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There is an exciting new opportunity for girls grades 6-8. We invite you to join the inaugural Girls in Tech conference on Saturday, April 7th at the University of Toronto Schools, 371 Bloor Street West. Registration is open. Admission is only $10 (50% off if you register before March 1st). The conference starts at 8:45 am and ends a 4 pm and a hot lunch is included in the admission fee.

You can choose exciting workshops including introductory 3D design and printing, introductory or intermediate Python programming, introductory game design, robotics, entrepreneurship and several others. There will be interactive panel discussions with several female leaders in the tech industry in Canada. Come join us and register soon directly on the website - spaces are limited.

The Girls can register individually. If teachers or parents would like to accompany any participants, please contact directly. There will be a series of workshops for adults interested in exploring the engagement of girls in tech.

For any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us at

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 7:30pm

The Leo Baeck Day School South Campus
501 Arlington Ave. Toronto, ON
The Kimel Family Chapel

The Three Pillars of Web Literacy:

In a world of fake news and information overload, web literacy may be the single most important skill we can teach our students for them to be empowered digital citizens.

Many of us – students and adults alike – are not aware that we lack essential web literacy skills. This ignorance puts us all at risk. We need sophisticated research and critical thinking skills to effectively command the web today, including:

  1. A thorough understanding of search and validation strategies when using search engines like Google.
  2. An organizational method for effectively harnessing an overwhelming amount of content.
  3. The means to connect and collaborate with others around the world to gain further insights into the knowledge we find.

This session will look at how effective search and validation techniques combined with tools like Diigo and Twitter can build better researchers, thinkers and collaborators.

Alan November's humour, wit and expertise inspire audiences around the world as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. He is a New York Times bestselling author as was named one of America's fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Tech and Learning Magazine.

Presented through the Gail Debow Family Education number seats left. Tickets are $25 each and to register follow the link below.

REGISTER HERE: Limited time offer!

York University, in partnership with CIS Ontario, is offering the Part 1 & Part 2 PQP courses with an Independent School focus (ISF) this July at Crescent School.

Two new, recently accredited versions of the PQP, offered through the Faculty of Education at York University, provide a specific Independent School Focus and are designed to prepare and support leadership candidates for the complexity of the most senior administrative roles in Independent Schools. They are the first Independent School focused PQP courses that have been accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers. Through providing an outstanding program for qualified individuals, the PQP will also assist with succession leadership planning for Ontario independent schools.

Session Dates
Start Date: Jul 4, 2018
End Date: Oct 13, 2018
In class: (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) July 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 2018 PLUS Saturday October 13. PLUS 28 hrs online PLUS 25 hrs independent study.

Crescent School (map)
2365 Bayview Avenue
Toronto ON M2L 1A2

Review the Principal's Qualification Courses pre-requistes to determine your eligibility. If you need an additional basic qualification in one of the four divisions, click here to learn about the York University spring offerings online.Click here to download a copy of the flyer.



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.

Independent school education

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