Conference supports parents and kids

The virtual event offers resources to help facilitate parental involvement in learning

Conference supports parents and kids

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The English Montreal School Board Parents’ Committee is inviting parents to participate in an all-day virtual conference on Sunday, May 29, 2022.

The government-mandated Committee, which represents all EMSB parents, initiated the event as a means of increasing information sharing about the issues that children and teens face, and to offer support to parents on how to best help their children.

This year is the fifth edition of the conference, which will offer timely information and strategies. As students and parents feel the effects of the pandemic and deal with increased stress and anxiety, the topics and speakers aim at supporting, teaching, and offering resources to encourage and equip parents as partners in their children’s learning.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. parents can take part in workshops and listen to experts discuss topics such as Understanding Gender Identity, Parenting Your Child & Adolescent with Screen Addiction, Helping Children with Reading Difficulties, and L’aventure du français en famille!. Other workshops will cover subjects such as nutrition, understanding preschoolers, assistive technology, the LEARN online tutoring program, and giftedness. The programming kicks off with a keynote address and panel on mental health.

Educators and parents working together

Parental involvement is an important factor for successful learning, and positive school-home relationships and cooperation can lead to happy, healthy children and academic achievement.

The Harvard Family Research Project, within the Harvard Graduate School of Education, found that family engagement greatly contributes to a range of positive student outcomes. It cites that “Research shows that family engagement improves school readiness, student achievement, and social skills. Furthermore, an increasing number of innovative approaches to education leverage and connect the many settings and times in which children learn and grow, creating seamless complementary learning systems that place families as core partners in the learning process.”

The aim of the virtual conference is to provide services and resources to support and strengthen students and their families, and facilitate parental involvement, learning skills and talents.

Free registration until May 14

The Conference is free for early bird registrants between April 26 and May 14. As of May 15, there will be a $10 registration fee to join the conference. The conference is open to everyone and is not exclusive to EMSB parents.

Register details can be found at emsbparents.ca
For more information, contact parentconference@emsb.qc.ca or Brigida Sellato 514-483-7200 ext. 7242

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