The Sterling Institute's mission is to inspire and empower innovation, research and collaboration in our community.
One of our primary focuses is to inspire innovation in SHS's academic program. Currently, The Sterling Institute is partnering with Squiggle Park to investigate new potential tools to foster literacy in our youngest readers. (link to SI page) As a school, SHS is committed to developing programs that inspire curiosity and a passion for learning. As a support to SHS's academic program, The Sterling Institute is partnering with Maximum City, which is developing an authentic design challenge to foster further engagement in school. (link to SI page)
The Institute also conducts in-house action research in order to inform our practices. Additionally we partner with outside organizations to ensure that our programs are the best that they can be. Currently we are working with the Sunnybrook Research Institute in the areas of exercise and cognition.
Throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, the Institute led SHS through the CAIS re-accreditation process. The Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) is a community of independent schools focused on whole school improvement. It supports schools' growth and development through leadership training, research and accreditation. The two cornerstones of a CAIS review are "celebrating strengths" and "determining next steps" for whole-school improvement. The Institute supported SHS as all faculty and staff, as well as many parents, students and alumni worked collaboratively to complete our internal review. It focused on SHS's strengths and areas for growth. Currently, SHS is working towards the implementation of the recommendations as outlined by CAIS's external review in May.
If you have any questions or comments, or wish more information about our resources or events, please contact Erica Sprules.
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