January 31, 2017

Registration opens Feb. 1 for Peel board's 16th annual parent conference

​Conference focuses on numeracy—30 of 60 parent workshops help with math

The Peel District School Board will host its Numeracy and Beyond: Parent Conference 2017 on Saturday, April 1 at Mississauga Secondary School. This free learning event is for parents of Peel board elementary and secondary students.

"This conference continues to help deliver on our commitment to student success by providing tips to parents to boost their child's achievement in numeracy and beyond," says Tony Pontes, director of education. "It’s a wonderful opportunity for more than 1,000 parents to learn from some of our own educators who are recognized throughout Ontario as experts in numeracy and many other subject areas."

During the conference’s keynote presentation, Matthew Oldridge, resource teacher of effective mathematics at the Peel board, will help parents think about big, important mathematical ideas, understand how teachers teach at school, and develop ways to help their children outside of the classroom.

Parents can also choose from 60 workshops and visit with organizations that will be on hand to share their resources with parents. 

Workshops include:
  • Help your child/teen succeed in math
  • How to help your child with math when you don't feel like an expert 
  • Math in the 21st century
  • Support math learning in your first language
  • LEGO®-matics
  • Turn math into family fun
  • Fostering your child's critical thinking skills
  • Developing our own digital literacy: Parenting 21st century children
  • Help your teen make a successful transition to high school​
Peel board parents interested in registering for the conference should visit www.peelschools.org/parents/conference​. The site provides a complete list of workshops and descriptions, and an online registration form. The registration deadline is March 17.

Mississauga Secondary School is located at 550 Courtneyp​ark Dr. W. in Mississauga. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Opening remarks and the keynote presentation start at 8:30 a.m. Workshops run from 10 to 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The conference ends at 2:30 p.m.
 
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Media contact: Kayla Tishcoff, communications officer, 905-890-1010 ext. 2239, kayla.tishcoff@peelsb.com 

Note to media: This event is open to media. A list of all sessions and descriptions is available on the Peel board website at www.peelschools.org/parents/conference.
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