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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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Sunday, April 7
 

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
MM

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 →
CT

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 →
CB

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

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
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 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 →
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 →


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
CT

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 →
MM

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 →
CB

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
 
Monday, April 8
 

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
avatar for Laura Edwards

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
avatar for Rachel Hughes

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
avatar for James Darling

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
avatar for Dr. Alexandra Rodney

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.
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 →


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
avatar for Paul W Bennett

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 →
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 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
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Jason Levesque

MYP Coordinator, Elmwood School
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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 →


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

1:45pm

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
avatar for Laura Edwards

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
avatar for Rachel Hughes

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
avatar for James Darling

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 →
avatar for Dr. Alexandra Rodney

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
avatar for Paul W Bennett

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 →
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 →


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
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 →
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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
 
Tuesday, April 9
 

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

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 →
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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 →
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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