“Conference helps 1,300 parents Make a Difference in Literacy and provides practical ways parents can boost learning at home”
Limited spaces available – some sessions are full. For more information contact Judi Stephenson.
Parents will become students for a day at the 11th annual Make a difference in literacy and beyond parent conference on March 24 at Rick Hansen Secondary School in Mississauga. This free learning event is presented by the Peel District School Board and MDG Computers. The event features a keynote presentation on raising confident and motivated children by Monique Howat, youth motivator, plus more than 50 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 Howat’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 www.peelschools.org in the “Parents Boost Learning” section. The event also features three afternoon general sessions:
- Creative consequences, with Monique Howat, youth motivator
- 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
- A great head start—preparing your child to read and write, with Sarah Frost Hunter, elementary instructional 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 300 door prizes.