PIC Speaker Series

2021-2022 PARENT INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE
VIRTUAL SPEAKER SERIES
CONCUSSION IN CHILDREN AND TEENS - WHY WE ARE CHANGING OUR APPROACH
Hosted by Stephanie McFarland, OT Reg (Ont.)
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 6:30PM - 8:00PM

A lot has changed in concussion research and care over the past few years. We have learned “rest is not best” when it comes to concussion recovery and the importance of gradual participation in exercise, school and social life to support brain health. There also continues to be a lot of misinformation around concussion prevention, identification and management in children and youth. This session will provide an overview of the most important changes parents and the community need to know about concussion.

Please note that this presentation is being hosted using ZOOM by our presenter, Stephanie McFarland, and your registration information will be received by the Concussion Centre at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

2021-2022 PARENT INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE
VIRTUAL SPEAKER SERIES
RAISING RESPONSIBLE AND INDEPENDENT CHILDREN
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2022 6:30PM - 8:00PM
HOSTED BY: ALYSON SCHAFER

After 2+ years of being home, our children have become accustom to having their parents around managing their affairs. They have become more heavily reliant and dependent on their parents. In this talk, family counsellor and parenting expert Alyson Schafer, will explain the importance of training our children to be self-sufficient and responsible, the price to be paid if we don’t, and then offers the tactics and tools parents can implement right away that will eliminate nagging, reminding and rescuing.

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2021-2022 PARENT INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE
VIRTUAL SPEAKER SERIES
OUTDOOR PLAY:
WHY IT MATTERS FOR YOUR CHILD
MAY 25th @ 6:30pm
PRESENTED BY: MEGAN ZENI

Megan Zeni is an experienced teacher, master gardener and tireless outdoor play advocate, who currently teaches in an outdoor and garden classroom.

In this session, Megan will explore how education outdoors is different from outdoor education and why it is essential for healthy child development. Research will be shared that highlights the social, emotional, physical, and academic benefits of providing children with time, space and freedom for outdoor play and learning. We will consider why risk taking is an essential ingredient in outdoor play and learning with significant benefits for children as we re-imagine where learning happens.

Participants in this virtual session will be entered into a draw to receive an Outdoor Play Kit, which includes the book “Adventures in Risky Play” by Rusty Keeler and a handheld Field Magnifier, to help your child explore the outdoors. The kits will be distributed to winners through their child’s school. Winners will receive an email following the session with further details.

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2021-2022 PARENT INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE
VIRTUAL SPEAKER SERIES
ONLINE SAFETY:
Social Media, Privacy, Cyberbullying & Image Sharing
April 27th @ 6pm: Grade six and younger
April 28th @ 6pm: Grade 7 to 12

The DSBN Parent Involvement Committee is excited to bring you 2 virtual presentations in April hosted by Paul Davis on Online Safety, Social Media, Privacy, Cyberbullying & Image Sharing.

Since our children’s internet use varies a great deal with age, we are offering 2 separate sessions so that each audience leaves with a wealth of knowledge and empowerment for their respective age level. Paul brings 30+ years of information technology knowledge and expertise to his presentations. As one of Canada’s premier experts on Internet safety, Paul aims to empower parents through an interactive discussion that will resonate with everyone while offering advice that promotes internet safety for all.

Please join us in April and register for one or both of these sessions based on your child(rens) ages, using the links below:

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2021-2022 PARENT INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE
VIRTUAL SPEAKER SERIES
BRAIDED LEARNING: ILLUMINATING INDIGENOUS
PRESENCE THROUGH ART AND STORY:
with Dr. Susan Dion
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Based on her upcoming book of the same title, Dr. Susan Dion will be sharing her approach to learning and teaching about Indigenous histories and perspectives, as participants engage in a safe learning space and explore their own learning journey about Indigenous education and history.

Dr. Susan Dion is a Potawatomi-Lenapé scholar who has been working in the field of education for more than thirty years. She is an Associate Vice President, Indigenous Initiatives and Professor at York Faculty of Education and Director of the Master of Education Urban Indigenous Cohort.

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2021-2022 PARENT INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE
VIRTUAL SPEAKER SERIES
MASTERCLASS IN STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2022 6:30PM - 8:00PM

This workshop will explore the fundamentals of stress and resiliency as the first step towards understanding, recognizing and applying strategies to support the young people in your life manage life's inevitable ups and downs.

This program will walk participants through skill-based activities that guide them to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress in their children and youth, understand what stress "feels" like, identify their children and youth's stressors and their impacts, see the upside of stress, and learn to support their children with the implementation of coping and problem-solving strategies.

Please note that your registration information is being collected by Strong Minds, Strong Kinds Psychology Canada, who will be hosting the LIVE Event through Zoom. Therefore, you will receive event reminders and the Zoom meeting invitation from Strong Minds, Strong Kids directly.

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2021-2022 PARENT INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE
VIRTUAL SPEAKER SERIES
CULTIVATING GENIUS AND JOY
WHERE ALL CHILDREN THRIVE
with Dr. Gholdy Muhammad
THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2022 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, author of best selling book Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy, will share an honest discussion on the ways to advance and respond to students histories, identities, literacies and liberation.

Please join us on the 27th as we explore Dr. Muhammad's equity framework that will give families the tools to engage in meaningful conversations and to advocate for an inclusive culture where all students thrive.

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2021-2022 PARENT INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE
VIRTUAL SPEAKER SERIES
TAKING CARE OF YOU
A look at what stress is, the physiology of stress,
and how to engage in positive coping mechanisms
to help take care of your own stress.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2022 6:30PM - 8:00PM

The PIC Committee is excited to be offering this workshop again in 2022. For all those who may have missed it last year, or would like to attend again, this session will help you to promote your own mental health and well-being in your workplace and home.

Please note that your registration information is being collected by Strong Minds, Strong Kinds Psychology Canada, who will be hosting the LIVE Event through Zoom. Therefore, you will receive event reminders and the Zoom meeting invitation from Strong Minds, Strong Kids directly.

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2021-2022 PARENT INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE
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PREPARING FOR A MENTALLY HEALTHY HOLIDAY SEASON:
A look at some of the reasons families experience
increased stress during the holidays so families
can better anticipate these challenges

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021 6:30PM - 8:00PM

The winter break and holiday season are one of the most highly anticipated times of the year for many students. At the same time, this period can be particularly challenging for some families. Social workers from DSBN schools will discuss strategies to cope with holiday stress so all family members can enjoy a relaxing winter break, as well as tips to prepare children and adolescents for the transition back to school in January.

Registered attendees from DSBN school communities will have the chance to win prizes for their school.

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2021-2022 PARENT INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE
VIRTUAL SPEAKER SERIES
RISING TO RESILIENCE:
A LOOK AT RELATIONSHIPS, WELL-BEING
AND LEARNING DURING CHALLENGING TIMES
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2021 6:30PM - 8:00PM

PIC is excited to welcome Dr. Jean Clinton in a free, virtual presentation on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 6:30pm.

This presentation will look at the power of relationships, buffering children's stress and building resilience. The past few years have been stressful times for all. We will talk about how to make stress more predictable and manageable. The key to this, is an awareness of the needs of the adults in children's lives. By lending our calm, and reflecting on where we find our calm, we can help our children thrive.

Dr. Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. She is on staff at McMaster Children's Hospital with cross appointments in Pediatrics and Family Medicine, and an Associate in the Department of Child Psychiatry at Sick Children's Hospital. Dr. Clinton is renowned nationally and internationally as an advocate for children's issues. Her special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play.

A limited number of Dr. Clinton's book, Love Builds Brains, are available to those who register for the presentation.

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