS – Canada’s International School holds a venerable place in Canada’s history. What started as an educational experiment – the first bilingual immersion school in the country – quickly took root as a new model for schools across cities and finally nation-wide. As the pioneer of French immersion in Canada, TFS has been an innovator since 1962, continuously striving to provide the best possible education.

Monday April 8, 2019 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meet in Hotel Lobby - West entrance

9:30am

School Tour: The Leo Baeck Day School - Question addressed on tour - "What does it take to be a CAIS school and strive for Mission excellence as a Jewish day school?"
You will be able to select your School Tour on the Conference registration form.

Welcome to a school where students are exploring deeply, inquiring critically and grappling with big ideas and real world issues. Their progressive Jewish education, combined with the global outlook of their International Baccalaureate Programme, shapes the way their students look at the world and their Judaism: with curiosity, with personal meaning and with a sense of collective responsibility. Leo Baeck graduates are equipped with the knowledge of Jewish tradition, the spirit of Tikkun Olam and the confidence and critical thinking skills necessary to navigate our complex world, as global citizens and as modern Jews.

Monday April 8, 2019 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meet in Hotel Lobby - West entrance

9:30am

School Tour: The Sterling Hall School
You will be able to select your School Tour on the Conference registration form.

The Sterling Hall School is an independent day school for boys from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8, founded in 1987. Our school community supports and engages boys during this pivotal period in their lives so that they may reach their full potential. Our dynamic, research-based curriculum is tailored to the way boys learn best. Hands-on, inquiry-based learning combines with strong character education and small classes, resulting in students who are well-equipped to succeed in their secondary and post-secondary education, as well as in their life beyond school.

Monday April 8, 2019 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meet in Hotel Lobby - West entrance

12:00pm

Networking Lunch
Monday April 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza Ballroom C

1:00pm

LightningTalk 1 - Harness the Power of Data, Web, and Social Media to maximize engagement
20 minute session

Join Rob DiMartino, Co-Founder/Chief Evangelist of Finalsite in a discussion on trending topics that matter to independent schools. This session will focus on leveraging data and web experiences to drive engagement, revenue, and overall communications efforts for schools in a mobile, socially connected world. What do technology leaders need to understand about these trends to be effective strategic partners in improving school sustainability in increasingly competitive markets? We will also address in an open dialogue the shifts in the independent school marketplace and how schools are seeing these changes as challenges and opportunities for positive change.

Speakers
avatar for Robert DiMartino

Robert DiMartino

Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist, Finalsite
Rob DiMartino, Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist at Finalsite, has presented globally on effective use of strategic web communications for independent schools. Rob brings experience of over 20 years of working with the internet in the education space. For the past decade and a half... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Mississauga AB

1:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 1 : Fundraising in China: What Stays the Same, What Has Dramatically Changed
Laura Edwards has been fundraising overseas for close to 20 years. In that time, she has created remarkable connections and built up a wealth of knowledge around fundraising in China. The session will focus on the following discussion points:

  • To help participants understand why China matters and help recognize milestones and “reportable” moments
  • To give an overview of basic strategies, as well as do's and don'ts when building relationships with, and stewarding Chinese donors, both locally and globally
  • Cultural traditions and norms are critically important, they must be understood and respected
  • Economics and rules are changing. We as school leaders, fundraisers, and community builders must be cognizant of these changes

Speakers
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Laura Edwards

Senior Associate, Ross W Marsh Consulting Group Inc
Laura Edwards is a professional in diverse areas, including fundraising, community building, marketing, mentorship and leadership. In addition, Laura is a sought public speaker and board volunteer.Laura [?]s work has embraced creating a strong culture of giving for organizations with... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: Bringing Inquiry to Blended Learning in Elementary Mathematics
45 minute session

One of the biggest disruptors and greatest areas of potential within independent school education is personalization. As educators, we understand that each individual learns differently, yet the traditional structures in our schools confine our abilities to differentiate instruction. Blended learning is emerging as an approach to differentiation. Throughout the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, a group of Junior School educators (teachers and technology integrators) at The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) engaged in a CAIS research project to better understand how educators can use blended learning to personalize mathematics learning in the junior grades. In this session for the 2019 National Leaders Conference, members of the research team will share highlights from the research process, significant findings and further questions for investigation.

The research team had long been aware and had made use of many technology applications to enrich instruction. The pedagogical underpinnings of these programs, however, are based on a traditional approach to math learning that utilizes a direct instruction or 'drill and kill' methodology. As a school, BSS has articulated within our Culture of Powerful Learning that it is important to match the educational pedagogy with the intended student outcome and that, primarily, an inquiry approach to education allows for the development of a deep understanding of concepts and content. If we believe that a social constructivist approach to learning is valuable for sustained understanding, it is important to develop approaches to blended learning that are consistent with current educational beliefs. In our session, we hope to continue the dialogue around best practices for personalization by discussing with others how to best develop an approach to blended learning that aligns with an inquiry stance to teaching mathematics.

Speakers
RR

Radhika Raj

Teacher, The Bishop Strachan School
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Rachel Hughes

Vice Principal, The Bishop Strachan School
Rachel Hughes has been an educator in various schools and settings over the last 19 years. She has taught Grades 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 in Vancouver, Calgary, Mexico and Toronto. For the past two years, Rachel has been the Vice Principal of the Junior School at The Bishop Strachan School... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: Character Development: A Program? A Culture? Both?
45 minute session

In this roundtable discussion I would like to explore the challenges of building a comprehensive K-12 character development program in a busy co-ed day school from the ground up. With insights into my process and research, I will explain our school's aspirations around developing a comprehensive culture and approach to character development while managing very real constraints and considerations such as time, resource allocation, tradition, as well as broader societal pressures. As evidenced by my title, I come with more questions than answers and hope to build a network of like-minded leaders, looking to foster and strengthen the character of the students in their schools.

Speakers
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James Darling

Director of Character and Leadership Development, Holy Trinity School
James Darling is the Director of Character and Leadership Development at Holy Trinity School in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Prior to this most recent appointment, James was Chair of the English Department for eight years, a position he took up after completing his Masters of Education... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: Designing the Student Leadership Experience
45 minute session

Two Toronto-based educators will explain how they developed a Grade 11 Leadership curriculum using design thinking and community-engaged learning. In the Leadership experience, students are positioned as community allies who develop solutions to real world problems. This innovative program focuses on using experiential learning to develop students' leadership competencies.

Speakers
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Dr. Alexandra Rodney

Researcher, University of Guelph
Alexandra Rodney is a sociologist and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University Guelph, studying gender equity and excellence through leadership. She is the co-creator of a leadership class that uses community engagement and design thinking methods.
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Richard Prosser

Assistant Head of Upper School, Crescent School
Richard Prosser spent 25 years teaching English in the Edmonton Public School District before moving to Toronto and finding a home at Crescent School. Having spent his first four years there as an Upper School English teacher, he has been serving as an Assistant Head of Upper School... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: Engaging Teachers in Evidence-Based Practice – An Introduction to researchED Canada
45 minute session

An introduction to the grassroots teacher-research movement, founded in 2013 by British teacher Tom Bennett, aimed at exploring and challenging prevailing educational myths and exposing teachers to the latest research on & what works & in today's classrooms. Where's the evidence-based research to support such popular theories such as 21st century skills, learning styles, multiple intelligences, mindfulness, and a few other current favourites ? Engaging classroom teachers in evidence-informed discussion and practice is the fundamental goal of the researchED movement. Since its inception in September 2013 at Dulwich College, researchED has hosted dozens of conferences, spread to four continents, and touched the lives of 25,000 teachers. ResearchED Canada has sponsored three conferences, including researchED Ontario 2018, co-sponsored with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation. Our most recent conference, researchED Vancouver was hosted by a CAIS member school, Mulgrave School. located in West Vancouver.

Speakers
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Paul W Bennett

Founding Chair, ResearchED Canada, Schoolhouse Institute
Paul W. Bennett, Ed.D., is Founding Chair of researchED Canada, the Canadian branch of the UK-based grassroots teacher-research organization. Since September 2009, Paul has been Director of Schoolhouse Institute and Consulting, Halifax, NS. and, from 2011 to 2017, Adjunct Professor... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: Going Beyond Imitation: How can a thoughtfully designed employee rewards program set your school apart?
45 minute session

During this interactive round table discussion, Gallagher will bring to you the latest benefits benchmarking information from our most recent Canadian Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey focusing on specific data insights regarding Independent Schools in Ontario. We will go beyond the data to discuss strategic insights, trends and tactics for attracting and engaging employees now, and into the future.

Speakers
JH

Jacob Hall

Consultant - Group Retirement Services, Gallagher
Jacob Hall is an experienced consultant with Gallagher that specializes in partnering with organizations to design and manage pension and group retirement savings programs. His member focused approach and emphasis on simplified plan construction being the keys to his success in working... Read More →
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Sarah Becker

Area Assistant Vice President - Group Benefit Services, Gallagher
With over 15 years experience in the group insurance industry, Sarah Becker has been partnering with Independent Schools since 2010. Clients are supported in the development, implementation and communication of their employee benefit programs, keeping in mind their unique culture... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: Grade 8-9 Unbounded at Collingwood: students solve local business problems
45 minute session

Our curriculum planning focus this year was: how might we engage our students so they can solve real, unanswered problems and put their design thinking tools into action? At Collingwood, our answer was to remove grade 8 & 9 students from regular classes to tackle a real business problem presented to them by a local company, to create their own solution based on research, and to pitch it back to the CEO. As part of the process, students learned about entrepreneurship, business structure, value propositions and initiative-taking. Working in groups, they created a path of investigation and explored different avenues for solutions. They analyzed their audience. They also spent time learning how to team-build and best utilize each other's strengths. Many of the presentations were surprisingly slick for Gr. 8 and 9 students. There were many bumps along the way, including requests to 'please go back to class and do math worksheets' but we persevered and the learning happened.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Dousett

Jennifer Dousett

Director of Teaching, Learning and Innovation, Collingwood School
Jennifer Dousett is an experienced educator who believes that school should be inspiring and motivating for both students and teachers. As Director of Teaching, Learning and Innovation, Jen is passionate about maintaining academic rigour in a learning environment that offers students... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: Redesigning mathematics assessment
45 minute session

As students move into the higher levels of mathematics, assessment becomes increasingly focused on tests that can result in student stressand may preclude more authentic opportunities for feedback and iterative learning. We are striving to rethink how mathematical assessment can work in the upper years by engaging in small, daily assessments that allow for feedback and consistent opportunities for the teacher and student to identify areas of growth that can be addressed immediately. This shift in focus also opens up more available time to engage in culminating, interdisciplinary projects that can become part of the feedback loop. We look forward to sharing our ideas with you and hearing your thoughts.


Speakers
JL

Jason Levesque

MYP Coordinator, Elmwood School
SC

Stephanie Chin

Department Head - Mathematics, Elmwood School
Stephanie has a B.A. in Mathematics and a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. She has taught for nearly 15 years in CAIS schools and is constantly looking to be innovative in her approach to mathematics education. With a stellar team to work with, ideas for change... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:00pm

Roundtable Discussion 1: Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It
45 minute session

As individual CAIS schools, we are connected by a common narrative of providing a pre-eminent educational experience for young people. This narrative is a product of the time and care we take in articulating both who we are as institutions and what we want to become. Nowhere is the expression of our individual uniqueness and shared connectedness more apparent than in how we frame and articulate our respective missions. Leveraging research that comes from the fields of linguistics, readability analytics, and discourse analysis, this roundtable aims to explore if these statements, individually and collectively, reflect the kind of strength, complexity, and adaptability necessary to meet both the short and long-term challenges of a changing educational landscape. It hopes to give every independent school pause for thought: to encourage us to look more closely at how we express our missions, and to consider how we might reframe or reimagine our individual and collective narrative moving forward.

Speakers
avatar for Glen Downey

Glen Downey

Chair of Strategic Thinking, The York School
Glen Downey is an award-winning children[?]s author, educator, and academic who currently serves as the Chair of Strategic Thinking at The York School. He received a 2015 CAIS Collaboration Grant to publish "In Search of Lost Time," a book that examines the process of re-imagining... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:00pm

Catalytic Conversation: Becoming a Great 21C School: A Challenge for School Leaders
By  Phil Cummins

Most schools want to become great 21C schools', but few get there. During this workshop, we willprobe why most schools fail or fall short in this endeavour, and then suggest an evidence-basedframework for 21C education that we believe warrants consideration. Along the way, we will build apicture of the strategic, organizational and professional competencies required for deep and sustainablechange. Our testing ground for this approach draws on CIRCLE's deep dive work with schools inAustralia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the United States, and on the findings of three majorglobal research projects involving more than 100 schools. Workshop participants will be invited to sharein this conversation, and in particular to reflect on the educational trajectories of their own schools, toprobe the state of readiness of their school culture to engage with complex change, and to evaluatetheir own professional and personal skillsets as 21C leaders for truly 21C schools

Speakers
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Bradley Adams

Director of Education, CIRCLE - The Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity and Leadership in Education
Bradley AdamsBA, MADirector of EducationBrad Adams is Director of CIRCLE Education, and brings to this role 25 years of experience in university administration, teaching and school leadership in Toronto, Canada, and most recently as a Senior lecturer in Education at the University... Read More →
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Michael Fellin

Headmaster, Crescent School
Michael Fellin became Headmaster at Crescent School, Toronto, in 2014. He previously served as Crescent School’s Assistant Head of Upper School since 2011. He began teaching at Neil McNeil High School Toronto Catholic District School Board, where he served as a teacher, chaplain... Read More →
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Philip Cummins

Managing Director, CIRCLE - The Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity and Leadership in Education
Philip Sebastian Antony CumminsBA, LLB (Syd), PhD (UNSW), MACE, MACEL, AIMM, RAA CIRCLE founder Dr Phil Cummins is an educator by trade and conviction who knows and understands schools and leadership. With over 30 years in education and commerce as a leader, teacher, author, speaker... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Montreal AB

1:00pm

Catalytic Conversation: How a Blockchain Hackathon showcases top pedagogy and collaboration
Attendees will learn how a Blockchain Hackathon provided a multidisciplinary approach and platform for social impact and change through inquiry, problem and project-based learning. Students from five schools joined together in a seven day project of ideation, training, coding, hacking, design and so much more. Students had to achieve a working understanding of what blockchain can do in order to conceive of a solution to their problem. They had to understand their area of expertise and develop a plan, working together throughout. Students then had to sell their ideas to field experts, their peers and teachers through marketing, presentations and sheer passion for making a difference. The effort was huge, the gains were just as big.Behind the scenes, a similar level of cross-disciplinary collaboration was necessary within each of our organizations. Administrators and teachers alike drew upon their individual relationships with students to identify candidates, and then in some cases convince them and their parents to make the significant investment of time. This required teachers and administrators to look up and out of their own silos to see the benefit to the students - which they certainly did, making their own investments in support. And, in the end, teachers who had been most skeptical in advance became the biggest advocates for the student experience.Join us to learn what Blockchain is, why this emergent tool is an important skill, how a blockchain hackathon works, what students said about the experience, the challenges, the achievements and why this was so exciting and important to them. There will be plenty of interactivity including how to bring a hackathon to your school.

Speakers
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Jim Laplante

Executive Director, Information and Innovation, Upper Canada College
Jim LaPlante is the Executive Director, Information and Innovation, at Upper Canada College in Toronto. Jim has worked in education and educational technology for 25 years. At the YCDSB, Jim was a classroom teacher, consultant, and technology co-ordinator. Over the last few years... Read More →
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Charles Fowler

Director of Information Technology, Royal St. George's College
Charles Fowler is the Director of Information Technology at Royal St. George[?]s College in Toronto, where he has stewarded the the school through the advent of data networks, internet access, one-to-one access to computing, and more. Charles is active in the community of other independent... Read More →
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Mary Anne Van Acker

Assistant Head, Innovation Development and Technology, The Bishop Strachan School
Mary Anne Van Acker is the Assistant Head, Innovation Development and Technology with The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto. With extensive experience in the technology industry from programmer to senior leader, her role today includes the development of innovative initiatives that... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Toronto AB

1:00pm

Catalytic Conversation: How schools are Designing for Innovation, and how you can too!
Catalytic ConversationsLearn about the CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator and how it can help support your schools and change projects on the horizon. This 90-minute session allows you to do a deep dive into the models and frameworks that the CSCA is built upon and how they can help manage and accelerate change. This conversation will allow you to use the tools and strategies to address an innovation project that you are exploring and/or implementing currently or in the near future.

Speakers
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Garth Nichols

VP Student Engagement & Experiential Development, Havergal College
Garth Nichols is the Vice Principal of Student Engagement & Experiential Development at Havergal College, located in Toronto, Ontario, and is the Co-Founder and Lead Facilitator of Cohort 21. At Havergal College, brings a passion for exploring innovation, student engagement and the... Read More →
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Justin Medved

Director of Learning, Innovation & Technology, The York School
Justin Medved is Director of Learning, Innovation and Technology at the York School in Toronto. Having taught in the UK, Africa and Asia Justin has built global network of 21st century educators and thought leaders throughout his 15 year career. At the York School Justin works with... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Mississauga C

1:00pm

Catalytic Conversation: How the Lens of Positive Education Maximizes Impact of Service Initiatives
Schools invest significant resources into experiential philanthropy. Despite this, there has been scant evidence demonstrating that this type of experiential learning has quantifiable impacts on students’ learning or their personal development.

This session will demonstrate how using the Institute of Positive Education’s evidence-based model for wellbeing as a lens for planning, delivering, and reflecting on current service initiatives will broadly increase positive impact on students and faculty.
In its most basic essence, our model can be thought of as a road map of what people want for themselves, their students, and their children: a sense of purpose and meaning, the accomplishment of worthwhile goals,moments of complete immersion and absorption, good health, frequent positive emotions, supportive relationships, —a life where a person uses their strengths in ways that support the self and others, and that has flourishing at the heart.

Through the lens of this model we will explore how developing a schoolwide wellbeing language, engaging in meaningful service opportunities, and reflecting in a specific manner will deliberately enhance the impact of current service initiatives and help you make informed choices around future philanthropy and service.

Positive Relationships: explores the importance of connectedness and strong relationships for wellbeing.

Positive Emotions: service creates opportunities for school communities to experience and savour positive emotions such as joy, love, gratitude and hope. We endeavour for all staff and students to be able to initiate, experience, prolong, and build positive emotions in their lives.

Positive Engagement: helps students and staff to experience complete immersion in service activities through understanding the nature of engagement, the pathways to it, and the impact it has on individual wellbeing. Positive Accomplishment: growth through striving for and achieving meaningful outcomes, enabling both students and staff to strive for goals that are both highly rewarding to the self and of benefit to the wider community.

Positive Purpose: explores understanding, believing in, and serving something greater than the self and deliberately engaging in activities for the benefit of others. It encourages students and staff to draw on their character strengths in ways that contribute to the welfare of others and the wider community.

Positive Health: supporting students and staff to develop sustainable habits for optimal physical and psychological health.


Speakers
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Justin Robinson

Director, Institute of Positive Education
Justin Robinson, M.Ed. MACE, is the inaugural Director of the Institute of Positive Education, based at Geelong Grammar School. He leads a team dedicated to promoting the theory and practice of Positive Education through research and providing training for other educators. As a passionate... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Halton

1:00pm

Catalytic Conversation: Leading and Fostering Relational Well-being in Schools
An enduring challenge for leaders is preventing and addressing bullying in independent school contexts. Since 2005, Branksome Hall has worked to create an intentional community of support that centres on nurturing healthy relationships for girls. In this interactive inquiry-based workshop, attendees explore how a decade of on-site research on bullying prevention and school connectedness, strategic commitments to well-being and socio-emotional learning theory shape our whole school approach. Through the accounts from different roles in the school (i.e. researcher, social worker, counsellor and students) and through small group activities, attendees examine the key aspects that drive our programs, decision-making mechanisms and evaluation tools. The audience also learns about the challenges and considerations of bringing everyone to the table-- adults and students in support of relational well-being. In an activity, attendees will also have the opportunity to reflect on how the lessons learned apply to their own school communities

Speakers
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Mira Gambhir

Director, Chandaria Research Centre, Branksome Hall
Mira Gambhir is the inaugural Director of the Chandaria Research Centre at Branksome Hall. She is a scholar and published author in the fields of diversity education, international education and teacher education. She brings with her experience as a researcher, curriculum writer... Read More →
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Lauren Caldwell

Guidance Counselor and Learning Strategies Teacher, Branksome Hall
Lauren Caldwell is both a Middle School Guidance Counsellor and Learning Strategies Teacher at Branksome Hall. She has taught and lived in Canada and Hong Kong. Lauren co-supervises the peer support programming and service-learning initiatives within the school. She is also involved... Read More →
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Joelle Therriault

Lead Social Worker, Branksome Hall
Joelle Therriault is a Toronto based clinical social worker and family mediator with 20 years' experience working with young people, families and school communities. Currently Joelle is the Lead Social Worker at Branksome Hall. Joelle has extensive experience counselling young people... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Aurora

1:00pm

Catalytic Conversation: Mindset Shift: Transforming School Culture by Empowering Teachers and Students
Independent schools are uniquely complex ecosystems. Every school has their own values, mindsets, and behaviours working in combination with those of their stakeholders. The complexity of these relationships working together creates the culture of a school. Shifting school culture requires taking into account the challenges teachers and students may face and empowering them to approach these challenges in a positive manner.

In this interactive conversation, you’ll learn how TFS and Future Design School partnered to take a user-centered approach to empower teachers and facilitate growth in emotional intelligence, optimism, empathy, and creative confidence. You will discuss how you might create a culture that prompts various stakeholders to take action towards positive change with support, permission and strategies to build a productive, optimistic, and creative school culture for teachers and students.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie McBeth

Leslie McBeth

Director of Professional Development, Future Design School
Les McBeth is an educator on a mission to empower students to solve the world's big problems. With 15 years of experience at the intersection of design and education, Les has worked in design and public policy in Switzerland and NYC and as a teacher at Greenwood in Toronto. Currently... Read More →
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Nathalie Millette

Director, Teaching & Learning, TFS
Nathalie is an Instructional Specialist and IB educator with a demonstrated history of building a culture of critical thinking and creativity in schools. With 20 years of experience in independent schools, Nathalie has led teams of teachers in curriculum development, classroom management... Read More →
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Arianna Lambert

Education Lead, Future Design School
ARIANNA LAMBERT is a passionate elementary school educator with ten years of classroom experience where she specializes in developing engaging activities that spark student interest and facilitate learning in both French and English. During her classroom teaching career, Arianna has... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ottawa Room

1:20pm

LightningTalk 2 -Measuring Impact of Wellbeing Initiatives- Decrease Complexity by Design
20 minute session

The world has become data driven. If you can't measure it, it doesn't matter. But for those working in fields like mental health, education, human resources and psychology, there hasn't been a clear way to measure both the strengths and weaknesses of individual or organization-wide contextual wellbeing. This session will introduce participants to the pillars of wellbeing commonly referred to by the acronym 'PERMA', which stands for Positive Emotions, Engagement (or flow), Positive Relationships, Meaningfulness, Accomplishment, and Positive Health (nutrition, exercise, and sleep) and show the importance of bringing together technology, education, and wellbeing with a goal of decreasing the current epidemic of anxiety and depression while simultaneously increasing wellbeing.This lightening talk will discuss how a psychosocial risk management approach can be combined with positive psychology in order to assist schools with their responsibility for mental health for students and staff. Two examples of software applications will be used as a brief case study to demonstrate how this approach can be delivered in a rigorous and scalable way allowing data-informed planning of wellbeing initiatives.Learning objectives:
  • Understand the mental health continuum. 
  • The role of positive psychology in keeping students and staff mentally healthy and optimizes wellbeing. 
  • How the five 'pillars' of good mental health can be measured
  • How measurement leads to informed choice-making around wellbeing goals and format for inclusion in both prescriptive learning and whole school messaging

Speakers
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Tamara Lechner

Canadian Regional Manager, Institute of Positive Education/Positive Minds International
Tamara Lechner is a Canadian educator, writer & speaker who focuses on the science of happiness, wellbeing measurement, and positive habit formation. She is the Canadian Regional Manager at the Institute of Positive Education based out of Victoria BC. She is responsible for helping... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Mississauga AB

1:40pm

LightningTalk 3 - Designing Powerful Online Experiences
20 minute session

This session will explore case studies outlining the development, implementation and iteration of two different online environments, designed with the goal of maximizing student engagement through a range of different online pedagogies. The first case study will detail Pickering College's pilot of running the entire senior school online for a week, The Global Online Experience. Day and Boarding students all over the world followed an academic program that met all curriculum objectives via a range of activities and platforms. Faculty were given professional development to match online pedagogy to their objectives, and appropriate technology was chosen for global access. The second case study will explore how Pickering College has taken their Global Leadership Program, and digitized projects and resources for teachers and students from non-traditional markets to participate in and earn digital credentials towards the Global Leadership Program. Facilitators of this session will share the vision and pedagogy as well as the technical aspects of implementing these online programs.

Speakers
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Kimberly Bartlett

Director of Teaching and Learning, Pickering College
Kimberly Bartlett is Director of Teaching and Learning, Junior Kindergarten-Grade 12. She has a B.A. from McGill, a B.Ed. and M.Ed. from the University of Toronto and her Principal’s qualifications. Her responsibilities include teaching, curriculum, faculty development, and advising... Read More →
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Julia Hunt

Director of Global Leadership, Pickering College
Julia Hunt is the Director of Global Leadership at Pickering College and is responsible for developing the Global Leadership Program for all students, Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Some of Julia's responsibilities include diploma design, program framework, research, training and... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Mississauga AB

1:45pm

Roundtable Discussion 2 : Fundraising in China- Why China Matters, How to Design a Plan for Success
Laura Edwards has been fundraising overseas for close to 20 years. In that time, she has created remarkable connections and built up a wealth of knowledge around fundraising in China. The session will focus on the following discussion points:
  • To help participants understand why China matters and help recognize milestones and “reportable” moments
  • To give an overview of basic strategies, as well as do's and don'ts when building relationships with, and stewarding Chinese donors, both locally and globally
  • Cultural traditions and norms are critically important, they must be understood and respected
  • Economics and rules are changing. We as school leaders, fundraisers, and community builders must be cognizant of these changes

Speakers
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Laura Edwards

Senior Associate, Ross W Marsh Consulting Group Inc
Laura Edwards is a professional in diverse areas, including fundraising, community building, marketing, mentorship and leadership. In addition, Laura is a sought public speaker and board volunteer.Laura [?]s work has embraced creating a strong culture of giving for organizations with... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:45pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: Bringing Inquiry to Blended Learning in Elementary Mathematics
45 minute session

One of the biggest disruptors and greatest areas of potential within independent school education is personalization. As educators, we understand that each individual learns differently, yet the traditional structures in our schools confine our abilities to differentiate instruction. Blended learning is emerging as an approach to differentiation. Throughout the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, a group of Junior School educators (teachers and technology integrators) at The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) engaged in a CAIS research project to better understand how educators can use blended learning to personalize mathematics learning in the junior grades. In this session for the 2019 National Leaders Conference, members of the research team will share highlights from the research process, significant findings and further questions for investigation.

The research team had long been aware and had made use of many technology applications to enrich instruction. The pedagogical underpinnings of these programs, however, are based on a traditional approach to math learning that utilizes a direct instruction or “drill and kill” methodology. As a school, BSS has articulated within our Culture of Powerful Learning that it is important to match the educational pedagogy with the intended student outcome and that, primarily, an inquiry approach to education allows for the development of a deep understanding of concepts and content. If we believe that a social constructivist approach to learning is valuable for sustained understanding, it is important to develop approaches to blended learning that are consistent with current educational beliefs. In our session, we hope to continue the dialogue around best practices for personalization by discussing with others how to best develop an approach to blended learning that aligns with an inquiry stance to teaching mathematics.

Speakers
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Rachel Hughes

Vice Principal, The Bishop Strachan School
Rachel Hughes has been an educator in various schools and settings over the last 19 years. She has taught Grades 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 in Vancouver, Calgary, Mexico and Toronto. For the past two years, Rachel has been the Vice Principal of the Junior School at The Bishop Strachan School... Read More →
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Radhika Raj

Teacher, The Bishop Strachan School


Monday April 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:45pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: Character Development: A Program? A Culture? Both?
45 minute session

In this roundtable discussion I would like to explore the challenges of building a comprehensive K-12 character development program in a busy co-ed day school from the ground up. With insights into my process and research, I will explain our school's aspirations around developing a comprehensive culture and approach to character development while managing very real constraints and considerations such as time, resource allocation, tradition, as well as broader societal pressures. As evidenced by my title, I come with more questions than answers and hope to build a network of like-minded leaders, looking to foster and strengthen the character of the students in their schools.

Speakers
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James Darling

Director of Character and Leadership Development, Holy Trinity School
James Darling is the Director of Character and Leadership Development at Holy Trinity School in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Prior to this most recent appointment, James was Chair of the English Department for eight years, a position he took up after completing his Masters of Education... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:45pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: Designing the Student Leadership Experience
45 minute session

Two Toronto-based educators will explain how they developed a Grade 11 Leadership curriculum using design thinking and community-engaged learning. In the Leadership experience, students are positioned as community allies who develop solutions to real world problems. This innovative program focuses on using experiential learning to develop students' leadership competencies.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Prosser

Richard Prosser

Assistant Head of Upper School, Crescent School
Richard Prosser spent 25 years teaching English in the Edmonton Public School District before moving to Toronto and finding a home at Crescent School. Having spent his first four years there as an Upper School English teacher, he has been serving as an Assistant Head of Upper School... Read More →
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Dr. Alexandra Rodney

Researcher, University of Guelph
Alexandra Rodney is a sociologist and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University Guelph, studying gender equity and excellence through leadership. She is the co-creator of a leadership class that uses community engagement and design thinking methods.


Monday April 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm

1:45pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: Engaging Teachers in Evidence-Based Practice – An Introduction to researchED Canada
45 minute session

An introduction to the grassroots teacher-research movement, founded in 2013 by British teacher Tom Bennett, aimed at exploring and challenging prevailing educational myths and exposing teachers to the latest research on & what works & in today's classrooms. Where's the evidence-based research to support such popular theories such as 21st century skills, learning styles, multiple intelligences, mindfulness, and a few other current favourites ? Engaging classroom teachers in evidence-informed discussion and practice is the fundamental goal of the researchED movement. Since its inception in September 2013 at Dulwich College, researchED has hosted dozens of conferences, spread to four continents, and touched the lives of 25,000 teachers. ResearchED Canada has sponsored three conferences, including researchED Ontario 2018, co-sponsored with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation. Our most recent conference, researchED Vancouver was hosted by a CAIS member school, Mulgrave School. located in West Vancouver.

Speakers
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Paul W Bennett

Founding Chair, ResearchED Canada, Schoolhouse Institute
Paul W. Bennett, Ed.D., is Founding Chair of researchED Canada, the Canadian branch of the UK-based grassroots teacher-research organization. Since September 2009, Paul has been Director of Schoolhouse Institute and Consulting, Halifax, NS. and, from 2011 to 2017, Adjunct Professor... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:45pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: Going Beyond Imitation: How can a thoughtfully designed employee rewards program set your school apart?
45 minute session

During this interactive round table discussion, Gallagher will bring to you the latest benefits benchmarking information from our most recent Canadian Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey focusing on specific data insights regarding Independent Schools in Ontario. We will go beyond the data to discuss strategic insights, trends and tactics for attracting and engaging employees now, and into the future.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Becker

Sarah Becker

Area Assistant Vice President - Group Benefit Services, Gallagher
With over 15 years experience in the group insurance industry, Sarah Becker has been partnering with Independent Schools since 2010. Clients are supported in the development, implementation and communication of their employee benefit programs, keeping in mind their unique culture... Read More →
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Jacob Hall

Consultant - Group Retirement Services, Gallagher
Jacob Hall is an experienced consultant with Gallagher that specializes in partnering with organizations to design and manage pension and group retirement savings programs. His member focused approach and emphasis on simplified plan construction being the keys to his success in working... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:45pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: Grade 8-9 Unbounded at Collingwood: students solve local business problems
45 minute session

Our curriculum planning focus this year was: how might we engage our students so they can solve real, unanswered problems and put their design thinking tools into action? At Collingwood, our answer was to remove grade 8 & 9 students from regular classes to tackle a real business problem presented to them by a local company, to create their own solution based on research, and to pitch it back to the CEO. As part of the process, students learned about entrepreneurship, business structure, value propositions and initiative-taking. Working in groups, they created a path of investigation and explored different avenues for solutions. They analyzed their audience. They also spent time learning how to team-build and best utilize each other's strengths. Many of the presentations were surprisingly slick for Gr. 8 and 9 students. There were many bumps along the way, including requests to 'please go back to class and do math worksheets' but we persevered and the learning happened.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Dousett

Jennifer Dousett

Director of Teaching, Learning and Innovation, Collingwood School
Jennifer Dousett is an experienced educator who believes that school should be inspiring and motivating for both students and teachers. As Director of Teaching, Learning and Innovation, Jen is passionate about maintaining academic rigour in a learning environment that offers students... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:45pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: Redesigning mathematics assessment
45 minute session

As students move into the higher levels of mathematics, assessment becomes increasingly focused on tests that can result in student stressand may preclude more authentic opportunities for feedback and iterative learning. We are striving to rethink how mathematical assessment can work in the upper years by engaging in small, daily assessments that allow for feedback and consistent opportunities for the teacher and student to identify areas of growth that can be addressed immediately. This shift in focus also opens up more available time to engage in culminating, interdisciplinary projects that can become part of the feedback loop. We look forward to sharing our ideas with you and hearing your thoughts.

Speakers
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Stephanie Chin

Department Head - Mathematics, Elmwood School
Stephanie has a B.A. in Mathematics and a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. She has taught for nearly 15 years in CAIS schools and is constantly looking to be innovative in her approach to mathematics education. With a stellar team to work with, ideas for change... Read More →
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Jason Levesque

MYP Coordinator, Elmwood School


Monday April 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

1:45pm

Roundtable Discussion 2: Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It
45 minute session

As individual CAIS schools, we are connected by a common narrative of providing a pre-eminent educational experience for young people. This narrative is a product of the time and care we take in articulating both who we are as institutions and what we want to become. Nowhere is the expression of our individual uniqueness and shared connectedness more apparent than in how we frame and articulate our respective missions. Leveraging research that comes from the fields of linguistics, readability analytics, and discourse analysis, this roundtable aims to explore if these statements, individually and collectively, reflect the kind of strength, complexity, and adaptability necessary to meet both the short and long-term challenges of a changing educational landscape. It hopes to give every independent school pause for thought: to encourage us to look more closely at how we express our missions, and to consider how we might reframe or reimagine our individual and collective narrative moving forward.

Speakers
avatar for Glen Downey

Glen Downey

Chair of Strategic Thinking, The York School
Glen Downey is an award-winning children[?]s author, educator, and academic who currently serves as the Chair of Strategic Thinking at The York School. He received a 2015 CAIS Collaboration Grant to publish "In Search of Lost Time," a book that examines the process of re-imagining... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

2:00pm

LightningTalk 4 - What is Progressive Design of International Service & Volunteer Programs?
20 minute session

International Service Learning (ISL) programs are in danger of becoming the very systems and practices they were intended to replace. Curriculum design for all three program stages (pre-departure, in field, and re-entry) are crucial if as an education industry we are going to combat misguided transactional relationships that often lead to inauthentic experiences between host communities, service providers, and visiting students. Building our collective confidence regarding best practice standards will help us continue to better equip our students and faculty to build authentic relationships and engage globally with realistic and relevant intentions.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Dear

Sam Dear

Director, ALIVE Outdoors
Sam Dear is the Director at ALIVE Outdoors (www.aliveoutdoors.com), through her work at ALIVE she builds and delivers meaningful programming to thousands of students each year. She is an author, public speaker, experiential programmer and believes in the power of meaningful and reflective practices. You can read more about her work on internat... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Mississauga AB

2:20pm

LightningTalk 1 - 4 - Q&A
10 minutes
Q&A - for all the Lightning Talk speakers 

Monday April 8, 2019 2:20pm - 2:30pm
Mississauga AB

2:30pm

Networking Break
Monday April 8, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Foyer

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - Admissions - ARC - Best Practices, Challenges and Rewards
Admissions leaders from various markets will discuss Applicant Review Committees, including how the admissions process works at their respective schools, who is involved in interviewing, assessment, and final decision-making. The related challenges and rewards of this collaborative approach will be explored. The panel discussion will be followed by Q and A.

Speakers
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Kathay Carson

Director of Enrolment Management, St. George's School of Montreal
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Lise Lacroix

Director of Admissions and Operations, Kingsway College School
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Alexis Lang Lunn

Assistant Director of Admissions, St. Michaels University School
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David McBride

Vice-Principal, Enrolment Management, Upper Canada College


Monday April 8, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Toronto AB

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - Advancement - Lightning Talks
Alumnae Giving/Stewardship for Millennials 
by Kathryn Foster, Crescent School

Rumble and Disrupt: Using Courage, Curiosity and Conversation to Boost Your Planned Giving Program
by Theresa Butler-Porter, Lakefield College School

Priorities for the Small Shop- Do’s and Don’ts
by Laura Edwards, Ross W Marsh Consulting Group Inc

Major Gifts: Transitioning from Annual Fund to Major Gifts
by  Jill Cannon, Crescent School

Fundraising Abroad
by Chad Holtum, Glenlyon Norfolk School

Annual Fund
by Sarah Robertson, Upper Canada College 

Moderator:
James McMillan,
Director of Advancement, Selwyn House School


Speakers
avatar for James McMillan

James McMillan

Director of Advancement, Selwyn House School
Small shops, Boys' schools, fundraising ideas, systems, reunions and events for alumni. Having the best job in the world.


Monday April 8, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Halton

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - Business Officers - Hot Topics in Risk Management
Neil Piller from St. George's School will lead us in a "hot topics in risk management" discussion. Neil is well reputed nationally in this regard.

Speakers
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Neil Piller

Facilities Director, St. George's School
NEIL PILLER completed a BA in geography, a BEd in Social Studies and an MA in Curriculum Studies at the University of British Columbia.  Neil owned andoperated a successful adventure tourism business for nearly ten years before entering the field of teaching. After a short career... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mississauga C

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - IT Directors - Privacy and e-learning platforms
This closed session will review privacy laws and guidelines from Ontario and beyond.   Join your peers in examining ways to balance growth in e-learning and learning analytics with the responsibility to safeguard personal information and privacy.  

Speakers
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Fred Carter

Senior Policy & Technology Advisor, MA, CIPP/C, Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario


Monday April 8, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Peel

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - JS/MS Leaders (with SS Leaders) - Uncovering Your 'Why'
Problems that need solving are all around us - the secret is understanding why they need solving and for whom. Armed with this knowledge, problems can be solved not only by experts, but by the children in your classroom or the adults in your staffroom or the people around your dinner table. The key to unlocking this is empathy. In this workshop where you will discover the ‘why’ behind facilitating empathy for uncovering authentic problems within your faculty as well as the practical ‘how’ of implementing empathetic opportunities for learning and leading.

Speakers
avatar for Kynan Robinson

Kynan Robinson

CEO, NoTosh Inc
Kynan Robinson is CEO of NoTosh Inc and Chief Operations Officer for NoTosh worldwide. A dynamic, innovative and outcome focused leader with a PhD in Education and over 20 years' experience from the classroom to the boardroom he represents NoTosh across the globe, working directly... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - MarComm - Telling your school's brand story
Each of our schools is a "brand". Your school's brand is its reason for being or the promise that your school makes to its families. Your school's story shouldn't change over time, but the way we tell our story must always be refreshed. This panel discussion will showcase peer schools who have found new and interesting ways to tell their brand story. Discussion will cover where they found inspiration, how they keep their story unique to their school and which platforms are most effective for telling their story.


Monday April 8, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ottawa Room

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - SS Leaders (With JS/MS Leaders) - Uncovering Your 'Why'
Problems that need solving are all around us - the secret is understanding why they need solving and for whom. Armed with this knowledge, problems can be solved not only by experts, but by the children in your classroom or the adults in your staffroom or the people around your dinner table. The key to unlocking this is empathy. In this workshop where you will discover the ‘why’ behind facilitating empathy for uncovering authentic problems within your faculty as well as the practical ‘how’ of implementing empathetic opportunities for learning and leading.

Speakers
avatar for Kynan Robinson

Kynan Robinson

CEO, NoTosh Inc
Kynan Robinson is CEO of NoTosh Inc and Chief Operations Officer for NoTosh worldwide. A dynamic, innovative and outcome focused leader with a PhD in Education and over 20 years' experience from the classroom to the boardroom he represents NoTosh across the globe, working directly... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - Athletic Directors - Coaching is Questioning
For the most part, we humans don’t like to be told what to do—we don’t! And yet, so
much of the relationship between coach and athlete is built around the antiquated
model of a coach telling the athlete what to do.

What if that model limited our athletes ability to perform? What if there was a better
way to foster a coach-athlete relationship that truly empowered athletes to become
their best self?

Participants explore, though an interactive exercise, the benefits of employing a
inquiry-based approach to coaching.

Speakers
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Jason Dorland

Healthy High Performance School
Jason was born into a rowing family. His grandfather, father and older brothers all rowed at a high level. Jason spent his high school years rowing at Ridley College before continuing his passion in university. Once on the National Team, he set his sights on the 1988 Olympic Games... Read More →
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Robyn Meagher

Healthy High Performance School
Robyn’s running career spans 17 years on the Canadian National Team. Her remarkable longevity speaks to her simple joy of running. As she says, “I just loved running on the trails in nature—it was a meditative process for me.” Her love of running resulted in some impressive... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Windsor

3:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - HR - Employee Wellbeing & Mental Health (comprehensive framework for creating strategies)
Wellness programs are a way of the past, but individual and organizational wellbeing is the way of the future. Schools who want to thrive and lead the way need to move beyond tracking points and trying to get employees to participate in wellness activities, and learn how employers are providing better solutions to improve individual and organizational wellbeing. Join us as we explore a holistic approach to wellbeing – social/emotional, physical, social, financial, career and community – and equip you with the considerations
needed to develop an effective wellbeing strategy to help build resilient employees and a resilient student population.


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Becker

Sarah Becker

Area Assistant Vice President - Group Benefit Services, Gallagher
With over 15 years experience in the group insurance industry, Sarah Becker has been partnering with Independent Schools since 2010. Clients are supported in the development, implementation and communication of their employee benefit programs, keeping in mind their unique culture... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Aurora

4:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - Admissions - What Does Diversity and Inclusion Look Like in our Schools?
Participants will work in small groups and be asked to consider what diversity looks like in their schools; how it is infused, taught, acknowledged, and celebrated, and how this inclusion, and the acceptance of all differences, are monitored and measured.

A facilitated discussion with the full group will follow the small group conversations.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Cameron

Julie Cameron

Director of Admissions, Ridley College
Julie Cameron is the Director of Admission and Tuition Assistance at Ridley College in St Catharines, Ontario. Julie has been a Director of Admission since 2007, after a 20 year career in Airline Management including Infight Services and Airports.
avatar for Janis Clark

Janis Clark

Director of Enrolment and Financial Aid, Collingwood School


Monday April 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Toronto AB

4:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - Advancement (With Business Officers) - Advancement Working Effectively With the Head of School, Finance, Admissions, and a Consultant
Moderators
avatar for Chad Holtum

Chad Holtum

Deputy Head, Admissions and Advancement, Glenlyon Norfolk School
Chad Holtum is in his sixth year as Deputy Head of Glenlyon Norfolk School inVictoria, BC.As the head of the Advancement Office, Chad oversees the school’s Admissions,Fundraising, Alumni Relations, International Program, Communications andMarketing operations. Since his arrival... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hal Hannaford

Hal Hannaford

Headmaster, Selwyn House School
Hal Hannaford began his educational career as a student at Lower Canada College in Montréal, and has spent his entire professional life in education. Hal is entering his 30th year as a Headmaster in CAIS schools. He studied at Queen[?]s University (Economics), Concordia University... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Carter

Kimberly Carter

Executive Director, Enrolment Management, Branksome Hall
Kimberly Carter is the Executive Director, Enrolment Management for Branksome Hall. As Executive Director, Enrolment Management, Kimberly is responsible for all school initiatives that promote, recruit, assess, admit and retain students, including Chair of Branksome Hall’s Financial... Read More →
avatar for Tim Rutherford

Tim Rutherford

Associate Head of School, Chief Financial Officer, Lakefield College School
Tim joined Lakefield College School in December 2013 as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining LCS, Tim gained experience working 20 years working in the Corporate world in senior finance roles, most recently as CFO for GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Ltd.Since joining LCS... Read More →
avatar for Ross Marsh

Ross Marsh

President, Ross W. Marsh Consulting Group Inc.
With 28 years of Advancement experience in Canada and internationally, Ross Marsh has worked with over 250 clients on Advancement projects and campaigns with goals from $500,000 to $300 million, as well as a myriad of other projects spanning the education, health, religious, arts... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mississauga AB

4:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - Business Officers (With Advancement) - Advancement Working Effectively With the Head of School, Finance, Admissions, and a Consultant
Moderators
avatar for Chad Holtum

Chad Holtum

Deputy Head, Admissions and Advancement, Glenlyon Norfolk School
Chad Holtum is in his sixth year as Deputy Head of Glenlyon Norfolk School inVictoria, BC.As the head of the Advancement Office, Chad oversees the school’s Admissions,Fundraising, Alumni Relations, International Program, Communications andMarketing operations. Since his arrival... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hal Hannaford

Hal Hannaford

Headmaster, Selwyn House School
Hal Hannaford began his educational career as a student at Lower Canada College in Montréal, and has spent his entire professional life in education. Hal is entering his 30th year as a Headmaster in CAIS schools. He studied at Queen[?]s University (Economics), Concordia University... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Carter

Kimberly Carter

Executive Director, Enrolment Management, Branksome Hall
Kimberly Carter is the Executive Director, Enrolment Management for Branksome Hall. As Executive Director, Enrolment Management, Kimberly is responsible for all school initiatives that promote, recruit, assess, admit and retain students, including Chair of Branksome Hall’s Financial... Read More →
avatar for Tim Rutherford

Tim Rutherford

Associate Head of School, Chief Financial Officer, Lakefield College School
Tim joined Lakefield College School in December 2013 as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining LCS, Tim gained experience working 20 years working in the Corporate world in senior finance roles, most recently as CFO for GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Ltd.Since joining LCS... Read More →
avatar for Ross Marsh

Ross Marsh

President, Ross W. Marsh Consulting Group Inc.
With 28 years of Advancement experience in Canada and internationally, Ross Marsh has worked with over 250 clients on Advancement projects and campaigns with goals from $500,000 to $300 million, as well as a myriad of other projects spanning the education, health, religious, arts... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mississauga AB

4:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - IT Directors - How Schools can use Tech as an Ally to Build Healthy Relationships and Strengthen School Community
Never before has the school day extended to 24/7. With collaborative online homework, all grade and all school chat rooms, parents and teachers emailing, the ‘school house’ and family home have merged. Not only have we lost the physical boundaries between school and home, but the school day continues all day and too often all night online. Students describe a big disconnect between who they are at school, and who they are online, and struggle with an online social media culture that is often the antithesis of school values. In this talk, Dr. CSA will help teachers deepen their understanding of the two worlds and different identities students must navigate. She will present strategies teachers can use for students of all ages to unify students split identities for the better, and tools for teaching students to use tech at school and at home as an ally for healthy relationships and building community. And finally, she will share new ways and research that help educators revision how to best use tech at school.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Steiner Adair

Catherine Steiner Adair

Clinical Psychologist, Consultant
Speaks on: Technology, Children and Family, Parenting, Education, Social and Emotional Learning, Health and Wellness, Bullying, Psychology, Non- Fiction, Leadership, Media, Girls and Women ‘s Issues, Body Image, Social issues, Information Age, College Campus, Featured Community... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

4:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - JS/MS Leaders (With SS Leaders)- How Schools can use Tech as an Ally to Build Healthy Relationships and Strengthen School Community
Never before has the school day extended to 24/7. With collaborative online homework, all grade and all school chat rooms, parents and teachers emailing, the ‘school house’ and family home have merged. Not only have we lost the physical boundaries between school and home, but the school day continues all day and too often all night online. Students describe a big disconnect between who they are at school, and who they are online, and struggle with an online social media culture that is often the antithesis of school values. In this talk, Dr. CSA will help teachers deepen their understanding of the two worlds and different identities students must navigate. She will present strategies teachers can use for students of all ages to unify students split identities for the better, and tools for teaching students to use tech at school and at home as an ally for healthy relationships and building community. And finally, she will share new ways and research that help educators revision how to best use tech at school.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Steiner Adair

Catherine Steiner Adair

Clinical Psychologist, Consultant
Speaks on: Technology, Children and Family, Parenting, Education, Social and Emotional Learning, Health and Wellness, Bullying, Psychology, Non- Fiction, Leadership, Media, Girls and Women ‘s Issues, Body Image, Social issues, Information Age, College Campus, Featured Community... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

4:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - MarComm - Using different community voices to tell your story
Sometimes, your school's story can be most powerful when it comes from a voice other than the corporate voice of the school. Storytelling by different members of a school's community can bring a level of credibility that is otherwise difficult to establish. This panel discussion will showcase peer schools who have used different community voices to great effect for their school's Discussion will cover the impact that these different voices bring to the communication, which voices are easiest to channel and which are most challenging, and how to maintain authenticity when speaking from these voices.

Monday April 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ottawa Room

4:00pm

Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - SS Leaders (With JS/MS Leaders) - How Schools can use Tech as an Ally to Build Healthy Relationships and Strengthen School Community
Never before has the school day extended to 24/7. With collaborative online homework, all grade and all school chat rooms, parents and teachers emailing, the ‘school house’ and family home have merged. Not only have we lost the physical boundaries between school and home, but the school day continues all day and too often all night online. Students describe a big disconnect between who they are at school, and who they are online, and struggle with an online social media culture that is often the antithesis of school values.

In this talk, Dr. CSA will help teachers deepen their understanding of the two worlds and different identities students must navigate. She will present strategies teachers can use for students of all ages to unify students split identities for the better, and tools for teaching students to use tech at school and at home as an ally for healthy relationships and building community. And finally, she will share new ways and research that help educators revision how to best use tech at school.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Steiner Adair

Catherine Steiner Adair

Clinical Psychologist, Consultant
Speaks on: Technology, Children and Family, Parenting, Education, Social and Emotional Learning, Health and Wellness, Bullying, Psychology, Non- Fiction, Leadership, Media, Girls and Women ‘s Issues, Body Image, Social issues, Information Age, College Campus, Featured Community... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

5:00pm

7:00pm

Free Evening
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Monday April 8, 2019 7:00pm - 9:30pm

9:30pm

Hospitality Suite
Monday April 8, 2019 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Lot 41
 
Tuesday, April 9
 

7:00am

Breakfast
All attending the Closed Network working breakfasts can get their breakfast in their breakfast in either foyer and head to the assigned meeting rooms. Those not attending can eat in Plaza Ballroom C. 

Tuesday April 9, 2019 7:00am - 12:15pm
Plaza Foyer + Mississauga Conference Foyer

7:00am

Conference Registration
Tuesday April 9, 2019 7:00am - 12:15pm
Plaza Foyer A

7:30am

7:30am

Working Breakfast/Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - Advancement - Q & A "Everything you wanted to know about Advancement, but were afraid to ask"
The agenda for this session is determined by the questions that are asked at the very beginning of the session. Attendees can't be shy if they attend this session. It is a very interactive format, where delegates contribute to the sessions by asking and answering questions. It is a one stop shop for questions relating to External Relations and Advancement.

Speakers
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Rudy Massimo

Director of External Relations and Advancement, Shawnigan Lake School
Originally from New York and Montreal, Rudy arrived at Shawnigan Lake School in 2012, bringing with him considerable expertise in the fields of external relations, fundraising and leadership development. At Shawnigan, he leads the External Relations and Advancement team, focusing... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Halton

7:30am

Working Breakfast/Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - Athletic Directors - How to Access Flow-State
Flow-State. The Zone. Whatever you want to call it, when we hear high performers
talk about their experience of that place, it often sounds mystical—as if they
happened upon it by fluke.

What if we could increase the chances of accessing a higher state of being that
enabled a level of performance we don’t often see?

In this session, participants not only learn the neurobiology that supports flow-state,
but also learn strategies that support athletes accessing that state on purpose.

Speakers
JD

Jason Dorland

Healthy High Performance School
Jason was born into a rowing family. His grandfather, father and older brothers all rowed at a high level. Jason spent his high school years rowing at Ridley College before continuing his passion in university. Once on the National Team, he set his sights on the 1988 Olympic Games... Read More →
RM

Robyn Meagher

Healthy High Performance School
Robyn’s running career spans 17 years on the Canadian National Team. Her remarkable longevity speaks to her simple joy of running. As she says, “I just loved running on the trails in nature—it was a meditative process for me.” Her love of running resulted in some impressive... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Windsor

7:30am

Working Breakfast/Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - Business Officers - Q & A Session
Speakers
avatar for Jillian Lamothe

Jillian Lamothe

Deputy Head, Finance and Operations, St. John's-Ravenscourt School
Jillian Lamothe received her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba in 1987 and achieved her professional designation as a Chartered Accountant in 1990. She currently serves as Deputy Head, Finance and Operations at St. John's-Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Mississauga C

7:30am

Working Breakfast/Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session- HR - Creative Recruiting Strategies (international recruiting, open discussion to share practices)
Independent Schools have been facing a looming Teacher shortage and struggles to attract academic leaders. This interactive breakfast session will allow the HR network to engage in discussions around recruiting challenges, creative solutions and strategies, and ways to support one another.


Speakers
GF

Guylaine Frigon

Senior Manager, Human Resources, TFS - Canada's International School
avatar for Tracey Dixon

Tracey Dixon

Director of Talent Recruitment & Development, Mulgrave School


Tuesday April 9, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Aurora

7:30am

Working Breakfast/Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - IT - Edtech-share-o-rama
This engaging early morning session will call on registrants to volunteer and share a 5 minute demo or presentation with the group, on an  IT-related topic of their choice.  

Get a taste of a diverse array of topics in a short time frame as presenters  share resources and contact info!   

Speakers
avatar for Jean-Pierre Trudeau

Jean-Pierre Trudeau

Director of Technology, Selwyn House School
Jean-Pierre Trudeau is the Director of Technology at Selwyn House School in Montreal, Canada. He is also a certified Google Trainer, Microsoft Educator, MCSA, ACTC, A+, CCNT.


Tuesday April 9, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Peel

7:30am

7:30am

Working Breakfast/Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - MarComm - Trendspotting
What "go to" sources do your marketing peers use to stay current? Hear what others have to say and share the ways you stay "in the know".

Tuesday April 9, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Ottawa Room

7:30am

Working Breakfast/Collaboration Within Networks - Closed Session - SS Leaders - Laying foundations for success
The CAIS conference has brought together great theorists and practitioners exploring complexity, connectedness and design. Your experiences in the lightning talks, catalytic conversations and roundtable sessions have no doubt sparked ideas to take back to school. In this session NoTosh will guide you through a pre-mortem on one of your ideas.

What is the pre-mortem? It’s one question: “This is a great idea: now what are all the things that could go wrong with it?” A pre-mortem should lead to a discussion, not a report — leave that to the risk analysis Prince2 types. It should be quick, and a routine that you get into any time a new idea is proposed. It should be verbal — a discussion had in front of the whole team, not hidden in the leadership suite. Only by keeping the format of a pre-mortem light, will you gain the confidence of the team around you that this is not, in fact, a method for killing off great ideas early. Participants for this session will need to come armed with an idea they want to see take shape in their school.

Speakers
avatar for Kynan Robinson

Kynan Robinson

CEO, NoTosh Inc
Kynan Robinson is CEO of NoTosh Inc and Chief Operations Officer for NoTosh worldwide. A dynamic, innovative and outcome focused leader with a PhD in Education and over 20 years' experience from the classroom to the boardroom he represents NoTosh across the globe, working directly... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Mississauga AB

8:30am

Networking Break
Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:30am - 8:45am
Foyer

8:45am

LightningTalk 1 - Talking to a Millennial? 3 DOs and DON'Ts to Help Yourself Be Heard
20 minute session

Communicating effectively with a Millennial (a person born in the mid-1990s to early 2000s) can be a challenge. The good news is it can also be terrific. Let's take a fresh look at how Millennials like to communicate. We will explore DOs and DON'Ts to help your written and verbal communications. Come prepared to change your mind regarding the & Millennial stereotype.

Speakers
avatar for Janet Hueglin Hartwick

Janet Hueglin Hartwick

President, Soilleirich Communications Group
Janet Hueglin Hartwick is a conversation coach, trainer and speaker. She is the founder of Conversations At Work, an evidence-based communications training program that helps professionals lead today[?]s emotionally engaged workforce. Janet is also the President of Soilleirich Communications... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:05am
Mississauga AB

8:45am

Roundtable Discussion 1: Change Makers: Activating School and Educator-Led Research
45 minute session

'Teacher-researchers' are an essential part of progressive school cultures, marking a value for life-long learning and the push for evidence-based practice in schools. In this talk, participants learn how a school-based research centre can help support institutional and individual priorities. By showcasing three studies run by distinct and varied roles in the school –a learning strategist/counsellor, a teacher, and a senior administrator—we see how students and colleagues are asked to engage with education in new ways. For example, the counsellor promoted student well-being by piloting outdoor recess for middle school students. The classroom teacher fostered positive humor through her physical education course. The administrator developed a model for student-centred decision-making and championed a study on space design. In considering the complexity of school administration, mentored research offers an avenue for practitioners to develop new educational strategies to complex issues. Using artifacts from the three projects—narratives and a photo essay—participants explore the changing nature of research in school settings. They also offer insight into the many ways evidence-based practice is a driver for school improvement.

New to the Canadian context, the advent of such centres adds another layer to the conversation as to what grounds sustainability efforts in education. In closing, the audience considers four strategies for how schools can provide on-site tools for educators to access and lead projects within their communities.

Speakers
avatar for Mira Gambhir

Mira Gambhir

Director, Chandaria Research Centre, Branksome Hall
Mira Gambhir is the inaugural Director of the Chandaria Research Centre at Branksome Hall. She is a scholar and published author in the fields of diversity education, international education and teacher education. She brings with her experience as a researcher, curriculum writer... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am
Plaza Ballroom AB

8:45am

Roundtable Discussion 1: Confident Girls, Inspiring Women! Making Connections .... Exchanging best practises
45 minute session

In the complexity of today’s world the need for an all girls’ education seems to be more relevant today more than ever. For many years, girls have been told they “can do anything” but this has transitioned to them thinking that they have to do everything. We recognize the need to not only help develop strong and courageous girls and women, but also healthy, balanced individuals. As the only independent school for girls on Vancouver Island, we are seeking to make connections across the country and to develop an opportunity to share as a community of educators of girls.

Some of the questions we will explore include:
What do we do to support girls’ academic and social and emotional learning?
What are the current issues we all face?
How are we developing the leaders of tomorrow while keeping our girls healthy today?
How can we connect and support each other as educators who specialize in single-sex education for girls? How do we best support educators in building their skills to teach in an all-girls’ learning environment?

Join us in the creation of a Canadian All-Girls’ School Consortium. By working together as women and educators of girls, we can learn from each other’s strengths and experiences - leading from the heads and the hearts.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Lue Emmerson

Mary Lue Emmerson

Foundation Years Principal, St Margaret's School
Mary Lue Emmerson sees her role as Foundation Years Principal at St. Margaret’s School as coming full circle. She has been involved in girls’ education within independent schools as an integral part of her family and personal history, education and career path. Having experienced... Read More →
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Megan Hedderick

Senior Years Principal, St Margaret's School


Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am
Plaza Ballroom AB

8:45am

Roundtable Discussion 1: Creating a Coaching Culture in Schools
45 minute session

We live in an increasingly complex society, and yet our basic human desire to be connected to others continues to be one of our most pervasive needs. Creating a coaching culture is a wonderful antidote for the difficulties facing the realities of leading and working in the twenty-first century. A coaching culture favours a growth mindset , a development-focused style of leadership, and a desire to become spectacularly curious. With coaching taking root in your school culture, your faculty and staff become increasingly self-resourced and are more likely to resolve issues independently, ask for support at the right time, admit mistakes, take risks, and tap into their own potential. In this roundtable participants will have the unique opportunity to actually participate in a coaching conversation, steeped in the core principles of coaching, while discussing the very topic they are curious about- creating coaching cultures of wellbeing in schools. They will also grasp a deeper understanding of what coaching is, how it can be beneficial in an educational environment, and how it can enable employees to flourish and influence the culture of their school.


Speakers
avatar for Lara Koretsky

Lara Koretsky

Executive Director, People & Culture, Crescent School
Lara has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Coaching, Leadership Development and Human Resources. She currently is the Executive Director of People & Culture at Crescent School, where she works to create a culture of wellbeing for all employees. Within this realm she offers... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am
Plaza Ballroom AB

8:45am

Roundtable Discussion 1: Employee Engagement: Why it Matters? Are your employees ready for change?
45 minute session

An engaged workforce is key to effective collaboration on strategic matters and promotes dynamic and adaptable approaches to meeting today's complex educational challenges. Joanne Kamins, Head of School at Balmoral Hall School for Girls with Margaret Paterson, HR Leader, will share perspectives about undertaking an employee engagement survey for the first time. They will facilitate discussion on tips for success in building and supporting an engaged workforce and the leadership challenges of moving forward and supporting change.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Paterson

Margaret Paterson

Human Resources Coordinator, Balmoral Hall School for Girls
Human Resources Leader, Balmoral Hall School for Girls, WinnipegMargaret is a seasoned Human Resources professional with over 30 years[?] experience in public sector human resources with specific expertise in employee engagement, change management and performance development and feedback... Read More →
avatar for Joanne Kamins

Joanne Kamins

Head of School, Balmoral Hall School for Girls
Joanne Kamins – Head of School, Balmoral School for Girls, WinnipegJoanne Kamins received her undergraduate degree with a double major in English and Geography from the University of Winnipeg, and a Bachelor of Education and her Post Baccalaureate in Counselling from the University... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am
Plaza Ballroom AB

8:45am

Roundtable Discussion 1: Faculty Mentorship: Pursuing Possibilities for Mentorship in CAIS Schools
45 minute session

In this session, current research on the value and design of mentorship programs in schools will be presented; one possible version of a mentorship program will be shared. Participants will be given the opportunity to actively explore the idea of designing a mentorship program for their own school settings, assessing their schools' needs and wants, while working through some of the protocols utilized in the training of mentors and new faculty alike at STS. Participants will dwell in the realm of possibility around program design, as well as the challenges and benefits of such programs. Participants will also engage in a discussion around the usefulness and possibilities of continued sharing of ideas around mentorship as part of a larger CAIS community.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Weber

Andrea Weber

Director of Mentorship, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School
Andrea Weber earned her Honours Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Queen[?]s University and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. Upon graduation in 1998, she began teaching at her former high school in Red Deer, Alberta. From there, Andrea took a position... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am
Plaza Ballroom AB

8:45am

Roundtable Discussion 1: Implementing homeroom/advisor programmes in the middle and senior school
45 minute session

Discussion will be focused on the reasons why wellness and well being needs to be part of the school curriculum.

Bring your questions, challenges, and ideas to the roundtable session.


Speakers
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Helen Gin

Middle School Principal, The York School
Helen Gin is a life long learner who has adapted to various changes in education. Navigating through the changes have been met through the relationships she has nurtured with students, faculty, parents and administrators. Helen educates by the messages in Rita Peirson youtube video... Read More →
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Elissa Kline-Beber

Director of Wellness, The York School


Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am
Plaza Ballroom AB

8:45am

Roundtable Discussion 1: Leveraging Collaboration to Drive Recruitment and Retention
45 minute session

Enrolment, recruitment and retention is a major driver of school success. Where we get our students and how we keep our students are important questions. Building external partnerships to drive collaboration and tell the story of your school is an important way to grow enrolment and recruitment. Looking at models of collaboration from the book Great at Work by Morten Hansen, participants will hear about some community collaborations that have helped on local school drive recruitment and increase enrolment. The participants will then be able to share their collaborative partnerships and consider the reciprocal nature of collaboration and how to choose partnerships that advance the goals of both organizations.


Speakers
avatar for Amy Platt

Amy Platt

Principal, Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School
Dr. Amy Platt is the Principal of the Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School in Toronto, Canada. Amy works with the Board, faculty, families and community to ensure the school lives its’ mission and vision. Prior to being at PPDJDS Amy served as the Director of General Studies at... Read More →
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Sheri Rapp

Recruitment and Retention Manager, Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School
Sheri Rapp is the Recruitment and Retention Manager at Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School in Toronto, Canada. Sheri greets and engages prospective and current school families, working to fill the halls with happy, thriving students and their caregivers. She also builds dynamic... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am
Plaza Ballroom AB

8:45am

Roundtable Discussion 1: Promoting Well-being through Experiential Service Learning
45 minute session

Children and youth are experiencing more issues related to mental health than ever before and the demand for child and youth mental health support can exceed the ability of current clinical, community-based, and school response systems.

We have an opportunity and a duty to transform the conversation around well-being and understand further how service learning is being infused into well-being in CAIS school communities.

WE Schools is an innovative experiential service learning program that engages educators and group leaders to empower children and youth with skills, knowledge and motivation to bring positive change in the world. WE School's overall learning outcomes include increasing academic engagement, instilling active citizenship, improving post-secondary readiness.

WE Well-being is a proactive program built on research-based prevention and promotion strategies, designed to build a foundation of awareness, understanding and taking action.

Developed in collaboration with leading social and emotional learning and mental health professionals, the goal of the program is to achieve the following outcomes:
  1. Promoting positive inclusive, safe and caring environments and relationships.
  2.  Celebrating diversity, fostering resiliency and reducing stigma.
  3. Increasing social, emotional, physical and mental well-being. 
The WE Well-being program serves children and youth from grades K-12, with educational modules designed to bring well-being through service-learning into the classroom, increase mental health literacy and improve school's capacity to support students in developing their personal well-being and the well-being of others and their communities.

During the roundtable discussion, participants will explore and discuss:
  1. The important relationship between social emotional learning and experiential service learning and the correlation to societal and individual well-being.
  2. Key resources from WE Well-being Module One (Promoting Well-being in Schools, Families and Communities) lessons based on five positive human qualities: empathy, compassion, gratitude, altruism and resilience. 
  3. How service learning can be infused into into a schools' approach to well-being. 
  4. How the WE Well-being program was designed, usage of research, partnerships with academic leaders in social emotional learning and well-being literacy.
  5. Key learnings of 2018-19 Canadian wide pilot, professional learning, student programming and future partnering with the program.


Speakers
avatar for Sean Mitchell

Sean Mitchell

Director, Global Program Innovation & Development, WE Schools
With over twenty years of leadership experience in Independent schools, Sean has focused his career on helping young people reach their potential by building and supporting dynamic experiential programs. Sean joined the WE Schools team in August 2017, after serving seventeen years... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Hainbuch

Jeff Hainbuch

Head, Educational Partnerships, WE Schools
Recently retired as a Superintendent of Education with the Toronto District School Board, Jeff is an experienced educator with over 25 years in public education with extensive experience leading family of schools; curriculum development; special education; leadership and staff development... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am
Plaza Ballroom AB

8:45am

Catalytic Conversation: Connecting the Conversations in Your School
Mary has been working with all members of the school community to leverage the power of coaching conversations. Conversations connect and bring life to the school's strategic goals, leadership groups, professional learning groups, individual teachers and students. In this session, participants will learn and practice three coaching skills and apply these skills to connect the conversations, change and growth that is happening within their own school. Focusing on solutions, participants will leave with clarity on the purpose and power of coaching conversations.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Gauthier

Mary Gauthier

Executive Director , Greenwood Centre for Teaching and Learning, Greenwood College School
As the Executive Director of the Greenwood Centre for Teaching and Learning, Mary supports the celebration and development of great teachers. Mary helps teachers meet their goals through coaching conversations, as they explore ways to best meet the needs of students. She supports... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:45am - 10:15am
Toronto AB

8:45am

Catalytic Conversation: Designing Connection: fostering the relationships schools both want and need
That education takes place in relationship is easy to say. But what do we know for sure about how educators engage in, and teach, the kinds of school relationships that maximize academic excellence, social health, and ethical rigor? This session will look at our conference theme with a specific focus on designing connection. "Based on 1990's research that underpinned what has been called the most successful character education program ever implemented", and enriched by the findings of social-emotional learning and other fields over the past 20 years, our catalytic conversation will move toward two ends:
  1. A general look at five practices that bring out the best in both adults and students, with examples of how these relate to everyday life in schools and evidence of the kind of success they have shown; and 
  2. a more specific, individual discussion regarding 'my school' and—considering the age of our students and the make up of our faculty—the extent to which these practices can be woven into what we already do well.

Speakers
avatar for David Streight

David Streight

Resident Scholar, Heart of Character
David Streight spent three decades as a teacher and school psychologist in both public and private independent schools before taking a position as executive director of the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education, to help schools work to have the quality of their ethical education... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:45am - 10:15am
Montreal AB

8:45am

Catalytic Conversation: Diversity and Pluralism - how are our independent schools doing?
Pre-Reading Materials (PDF):
Built on the pillars of diversity and pluralism, and enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canada is a country for all peoples. Our education systems form the backbone of our communities and act as the beacon of these important values. We have seen public school boards all over the country make direct attempts to address and redress issues of diversity and inclusion in real and tangible ways – how are our independent schools doing? In this Catalytic Conversation, we will look at the data of the recently completed CAIS 2018 Senior Leadership Diversity Survey and attempt to better understand the nature of diversity in CAIS schools at the senior leadership and employee levels (this conversation will not explicitly focus on student diversity). If we agree that greater diversity is generally seen as positive, what can we do to strategically and systematically increase diversity in our schools at the leadership level and beyond?

Speakers
avatar for Naheed Bardai

Naheed Bardai

Head of Upper School, Upper Canada College
Naheed Bardai is currently the Head of Upper School at Upper Canada College. Prior to joining the College, Naheed spent ten years in Mombasa, Kenya as a teacher and school leader. Through both educational contexts, Naheed has spent the last several years thinking about diversity and... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:45am - 10:15am
Aurora

9:05am

LightningTalk 2 - Engaging Support Staff in Student Life
20 minute session

Business Officers do not traditionally have ongoing, deliberate opportunities to participate in student life. However, moving outside of the office and into the student realm can provide new insights to student life that prove helpful when assessing business decisions. Business Officers and other support staff have much to contribute to the student experience if encouraged to do so. Learn about one school's experiences in engaging support staff in student life - and the benefits to both staff and students.Examples of how we have had support staff engage in student life include: coaching, offering seminars in financial literacy, serving as student committee advisors (yearbook and grad in particular), providing business insight to business class presentation. Engaging with students in this way opens support staff up to greater understanding of the daily challenges faced by faculty, and helps bridge the & faculty / support staff & divide that can occur in independent schools.

Speakers
avatar for Jillian Lamothe

Jillian Lamothe

Deputy Head, Finance and Operations, St. John's-Ravenscourt School
Jillian Lamothe received her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba in 1987 and achieved her professional designation as a Chartered Accountant in 1990. She currently serves as Deputy Head, Finance and Operations at St. John's-Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:05am - 9:25am
Mississauga AB

9:25am

LightningTalk 3 - Mission Delivery - An Operations Perspective
20 minute session

Your finance, facilities and IT departments are set up to do good work–reliable and efficient. That is needed. But is it enough? Today, Schools need Operation Teams that can adapt to change, lead and implement strategy as well as being innovative. This session will share the on going approach that Crescent School's Operation Team has implemented.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Smith-Green

Carolyn Smith-Green

Chief Finance and Administration Officer, Crescent School
Carolyn Smith-Green joined Crescent School in 2015. Prior to joining Crescent, Carolyn was CFO at Variety Village for almost eight years. Previously she held senior finance, IT and marketing positions in major corporations such as Rogers Media, Bell Canada and Petro-Canada. Carolyn... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:25am - 9:45am
Mississauga AB

9:30am

Roundtable Discussion 2: Change Makers: Activating School and Educator-Led Research
45 minute session

'Teacher-researchers' are an essential part of progressive school cultures, marking a value for life-long learning and the push for evidence-based practice in schools. In this talk, participants learn how a school-based research centre can help support institutional and individual priorities. By showcasing three studies run by distinct and varied roles in the school –a learning strategist/counsellor, a teacher, and a senior administrator—we see how students and colleagues are asked to engage with education in new ways. For example, the counsellor promoted student well-being by piloting outdoor recess for middle school students. The classroom teacher fostered positive humor through her physical education course. The administrator developed a model for student-centred decision-making and championed a study on space design. In considering the complexity of school administration, mentored research offers an avenue for practitioners to develop new educational strategies to complex issues. Using artifacts from the three projects—narratives and a photo essay—participants explore the changing nature of research in school settings. They also offer insight into the many ways evidence-based practice is a driver for school improvement.

New to the Canadian context, the advent of such centres adds another layer to the conversation as to what grounds sustainability efforts in education. In closing, the audience considers four strategies for how schools can provide on-site tools for educators to access and lead projects within their communities.

Speakers
avatar for Mira Gambhir

Mira Gambhir

Director, Chandaria Research Centre, Branksome Hall
Mira Gambhir is the inaugural Director of the Chandaria Research Centre at Branksome Hall. She is a scholar and published author in the fields of diversity education, international education and teacher education. She brings with her experience as a researcher, curriculum writer... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am
Plaza Ballroom AB

9:30am

Roundtable Discussion 2: Confident Girls to Inspiring Women! Making Connections
45 minute session

In the complexity of today’s world the need for an all girls’ education seems to be more relevant today more than ever. For many years, girls have been told they “can do anything” but this has transitioned to them thinking that they have to do everything. We recognize the need to not only help develop strong and courageous girls and women, but also healthy, balanced individuals. As the only independent school for girls on Vancouver Island, we are seeking to make connections across the country and to develop an opportunity to share as a community of educators of girls. Some of the questions we will explore include: What do we do to support girls’ academic and social and emotional learning?
What are the current issues we all face?
How are we developing the leaders of tomorrow while keeping our girls healthy today?
How can we connect and support each other as educators who specialize in single-sex education for girls? How do we best support educators in building their skills to teach in an all-girls’ learning environment?

Join us in the creation of a Canadian All-Girls’ School Consortium. By working together as women and educators of girls, we can learn from each other’s strengths and experiences - leading from the heads and the hearts.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Lue Emmerson

Mary Lue Emmerson

Foundation Years Principal, St Margaret's School
Mary Lue Emmerson sees her role as Foundation Years Principal at St. Margaret’s School as coming full circle. She has been involved in girls’ education within independent schools as an integral part of her family and personal history, education and career path. Having experienced... Read More →
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Megan Hedderick

Senior Years Principal, St Margaret's School


Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am
Plaza Ballroom AB

9:30am

Roundtable Discussion 2: Creating a Coaching Culture in Schools
45 minute session

We live in an increasingly complex society, and yet our basic human desire to be connected to others continues to be one of our most pervasive needs. Creating a coaching culture is a wonderful antidote for the difficulties facing the realities of leading and working in the twenty-first century. A coaching culture favours a growth mindset , a development-focused style of leadership, and a desire to become spectacularly curious. With coaching taking root in your school culture, your faculty and staff become increasingly self-resourced and are more likely to resolve issues independently, ask for support at the right time, admit mistakes, take risks, and tap into their own potential. In this roundtable participants will have the unique opportunity to actually participate in a coaching conversation, steeped in the core principles of coaching, while discussing the very topic they are curious about- creating coaching cultures of wellbeing in schools. They will also grasp a deeper understanding of what coaching is, how it can be beneficial in an educational environment, and how it can enable employees to flourish and influence the culture of their school.


Speakers
avatar for Lara Koretsky

Lara Koretsky

Executive Director, People & Culture, Crescent School
Lara has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Coaching, Leadership Development and Human Resources. She currently is the Executive Director of People & Culture at Crescent School, where she works to create a culture of wellbeing for all employees. Within this realm she offers... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am
Plaza Ballroom AB

9:30am

Roundtable Discussion 2: Employee Engagement: Why it Matters? Are your employees ready for change?
45 minute session

An engaged workforce is key to effective collaboration on strategic matters and promotes dynamic and adaptable approaches to meeting today's complex educational challenges. Joanne Kamins, Head of School at Balmoral Hall School for Girls with Margaret Paterson, HR Leader, will share perspectives about undertaking an employee engagement survey for the first time. They will facilitate discussion on tips for success in building and supporting an engaged workforce and the leadership challenges of moving forward and supporting change.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Paterson

Margaret Paterson

Human Resources Coordinator, Balmoral Hall School for Girls
Human Resources Leader, Balmoral Hall School for Girls, WinnipegMargaret is a seasoned Human Resources professional with over 30 years[?] experience in public sector human resources with specific expertise in employee engagement, change management and performance development and feedback... Read More →
avatar for Joanne Kamins

Joanne Kamins

Head of School, Balmoral Hall School for Girls
Joanne Kamins – Head of School, Balmoral School for Girls, WinnipegJoanne Kamins received her undergraduate degree with a double major in English and Geography from the University of Winnipeg, and a Bachelor of Education and her Post Baccalaureate in Counselling from the University... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am
Plaza Ballroom AB

9:30am

Roundtable Discussion 2: Faculty Mentorship: Pursuing Possibilities for Mentorship in CAIS Schools
45 minute session

In this session, current research on the value and design of mentorship programs in schools will be presented; one possible version of a mentorship program will be shared. Participants will be given the opportunity to actively explore the idea of designing a mentorship program for their own school settings, assessing their schools' needs and wants, while working through some of the protocols utilized in the training of mentors and new faculty alike at STS. Participants will dwell in the realm of possibility around program design, as well as the challenges and benefits of such programs. Participants will also engage in a discussion around the usefulness and possibilities of continued sharing of ideas around mentorship as part of a larger CAIS community.


Speakers
avatar for Andrea Weber

Andrea Weber

Director of Mentorship, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School
Andrea Weber earned her Honours Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Queen[?]s University and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. Upon graduation in 1998, she began teaching at her former high school in Red Deer, Alberta. From there, Andrea took a position... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am
Plaza Ballroom AB

9:30am

Roundtable Discussion 2: Implementing homeroom/advisor programmes in the middle and senior school
Discussion will be focused on the reasons why wellness and well being needs to be part of the school curriculum.

Bring your questions, challenges, and ideas to the roundtable.session



Speakers
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Helen Gin

Middle School Principal, The York School
Helen Gin is a life long learner who has adapted to various changes in education. Navigating through the changes have been met through the relationships she has nurtured with students, faculty, parents and administrators. Helen educates by the messages in Rita Peirson youtube video... Read More →
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Elissa Kline-Beber

Director of Wellness, The York School


Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am
Plaza Ballroom AB

9:30am

Roundtable Discussion 2: Leveraging Collaboration to Drive Recruitment and Retention
Enrolment, recruitment and retention is a major driver of school success. Where we get our students and how we keep our students are important questions. Building external partnerships to drive collaboration and tell the story of your school is an important way to grow enrolment and recruitment. Looking at models of collaboration from the book Great at Work by Morten Hansen, participants will hear about some community collaborations that have helped on local school drive recruitment and increase enrolment. The participants will then be able to share their collaborative partnerships and consider the reciprocal nature of collaboration and how to choose partnerships that advance the goals of both organizations.

Speakers
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Sheri Rapp

Recruitment and Retention Manager, Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School
Sheri Rapp is the Recruitment and Retention Manager at Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School in Toronto, Canada. Sheri greets and engages prospective and current school families, working to fill the halls with happy, thriving students and their caregivers. She also builds dynamic... Read More →
avatar for Amy Platt

Amy Platt

Principal, Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School
Dr. Amy Platt is the Principal of the Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School in Toronto, Canada. Amy works with the Board, faculty, families and community to ensure the school lives its’ mission and vision. Prior to being at PPDJDS Amy served as the Director of General Studies at... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am
Plaza Ballroom AB

9:30am

Roundtable Discussion 2: Promoting Well-being through Experiential Service Learning
45 minute session

Children and youth are experiencing more issues related to mental health than ever before and the demand for child and youth mental health support can exceed the ability of current clinical, community-based, and school response systems.

We have an opportunity and a duty to transform the conversation around well-being and understand further how service learning is being infused into well-being in CAIS school communities.

WE Schools is an innovative experiential service learning program that engages educators and group leaders to empower children and youth with skills, knowledge and motivation to bring positive change in the world. WE School's overall learning outcomes include increasing academic engagement, instilling active citizenship, improving post-secondary readiness.

WE Well-being is a proactive program built on research-based prevention and promotion strategies, designed to build a foundation of awareness, understanding and taking action.

Developed in collaboration with leading social and emotional learning and mental health professionals, the goal of the program is to achieve the following outcomes:
  1. Promoting positive inclusive, safe and caring environments and relationships.
  2.  Celebrating diversity, fostering resiliency and reducing stigma.
  3. Increasing social, emotional, physical and mental well-being. 

The WE Well-being program serves children and youth from grades K-12, with educational modules designed to bring well-being through service-learning into the classroom, increase mental health literacy and improve school's capacity to support students in developing their personal well-being and the well-being of others and their communities.

During the roundtable discussion, participants will explore and discuss:
  1. The important relationship between social emotional learning and experiential service learning and the correlation to societal and individual well-being.
  2. Key resources from WE Well-being Module One (Promoting Well-being in Schools, Families and Communities) lessons based on five positive human qualities: empathy, compassion, gratitude, altruism and resilience.
  3. How service learning can be infused into into a schools' approach to well-being.
  4. How the WE Well-being program was designed, usage of research, partnerships with academic leaders in social emotional learning and well-being literacy.
  5. Key learnings of 2018-19 Canadian wide pilot, professional learning, student programming and future partnering with the program.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Hainbuch

Jeff Hainbuch

Head, Educational Partnerships, WE Schools
Recently retired as a Superintendent of Education with the Toronto District School Board, Jeff is an experienced educator with over 25 years in public education with extensive experience leading family of schools; curriculum development; special education; leadership and staff development... Read More →
avatar for Sean Mitchell

Sean Mitchell

Director, Global Program Innovation & Development, WE Schools
With over twenty years of leadership experience in Independent schools, Sean has focused his career on helping young people reach their potential by building and supporting dynamic experiential programs. Sean joined the WE Schools team in August 2017, after serving seventeen years... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am
Plaza Ballroom AB

9:45am

LightningTalk 4 - A Proposal for a Collaborative Learning Framework for Academic Leaders
20 minute session

Academic leaders, including principals, directors, and department heads pursue expertise in areas of professional interest in order to enhance teaching and learning within their specific domains. This collective wisdom is a rich resource for schools; when shared, it not only validates an individual's professional expertise, but also provides an opportunity for schools to multiply the benefits of an investment in professional development. In addition to allowing academic leaders to learn from and share expertise with each other, thoughtful collaboration recognizes that professional development is an ongoing, active process, allows for the implementation of research-based ideas to promote effective teaching and learning, and strengthens the capacity for leaders to set an example for their colleagues and provide them with guidance and support.During this session, participants will have an opportunity to review a framework for collaborative learning currently being utilized by academic leaders at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, a K-12 World IB School. Now in its fourth cycle, the framework has evolved to include a rubric that academic leaders can use to assess themselves against four measures: Participation, Reflection, Connection, and Implementation. In addition to the framework and rubric, session participants will also learn about the opportunities presented by the framework as well as the challenges that academic leaders at STS are working together to resolve as they continue to invest their time and energy into this meaningful learning opportunity.

Speakers
avatar for Zubair Kassam

Zubair Kassam

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School
Zubair Kassam is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School. In his role, Zubair works closely with the Division Principals, Curriculum Leaders and IB Programme Coordinators to promote effective teaching and learning through curriculum design and development... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:05am
Mississauga AB

10:05am

LightningTalk 1 - 4 - Q&A
10 minutes
Q&A - for all the Lightning Talk speakers 

Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:05am - 10:15am
Mississauga AB

10:15am

Networking Break
Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am
Plaza Foyer ABC

10:30am

Closing Panel - Connected by Intention
The third day of the conference will focus on "connectedness" as inspired by our theme Connected by Complexity & Design. One of the greatest challenges in CAIS schools is the pace of daily life, making collaboration within our respective areas of expertise difficult and connecting across departments near impossible. Successful initiatives, however, leverage the strategic collaboration of academic and operational leaders in our schools. At this Conference, we have the unique opportunity to highlight the benefits and articulate strategies to make cross-departmental collaboration a reality.

Moderators
avatar for Patti MacDonald

Patti MacDonald

Executive Director, CAIS
Patti MacDonald was a member for the leadership team at The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto for a decade, spending eight years as the Principal and two years as the Vice Principal of the Junior School. She was a teacher in the classroom for over 20 years before transitioning into... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kynan Robinson

Kynan Robinson

CEO, NoTosh Inc
Kynan Robinson is CEO of NoTosh Inc and Chief Operations Officer for NoTosh worldwide. A dynamic, innovative and outcome focused leader with a PhD in Education and over 20 years' experience from the classroom to the boardroom he represents NoTosh across the globe, working directly... Read More →
avatar for Derek Logan

Derek Logan

Head of School, Kingsway College School
Derek Logan completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History (McMaster University), a Master of Arts in War Studies (University of London); and a Bachelor of Education (University of Toronto). He is a graduate from the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Leadership... Read More →
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Lisa Dack

Board Chair, The Leo Baeck Day School
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Barb McLean

Assistant Head, HR and Professional Growth, The Bishop Strachan School


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Plaza Ballroom AB

11:30am

Conference Conclusion/ED Address - Bringing together the narrative
Speakers
avatar for Patti MacDonald

Patti MacDonald

Executive Director, CAIS
Patti MacDonald was a member for the leadership team at The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto for a decade, spending eight years as the Principal and two years as the Vice Principal of the Junior School. She was a teacher in the classroom for over 20 years before transitioning into... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Plaza Ballroom AB