March 19, 2013

Conference helps Peel board parents 'Make a difference in literacy and beyond'

12th annual free conference provides practical ways parents can boost learning at home

Parents will become students for a day at the 12th annual Make a difference in literacy and beyond parent conference on March 23 at David Suzuki Secondary School in Brampton. The event features a keynote presentation on engaging parents as partners in education, by Dr. Adolph Brown, an international speaker and author, plus more than 30 workshops designed to provide parents with tips and resources to help their children succeed in school.

"The parent conference provides something for everyone, whether your child is starting kindergarten, needs support developing study skills in middle school, or considering their post-secondary options," says Tony Pontes, director of education.

Peel board parents from schools in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga have registered for the event, which begins with Dr. Brown’s presentation at 8:30 a.m. Most of the workshops offered throughout the day are facilitated by Peel board staff. Topics include:

  • Fostering your child’s critical thinking skills
  • Help your child be successful in French immersion
  • Help your child write with confidence
  • Help your teen succeed in science
  • Understanding the school system

Tip sheets will be provided at each workshop and will be available after the conference on The event also features three afternoon general sessions:

  • A great head start—preparing your child to read and write, with Sarah Frost Hunter, elementary instructional resource teacher
  • Home is the first classroom—what does yours teach?, with Dr. Adolph Brown, international speaker and author
  • Plan for success—tools and strategies for career life planning, with Ross Newhook, acting instructional co-ordinator for guidance and career education, Susan Stavin, resource teacher and Deborah Vieira, resource teacher

During breaks, parents can browse booths set up in the exhibitor area, which include various local non-profit organizations, and companies offering books and toys for purchase. Parents will also receive a conference bag with giveaways, enjoy a free lunch and snacks, and have a chance to win one of more than 200 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 major sponsors and supporters," notes Brian Woodland, director of communications and community relations support services. "Again this year, we're pleased to have support from a number of organizations including conference partner CIBC, sponsor Friends of the Mississauga Library, and bag sponsor Kumon. Starbucks and Harris Tea Company are sponsoring the morning break. All of this support has allowed us to make this event possible at no cost to parents." 
The Peel board serves more than 150,000 students in kindergarten to grade 12. Operating more than 230 schools in the municipalities of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, the Peel board is the largest employer in Peel. The board's annual budget is $1.3 billion. For more information, visit the board's website at
David Suzuki Secondary School is located at 45 Daviselm Drive in Brampton. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and will be followed by opening remarks and the keynote presentations at 8:30 a.m. Workshops begin at 10 a.m. and the conference concludes at 2:30 p.m. Registration is now closed, however parents who did not register are still encouraged to attend.



Media contacts: Brian Woodland, Director of Communications and Community Relations Support Services, 905-890-1010 or 1-800-668-1146, ext. 2812, [email protected]     
Reference: Scott LaMantia, School Communications Specialist (acting), 905-890-1010 or 1-800-668-1146, ext. 2098, [email protected]

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