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Facilitated by Future Design School

For JK - 12 Teachers

Monday, June 24 & Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Day 1 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Day 2 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

* Lunch provided on Day 1

Montcrest School

658 Broadview Avenue
Toronto ON M4K 2P1
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How might we plan engaging project-based learning and inquiry for 2019-20?

The CIS Ontario Future Skills Institute will be held on June 24-25, 2019 at Montcrest School. The Institute is an action-oriented professional development program for educators who want to drive innovation in their school.

Educators will learn to harness design-thinking methods to build creative, project-based learning and inquiry in their classrooms. The program focuses on developing a culture of creative problem solving and how to approach curriculum competencies from a student-centered perspective.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the tenets of design thinking, entrepreneurship, global mindfulness and innovation and learn methods for building these skills/mindsets in students.
  • Learn and apply actionable methods for ideation & collaboration and experiment with using these methods with students
  • On Day 1, participants will design a student-directed, project-based learning experience that develops critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication in students
  • On Day 2, participants will create an assessment plan and tool to accompany the learning experience designed on Day 1.

1.5 Days of Learning

The Institute runs from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Monday, June 24, and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. On Day 1, you will learn about design thinking and create a project-based student learning experience. Day 2 is all about assessment, and you'll walk away with a tool for assessing student learning.

This Program Is For You If:

  • You are an educator with a passion for creating engaging, meaningful learning experiences
  • You want to learn how to use design thinking to empower student innovation
  • You want to learn how to connect innovation to your subject area

Immediately Actionable PD:

All participants walk away with repeatable methods and tools that they can use in the classroom with students, as well as a plan of action to implement their learning right away. You will learn by doing, and do the work of planning as part of the session!

Building a Case to Attend:

Why should your school administration support you to attend the Future Skills Institute? Click HERE to download a sample case for support. Click HERE to read a blog post about last year's Future Skills Institute.

Send a Team:

We recommend that schools send pairs or teams of teachers as the Institute is an excellent opportunity for teachers to collaborate and create a unit of study together.

Registration Fees per participant:

1-4 teachers purchased together $525
5-8 teachers purchased together $500
* Lunch provided on Day 1

Join the Branksome Hall community for a conversation with acclaimed psychologist and best-selling author, Dr. Lisa Damour.

Though anxiety has risen among teens and young adults overall, studies confirm that it has skyrocketed in girls. As a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with girls, Dr. Damour has witnessed this rising tide of stress and anxiety in her own research, in private practice, and in the all-girls' school where she consults.

Her latest book, Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls, addresses the facts about psychological tension, including the under-appreciated value of stress, while also outlining the critical steps adults can take to shield girls from toxic pressures.

Branksome Hall is delighted to be hosting Dr. Damour on the only Canadian stop on her international book tour. This event is expected to be very popular, drawing hundreds of attendees from both the Branksome community and beyond.

Girls Under Pressure: A Conversation with Dr. Lisa Damour
Presented by Branksome Hall
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Branksome Hall Athletics & Wellness Centre
6 Elm Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Ticket & Hardcover Book: $40
Ticket Only: $25

Click here to purchase tickets.

Ridley College

St. Catharine's, Ontario

June 16th & 17th, 2019

Learn more:

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

Ridley is looking forward to hosting you for this unique learning experience in June!

CLICK HERE to register!

Monday, June 3, 2019

BMO Centre for Learning

3550 Pharmacy Ave.
Toronto, ON M1W 3Z3

Guest Speakers & Workshops

9:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

5:00 - 6:30


Join your peers from CIS Ontario schools to connect, collaborate and learn together on June 3, 2019!

Janice Crampton, Executive Director and CEO of AISAP, and the CIS Ontario Admissions & Enrolment Management Conference Committee are busy planning an engaging day of professional learning. Guest speakers and workshop leaders from AISAP (The Association of Independent Schools Admissions Professionals) and EMA (The Enrolment Management Association) will share the latest in enrolment trends and admissions-related issues. There will be something for everyone, including content and job-alike sessions for every member of your school's Admissions Team.

More details, including registration coming soon!

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