January 22, 2015

Registration opens for Peel board's 14th annual parent conference

Conference focuses on numeracy—25 of 60 workshops help with math, part of board's three-year comprehensive math strategy

The Peel District School Board will host Numeracy and Beyond: Parent Conference 2015 on Saturday, April 18 at Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School in Brampton. This free learning event is for parents of Peel board elementary and secondary students.

"At the beginning of the year, we introduced EngageMath, the board's three-year comprehensive math strategy. This conference will help deliver on our commitment to numeracy success, by providing tips to parents to boost their child's achievement," 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 in numeracy and many other subject areas."

At the conference, parents will hear from Amy Lin, a PhD candidate in math education and co-director of a global education social enterprise. As classrooms continue to evolve, many parents want to ensure their children are prepared. Lin will address parents' concerns and discuss how some of the approaches to teaching math in the classroom have changed, the importance of promoting a growth mindset and the impact this has on children's learning of math and their potential to succeed. 

Parents can also choose from 60 workshops and visit organizations that will be on hand to share their materials with parents. Workshops include:

  • ​Help your child/teen succeed in math
  • Math in the 21st century
  • Empower children to think math
  • Take 2: How to help your child with math when you don't feel like an expert
  • How schools teach a balanced literacy program to 21st century learners
  • 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
​​Notes Brian Woodland, director of communications and community relations, "Every year, this free of charge conference attracts over 1,000 parents from across Peel. Each year, we receive feedback from parents and we try to deliver workshops and exhibitors that will help them and their child be successful in 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 27.

Fletcher's Meadow is located at 10750 Chinguacousy Rd. 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.

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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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