Parent-teacher relationships and more education news

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Parent - teacher relationships. How can we make them work better?

We know a good parent-teacher relationship is one of the keys to a child’s success in school.  But what can be done to ensure that parents and teachers start out on the right foot, keep lines of communication open, and make the most of their relationship for the sake of the students?

These questions will be answered at the People for Education conference on November 2nd at the University of Toronto.

Join hundreds of other parents, trustees, educators, academics and community representatives from across Ontario and Canada for a day of networking, workshops and great speakers.

Just click here to register.

Thoughts about technology/ opinions about full-day kindergarten?

  • Do you think there’s too much – or too little – focus on technology in schools?
  • Are you looking for help and ideas to improve your school council?
  • Do you have some tips for parents navigating special education?

You can talk about all these things and more in People for Education’s online community.  It's a place where you can express your opinions, join discussions, and seek advice from other community members.

It's easy to join. Just click here.

Help! We've Got Homework

As the school year gets into full swing, homework issues may be starting to pop up in homes across Ontario. Students will struggle with homework on occasion, but before engaging in a homework battle with your child, arm yourself with a few facts!  We did the research, and helping your child with their homework is NOT the most important way you can help them succeed at school. Our homework tip sheet answers questions such as:

  • What is the purpose of homework?
  • Where and when should students do homework?
  • What if a student is struggling with homework?

Download the tip sheet

Earlier this week, CBC's Metro Morning aired a story about homework, including an excellent interview with secondary school principal, Naeem Siddiq.  He worried that there is "too much teaching at home and too much parenting at school," and offered some great suggestions as to what parents should focus on.

Listen to the CBC Interview.

Still have questions? Just call our Parent Support Phone Line at
1-888-534-3944, or post your question online.

Breakfast helps kids do better at school

Students who eat breakfast are less likely to be suspended, have higher reading and science scores, better credit accumulation, and skip school less.

Those were the results of a study of 4,050 students who took part in a breakfast program in Toronto, where they were provided with breakfast at 10 every morning. The study also found that participating students were more likely to rate their health as excellent or good, and they said their health had improved since the year before.

And now, there’s good news! The province has increased its funding for breakfast programs across the province. Even with the $3 million increase, the province still only provides between 10% and 60% of the cost of food programs for schools. But the new funding may help some programs secure more funding from the private sector, and help ensure other programs can continue.

To read the study about the Toronto
food program, click here.
To read the Ministry announcement, click here.­

Walk the Walk! To School.

"When I was young, I had to walk 5 kilometres to school. Uphill both ways!"

Yeah, yeah, we've heard it before, but whatever happened to walking (or biking, roller-blading, skateboarding) to school? Since 1985, the proportion of Canadian children walking to school has fallen by 50% to just 1 in 3, in spite of the fact that many live within walking distance of their schools.

Metrolinx, in partnership with municipalities, school boards and NGOs across the province (including P4E), is working to increase the number of students walking/biking to school, and school councils can help!  Check out the research, resources and tips to get students and parents moving on Metrolinx's School Travel Resources page.

Join the discussion about active school travel.

New Website Helps Parents Looking for Quality Childcare

Navigating Canada's childcare system can be a challenge for parents. The launch of a new website will make this job a lot easier.

The website and videos were developed by the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) as part of the Parent Quality Information project. It provides resources for Canadian parents in understanding and accessing high-quality child care.

If you are looking for childcare, this website is a great place to start.

Visit the Finding Quality Childcare site.

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October 17 & 18 - Toronto

The Ophea Healthy Schools Conference. Learn ways to support healthy active living in children and youth.

Read more.


October 19 - Peterborough

Kawartha Pine-Ridge DSB's Annual Parent Conference. This year's theme is Mental Health 101, with keynote speaker Dr. David Templeton.

Read more.

October 19 - Toronto

Newcomer conference for parents and students, presented by the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

Read more.

October 19 - Hamilton

The Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations invites members to a one-day leadership conference. 

Read more.

October 19 - Burlington

Join the Halton DSB’s Parent Involvement Committee for their 6th annual conference, with Michael Reist.

Read more.

October 19 - Toronto

Join the Toronto school board's PIAC and SEAC at their first Special Education conference for parents.

Read more.


October 21 - Thunder Bay

The Lakehead  Parent Involvement Committee presents "Beating the Odds for Kids and Families” with speaker Leslie Andrew.

Read more.

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