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OPLS is the longest running physical literacy event in the world averaging over 400 participants. We are so excited to be hosting our eighth year at Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton, ON on Friday October 11th, 2019.

This year's theme of Across the Lifespan includes five themes of learning; Sport and Recreation, Equity and Inclusion, Education, Early Years and Older Adults. Come connect, share and learn about how physical literacy is changing the landscape for a healthy, active Canada!

Presenter Information

Registration is OPEN

OPLS Registration Pricing

General Registration: $99.00
*Begins August 12, 2019

Student Full Day Fee: $50.00
*Student card to be shown day of event

Group Fee: $75.00/person (10+ people)

For assistance with registration please contact Erica Otaguro.

For more information, access our website -

Follow us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for highlights from our previous summits, as well as, updates for #OPLS2019.

Thank you for your continued support for making #OPLS2019 a huge success.

Mark Your Calendars

CIS Ontario Drama Educators' Professional Learning Day

September 20, 2019


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

* Registration closes Friday, September 6, 2019. Participants that register prior to August 31st will have the opportunity to select their choice of performances.

COHORT 21 2019-20

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

Cost: $875 per participant

Saturday, October 5, 2019

The York School

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Branksome Hall

Friday, January 17, 2020

Location TBC

Friday, April 3, 2020

Location TBC

Welcome to Cohort 21!

Registration is now closed for Cohort 21 - Season 8.

Cohort 21 is not your average professional development opportunity. It is a highly personalized learning experience supported by an active community of facilitators and coaches. Being a member of Cohort 21 means committing to an eight month process of professional growth, inquiry and ACTION.

The Cohort 21 experience is facilitated through four face to face sessions that are interconnected through rich online collaboration, blogging and conversation. Using social media platforms (Twitter,Google, your own Cohort 21 Blog) and a Design Thinking framework members will connect and engage in a personalized action plan. This structured inquiry into the refinement of practice yields a valuable professional learning experience for both participants and their students. Click here to read feedback from the Cohort 21 alumni who have successfully completed the program.

Committing to Cohort 21 - Season 8 (2019-2020) requires attendance at the following four face-to-face sessions:

Saturday, October 5, 2019
The York School
8:30 – 3:30
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Branksome Hall
8:30 – 3:30
Friday, January 17, 2020
8:30 – 3:30
Friday, April 5, 2020
8:30 – 3:30

To register for Cohort 21, obtain approval from your school's Curriculum Leader, Division Head and/or Head of School to participate for the 2019-2020 academic year. Cohort 21 costs $875 per participant which will be billed directly to each school in October 2019.

Please note: There is a cap of 50 participants. Don't miss out!

We look forward to learning with you at Cohort 21 - Season 8 in 2019-2020!

The Cohort 21 Team

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

It is with the sincerest of thanks that the CIS Ontario community says good-bye to Yvonne Hildebrandt, Executive Assistant, after 15 years of service to the association. Yvonne joined CIS Ontario in 2004 with then Executive Director, George Briggs. For the past 15 years, Yvonne has been a cheery voice at the end of the telephone and a very organized office manager/bookkeeper for three Executive Directors, first George, then Jan Campbell and finally me for the past two years. A former CIS Ontario parent at Trafalgar Castle and Greenwood College School, Yvonne brought a passion for independent school education to her role. Please join us in thanking Yvonne for her dedicated service as we wish her well in her new life in St. Catharines.

We are thrilled to welcome Sheri Little to CIS Ontario as our new Executive Assistant/Events Manager. Sheri is well known within our independent school community. Formerly employed at CESI (Canadian Educational Standards Institute) and then at CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools) through the merger, Sheri brings almost 20 years of experience working as both an Executive Assistant and Events Manager to our provincial association. Sheri is thrilled to be back in an association-based role and is excited to reconnect with the Ontario independent school community. You can reach Sheri at or 647-330-8622.

Over the summer, CIS Ontario closed our Whitby office in favour of establishing a fully virtual office model similar to the one recently adopted by CAIS.

Please note our updated mailing address and phone number:

CIS Ontario

PO Box 442 RPO Lakeshore West

Oakville, ON L6K 0A6


Please feel free to download the following calendar documents as reference for the 2019-2020 school year. As more details are finalized and updated, changes will be reflected on our CIS Ontario website calendar.

CIS Ontario Member School Dates 2019-2020

CIS Ontario Calendar of Events 2019-2020

CISAA Meeting Dates 2019-2020

CISAA Calendar 2019-2020

Best wishes to everyone in the CIS Ontario community for a safe and enjoyable summer holiday. See you September!

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