2016 Conference Workshops
|Age Group Categories: |
A - All
M - Middle (6 - 8)
P - Primary elementary (K-3)
S - Secondary (9 - 12)
J - Junior elementary (4 - 5)
ABC, 123 - Literacy matters in math (A)
One of the best ways to help your child improve in math actually has nothing to do with numbers - it's all about reading and writing. Find out how and why literacy matters in math too, and gain proven strategies to support your child's math achievement by boosting literacy skills.
Help your child succeed in math (P)
3. Help your child succeed in math (J)
4. Help your child succeed in math (M)
Choose from sessions at the primary, junior, and middle grades. Are you concerned that your child's math skills aren't as strong as they could be? In these sessions, discover strategies you can use to help your child succeed in math.
5. Help your teen succeed in math (S)
Are you concerned that your teen's math skills aren't as strong as they should be? Is your teen anxious about the grade 9 provincial math test? Learn ways you can help support your teen's success in math.
Show me the math (P, J)
Improve the early mathematical learning process through parental involvement. Parents will learn mathematical problem-solving strategies to help their child with today's math. Parents will also be given tools to help their child be successful and have a positive outlook on math.
Turn math into family fun (P, J, M)
Learn fun activities that your family can do together to boost your child's interest and success in math.
Math in the 21st Century (M, S)
This interactive workshop will examine the ideas, strategies and techniques used in math classrooms. Parents will have the opportunity to complete a math activity using traditional methods, or using the ideas and strategies outlined in the current Balanced Math Curriculum.
Making students' numeracy thinking visible (P, J)
Parents will learn how students are being evaluated in the classroom and how to support their child at home. This session will explore teacher's expectations in the classroom and how students can improve their grades.
No math homework?
No Problem! (M)
Explore a variety of budget friendly online math resources (apps, games, websites, etc.) that support students' math learning at home. BYOD is highly encouraged.
Growing your brain through math games (P, J)
Parents will learn a series of fun and easy math games to help their children practice their skills at home. In addition to the games, parents will discover the importance of allowing children to make mistakes and to challenge themselves to think deeper.
Learning to code. Coding to learn. (P, J, M)
This session will focus on free coding apps and online tools that students (grade 1 and up) can use to be creative, have fun, and make their thinking visible.
Everyday math thinking tools (P)
The purpose of this workshop is to encourage parents to think of thinking tools, not as fancy tools used in classrooms, but as everyday objects that can be touched, moved and manipulated in order to enhance learning.
Learn how to help your child get more than the right answer (P, J, M)
Use oral communication and math thinking tools to enhance student communication in math.
Support math learning in your first language (P, J)
Parents will learn practical ways to support their children in their first language. They will get tips to help their children explain their thinking, build on their mathematical language and communication skills.
How to ask your child questions that increase numeracy success (M)
Learn how open-ended questions can engage students in mathematical learning. Find out how to keep math questions open and focus on the processes and strategies involved in answering questions instead of answers.
Empower children to think math (J, M)
Have you ever said, "I am not a math person"? This session will explore the impact of this kind of thinking on learning and achievement. Parents will be provided with practical strategies that they can use on a daily basis with their child to empower them.
Explore math around the home (P, J)
This workshop is intended to encourage math discussion at home and in the community, so parents and their children can capitalize on natural curiosity to engage in rich problem-solving.
Discover a hidden world of mathematics through LEGO®. This workshop will show parents how to use widely available building materials to connect math concepts in a real-life context.
Afraid of math? A positive attitude will help math-phobia (P, J, M)
It should not be socially acceptable to say. "My parents were never good at math, so it is no wonder I am the same." Learn how to use math every day with a positive attitude.
Struggling over math homework? Struggle no more. (P, J, M)
This workshop is designed to help stop the struggle between you and your child over math homework. Discuss the ways to help set homework routines in your home and successful study strategies you can use for homework success in math and other subjects.
Explore numeracy through the arts (M, S)
Explore the wonders of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) as we use mathematical inquiry in Arts education. This workshop will show how the arts enhance and engage mathematical thinking and inquiry while enhancing the creative process.
How to help your child with math when you don't feel like an expert (J, M)
This workshop will increase parents' confidence to effectively guide their children to mathematics understanding. Participants will engage in a variety of activities that support mathematical reasoning and will learn effective mathematics study habits.
The difference between a determined child and a smart child (J)
This workshop will show parents the value of failure and mistakes when children are learning in mathematics. Parents will learn to help their children build resilience and perseverance towards their learning in math.
Help your child visualize math concepts (M)
When I subtract two integers I sometimes get a negative and sometimes I get a positive answer. Why? If you have trouble coming up with an answer, this session may help you. We will look at strategies that you can share with your child to help with fractions and integers.
How to use digital tools to enhance numeracy skills (A)
Do you have a tablet, smartphone or computer at home? Together we will explore different ways we can use these digital tools to engage in numeracy at home. From free apps, to digital resources for parents and fun interactive pieces like stop motion animation and digital storytelling, come ready to learn together.
Develop literacy and numeracy through play (P)
Play is how young children learn best. The very interactive session is packed full of suggestions to support your child's development of strong literacy and numeracy through play.
Build your child's reading skills (P)
Find out about the stages young children go through when learning to read. Gain practical strategies to help your child's reading at every stage.
Storytelling builds reading and writing skills (P, J, M)
Explore the art of storytelling and learn how it impacts the development of communication skills that are critical to your child's success at school.
A great head start: Preparing your child to read and write (A)
Literacy begins at home and it's never too early or late to read, rhyme, sing and play with your child to boost literacy skill. Parents of primary and junior students are invited to attend an information session focused on activities that encourage interactive reading and writing to build literacy skills. This presentation will examine a wide range of activities and interactive websites that can be accessed to engage and motivate children of all ages to read and write
Help your child write with confidence (M, S)
Learn tips on how you can help your child write confidently and effectively.
Help your teen build literacy skills (M, S)
Have you ever wondered how you can help your teen continue to develop literacy skills? You're not alone! Attend this informative and engaging workshop designed to help you help your teen continue developing literacy and communication skills.
How schools teach a balanced literacy program to
21st century learners (P, J)
Have you ever looked at your child's homework and wondered why it seems so different from what you did in school? Find out how Peel teachers deliver a literacy program that supports student success. Learn ways to boost your child's learning at home.
Motivate the reluctant reader (P, J)
Is reading a struggle for your child? Many parents are looking for ways to help their child become an engaged reader. Discover how you can help your child develop a love of reading that will last a lifetime.
Use your culture and traditions to help your child learn to read (P, J)
Use dual-language books, stories from your culture and your family's traditions to help your child develop reading strategies and boost comprehension.
Help your teen succeed in science (M, S)
From how to read a science textbook to how to use science in everyday life, this popular workshop will give you practical tips for helping your teen succeed in science class.
Make a difference: Environmental education and student success (A)
Through inquiry based learning techniques offered in environmental and outdoor education, students create and expand upon a sense of community and their place within it. Help your child become a better problem solver, critical thinker and gain the skills necessary to make informed decisions.
Turn science into family fun (P, J)
Science is everywhere. Learn fun activities that your family can do together at home to boost your child's interest and success in science.
Help your child develop social skills (P, J)
Parents will hear how social skills are taught at school to children as young as 4 and 5. Learn how to help your children develop social skills that will improve their success at school and beyond.
Effective strategies for families and educators to help build language, communication and reading skills for individuals with autism and/or developmental disabilities (A)
Learn strategies to assist your child in developing language skills, and discover how to use sight vocabulary to involve your child in everyday activities. You will receive a communication kit and a reading sample to take away.
Help your child with ADHD succeed in school (P, J, M)
Many students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder find they need extra support from teacher and parents. Learn practical tips to help your child succeed in school.
Learning to advocate for your child: Understanding the special education journey. (P, J, M)
From struggling in the classroom to understanding your child's IEP and everything in between, in this workshop we will explore the many pathways and supports that are offered in Peel schools for you and your child. Have you found yourself struggling to understand the many acronyms (IEP, ISRC, ISSP, IPRC etc) used by teachers and specialists? We will answer these questions and many more. The knowledge gained in this workshop will help you advocate for your child.
Help your child with a learning disability succeed in school (P, J, M)
Many students with a learning disability find they need extra support from teachers and parents. Learn practical tips to help your child succeed in school.
Support your child with special needs in developing life skills (A)
This session will delve into using iPads as communication, social and learning aids for children and youth who may be non-verbal with a significant developmental delay. Participants will learn expressive communication and visual scheduling applications used with iPads in the Developmental Disabilities classroom to support children and youth. Parents will have the opportunity to consider how these apps can be used at home; for instance, setting up a schedule, using a visual timer, providing choice, and expressing wants and needs. Some of the apps that will be showcased include GoTalkNow, Proloque2Go, iPrompts, and Visual Timer. There will be opportunities for participants to connect throughout this session. Presenters will share ideas of avenues that parents may consider to access this kind of technology.
Learn fun literacy, math, board and card games to play at home with students with ASD (A)
Language and math skills for students with ASD are fun to learn through interactive games. Come and learn a variety of literacy, math, board and card games you can make and play with your child to help develop, generalize and solidify their skills.
Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) awareness (A)
Learn how community organizations and the Peel board work together to help children with special education needs.
Help your teen make a successful transition to high school (M)
It's normal for you and your child to be nervous about starting high school. Gain proven strategies to help make the transition as smooth as possible - for both you and your child.
Boost your teen's self-esteem (M, S)
Have you ever been concerned about your teen's self-esteem? Learn ways to motivate your teen to develop confidence and build on personal strengths.
Help your family cope with separation and divorce (A)
Discover resources to help you navigate your family through separation. Learn strategies for reducing conflict to minimize emotional harm for children.
Stress: Helping families identify and cope with stresses (A)
Feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Learn strategies to cope with stress at work and home. You will also discover how to recognize signs of stress and anxiety in your children and ways to help them cope.
Help your child with homework and study skills (P, J, M)
Homework isn't about re-teaching what was taught during the day. Learn new, creative ways to help your child at home that don't require you to open a textbook.
Connecting numeracy and literacy to physical activity (P, J)
Learning can be a lot of fun - especially when it's disguised as play! Discover how to support numeracy and literacy through physical activity in this upbeat and interactive workshop.
Fostering your child's critical thinking skills (M)
This workshop will clearly define critical thinking and ways in which teachers incorporate and develop critical thinking skills in the classroom - and how you can help at home. During this workshop, parents will have the opportunity to work through examples of critical thinking exercises.
Help your child excel in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program (A)
Many students in Peel classrooms are learning the English language at the same time as they are meeting the expectations of the Ontario Curriculum. Learn about the many benefits of the English as a Second Language Program (ESL) and how you can support your child's higher-level thinking and overall academic success.
Beyond Google: Help your teen with online research (M, S)
All students do online research for homework projects, but did you know that through the school library, your teen can access a wealth of databases? Learn how to help your teen with research, writing and homework by accessing library e-resources.
Developing our own digital literacy: Parenting 21st century children. (J, M)
Today's children are more likely to play on the internet than in the sandbox. While surfing, gaming, viewing, texting and social networking offer rich possibilities for the development of critical thinking and social awareness, they can be a minefield without effective supervision and navigation. In this session, we will grapple with issues, examine resources, and explore ways to partner with our own children to protect and empower them in an ever-changing digital world.
Discover Kurzweil 3000, assistive software that helps boost literacy. (J, M, S)
Kurzweil 3000 technology software is designed to help struggling readers and writers succeed in literacy and beyond. The software, which is available in all Peel schools, is now available free to all Peel students for their use at home. Discover how you can help your child use the software to support reading, writing and homework on your home computer.
Help your teen develop good study skills (M)
Good study habits are an important part of any student's success. Learn practical ways to help your teen handle homework with ease.
Help your child make a successful transition to middle school (J)
It's normal for you and your child to be nervous about starting middle school. Gain proven strategies to help make the transition as smooth as possible - for both you and your child.
The why's, what's and how's of the IEP (P, J, M)
Learn how to understand and use your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP) to further their success in school and beyond.
EQAO assessments: The power of good information (A)
Get an overview of EQAO's mandate and how the grade 3, 6, 9 and 10 provincial assessments are created, administered and scored. In addition, parents will learn how they can work with the school to support their child's success before, during and after the assessment process. EQAO's website and resources for parents will be shared.