PIC Conference

DSBN Parent Involvement Conference 2018 sessions:

Event Details

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
4:00 - 8:15 pm

Eden High School
535 Lake Street
St. Catharines, ON (Map)

Online Registration IS CLOSED

4:00 - 5:15   Light Dinner and Educational & Community Agency Showcase
Cafeteria and Gym AB
5:15 - 5:25   Opening Remarks
5:45 - 6:45   1st Session   
6:45 - 7:15   Showcase and Refreshments
Gym AB and Cafeteria
7:15 - 8:15   2nd Session   

(e) - topic of interest to parents of elementary students
(s) - topic of interest to parents of secondary students
(e & s) - topic of interest to all parents
BBPD - Back By Popular Demand
new - New for 2018


Working In Partnership: Supporting Your Child's Mental Health and Wellbeing Through The Elementary Years BBPD - (e) 
"A team approach is the best approach" - learn how to support and advocate for your child when you have concerns regarding their mental health and well-being. Through an introduction to the topic of mental health and an exploration of school and community resources, learn when to turn for help and where to go to for support, giving you greater hope for the coming year.

Raising Confident Successful Children BBPD - (e)
This seminar will teach parents strategies that encourage their children to develop a healthy self-esteem, good communication, social and problem solving skills. We'll also explore how parents can encourage children to show respect and consideration for others.

Elementary Mathematics Classrooms of Today BBPD - (e)
What does an elementary mathematics classroom look like/sound like today? Why? Come and engage in mathematics in ways that we engage your children in learning mathematics. We will discuss elements of what an elementary mathematics classroom looks like and sounds like in DSBN. We will compare how they are similar and different to what your elementary mathematics classroom experiences were. We will also share ideas about how you can support your child with their classroom math experiences at home.

Is it Bullying or a Conflict? BBPD - (e)
Come enjoy an interactive approach to uncovering the differences between Conflict and Bullying. Helpful ways to support your child with both will be provided.
Parent Handout

Transitioning from Elementary to Secondary BBPD - (e)
Do you have a child entering high school? We can help you understand how to choose a pathway that reflects your child's ability, interests and future plans, leading to improved secondary success.

New Expectations in the Health Curriculum BBPD - (e)
Participants will look at the 2018 Revised Interim H&PE curriculum, become familiar with the expectations in the Growth and Development strand (formerly Human Development and Sexual Health), connect and discuss how to engage our children in meaningful movement experiences so they will embrace Healthy Active Living for life.

Learning Through Play in Kindergarten BBPD - (e)
Research has shown there is a strong link between play and learning in your children, especially in the areas of problem solving, literacy, numeracy, social skills and physical development. Play builds on knowledge and skills, according to where the child is developmentally. Come and learn how the Kindergarten classroom of today is a place for exploring, investigating, creating and hands-on learning!

Supporting a Love of Reading BBPD - (e)
Join us in an exploration of a wide variety of reading materials from apps to word searches and board games to books. Discover some simple tips and tricks to encourage a lifelong love of reading.

Supporting your child's success in French Immersion BBPD - (e)
This session will highlight practical suggestions for simple, everyday things that you can do at home to enhance your child's learning as they enter Grade 1 French Immersion.

newMakerspace and Technology (e)
The Maker Movement combines high-tech and low-tech techniques to help students explore their creativity. Think of a craft show, science fair, art exhibit, and robotics festival all combined into one. In this session we will explore how Makerspaces are being used throughout DSBN to encourage student centered learning and how parents/caregivers can encourage their children to be "makers" at home!

newUnderstanding Dreambox (e)
As a parent/caregiver, are you wondering Why DreamBox? Or Why technology for math? Come and investigate this adaptive computer program with some of the teachers using it with students. DreamBox lessons connect visuals (ten frames, math racks, base ten blocks, number lines, arrays, graphs, etc.) to numbers and may be very different experiences than the ones you had learning these concepts. Together, we will go through some of the lessons your children are experiencing while on DreamBox and explain some of the reasons why the lessons are set up the way they are. We will also share a few other ideas about how you can support your child with non-technology based math experiences at home.
Parent Handout

newPlaying Games to Develop Mathematical Thinking (e)
Do you like playing games with your child? Which games do you play? What mathematical concepts are they bumping into throughout the game? What questions might we ask to intentionally develop their mathematical thinking and reasoning during the game? Come and play a few games that you can play with your children at home. We will look at some common games involving cards and dice as well as investigate some board games and other strategy games. We will discuss different mathematical concepts that your child can be experiencing through these games and come up with questions parents/caregivers might ask to develop their child's reasoning through play.

newCoding for Early Learners (e)
Why should all the older students learn coding, when we know it's the new Kindergarten program on the forefront of innovative learning? Kinders Who Code is a great way to begin coding with younger children to enhance learning through spatial development, problem solving and computational thinking. This engaging session will feature multiple types of coding through the use of unplugged activities, robotics and creative apps and will feature hands-on activities for you to try out yourself!


Working In Partnership: Supporting Your Child's Mental Health and Wellbeing Through The High School Years BBPD - (s)
In this session, we'll be sharing information and resources for youth that provide insight and suggestions on how to cope and navigate mental health issues. Come learn about our DSBN Mental Health Teams who are here to help families cope with mental illness and enjoy success in school and in life.

Secondary Mathematics Classrooms of Today BBPD - (s)
What's happening in secondary math classes? In this session we will look at how our math classes are preparing students to have the thinking and reasoning skills necessary to be successful in school, in the workplace and in their everyday lives.

Transitioning from High School to Post-Secondary Education BBPD - (s)
Graduating from high school and pursuing post-secondary education is one of life's biggest transitions, not only for the students, but also for their parents. Valuable resources will be shared that will be of benefit to both students and their parents.

Raising Competent Teenagers BBPD - (s)
This seminar will teach parents strategies that encourage their teen to develop self-discipline and establish good routines. Parents will also learn tips to help their teens get involved with school activities and establish supportive friendships.

newCannabis and E-cigarette Use (Vaping) Among Youth BBPD - (s)
Cannabis and E-cigarette (vaping) use are an emerging issue in Niagara. Recent data shows that 35% of secondary students in Niagara are using cannabis, and 25% are vaping. As laws are changing to legalize cannabis, they are also being updated for e-cigarettes related to locations for use and sales. Preventing youth from nicotine addiction and the use of cannabis is a concern for educators, parents and public health. Our session will focus on the following:
- How to start the conversation with youth
- Health risks related to use
- Highlight the latest products on the market and what to watch out for
- The laws and perspective from a Tobacco Control Officer
- Practical tools and resources for parents/caregivers and teachers

Elementary and Secondary

Parenting in the Digital Age BBPD - (late e & s)
Online and digital communication is an integral part of youth's lives and often a focal point to their social engagement. Youth are joining the social media scene every day and it is important that caregivers know how to support and keep youth safe while they engage in this medium. This 60 minute caregiver education session will offer information about the use of digital communication, the importance of talking to youth about on-line communication and tips for how to start the conversation with youth.
Parent Handout
Parent Handout

Positive Partnerships: Building an Effective School Council BBPD - (e & s)
Parental engagement is proven to have a positive impact on kids, parents and schools! We'll explore the importance of parental involvement and the specific roles and responsibilities for School Councils in developing positive partnerships between parents, the school and beyond.

Special Education - Working Together to Support Self-Regulation BBPD - (e & s)
Supporting our students with consistent strategies for self-regulation and applied behavior analysis strategies can be lasting and impactful. How can schools and families work together!

Welcome to the Future: Technology at School and Home BBPD - (e & s)
Digital technology has been integrated into all areas of our daily lives and school is no different. This session will explore the core technologies that are being used in DSBN classrooms. By seeing how your child is using technology at school and how to access this technology at home you will be better equipped to support your child's learning. Join this session to learn about D2L, the Google Suite of tools, and Microsoft 365.

An Indigenous Perspective on Education BBPD - (e & s)
Parents will be provided with background information on First Nation, M├ętis and Inuit heritage, history, traditions, and celebrations specific to Indigenous students in this region. There will be information to help gain a greater understanding of the issues and challenges facing our Indigenous youth in Ontario and in our board. An overview of programming and resources will also be covered as well as how this fit with the curriculum.

newDSBN Outdoor Education (e & s)
At the DSBN we recognize the tremendous role that outdoor education plays in student learning and development. We are thrilled to be able to provide these opportunities for all our students at our very own DSBN Outdoor Campuses - the DSBN Adventure Campus and the Living Campus. From nature exploration, outdoor survival skills and geocaching to teambuilding and leadership our Campuses provide the perfect setting for students from K-12 to connect to the outdoors and each other. Join us for an interactive session highlighting our programs and the benefits of providing opportunities for children to Play, Explore and Discover in nature.

newFood Literacy in a "Throw-Away" Era (e & s)
Have you ever considered the value of food - from cultural to sensory, employment, ecologic, health, etc.? If food is so valuable, how can it be that in Canada about 40% of food gets wasted? This workshop will explore how to first get the most food value, and then how to keep food value and avoid waste.

newFinancial Literacy (e & s)
This session will help parents and students in considering the options available to help finance post-secondary opportunities. This will include information regarding scholarships, OSAP, saving for post-secondary and financing through financial institutions.
Parent Handout

newExtending Learning at Home Using D2L (e & s)
Looking for more ways to support your student at home? Join us as we look at the great resources available through D2L and how they can be used to support Math, Literacy and a variety of other subjects. This Ministry licensed Learning Management System (LMS) removes many of the obstacles that stand between your child and their online learning. Bypass usernames and passwords to some of your children's favourite sites such as Dreambox, Bookflix, Britannica, Pixton and the Learning Carousels. We will also show you how to make it quick and easy to access on any device. Come see why people are talking about D2L!