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Hillfield Strathallan College (HSC), an independent day school for students from Pre-K to Grade 12, is excited to be hosting the second annual PBL Canada Institute, August 20–22, 2018. Enjoy some highlights from our 2017 Institute, visit:

HSC is located in beautiful Hamilton, Ontario, halfway between Niagara Falls and Toronto. We are about an hour away from both the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport, and we are less than 20 minutes from Hamilton International Airport.

The PBL Canada Institute will be led by National Faculty from the Buck Institute for Education (BIE). BIE is a leader in Project-Based Learning and has developed Gold Standards for effective PBL. At the institute, we are offering at least three sessions:

  • PBL 101
  • Two different streams of PBL 201 (select Building a Learner-Centred Classroom or Improving the Quality of Student Work).

In all of these sessions, participants will learn more about how to design, assess and manage projects that engage and motivate students.

In addition, we are gathering a list of interested participants for either a PBL Coaching course or a Leadership course. One of these two sessions will run if there is sufficient interest.

For more information about the sessions and the institute,

Contact Carrie Annable at with questions or to indicate your interest in either a PBL Coaching or Leadership course.

Early Bird is $1,000 plus HST and ends on April 30, 2018. For schools or boards interested in sending 10 or more participants, a group discount rate of 10% per participant will be offered. Please contact Jennifer Vergos at 905-389-1367, ext. 118 or to arrange registration with the discounted rate.

Register here:

We hope you will consider sending participants to this exciting conference.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


The PBL Canada Team


CIS Ontario Executive Assistants Conference 2018

Impact & Influence:

The Critical Role of The Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant position is a critical one for any organization and is a leadership role that can make a real difference. This workshop will explore how your individual style impacts how you approach the role. You will learn how to ensure you are having a positive impact on the school community. We will also delve into how to efficiently manage the challenges of a demanding workload with changing priorities and multiple stakeholders through the use of effective conversations and communication strategies. Join Val Cambre, from Teal and Co, for an informative and interactive workshop tailored to the needs and experiences of Executive Assistants in CIS Ontario schools.


March 1, 2018

10:00 a.m. Round Table Introductions & Objectives of the Workshop

10:20 a.m. Understanding the Impact of the Head of School's EA role within the school

Reviewing methods for how to be most efficient in the role

Exploring Self-Awareness

12:00 p.m. LUNCH

1:00 p.m. Conversational Intelligence

Exploring how to manage difficult conversations

3:00 p.m. Workshop concludes

Learn more about Teal and Co and view workshop facilitator, Val's Cambre's profile.

Each participant will receive a copy of Conversational Intelligence by Judith Glaser. Learn more about Conversational Intelligence here.

March 2, 2018

Facilitated networking and job alike session with Executive Director, Sarah Craig.


Pillar and Post

48 John Street W, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Map & Directions

March 1-2, 2018

Cost: $595.00

Contact: Yvonne Hildebrandt

* Registration includes accommodations, meals, workshop and copy of the book.

InCITE writing submissions are due Friday, February 16, 2018. Each school may submit one entry from each category: grades 7 & 8; grades 9 & 10; grades 11 & 12. This is a wonderful opportunity to have your students' work published. Read below for submission guidelines.

CITE's Annual Writing Competiton for Students

Remember to save class time to introduce this year's writing competition. Select a recent or current event—local, national, or global--and use it to inspire a piece of creative non-fiction. Poems, essays, short stories, and photo essays are welcome. Please accompany photo submissions with a 400-500 word explanatory paragraph. Paragraphs should provide both the context for the images and a rationale in terms of artistic vision. This year's judge is Krystal Lunardo, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Dauphine magazine. Student entries should fit one of the following categories: poetry (up to 120 lines), short story (up to 1500 words), essay (up to 1500 words), photo essay (up to 10 images, accompanied by one 400-500 word explanatory paragraph). Each school may submit one entry per band. The band categories are: grades 7 & 8; grades 9 & 10; grades 11 & 12. Every entry will be published, so please ensure that the submissions have been carefully edited. Click here for more details.

Rules and Guidelines for InCITE Submissions

Please note that all work must be produced in the 2017-2018 academic year. All CIS school submissions will be published in the InCITE anthology, and the top three writers for each grade category will receive 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes; in addition, prize-winning student authors will have the opportunity to participate in a writer's workshop hosted during the CITE conference. Students may be asked to read their piece during lunch. English Departments are also encouraged to include student artwork submissions related to the theme.

- Teachers are asked to have the entries edited for mechanical and grammatical errors.
- The teacher, NOT the student, should submit the entries to Adrian Hoad-Reddick as attached Word documents and high resolution (300 dpi) JPG files.
- Submission titles should include school name, student name, and grade.
- If your school has access to (a site that checks for student originality), please submit student work ahead of time to avoid plagiarism.

Entries must be sent to Adrian Hoad-Reddick by Friday, February, 16, 2018.

If you have any questions about the prompt please email Sally Mastromonaco.



CIS Ontario is proud to share a NEW Professional Network opportunity for member school employees. Please click here to read Allison Macrae's Cohort 21 blog to learn how she teamed up with colleagues, Deirdre Timusk and Tina Jagdeo, to design an evening focussed on exploring networking and mentorship strategies for women.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Upper Canada College

200 Lonsdale Road, Toronto

Student Centre, Upper School

campus map

UCC is situated on the #5 and #142 TTC bus lines, with stops at the south and east campus gates. The closest subway stop is Davisville Station.

View a Google Map and get directions.

Contact: Allison Macrae

We invite you to join our panelists to hear about the role mentors and networking played in their careers.The panel will be followed by facilitated networking and a Wine & Cheese Mixer.

Patti MacNicol

Chief Administrative Officer, Upper Canada College

Learn more about Patti

Martha Perry

Principal, St.Clement's School

Learn more about Martha

Rosemary Evans

Principal, University of Toronto Schools

Learn more about Rosemary

* There is no charge. Sincere thanks to Upper Canada College for their sponsorship of this event.

To register, please click here.

Student Schedule

Saturday February 24th






Outside LEC


Keynote Speaker Ms. Lisa Lisson – President FEDEX Canada

Willis Hall


Refreshment Break

Dining Hall Foyer


Student Case Preparation* USB Stick Due

Breakout Rooms



Dining Hall

1:15pm - 2:15pm

Presentations to Judges



Judges Deliberate


Finalist Announced


Finalist Presentations



Judges Deliberate


Awards Presented

$200 per school (3 to 4-member team)

Click here for Registration


Mr. Ron Hae

Mr. David Suchanek

Note: Times may change and registration fee is based on number of participants.

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