OFIS - The Ontario Federation of Independent Schools - is a legally incorporated, duly constituted service association for independent schools, established in 1974....
"Parents have a prior right to FREELY choose the kind of education that shall be given to their child" – 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26, Section 3...
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The OFIS Charitable Trust
Countless young lives are changed through encounters with great teachers. Great teachers inspire. The OFIS Charitable Trust seeks to improve the quality of education that is provided in Ontario’s independent schools. We support great teaching by providing financial assistance for the training of teachers and administrators who are employed or plan to be employed in schools that are not publicly funded. Visit The OFIS Trust page for more information
From The OFIS Office
OFIS Office Hours - Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm - Our staff are often out of the office working with members. Messages can be left by both voicemail and email which are monitored regularly and returned within 48 hours of receipt. Members with emergent issues outside of office hours are urged to contact our staff by email
OFIS Workshops - Toronto East & West - Managing Student Stress & Anxiety
April 13 2017 - 9:00am-3:30pm - Crawford Academy East May 31 2017 - 9:00am-3:30pm - Hitherfield School Our full day workshops on managing student stress and anxiety will introduce teachers and administrators to key concepts and techniques necessary to assist their students in managing their stress and anxiety.read more
OFIS Spring Learning Days - Toronto East & West - Educational Innovation
April 25 2017 - 9:00am-3:30pm - Crawford Academy East April 26 2017 - 9:00am-3:30pm - Hitherfield School Our Spring Learning Days on innovation in education will introduce teachers AND administrators to the tools and ways of thinking necessary to conceptualize and cultivate a culture of innovation across their school community and to practically employ innovative tools in the classroom.read more
OFIS Elementary & Secondary Workshops - Mathematics
Monday May 8 2017 - Elementary Panel - 9:00am-3:30pm - GTA Thursday May 11 2017 - Secondary Panel - 9:00am-3:30pm - GTA Our full day workshops on mathematics will be fantastic opportunities for math teachers in elementary and middle schools (May 8) and those in secondary schools (May 11) to enhance their approach to instructional design and strengthen student performance in math!read more
Sweden Provides Lessons On How To Increase Accessibility For Low And Middle-income Parents To More School Choice
November 15 2016 - Fraser Institute - Gabriel Heller Sahlgren - Amid continued calls in some provinces to reduce or even eliminate government funding of independent schools, policymakers could look to Sweden and its full government funding model that increases school choice for parents, particularly modest-income families, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.read more
Independent Schools In British Columbia: Myths & Realties
September 20 2016 - Barbara Mitchell Centre For Education Improvement - This study finds that despite frequent claims to the contrary, independent schools do not drain resources from public schools, but in fact, the elimination of the partial funding of independent schools would likely increase the strain on public schools and on B.C. taxpayers.read more
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