Professional Development Programmes

The people who work in our schools are the primary drivers of quality education. Our schools recognize the power of great teaching to transform a student's life, and recognize the importance of life-long learning. We work with our members to design and promote professional development programs that meet their collective needs.

Cohort 21

CIS Ontario is excited to announce an innovative new professional learning opportunity for its member schools. Cohort 21 seeks to build a community of passionate and like-minded independent school educators who are looking to explore what it means to be a teacher in the 21st century. Find out more about this exciting new initiative at the Cohort21 website:

Conference of Independent Teachers of English (CITE)

CITE Conference 2013 

"Global Perspectives/Individual Voices"

Saturday April 20, 2013 - Appleby College. Application forms and registration information will be provided on line after January 30, 2013.

Executive Assistant's Conference

February 6 and 7, 2014

Taboo Resort, Muskoka.

Information will be sent to schools shortly.

The Sterling Institute





The Sterling Institute's mission is to provide a forum for educators to stimulate intellectual curiosity and develop best teaching practices, to promote a mindful appreciation of the world around us, and to be a leader and innovator in research within the educational community.

We continue to host ThinkTanks that bring together educators, parents, and practitioners on current hot topics in education. Dr. Thomas Phelan (1-2-3 Magic) and Ronald Morrish (Real Discipline) spoke to the faculty of SHS on Tuesday, August 26 on the topic of character education and classroom management. This year our second event will feature Louisa Jewell, president of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, who will present on positive psychology and its place in a character education program on November 3. Finally, The Sterling Institute will be hosting a character education "unconference" on March 24 where educators can share what they are currently doing in their own schools with respect to character education.

The Institute also conducts in-house action research in order to inform our practices. Additionally, we partner with outside organizations to ensure that our programs are the best that they can be. Currently we are working with the University of Toronto's Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, as well as the Sunnybrook Research Institute, on a variety of topics in the area of health and physical education.

Each month, our editor produces an electronic newsletter that outlines topics and keynotes for upcoming events. Relevant resources in the areas of research, character education, and social and emotional learning are shared with our readers. To sign up for the newsletter, please email Erica Sprules.

If you have any questions or comments, or wish more information about our resources or events, please contact Erica Sprules.

Student Life Conference

“Student Well-Being: A Shared Ownership in CIS Ontario Schools”

This Conference is designed for all faculty and staff in the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS Ontario) who deal with social-emotional and health issues of the adolescent. These would include administrators involved with school life, residential staff, health care providers, and faculty dealing with student services and learning resources.

Friday October 17, 2014 at Havergal College

Resources from the 2013 Conference

How Much Sleep is Enough for Teenagers?

Adolescent Use/Misuse of Prescription & Over the Counter Medication

The Concussed Student: Return to Learn

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