Hey Parents & Caregivers!
Howard Public School Council is offering a series of three free workshops to support parents & caregivers in raising a child in an anti-racist framework.
Three Free Workshops
Session 1 – May 28, 2021 6:30-8pm
Maria Montejo of Dodem Kanonshe’ will ground parents, caregivers and teachers on instilling the importance of Indigenous sovereignty solidarity work in schools and at home. Join us for this healing journey to empower our future generations with these indigenous teachings. This will be facilitated through zoom with webinar style facilitation, with a questions and answers function.
Session 2 – June 1, 2021 6-8pm
Latinx, Afro-Latin America Abya Ayala Education Network (LAEN) will facilitate on equity and human rights in the Ontario education schooling system and the intersection between parents / Caregivers, students and school authorities. A particular focus will be on school discipline and the removal of the School Resource Officer program from TDSB thanks to LAEN, Freedoms Schools Toronto as well as other community advocacy groups, and the impact of this precedential decision across Canada. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) will also be invited to speak to share their experience as allies to LAEN in this work. Join us to see how allyship activism among several coalitions can serve as a model for parents and caregivers. This will be facilitated through zoom with webinar style facilitation, with a questions and answers function.
Session 3 – June 9, 2021 6-8pm
LeRoi Newbold and Nauoda Robinson from Freedom School Toronto, will facilitate a powerful session on practical ways to support students in and out of the classroom through Black Liberatory practices. Freedom School Toronto is a youth and parent driven initiative that intervenes to fight against anti-Black racism in the school system and to creative educational alternatives for Black children. They will be speaking from their own experience as Co-Directors, activists, and caregivers. This will be facilitated through zoom with webinar style facilitation, with a questions and answers function.
About The Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants
The PRO Grant program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education under the 2020 – 2021 Priorities and Partnerships Fund. This funding supports projects with a focus on the identification and the removal of barriers that prevent parents and families from participating and from engaging fully in their children’s learning.
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) was allocated $131,563.00 for projects that demonstrate a commitment to respecting the role of parents in students’ educational experiences.
These workshops are offered with the generous support of the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC)