Scarborough Parent Conference
Working Together for our Children’s Success
April 25, 2009 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Scarborough Civic Centre
TDSB building, 140 Borough Drive, Scarborough (at McCowan and Ellesmere)
TTC accessible. Free parking in lot on west side of building.
Child Care for children 5 to 10 years old available on site and limited. Please book early.
Our mission: Working together to support and inform parents and guardians in our school
communities. This event is a collaboration between the TDSB Trustees in Wards 18, 19, 20,
21, 22 and the TCDSB Trustees in Wards 7 & 12, and parent volunteers representative of
both Boards. The TDSB and TCDSB are publicly funded School Boards in the GTA.
1) To view the flyer and register on-line:
TDSB parents visit www.tdsb.on.ca/spc
TCDSB parents visit www.tcdsb.org/spc
2) To register by phone or fax:
TDSB parents call (416) 397-2571 fax (416) 397-3114 TCDSB parents call (416) 321-8326 fax (416) 292-8326
8:00 – 9:00 Registration & Trustee Meet and Greet/ Exhibitor Booths
9:00 – 9:15 Council Chambers – O’Canada and Opening Remarks – Trustees from TDSB –
Gary Crawford & TCDSB – John Del Grande
9:15 – 9:30 Welcoming Remarks –
Gerry Connelly, Director of Education, TDSB
Ann Perron, Interim Director of Education, TCDSB
9:30 – 10:15 Key Note Speaker – Michael Furdyk.
Michael uses his own powerful story to provide an in-depth look at the “Net Generation” and how their use of technology is influencing
many aspects of society. This former TDSB student is passionate about motivating the next generation. His media appearances
include CNN, MSNBC, and the Oprah Winfrey show. His topic’s focus is “Digital Kids are Changing the World”. Visit www.furdyk.com.
10:15 – 10:30 Break then proceed to workshops
10:30 – 12:00 Workshops
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch/Exhibitor Booths
12:00 A variety of entertainment by students
from the TDSB and TCDSB
1:30 – 1:35 Introduction of our guest speaker – Sylvia Menezes, Member of Provincial Parent Board (PPB)
1:35 – 2:00 Guest Speaker – Hon. Kathleen Wynne,
Minister of Education
2:00 – 3:30 Workshops
2:00 – 3:30 Closing Ceremonies and Door Prizes
You may select two workshops, one in the
morning and one in the afternoon. Some workshops
are offered during one time only. The workshops’
presenters are either community resource
professionals, or those from our own TDSB and
TCDSB. We also have SEPT workers available
to help with questions from newcomer parents.
1. Building Developmental Assets in School
Communities: A positive approach fostering
the emotional, social and educational
well-being of students.
2. How to better understand your teenagers
and the fact that they still love you even
when they call you those nasty names.
A presentation and panel discussion lead
by teen expert Dr. Rahul Saxena.
3. Are teachers reaching students who are
most at-risk? Are educators improving the
success of average and struggling
students? Panel presentation and discussion.
4. Parent Partnerships: Engaging the Principal
(a.m. & p.m.). Conflict Resolution and the
Parent Concern Protocol (p.m. only).
5. Lockdown and Hold & Secure Procedures.
6. Is your child the bully? The consequences
of this negative behaviour and the solutions
to stopping it.
7. How to cope in a new country and deal with
issues that affect your child’s education.
8. Getting it right in the early years:
Keys to raising emotionally healthy children.
9. School Councils: Their supportive role in
your child’s school.
Registration is FREE!
This conference was made possible through a Parents Reaching Out grant from the Ministry of Education.