January 28, 2016

​Registration opens Feb. 1 for Peel board's 15th annual parent conference

Conference focuses on numeracy—26 of 61 parent workshops help with math

The Peel District School Board will host its Numeracy and Beyond: Parent Conference 2016 on Saturday, April 2 at Rick Hansen Secondary School in Mississauga. 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. "The conference is a chance for parents to learn from some of our own educators who are recognized throughout Ontario as experts, including Jonathan So, the first Peel board educator to keynote our parent conference."

Jonathan So, a grade 6 teacher at Ray Lawson Public School, will help parents understand a balanced approach to mathematics, how teachers teach numeracy skills, and how parents can help children become DOERS of math. Parents can also choose from 61 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
  • Math in the 21st century
  • Empower children to think math
  • LEGO®-matics
  • How to help your child with math when you don't feel like an expert
  • Make a difference! Environmental education and student success
  • Learning to advocate for your child: understanding the special education journey
  • 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 18.

Rick Hansen is located at 1150 Dream Crest Rd. 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.

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

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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