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  Friday, May 28
1:00pm Welcome & Acknowledgements
1:15 – 2:15pm

Address from the Minister of Education, Hon Jennifer Whiteside

2:15 – 3:15pm

Mental Health in Schools with Jennifer McCrae, Assistant Deputy Minister, Learning Division, Ministry of Education and Patricia Kovacs, Executive Director, Equity, Wellness and Inclusion, Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education will be providing a one-hour presentation with breakout sessions to create opportunities for conversation on mental health in schools. The presentation will provide updated Ministry information and data, discuss evidence based resources and supports, outline our collective work going forward, and create space for conversation on our journey in understanding mental health in schools for leaders, educators, students, and families in BC. The Ministry attended the previous BCCPAC session to provide an overview of the Mental Health in Schools Strategy, if attendees are not familiar with this Strategy, it would be helpful to have a quick read.

3:15 – 3:30pm

BREAK

3:30 - 4:30pm

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning with Shelaina Postings, Executive Director, Sector Policy and Performance, Ministry of Education

All learners need to be supported with a meaningful education that provides a pathway to a successful life. The Framework for Enhancing Student Learning is about improving student outcomes and equity of outcomes across the K-12 public education system. Under the Framework, all 60 school districts are responsible for placing students at the centre of strategic planning and aligning budget and resources to support students. Focused and evidence-informed action - that builds upon an already strong education system - is the key to truly achieving equity and opportunity for all students.

4:30pm Closing Remarks for the Day
  Saturday, May 29
9:00am Opening Remarks & Acknowledgements
9:15 - 10:30am

Opening Keynote - Dr Gordon Neufeld

Helping Children Flourish in Challenging Times

We all want our children to flourish, that is, to become all that they were meant to be. But how do we do this, especially in challenging and uncertain times? Dr. Neufeld will provide us with a hierarchy of needs that will help us differentiate the important from the urgent, the essential from the optional, so that we can proceed with confidence in providing our children with what they truly need for their potential to unfold.

10:30 - 11:30am

Q&A Session - follow-up to Dr Neufeld

11:30am -  12:30pm

Tyrone McNeil - President, First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and vice-president of the Stó:lō Tribal Council

First Nations Education and Your Role

This session will provide an opportunity to identify a number of priorities First Nations parents and First Nations have in the area of education by exploring some of the realities faced in public schools and, to learn more about the changes happening in the system in light of BC’s new Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act and the BC Tripartite Education Agreement (BCTEA). Discover why BCTEA is a milestone that sets out how Canada, BC and FNESC will work together, including making systemic shifts (i.e. legislative, policy and practice reforms), to support successful educational outcomes of all First Nation Students, regardless of where they live or are enrolled in school in British Columbia. This session will also discuss First Nation education priorities in the context of the COVID-19 response and its impact on learning, as well as address systemic and interpersonal racism against Indigenous students and their families within public schools. Participants will gain a better understanding of how, in their role, they can be stronger allies, combat anti-Indigenous racism and bias, support First Nations parents involvement, and move the system forward by supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action, the Declaration Act, BCTEA, and other First Nations education initiatives. Join us and learn how you can take part in the efforts to making our public education system better suited and more inclusive for all students.

12:30 - 1:30pm BREAK/LUNCH - on your own
1:30 - 2:30pm

Dr. Greg Gerber - Safer Schools Together

Social Media Awareness, Digital Citizenship, and Cyberbullying

This session will focus on all things digital. Your child has now entered (or is about to enter) into the peak of their digital media lives where cell phone ownership doubles, video game use explodes, and they dive into the world of social media and hypertexting. Children at this stage will encounter situations that will challenge their independence, including cyberbullying, cyberexclusion, the dangers of anonymity, privacy, sharing intimate images, and inappropriate websites. Your child is rapidly developing their personal identity with cell phone in hand and you need to be prepared. Parents/guardians play a key role in providing support and guidance during critical periods and lead the charge as a digital role model. Recommendations for family rules, parental controls and developing a family tech plan will be outlined as well as suggestions for monitoring your tween/teen’s digital life. A snapshot of current trends and concerning apps will be provided to equip you in your digital parenting strategy.

2:30 - 3:45pm

Closing Keynote – Dr Ashley Miller

What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work

We’re about a year into this pandemic and many parents describe feeling exhausted, irritable and worried about how to make life manageable for their children and for themselves. While there are no easy answers, Dr. Ashley Miller will share practical strategies for improving child and parent mental health and nurturing relationships, even during these most difficult times. She’ll also share the latest neuroscience and ideas from her new book: "What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work: A Practical Guide for Parents and Caregivers.”

3:45 - 4:00pm BREAK
4:00 - 4:45pm

Andrea Sinclair - President, BCCPAC

Parent Engagement and Succession Planning

Whether you are on a PAC or a DPAC, one or both of these is most likely a challenge you have faced and there are many reasons why it can be an issue, even in a regular school year. This session will discuss how these are connected and the small steps you need to take throughout to succeed. It takes a bit of work but the return on investment is worth it and once you shift the culture, it will reap rewards for the Executive and the parent community.

4:45pm Closing Remarks
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