ISW Spring Institute – Paris, Ontario

Date(s) - May 30, 2018 - Jun 03, 2018
All Day

Five Oaks Retreat Centre, Paris Ontario

Region: Ontario and Quebec
Institution: Brock University
Contact: Jill Grose, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, Brock University,, 905 688 5550 ext 4392

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Spring Institute – Exploring Communities of Practice

The ISW Spring Institute is designed for both new and experienced facilitators and trainers in the ISW program. The Institute provides participants with opportunities to share their insights and challenges and to draw on each other’s experiences and expertise within a collegial environment. Our theme for this year’s Institute is Exploring Communities of Practice. We will use a variety of small and whole group discussion and presentation formats. Some activities will be pre-planned, and others will evolve from an ongoing needs assessment as the event progresses. Please come prepared to share ideas, innovations, problems, philosophies and visions related to our theme and ISW.

Who are the Institute facilitators?

The Planning Committee will facilitate a number of theme based sessions in conjunction with opportunities for participants to identify and discuss specific areas of interest. As in past years, all participants serve as resources in this community-building institute by providing ideas and suggestions for each other within a variety of group activities.

Where you’ll be

The ISW Spring Institute will be at the Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre. It is located at 1 Bethel Road, Paris, Ontario and is approximately one and a half hours drive from Toronto.

Five Oaks is ideally situated in a natural, peaceful setting on 116 acres of Carolinian forest at the confluence of Whiteman’s Creek, just outside the quaint town of Paris, Ontario, and is within easy driving distance from anywhere in Southern Ontario. Outdoor features include hiking trails, river access, a playground area, an open playing field, a labyrinth, and campfire pits. We will be living and learning together in a relaxed atmosphere of good humour and fun. Additional information about the setting and logistics will be sent to individuals upon receipt of their registration.

You can visit the Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre website: for information on the site. This includes directions and a map explaining how to get to the Centre from your location by car, train, bus or airplane.

There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the Main Building.


Please arrive by 5 pm Wednesday, May 30 when dinner will be served. Someone will be there to greet you from 2:00 pm on.

If you are flying in from a distance, you are welcome to arrive Tuesday afternoon or evening. Please indicate that you will be arriving on Tuesday when you register.

Transportation options are listed on the Five Oaks website, and will be discussed in detail in the participant letter sent to you once you register. There may be opportunities for car pooling.


  • Sunday, June 3 before lunch.


Type of Room Arriving from a distance for Tuesday, May 29 afternoon/evening
*Additional fee is for accommodation only
Arriving Wednesday, May 30
Double Room $850  $750
Single Room $975  $875

**Please note – we are offering special Pioneer Rates for those who became ISW Facilitators in 1995 or before. Contact Paula Gaube, our Events Coordinator, for more information:

Cancellation: If you need to cancel your registration in the Institute, please let us know as soon as you are aware of needing to do so. Please note that there is a cancellation fee of $175.00 after April 27th 2018.

However, given that we are required to finalize our participant numbers, we cannot refund any registration fees after 4:00 pm Friday May 17th, 2018 (EST). Note that after this time, registrants may opt to transfer their registration to another member of their institution if they cannot attend.


Payment may be made online via Paypal (with major credit cards). You will receive an invoice via email shortly after registration.


The ISW International Advisory Committee is again pleased to offer up to five $200.00 bursaries to individuals who have been ISW facilitators for five years or less, and who have not had the pleasure of attending the Spring Institute before. When registering, please indicate your interest in and eligibility for a bursary.

How to Register for the Spring Institute

To register for the Instructional Skills Workshop Spring Institute, please register online at the link provided here:

To facilitate planning for these events, please indicate your interest in attending as soon as possible. If you are hoping to attend but are still uncertain, please register noting “Tentative” and confirm your registration as soon as you can. Please note the cancellation fee that applies after April 27, 2018.

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