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The Bishop Strachan School is hosting a Structured Word Inquiry Workshop led by Dr. Peter Bowers, with special guest speaker Marie Foley, Toronto-based SWI instructor. View the event poster.


  • Sunday, September 22, 2019 Full-Day Workshop
  • Monday, September 23, 2019 Optional Classroom Lessons and Debriefings

Join us in deepening our understanding of how the writing system works by exploring the interrelationships between morphology, etymology and phonology. This workshop will help us understand the many ways in which we can use SWI to support students as readers, spellers and critical thinkers. Together we will explore key orthographic concepts as well as classroom practices and tools designed to engage learners and reveal the cohesive and ordered nature of English spelling.

Online registration is now open and can be accessed here:


We look forward to seeing you soon,
Aida Fahoum and Brianne Fennema

Videos & resources of SWI across the grades:

  • Click HERE for an interview with Dr. Bowers on SWI
  • Click HERE for a 2-page document describing SWI with links to videos, resources, and research
  • Pete teaches the spelling of words like does, done and gone in a Gr. 1 classroom lesson HERE
  • Pete introduces the matrix and word sum to a Kindergarten class HERE
  • See an investigation of the word during a middle school social justice lesson HERE

September 20, 2019

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! See below for more information.

CIS Ontario Drama Educators,

Join your CIS Ontario colleagues for a day of enriching professional learning from a drama lens at the Stratford Festival on September 20th, 2019. Organized by the team at North America's largest classical repertory theatre company, in Stratford (ON) and the CISDF Planning Committee. The day will include a CISDF 2020 Planning Meeting, workshops and panel guest speakers.

Even if your school does not plan on attending the CIS Drama Festival this year as performers or workshop participants, the session on September 20th will be a day full of stimulating professional development and networking opportunities with CIS Ontario schools in an exciting hub for Canadian theatre. The day will end with a hosted dinner and an opportunity to view one of three exciting performances:

After the first round of registration, we will follow up with workshop choices and alternative options for those not participating in CISDF this year. This opportunity is open to CIS Ontario Drama educators of all age levels.

Agenda - September 20th, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Arrivals & Welcome / Meet & Greet
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CISDF Planning Meeting
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Workshop #1
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Workshop #2
3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Panel

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Performance Space Tour
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. Theatre Performances

Cost: $150 (includes meals, workshops and theatre ticket)

For more information please contact:

Program content - CISDF 2020 Chair, Brendon Allen

Registration issues - Sheri Little

Save the Date:

CIS Drama Festival (CISDF)
April 22 - April 24, 2020
Stratford Festival
Grades 9-12, 1 day Middle School option for Grades 7 & 8

Thursday, October 3 & Friday October 4, 2019

The Waring House

395 Sandy Hook Road

Picton, Ontario K0K 2T0

Featuring Guest Speakers: Palmer Ball, Dr. Harry Bloom and a member from the PwC Canada Disruptive Technologies team.

All members of your Finance Department Team are welcome to attend!

View the DRAFT agenda here.

Registration Fee: $200. Fee includes material, speakers, breaks, lunch & dinner.

A block of rooms is on hold at the Waring House. There is a limited number of rooms at $195 per night and the balance of the block is $225 per night plus applicable taxes. Please contact the inn directly to book your accommodation at 800-621-4956 ext 1 and quote the CIS Ontario Business Officers' event. Accommodation includes breakfast.

Thank you to the following members for their work in planning the retreat:

Beth Carter, St. Andrew's College

Jennifer Kimball, Albert College

Bob Nicholson, Holy Trinity School

We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Prince Edward County!

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Sheri Little.

CIS Ontario's annual NEW Teacher Orientation is designed to provide an introduction to independent schools for teachers new to the profession in our member schools and/or experienced teachers who are new to CIS Ontario schools.It is also an opportunity for teachers to make connections with educators from other member schools and to be oriented to independent school life in Ontario.

The morning program will include an overview of CIS Ontario's programs and services, networking engagements and learning about working in CIS Ontario schools led by CIS Ontario Executive Director, Sarah Craig. Dr. Leanne Foster, Principal at Trafalgar Castle School, will lead an interactive workshop titled Supporting Success for all Learners designed to prepare participants for supporting learning in CIS Ontario schools.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

BMO Institute of Learning

3550 Pharmacy Ave.
Toronto, ON M1W 3Z3

Click here to view a map.

$185 per participant (*continental breakfast and lunch are included)

For additional information, please contact:

Sheri Little | 647-330-8622 |

Have your team join Helen Pereira-Raso, Head of School at Holy Trinity School (HTS), Sandra Herbst, a global leader in assessment and leadership, and the faculty of HTS as they reveal the ways in which quality assessment principles support organizational change and the ongoing pursuit of excellence — both in your classroom and leadership practice.

Price increases to $550 after Sunday, September 8.

" I've been fortunate to have had some great professional development experiences in my career. I want you to know that HTS's Assessment Summit was one of the most inspiring and productive I've had."

- Trena Evans, Ph.D., Head of English at Royal St. George's College
Join us at Holy Trinity School on:

  • Thursday, October 3: 1:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Friday, October 4: 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Saturday, October 5: 8:00am to 12:00pm

Your early bird financial investment will be $500 per attendee. This includes session materials, light refreshments on Thursday, and breakfast, lunch and nutritional breaks on Friday and Saturday. Prices increase to $550 per attendee on Monday, September 9.

It is highly recommended to come as a team as the impact of the learning experience will increase when leaders and teachers are learning together.
Why should your team attend?
  • To extend the collective understanding of assessment as a catalyst for organizational efficacy
  • To uncover models for creating alignment between learning and leading
  • To learn from HTS educators as they share the ways in which classroom assessment practices have deepened student learning
  • To have time to reflect and plan as a team
Keynote Topics
  • Alignment for Deep System Thinking and Learning
  • Using Feedback to Bridge the Inevitable Implementation Dip
  • Lessons Learned: What Strong Leaders Pay Attention To
  • Importance of Feedback Cycles
Breakout Sessions and Opportunity for Last Year's Attendees
Sample topics being presented by HTS staff and students:

  • Assessment and Interdisciplinary Projects
  • Using Visual Continua
  • Single Point Rubrics
  • Co-constructing Criteria in the Classroom
  • Aligning Professional Growth Cycles to Assessment Principles
  • Triangulating Your Evidence through Pedagogical Documentation
  • The Power of Protocols

Opportunity for Last Year's Attendees
Last year's attendees at the Assessment Summit will have the opportunity to continue their learning in breakout sessions with Sandra Herbst.
Team Coaching
For those of you who might want to go even deeper, please stay for the afternoon onSaturday, October 5, 2019, from 12:30pm to 3:00pm. We will be offering a framework for you and your team to consider an emerging question of practice that you have related to assessment practice in your school. The afternoon will include opportunities for your team to receive coaching from our summit experts.

The cost for this Saturday afternoon session is $350 per team. Please note that this price is for an entire team and should only be purchased once per team. The team coaching is available as an addition for those attending the 3-day Assessment Summit.
Price increases to $550 after Sunday, September 8.

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