Join us for our virtual Parents as Partners Conference!

Our parent conference is heading online! We are excited to welcome you to our first-ever virtual conference. This online version offers all the same exciting, inspiring and informative content as our in-person conference, but allows you to participate all from the comfort of your own home.

This year’s conference takes place over two days – Saturday, October 24, and Sunday, October 25. It includes two amazing keynotes as well as a host of breakout sessions that you can choose to tailor to your own interests and needs.

Some of the sessions offered include special education, mental health and well-being, anti-Black racism and virtual engagement. In the breakout sessions – led by both TDSB experts and panelists from outside organizations – you also get a chance to connect in a more intimate way with other parents, ask questions and participate in discussions.

We hope you find this new format as useful and engaging as we do! Registration is now open!.


 

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker Kim Katrin

Saturday Keynote Speaker -- Kim Katrin

Kim Katrin is an internationally acclaimed award winning educator, consultant & social entrepreneur. Recognized as one of The Root's' Young Feminists to Watch', celebrated as Canada’s National Youth Role Model.

Since 2012, Kim has spoken on equity and social entrepreneurship at institutions across Canada and the US both on and offline to millions. Collaborating with brands like Makeup Forever, Squarespace & Lululemon she has worked both internally and externally to innovate around inclusion.

 

 

Dr. Sloane Freeman

Sunday Keynote Speaker -- Dr. Sloane Freeman

Dr. Sloane Freeman, an expert consultant for Lysol, is a pediatrician and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, with particular expertise in developmental/school issues, health care delivery and care of the medically complex child. Her keynote will focus on keeping kids healthy at home.


Join us for a Panel Discussion on TDSB School Year Update
Sunday, October 25
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Hear directly from TDSB senior staff -- including Dr. Kathy Witherow, Interim Director of Education; Manon Gardner, Associate Director, School Operations and Service Excellence; and the Executive Officer, Facility Services -- on what’s happening in elementary, secondary and virtual schools. Ask questions and learn about health and safety practices in place to keep students and staff safe.


Questions and Answers

When does registration open?
Registration is now open!  

When does it close?
Registration will remain open until the conference starts. If you require close captioning or interpretation however, registration closes on October 20, 2020 so we can ensure we have the required resources available.

Can I participate in only the breakout sessions I want?  
Yes!

Do I have to attend both days?
We would love to have you join for both days, but you get to choose!

What do the breakout sessions look like?
There will be a variety of workshops that will be facilitated by staff and community partners. Each session will run for 55 minutes followed by a break.

I can’t attend the conference, but will any of the sessions or keynotes be available to watch after the conference?
We will be recording each session. The recordings will be posted on the conference page.

How can I access translation or interpretation services?
You may request and interpreter and closed captioning during the registration process. Please note if you require these services, registration closes on October 20, 2020.

 

What technology do I need to access the conference? 
You will need a computer if you want to participate by video or simply a phone to connect by audio.

What platform are you using?
We are using Zoom for the conference. Here's a short intro into how to use Zoom.

How do I access the conference?  
You simply visit the conference page and register for the session. Following registration you will receive a Zoom link for the session. Please check your e-mail (including your junk mail!) for the link.  On the day of the conference, click on the Zoom link and join the conversation!

Do I have to have video to participate?
No you may participate by calling into the sessions. You will hear the conversation, but you will not be able to see presenters and other participants.