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Our dynamic and engaging speakers can address a wide variety of school-related topics, and sessions can be tailored to meet the needs of your group.

Book a speaker for your next event!

Our speakers can travel to your location or join you online in a webinar. Speaker fees include preparation and presentation time and materials for participants. For more information, please contact Laurie Matheson at [email protected].

Presentations Available from People for Education:

Welcome to School!

This presentation is designed for parents whose children are starting kindergarten, providing parents with an overview of Ontario’s education system and who is responsible for what.  The session will focus on practical things that parents can do to help their children succeed in school.

Parent Involvement in Education

Most parents know that they need to be involved in their children’s education, but they are not sure what it means to be ‘involved’.  Do they have to be a member of the school council? Do they have to be a math whiz to help with homework? Do they have to be ‘volunteer of the year’?

This presentation provides an overview of the research on parent involvement, and what actually makes a difference in terms of student success:

  • Having High Expectations
  • Talking About School
  • Helping students develop a positive attitude toward learning and good work habits
  • Reading together

The session will explore each of these areas and provide practical tips that parents can use to support their children.

Measuring What Matters

Our education system’s current emphasis on measuring performance in the 3 R’s—reading, writing and arithmetic—while important, has created a narrow focus that is disconnected from the broader skills and competencies needed for success in school and in life.  This session will provide an overview of People for Education’s Measuring What Matters (MWM) project, which centers on defining broader areas of student success and the learning conditions that support these areas. The broad areas being explored are: creativity, citizenship, health, social-emotional learning, and quality learning environments. This session will also look at the role schools can play in the development of broad skills students will need to live happy, healthy, economically secure, civically engaged lives.

Indigenous Education for All Students

The vast majority of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students attend provincially funded schools. Our public education system has a critical role to play in ensuring that indigenous students receive a culturally responsive education, and that all students have an opportunity to learn about their vibrant cultures and histories. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission recognized the critical role education plays in the reconciliation process, and made many recommendations related to provincially funded education. This session will look at what can be done to support indigenous students and ensure that all students are learning about this important part of our history and our future.

Public Education in Ontario

This session is designed to help parents understand Ontario’s public education system, and who they can turn to for information and support. Find out how education funding works and learn about the roles of the Ministry of Education, the Ontario College of Teachers, the Education Quality and Accountability Office, local school boards, and school staff.

Healthy Schools, Healthy Students

Student health is a growing concern for parents and schools.  Learn more about Ontario’s healthy school policies, why schools are a great place to focus on health, and what parents can do at home and at school to ensure their kids develop a positive approach to healthy eating and physical activity.