Anne-Marie Kee is the Executive Director at the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), an association of 95 schools that are passionate about learning and leading. She is responsible for strategies designed to support continuous school improvement and leads research, PD and accreditation programs that reinforce the vision of CAIS, to shape the future of education.
Since joining the national organization in 2005, she initiated the National Tracking Project, co-authored the National Technology Project: A Report on Effective Practice and lead the organization through a national collaborative review of the National Standards and procedures of accreditation, which eventually lead to recognition by the NAIS International Commission of Accreditation. The CAIS Standards challenge schools to examine all aspects of program and operations, including innovative learning, graduate success, student engagement in arts, athletics, leadership, and community service; and student wellness.
In the past four years, she developed a series of research projects on risk management, governance, teaching and learning, enrollment management, and online and blended learning. She launched a marketing project for Canada’s boarding schools to collaboratively recruit more international students in 2010, and launched the first National Parent Motivational Survey in 2013, which examined CAIS and general population parents’ attitudes.
She oversees the CAIS Leadership Institute, which trains over 150 leaders each year, and established several new modules including Women in Leadership, Coaching Leaders, Teaching for 21st Century Learning, and Marketing. She initiated a two-year program for current administrators that mandates an innovative change project to be implemented in one year while working with a mentor.
She began her career teaching English in the Kingston area then went on to become the Dean of Studies and Chair of the Integrated Technology Implementation program at Lower Canada College in Montreal.
Kee sits on the Board of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS); and she is the President of Independent Schools Association Network (ISAnet) and on the Executive of the NAIS International Commission on Accreditation. She is a Founding Board Member of the eLearning Consortium of Canada (ELCC). She is a frequent speaker in over 150 independent schools in 7 countries.
Kee holds a BA, B.Ed. and an M.Ed. from Queen’s University, attended the Independent Schools Institute at Harvard in 2008, and obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada) in 2012.