How to Choose the Right Secondary School for your Child

This session will help parents determine what factors should be taken into account when choosing a secondary school. Parents will:

  • Learn about Toronto District School Board secondary schools including alternative & specialized schooling options;
  • Find out what questions you need to consider in your decisions and what resources are available to help you decide;
  • Find out how to work with the school if your child has special needs, needs extra resource help, or is interested in certain extracurricular activities.

Panelists: Karen Falconer, TDSB Superintendent and Sheryl Freeman, Principal at Central Technical School

How to Choose the Right School for Your Child

This session will help parents determine what factors should be taken into account when choosing an elementary and junior high school to enable children reach their full learning potential.

  • Learn about Toronto District School Board elementary, alternative and specialized schools, such as: French Immersion Schools, Alternative Schools or Afrocentric Alternative Schools
  • Find out how to work with the school if your child has special needs, needs extra resource help, or is interested in extracurricular activities

Discussion Panellists:

  • Karen Falconer, TDSB Superintendent
  • Angela Marsh, TDSB School Principal

How not to fall through the cracks — a Single Parents’ Guide to Financial Survival

Are you a single, undergraduate student parent? Having trouble staying afloat? Do you want to learn and exchange tips about financial survival? Come to the Single Parents’ Financial Survival Workshop organized for students by students to learn about:

  • money management and budgeting
  • credit and debt — how to manage it and what to do when things go wrong
  • access to scholarships, grants, bursaries, and community resources
  • transitioning from Ontario Works

This event is sponsored by a number of U of T Departments, including Admissions & Awards, Woodsworth College, and UTSU.

Homeschooling Information Session

Have you ever considered of homeschooling for your children? Are you looking for more information on one of the various education options available for kids in Ontario? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this workshop is for you. The Homeschooling Information Session will give you a chance to learn about homeschooling and get answers to all of your burning questions. Through this session you will:

  • Learn how homeschooling works in Ontario including related regulations and processes
  • Gain a better understanding of the benefits and potential challenges of homeschooling
  • Learn about creating a learning curriculum and finding resources and support
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions and gain insight from a parent who homeschooled his child

Facilitator: Carlo Ricci is a Professor at the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University, a representative with the Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents and a parent who homeschooled his daughter. Professor Ricci founded and edits the Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning (JUAL). He has published a number of books and articles including, The Willed Curriculum, Unschooling, and Self-Direction: What Do Love, Trust, Respect, Care, and Compassion Have To Do With Learning? (2012) and Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education (co-edited with Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko (2014).His research interests include Unschooling; Homeschooling; Holistic Education; Self-determined Learning; Free Schools; Democratic Schools; Online Learning; Technology and Learning; Play; Natural Learning; Curiosity; Willed Learning; and the Willed Curriculum.”

Helping Your Child Succeed in School

  • Are you concerned about how your child is doing in school?
  • Are you unsure about how to approach a parent-teacher conference?
  • Join an experienced teacher and a principal to discuss topics including: choices of school programs, parent-teacher relationship, parent involvement, and LGBTQ concerns.

*This will be a general presentation and it is not necessary that your child attends this school.

Helping Your Child Succeed at School

Every parent wants their child to be happy and successful at school. Many working parents struggle with knowing how to support their children with school-related activities. This session invites participants to seek a partnership between each child, the school and themselves as parents. This partnership creates positive structure at home to support their children’s experience at school, and looks for ways to reward effort rather than outcomes.

During this 1 hour wellness session participants will:

  • Learn to build partnerships between each child, the school and yourselves as parents;
  • Discover how to create a positive structure at home to support your children’s experience at school;
  • Become aware of ways to reward effort rather than outcomes

Facilitator: Homewood Health

Helping Your Child Develop Social Skills

Meet the challenges of parenting by helping your child become more socially competent, and set the stage for building relationships. In this workshop you will:

  • Analyze your own and your child’s Social Skills
  • Learn ways to teach your child etiquette, conversation, conflict resolution and problem solving skills, and
  • Help build your child’s self esteem through encouragement and respect

This workshop will focus on 5 – 12 years old.

Facilitator: Judy Gast, Family Education Centre

Helping Students Through Crisis

Session I: A Referral Guide for Front Line Staff

Front line staff are often the first people to whom students turn when they face personal difficulties. This session, the first of a two-part series, will provide participants with the skills to effectively help students through crisis. This interactive workshop is designed to help front line staff master the art of effective referrals – from how to identify students in difficulty, to when to provide an immediate referral, where to go for assistance in emergency situations, and who to consult. We will be working from the University of Toronto information booklet entitled Connections: Identifying and Referring Students in Difficulty, as well as practicing referral skills using an interactive demonstration.

Session II: A Resource Guide for Front Line Staff

Front line staff are often the first people to whom students turn when they face personal difficulties. This session, the second of a two-part series, will build on the knowledge and skills gathered in the first session. A comprehensive overview will be presented on many of the services that can help students, particularly those with family responsibilities. Types of information that will be covered include the following:

  • Overview of On Campus Student Services and their Programs
  • Emergency Housing
  • Child Care: Subsidies and Emergency Care
  • Health and Dental Coverage
  • Resources to Deal with Abuse (Spousal, Child)
  • Assistance with Food and Clothing
  • Culturally Specific Services and Unique Resources for Women
  • Neighbourhood, Community & Social Services

Helping Children Cope with Separation and Divorce (Webinar)

Divorce is painful and confusing. How you handle it influences how your child will cope. Children need empathy, love and support at a time when parents may have less to draw on themselves. This webinar is intended to provide participants with a deeper understanding of what goes on in the hearts and minds of children of all ages in the wake of marital disruption, so that parents can help foster their children’s resilience.

The webinar will also describe how to explain divorce to children, and address common responses such reunification fantasies, separation anxiety and anger. It will also note a few tips on how to support children who have witnessed parental conflict.

Facilitator: Lynda Fernyhough, MA, Homewood Health. Lynda has approximately 30 years of experience working with children and families, which includes working as a counsellor in Vancouver elementary and high schools, as well as in private practice. In addition to working as a counsellor, Lynda currently works as a parenting coach, helping individuals and families change interpersonal dynamics that are not serving them well.