CIS Ontario


Welcome back to a new school year.  I suspect that by now you have met all of your new students and are settling in to creating some exciting learning experiences for them.

1. TED Talks

If you have not visited the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) website you really should. The site contains brief (20 minutes or so) talks on a wide variety of topics by very interesting and articulate people and the video talks would serve as great introductions to units in virtually every grade and subject discipline.

2. CITE and inCITE

The Council of Independent Teachers of English is being revived and an English teachers' Conference is planned for April 10, 2010, hosted by Appleby College.  In conjunction with this, the creative writing competition inCITE is announced with an entry deadline of February 16, 2010. Governor-General Award-winning author Nino Ricci has provided the theme for the anthology, will help in the judging and be the keynote speaker at the conference in April.  Download a flyer here.

Of further interest to teacher of English, Adrian Hoad-Reddick of St. John's-Kilmarnock School, is sharing his free wordgame-a-day service, The Vocabaret with all interested teachers.


Join hundreds of word game aficionados who receive regular doses of word play via email. Vocabaret games are infectious nigglers that sit on the edge of your desk or in the back of your mind through the day. They are great for teachers seeking vocabulary-building ice breakers for language arts classes. The Vocabaret is a free wordgame-a-day service published weekdays by Adrian Hoad-Reddick, Head of English at St. John's-Kilmarnock School. To subscribe, contact Ian at Get your dictionaries ready and get ready to pump up that vocabulary! Welcome to the Vocabaret, my friends... Enjoy the word puzzles!

3. Cancer Connections


St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School (Oakville, Ontario) in partnership with PhotoSensitive, is inviting students of CAIS and CIS affiliated schools to join us in the Cancer Connections national photography exhibition.

Students are asked to be creative in the portrayal of their subject. Visit to get ideas and view over 500 photographs currently online. Submissions will be accepted from September 2009, with photos posted onto the web gallery over the fall and winter. All student photographs will appear in the Cancer Connections web gallery. A select number of submissions will appear in a physical traveling exhibition as it goes to Vancouver, Calgary and the Grand Finale show in Ottawa in 2010. Mini exhibitions organized by individual schools or groups of schools (perhaps in conjunction with local cancer societies) are also possible.

St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School is excited to be launching the Cancer Connections photography project within the CIS and CAIS community. This project combines so many aspects of curriculum, while reaching out to the broader community both locally and nationally. We  ncourage you and your students to participate in this educational and inspirational opportunity to be part of PhotoSensitive's unique exhibition.

4. International Educators Training Programme

Queen's University will be offering a training  programme for educators involved in international education. Download a brochure here.

Who should take this course: This course is designed for educators who have some international aspect to their work. Participants will be in positions that increasingly require skills to interact effectively with different cultures, whether they be students, parents, colleagues, study abroad service providers or partners; they will be in positions that require a good understanding of internationalization and its importance in their schools.
Date: February 4-6, 2010 Location: Royal St. George's College, 120 Howland Ave., Toronto, ON

5. Top 20 Under 20

James Brooks writes: My name is James Brooks and I am in 8th grade at Kensal Park French Immersion School in London, Ontario. My friend Melissa Giesler recently told you about a project I have been working on called "1000classrooms" which helps widows in Africa, hungry children, saves rainforest and protects endangered gorillas while educating Canadian kids about the situation in Africa. 

The website for the project is  There is a teachers' page which gives information on how any class can get involved. Also, my brother and I just completed a video for classrooms about the project.  The video is at and it explains the project pretty well.

Since participation costs so little but it helps in so many ways, I think there might be many classes at Independent Schools who might want to get involved.  I would really appreciate anything you could do to help let more teachers and students know about the project.  The gorillas and people really need our help

6. Australian Exchange Programme

Interested in a 2-3 week exchange 'down under?' The programme described in the brochure that can be downloaded here has you travelling to Australia July 31 - August 12, 2010 (with an optional additional week) hosted by Australian teachers and then hosting those Australian teachers back in Canada September 18 - October 5, 2010. There is a strong educational component to the exchange as described in the brochure. Initial expressions of interest should go to George Briggs by the end of September.

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