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 the OFIS board comprised of experienced school leaders and in consultation with our members.

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 ranging from beginners to seasoned veterans. Designed for current school leaders and graduates of PSP I and/or II. These retreats will feature successful strategies for addressing personal leadership challenges in a collegial atmosphere where the focus is personal leadership development. Through interactive workshops, group discussions and time for personal and professional reflection, these retreats will help school leaders strengthen their leadership skills and widen their personal support network.  

*Refunds are not available for OFIS PD Events. If  a registrant contacts the OFIS office by email prior to the event to advise, that registration can be transferred to another registrant from the same school for the same event , or the registration can be transferred to the next available date at no charge. If the registrant contacts the OFIS office after the event has occurred, no such transfers are available.

Webinars & Podcasts

Winter Webinar Series – Safe Schools Policies

January 31, February 7, February 14, February 21 – 1:00pm-2:00pm – Online
OFIS is offering a 4 week webinar series aimed at assisting independent schools in developing and/or strengthening Safe School Policies & Protocols. Ensure that your school understands the most current government & legal compliance expectations in establishing best practices to keep safe in a number of key policy areas.

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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.

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OFIS Webinars

Members – FREE to $50
Non-members – $50 to $100
*Invoices will be issued to schools upon registration

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 17/18 Webinar Schedule Coming Out Soon! Great OFIS PD From The Comfort Of Your Own Home Or Office! 

Regional Sessions

Spring Regional Session – GTA – April 26 2018

April 26 2018 – 12noon – 4pm – Upper York School – Markham, ON – An informal afternoon lunch & learn opportunity – roundtable discussion, employment legislation updates, insurance compliance & policy development and government relations update prior to provincial election in June

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Spring Regional Session – Western ON – April 24 2018

April 24 2018 – 12noon – 4pm – Hitherfield School – Guelph/Campbellville, ON – An informal afternoon lunch & learn opportunity – roundtable discussion, employment legislation updates, insurance compliance & policy development and government relations update prior to provincial election in June

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Spring Regional Session – Eastern ON – Kingston

April 18 2018 – 12noon – 4pm – Leahurst College – Kingston, ON – An informal afternoon lunch & learn opportunity – roundtable discussion, employment legislation updates, insurance compliance & policy development and government relations update prior to provincial election in June

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Courses

PSP II – Private School Leadership Course

May 4-6 AND May 25-27 2018 – 9:00am-4:00pm each day – Markham, ON
System Practices and Procedures – providing an exploration of the independent school leader’s responsibilities that is more in depth than PSP I, and with the benefit of their accumulated experiences and wisdom, the practical aspects of principalship, examined in the light of current research and theories. Contemporary educational issues, applied to and discussed in the context of real case scenarios, will be the focus of Part II. Candidates will be expected to draw from and to share their own experiences, in mutually beneficial small group environments, structured for the professional development of all. Facilitation will be the preferred method of instruction.

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Workshops