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Don't miss out... join us for the 2nd Annual CIS Ontario & Future Design School
Future Prize Challenge for Middle School 2018
Grades 6 -8

Future Prize is a design thinking challenge for Middle School students in Grades 6-8 to find solutions to a real-world challenge and pitch their ideas in a competition with other CIS Ontario Schools. It is also a powerful Professional Learning opportunity for teachers, who can in turn mount a similar challenge back at their own schools.

How might we empower students to solve the world's big problems?

In our rapidly-changing world, students increasingly need to be creative, curious, empathetic, and resilient. The Future Design Prize introduces middle school students to design thinking and innovative problem-solving methods that foster critical thinking and compassion.

The event includes a design thinking workshop for teams of students and teachers, an action-packed day of designing solutions, and an exciting final "pitch" of solutions to a panel of expert judges.

An exciting addition to this year's program will be a day of Professional Learning, scheduled for January 12th, 2018, for all teachers who will be joining students for the Future Prize Day at the MaRS Discovery District.

Teacher Coach Professional Learning Day
Friday, January 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
MaRS Discovery District

CIS Ontario Future Prize Challenge Day
Grades 6-8 Students
Friday, February 2, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Weston Hall, Preparatory School

Student teams (up to 3 students and one teacher per team) will:
  • Learn about a meaningful challenge facing the world today
  • Build empathy for people affected by the challenge
  • Develop creative ideas to solve the problem
  • Create a prototype of their solution
  • Pitch their idea to a panel of judges from some of Canada's most innovative companies
  • Foster their creativity, pursue their curiosity and feel empowered to reshape the world around them
Teacher Coaches will:
  • Receive hands-on professional development on how to apply design thinking tools and methods to enhance student learning - teachers learn by doing while participating on a team with students, as well as attending a PD day dedicated to helping them understand the process so that they can effectively coach their teams.
  • Access curated content from users who face the challenge in the real world
  • Take students on a field trip that meets Ontario and MYP curriculum expectations
  • Develop skills in creating hands-on, project-based, personalized learning experiences for students
Registration Fees: $500 per team - includes the teacher coach Professional Learning Day AND one day of competition for a school team of 3 students in Grades 6-8 ONLY and 1 teacher. Lunch will be provided on both days for participants. Each school may submit one team. If space allows, more teams per school may be added. The teachers work together with the students as part of a team, so one teacher coach per team is REQUIRED.

To participate, please register the Teacher Coach. Students will be registered at or after the January 12, 2018 Professional Learning Day.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Sarah Craig, Executive Director, CIS Ontario at scraig@cisontario.caor 647-988-4761.

Please CLICK HERE to register.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Upper Canada College is hosting the ISOMA Chapter Conference (Independent Schools of Ontario Mathematics Association) of the OAME (Ontario Association for Mathematics Education).

This year's conference will run from 4:15 - 7:45 p.m. The schedule of events is as follows 40 min sessions):

Registration: 3:30 - 4:10 p.m.

Session 1: 4:15 - 4:55 p.m.

Session 2: 5:00 - 5:40 p.m.

Session 3: 5:45 - 6:25 p.m.

Dinner and Speaker 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

How Gender Diversity Can Drive Innovation in the STEM Fields
Dr. Mary A. Wells
Dean College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Guelph
Chair Ontario Network of Women in Engineering

Women have and continue to play an important role in science, engineering, technology and math (the so called STEM fields). However, today, there continues to be fewer women who pursue careers in these fields, especially the engineering profession. This occurs despite the fact that women are not objectively worse at math or science by any measure and in fact on average girls typically receive higher grades than do boys in mathematics throughout elementary and secondary school. More concerning is that women that do chose to study and work in a STEM field, appear to "drop out" at a higher rate than men at consecutive career stages – the so called "leaky pipeline". In order to change this we need to create a cultural shift in both our society and the STEM profession so that people think beyond stereotypical perceptions of who belongs towards more expansive notions about how these fields need diversity to thrive and drive innovation.

Cost: $55 non-OAME members
$40 OAME Members and Students
$0 presenters

Payment: CIS Ontario Schools – please bring a single cheque made payable to ISOMA to the conference.

* Registration will close on Friday, December 15, 2017. NOTE: Day-of registration will not be accepted.

Please CLICK HERE to register.

Bayview Glen

Lower School (Duncan Mills Campus)

275 Duncan Mill Road
Toronto, ON M3B 3H9

Mathematics P/J, Part 1 will be offered at Bayview Glen, Lower School, on Wednesdays from January - April for CIS Ontario educators through the Faculty of Education at York University. Please see below for more details and how to register. Click here to download a pdf version of the flyer.

If you are interested in learning more about hosting Additional Qualifications courses through the Faculty of Education at York University at your school, please contact Sarah Craig, Executive Director, CIS Ontario, at or 647-988-4761.

A warm welcome to Holy Name of Mary School to CIS Ontario! We are thrilled to be adding more wonderful educators to our team. HNMCS is an independent day school in Mississauga for girls in grades 5 - 12.

2241 Mississauga Road



L5H 2K8

Phone 905-891-1890

FAX 905-891-2082

Open House Dates

· October 28

· November 18

· February 3

· April 21

All Open Houses are on Saturdays, and run from 10 am - 2 pm.

CIS Ontario Visual Arts Festival 2018

Trafalgar Castle School

401 Reynolds St.,Whitby, ON

Thursday, January 18, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contact: Sam Welbourn

Gender: Defined and Redefined

Join us for the 2nd Annual CIS Ontario Visual Arts Festival at Trafalgar Castle School. The event is for Gr. 9-12 Visual Arts students.

Click here to view the event POSTER.

Click here to view the AGENDA.

Attire: Number 1 Dress (please bring an apron or paint shirt for the printmaking or mural workshops)

Cost: $65 per student *maximum of 10 students per school.Should additional spots open up, we will contact schools closer to the Festival date.

*Register by Thursday, November 30th to be entered in our Earlybird Draw for fabulous prizes!

For more information, visit the CIS Ontario Visual Arts Festival website.


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