Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference – Nov. 15

Increasing Knowledge and Enhancing Confidence

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Earl Haig Secondary School
100 Princess Avenue
8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Information Marketplace (available all day)

Stroll through the information marketplace and collect ideas, strategies, resources, tools and gifts that will support you and your child’s education journey. The marketplace will feature an array of community agencies, TDSB programs and services and vendors offering great educational ideas and giveaways throughout the day.

Keynote Speaker: J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D.

J. Richard Gentry is a former university professor and elementary school teacher and author of Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write. He hopes to help bring back research-based spelling and writing in elementary school. Some of Richard’s earlier books include Breakthrough in Beginning Reading and Writing and The Science of Spelling. Richard has degrees from the University of North Carolina Chapel-Hill and the University of Virginia.

8 a.m. – Registration, Refreshments, Market Place
8:45 a.m. – Welcome /Opening Remarks
PIAC Co-Chairs
Donna Quan, Director of Education, TDSB
9:15 a.m. – Keynote Speaker
10:30 a.m. – Workshop #1
11:30 a.m. – Workshop #2
12:30 p.m. – Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. – Workshop #3
2:15 p.m. – Workshop #4
3:15 p.m. – Closing Remarks and Giveaways


  • Building Skills in Reading and Writing (Elementary)
  • Family Storytelling
  • French…helping your child succeed!
  • Help…I Have a Teenager
  • Human Rights
  • Mental Health and Well-Being (Middle/High School)
  • Newcomer Supports and Services
  • Postsecondary Planning
  • Running an Effective School Council
  • Secondary Pathways
  • Social Media: Navigating the 24/7 World
  • Understanding and Overcoming Dyslexia
  • What about Math

Bussing, child-minding and interpretation will be available through registration ONLY! For more information, please contact 416-397-3529.

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