April 14, 2015

Conference helps Peel board deliver on its commitment to numeracy success

Free conference provides practical ways parents can help boost achievement in all subject areas

More than 1,200 Peel District School Board parents from schools in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga will become students for a day at the 14th annual parent conference on April 18. Amy Lin will keynote Numeracy and Beyond and share how approaches to teaching math in the classroom have changed over time and the importance of promoting a growth mindset. Lin is a PhD candidate in math education and co-director of a global education social enterprise. Participants will also choose from more than 60 workshops designed to provide parents with tips and resources to help their children succeed in school.

"As part of the Peel board's EngageMath three-year comprehensive numeracy strategy, this year's parent conference focuses on helping parents boost their children's numeracy success—25 of the 60 workshops offered focus on math," says Tony Pontes, director of education. "The conference also provides support in all other subject areas. Whether your child is starting kindergarten, needs support developing study skills in middle school or is considering post-secondary opportunities, the conference supports parents' learning needs."

All of the workshops offered 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 be successful in French Immersion
  • Help your teen make a successful transition to high school
  • How schools teach a balanced literacy program to 21st century learners
  • Take 2: How to help your child with math when you don't feel like an expert
  • Learning to advocate for your child: understanding the special education journey
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.

"It's important to us to continue to make this conference accessible to all Peel board parents, and that's why we're grateful to have the generous support of a number of sponsors," notes Brian Woodland, director of communications and community relations support services. "We're pleased to have support from conference partner CIBC, and sponsors Friends of the Mississauga Library, Kidssentials, the Peel board's Parent Involvement Committee and Peel Principals' and Vice-Principals' Association."

Fletcher's Meadow is located at 10750 Chinguacousy Rd. in Brampton. Registration begins 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. Registration is now closed.

Media contact: Ryan Strang, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2725, [email protected]

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