New Teacher Orientation Workshop

First day jitters? No problem. This workshop provides an introduction to independent schools for teachers new to the profession in our member schools and/or new experienced teachers to CIS Ontario schools. It's also an opportunity for teachers to make connections with educators within the member community and get a crash course on the culture of independent school life in Ontario. You'll also get pro tips on supporting learning.

The 2020 Workshop

CIS Ontario's annual New Teacher Orientation is an introduction to independent schools for teachers NEW to the profession in our member schools and/or experienced teachers who are new to CIS Ontario schools. It also provides an opportunity to make connections with educators from other member schools.


This year's program will be fully online, offered over a three-week period and will include:

November 25, 2020 -- Session #1 Hybrid Teaching and Learning

Cohort 21 Leads, Justin Medved, The York School, and Garth Nichols, Havergal College, will lead participants in an interactive session focused on teaching and learning in a hybrid environment. 

December 2, 2020 -- Session #2 Independent School Changing Expectations & Supporting Success For All Learners

Dr. Leanne Foster, Head of School at Trafalgar Castle School, will lead an interactive workshop through the lens of the Head of School about the changing expectations in independent schools and how to support the success of all learners.   

December 9, 2020 -- Session #3 Orientation to Independent Schools & the CIS Ontario Community

Sarah Craig, Executive Director and the CIS Ontario Team will answer questions as they share an overview of the association's role in supporting our member schools. They will also provide an overview CIS Ontario's programs and services, including our networks, professional learning and student programs.


  • Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Registration and ZOOM Details:
Registration is now closed. ZOOM videoconferencing connection details will be shared with participants the week of November 23rd, 2020.

The 2019 Workshop

The 2019 New Teacher Orientation Workshop, on October 2nd, was a great day of networking and learning, presented by Dr. Leanne Foster, Head of School, Trafalgar Castle. Our workshop attendees met at the BMO Institute for Learning and were introduced to Sarah Craig, Executive Director, CIS Ontario who gave a welcome and orientation to CIS Ontario. Dr. Foster then covered topics specific to success as an independent school educator. Please view the agenda for an outline of the day.

CIS Ontario: Professional Learning Events: New Teachers' Orientation Workshop
For additional information, please contact:
Sheri Little
Executive Assistant/ Event Manager