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Sunday, November 2 2:30 – 3:30 pm (Please indicate your first and second choice on your registration form) Note: $$ means that the presenter is promoting a product that can be purchased A – 1 Using the Internet to Build Skills, Transition and Engage Students Dan deSousa, Student Success Teacher; Teresa Cooney, Guidance Counsellor, York Catholic District School Board The YCDSB has used Internet to engage students in a new way. The Reading Ahead ―Get Skilled‖ Program uses a virtual environment, non-fiction articles, forum discussion, vocabulary building activities and students‘ fascination with social networking to allow them to meet their peers before entering a new high school. We will also be using this virtual environment to prepare students with weaker literacy skills for the OSSLT. Elementary and Secondary School A – 2 Leveraging Social Capital for Student Success: A Student Success Project John-Paul Hatala,President, Flowork International; Bruce Montgomery, Guidance Counsellor, Iroquois Ridge High School, Halton District School Board This session will review the results of a ―Student Success‖ project conducted at Iroquois Ridge High School in Oakville, Ontario on social capital. The focus of the project was to determine whether delivering a social capital development intervention through the mandatory ‗Careers‘ course could alter grade 10 students‘ perception on the utility of social networking. The intervention involved the process of systematically exploring the student‘s social network for resources that could support academic goal attainment and encourage students to get to know who is in their network and how those individuals could potentially help. The process involved four steps: (1) assessing student network accessibility, (2) creating academic and career goals, (3) linking network members to goals, and (4) Mobilizing network resources around goals. To measure change in perception, the Network Accessibility Scale was utilized. Data was collected prior to the intervention, after the intervention and two months later to determine if change of perception was stable over time. Results indicate that creating an awareness of social capital for student success is fundamental to engaging a community of learners. This workshop will present the results from the study, implications for research and practice, and provide an overview of the intervention. Secondary School and General A – 3 A Positive Approach to Engaging Aboriginal Youth David Jones, Facilitator, Turtle Concepts This workshop will focus on the four areas: emotional, social, physical and spiritual, and do so in an enlightening approach. Participants will be introduced to the idea of having a right to feel good about themselves. They will be encouraged to look within themselves for some of the answers to their troubles and they will be challenged to change it up. General

A – 4 Learn Smart: Strategies to Succeed in School and Life GLE/S 1 & 2 Laura Leesti, Curriculum Consultant, York Region District School Board This hands on workshop will introduce participants to a number of engaging activities and strategies that can be used in the Grade 9 and 10 Learning Strategies courses (GLE/S1&2). Activities and strategies will focus on engaging reluctant learners and moving them toward success in the areas of literacy, numeracy and social and emotional learning. Activities are focused on helping students to meet the curriculum expectations, prepare for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy test and become generally more successful in secondary school. Techniques such as differentiated instruction, instructional intelligence, effective group work, and assessment and evaluation will be explored. Participants will have the opportunity to be actively involved in preparing to use these techniques in their own classrooms. All attendees will receive a copy of Learn Smart: Strategies to Succeed in School and Life, an Emond Montgomery resource. Secondary School A – 5 Supporting the Home Team: Techniques for Working with Parents Dr. Maggie Mamen, Keynote Speaker, OSCA 2008 Conference Adolescents do not exist in a vacuum, much as they sometimes wish they did, yet working with families is outside the mandate of most school counsellors. This workshop offers some ways to engage parents in helping their children without embarking on family therapy. General A – 6 Education Portal-On-Line Resource Joe Mei, President, MEI International MEI has developed an online curriculum program which will allow teachers to update and improve programs from remote locations. It allows them to maintain resources for future use and offers online editing and crafting of lessons. This program also provides remote access to resources and involves parents in student‘s education. Online editing, evaluating and communication to students is a valuable asset. Guidance counsellors will also have the opportunity to access individual student‘s work and evaluate performance and progress. Elementary, Middle School, Secondary School

A – 7 Adventure Based Experiential Learning/Counselling Nic Mills, C.L. Student Services, Central Etobicoke High School, TDSB Adventure based Experiential Learning / counselling, makes use of ―adventure based activities‖ to jump start discussions with students about personal and interpersonal issues, social issues and skills, life skills etc… Adventure Based Experiential Learning and counselling, engages students in the learning though the use of hands on physically active, group dynamics activities, initiative tasks, lateral problem solving, Depending on resources outdoor adventure activities (hiking biking canoeing camping etc…) should be included to enhance student engagement and group cohesiveness. This work shop will provide a brief theoretical back ground for Adventure Based Experiential Learning and Counselling, and debriefing the activity / facilitating the post activity group discussion. Participants will be actively engaged in a variety of activities that can lead to discussions around the issues facing our students. Activity descriptions and power point presentation will be available Elementary, Middle School, Secondary School A – 8 Les succes du Programme a double reconnaissance de credit Chantal Morasse, Experte-conseil, secteur Initiatives stratégiques, La Cité collégiale Venez en apprendre davantage sur le succès de la mise en œuvre du programme à Double reconnaissance de crédit offert à La Cité collégiale. Depuis deux ans, une variété de cours issus des programmes d‘études en administration, hôtellerie, esthétique, design, informatique, foresterie, génie civil, sécurité et santé enrichissent le curriculum des élèves de la 12 e année des trois conseils scolaires de l‘Est. De plus, la réussite des programmes de formation professionnelle (Niveau 1) vous seront présentés et les pratiques exemplaires de ces deux initiatives vous seront partagées. Secondary School, Francophone

A – 9 Apprécier les différences en utilisant l'outil * Dimensions de la personnalité * Nathalie Néron, Facilitatrice des dossiers; Ginette Beaudry, Conseillère Pédagogique FARE Provincial-Dossier Orientation; Janie Larose, Conseillère en orientation-7e,8e CECLFCE Nos élèves de 8e année sont dans une année de Transition : Fini le primaire! Allô! Secondaire! Cet atelier, se veut un outil pour les orienteur(e)s de 8 e année. Nous vous ferons découvrir un véhicule que l‘orienteur(e) peut utiliser pour conscientiser les enseignant(e)s et les élèves à leurs forces et à leurs valeurs. L‘orienteur(e) pourra travailler plus efficacement avec les élèves afin d‘aider ceux-ci à gagner une plus grande confiance en eux, et les amener à maximiser leurs préférences dans une variété d‘expériences scolaires. L‘habileté de travailler en équipe, de façon automne, est plus importante que jamais dans la préparation des élèves dans leur projet de vie. Francophone

A – 10 Student Success-Learning to 18 Interactive Presentation for Gr 10 Students Kelly Stromme, Guidance Teacher/SS Team Member; Mark Kolenc, Teacher, Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, Grand Erie District School Board An interactive presentation for all grade 10 students just after midterm reports presented by School Student Success Team. The students are shown how much course selection choice is available in Gr.11 and 12, Learning 18 information, statistics about attendance and success and strategies to get help when necessary. There is also a video that shows all the great opportunities available in Gr. 11 (done by a co-op student). The interactive part of the presentation uses the CPS Data Entry (clicker) technology. Secondary School A – 11 Guidance Curriculum Powered by "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" Gordon Tenhage, Eastern Sales Manager, Premier School Agendas; Joel Hilchey, Presenter; John Vanlperen, Presenter Are you listening? Are you stopping to think before making decisions? Why can‘t you just stop making excuses and blaming others and start taking control of your life? Don‘t these things sound familiar? Join us as we explore the re-culturing of our schools using the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey. This step-by-step guide to help teens improve their self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals and get along with their parents is an indispensable book for young people. This interactive session will give you an energized overview of the 7 Habits and will highlight programs that help students use simple tools to set themselves up for success, achieve extraordinary results, and understand their individual power to choose. Joel is the Eastern Canada presenter for Premier, and his humour, delivery, and character add a unique flair to the dynamic presentation that engages teachers as much as students. You‘ll take away ideas and activities that are memorable, empowering, and easily translated into real life applications. Direct application will be made to Ontario‘s Student Success Programs, Character Development for Positive Behaviour, High School Transition Programs and Bullying Prevention. Let‘s empower and engage students for success! Middle School and Secondary School

A – 12 Youth and Gambling: What are the Risks? Colleen Tessier, Senior Project Coordinator, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Gary Hoskins, Trainer/Therapist; Dr. Bruce Ballon, Psychiatrist Youth gambling is an important, although often overlooked adolescent health issue. Easy access to gambling, its wide acceptance as a way to have fun, the perception that it is a quick way to a good life and the element of risk also makes gambling attractive to teens. The social, educational and emotional consequences, however, are serious. Gambling in teens is correlated with poor academic and vocational performance, mental health problems, problems with alcohol or other drugs and high-risk behaviours. It is estimated that approximately 4.5 % of Ontario students are experiencing moderate to severe problems related to gambling. In addition, another 4% are also at risk for developing future problems related to gambling. During this presentation, participants will learn about problem gambling and its impact on youth, as well as how to how to identify and support students with gambling problems. Resources, including youth specific programs, curriculum materials and creative ways to involve the school community will be discussed. Middle School, Secondary School A – 13 VISIT EXHIBITORS



Sunday, November 2 4:30 – 5:30 pm (Please indicate your first and second choice on your registration form) Note: $$ means that the presenter is promoting a product that can be purchased B – 1 Live Safe! Work Smart! NEW resource for Elementary Teachers Tish Amico, Educational Consultant, Ministry of Labour Maximize your lessons and get the new FREE Live Safe! Work Smart! elementary resource. It will provide teachers with the foundational knowledge to deliver their health and safety lessons, as well as lessons based on literacy, numeracy and Choices into Action in an engaging and interactive way. This curriculum based resource has lessons, activities and lots of bright ideas to make your great lessons even better. Elementary School B – 2 La Relation Collaborative Entre la Direction et l'Orienteur Jacqueline Boulianne, Coordonnatrice provinciale – Formation du personnel cadre, Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques; Clovis Paquette, ÉDUcarrière Consultant « Engager notre communauté d‘apprenants » souligne l‘importance du travail d‘équipe pour appuyer la réussite des élèves. Cette équipe de concertation porte le nom d‘Équipe de la réussite. Quels sont les membres clés de cette équipe? Quel est leur rôle? De quelle manière peuvent-ils mieux travailler ensemble pour appuyer la réussite de tous les élèves? Les conseillères et les conseillers en orientation ont traditionnellement été considérés comme le bras droit de la direction. Dans ce mandat renouvelé, pourront-ils maintenir ce rôle charnière qui leur permettait de revendiquer des programmes et des services pour les élèves? Comment se manifestera alors la relation de collaboration entre la direction et l‘orienteur? Cet atelier suscitera la réflexion en remettant en question le rôle traditionnel des conseillères et des conseillers en orientation et proposera un rôle beaucoup plus contemporain. Il proposera l‘approche orientante, une approche novatrice, multidisciplinaire, intégrée, participative. Elle est soutenue par la recherche et favorise l‘actualisation du programme d‘orientation et de formation au cheminement de carrière qui représente une composante intégrale du programme de l‘école secondaire. Middle School, Secondary School, Francophone

B – 3 Find Your Shade of Green: Connecting the Environment with Careers Kevin Bray, Assistant Curriculum Leader, Student and Community Leadership, A.Y. Jackson Secondary School, TDSB Young people are socially conscious and often excited about environmental issues. Many schools promote environmental awareness through recycling teams and eco-clubs. Students in all pathways are missing opportunities to connect their passion for the Earth with postsecondary options and careers. Growth in the green sector is anticipated to exceed growth in all other fields. In this presentation, participants will learn about the breadth of careers in the green sector, how schools can connect their green initiatives with career planning and recent labour market trends in the green sector. Secondary School B – 4 WorkSmart: A New Textbook for Career Studies Jane Coughlan, Career Resource Development Teacher, TDSB – Career Centre West Joan Timmings, Head of Students Services, John Fraser SS, Anti-Bullying Collaborative Network. All who teach and support the Career Studies course would agree that the time has come for a new text book, with a new approach to this important, compulsory course, for several reasons:  The curriculum guidelines for the course have been revised  We have a better understanding of the students taking the course and how to help them succeed  We have a better understanding of who is teaching the course and their needs  We have continued to evolve in our teaching practice Come and learn about the goals and key features of WorkSmart, a new Career Studies text, by the Canadian publisher, Emond Montgomery. This new textbook was developed in consultation with Career Studies practitioners and was written by teachers, for teachers. Experience some of the activities from the text to understand how your students will develop critical thinking, investigation, and application skills as they grow in their career development. Discover creative and current approaches that emphasize the value of all four post-secondary pathways. Classroom-ready strategies, sample assignments and materials will be provided including a complimentary text to take back to your school. Concerns about teaching Career Studies will also be discussed. Secondary School B – 5 Vivre des Experiences Concretes, un Gage de Succes Lise Frenette, Experte-conseil, secteur Initiatives stratégiques, La Cité collégiale Aider les élèves de la 8e à la 12e année dans leur choix de carrière, faciliter leur transition au postsecondaire, permettre à ces derniers d'explorer de nouvelles avenues et de découvrir de nouveaux intérêts, tels étaient les objectifs qui ont guidé les trois conseils scolaires francophones de l'Est et La Cité collégiale dans l'organisation d'activités d'exploration uniques durant l’année scolaire 2007-2008. Cet atelier expliquera comment le Dîner pour les filles, la visite des élèves de 8 e année, les TIMS et le colloque sur l'approche orientante ont remporté un vif succès autant chez les élèves qu'auprès du personnel

scolaire au secondaire et au collégial. Les activités prévues durant l’année scolaire 2008-2009 seront également présentées. Middle School, Secondary School, Francophone B – 6 Engaging Grade 10's - 'GLD2O0' at Sandalwood Heights Secondary School Yvonne Howard, Head of Counselling, Coop and Careers; John Chasty, Principal; Michelle Covi-Haswell, Head Specialist High Skills Major, Sandalwood Heights Secondary School, Peel District School Board Studies show that Grade 10 is the year when students are least engaged in high school. Sandalwood Heights SS's vision and mission focuses on engaging students through experiential learning throughout their school career. All students in Grade 10 at Sandalwood take GLD2O0 ‗Discovering the Workplace‘ as a compulsory course. Come learn how Peel‘s newest high school is engaging all grade 10‘s by teaching GLD in place of Civics and Careers. The session will cover the development of the curriculum material, the experiential learning opportunities embedded in the course plus the benefits and challenges of teaching this course to all Grade 10 students. Discover how the course prepares students for the Specialist High Skills Majors as well as promoting all Pathways equally. Secondary School B – 7 Taking Our Kids to High School Day Lisa McGuckin, Student Success Resource Teacher; Julie Fantinato, Elementary Guidance, Gina Vincent, Elementary Guidance,TCDSB ―Take our Kids to High School‖ is a TCDSB initiative that fulfills the Ministry transition deliverables. Its greatest strength is a cross-panel connection between elementary and secondary schools. This workshop will provide an overview of how to implement a ―Take Our Kids to High School‖ day that provides grade 8 students with an authentic experiential day in high school. The workshop will provide resources for both secondary and elementary schools that will assist in planning and executing such a day. Participants will leave with a ―Take Our Kids to High School‖ event planner. Elementary School, Middle School, Secondary School B – 8 Transitioning from Can't to CAN Laiman Ng, Student Recruitment and Liaison Coordinator; Mark Colangelo, Counsellor; Lauris Kapetanov, Counsellor, St. Clair College Too many secondary students feel that they are not equipped to handle post-secondary school. They are not aware of the supports that are available to them in College. If our focus is the student, it is important for us to nurture them in the development of life skills that can be used in all aspects of their lives. Topics included in this workshop are: Modification vs. accommodation Supports that are available at the post-secondary level The importance of self-advocacy How adaptive technology is incorporated into learning Overcoming adjustment issues The importance of learning strategies How personal issues can affect learning The diversity of learners (educating faculty as well as students)

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B – 9 Asperger's Syndrome - How Teachers Can Help Mark Phemister, Guidance Counsellor, John Fraser Secondary School, Peel District School Board Students who have been diagnosed with Asperger‘s Syndrome, a neurological developmental disorder on the higher functioning end of the autism spectrum, seem to be more prevalent in today‘s inclusive classroom. The varied attributes and deficits (particularly in communication and social skills) that these students possess make their life in school extremely challenging. The goal of this presentation is to give teachers a brief glimpse into this life-long disorder. Flexible and compassionate teachers who understand the challenges of Asperger‘s can significantly assist these students by providing accommodations and by helping them learn and practice various coping strategies. Middle School, Secondary School B – 10 Teaching Mental Literacy and Tracking School Climate using on-line magazine Dr. Darcy Santor, Psychologist, Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO , is an interactive health literacy program designed for young people and teachers. The goal of the program is to provide young people with accurate health and mental health information in a variety of interactive formats (info sheets, how to sheets, Q&As, quizzes, magazine articles, etc.) and to improve health literacy and decision making in young people. The program was developed and is maintained by Dr. Santor at the Provincial Centre of Excellence at CHEO and by Dr. Alexa Bagnell, at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, with the contributions from experts across the country. The program is supported by a number of institutions and is provided to Ontario schools and community groups at no charge. In addition to providing young people with access to expert health information in a variety of formats, the program provides each school the capacity to assess both school climate and student health needs through anonymous on-line surveys. The surveys include indicators of health and mental health needs as well as academic outcomes, including levels of motivation for learning. Results are anonymous and specific to each school. When completed annually the survey can serve as a snap shot of student health needs and emerging trends. Middle School, Secondary School B – 11 Microsoft OUTLOOK as a Counsellor's Productivity Tool Marc Verhoeve, Executive Director, OSCA Counsellors function as a team professional within a school community. Counsellors are required to maintain contact/interview notes. As our accountability to our clients [students, parents, teachers, other stakeholders] increases, it is essential that we maintain accurate and accessible records as an educational professional working within this school community. This presenter will demonstrate the effective use of MS Outlook as a powerful desktop productivity tool. Applications for time/project/task and records management [as well as data-synching with other devices] will be shared. Secondary School, General

B – 12 Stories from Successful "At-Risk" Youth Una Wright, Executive Director, YouthSpeak + a panel of former at-risk youth This facilitator-lead interactive workshop will inspire the audience through personal stories shared by trained youth speakers. These former at-risk youth have overcome challenges with a range of issues such as drug and alcohol use, bullying, body image and other teen-related concerns. The youth speakers are very relatable as they speak from their heart with honesty and courage about learning to love and accept themselves and finding inner-strength on their journey of healing. These young people demonstrate their passion for making a difference in the community through their leadership skills and their renewed enthusiasm for life. The workshop includes two youth speakers, hand-outs, question and answer period and a PowerPoint presentation. Middle School, Secondary School B – 13 VISIT EXHIBITORS



Monday, November 3 11:15 am – 12:30 pm (Please indicate your first and second choice on your registration form) Note: $$ means that the presenter is promoting a product that can be purchased C – 1 Career Development Resources and Programming for Student Engagement and Transition Jan Basso, Director: Co-operative Education & Career Development; Katherine St. Louis, Coordinator: Career Information, Wiilfrid Laurier University Career development is an integral part of the transition from high school to post-secondary school/work. This session, hosted by the Career Development Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University, is designed to inform you about resources and programs that you can utilize in engaging your students in career development. A wealth of free career resources are accessible online and from various organizations - learn how to tap into these resources to facilitate your job as a career educator. This session includes a bibliography of print and online career resources (free or minimal cost) and ideas for program development that have been effective at Laurier and could be implemented in the secondary setting. There will be an opportunity for participants to share your ideas and experiences with your colleagues. Secondary School C – 2 La transition - Elementaire au Secondaire Guy Chénier, Responsable d’unité administrative en Orientation; Victor Lambert, Responsable du Programme PARÉ, École secondaire catholique Thériault Veux-tu assurer une transition plus harmonieuse des élèves de la 8 e année? Es-tu à la recherche d‘idées et/ou d‘activitées autant pour les élèves, leurs parents ainsi que pour le personnel enseignant des deux paliers? Inscris-toi à cet atelier afin de voir le plan de transition du Conseil scolaire catholique du district des Grandes Rivières. C‘est aussi l‘occasion idéale de venir réseauter, partager et discuter des pratiques réussies en province. Une trousse sera remise à chacun et à chacune des participants et participantes. Elementary School, Secondary School, Francophone C – 3 Easy Ways to Increase Classroom Engagement Deneena Davis, Student Engagement Facilitator, York Region District School Board If you think it will take them three times to master it, tell them that you expect it to take five times and then watch their engagement grow after they get it in three! That‘s right, creating engagement in the classroom is often about those easy techniques that are artfully woven directly into the fabric of the interactions between students and teachers. This workshop will therefore use realistic case scenarios to stimulate discussion and explore the myriad of ways that teachers can promote engagement by slick techniques that focus specifically on the following four areas: making learners feel smart, stimulating greater motivation, promoting

a strong sense of belonging, and developing a positive student/teacher relationship. All participants will receive a package of case scenarios and resources that are intended not only for their own use, but are designed to be effective for people who support others in the challenge of designing every classroom for student success. These techniques are relevant to the art of teaching at all grades and at all levels. We are going to have some fun, so see you there! Elementary, Middle, Secondary Schools, General and Student Success Teachers / System Leaders C – 4 Apprentissage electronique Ontario – les cours en ligne et l’accompagnement Daniel Doucet, Responsable du bureau de services Sudbury, AEO - SAMFO Apprentissage électronique Ontario offre à l‘intention des écoles de langues françaises de l‘Ontario une quarantaine de cours en ligne CMA avec de l‘accompagnement provincial. Notre modèle d‘accompagnement permet à vos élèves de suivre des cours qui ne sont pas offerts à votre école, de régler des conflits d‘horaire, de suivre un cours à son propre rythme à l‘intérieur d‘un semestre et de développer des habiletés transférables pour suivre des cours au postsecondaire ou en formation en cours d‘emploi. Des modèles d‘accompagnement dans les écoles d‘attaches des élèves seront également présentés pour permettre un meilleur encadrement qui engagera l‘élève à mieux réussir. Secondary School, Francophone C – 5 Counselling Sexual Minority Youth Joan Grundy, Guidance Counsellor & Teacher, St. Mary’s High School, Waterloo Catholic District School Board Many sexual minority youth do not feel safe in our schools. It is hard for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning students to be engaged as learners if they do not feel welcome, comfortable or safe. This workshop will provide pertinent background information, share practical strategies, and identify some ―Do‘s‖ and ―Don‘ts‖ when supporting sexual minority youth. Part of the workshop will focus on how to counsel and support sexual minority students in a Catholic high school context. Secondary School C – 6 "Play-Doh is for Kids!" and Other Silly Misconceptions Joel Hilchey, Trainer/Speaker/Facilitator Guidance counsellors are role models in the school community, and you play an essential role in breaking down barriers to create a community of positive interactions. Engaging students requires the perfect balance of insight and entertainment – applicability with creativity. We‘ll explore and experience some interactive (think laughter), hands-on (think play-doh!), definitely non-traditional (think physical) ways of connecting with students and each other. You‘ll come away with easy and low-cost ideas to break down barriers between even the most reserved and difficult students... and staff! Role modeling is about being simultaneously intriguing and accessible, and this workshop will help expand your idea of both! Middle School and Secondary School

C – 7 The Collaborative Approach to Supporting and Engaging Students Carl Kellum, Head of Special Education, Centre Wellington District High School, Upper Grand District School Board; co-presenter to be determined In the ever-changing Ontario education system promoting student success, it is critical that school and Board personnel work together in a team approach to provide the necessary supports for this success to occur. This workshop will be a practical guide as to how, Guidance, Special Education, Student Success personnel, Board Consultants, Psychologists, and School Administrators, come together at the school level on a monthly basis to solve academic difficulties and respond to social emotional issues with ―at risk‖ students. Innovative and creative programming has resulted from this process and will also be highlighted. Secondary School C – 8 Alternative Co-operative Experiential Program for Senior at-risk Students Maria Locicero; Garry Robitaille, Alternative/Co-operative Education Teachers, Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board The Alternative Co-operative Experiential Program (ACE) is designed to offer integrated curriculum combined with co-operative education experience for credit-deficient secondary school students. ACE is a one-year program for senior students who lack credits and are at risk of dropping out of school before receiving their secondary school diploma. There is an admission and selection process for program entry, as well as contractual attendance and academic expectations. Specific program procedures address congruence with mainstream education. Cooperative Education and integrated curriculum are essential elements. This presentation offers participants an insight into the program and its various components. Secondary School C – 9 CMA Ontario- Career Research Guide - Will I Like It? Matthew Martynuik, Coordinator of Secondary Schools; Marcia Cummingham, John Gregory, Certified Management Accountants of Ontario Will I like it … is an innovative career research tool designed for students, to meet the newest Careers curriculum. This workshop will demonstrate how careers teachers can utilize this free resource to guide students through a process of career discovery. A variety of assessment tools will be introduced so the student can produce their own personal profile starting with current interests, skills, accomplishments and characteristics. By the end of the exercise inclass, students will have explored career opportunities and employment trends; while anticipating change and transitions in their life. This is an excellent demonstration on how effective career research skills, utilizing the internet, can be taught to students. The CMA Ontario will I like it resource is designed to meet Ontario curriculum expectations from Guidance and Career Education. Secondary School

C – 10 Engaging High School Students in College Awareness Michelle Rao, Georgian College; Jacquie Latham, Vice-Principal, Simcoe County District School Board Five school boards and Georgian College have successfully partnered on many ventures to engage grades 7 to 12 students and their teachers with the college pathway. This workshop will demonstrate the results of that collaboration. Projects include innovative on-campus events for elementary classes, teacher professional development in college labs, a variety of communications tools, and a conference that engages secondary students with employers. The workshop will include a discussion of dual credit models undertaken by the partners at several locations. Middle School and Secondary School

C – 11 L'engagement orientant pour assurer le success de nos jeunes Sandra Salesas, Provincial Coordinator for the Guidance-Oriented Approach to Learning (GOAL), Ministère de l’éducation, du loisir et du sport (MELS) This presentation will provide participants with an overview of the Guidance-Oriented Approach to Learning (GOAL) as developed and implemented by the GOAL Network in Québec (Anglophone Sector). We will examine the GOAL-oriented culture in the schools as well as the production of Learning and Evaluation Situations (LES‘s) with a GOAL perspective. Finally, participants will be given a group assignment to explore ways in which GOAL is integrated into their curriculum and within their community. Francophone C – 12 LESSONS LEARNED: Authentic Learning Alternatives Based on Real Work Bill Trayling, Student Success Teacher, Simcoe County District School Board Focusing on an SCDSB pilot project, this presentation will engage participants to think: ―If school didn‘t exist, what would learning look like?‖ The Camp Max Project, planned and implemented by the Simcoe County DSB and the Simcoe Muskoka YMCA utilized a ―big picture‖ approach to engage 31 grade 9 and 10 students from 3 Orillia high schools. Through an 11 day experience over the March Break, students were engaged in real work as well as creatively planned learning opportunities based on student interest. Accountability was paramount as students faced their advisors, their peers and their parents in exhibitions where they explained how and what they learned to remediate failed courses. Back to school life: Camp Max students created Action Plans around attendance, office referrals and credits achieved in semester II. For some students, a GLS credit may be issued where learning skills have shown measurable growth. Although tremendously successful for some - the Camp Max experience taught us some valuable lessons around acute interventions that take students out of their school environments

in order to create success. This session will tell the story of our experience as a team dedicated to effective programming leading to competent high school graduates. Secondary School and General C – 13 VISIT EXHIBITORS MONDAY WORKSHOPS SESSION ―D‖

Monday, November 3 3:15 – 4:30 pm (Please indicate your first and second choice on your registration form) Note: $$ means that the presenter is promoting a product that can be purchased D – 1 BLITS - Building Leaders in Todays Students - A Leadership Conference Rita Antenore, Guidance Counsellor, Maple High School, York Region District School Board Introducing BLITS (Building Leadership In Today‘s Students), a leadership conference for youth designed and implemented by a team of staff and students from Maple HS in York Region. The aim of the one day conference is to engage students in a series of powerful, positive growth experiences that develop leadership skills and inspire them to make positive contributions to their school and community. Workshops on topics such as relationship building and leadership techniques are led by community partners and a specially trained group of student leaders. During the conference students think, talk, and write critically about themselves as leaders and address ways in which they could improve – and in turn inspire others. Students plan to develop numerous new initiatives and encourage others to become involved. This presentation will discuss the rational and logistics of running a leadership conference. Student leaders will describe the personal changes they have undergone as a result of being given the opportunity to act as leaders and affect change within their school. Attendees will leave with a set of tool needed to run a student leadership conference as well as the inspiration needed to develop their own personally meaningful student/school focused Character Matters projects. Secondary School

D – 2 Elementary Student Leadership as Transformative Student and School Culture Heidi Armstrong, Intermediate Teacher; Deneena Davis, Student Engagement Facilitator, York Region District School Board One of the keys to transforming student culture is to create engagement in positive leadership opportunities for intermediate students and position them as clear role models for younger students. Building strong leadership teams should be thought of as a multi-year journey, but it is an investment that pays back for years to come. This workshop will highlight the do‘s and don‘ts of establishing the kind of student leadership that will be transformative (as opposed to just dances and candygrams). The discussion will be based around a school‘s real journey as they developed their Be the Change Team as well as their Healthy Schools Healthy Kids Team and what projects those teams undertook to transform school culture. The emphasis will be on providing concrete ideas and resources to both inspire you and to help get you started, including messages and resources coming directly from elementary student leaders. Elementary School, Middle School and System Leaders

D – 3 Taking Charge: Engaging Young Women in a Dialogue about Alcohol and Sexual Assault Joanne Brown, Program Manager; Pat Sanagan, Taking Charge Coordinator, Parent Action on Drugs Sexual assault has been identified as a risk for girls who attend parties where alcohol is consumed. Often these girls are very reluctant to disclose this afterwards because of shame, guilt, or fear about parents finding out. In response to these issues a partnership of young women, sexual assault counsellors, alcohol educators and school health and guidance professionals came together for a project called Taking Charge, Young Women, Alcohol and Sexual Assault. Funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General, the Taking Charge Project met with over 150 girls, the professionals who work with them and a representative group of mothers to ask about effective support and prevention strategies. Participants at this workshop will receive the resulting ―Taking Charge Tool Kit‖ with activities and resources for all these target groups to increase the opportunities for dialogue on the issues. Secondary School Francophone (Resources available in French)

D – 4 Le role de la conseillere ou du conseiller en orientation dans l'engagement de l'eleve Nicole Davidson, Education officer (Agente d’éducation), Ministry of Education, FrenchLanguage Edu Policy and Program Branch Bilan annuel des initiatives du ministère de l’Éducation, automne 2008 : Le rôle de la conseillère ou du conseiller en orientation dans l’engagement de l’élève Nicole Davidson, agente d‘éducation de la Direction des politiques et des programmes d‘éducation en langue française du Ministère de l‘éducation, présentera la mise à jour des dossiers de l‘heure reliés à la stratégie Réussite des élèves/Apprentissage jusqu’à l’âge de 18 ans en établissant les liens avec le rôle de la conseillère ou du conseiller en orientation, plus précisément dans le contexte de la révision de ÉSO et Choix qui mènent à l’action. Cette présentation permettra d‘amorcer un dialogue sur des sujets se rapportant à l‘engagement de l‘élève et les initiatives qui appuient l‘exploration des destinations. Francophone D – 5 Outrider: A Transition Program for Student Success Involving Parents, Students and Teachers Cathy Greven, Canadian Distributor, Gateway Software An Outrider is the one who goes ahead of the group and prepares for a safe arrival. So, Outrider, the new web-based program prepares the way for the arrival of new students in your building far in advance of their physical arrival through your doors. Parents, students and Grade 8 teachers provide information that will assist the receiving school to create the most invitational and welcoming environment for each student. Outrider identifies at-risk, identified and accommodated students along with what has worked for each. It points out strengths, interests,

and accomplishments all in a customizable format. It must be seen and tried. communication tool for parents, students, teachers and support services.

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Middle School and Secondary School D – 6 Outiller les jeunes pour un choix eclaire pour leur futur Christiane Fontaine, Directrice générale, RIFSSSO Au cours de cette présentation, différents outils du programme Carrières en santé et en services sociaux offert par le Regroupement des intervenants francophones en santé et en services sociaux de l‘Ontario (RIFSSSO) seront présentés aux conseillers en orientation. Ces outils servent à informer les jeunes de la 4e à la 12e année sur les carrières possibles dans le domaine de la santé et des services sociaux ainsi que les programmes postsecondaires offerts en français. Une démonstration de l‘utilisation des outils pédagogiques (vidéo, fiches d‘information sur les carrières, guide d‘exploration de carrières, etc.) pour informer les jeunes de façon interactive sera faite. Les conseillers en orientation seront également invités à partager avec l‘animatrice leurs besoins et expérience à ce niveau. Les participants recevront également une copie de la trousse éducative pour la promotion des carrières. Middle School, Secondary School and Francophone D – 7 Taking the Colour off Behaviour David Jones, Facilitator, Turtle Concepts Everyone has seen the negative behaviours that so many of our people are displaying, from dropping out of school, vandalism, drinking, drugs, bullying, lack of motivation, etc. The list can go on. Turtle Concepts has been able to help sort out the issues of self-confidence and the right to feel good about oneself. Turtle Concepts will set the tone for individuals to change it up and make it work. General D – 8 E-Learning Courses: Another Option to Engage your students Sherry Mason, eLearning Coordinator, Avon Maitland District School Board; Lisa Bruce, Head of Student Services, Avon Maitland Distance Education Centre E-learning is a positive option for engaging many different students, ranging from high achievers to those who are unable to find success or to pursue their goals in the traditional classroom. Through many years of experience in online learning, we have discovered what it takes to engage online learners and to promote successful completion of their courses. Come hear about the Avon Maitland District School Board‘s eLearning program. We will be discussing the steps we take to promote student success and what we do to help students feel connected, engaged and welcome in their online classroom. Secondary School

D – 9 Improving the Career Development Experience for Students with Disabilities Tara Orchard, Career Consultant, Career Development Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University Students with disabilities sometimes fall through the cracks with career development initiatives. This session, hosted by the Career Development Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University, is designed to highlight relevant research findings regarding best practices when working with students with disabilities and offer insights into our approach to career development programming. This workshop will be focused on students heading to post-secondary and will be of interest to those looking to enhance and ensure accessibility of services for students with disabilities. Participants will be invited to share best practices with colleagues. Secondary School D – 10 Explore, Destination Clic. Accent, Odyssey Jeremy Putt, Administrative Officer, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) Explore is a five-week intensive language-learning course in French or English offered in the spring or summer. Participants in Explore receive a $2,000 bursary covering tuition fees for the course, instructional materials, meals, and accommodation. Explore offers courses adapted to all levels (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), as well as many activities allowing participants to meet with others from across the country who wish to improve their second language. Destination Clic: Destination Clic is designed for francophones living outside Quebec. A $2,000 bursary that covers French instruction, course materials, and room and board, as well as a travel allowance to pay for part of the cost of their trip is available for two age groups: 14- and 15-year-olds, who can take part in a three-week session and grade 11, 12 and postsecondary students, who are eligible to participate in one of four five-week sessions. Accent: Accent is a part-time work experience available to postsecondary students who, as a rule, study outside their home province or territory. Participants will lead classroom activities with elementary, secondary, or postsecondary Canadian students, eight hours per week, between September and April. Odyssey: Odyssey offers the opportunity to lead language activities in an elementary, secondary, or postsecondary classroom to support the teacher. From the beginning of September through May 31, participants work 25 hours a week helping young people who want to learn English or French. Secondary School, General and Francophone

D – 11 Being, Becoming, Belong: What Our Children Teach Us - The Sequel Gillian Stevens, Head of Student Success, Centre Wellington District High School, Upper Grand District School Board The key concepts expressed in the Grade 8-9 Transitions project of being, belonging and becoming emphasize the importance of student engagement as they transition to high school and provide a framework for this presentation. As we engage our students in meaningful learning, providing opportunities designed to motivate them to be critical thinkers, future decision makers, ethically and globally aware individuals we also gain from their authentic way of being in the world. We are all in the process of being, becoming and belonging and our students create awareness in us as we question our purpose, implement support for Bill 212 developing character and codes of conduct in our school communities and respond to those significant needs in our society at large. This engaging workshop will promote discussion and awareness that we are human beings learning from each other, as we become the change we wish to see in the world. Middle School, Secondary School and General D – 12

Wet Cement: A Look inside the Teenage Brain Brian Weishar, Curriculum Consultant, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

They‘re not children. They‘re not adults. Teenagers are caught in the middle, and their thinking and behaviour sometimes amazes us and sometimes puzzles us (and sometimes does both). Recent research on the adolescent brain may provide some new insights into the implications and possibilities of engaging adolescent learners. Middle School and Secondary School



Tuesday, November 4 9:00 – 10:15 am (Please indicate your first and second choice on your registration form) Note: $$ means that the presenter is promoting a product that can be purchased E – 1 Apprentissage electronique Ontario: des ressources en ligne motivantes des ressources motivantes qui respondent aux besoin divers des eleves Manon Bourgeois, Responsable de la banque de ressources éducatives de l’Ontario ; Daniel Doucet, Responsable du bureau de service, Apprentissage Electronique Ontario Venez visionner les nombreuses ressources et les outils en ligne disponibles pour nos élèves dans le cadre de la stratégie provinciale d‘Apprentissage Électronique Ontario. Vous seront présentés deux éléments-clés de la stratégie : -La Banque de ressources éducatives de l’Ontario (BRÉO) -- une immense bibliothèque de plus de 2000 ressources numériques destinées aux écoles de langue française de l‘Ontario. Ces ressources interactives et motivantes pour les élèves et les enseignantes et enseignants ont été conçues pour et par des pédagogues dans le but de répondre aux attentes du curriculum de l‘Ontario. Venez également visionner les fragments de cours en ligne, indexés selon les attentes des curriculum—ressources idéales pour le programme de récupération de crédits. -Le site Web Communauté d'@pprentissage Ontario --un site de collaboration et de perfectionnement professionnel en ligne. Il offre un nouveau cadre dynamique de collaboration destiné à la communauté enseignante de l'Ontario. Il permet entre autre de communiquer et de partager des points de vue entre collègues de toute la province sur l'apprentissage électronique. E – 2 E-Learning Ontario: Engaging Electronic Resources and Courses for your Students Rose Burton Spohn, e-Learning Ontario, Ministry of Education How is your school or board facing the challenges of credit recovery, timetable conflicts, absenteeism, suspensions, course cancellations, low enrolment, remediation, enrichment, and differentiated instruction? Want some help? There are over 10,000 K-12 free learning resources that teachers in your school could be using right now to engage learners: interactive activities, presentations, videos, worksheets, quizzes, electronic exercises, simulations, and full units are available for viewing or downloading. These resources are housed in the Ontario Educational Resource Bank (OERB), an easy-to-use, searchable databank that can be accessed from anywhere there is an Internet connection. There are also over 80 free, full e-learning courses that teachers in your board can deliver to their students through the province‘s learning management system (LMS). Are timetable gridlock or low course enrollments preventing you from offering students the programs they most want to take? Come discover how you can offer courses like MAT1L, GLC2O, NBV3E, EMS3O, MCR3U, SPH4C, FSF4U, and ICS4M in an engaging way.

Sound too good to be true? It‘s reality! Come see for yourself the terrific content and tools that e-Learning Ontario and the Ministry of Education have made available to all provincially-funded school boards. You‘ll be glad you did. Secondary School and General E – 3 ...By the Click of a Mouse…..Cyberbullied Constable Chris Christidis, Peel Regional Police Service This presentation will focus on what youth are doing today on digital media; i.e. cell phones, internet; the risks they face, how it affects them and what we can do about it. General E – 4 Student Success, School Improvement, Student Engagement and Guidance in Ontario Anthony Di Lena, an Education Officer and Manager with the Student Success/Learning to 18-Implementation, Training and Evaluation Branch at the Ministry of Education This annual report to OSCA members will provide the status of guidance and career education in Ontario. The presentation will include updates on current and new initiatives, and an opportunity to engage in a dialogue on guidance and career education issues facing students, counsellors, schools and boards around the province. General E – 5 The Real Game Version 2.0 (Digital Edition) – A Training Workshop Judy Ferguson, Real Game Series Trainer, National Life/Work Centre NOTE: IF YOU SELECT THIS SESSION, YOU MUS ALSO SELECT SESSION F-8 Participants who attend this workshop of 2 75- minute sessions will explore this most engaging and effective career resource for adolescent students. The NEW Real Game 2.0 (digitized) helps intermediate students learn and practise competencies, essential skills, character traits and discover the importance of education and life-long learning. The program is a safe and engaging journey of exploration through the adult world of life and work that connects kids to their community. Each student plays an adult character in one of a wide selection of 60 revised contemporary work roles They create business cards, purchase homes and cars, settle into neighbourhoods, budget money and time, juggle work, home and leisure responsibilities, plan business travel and vacations, deal with the unexpected at work and home, and much more. Many new online and interactive elements make this proven, popular program even more ―real‖ for students. During this training workshop, educators will experience a walk-through of the program, an on-line demonstration, ‗play‘ some of the activities, make connections to existing curriculum and discuss implementation issues. Elementary School, Middle School, Secondary School, General

E – 6 Integrating High Needs Students in Co-op etc Ruthanne Finnigan, Co-op Coordinator, School to Career Programs, Wellington Catholic District School Board; Debbi Kewin, Teacher; Natasha McAllister, Student, Bishop Macdonnell High School, Guelph There are an increased number of high needs students being placed into co-op and work experience courses, in an attempt to successfully engage students through a ―hands on‖ learning experience. Co-op and experiential learning allow students to use their strengths, which increases self-esteem through inclusion at the workplace. Employers are key to helping students understand and see a connection between a future career and the importance of success in a high school classroom. With the multitude of needs in a classroom, teachers will benefit from the successful strategies presented in this workshop to successfully integrate high needs, at risk, credit, and non-credit students into courses with experiential learning components. Accommodations (adaptive technology); matching student interests, needs and ability, with type of work; recruiting appropriate employers; record keeping for due diligence; monitoring for success; relevant assignments; adapting placements to barriers; the role of co-op office; and empowering students will be presented with the assistance of a co-op student who has cerebral palsy. Secondary School E – 7 Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School - Where Innovation and Tradition Meet Paul Freier, Department Head – Alternative Programs/Student Success Teacher; Robin Meehan, Department Head – Communications/Freedom Writers Teacher, Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, Peel District School Board Fletcher's Meadow is a school that has embraced innovative new ideas and opportunities for students. Programs include grade 9 mentoring, continuous intake co-op, credit resource centre, credit completion, blended e-learning and 9 Multi-credit Interdisciplinary packages geared towards students entering the work force and/or community college after high school. These package programs combine experiential learning opportunities and project based assessment for our students. The success of all our programs is the result of a school wide vision that includes targeting resources, creative timetabling and purposeful staffing, Please join us as we share our programs and journey with you! Secondary School E – 8 Picking and Sticking: Getting Students In and Keeping Them There Penny Hopkins, Vice-President, Jobmatics The menu for students attending high school and post secondary education/training programs includes more and more options for what students can learn and how they can learn. With all these choices available to them, and with so many people within the school and community willing to provide support, why are too many students still not ―picking and sticking‖? This workshop will explore three fundamental reasons why our best efforts are still not yielding the results we want, and suggest ways in which to increase student engagement. Middle School, Secondary School and General

E – 9 Engaging the Guidance Community Lise Leclair, Senior Marketing / Communications Officer; Sarah Irwin, Managing Director; Gerry Pigat, Head of Guidance/Principal, Independent Learning Centre For over 80 years, the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) has been providing an alternative source of public education to the province of Ontario. As the needs of learners have evolved so have the ILC tools and resources that are designed to teach, tutor and guide students towards success. In this workshop, Sarah Irwin, Managing Director and Gerry Pigat Head of Guidance / Principal for the ILC will equip the Guidance community with the knowledge and understanding of the Independent Learning Centre in its entirety. This session will cover everything from the ILC‘s distance education courses that are designed for learners in all pathways and are an excellent resource for both in-school and exit programs, to preparation for the EQAO as well as the ILC‘s the full suite of tools and services. With this knowledge, Guidance Counsellors will be able to engage learners and improve student success. Secondary School and General E – 10 CURSUS, une demarche structurante d'orientation pour les etudiants Yves Maurais, Conseiller d’orientation, auteur et formateur, Septembre éditeur et travailleur autonome CURSUS est une demarche d‘orientation connue et utilisée au Québec et au NouveauBrunswick. Elle propose d‘abord une classification simple et originale du monde du travail en cinq domaines et 22 familles. C‘est autour de cette classification que s‘articule une ensemble d‘activités qui suscitent une demarche active d‘orientation chez les jeunes et les adultes. La personne est amenée à reconnaître son profil personnel à travers des indices observables de sa vie puis à les comparer aux experiences de vie de travailleurs regroupés selon certaines caractéristiques communes. Cette demarche peut se faire sur une base individuelle ou collective. Venez découvrir comment CURSUS est devenue une plate-forme commune pour tous ceux et celles qui souhaitent intervenir dans la demarche d‘orientation des jeunes: conseillers d‘orientation, enseignants, parents, intervenants du monde du travail, etc. Elle convient pour réaliser different types d‘intervention et est accompagnée d‘outils structurants rassemblés dans une trousse: guide d‘auto-orientation CURSUS, guide d‘accompagnement, cd rom, jeu de cartes de professions, posters, cahiers d‘exercice. CURSUS propose également un ensemble d‘activités intégrées aux apprentissages realisés dans différentes disciplines scolaires. Elle sollicite également la participation de la communauté, de travailleurs et d‘entreprises régionales. C‘est un rendez-vous! Secondary School, Francophone

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Katimavik - Building a Nation, One Community at a Time Trina Parsons, Communication and Development Officer, Katimavik, Ontario

Katimavik is a nine month youth volunteer program for young people aged 17-21 who want to make a difference and try something new. Through this interactive workshop, Katimavik will demonstrate how we expand our participant‘s horizons through leadership, official languages, environment, cultural discover and healthy lifestyle workshops and activities. Information on the application process and participation in the program will also be discussed during the workshop. Secondary School and General E – 12

Advice from the Other Side Russell Turner, Professor / Program Coordinator – School of Business, Fleming College

The move from high school to a post secondary institution can be somewhat traumatic for students. Russell Turner (faculty at Fleming College and part time lecturer at Trent University) will share his views on how students can make the most of their college and university experience. This presentation will focus on what he feels are the keys to success and how students can excel in their new environment. The approach taken will be a top ten list of ―Things I Wish Students Knew‖ and the session will be full of anecdotal evidence and other compelling proof. Secondary School


Building Your Essential Skills using the NEW Ontario Skills Passport tools Chantal Locatelli, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Education; Marc Verhoeve, OSCA Executive Director

Join us for a live tour of the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP) website and participate in a hands-on activity and an interactive discussion on how you can use it with your learners. The OSP provides clear descriptions of the Essential Skills and work habits important for work, learning and life and offers tools and resources for use in a variety of educational and training contexts. You will discover how learners can use the OSP to:  learn about the Essential Skills and work habits and see how people use them in work, learning and life;  self-assess their Essential Skills and work habits and compare their results with occupation(s) of interest;  practice and build their Essential Skills through project activity sets;  demonstrate their skills and work habits in the workplace;  establish an action plan that supports them along their goal path;  transfer their Essential Skills and work habits to a job or further education and/or training; and  track and plan their skills development over time.



Tuesday, November 4 10:45am - 12:00 pm (Please indicate your first and second choice on your registration form) Note: $$ means that the presenter is promoting a product that can be purchased F – 1 Restorative Practice; Managing Conflict, Strengthening Relationships, Building Peaceful Communities Tracy Berry, Director; Joan Macklin, Director, Ontario Peer Helpers’ Association The aim of Restorative Practice is to manage conflict by repairing harm and strengthening relationships as a way of building a safe and peaceful community. It is changing the culture in our schools. The presentation by the Ontario Peer Helpers‘ Association will cover the principles, process and the use of Restorative Practice in Middle & Secondary Schools. It will examine how the practice relates to students & student leaders and how it is a lifelong process for solving conflict. The presentation is activity-based, which will allow participants to gain a knowledge of the process and use this to implement the practice. A wide range of resources will be presented, including the Ontario Peer Helpers‘ Associations two workshops for Grade 7-12. In addition are user friendly resources which are invaluable in implementing Restorative Practice in schools. Middle School and Secondary School F – 2 Connecting Educators and Parents Around Canadian Youths' Post-Secondary Decision-Making Needs Dr. David Boag, President, The EI Group Significant challenges confront us all in providing the information that is critical to postsecondary decision-making - information that comprises the right content, is in the right formats, is delivered with the right frequency, to the right individuals, at the right time, etc. is an initiative to build an online community of high school counsellors, post-secondary admissions staff, ministries of education and parents based on three pillars – informing, connecting and sharing. Free to high school counsellors, and with 2,800 member high school counsellors as of March 31, it is expected to grow to over 5,000 by January 1, 2009. This hands-on presentation will focus on the development of CS Counsellors' Network, its benefits to Ontario‘s high school counsellors and other stakeholders and its specific deliverables (one of which is the conduct of two annual national surveys, one of high school counsellors, the other of parents). The presentation will engage the audience in a dialogue concerning the audiences thoughts on the evolution of CS Counsellors‘ Network, how it can better provide an Ontario experience, and probe the audience as to issues that it would like to see examined by CS Counsellors‘ Network‘s annual surveys of high school counsellors and parents.

Middle School, Secondary School, Parents, University Registrars, Admissions Directors, Ministry of Education Staff, Parent Advisory Council Representatives

F – 3 Te reconnais-tu? La decouvertedes metiers par l'entremise du jeu Krista-Layne Brandon, conseillère pédagogique, CSD catholique Centre-Sud C‘est en jouant que l‘enfant développe les compétences nécessaires pour réussir dans la vie. La ressource « Te reconnais-tu? » permet aux élèves de 7e ou 8e années d‘explorer les métiers et de cibler leurs compétences essentielles par l‘entremise du jeu. Chaque participant ou participante sera sensibilisée à la ressource et en recevra un exemplaire. Venez jouer avec nous! Francophone F – 4 Explorons le Monde de la Petite Enfance Yvan Carrier, Guidance Counsellor; Ginette Beaudry, Guidance Counsellor, CECLF À l‘École secondaire Franco-Cité d‘Ottawa, les élèves de 11e année du cours «Rôle parental» explorent le monde du travail via des activités orientantes. Celles-ci permettront aux élèves de mieux se connaître et de développer des compétences transversales à l‘égard du monde de la petite enfance. Cette démarche permettra aux élèves, en cours de route, d‘aller chercher des ressources et une expertise afin de préparer des activités destinées à une classe de maternelle. Les élèves ainsi placés devant des situations d‘apprentissage concrètes seront mieux outillés pour faire des choix professionnels après le secondaire. Francophone F – 5 "Wildcard" Grade 8 Conference - Easing the Transition from Grade 8 to High School Nancy Carson, Guidance Counsellor; Kara Nolan, Guidance Counsellor, Thames Valley District School Board Students arrive on a Friday morning in May and leave on Saturday at midday. Yes, the grade 8's sleep over at the school! The vision of the "WildCard" weekend is to ease the transition between elementary and high school. My school (Sir Frederick Banting S.S.) has a long history of phenomenal student leadership and school pride. WildCard is one way to incorporate future students into this climate at an early stage. Students have the chance to become acquainted with the school and more importantly with each other in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Most students refer to the WildCard weekend as one of their fondest high school memories. In the past, an average of 90% of our incoming grade 9 students have participated in this overnight event. This program engages our students before they even arrive in September. One parent said that her son felt that he belonged at Banting before he stepped through the front doors on the first day. Students develop a sense of pride and ownership of their school. Not only do the grade 8 students benefit but the 100 or so trained students (grade 10 – 12) who are involved gain invaluable leadership skills. A student/staff committee organizes the event. The delegates (grade 8‘s) are divided into groups of 10-15 with two senior students who run the event as their ―skill builders‖. The weekend involves large group activities as well as rotations of groups. Other student roles for the weekend include security, kitchen staff, spirit squad and odd jobs.

Basically we feel that this is one of the best transition programs that are available to students. The benefits are far reaching; increasing individual growth, setting a benchmark for leadership as a senior student, setting the stage for a positive school climate, opening the communication between junior and senior students, developing a strong sense of school ownership and pride and fostering an overall student body that is socially responsible. Secondary School F – 6 Do You Know Who's Watching Your Children? Constable Chris Christidis, Peel Regional Police Service The net generation; what are they doing on the internet and who‘s watching them. (Cyber paedophiles‘ manipulation of youth in chat rooms and social networking sites; tracking and identifying internet users with minimal information.) General F – 7 Engaging Students with a Degree Option Diane Gooch, Chair, Central Region Liaison & Student Recruitment Sub-Committee, Centennial College The degree of difference that defines today‘s careers success starts at Ontario‘s Colleges. The bachelor degrees at Ontario Colleges deliver what key employers want now. Developed in consultation with employers, taught by industry-experienced and highly qualified faculty, these bachelor degrees have been available in Ontario Colleges since 2002. These prized, rigorous, Ontario Ministry-approved bachelor degrees combine the practical strengths of college with the theoretical foundation of a four-year bachelor degree – all under one roof. For the last five years the Central Region College have been engaging our community of learners in ―Degree Panels‖, originally targeted to Grade 12 students but now focusing on Grade 11 students we are in high schools providing up-to-date valuable information about these degrees and the opportunities available to graduates, enabling high school students to make informed decisions about their post-secondary options. Come and see the PowerPoint presentation used in high schools, hear about the range of degrees in demand, offered by the Central Region Colleges. Find out more about our degree students and their future opportunities and the successes of our graduates. Secondary School and General F – 8 Continuation of Session E-5 F – 9 Paid to Breathe-- find your passion... make it happen Scott Hammell, CEO/Speaker, Paid to Breathe Paid To Breathe is about finding your passion and making it happen. Scott inspires young people to take what they love and turn it into a career. Scott is a two time Guinness world record holder. After finding his passion of performing magic and escape stunts, he decided to make it happen by doing a large scale stunt that was seen by millions worldwide on Ripley‘s Believe it or Not. This launched his career and Scott now tours North America presenting his positive message to thousands of students at high schools and conferences. By linking magic and message, Scott engages his audiences. For instance, while escaping from a straight jacket, Scott shows that by breaking down your goal into manageable steps, anything is possible, even if seems to be impossible. The presentation also deals with facing your fears, overcoming adversity and paying it forward.

This presentation relates to engaging our community of learners by showing the importance of making learning fun, applying messages to all learning types and giving students proper goal setting techniques to help get them to where they‘re going. Middle School and Secondary School F – 10 Erecting the Scaffolding: Preparing Secondary Students for Transition to College Laura Naumann, Coordinator of Recruitment & Special Events; Theresa Stuart, Faculty, Print Journalism, Loyalist College Making the transition from high school to college can leave students feeling disoriented, frustrated and downright scared. The challenge for educators is to help students recognize their own abilities in order to replace disorientation with engagement; frustration with planning; and fear with anticipation. This hands-on workshop will explore ways we, as partners in education, can help students erect the necessary temporary supports (what we call scaffolding) needed to successfully shift from one community of learners (their high school) to another (their chosen post-secondary educational institution). The aim is not only to help high school students be successful in their first semesters but to nurture an interest in lifelong learning as well. The workshop will include:  Exploring real and perceived similarities and differences between high school and college  Demystifying college terminology for students (today’s guidance counselor is tomorrow’s success mentor)  Identifying useful tools and resources  Harnessing students’ transferable skills  Helping students plan for success (including students with special needs) Participants will leave this workshop with variety of resources and tools they can put to use immediately. Participants will also establish strategies for developing contacts and partnerships in the college system. Secondary School F – 11 The Rainbow Connection: Meeting the Needs of GLBTQ Students Carol Stringer, Guidance Counsellor, I.E. Weldon Secondary School – Trillium Lakelands This presentation will focus on addressing the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning students in a secondary school setting. Topics will include such things as forming a Gay-Straight Alliance, suggestions for school based public awareness campaigns, providing resources for teachers and administrators, and addressing issues of homophobia and heterosexism in the classroom setting. The workshop will provide information, practical ideas, and lists of resources in hopes of encouraging others to find ways, both big and small, to meet the needs of GLBTQ students in their schools. Addressing this diversity issue also provides opportunities for character education as both GLBTQ students and their straight allies who support such initiatives become more engaged in their school and their learning. As the conference theme reflects, we assist students in achieving greater success when we find ways

for them to become more connected to their school community and invested in their own education. Secondary School

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"When Things Go Wrong" - identifying mental health issues facing our youth Andrea Drynan, Itinerant Diagnostic Resource Teacher; Bonnie White, Itinerant Guidance Counsellor, Toronto District School Board

During this interactive presentation our speaker, Andrea Drynan walks us through two of the three handbooks in the ―When Things Go Wrong‖ series. These books are written for teachers and families who may be struggling with how to assist our most troubled youth. Andrea, who has a Masters of Education in Counseling and Guidance, chaired the Youth Committee, part of the Psychiatric Awareness Committee (C-PAC), within the Canadian Psychiatric Foundation As a teacher in the TDSB, specializing in assisting students with behaviour issues, she realized there was a genuine need for this kind of current information. As a counselor you will be able to share strategies with your teacher-colleagues which they can use in the classroom setting as well as assisting parents who come to you for assistance. During the workshop you will also hear from counsellors who have already successfully used these books. Elementary School, Middle School and Secondary School

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