DREAM BIG - The School Council Event

Workshops, Vendor Fair, Networking

The "DREAM BIG" School Council Event will start in

Bill Crothers
Secondary School

44 Main St. Unionville/ Markham, Ontario

April 22, 2017

Registration begins at 8:30 am

8 Speakers

See speakers list below

250 Seats

Venue info

About the Event

Parents Engaged in Education believe in the motto of Walt Disney "If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It".

In 2017 PEIE want to inspire parents and school councils to dream big for their child and their school. It is easy to forget how important it is to set high goals for our children to give them something to work towards. Research shows that when we do this our children will work hard to achieve these goals.

This is the second in a series of events designed to provide resources and skill building opportunities to parent leaders in school councils across Ontario.

This event will feature a number of workshops of interest to all parents. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to visit vendors who provide services to schools and network to share experiences and ideas.


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Asked questions

Is there a cost to attend?

No, this event is free of charge in recognition of the valuable role parents play in schools across the province.

Will there be refreshments?

Yes, there will be light refreshments served.

Is the event open to all parents?

Yes, this event is open to all parents and interested educators.

Will there be child care onsite?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide child minding for this event.


Recruiting, Retaining and Succession Planning for School Councils.

Theresa Pastore

Theresa Pastore

Founder and Executive Director
Parents Engaged in Education

Learn strategies to attract parents to participate in your school council as well how to make the council experience one that keeps parents participating and returning year after year. In addition, we will discuss planning for when those "key" parents are moving on and how to keep the council vibrant with successful succession planning.

Getting the most out reading with your child. Elementary and Secondary Tips.

Maria Martella

Maria Martella


Maria Martella will discuss The Forest of Reading program, how parents can find the right book to meet their child's needs, and how this program works in your school. Maria will present some of the best picture books, easy reads, fiction, graphic novels and non-fiction, for all grades. Come hear how you can help your child find the joy in reading for pleasure. It's all about finding the right book!

Fundraising ideas at a Bargain & tips to brand your school at wholesale prices.

Jody Steinhauer

Jody Steinhauer

Chief Bargain Officer
Bargains Group

My personal pet peeve is students selling items that we don't need, don't want and at ridiculous above retail prices. Let me give you some tips to fundraise for your school with practical effective fundraising concepts. As an added bonus-I can also share winning ideas on how to brand your school at bargain prices while fundraising at the same time. Who doesn't love a bargain?

Join the founder of the Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program to hear some tips on preventing bullying

Jason Colero

Jason Colero

Education & Community Programs
Toronto Argonauts Football Club

The Toronto Argonauts Football Club has presented the Huddle Up Bullying Prevention program to over 600,000 students since it's inception 16 years ago. It's worked with experts involved with PrevNet, The Canadian Safe School Network and the Canadian Red Cross to develop a unique multi-component program that combines student empowerment and powerful testimony to garner successful qualitative results from students across the GTA. Founder Huddle Up Program and Director of Education and Community Programs for the Toronto Argonauts, Jason Colero will share some helpful tips on bullying as well as the approach and success stories of the Huddle Up program.

Social Media strategies for teachers and parents

Ontario College of Teachers

Ontario College of Teachers

Engaging in online dialogue can be a bit like strolling through a minefield. A wrong step can be fatal. This workshop unveils the College's advice to teachers across the province about their use - and, very often, the unintended misuse - of electronic communication and social media. Discussion will centre on what teachers should do to ensure that they maintain their sense of professionalism and the professional boundaries between them and their students.

Able to take complaints about school boards since September 2015

Ontario Ombudsman's Office

Chris McCague &
Tom Barber

Ontario Ombudsman's Office

The Ombudsman has had oversight of school boards for almost two full school years now. This session will review the Ombudsman's role and function with regard to school boards, the main topics of cases his office has handled across the province, and an update on the Ombudsman's first systemic investigation involving school boards.

EQAO: The Power of Good Information



This session give an overview of EQAO's mandate and how the assessments are created, administered and scored. In addition, parents learn how they can work with the school to support their child's success before, during and after the assessment process. EQAO's web-site and resources for parents will be shared.

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic...and Coding


Gillian Madeley

Teacher-Librarian, Literacy Coach & Technology Lead Teacher
Mazo de la Roche Public School
York Region District School Board
Apple Distinguished Educator

Most adults have never studied computer programming, yet many high-powered CEOs are becoming increasingly vocal about the importance of introducing children to the wonders of coding and computer programming. To quote Barack Obama: "Don't just play with your phone, program it!"

Programming is a fantastic way to promote the development of (meta)cognitive thinking strategies in young children. Learning to code allows them to focus on logical organization, abstraction, optimization, team problem solving and creativity. These strategies are transferable not only to mathematics, science and technology, but also to language.

This workshop aims to introduce coding as a new literacy and 21st century competency, while providing parents with various opportunities to familiarize themselves with current, entry-level programing options.


8:30 - 9:00: Registration
9:00 - 9:15: Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:00: Workshop #1
10:00 - 10:30: Vendors
10:30 - 11:00: Networking Room and Vendors
11:00 - 11:45: Workshop #2
11:45 - 1:00: Box lunch, silent auction, vendors, networking room
1:00 - 1:45: Workshop #3
1:45 - 2:15: Vendors
2:15: End of silent auction
2:30: Adjournment