February 22, 2013

Registration opens for Peel board's 12th annual parent conference

Workshops provide tips to help parents boost their child's success

The Peel District School Board will host Make a difference in literacy and beyond – practical ways parents can boost learning on March 23 at David Suzuki Secondary School in Brampton. This free learning event is for parents of Peel board elementary and secondary students.

“Every year, this conference attracts over 1,200 parents from across Peel,” says Tony Pontes, director of education. “It’s an opportunity for parents to become students for the day and learn practical ways to boost learning at home. Staff from our schools and centres will provide parents of children of all ages with useful tips to help their own children be successful in school.”

At the conference, parents will hear from Dr. Adolph Brown, an international speaker and author. During his keynote presentation, Engaging Parents as Partners: Two Teams, One Dream! Dr. Brown will use humour and personal stories to provide reasonable, practical and effective strategies to maximize parental involvement, participation, and ongoing support for parents.

Parents can also choose from more than 35 workshops to attend. "The conference is a chance for parents to learn from some of our own educators who are recognized throughout Ontario as experts in literacy and many other subject areas," says Pontes.

Workshops include:

  • Boost your child's self-esteem
  • Fostering your child’s critical thinking skills
  • Help your child be successful in French Immersion
  • Help your child with homework
  • Help your child write with confidence
  • Help your child succeed in math
  • Help your teen succeed in science
  • Plan for success—tools and strategies for career life planning 
  • Understanding the school system
  • Use fun and games to boost your child’s success

In addition to workshops, participants will have a chance to purchase books and educational toys in the publishers' display area. Community organizations will also be on hand to share materials with parents.

Notes Brian Woodland, director of communications and community relations, "Parents tell us that they are always impressed with the quality of the conference and that it's free. It's important to us to make it accessible to all Peel board parentsthat's why we appreciate the generous support of a number of major sponsors and supporters. This support has made the event possible at no cost to parents."

Sponsors include Coca-Cola, David Suzuki Secondary School, Friends of the Mississauga Library, Harris Teas, Kumon, Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation and Peels Principals' and Vice Principals' Association.

Peel board parents interested in registering for the conference should visit www.peelschools.org/parents/literacyconference. The site provides a complete list of workshops and an online registration form.

David Suzuki Secondary School is located at 45 Daviselm Dr. in Brampton. Registration 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: Brian Woodland, Director, Communications and Strategic Partnerships Support Services, 905-890-1010, ext. 2812, [email protected]

Reference: Scott LaMantia, School Communications Specialist (acting), 905-890-1010, ext. 2098, [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/literacyconference.

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