The Sterling Institute
The Sterling Institute (SI) was founded by The Sterling Hall School in 2007 as a centre for expertise in boys’ education. It expanded significantly in its scope and vision during the 2009-2010 academic year with the goal of sharing research and resources from around the globe that encourage excellence in the teaching of boys and girls.
Throughout the 2010-2011 academic year, the SI once again redefined its mission to providing a forum for educators to stimulate intellectual curiosity and develop best teaching practices, promoting a mindful appreciation of the world around us, and being a leader and innovator in research within the educational community.
During the 2014-2015 school year, the Institute adopted a final mission that more accurately reflects the strategic plan of The Sterling Hall School: To inspire and empower innovation, research and collaboration in our community.
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.
The Sterling Institute is taking on two new initiatives during the 2016-2017, around the topics of early literacy and design challenges based on real-life experiences.