Parent Conference

Bridging Home and School

Thank you to all the parents, guardians, school council and community members who joined us on Saturday, November 18th for this year’s Parent Conference and School Council Training Day. Participants had the opportunity to attend three workshops focusing on everything from managing emotions to helping your child succeed. You will find all presentations for the workshops below. 

drOur keynote speaker for the conference was Dr. Karyn Gordon, one of North America’s leading relationship/parenting experts, a best-selling author, a media personality, motivational speaker and founder of dk Leadership. Her mission is to inspire people to dream their best life, learn the tools and do it!

Dr. Gordon is passionate about teaching Success Principles (Emotional Intelligence / Emotional Quotient including: Motivation, Time Management, Organization, Confidence, Communication & Career Direction) to develop thriving relationships at home (with ourselves; parents & kids/teens; husbands & wives).



Supporting Student Learning and Well-Being

Wendy Jewell Jennifer Offord
Julie Coburn Joanna Jackson-Kelly

Growth Mindset – Seeing Possibilities in People
What is growth mindset and why is it so important for you and your child? Come and explore the valuable role that parents play in their child’s development.

Chris Hiltz
Stephanie Bishop
Lakesha Young

Supporting Your Child in Math
This session will explore ways to increase parent engagement in your child's mathematics learning.

Kathryn Langevin

Promoting Resilience in Young Children
Resilience helps us to bounce back from stresses, handle disappointment and frustration, build confidence, and enjoy longer and healthier lives. Parents can help develop resilience in their young children by modelling resilient thinking and coping strategies every day.

Nancy Henry

Reconciliation & You
Where do you fit in as a parent? The Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action are the responsibility of every Canadian citizen. Educators and parents will have a large part to play in the reconciliation of our Nation. Interested in how you can make a difference? Join us, as we discuss First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives, current and historical.

Danielle Ruhl
Emily Locke

Parenting in the Early Years
Raising young children today can present a number of challenges. This workshop focuses on three key areas: building resilience, promoting healthy attachments; and developing effective parenting skills that will last beyond the early years.

Jane Alexander

Understanding Exit Outcomes
The exit outcomes are a set of characteristics and skills which define what we want for each of our students. Learn more about the origin of the exit outcomes, how they have become a priority and how they impact students’ learning in the classroom and beyond.

Supporting Students with Special Education Needs

Shannon Smith

Understanding and Navigating the Process for Children with Special Needs
The Individual Education Plan and the Identification Placement Review Committee can be a confusing process for families. Come to this session and we’ll help you navigate the process. Join us and learn:

  • What to do if your child has special needs
  • What supports are available from the school board
  • How to access these supports
  • What is an individual education plan (IEP)?
  • What is the Identification and Placement Review Committee (IPRC)?

Don Millward
Curt Van de Ligt

Can technology help children with special needs? What are assistive devices?
A hands-on look at assistive devices and programs used by
many students in the OCDSB.

Colleen Richards

Tracy Billingsley

Autism and Transition Supports
Students on the Autism Spectrum require supports for all types of transitions. This workshop will outline how Learning Support Services and the ASD Team help schools in planning for successful 'Big T' and 'Little T' transitions. Join us as we walk through the transition guidebook for schools and parent folder that was developed in partnership between the OCDSB and Algonquin College.

Supporting School Councils

Michele Giroux
Engy Abdel Masieh

Best Practices for School Councils
Knowing how to communicate with your community is critical to the work of school councils. This session will explore the importance of good governance and parent engagement and ways in which school councils can build effective relationships that help students achieve.

Doug Tateishi - Ministry of Education

PRO Grants - From Application to Reporting
Ministry of Education Officer Doug Tateishi will provide all the information required to support a successful PRO grant project, from grant application to event details and reporting requirements. He will share projects from previous years and will answer questions during the session.

Sandra Lloyd
Bill Tyers

School Council Insurance and Risk Management
This session will address school council insurance coverage and best practices in risk management. Providing you with risk assessment advice will ensure fun, safe and successful school council events/activities for our students and families.

Michelle Klein

School Council Finance
New to School Council? Or just need a refresher. Join our OCDSB Finance team as we review the school council funds management guide and discuss policies, procedures and good accounting practices for school councils.

Jacqueline Lawrence
Wendy Verreault - Principal
Joanne John – Chair – ACE

A Community of Inclusion - Moving Beyond the Potluck
Join us as we share ideas for welcoming, safe and inclusive school environments, including parent council meetings spaces that reflect the full diversity of our parents and school communities.

This conference is an initiative of the
Parent Involvement Committee, with the support of the OCDSB, the Special Education Advisory Committee, Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils and the Ministry of Education's Parents Reaching Out Grant.

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