Professional Development

OFIS School Leadership Development

OFIS Professional Development Events & Resources are reflective of the most current government expectations, legal obligations and innovative leadership ideas. The annual calendar is developed by an OFIS staff members and supported by a sub-committee to the OFIS board that is comprised of experienced school leaders and geared towards the needs of independent schools right now!

As part of OFIS’ commitment to standard-setting leadership for independent schools and their leaders, we have 3 defined categories of leadership development we encourage:
Political Development – OFIS plans for and prepares appropriate political activities for its members aimed at raising the positive public profile for independent education
Professional Development – OFIS plans for and prepares appropriate professional development for its members aimed at improving policies and procedures for independent schools across the province
Personal Development – Personal Leadership Development Retreat – providing school leaders with an opportunity to collaborate, network and problem solve in a community of professionals who range in expertise from new leader to experienced principal. Designed for current school leaders and graduates of PSP I & II. These retreats will feature successful strategies for addressing personal leadership challenges in a collegial atmosphere.  Held in a unique setting where leaders can unplug from the stress and rigors of their daily lives and engage with fellow colleagues whose shared focus is personal leadership development. Through interactive workshops, group discussions and time for personal and professional reflection, retreat will help school leaders strengthen their leadership skills and widen their personal support network. Held at Kempenfelt Conference Centre, located just 45 minutes from Toronto on beautiful Kempenfelt Bay, Lake Simcoe. 

OFIS Professional Development Calendar

OFIS 16/17 PD Calendar
SAVE THE DATES!! – Hang it in the staff room and plan your school’s in-service days around OFIS Professional Development Services.  OFIS always offers events that are immediately relevant for both administrators and teachers as leaders

Register For OFIS Professional Development Events

Participants can either register by mail or online for each event
Mail-in registrations must be in our office 10 days prior to the scheduled event and must be accompanied by payment
On-line registration can be done by following the links at the bottom of each individual event

OFIS 16/17 PD Registration Form

!!NEW!! FOR 16/17 – OFIS PD Passport

Purchase a 16/17 PD Passport and bundle your school’s PD opportunities! – Receive a registration for both fall and spring learning days + one full day consultation on project of choice or one on-site PD event of choice

OFIS Members – $1000 ($1200 Value) less 25% of paid 16/17 membership fees
Download 16/17 PD Registration Form – Purchase 16/17 PD Passport

 

*Refunds are not available for OFIS PD Events. If you contact us prior to the event to advise you cannot attend, your registration can be transferred to another  person from the same school for the same event , or the next available date at no charge. If you contact us after the event has occurred, no such transfers are available.

Webinars & Podcasts

Calculating ROI Of Social Media For Private Schools

Webinar – November 27 – 12:00pm-1:00pm
Social media can be one of the most challenging platforms for schools to measure return on investment. But it is an area you can’t afford to ignore.

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Relieving The Pain Of Tax Receipting

Webinar – Thursday December 5 – 10:00am-11:00am
Your school is preparing to issue tax receipts for tuition, childcare, fitness and donations (for registered charities) payments. Are you concerned about having to spend an inordinate amount of time to these receipts produced? Are you worried about errors because you use manual steps to manipulate data, create mail merge letters, or recipts?

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OFIS Podcasts

FREE! – to all private schools!
Join these real-time conversations on the most current school leadership topics from the comfort of your very own office. New episodes are added on the 3rd Tuesday of each month during the school year from 4-5pm.

Watch for our NEW series starting in January 2014 – “One Thing I Did Right” – featuring the best practices of some of OFIS’ top administrators and leaders!

Watch the OFIS Channel Now!

 

OFIS Webinars

FREE to OFIS Members!
*Non-members will be invoiced $50 per completed webinars
System Requirements:
PC-Based Attendees – Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2003 server
MacInstosh-Based Attendees – Mac OS, X 10.5 or newer
OFIS’ annual Webinar series is presented in partnership with Simon Phoenix Group, an Ontario-based data management software service dedicated to making record-keeping & business operations clear and easy for private schools.

Webinar Schedule

Watch For Our Winter Webinar Schedule Coming Out Soon! Great OFIS PD From The Comfort Of Your Own Home Or Office! 

Regional Sessions

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.
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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.
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OFIS Fall Learning Day – GTA

October 20 2016 – 9am – 4pm – Glenn Arbour Academy – Burlington – OFIS is pleased to announce it’s Spring Learning Day in the Eastern Ontario! Stay Current!—Get checklists and templates for all the most up-to-date government and legal compliance expectations for independent schools

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OFIS Fall Learning Day – Eastern Ontario

October 18 2016 – 9am – 4pm – Leahurst College, Kingston ON – OFIS is pleased to announce it’s Spring Learning Day in the Eastern Ontario! Stay Current!—Get checklists and templates for all the most up-to-date government and legal compliance expectations for independent schools

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Policy Workshop – Employment Compliance/Workplace Harassment – Ottawa

June 2 2016 – 10am – 4pm – Fernhill School – Ottawa – 59 Vaughan Street – Registrants are invited to take in one or both workshops aimed at helping schools prepare for Ministry of Labour inspection blitzes scheduled for fall of 2016

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Courses

PSP I & II – School Leadership Courses

PSP I & II – October 21-23 AND November 18-20 – Kempenfelt Conference Centre – Innisfil, ON – Comprehensive School Leadership Courses for both rookie and seasoned private school leaders developed in accordance with, and to prioritize, the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Leadership Framework for Principals and Vice-Principals read more

1st Annual Fall School Leadership Retreat

November 6 at 3pm to November 7 at 4pm – Kempenfelt Conference Centre – Innisfil – personal leadership development opportunity especially designed with graduates of PSP I & II in mind. An opportunity to continue where courses left off, networking with other school leaders and graduates in a tranquil location in ‘near-northern’ Ontario – Download The Event Flyer!

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PSP II – Private School Leadership Course

April 10-12 AND April 24-26 – Keele Campus – YORK University – In partnership with YORK University, OFIS offers this course every spring to experienced private school leaders to update their system practices and procedures.
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OFIS – PSP II

APRIL 15-17 & APRIL 29-May 1 – 2016
Yorkdale Holiday Inn – Toronto, ON

School Management & Leadership Course For Experienced School Leaders
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OFIS – PSP I

APRIL 15-17 2016 & APRIL 29-May 1 2-16
Yorkdale Holiday Inn – Toronto, ON

School Management & Leadership Course For Rookie School Leaders – PSP I 

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Workshops

OFIS Elementary & Secondary Workshops – Mathematics

Monday May 8 2017 – Elementary Panel – 9:00am-4:00pm – North York General Hospital
Monday May 8 2017 – Secondary Panel – 9:00am-4:00pm – North York General Hospital
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 8) to enhance their approach to instructional design and strengthen student performance in math!
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OFIS Secondary School Inspection Readiness Workshop

November 7 & 8 2016 – 9am – 4pm each day – Markham – All private secondary schools seeking credit-granting status must now file all of the following documentation with the Private Schools and International Education Unit by December 1st for a February 1st start. Will you be prepared? Two days of intensive pre-inspection training are being offered.

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Secondary School Inspection Readiness Workshop – Burlington

June 6 – 7 2016 – 10am – 4pm – Star Academy – 1587 Cormack Crescent, Mississauga, ON – All private secondary schools seeking credit-granting status must now file all of the following documentation with the Private Schools and International Education Unit by June 30th. Will you be prepared? Two days of intensive pre-inspection training are being offered

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Policy Workshop – Employment Compliance/Workplace Harassment – Ottawa

June 2 2016 – 10am – 4pm – Fernhill School – Ottawa – 59 Vaughan Street – Registrants are invited to take in one or both workshops aimed at helping schools prepare for Ministry of Labour inspection blitzes scheduled for fall of 2016

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Policy Workshop – Employment Compliance/Workplace Harassment – Markham

June 1 2016 – 10am – 4pm – Wishing Well School – Markham – Registrants are invited to take in one or both workshops aimed at helping schools prepare for Ministry of Labour inspection blitzes scheduled for fall of 2016

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