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Regional Parent Symposium
Regional Parent Symposium

Annual Regional Parent Symposium – “Parent Voice Matters!”

​​​April 17, 2019 - 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites
9005 Leslie Street, Richmond Hill, ON, L4B 1B2

The York Region District School Board and its Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) has invited families from each school to an evening of learning and sharing. The symposium will focus on parent engagement and feature a variety of workshops that will engage parents in learning and dialogue. The theme for the event is Leadership, Innovation and Equity to Promote Student Success and Well-being

Speak to your school principal for more information on registration for this event or join us online for live streaming of the event.


Livestream starts at 5 p.m. on April 17th. Closed captioning is available.




 Session A Workshops - (6:40-7:40PM)

  • A1. Working Together to Promote Everyday Mental Health
    • Presenters: Gisella Ragno

      Summary:  This resource is designed to support elementary educators, as well as parents, by offering a repository of high quality everyday mental health practices that can be easily incorporated into classroom and home routines. The Everyday Mental Health Classroom Resource has been informed by evidence and co-created with practising educators. It is an easy to access online resource with printable practice materials.

      Panel: K-8



  • A2:Pathways STEM Opportunities and 21st Century Competencies
    • Presenters: Reshma Badiani, Casey Daleman, Chris Tucker

      Summary: Get creative! Get connected! Get coding! This session will introduce participants to STEM learning opportunities. Participants will be introduced to the micro:bit- a tiny programmable computer- while exploring block coding and discovering how our YRDSB students have been using micro:bits to explore living conditions on the International Space Station, and discussing the future of STEM careers.

      Panel: 4-12



  • A3. Simple Ways to Wellness
    • Presenters: Elisa Ceniti, Sandra Borzellino, Carly Guglielmin, Eunice Martinez-Miano

      Summary: This workshop will feature simple and practical strategies that caregivers can use to help promote and foster well-being in the home for family members of all ages. Participants are invited to explore interactive activities and centres that will focus on: breathing, gratitude, mindfulness, the brain model, a positive mindset/the power of yet and managing stress/anxiety.

      Panel: K-8



  • A4. Transition from Elementary to Secondary School: How to advocate for your child
    • Presenters - Alison Campbell, Shayna MacDonald, Paul Punnoose, Natasa Vujanovic

      Summary: In this session, we explore the Individual Pathways Plan (IPP). We discuss how acquiring and mastering soft skills/learning skills will support student success throughout their transition years. We also explore ways in which parents/ guardians can advocate for their children, including: questions to ask; where to go for more information; how to help students develop their interests and strengths; when to consider high school options, including regional programs, offered at YRDSB schools

      Panel: 7-12



  • A5. Doing Math with Your Child: Ways to Support Math Learning at Home
    • Presenters: YRDSB Math Consultants

      Summary: In this workshop you will learn about how you can support your child’s understanding of math concepts at home, as well as engage in fun, hands-on tasks that will help support their mathematical development.

      Panel: K -8


  • A6. Edsby Learning for Parents
    • ​Presenters:  Derrick Schellenberg, Lisa Zions, Jaymyi Lesmond, Jon Lewis, Diana Kunanec, Elkan Lee

      Summary This workshop will consist of a short presentation of the Edsby K-12 Engagement platform as it pertains to communication between schools and families, featuring Attendance, News River, Messages, Classroom Feed, Translation and support resources. This presentation will be followed by hands-on sessions in smaller groups.

      Panel:  K - 12



  • A7. Get in the Zone
    • Presenters: Olga Cioci, Krishna Gohil, Taneisha Commock, Mary George

      Summary: Self-regulation and resiliency are vital life skills for the success and happiness of our children. This interactive workshop will explore how the Zones of Regulation can support your child’s social-emotional resiliency and well-being. You will be given strategies and resources that can be easily adapted for home and school.

      Panel: K-5



  • A8. The Indigenous Timeline Activity
    • Presenters: Towana Brooks, Natasha Bascevan

      Summary: This is an interactive learning experience that walks you through our collective history to explore the truths of our relationships from an Indigenous perspective up to the present day reality.

      Panel: K-6



  • A9. Math Anxiety: How Can We Work Together?
    • Presenters: Natalie Cogan, Ynina Kapustin

      Summary: In this workshop, we will present research regarding math anxiety. We will share strategies that we have used in the classroom to make math meaningful and enjoyable. We will discuss ways parents can focus on reducing anxiety at home.

      Panel: K-8


  • A10.Problematic Gaming in Youth
    • Presenters: John Shep

      Summary: Problematic gaming and relationships with technology are becoming more and more prevalent in youth, from pre-kindergarten all the way to high school. Learn what schools and families can do to help.

      Panel: K-12





  • A11. Partnership with Parents in the IEP Process and Transition Planning
    • Summary: A PEAC Parent, a special education consultant, a community partner and a Principal describe how strong relationships are sustained by providing opportunities to share strategies and resources to ensure well-being and success for students.

      Panel: K-12

  • A12. Community Partner Fair
    • ​Summary: Our Community Partner Fair will allow participants to move freely and at their own pace and engage with key service providers from our community. Information and resources will be available to take back to your schools or families to assist you in accessing needed services. A few of the participating agencies will cover Mental Health Supports, Nutrition, Family Services and Culturally Specific Supports.

      Panel: K-12



 Session B Workshops - (7:50-8:50PM)

  • B1. You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have: How taking care of ourselves, in turn supports our children’s mental Health
    • Presenters: Patricia Marra-Stapleton

      Summary: This workshop will outline 4 basic principles that support parent mental health and resilience: Balance, Stillness, Sleep and Relationships. Parents are their child’s first teacher in many ways. By modeling a practice of taking care of themselves, parents can demonstrate the importance of mental health to their children. Information, video, and discussion will be utilized in this thought-provoking workshop.

      Panel: K-12



  • B2. Zoning in on Zones of Regulation
    • Presenters: Julie Andrews

      Summary: This workshop will be a combination of information delivery as well as include interactive components that will involve parents engaging in conversations (open ended and structured discussion topics). There will be an opportunity for parents to share their needs and ideas on how/what types of social emotional learning they would like to see in schools.

      Panel: K-8




  • B3. Prepare Your Child to be Future Ready
    • Presenters: - Christopher Tucker, Reshma Badiani, Lori Rice

      Summary: The YRDSB Pathways Team will be sharing programs such as SHSM (Specialist High Skills Major), Dual Credits and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program. Connections will be made to the importance of developing “21st Century Competencies” which will enable our students to face complex challenges today, in the future and in their post-secondary destinations.

      Panel: K-12




  • B4. Helping Your Teens for Post-Secondary Success
    • Presenters: Emil Boychuk

      Summary: Tips for parents on guiding your teens for success after high school. Be a part of a stimulating exploration of opportunities, myths, and realities of educational and career journeys. Hear one post-secondary student’s story, what helped their success.

      Panel: 7-12






  • B5. Pathways to Post-Secondary
    • Presenters: Niel Press

      Summary: Many parents and students are anxious about post-secondary pathways. Where should I go? What will give me the best opportunity to find a job after school? University or College? Work or Trades? What do I do? Many times students and parents lack the information necessary to make strong pathway decisions. In the past few years, there has been an increase in former students either leaving university to get into the trades/ college program, or upon completion of university going into the trades/ college program. This workshop will provide parents with up to date and important information about post-secondary destinations, programs available at the secondary school level, potential careers and job trends.

      Panel: 7-12



  • B6. Good Mathematics Can Solve Any Problems
    • Presenters:  Aarti Dudani & Grade 8 students from Joseph A Gibson PS

      Summary: The purpose of this workshop is to get a glimpse of the world of the comprehensive math program. It is an opportunity to learn math beyond the textbook and solve problems which can help students become aware of the real world. Parents participating in the workshop will work with student leaders to seek out strategies to approaching a solution to a meaningful/ culturally relevant problem.

      Panel: 7-8



  • B7. Hate Crime Unit YRP
    • Presenters: Mark Topping, Mina Rahravan

      Summary:  Our workshop will cover human rights, hate crime and how York Regional Police partners with our diverse communities to both prevent hate and also build resiliency that encourages reporting. This will be framed in the context of our region’s demographics and how tragic events globally impact us locally. Given the pervasive nature of social media, the emphasis will be on the importance of our educators – including parents - on ensuring the tools to navigate the internet are taught at an early age and instill critical thinking.

      Panel: 4-12




  • B8. Cybersafety
    • Presenters: Joanne Tang, Alice Chu

      Summary: Internet safety, strategies, and parameters that can be implemented to assist our children in navigating the cyber world will be explored and discussed. Student voices will provide an added perspective and understanding so parents can hear first-hand the challenges children/youth currently face. Our community partner specializing in mental health issues and research will share applicable data.

      Panel: 7-12



  • B9. The Indigenous Timeline Activity
    • Presenters: Towana Brooks, Natasha Bascevan

      Summary: Engage in a timeline of learning about our colonial history to the present day realities and the impact for reconciliation. Participants will engage in dialogue and discussion with regards to our collective history and the necessary steps to move forward in a positive way for all Canadians.

      Panel: K-12



  • B10. Wellness and Resiliency: The Benefits of Noticing Deeply
    • Presenter: Nicole Fisher, Juliane Goyette

      Summary:   See how to put mindful awareness into action to support your child’s ability to be true to themselves and foster wellness and resilience from the inside out. Join us for an innovative and interactive workshop featuring neuroscience and art-of-noticing tools, as we decrease stress levels and increase our connection to creating a meaningful life.

      Panel: K-12



  • B11. Be a Voice: Self-Advocacy for All Learners
    • Presenter: Antonia Fillipelli

      Summary: Be a VOICE: Engaging parents and students on building self-advocacy skills to promote and empower students. It will provide opportunities for students to understand their strengths, needs and interests as learners and use their VOICE to advocate for their accommodation and modification needs. This is especially important for students transitioning to secondary school.

      Panel: 4-8

  • B.12 Community Partner Fair
    • ​Summary: Our Community Partner Fair will allow participants to move freely and at their own pace and engage with key service providers from our community. Information and resources will be available to take back to your schools or families to assist you in accessing needed services. A few of the participating agencies will cover Mental Health Supports, Nutrition, Family Services and Culturally Specific Supports.

      Panel: K-12


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