This year, we encourage other school districts, schools, School Councils, administrators, teachers, community-based organizations, researchers, and parents/caregivers to join us in focusing on solutions that enhance and expand engagement through family-school-community partnerships. With plenaries, workshops, micro sessions, and more, participants will be immersed in many examples of high-impact engagement work taking place across the province.

Submit your application online now! Deadline is September 27, 2021. Conference dates are October 16 and 17, 2021.


Conference Strands

Understanding that each attendee has a different level of expertise as it relates to family and community engagement, workshop sessions are identified by content level and topic areas.

Content Level: 

  • Emerging: For attendees new to the field of family and community engagement (FCE) and who are seeking a stronger understanding of what FCE involves or the common strategies and programs that exist. Emphasis is on strategy, research and frameworks; why FCE is important.
  • Intermediate: For attendees with some family and community engagement experience and who support the execution of FCE strategies on a day-to-day basis. Emphasis is on research, frameworks, strategy, and best practices. For example, how FCE is connected to student learning or how FCE plays a key part in building trusting relationships.
  • Advanced: For attendees who are family engagement veterans, including state 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.


Presentation Formats

WorkshopsA one-hour gathering where a group of people engage in discussion and activity on a particular subject.

Micro sessions: 20 minute mini sessions that highlight or feature a topic, issue, service, or product.

We encourage innovative delivery of sessions, that will enhance the virtual experience.



Thematic Areas

Anti-Oppression and Inclusion

  • Anti-oppressive and inclusive education and engagement that challenges the status quo and disrupts whiteness, is essential to the academic achievement of students and the effective engagement of parents and caregivers. Workshops or micro sessions should explore issues of anti-bias, anti-Black, anti-Indigeneity, and anti-oppression in parent and caregiver engagement and education to improve outcomes for students.
  • Workshops and micro sessions may also explore anti-oppressive and anti-Black and anti-Indigenous efforts that support parents and caregivers of children with disabilities to gain access and ensure a broad range of opportunities are welcome. Sessions can also include parent and caregiver engagement in transition to high school, high school success, and promising programs that aid in the transition for youth with disabilities towards college and career readiness.


Mental health, Well-Being & Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • COVID has amplified the need for mental health, well-being and SEL supports for parents/caregivers and students. It has also exposed the limitation of a one approach fits all when addressing and responding to mental health, well-being, and SEL. Sessions should explore culturally relevant, and anti-bias tools resources, and sound strategies for supporting parents/caregivers and students


Resilience Through Transitions

As we transition forward from COVID, there are several considerations for schools, students, and parents/caregivers that will require our attention. Sessions that explore areas such as virtual learning, advancing education with technology, internet safety vaccinations, safety in schools (HVAC, cleaning masks, etc.) will require intentional work and focus to get students, parents/caregivers, and our schools operating effectively.

Literacy: Engaging parents and caregivers in learning with their children helps ensure that they are reading at the right level and on a trajectory for life success. Sessions should highlight parent and caregiver engagement and high-quality interventions for caregivers of young children with or without disabilities. Evidence-based early and middle years parent reading practices, caregiver support, and other efforts that address a full spectrum of early and middle years learning, including those focused on STEM opportunities for children and caregivers, are welcomed.


Parent/Caregiver Engagement & Leadership

Virtual World/affinity groups/school councils Parent Leadership, Advocacy, and Community Organizing: Parent engagement, leadership, and advocacy are essential for sharing power and ensuring that schooling and school improvement are inclusive of all families. Sessions are focused on training for leadership roles disrupting traditional and colonial engagement and inclusion parent leadership, sustaining parent leadership, and sustained involvement of fathers, foster parents, grandparents, and others who may not traditionally be included in their children’s educational process. Sessions may highlight parent-teacher partnerships, family engagement in school improvement, parent advocacy initiatives, technological linkages between schools and families, and other strategies that effectively link families to student learning and classrooms.