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CIS Ontario Connects

BMO Centre for Learning

Monday, January 29, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Map to BMO Centre of Learning

COST: $195

An UNConference for CIS Ontario Educators!

Building on the success of COHORT 21, CIS Ontario Connects will be a powerful day of learning and sharing as we leverage the expertise of CIS Ontario educators in four compelling areas of pedagogical inquiry that are shaping our schools today and in the future:

  1. STEAM/Makerspace
  2. Sharing Student Learning: Digital Portfolios
  3. Classroom Spaces of the Future
  4. Inquiry Models

Facilitators will engage participants through provocations designed to generate and incubate ideas and best practices.This conference will be personalized by design, collaborative in nature, and interactive. This is an ideal opportunity to send a small team of teachers, working with them in advance on how to best use the conference, what questions to ask, and what success would look like upon return.

Participants choose 2 of 4 themes to explore. Lead facilitators will provide context for learning and will engage participants in rich, generative discussions based on provocations and guiding questions.

Break and lunch will be provided. Bring a device or two to capture photos, participate through social media and document your learning.


8:00 – 8:30 ARRIVALS

8:30 – 8:45 WELCOME & OPENING

8:45 – 10:30 SESSION #1

10:30 – 11:00 BREAK & NETWORK

11:00 – 12:45 SESSION #2

12:45– 1:45 LUNCH & NETWORK


2:45 – 3:00 FINAL WRAP-UP

Click HERE to register!

On February 24, 2018, BSS is inviting students from across the GTS to their first Model UN Conference.

Do you have a passion for human rights? Each of our seven committees will explore a different issue or event relating to human rights, working together to create attainable solutions.

GTA students in Grades 7 to 12 are eligible to sign up and attend as delegates.

Learn more and register at BSSMUN.COM

Register now and take advantage of early bird fees!

Bayview Glen will once again be hosting the annual Technocup Bridge Design Challenge on Wednesday, February 7th, 201, from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM.

As in previous years, schools may register teams of up to 10 students and the competition will consist of a number of rounds of virtual bridge design making use of the West Point Bridge design software (which can be downloaded here: as well as a construction challenge.

For registration, please click here.

Saturday, February 24th, 2018
Royal St. George's College in Ketchum Hall 120 Howland Avenue
11am to 2pm

Admission is Free

Open to everyone - students, parents and teachers. Bring your friends.

If you are thinking of a summer credit course, international volunteer opportunity, GAP year or a unique experience, this is a great opportunity to connect with many organizations in one day.

Parking is limited.
RSGC is located within walking distance from the Spadina and Bathurst Subway Stations as well as several public parking lots.

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.

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