Partners in Education events are intended for all interested members of the Edmonton Public Schools' 'family'... parents, guardians, families, teachers, community members, public education supporters. Please share this information with anyone you feel may be interested in attending one of the events we host. From time to time as we become aware of other events in the community that may be of interest to families, we will also share them on this page.
If you would like to receive occasional emails about events/issues of interest to parents/families, please email Jean.Jenkins@epsb.ca and ask to be added to our Partners in Education database.
|Thursday, January 24, 2013
||6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
||Parenting in the New Millennium workshop - Parents and caregivers of students in Edmonton Public Schools are invited to join Education Behaviour Consultant, Cameron Buchanan, for an informative evening addressing parenting and behaviour concerns. Learn new strategies that you can add to your own parenting techniques, with separate sessions focusing on parents of elementary and junior high students. We've had a great response to this event and reached capacity. Registration is now closed, but stay tuned for more Partners in Education events throughout the year.
|Wednesday, February 27, 2013
||7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
||Greater Edmonton Teachers' Convention Association (GETCA) Parent Evening - at the Oasis Conference Centre, 10930 177 Street (lots of free parking). Join Dr. Alex Russell, celebrated author of "Drop the Worry Ball" for this informative session. Dr. Russell will deal with the issue of how contemporary parents feel increasingly obligated to meet all of their children's needs, causing an epidemic of emotionally immature children unconcerned about the real demands of the world. You will find out how to avoid the traps in today's stressful parenting culture and how to put down the "worry ball" so children can pick it up for themselves, all the while helping parents maintain a positive place in their children's lives, one that fosters personal growth and close and affectionate relationships. Click here for a poster and click here to register.
- November 28, 2012 - School Council Training - School Council Training was held on November 28. Participants chose from four workshops. While workshop handouts can never do justice to actual attendance at the sessions themselves, we're attaching them here in case you might find them helpful. Thanks to the wonderful presenters from the Alberta School Councils' Association for sharing their knowledge and expertise with our school councils.
Workshop #1 - Understanding the Purpose of Fundraising Associations - powerpoint and handouts
Workshop #2 - Understanding the Purpose of A School Council - powerpoint and handouts
Workshop #3 - Tools for Effective School Councils - powerpoint and handouts
Workshop #4 - Networking and Connecting with other School Councils - powerpoint and handouts
- November 18, 2012 - National Child Day event - There was free Swimming at some city pools and YMCA facilities. National Child Day is celebrated annually and is a specially designated day to mark two historic events: the 1959 signing by Canada of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child; and the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. Most importantly it's a day to remember that children need support, encouragement and respect to grow to their full potential, and that we each have a part to play. For more information about the National Child Day initiative, visit www.successby6edmonton.info/national-child-day/
- November 1, 2012 - ADHD/ADD Parent Information Session - Edmonton Public Schools Inclusive Learning and the Partners in Education program co-hosted an interactive information session for parents and caregivers. Parents/caregivers with children in Edmonton Public Schools were invited to join us to learn how to support their child/student with ADHD/ADD. Presenters were Rachel Rogers, Psychologist and President of ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton, and parent, Cathie Crooks.
- October 1, 2012 - READ IN Week Proclamation. On October 1, 2012 a special presentation by the students at Parkallen School, based on the book "For Every Child", was a part of the Proclamation Event for READ IN Week in the City of Edmonton. Click here to view the student presentation.
- March 15, 2012 - The Partners in Education Program, in collaboration with Inclusive Learning and a variety of community partners, hosted an "Extraordinary Supports for Extraordinary Students" workshop for parents and caregivers of children within Edmonton Public Schools who have severe disabilities. Presenters included:
- Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) www.child.alberta.ca/home
- Federal Government Disability Tax Credit (DTC) www.cra-arc.gc.ca/disability
- City of Edmonton www.edmonton.ca/for_residents/programs/support-special-needs-programs.aspx
- February 29, 2012 -The Partners in Education Program, in collaboration with GETCA (The Greater Edmonton Teachers' Convention Association) and Edmonton Catholic Schools presented an evening for parents, family and community members at the Shaw Conference Centre. Check out the presenters' websites for fabulous information and thought-provoking ideas: Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture with presenter Peggy Orenstein http://peggyorenstein.com/ and Boy Smarts: Effective Strategies for Parenting Boys with presenter Barry MacDonald http://www.mentoringboys.com/. Barry distributes a free monthly newsletter helping parents and teachers to meet the varied needs of boys. If you would like to receive the monthly Boy Smarts Newsletter, please sign up on the bottom of any webpage on MentoringBoys.com.
- November 20, 2011 - National Child Day was celebrated at City Hall with a proclamation to highlight the importance of this special day.
Since 1993, Canadians have been celebrating National Child Day (NCD) on November 20th to promote awareness of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). National Child Day is a day to remember that children need support, encouragement and respect to grow to their full potential - and that we each have a part to play. Research shows that children, who are aware of their rights and the rights of others, develop positive peer relations, have better school performance and possess higher self-esteem. For more information click http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncd-jne/index-eng.php.
- November 7, 2011 - School Council Training
If you missed this training opportunity you can find out more by checking below for the PowerPoint and handouts from the sessions. You may also wish to consider booking a session specifically for your school council on one of these or other topics. The Alberta School Councils' Association will be pleased to discuss further training opportunities with you - and there is no cost to your school council. Contact Wendy Keiver by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 780-451-7148 for more information and to book a workshop.
An introduction to what school councils are, what they do, who they benefit.
Who Chairs? Who Leads?
Learn how to be a positive, influential member of the School Council, even if you're not the "Chair."
Table or Tablet - Is One More Valued Than the Other?
Tired of the "same old faces" doing "all of the work"? Pick up some engagement strategies that can result in more people being involved.
No More Awful Meetings
Why are some meetings great and others are awful? Take a quick look into the "Anatomy of a Meeting".
Who's Who in This Zoo?
Who can your school council work with to strengthen support for your students?
- June 25, 2011 - Africa Centre Parent Information Event
The Partners in Education program, in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Africa Centre, presented a discussion and information session about education for immigrant and refugee families of African background at the Africa Centre. The event, entitled Families and Schools Working Together, included guest speakers and facilitated discussions, with district staff from Programs and the English Language Learning Services Centre in attendance to answer questions. For more information contact email@example.com.
- March 1, 2011 - Dads Matter
On March 1, 2011, Steve Davies, Head Teacher (Principal) from Coopers Lane Primary School in Lewisham, England shared information about how dads/men can fully engage in their children's lives - and why it is so important to children that they do! Research links can be found at http://www.greatdad.com/tertiary/380/2780/research-on-dads-role-in-children-s-lives.html. This link contains a mixture of articles and books which reflect some of the best researchers in this field, of special note Aldous and Mulligan are two that Steve particularly recommended.
Steve also suggested the Fatherhood institute in the UK on www.fatherhoodinstitute.org and their latest piece entitled "Father's impact on their children's learning and achievement" (December 2010). Fathers Plus at www.fathersplus.org can give dads loads of advice in how to get in there and really impact on child's life, etc.
Two other resources you might find helpful are Getting the Blokes on Board - top tips for engaging dads and Prospectus-Coopers Lane Primary. Contact information for Steve Davies firstname.lastname@example.org or check out their website at www.cooperslane.lewisham.sch.uk. This event was co-sponsored by the Greater Edmonton Teachers' Convention Association (GETCA), Edmonton Public Schools and Edmonton Catholic Schools.
The Dads Matter group at Coopers Lane School in England has a Facebook page you may wish to check out at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dads-Matter-Helping-dads-help-their-children/153356238059192. If you'd like to connect with the Dads Matter group in England contact David Ruddell at email@example.com.
- January 31, 2011 - Technology@Home
Practical Strategies for Helping Children Learn. Excellent web-based resources are available here. To view a short interview with presenter Dr. Dave Edyburn on January 31, 2011, click here.
- Web 2.0 Everything you wanted to know about Web 2.0, but were afraid to ask
- Fact or Folly: Authenticating Online Information
- Safe Passage: Teaching Kids to be Safe and Responsible Online
- Cyber Safe Resource Page - Dotto Tech
Note: Photographs may be taken at all District events to be used on the District's website and in other publications.