Request for Workshop Proposals

The Parents and Caregivers as Partners Conference (PCasP) 2022 provides an opportunity to provide meaningful and relevant content to support parents/caregivers and the community in navigating the education system and to highlight innovative and high-impact strategies for parent/caregiver engagement and we are seeking proposals for virtual and hybrid (in-person or streaming) workshops, micro-sessions, and panel presentations to be presented at PCasP to be held on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 2022. If you are considering a hybrid session, please note that you will be responsible for making all necessary arrangements to do so.

We encourage proposals from other school districts, universities, schools, School Councils, administrators, educators, community-based organizations, researchers, and parents/caregivers. Please ensure you review the conference strands and content levels below before you apply.

Submit your proposal now! Submissions are due September 14, 2022.

 

Conference Strands

Affirming

There is a strong connection between affirming students’ and parent/caregiver identities and their academic achievement. Simply put, when students and parents/caregivers feel comfortable about who they are and are wholly accepted, they do better in school, have healthier relationships, and are more resilient. We can support this by establishing safe spaces and healthy school environments; strengthening mental health literacy to understand the impact of intersecting identities; furthering knowledge of identity and culturally relevant resources; and building relationships that enhance belonging.

What does affirming look like in kindergarten to Grade 12? How do we create safer/braver spaces? How do we teach students and parents/caregivers coping strategies? What is the impact of the intersection of identities on mental health, early reading, math, and transitions? How do we support students and parents/caregivers with loss and grief? How do we help build healthy relationships? How do we build resilience?

 

Belonging

A sense of belonging is strongly connected to students' feeling that they matter and are valued. This is especially important for students and parents/caregivers from historically underserved communities. Schools, communities, and School Councils can support a sense of belonging by understanding and celebrating students’ and parents/caregivers' identities, welcoming students, and parent/caregivers into all spaces, building asset-based strategic community partnerships, and providing wrap-around services that support students’ well-being in and out of school.

How do we welcome and engage students and parents/caregivers? How do we develop home-school-community partnerships? How do we create inclusive spaces? How can we help to explain and expand specialized programs, French pathways, or academic pathways?

 

Connecting

The pandemic has changed how we experience one another both in-person and online. As we rebuild our connections, it is an opportunity to reflect on our relationships, how we connect on a personal level, how we see and understand each other and relate to others’ lived experiences, and how we promote and prioritize mental health and well-being with ourselves and with others.

What supports are available for students? How can we use digital tools for connection? How can parents and students access professional support? How do we create healing spaces?

 

Content Levels

Understanding that each attendee has a different level of understanding and knowledge as it relates to parent/caregiver and community engagement, workshop sessions are identified by content levels.

Emerging: For attendees new to the field of parent/caregiver and community engagement and who are seeking a stronger understanding of what it involves or the common strategies and programs that exist. Emphasis is on strategy, research, and frameworks and why it is important.

Intermediate: For attendees with some parent/caregiver and community engagement experience and who support the execution of these strategies on a day-to-day basis. Emphasis is on research, frameworks, strategy, and best practices. For example, how parent/caregiver and community engagement is connected to student learning or how it plays a key part in building trusting relationships.

Advanced: For attendees who are parent/caregiver and community engagement experts, including provincial and district leaders responsible for creating and/or implementing family and community engagement strategies on a larger scale. Emphasis is on getting buy-in; training for school leaders, educators, and support staff; developing systems of support and data collection; program evaluation, scaling programs; and marketing and promoting engagement efforts.