Free conference provides practical ways parents can help boost student success
More than 1,300 Peel District School Board parents from schools in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga will become students for a day at the 16th annual parent conference on April 1 at Mississauga Secondary School. Matthew Oldridge, a resource teacher of effective mathematics at the Peel board, will keynote Numeracy and Beyond to help parents think about big, important mathematical ideas and better understand how teachers teach in the classroom. Participants will also choose from more than 60 workshops designed to provide parents with tips and resources to help their children succeed in school.
"We know that a strong home-school connection helps to boost student achievement. One of the areas we consistently hear about from parents is their wish for additional supports to help their children with math homework. To address this, and continue building on our EngageMath strategy, our conference will provide parents with more resources to support their children's numeracy success—with half of the workshops offered focused on math," says Tony Pontes, director of education. "The conference will also provide resources in all other subject areas. Whether children are starting kindergarten, need support developing study skills in middle school or are transitioning into high school, the conference supports parents' learning needs."
All of the workshops are facilitated by Peel board staff. Tip sheets will be provided at each workshop and will be available after the conference on the board's website. 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
- Fostering your child's critical thinking skills
During breaks, parents can visit booths set up in the exhibitor area, which includes various local, non-profit organizations and companies showcasing their products and services. Parents will also receive a conference bag with giveaways, enjoy a free lunch and have a chance to win door prizes.
"We're pleased to receive support from conference co-presenter Peel Elementary Teachers' Local and sponsors CIBC, Nelson Education Ltd., the Peel board's Parent Involvement Committee, and Peel Principals' and Vice-Principals' Association," notes Brian Woodland, director of communications and community relations support services. "It's important to us to continue to make this conference accessible to all Peel board parents."
Registration is now closed for this conference
Mississauga Secondary School is located at 550 Courtneypark Dr. W. in Mississauga. Doors open at 8 a.m. Opening remarks start at 8:30 a.m. Workshops run from 10 to 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. General afternoon sessions run from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
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