Saturday, November 17, 2018
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre
2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2

Time Table:

Start End Item
08:45 09:25 Registration / Coffee and Muffins
09:30 09:40 Welcome and Housekeeping
09:45 11:05 Session A: Fixed Topics
11:15 12:35 Session B: Fixed Topics
12:40 13:50 Lunch and Networking.
13:55 15:15 Session C: Fixed Topics

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Session Topics:

November 17, 2018

Understanding Sexual Violence & Its Implications for Our Kids (B)

11:10  -  12:30
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

Is sexual harassment a problem in our schools? How do we understand sexual violence?  How can we discuss this sensitive topic with our kids? What can we do to better protect them? With heightened public awareness on the topic of sexual violence and the introduction of Sexuality Education in our schools, adults may need to reflect …

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Empowering parents with an understanding of anxiety and stress to nurture resilient children (B)

11:10  -  12:30
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

As parents and caregivers, we tend to view the world of children as happy and carefree.  After all, kids don’t have jobs to keep or bills to pay, so what could they possibly have to worry about?  The answer often is:  Plenty! Even very young children have worries and feel stress to some degree.  This …

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Cultivating Love Between You and Your Child (B)

11:10  -  12:30
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

This workshop will present concrete strategies on how to bring parents closer to their children (young children and adolescents). We’ll look at what authoritative parenting looks like and bring in some natural and logical discipline examples. We’ll also present some creative communication techniques, as well as get a group discussion going on how parents talk …

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Presentation on the MEES Sexuality Education Program

11:10  -  12:30
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

Sexuality Education is now mandatory in all schools across the province. At the EMSB, we believe it’s important to keep our parents mindful of what goes on in our schools.  In this session, parents will have the opportunity to learn about the program and what their children will be taught, ask questions, and understand the …

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School Entry Preparation for Special Needs Students at the EMSB

11:10  -  12:30
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

This workshop will discuss what special needs programs, classes and resources are available at the EMSB and will explain how to navigate them. We will also talk about what to expect in these programs, including for kindergarten.

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Fine Motor Skills: Developing Little Hands for Classroom Activities

11:10  -  12:30
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

This workshop will look at the role of occupational therapists (OT) at the elementary level and provide information on the developmental milestones of fine motor skills (e.g. pencil grasp, handwriting, drawing, cutting, etc.). We will discuss the common fine motor challenges that elementary students can face which may impact participation in daily classroom activities. We …

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Field Trips to the Future: How Standing on the Shoulders of Quebec’s Giants will Strengthen our Students

11:10  -  12:30
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

Hidden behind the $300B closed doors of Quebec’s largest corporations rest the legacies of our leading visionaries, innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists. Imagine a world where our educators and their students benefit from this exposure, when no other part of North America does? Imagine how as a result they will develop passions for skills like coding, …

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Cultivating Love Between You and Your Child (C)

13:55  -  15:15
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

This workshop will present concrete strategies on how to bring parents closer to their children (young children and adolescents). We’ll look at what authoritative parenting looks like and bring in some natural and logical discipline examples. We’ll also present some creative communication techniques, as well as get a group discussion going on how parents talk …

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Field Trips to the Future: How Standing on the Shoulders of Quebec’s Giants will Strengthen our Students

13:55  -  15:35
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

Hidden behind the $300B closed doors of Quebec’s largest corporations rest the legacies of our leading visionaries, innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists. Imagine a world where our educators and their students benefit from this exposure, when no other part of North America does? Imagine how as a result they will develop passions for skills like coding, …

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Helping your Child Deal with Bullying: Encouraging them to #CutTheBull

13:55  -  15:35
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

Bullying affects 75% of Canadians (Prevnet). Children & teens can rotate between being the one being bullied, the one bullying and the one watching it all happen. Regardless of what role your child plays parents must be involved to prevent and stop bullying. This workshop, given as part of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada’s …

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Cannabis 101

13:55  -  15:35
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

What parents should know about cannabis. Now that cannabis is legal, this workshop will explain the difference between the current federal, provincial and municipal laws. We will also talk about the harmful effects cannabis has on the teenage brain. Finally, we will give parents tips on how to talk to their children about cannabis and …

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What is Spirituality? How a spiritual approach can improve life at school and at home

13:55  -  15:35
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

This presentation will explain what spirituality is, explore the common religious approaches to spirituality, and examine how you can go about developing your spiritual life through meditation, gratitude and charity. As well, it will examine the proven benefits of adopting a spiritual approach.

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How to Motivate Teens: Advice For Those At-Risk and for Those Already Excelling

13:55  -  15:35
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

This workshop will explore the reasons for de-motivation in teens and how to help them fulfill their potential while leading balanced lives. An added bonus: Advice applicable to parents as well!

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Parents Have Power

13:55  -  15:15
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

This workshop will discuss the role parents have with respect to governance within Quebec’s educational system. We will look at the changes to the Education Act due to Law 105 and we’ll also talk about the logistics of getting a bill passed in National Assembly.

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Developing students’ identity within their school through art

13:55  -  15:15
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

Some students have issues finding their identity, especially developing their identity within their school. This workshop will discuss successful programs currently underway within some EMSB schools as well as within other organizations (such as the YMCA) that use visual arts, music and dance based on youth culture and infuse them into schooling in order to …

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Online Help for Elementary School Students: LTK (Learning Toolkit)

13:55  -  15:15
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

With today’s constantly adapting classroom climates, students have more possibilities than ever before to further their learning, online. From Concordia University’s Centre for Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP) comes the Learning Toolkit (LTK). Backed by years of evidence-based research, LTK is an online, interactive program that addresses students’ needs in literacy, numeracy as well …

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Empowering parents with an understanding of anxiety and stress to nurture resilient children (A)

9:45  -  11:05
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

As parents and caregivers, we tend to view the world of children as happy and carefree.  After all, kids don’t have jobs to keep or bills to pay, so what could they possibly have to worry about?  The answer often is:  Plenty! Even very young children have worries and feel stress to some degree.  This …

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I want to Help – LEARN’s Online Tutoring – Homework Help and Study Support, in the Comfort of Your Own Home

9:45  -  11:05
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

Homework can be a challenge in the evenings, and students find it hard too! LEARN offers evening online tutoring and homework help at no charge. Our tutors are experienced, qualified Quebec teachers who work one-on-one with students through our engaging and interactive secure online platform. We provide students in the elementary and secondary sector support …

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Transitions – Building Your Future with AEVS (Adult And Vocational Education Centres)

9:45  -  11:05
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

Discover the wealth of opportunities there are via vocational education for your children. There are numerous career paths accessible through the EMSB’s vocational centres – often rather lucrative ones – that offer many students the path to success they always wanted. This workshop will explore the different options and services the EMSB’s vocational education department (AEVS) …

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Parental rights issues

9:45  -  11:05

Children spend most of their day at school. As such, parents and educators need to collaborate on a daily basis. This workshop will answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the exercise of parental authority and the right to access information in a school context.

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Presentation on the MEES Sexuality Education Program

9:45  -  11:05
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

Sexuality Education is now mandatory in all schools across the province. At the EMSB, we believe it’s important to keep our parents mindful of what goes on in our schools.  In this session, parents will have the opportunity to learn about the program and what their children will be taught, ask questions, and understand the …

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How to Make Literacy Fun at Home for Pre-K to Grade 2

9:45  -  11:05
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

This workshop will focus on a brief background about early reading skills and fun activities to promote these skills.  Activities will focus on 1) Preliteracy skills (rhyming, breaking up words into sounds, putting sounds together) and 2) literacy skills that are learned in Grade 1 and 2 (letter-sound correspondence, beginner reading skills, and the importance …

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Assistive Technology to Support Reading and Writing (for parents of students in elementary cycle 2, 3 and high school)

9:45  -  11:05
St. Laurent Adult Education Centre (2405 Place Lafortune O, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1C2)

This session will discuss digital tools that are available both in school and at home that can support your child (both elementary and high school-aged) with reading and writing. Tools such as these are referred to as assistive technologies (AT) and are designed to increase accessibility and break down barriers for students with learning disabilities. …

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