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BMO Centre for Learning

Monday, January 28, 2019

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Meals: Break treats and lunch are included

Tools: Bring a device or two to capture photos, participate through social media and document your learning

Map to BMO Centre of Learning

COST: $225

An UNConference for CIS Ontario Educators!

We are excited to announce the 2nd annual CIS Ontario Connects Unconference. Building on the foundation of Cohort 21, and the success of last year, the CIS Ontario Connects unconference provides schools with a powerful day for their faculty to accelerate research and learn from others in these four new compelling strands, selected by CIS Ontario Curriculum Leaders:

  1. Building & Measuring Learning Skills and Executive Functions
  2. Capturing & Assessing Observations and Conversations
  3. Fostering & Integrating STEAM & Design Thinking with students and faculty
  4. Enriching & Augmenting learning through experiential technologies (AR, VR, XR)

Attendees will choose two (2) of the four strands with which to participate. Schools are encouraged to send a team of educators to engage in all four strands and work with them in advance on how to best leverage the conference to support school goals and share the team's learning upon return.

With a unique facilitation format, participants will have opportunities for many different entry points into the discussions and activities.This unconference will be personalized by design, collaborative in nature, and highly interactive.

This unconference differentiates itself through the commitment to a collective output of the learning to the CIS Ontario community through an post conference infographic - click here to view last years and all conference resources can be found on the website.

Click here to view the CIS Ontario Connects Unconference WEBSITE

Click here to access the CIS Ontario Connects Unconference 2018 IMPACT REPORT

Conference Format:

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Arrival & Check-In

8:30 - 9:15 a.m. Opening Address & Mindset Building

9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Networking Break & Room Set-up

9:30 -11:30 a.m. Morning session (2hrs)

11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Networking

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Afternoon session (2hrs)

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks & Exit Ticket

Register soon, we SOLD OUT last year!

Grades 6 -8

Future Design School

Future Prize is an opportunity for Middle School students in Grades 6-8 to design solutions to a real-world challenge and pitch their solutions in a competition with other CIS Ontario Schools.

How might we empower students to solve the world's big problems?

In our rapidly-changing world, students increasingly need to be creative, curious, empathetic, and resilient. The Future Prize Challenge introduces middle school students to design thinking and innovative problem-solving methods that foster critical thinking and compassion.

The event includes a design thinking workshop for teams of students and teachers, an action-packed day of designing solutions, and an exciting final "pitch" of solutions to a panel of expert judges.

An exciting opportunity for participating teachers is a full day of Professional Learning, scheduled for January 11th, 2019. This day is for all teachers who will be joining students for the Future Prize Challenge Day.

Teacher Coach Professional Learning Day

Friday, January 11, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location TBC

CIS Ontario Future Prize Challenge Day

Grades 6-8 Students

Thursday, January 31, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Upper Canada College

Weston Hall, Preparatory School

Student teams (up to 3 students and one teacher per team) will:

  • Learn about a meaningful challenge facing the world today
  • Build empathy for people affected by the challenge
  • Develop creative ideas to solve the problem
  • Create a prototype of their solution
  • Pitch their idea to a panel of judges from some of Canada's most innovative companies
  • Foster their creativity, pursue their curiosity and feel empowered to reshape the world around them

Teacher Coaches will:

  • Receive hands-on professional development on how to apply design thinking tools and methods to enhance student learning - teachers learn by doing while participating on a team with students, as well as attending a PD day dedicated to helping them understand the process so that they can effectively coach their teams.
  • Access curated content from users who face the challenge in the real world
  • Take students on a field trip that meets Ontario and MYP curriculum expectations
  • Develop skills in creating hands-on, project-based, personalized learning experiences for students

Registration Fees: $500 per team - includes the teacher coach Professional Learning Day AND one day of competition for a school team of 3 students in Grades 6-8 ONLY and 1 teacher. Lunch will be provided on both days for participants. Each school may submit one team. If space allows, a second team per school may be added. Teachers work alongside students as part of a team, so one teacher coach per team is REQUIRED.

To participate, please register the Teacher Coach. Students will be registered at or after the January 11, 2019 Professional Learning Day. Registration sold out very quickly last year so don't delay!

Introducing Conversation Circles

CIS Ontario is expanding our professional learning offerings by adding an online opportunity to support educators in developing connections and a sense of collegiality amongst peers in similar roles across CIS Ontario schools.

Conversation Circles will provide us with the 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 small group, one-hour, facilitated conversations to discuss identified topics specific to their subject area or grade level, or area of business focus within the school.

CIS Ontario's Conversation Circles are intended to be a place for dialogue among colleagues; whereby participants share and receive ideas and information relevant to their practice, emerging trends and research.

If you are an early childhood educator, we invite you to RVSP. The RSVP link includes quick survey and help us generate a list of topics which are relevant to our first Conversation Circle focused on Early Years Educators.

If you'd like to be a facilitator for a Conversation Circle for a different member group, please identify yourself by sending me an email at I look forward to hearing from you!

The Conversation Circle for Early Years Educators will be held at 4pm ET on Thursday, December 6th, 2018.

Use the following URL to join us:


Developed in consultation with private & independent school operators/owners/associations as well as lawyers representing private & independent schools, this program will cover:

  • The law governing private & independent schools
  • Who can enroll a student? Do both parents need to be on the contract?
  • Admissions requirements – can it be refused when there is no entrance exam?
  • The rights of non-custodial parent
  • Cyber-bullying and the responsibilities of school leaders
  • Duty to accommodate special needs students – what's the standard?
November 7, 2018
8:30 am - 3:30 pm EDT
In Person & Webcast
Faculty Chair: Eric Roher, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Osgoode Professional Development Centre
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor
Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate
: $545 plus HST
* CIS Ontario schools get 10% off our education law programs with promo code, CIS-10.


Please contact the Registration Team at


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