Conversation Circles

Are you ready for valuable dialogue with other busy educators in similar roles? But you don’t have time to join another group, right?

Conversation Circles connects you virtually, through ZOOM video conferencing for one-hour, facilitated chats. Offered several times each year, there’s no travel time and participants mutually decide the topics from several options when they register. (The best part is that the Circle typically runs at the end of the school day so you can sit in your office or class.)

Organized by subject area, grade or business function, the circle offers a deep dive on topics that are traditionally under-served at conferences, all tailored to the needs of the participants. It’s also a great way to understand how your peers in CIS member schools are dealing with pressing issues, incorporating new research and uncovering the challenges and opportunities for growth in their schools.   

E-LEARNING SUPPORT: JK-Grade 5 Weekly Conversation Circles

Calling all JK - Grade 5 Teachers: eLearning Collaboration & Sharing

CIS Ontario and the e-Learning Consortium of Canada formed a partnership to offer a FREE online Teaching and Learning Orientation course for teachers in Grades 6 through 12. To support JK to Grade 5 teachers, we are offering weekly Conversation Circle video conferences at each grade level.


CIS Ontario will host Conversation Circles for each grade level from JK through to Grade 5 weekly or as deemed necessary by Facilitators. These online conversations will provide an opportunity to connect virtually, using ZOOM video conferencing. The conversations will facilitated by volunteers who will lead discussions about identified topics specific to their grade level, with a focus on at home or eLearning classroom resources and strategies.

The ZOOM sessions will be open to all teachers and specialists. No RSVP is required. Just join in by clicking the link, the the email we sent, on the scheduled day and time. You will also find the schedule and Zoom links in the 'Elementary Teacher's Network' on our Member Portal


CIS Ontario is looking for volunteer Facilitators for each grade level. The expectation of the Facilitator will be to share highlight notes for each session by posting them to the Elementary Teachers' Network Group Dashboard, CIS Ontario staff will assist you in the initial stages of this process if posting to the Dashboard is unfamiliar to you. We will contact you to set up a time to review the volunteer responsibilities before your first ZOOM meeting. Please see the email we sent on Friday, March 20, 2020 for a link to a document where you can add your name to the list of Facilitators.


We need participants to share their questions/topics ahead of time to allow the Facilitator to have some direction for each session. You are asked to post your questions and topics in the appropriate grade level Google docs - Please see the email we sent on Friday, March 20, 2020 for a links to the Google Docs.


CIS Ontario has launched the Elementary Teacher's Network on our Member Portal. It is a place for elementary educators to share resources, engage in discussions and access information. To access the Dashboard visit: Your username is typically your first initial, a period and your last name. For example: s.craig Then click the Forgot Username or Password to set up your account. The email associated with your account is your school email address.


These are very challenging times for all of us. Please remember to prioritize wellbeing - for your young students and yourself as we being distance learning. We look forward to sharing in and celebrating your creativity and innovation as you adapt to your new "virtual classrooms". 


We will be looking for stories of humour, fun, caring and inspiration to share with our members. Consider sharing your experiences with your students and your elearning adventures with us. Please @cisontario or use the hashtag #cisoelearning on our social media channels and we will repost or retweet you! You can find us on TwitterFacebookInstagramYouTube and LinkedIn.

CIS Ontario Professional Learning: Conversation Circles


Ashley McLellan
Professional Learning Consultant
CIS Ontario

If you would like to be the facilitator for a Conversation Circle or have an idea for an important discussion, please reach out to share your topic and intended audience with me by email. I look forward to hearing from you and planning together!
Ashley McLellan

It’s challenging for a conference agenda to serve every attendee a deep dive on truly relevant content. Conversation Circles is a chance to do just that, all from the comfort of your own office.