The Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, founded in 1950, is a voluntary association of 97 non-profit independent schools serving over 30,000 students from all Connecticut towns and many other states and countries. CAIS is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, affiliated with NAIS and NEASC, and a Recognized Accrediting Association in the State of Connecticut. It is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the members and staffed by 3 full time employees, three retained consultants, and 150 volunteers. CAIS brings professional development events to several thousand teachers, administrators trustees and students each year including Beginning Teacher Institutes, now replicated across the country, Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century programs, and the CAIS Commission on Diversity in Independent Schools’ annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Web site (www.caisct.org).