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

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

OFIS Workshops – GTA – Managing Student Stress & Anxiety

October 25 2017 – 9:00am-4:00pm – GTA – Venue TBA
Our full day workshop 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 enabling greater classroom engagment.
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OFIS Fall Learning Day – GTA – Innovation In Education

October 20 2017 – 9:00am-4:00pm – GTA – Venue TBA
Our Fall Learning Day focusing 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 Elementary & Secondary Workshops – Mathematics

Friday October 13 2017 – Elementary Panel – 9:00am-4:00pm – GTA – Venue TBA
Monday October 30 2017 – Secondary Panel – 9:00am-4:00pm – GTA – Venue – TBA
Our full day workshops on mathematics will be fantastic opportunities for math teachers in elementary and middle schools (October 13) and those in secondary schools (October 30) to enhance their approach to instructional design and strengthen student performance in math!
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