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Conference for Parents and School Councils: Bridging Home and School

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Bridging Home and School: What we want for our learners

Saturday November 19, 2016  8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School – 149 Berrigan Drive


Parents, guardians and school council members come join us on Saturday, November 19th at 8:30 a.m. as we celebrate this years Parent Conference and School Council Training Day. Participants will have the opportunity to attend three workshops focusing on everything from managing emotions to helping your child succeed. The day is designed to encourage discussion, embrace new ways of doing things and networking with your neighbours. There is no cost or fee to participate in this conference. Free parking is available behind the school.

Keynote Speaker

The Keynote Speaker will be OCDSB Director of Education, Dr. Jennifer Adams. Jennifer is a sought-after guest lecturer on the world stage. She will focus on how creativity and innovation lead to critical thinking and problem solving – skills the 21st century learner must posses to achieve academic and personal success.

Workshops will cover a variety of themes including Physical Health and Well-Being, Learning, Special Education and School Council Training.

Norah Marsh - Associate Director, OCDSB Academic Success: Finding the Potential in Every Child
This session will focus on skills that will assist parents in support of their child's success at school. Topics will include: communication with your child about school, communication with the school about your child, and psychological research about habits for success.
Kathy Scheepers - OCENET Global Citizenship
We often hear the term “global citizenship” in the world of education. What does this really mean? What does it look like in our school communities? Education systems around the world are faced with the reality of a globally interconnected social, political and economic society. By fostering global and cultural competencies in our learning spaces, the OCDSB is nurturing the necessary skillsets and mindsets that will empower and prepare our students to secure their place on the world stage.
​Renald Cousineau
Jane Alexander
Jennifer Offord
Supporting Your Child in Math
This session will explore ways to increase parent engagement in your child's mathematics learning.
Dave Miller
Sandy Owens
Developing Digital Fluency
What is Digital Fluency? How can parents support their children as they build their digital fluency skills? This session will examine how parents can navigate the technology landscape along with their children as they build their digital fluency skills together.
Wendy Jewell
Angela Lorusso - Ottawa Bullying Cohalition
Bullying Prevention
Bullying is such a serious and complex issue and we as parents, educators, and as a community members need to move beyond awareness and focus on what can be done to address this issue effectively. This issue requires strategies to support all those impacted, those engaging in bullying, being targeted by bullying and those witnessing bullying. The goal of this workshop is to help parents build their capacity to consistently and more effectively report, support and respond to bullying incidences. It will also provide parents with information, resources and services in Ottawa.
Susan MacDonald Managing Emotions When Dealing with Kids
Join us as we look at developing strategies for staying calm and focused when faced with challenging situations in parenting and in life.
Danielle Ruhl
Carmen Parsons
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.
Jody Alexander 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.
Peter Symmonds What is an IEP-Individual Education Plan/ IPRC-Identification,
Placement and Review Committee? Understanding and
Navigating the Process
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.
Jenny Dewan Your Child’s Special Needs - Learning more about the
services and supports for Special Education Students
We’re here to help! Learn more about the people and resources
available to help your child with special needs.
Don Millward
Thomas Bennett
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.
Michelle MacIsaac Social Thinking
This session will provide strategies for dealing with expected and unexpected behaviours at home, school and in the community. Participants will learn about the importance of teaching how our behaviour affects how others feel, which in turn leads to positive or negative social consequences.
Somei Tam
Boris Vukovic - 
Paul Menton Centre
Transitioning to University for students with disabilities -
Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities
Transition planning is an important step to a successful
start to post-secondary education. Representatives from
the Paul Menton Centre at Carleton University will provide
information about documentation requirements and support
services to assist you in guiding your students with special
needs during this important transition.
Michele Giroux - Executive Officer, OCDSB
Sue Baker
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
Teri Adamthwaite
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.

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


​Following the Keynote Speaker participants will have the opportunity to choose three different workshops.
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Child care drop-off
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. 
​Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
9:10 – 9:40 a.m.
​Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Adams – Exit Outcomes: Characteristics and Skills for our learners
9:40 –  9:50 a.m.
9:50 – 10:50 a.m.
​Session 1 (select one workshop)
10:55 – 11:55 a.m.
Session 2 (select one workshop)
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
​Session 3 (select one workshop)
Please note: Continental breakfast will be provided. There is no lunch provided. This is an environmentally friendly, Lug-A-Mug event. Water bottle refill stations available in school.