Pre-Conference Sessions

We have partnered with the TDSB’s Outdoor Education team, the TDSB's Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement and and the City of Toronto to bring a unique experience to this year’s conference. Parents and caregivers are invited to join us at local outdoor spaces and museums as well as the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement, to participate in programming, learn, and network with other community members.  

All pre-conference sessions will run from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Space is limited so please be sure to register early when registration opens. Transportation from hub sites is available to all venues and leaves a designated departure location at 8 a.m. and returns at 10:30 a.m. More information will be provided in the registration.

Pre-Conference Transportation Route & Schedule to Outdoor Education Centres, Museums and CEBSA

Outdoor Education School Opportunities
The Toronto Outdoor Education Schools are excited to welcome Parents and Caregivers to the Etobicoke Outdoor Education Centre (at Albion Hills Conservation Area), Forest Valley Outdoor Education Centre, Hillside Outdoor Education School.  At each site, participants will tour the facilities, learn about the programming we offer and gain ideas they can do in their own local green spaces. 

Toronto Museums
Each location will offer slightly different programming, but will all highlight our ongoing Awakenings programming, a series of art projects created within Toronto History Museums. Utilizing storytelling while operating under the principles of anti-oppression, anti-colonialism, anti-racism, sustainability, and advocacy, Awakenings aims to connect us, paving a new way forward through art, creativity, culture and innovation.

Locations include:

Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement (CEBSA)
Winston Churchill CI, 2239 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough

In this session -- Centring Black Students, Families & Communities -- participants will deepen their understanding of the mandates of the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement. Through an exploration of innovative programming and strategies rooted in Black Joy and Excellence, the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement will highlight opportunities for ongoing collaboration and partnership with Black students, parents, caregivers, and community members.

The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement is the first of its kind in K-12 public education in Canada. It is because of the voices of Black communities who consistently advocate for deeper systemic change from the TDSB that we are here. The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement will build on community voices as well as past and present efforts through a direct, multi-faceted strategy for meaningful and sustained change. The Centre will focus proactively on academic success and experiences of belonging of Black students.