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 Parenting Now Saturday, November 15, 2014 KEYNOTE and WORKSHOP Descriptions Keynote Address: 8:30 ­ 9:30 AM Supporting your Child's Math Learning Dr. Marian Small, Dean Emerita of the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick Dr. Small is an author and international professional development consultant for Improved Mathematics Education. Presentation will describe how and why the teaching of math has & has not changed over the last 10–20 years at both elementary & secondary levels. Dr. Small will also address specific actions that parents can take at home, or in the school, that will support their children's success in math. safeTALK Training **must register in advance ­ space limited This is a 3 hour session which will replace BOTH workshop sessions; from 9:45 AM ­ 12:45 PM Diane Kroeker, M.S.W., RSW, Social Worker, OCSB Carla Gadula, M.S.W., RSW, Social Worker, OCSB safeTALK, about three hours in duration, is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. Learn how to be an alert helper with the use of video clips, discussion and practice in this workshop. To learn more, visit: (Focus Gr. K­12) Two Workshop sessions: Session 1: 9:45 am ­ 11:00 am Session 2: 11:15 am ­ 12:30 pm Session 1 Workshops: 9:45 am ­ 11:00 am Resources to Support your students' learning ­ The ALL NEW Student Portal Presenter TBD From hundreds of eBooks, to vast research databases that aren't Google,, to the complete collection of CBC and the Discovery Channel. And GAFE for collaborators and sharing by students­teachers­parents! Come see all the things the OCSB has to offer to support your children and their learning. You can get them at home too. (Focus Gr. K­12) Parenting Now Saturday, November 15, 2014 KEYNOTE and WORKSHOP Descriptions Pro­Social Skills for Kids to Survive and Thrive Joanne Boyd, Parent Educator/ Parent Coach Explore strategies for teaching pro­social skills to your child through modeling, setting appropriate expectations & practicing. Discover how to become your child’s social skill coach and help them manoeuvre through life’s daily social challenges. Teach assertive communication rather than relying on aggressive or passive communication techniques to create more peaceful relationships for your child. (Focus Gr. K­8) What's Happening In Kindergarten? Lina Belanger and Sharon Demers, Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten Team, Our Lady of Wisdom School What is this play based learning? Are children really learning the skills required for grade one? How will they learn a second language? How does having two educators benefit my child? How will I know my child is learning? (Focus Gr. JK­SK) Walk a Mile in My Shoes Linda Barbetta, Executive Director Learning Disabilities Association The Walk a Mile in My Shoes Workshop is an interactive, energetic and very enlightening workshop for everyone! What more effective way to understand learning disabilities than to experience how it feels to have a learning disability. A trained facilitator will put you through a series of fun and interactive simulations and exercises that will give everyone a better understanding of what a child with a learning disabilities experiences every single day. (Focus Gr. K­12) Navigating the IEP and IPRC Colleen Beanish, Coordinator, Special Education and Student Services OCSB Pamela McCulloch, Special Education Consultant OCSB This session is designed for parents to demonstrate how an IEP (Individual Education Plan) or IPRC (Identification Placement and Review Committee) supports students with their learning. The discussion includes an explanation of accommodation, modification and alternative expectations and how each can support students in unlocking the curriculum to reach their full potential. (Focus Gr. K­12) Session 2 Workshops: 11:15 am ­ 12:30 pm What are my kids doing online? Presenter TBD Want to see what your kids have been looking at online, understand how they can hide what they are doing online too... Want to better understand what we are offering students in the board, what we have set up and how teachers can monitor them. Then this is the workshop for you. Parenting Now Saturday, November 15, 2014 KEYNOTE and WORKSHOP Descriptions PARENT TOOL KIT: Relationships ­ What parents can do to help their children develop healthy relationships Anne Kerr, Project Lead­Parent Tool Kit, retired Superintendent Toronto District School Board Joanne MacEwan, OCSB Trustee, Former Chair CSPA & OCSB PIC Healthy relationships are a foundation of well­being and success. By fostering healthy relationships among our children, we can help them develop valuable skills to last a lifetime. This workshop will try to answer some questions like: What can parents do to guide and encourage their children in learning skills that are essential at school and throughout life? What can parents do to enhance their children's success at school? (Focus Gr. K­8) Effective Advocacy for Student with Special Needs Louise McGoey, former chair SEAC This workshop is open to both parents and professionals. Louise will share strategies she has found to be effective when advocating on behalf of students who have challenges and often are unable to speak for themselves. (Focus Gr. K­12) Understanding and Coping with Children’s Misbehaviour Joanne Boyd, Parent Educator/ Parent Coach In this workshop, we will explore the hidden messages of misbehaviour. We will discuss the role of sleep, nutrition, parental expectations for behaviour and positive communication in creating a more harmonious daily life with children. (Focus Gr. K­6) Preparing for Transition from High School: What Parents of Students with Developmental Disabilities Need to Know Presenters TBA Service Coordination (SCS) and Developmental services Ontario (DSOER) will provide information to parents about steps families may take to ensure that their young people with developmental disabilities transition smoothly out of high school. They will provide timelines and information on, among other things, Passport funding, accessing respite care, and accessing day programs. (Focus: students 16 years and older)