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Friday, November 24, 2017
Royal St. George's College
120 Howland Avenue, Toronto, ON
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Changing the Discourse from Risk Equals Loss To
Risk is an Opportunity for Gain

As long as we wish for safety, we will have difficulty pursuing what matters. - Peter Block

Today's risk management landscape can be challenging to navigate. Being aware of current best practices is the first step to sustaining long-term commitment to experiential education and protecting program depth and integrity.

This workshop is a timely refresher to help Administrators, Faculty, Programmers and Governing Board Members responsible for risk management decisions to change the discourse from risk equals loss, to risk as an opportunity for gain. Re-conceptualizing risk allows educators to focus on strong programming plans, better student engagement, stronger communities, and increased learning outcomes for the 21st century learner.

This one day workshop aims to empower participants with the knowledge to confront the pressures of risk auditors, internal and external skeptics and fearful parents. Discussion will focus on the importance of matching program outcomes with each institution's risk appetite, risk assessments and risk communication strategies. Schools that can find the balance between loss and gain are more apt to offer more authentic experiential learning activities with valuable real world outcomes.

This workshop will provide participants with a road map to help balance learning outcomes with risk management.

Dr. Ryan Howard, ALIVE Outdoors Director Research, Risk & Innovation
Jalynn Bosley, ALIVE Outdoors Founder & Executive Director
Alive Outdoors

For full details about the workshop and presenters, please click here.

Workshop Agenda:
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Arrivals and coffee
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Alive Outdoors Session #1
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 12:15 p.m. Alive Outdoors Session #2
12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Alive Outdoors Session #3
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Wrap-up

Cost: $185 per participant *lunch and refreshments included

To REGISTER, click here

Thursday, November 23, 2017
Royal St. George's College
120 Howland Avenue, Toronto, ON
8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Place-based Education

Place-based education seeks to help communities through employing students and school staff in solving community problems. Place-based education differs from conventional text and classroom-based education in that it understands students' local community as one of the primary resources for learning. Thus, place-based education promotes learning that is rooted in what is local—the unique history, environment, culture, economy, literature, and art of a particular place —that is, in students' own "place" or immediate schoolyard, neighborhood, town or community. - Laurie Lane-Zucker, 2016

To view the schedule for the day, please click here .

Dress: informal and appropriate for the weather
What to bring: refillable water bottle, travel mug, cash for drinks at restaurant, umbrella
Special considerations: There will be some walking involved during the day. Please contact the committee to discuss any mobility/dietary requirements you may have.
Cost: $185.00 per participant *Lunch, dinner and refreshments included.

To REGISTER, click here

Thank you to the Experiential Educators Network Conference Committee for organizing an engaging, hands-on day of professional learning. We look forward to seeing you there!

Investigations and Expressions Professional Learning workshops offer educators an opportunity to explore inquiry-based and Reggio-inspired learning for Grades K-6 in collaborative, hands-on sessions.

  • Tour the BSS Junior School and experience Reggio-inspired learning in action.
  • Discuss strategies and scaffolds to make thinking visible and create rich environments for learning.
  • Be inspired by classroom projects presented by BSS teachers who are implementing inquiry-based learning with their students.

Join us for one or all three sessions!

Where: The Bishop Strachan School, 298 Lonsdale Road, Toronto
When: October 27, 2017 | February 9, 2018 | April 20, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (registration from 10:00 to 10:15 am)
Cost: $150 for educators, $100 for students for each session

Register online now!
For more information contact Noreen Luk at

Download the I&E flyer.

In working to reduce risks for off-site activities, parents and the wider public are increasingly expecting the level of care on all off-site visits involving young people to be thorough, consistent and effective.

This 15-hour non-residential course concentrates on the need to plan, manage and evaluate any off-site visit in any context. The course will be appropriate for those working in a range of situations where they are responsible for taking children/young people/adults out of their everyday environments. It aims to equip leaders with the ability to apply knowledge, understanding and problem solving skills in a range of contexts to the standards that would be needed in the workplace.

October 14-15 (MONTREAL)

November 25-26 (TORONTO)

Day 1: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Day 2: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Event Cost: $395.50 + hat per person for two days.

For more information, please click here.

"Connected Communities: Building a Circle of Care"

The Student Life Conference is an engaging and informative professional development opportunity for all faculty and staff in CIS Ontario schools who support student leadership, learning diversity, health and wellbeing. The day is recommended for administrators and staff involved in school life and student support, and all teachers, especially those working in guidance, boarding, student services and learning strategies. In addition to the keynote and workshop sessions, there will be an opportunity for individuals to connect and collaborate during a job-alike session.

Keynote Presentation: Understanding the Teenage Brain

The teenage brain lecture takes a journey through the development of a child's brain up to young adulthood, focusing on an understanding of how the brain works, its power and its vulnerabilities, healthy brain habits, how the brain learns best, the impact of technology, social media and the internet on the brain, depression, anxiety, substance use and the dangers of alcohol and marijuana on the teenage brain.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christine Lay

The Centre for Headache provides expert evaluation and individualized treatment plans for patients suffering from migraine and other headache disorders. It is the first of its kind at an Ontario teaching hospital. Dr. Christine Lay, an internationally acknowledged headache expert and one of a very few neurologists in Canada with United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties board certification in Headache Medicine, heads the centre. Dr. Lay is also an associate professor of neurology and the director of Headache at the University of Toronto. She did her neurology residency at Mayo Clinic where she was chief resident and completed her Headache fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She lectures internationally and has published on numerous Headache conditions, in addition to being a consultant for media articles and interviews. For a few years now Dr Lay has been lecturing to students, teachers and parents about the teenage brain and how to keep it healthy, including issues related to sleep, learning and the internet, as well as the impact of alcohol and marijuana on the developing brain. She and her husband are the parents of two teenagers.

Session Overviews:

Select 3 one hour sessions from a variety of topics related to the theme "Connected Communities: Building a Circle of Care". Click here to review the session options.

Schedule for the Day:

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration & Refreshments

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christine Lay

Understanding the Teenage Brain

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Job-Alike Introduction

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Session #1

11:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. Session #2

12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. LUNCH

1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. Session #3

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Job-Alike Sessions

*Lunch and light refreshments will be included-please include any dietary restrictions in registration.


The cost of the Conference is $85.00 per participant. Each registered participant's school will be billed for the cost.


Host School:

11300 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada L4S 1L4, 905-737-1114


To register and select your session choices, please click here.

CIS Ontario extends a huge thank you to our host school, Holy Trinity School, the Student Life Conference Organizing Committee and all the conference presenters.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Craig, CIS Ontario Executive Director.

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