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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.

Join colleagues across grades and subject areas to explore concrete tools to bring 21st century learning, skills and mindsets to life – on the first day of school!

Session dates: August 21 & 22, 2019

  • $595 +HST early bird rate ($649 +HST 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.


COHORT 21 2019-20

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

Cost: $875 per participant

Saturday, October 5, 2019

The York School

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Location TBC

Friday, January 17, 2020

Location TBC

Friday, April 3, 2020

Location TBC

* Please book these dates into your calendar now to ensure they do not conflict with other events. Attendance at the face to face sessions is ESSENTIAL to maximizing your learning experience.

tWelcome to Cohort 21!

CIS Ontario is excited to announce that registration is now open for Cohort 21 - Season 8.

Cohort 21 is not your average professional development opportunity. It is a highly personalized learning experiencesupported by an active community of facilitators and coaches. Being a member of Cohort 21 means committing to an eight month process of professional growth, inquiry and ACTION.

The Cohort 21 experience is facilitated through four face to face sessions that are interconnected through rich online collaboration, blogging and conversation. Using social media platforms (Twitter,Google, your own Cohort 21 Blog) and a Design Thinking framework members will connect and engage in a personalized action plan. This structured inquiry into the refinement of practice yields a valuable professional learning experience for both participants and their students. Click here to read feedback from the Cohort 21 alumni who have successfully completed the program.

Committing to Cohort 21 - Season 8 (2019-2020) requires attendance at the following four face-to-face sessions:

Saturday, October 5th 2019
The York School
8:30 – 3:30
Saturday, November 16th 2019
8:30 – 3:30
Friday, January 17th 2020
8:30 – 3:30
Friday, April 5th 2020
8:30 – 3:30

To register for Cohort 21, obtain approval from your school's Curriculum Leader, Division Head and/or Head of School to participate for the 2019-2020 academic year. Cohort 21 costs $875 per participant which will be billed directly to each school in October 2019.

Please note: This year, there is a cap of 50 participants. Don't miss out, register early!

We look forward to learning with you at Cohort 21 - Season 8 in 2019-2020!

The Cohort 21 Team


CIS Ontario Admissions & Enrolment

Management Professional Learning Day

Monday, June 3, 2019

BMO Centre for Learning

3550 Pharmacy Ave.
Toronto, ON M1W 3Z3

Guest Speakers & Workshops

9:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

5:00 - 6:30

Cost: $250 per participant


Join your peers from CIS Ontario schools to connect, collaborate and learn together on June 3, 2019!

The program was created by Janice Crampton, Executive Director and CEO of AISAP, with input from the CIS Ontario Organizing Committee. The lineup includes guest speakers from AISAP (The Association of Independent Schools Admissions Professionals) and EMA (The Enrolment Management Association) who will share the latest in enrolment trends and admissions-related issues.

There will be something for everyone, including content and job-alike sessions for every member of your school's Admissions Team!

Click here to DOWNLOAD the AGENDA and session overviews confirmed to date.

Facilitated by Future Design School

For JK - 12 Teachers

Monday, June 24 & Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Day 1 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Day 2 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

* Lunch provided on Day 1

Montcrest School

658 Broadview Avenue
Toronto ON M4K 2P1
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How might we plan engaging project-based learning and inquiry for 2019-20?

The CIS Ontario Future Skills Institute will be held on June 24-25, 2019 at Montcrest School. The Institute is an action-oriented professional development program for educators who want to drive innovation in their school.

Educators will learn to harness design-thinking methods to build creative, project-based learning and inquiry in their classrooms. The program focuses on developing a culture of creative problem solving and how to approach curriculum competencies from a student-centered perspective.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the tenets of design thinking, entrepreneurship, global mindfulness and innovation and learn methods for building these skills/mindsets in students.
  • Learn and apply actionable methods for ideation & collaboration and experiment with using these methods with students
  • On Day 1, participants will design a student-directed, project-based learning experience that develops critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication in students
  • On Day 2, participants will create an assessment plan and tool to accompany the learning experience designed on Day 1.

1.5 Days of Learning

The Institute runs from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Monday, June 24, and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. On Day 1, you will learn about design thinking and create a project-based student learning experience. Day 2 is all about assessment, and you'll walk away with a tool for assessing student learning.

This Program Is For You If:

  • You are an educator with a passion for creating engaging, meaningful learning experiences
  • You want to learn how to use design thinking to empower student innovation
  • You want to learn how to connect innovation to your subject area

Immediately Actionable PD:

All participants walk away with repeatable methods and tools that they can use in the classroom with students, as well as a plan of action to implement their learning right away. You will learn by doing, and do the work of planning as part of the session!

Building a Case to Attend:

Why should your school administration support you to attend the Future Skills Institute? Click HERE to download a sample case for support. Click HERE to read a blog post about last year's Future Skills Institute.

Send a Team:

We recommend that schools send pairs or teams of teachers as the Institute is an excellent opportunity for teachers to collaborate and create a unit of study together.

Registration Fees per participant:

1-4 teachers purchased together $525
5-8 teachers purchased together $500
* Lunch provided on Day 1

Join the Branksome Hall community for a conversation with acclaimed psychologist and best-selling author, Dr. Lisa Damour.

Though anxiety has risen among teens and young adults overall, studies confirm that it has skyrocketed in girls. As a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with girls, Dr. Damour has witnessed this rising tide of stress and anxiety in her own research, in private practice, and in the all-girls' school where she consults.

Her latest book, Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls, addresses the facts about psychological tension, including the under-appreciated value of stress, while also outlining the critical steps adults can take to shield girls from toxic pressures.

Branksome Hall is delighted to be hosting Dr. Damour on the only Canadian stop on her international book tour. This event is expected to be very popular, drawing hundreds of attendees from both the Branksome community and beyond.

Girls Under Pressure: A Conversation with Dr. Lisa Damour
Presented by Branksome Hall
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Branksome Hall Athletics & Wellness Centre
6 Elm Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Ticket & Hardcover Book: $40
Ticket Only: $25

Click here to purchase tickets.

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