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Our mission at CIS Ontario is to advance educational excellence in our member schools. We do this by working with school volunteers to offer a variety of student programs and range of professional learning opportunities.

THANK YOU for your support and participation in our programs this year. On behalf of my team, I wish everyone in the CIS Ontario community a happy, safe and restful summer filled with sun and good times spent with family and friends.

Many thanks,

Sarah Craig

Integrative Thinking is a problem solving methodology first written about in the Opposable Mind by Roger Martin. It is built on the insight that divergent ideas can be leveraged to create innovative solutions.

The Integrative Thinking toolbox uses frameworks developed by academics, across fields to support students to think about their thinking and creating better models. Originally created for executives and leaders, educators across K-12 have become the pedagogical innovators who have shaped the tools to enhance their practice and student learning.

This program is for educators looking for:
  • Concrete ways to support students in thinking about their thinking and bringing real-life problem solving into the classroom
  • Tools create interdisciplinary, problem-based learning experiences for their students
  • Learning experiences connected to their school's strategy
As a participant you will:
  • Understand the theories that underlie Integrative Thinking – including behavioral economics, decision theory and systems thinking
  • Learn by doing lessons that teachers have used in their classrooms
  • See the application of the tools in K-12 classrooms, across subject areas and global competencies
  • Hear from students about the impact of Integrative Thinking on their learning and life
  • Pair with a mentor for four remote check-ins during the school year
Program Structure:
  • This program is two consecutive days of learning, followed by four check-ins during the school year.
  • Two-day in-person program is a hands-on experience with the tools of Integrative Thinking, using lessons that teachers have created for their classrooms
  • The check-ins will be led by educators and used to workshop ideas that you have for your classrooms

Session dates: August 22 & 23, 2018
  • $595 early bird rate - until June 30 ($649 after June 30)
  • For groups of five or more, please contact us for team rates.
Fee includes light breakfast, lunch, workshop materials, an I-Think notebook and a copy of Creating Great Choices by Jennifer Riel and Roger Martin.

The registration page is:

A coupon code will be provided for teams which will give them a $75 discount. FYI the team code is: 75off



The York School (Middle & Senior School Campus)

1320 Yonge Street

Toronto, ON M4T 1X2

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MakerEdTO 2018 is a Hands-On PD conference for Maker Educators on July 5th, 2018. This summer gathering for teacher by teachers for teachers who are using or would like to use Maker tools (anything from paper straws and scotch tape to high end 3D printers) to facilitate learning in their classroom.

NOTE: This is the York HIGH SCHOOL (A different location from last year)

The day will filled with a keynote, ignite talks, workshops, spark talks and a "playground" where educators can explore tools and technology and have an opportunity to connect and network. Teachers will have the freedom choose their own schedule based on personal interest and need.

Schedule Outline:

  • Registration, Activities
  • Ignite
  • Workshops, Playground, Spark Talks
  • Lunch, Playground
  • Workshops, Playground, Spark Talks
  • Keynote

During the day come and:

  • Learn skills through hands-on experiences
  • Network and connect with Makers and Educators from a wide variety of boards
  • Talk about classroom strategies and curricular links
  • develop a broader understanding of the maker movement
  • Connect with vendors who can provide equipment and supplies

This event is part of the Month of Making that centres around the Toronto Maker Festival, July 7th and 8th, at the Toronto Reference Library. Participants are invited to attend the Maker Festival, and consider volunteering some time at our MakerEdTO booth showcasing some of the work from the MakerEdTO Conference.

For more detailed information on presenters and workshops being offered, please visit

Please CLICK HERE for tickets!

Educators are faced with the challenge of preparing students for a changing 21st century world. LSF workshops focus on seven interrelated strategies from our Connecting the Dots resource to create learning experiences that put students in the driver's seat to propel their own learning, leading to responsible active citizenship.

We welcome you to our community of educational leaders who are transforming learning. Each professional development event brings together educators to share their interests and experiences while advancing their practice and that of their colleagues. We look forward to learning with you.

Date: Jul 11-12, 2018
Recommended Grades: ECE-Grade 12
Location: TFS - Canada's International School, The Learning Forum

Address: 318 Lawrence Ave E, North York, ON M4N 1T7
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm daily
Register by Jun 16, 2018 (Flyer)

Date: Jul 18-19, 2018
Recommended Grades: 6-10
Location: Rm 280 York Lanes, York University

Address: 4700 Keele St, North York, ON M3J 1P3
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm daily
Register by Jun 15, 2018 (Flyer)

UCC appointments

Further to last month's announcements of Naheed Bardaj and Tanya Sweeney to head the Upper and Prep Schools at Upper Canada College, principal Sam McKinney, with Bardaj and Sweeney, today announced organizational alignments, effective July 1st, 2018.

Scott Cowie has been appointed Dean of Student Life and Wellbeing. Scott will oversee the College's whole-school approach to co-curricular programs including Athletics, CAS, Horizons and Norval. In addition, Scott will lead all aspects of the College's wellbeing programs and services. Scott has been an invaluable member of UCC's faculty since 1999 and has held leadership roles including most recently Senior Division Head.

In the Upper School, Fiona Marshall has been appointed Assistant Head, Student Affairs. Fiona will oversee all aspects of student leadership at the Upper School such as our House system and Advising program as well as behaviour expectations. Marshall returns to UCC from Branksome Hall, where she was an Instructional Leader and member of the Academic Leadership Team this past year. Prior to that Fiona was at UCC for seven years as Senior House Adviser and chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department.

Also in the Upper School, Deirdre Timusk has been appointed Assistant Head, Operations. In her new role Deirdre will oversee the Upper School's daily activities including assemblies, special events and programming, and guest speakers, as well as take on new strategic projects. Deirdre has been at the College since 2002 where she has been a member of our Senior House Advisers Committee, and was most recently Director of CAS. Recently she dedicated her talents to co-founding the CIS Ontario Women's Network and hosting its first event at UCC. In the Prep School, Gareth Evans has been appointed Assistant Head, Middle Division. Gareth will oversee and support all activity for students and faculty at the Prep in Years 6 to 7. Gareth started at UCC in 2005 and brings more than 20 years of experience to his new role including Senior House Adviser in Boarding, Middle School Athletics Director and Year 8 Chair.

Also in the Prep School, David Girard has been appointed Assistant Head, Primary Division. David will oversee and support all activity for students and faculty at the Prep in SK to Year 5. David started at UCC in 2002 as a Year 5 Form Teacher, and since 2005 David has provided stellar leadership in his role as the Prep's Dean of Students.

McKinney said, "we are thrilled that these fine teachers, with their proven dedication to delivering transformational learning experiences and passion for inspiring others to be their best selves, have committed to helping us achieve our goals, as we head into the 200th anniversary of our school.

About Upper Canada College: UCC is internationally recognized as one of North America's foremost boys' schools. Educating tomorrow's leaders and innovators since 1829, UCC enrolls more than 1,200 students in Senior Kindergarten through Year 12. UCC has one of the largest and most generous financial assistance programs, offering $5 million each year. With sports, arts and educational facilities on 16 hectares and boarding for 87 students, UCC has one of the broadest International Baccalaureate programs in the country.


For more information, please contact Sheila Kay,; or Andrea Aster,

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