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Dear CIS Ontario Community,

I am excited to officially launch and invite you and the members of your learning community to Flourish: Positive Education Conference, hosted by Ridley College in St. Catharine's, Ontario on June 16th and 17th, 2019.

  1. Please click here to read more about our dynamic speakers and our opening night reception and PosEd party.
  2. We are honoured to be hosting speakers from Australia, Mexico, the United States and across Canada, while welcoming delegates from around the world. We are looking forward to one and a half days of learning, networking and professional growth.
  3. The conference is aimed at JK-Higher Education educators who are interested in the science of Positive Psychology and its application in school communities. Social emotional learning, resilience training, wellbeing, relational learning and the impact on learning and student achievement are at the heart of positive education. If your school is pursuing these topics, please consider attendingFlourish: Positive Education Conference.
  4. A pre- & post- conference learning opportunity is available thanks to our partners at The Flourishing Center. Click here to learn more about The Positive Education Certification, a 5 day training institute offered onsite at Ridley College (June 15th – 20th)
  5. Please share with your colleagues and encourage them to register as soon as possible. Hotel rooms are reserved, but are limited.

We encourage you to send this information along to fellow educators who would are interested in positive education, and the connection between student wellbeing and learning.

We look forward to hosting you for this unique learning experience in June! If you have any questions or recommendations, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Warm regards,

Ed Kidd

Ridley College

CIS Ontario Thrive Student Leaders 2019

Theme: Joyful Engagement

TMS Upper School

500 Elgin MIlls Road East

Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 5G1

Saturday, February 23, 2019

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

Grade 7-12 Student Leaders

Contact: Peter Hill

Participants: Grade 7-12 Student Leaders

Cost: $40 per student, Advisors free

* Limit of 10 students & 2 Advisors per school

CIS Ontario Thrive Student Leaders is an inter-school student leadership collaboration event hosted by TMS School. Students will participate in seminar discussions on topics relevant to their leadership in school, and network with others in a similar role to foster collaboration in the future. Students will also be taught hard skills for problem-solving in their own unique leadership environments.

THRIVE Highlights

  • A conference led and designed by students for students
  • Session leaders come from six different CIS schools
  • Sessions facilitated by 2-3 leaders collaborating from different CIS schools
  • Session leaders met together in early December to plan their sessions and continue to collaborate online
  • Keynote speaker, Mariam Fancy in 4th year at the Munk School at the University of Toronto and is currently working with and for the United Nations
  • Panel of CIS Ontario school graduates in first to fourth year of university in university leadership positions
  • Conference participants will meet many students from other CIS schools, be able to attend two working sessions and walk away with tools and solution ideas for practical application in their schools
  • Lunch provided

Student-Led Workshops

Read the Student Presenter bios.

Review the Student Led Workshop options before completing registration.

Selecting Students to Attend

Faculty Advisors, please use the attached resource for selecting attendees if you have more than 10 interested students.

Please register each student individually HERE.

February Conversation Circles

Conversation Circles provide a professional learning opportunity to connect virtually, using ZOOM video conferencing, to discuss issues relevant to our roles in school. Interested individuals from CIS Ontario member schools will meet for one-hour, facilitated conversations to discuss identified topics specific to their subject area or grade level, or area of business focus within the school.

If you are an Early Years or English Language Learner (ELL) educator, we invite you to RVSP below. The RSVP link includes a quick survey to help us generate a list of topics which are relevant to the conversation.

Early Years Educators

Facilitators: Lisa Grassa, Julie Binmore & Nancy Hohenkerk, The Mabin School

Monday February 11, 2019

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.


English Language Learner (ELL) Educators

Facilitator: Holly Robertson, Hillfield Strathallan College

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


If you'd like to be a facilitator for a Conversation Circle and have an idea for grouping and topic, please identify yourself by sending me an email at Ashley McLellan I look forward to hearing from you!

CIS Ontario is thrilled to invite you to the second annual Women's Network Event for member school employees. Choose a workshop to explore issues, engage in discussion and hear personal stories related to being your best self at work and in your career.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Upper Canada College

220 Lonsdale Road, Toronto

Weston Hall, Preparatory 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.


4:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Arrivals & Registration

5:00 p.m. - Welcome & Directions to Workshop Locations

5:10 - 6:10 p.m. - Workshop Sessions (select your 1st and 2nd choices)

6:15 - 7:30 p.m. - Wine, Cheese & Informal Networking

Enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles while you network with your colleagues and peers from other CIS Ontario schools. Use the time to make new connections, catch-up with friends, share ideas or have a conversation about an issue relevant to being your best self at work.


Please select a first and second choice from the selections below when you complete the RSVP registration below.

1. Equity in the Workplace: A Conversation about Gender Biases

Stephanie Young, Senior Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

This workshop will review common gender biases women face in the workplace and explore strategies for overcoming them, drawing on attendees' experiences and professional goals.

2. Tear Down Walls & Build Your PLN

Les McBeth, Director of Professional Development, Future Design School

How might we tear down the walls of our schools and tap into a wealth of ideas and inspiration in the larger education community? In this workshop, you'll learn how to leverage social media tools such as Twitter, LinkedIN, and Instagram to promote yourself professionally, to build your personal brand, to learn from others, and to find new opportunities. Social media newbie and experts alike are welcome!

3. The Limitations of Language as a Systemic Barrier to Women's Entry, Promotion and Tenure in the workplace

Jane Griffith, Partner and National Diversity Leader, Odgers Berndtson

Join Jane Griffith, Partner and National Diversity Leader at Odgers Berndtson, as she discusses how language can be used as a systemic barrier to women's entry, promotion and tenure in the work place. She will discuss the use of language in job descriptions, advertisement, resumes and performance reviews. Through lived experience as a recruiter, and as a business woman, Jane's session will be interactive and informative.

4. Navigating the Hiring Process as a Candidate!

Val Cambre, President & CEO, Teal & Co

Being ready for an opportunity and promoting ones' best professional self through the recruitment process, takes preparation.

Throughout this workshop, we will review what a typical search and hiring process looks like - from application to final interview & offer negotiation – and what is typically followed. We will consider the differences if it is an internal hiring process and what to expect and be ready for when working with an external search firm.

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


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

(Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - tech rehearsal times available)

Stratford Festival

Chair: Brendon Allen, The Bishop Strachan School

Fees: CIS Ontario will issue itemized invoices directly to participant schools

$200 per Senior School student participant (2 days)

$100 per Middle School student participant (1 day)

$50 per Teacher Chaperone per day (Recommended ratio 1:6)


The Conference of Independent Schools Drama Festival (CISDF) is an opportunity for drama students and educators in member schools to share their creative stagework and to expose their young artists to workshops and social opportunities with their peers from other schools. This year's festival has taken on the theme of Breaking Boundaries. Senior School participants will attend a performance of the musical Billy Elliot on Wednesday, April 24, the opening day of the Festival.

Please view the CISDF information package from this year's CISDF Chair, Brendon Allen from The Bishop Strachan School. In addition, please complete the following registration survey to provide details about your school's specific needs and details.


Schools are responsible for making their own transportation and hotel reservations. Here is a list of accommodations Stratford Festival suggests that are friendly to student groups. Many of these are within walking distance of The Hall and the Stratford Festival theatres.

As You Like it Motel – 18 rooms – 519.271.2951
Festival Inn – 180 rooms – 1.800.463.3581
Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat – 20 rooms – 1.855.403.8924
Majer's Motel – 31 rooms – 1.800.561.4483
Noretta Motel – 15 rooms – 1.877.820.5150
The Parlour Inn – 28 rooms – 1.877.728.4036
Queens Inn – 32 rooms – 1.800.461.6450
Best Western Plus The Arden Park Hotel – 144 rooms – 1.877.788.8818


Schools may want to consider either bus or train options for getting to Stratford. To see the VIA Rail options, check the schedule here.

Registration steps:

1. Complete the official CIS Ontario registration link by clicking the button below.

2. Review the CISDF Information package.

3. Complete the CISDF registration survey to provide us with performance details and other required information.

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