Executive Officer Giroux reported the Parent Conference will occur on 9 November 2019 at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School. The keynote speaker, Dr. Laura Markham, founder of Aha! Parenting and Clinical Psychologist at Columbia University, is scheduled to speak on "Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids". Dr. Markham has agreed to host a workshop or a detailed question and answer period. Executive Officer Giroux proposed an alternate approach which would separate the day into two parts: a morning parent conference and an afternoon school council training session. The afternoon sessions could be less like a presentation and more like facilitated discussions based on topics of interest to school councils. In order to make this idea work, facilitators, such as principals, superintendents and school council members, may be required to assist in these conversations. Fact and tip sheets could be made available for distribution, along with resource documents on school councils.
Ms. Hendela, proposed that Executive Officer Giroux provide an overview of school council training 101 to seed the topics. Ms. Hendela agreed to discuss this concept with OCASC members at their 25 September 2019 meeting.
It was noted that several sessions remain to be scheduled. A round-table consultation produced the following possible topics: parents & math, resilience training, substance abuse, diet, sleep, equity, well-being, homework, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) educational approach, and the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (BIPSA). Other suggestions included arranging for food trucks on site and the potential of conducting sessions in a language other than English.
Ms. Labelle, highlighted that over the last six years, the keynote speakers have been Caucasian women. She volunteered that P4D can help with connections to "experts" with a diverse background. Executive Director Giroux responded that she welcomes referrals. She reminded the committee that Cindy Blackstock, a member of the Gitxsan First Nation, is scheduled to speak on 23 April 2020, in partnership with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation.
Chair Khan requested that the committee receive a summary of all correspondence that is sent to the PIC email address.