Speakers

 

For 20 years, the annual CESBA Conference has offered a wide range of professional networking and learning opportunities to inform and inspire exemplary practice in adult and continuing education (A&CE) across Ontario.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Expert on Resiliency and Workplace Wellness

Click here to read her bio.


Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology Instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Robyne’s keynotes provide practical strategies grounded in global research and case studies that help foster resiliency within ourselves and others.

As the Senior Educational Developer for the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Trent University, Robyne focuses on providing professional development for the teaching community and cultivating student engagement. She is committed to finding innovative solutions for creating positive learning relationships and environments for both students and teachers. Robyne has also been a psychology instructor at Trent for more than 10 years.

Robyne’s work is inspired by her interest in health and wellness and includes topics such a resiliency, optimal challenge, resourcefulness, goal setting, and self identity.

Future of Work Panel

November 29

Moderator: Trina Foster – CEO, ONESTEP

Panelists:
Sarah Doyle – Director of Policy + Research, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship
Sunil Johal – Director of Business Growth Services, City of Toronto
Stephen Harrington – Director and Future of Work Leader, Deloitte Canada

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Moderator:

Trina Foster – CEO, ONESTEP

Trina has more than a decade of experience in stakeholder engagement, relationship management and facilitation, and evidence-informed policy development. She is a proven leader in the creation, management, and communication of evidence and ideas across a wide range of topics and areas. She has worked in a variety of environments and across sectors to demonstrate how evidence-informed activities can inform and support all stakeholder communities.

Panelists:

Sunil Johal – Director of Business Growth Services, City of Toronto

Sunil is responsible for economic development with the City of Toronto, as the Director of Business Growth Services. He leads a team of 50 professionals working to drive business activity, attract investment and support entrepreneurship locally, nationally and internationally. From 2012 to 2019 he was Policy Director at the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre, where he led the Centre’s research activities and established himself as a thought leader on issues such as the future of work and the implications of disruptive technologies. In February 2019, he was appointed Chair of the Expert Panel on Modern Labour Standards by the federal Minister of Labour.

Sarah Doyle – Director of Policy + Research, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship

Sarah leads the development of the Institute’s research agenda and oversees the work of the Institute’s policy team. She is keen to build more collaborative spaces that allow policy makers to draw on the collective insights of a wide range of stakeholders.

Stephen Harrington – Director and Future of Work Leader, Deloitte Canada

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Stephen Harrington is a senior manager and a leader in Deloitte’s national Talent strategies team. Stephen’s focus is on talent management designs that improve discretionary effort in line with clearly articulated employee expectations. Stephen has co-authored a paper on the future of the Canadian workplace examining emerging trends and projections relative to core “vectors of change” to understand workplace implications. He is currently working on developing a new service line assisting clients in identifying alternative work arrangement opportunities to proactively prepare for the future of work.

Hotel & Travel

HOTEL INFORMATION

The CESBA Conference 2019 will be held at the Chelsea Hotel Toronto

Take advantage of the special guest rate of only $125 per room per night, available until November 12, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

You may also call the hotel directly, toll free at 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732) or 416-595-1975. Please identify yourself as part of the CESBA Conference 2019 or use the internal reference ID CES112319 to book under the group rate.

Please note that it is your responsibility to book your own accommodations at the Chelsea Hotel Toronto and CESBA cannot guarantee availability. We advise booking your room as soon as possible.

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Getting to the CESBA Conference 2019

The Chelsea Hotel Toronto is conveniently located in the downtown area and is accessible via taxi or transit from the city’s airports.

From Pearson International Airport

By taxi

Pearson Airport is approximately 30 km and 30 minutes west of the city centre. Airport limousine services and taxis are located on the ground level of Terminal 1 and the arrivals level at Terminal 3. Fares average approximately C$50.

UP Express

Trains between downtown Toronto and Pearson Airport take 25 minutes and run every 15 minutes. (5:30am – 1:00am Daily)

By car
  1. Head east and follow signs to Highway 409 East. Take Exit 1 and travel to Highway 427 or 401
  2. Exit onto 427 South to 401 West. Keep left and follow signs for Gardiner Expressway/Toronto and merge onto Gardiner Expressway East
  3. Take the Spadina Avenue exit
  4. Turn left onto Lower Spadina Avenue
  5. Turn right onto Adelaide Street
  6. Turn left onto University Avenue
  7. Turn right onto Gerrard Street. Chelsea Hotel, Toronto is on the right

From Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Passengers can take the new pedestrian tunnel from Billy Bishop Airport to the Mainland. Chelsea Hotel, Toronto is a 10-15 minute taxi ride from the ferry terminal.

Transit

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) offers 24-hour service from Pearson Airport. The most efficient route for arrivals between 5am and 2am is the 192 Airport Rocket, which connects at Kipling Station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
To reach Chelsea Hotel, board the eastbound train to Yonge/Bloor station and transfer to the southbound platform. Take the train to Dundas station and walk north on Yonge Street before turning left at Gerrard Street. An adult fare is approximately C$3.

GO Transit also offers airport express buses to York Mills and Yorkdale TTC stations from Terminal 1. Buses depart every 60 minutes and fares are approximately C$5.

Schedule

Daily schedules subject to change

Pre-Conference:
Day 1 — Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The CESBA Pre-Conference is a sector-specific day for colleagues within specific areas of adult and continuing education to meet and plan together.  There are 6 sector-specific meetings planned for the 2019 Pre-Conference: ESL-FSL  (English as a Second Language/French as a Second Language), Francophone, Guidance, IL (International Languages ), LBS (Literacy & Basic Skills), Personal Support Worker (PSW)

Detailed agendas and breakout rooms:
7:00 am Registration
7:30 – 8:15 am Breakfast
8:15 – 8:30 am Welcome & Opening remarks
8:30 – 10:30 am Concurrent sector sessions
10:30 – 10:45 am Morning Break
10:45 – 12:00 pm Concurrent sector sessions
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 pm Concurrent sector sessions
2:30 – 2:45 pm Afternoon Break
2:45 – 3:30 pm Concurrent sector sessions
3:30 pm Conference adjourns

Day 2 — Thursday, November 28, 2019

7:00 am Registration
7:30 – 8:15 am  Breakfast and Exhibitor Showcase
8:15 – 8:30 am  Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:30 – 9:45 am Keynote Session: Dr. Robyne Hanley Dafoe

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology Instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Robyne’s keynotes provide practical strategies grounded in global research and case studies that help foster resiliency within ourselves and others.

As the Senior Educational Developer for the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Trent University, Robyne focuses on providing professional development for the teaching community and cultivating student engagement. She is committed to finding innovative solutions for creating positive learning relationships and environments for both students and teachers. Robyne has also been a psychology instructor at Trent for more than 10 years.

Robyne’s work is inspired by her interest in health and wellness and includes topics such a resiliency, optimal challenge, resourcefulness, goal setting, and self identity.

9:45 – 10:00 am  Transition Break
10:00 – 11:00 am  
Concurrent Learning Sessions A
A1: PLAR 101 for New Assessors

 

This workshop will provide an overview of PLAR for Mature Students resources and supports available to practitioners. Specific attention will be paid to supporting new assessors through showcasing new online videos and promoting the CESBA mentor/mentee PLAR for Mature Students network.

Presenters:

Brenda Steffler, Guidance Department Head, St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres, Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Brenda has spent the last 15 years of her 30-year career in education working primarily in adult and continuing education. She is a provincially-recognized expert in PLAR and is working with others to create provincial standards in the application of PLAR in adult and continuing education.
Andrea Murphy, Central PLAR Consultant and TASS Program Coordinator, Limestone District School Board.

A2: PLAR 102 for Experienced Assessors

Are you ready to move “beyond the PLAR basics”? This interactive workshop is for assessors who have experience in PLAR. The workshop will explore how PLAR is applied to students with a variety of credentials and experience.

Presenters:

Sean Pynaert, Continuing Education Counsellor, London District Catholic School Board
Samantha Peotto, Acting Manager, Lakehead District School Board

A4: Substance Use and Young Adults: Exploring the Academic Impact

This presentation will provide an overview of cannabis, alcohol and prescription pill use among young adults in Ontario and will discuss how these substances can impact brain development and achievement of 18-24-year-olds. Participants will discuss both the risks and benefits of cannabis in young adults.

Presenter:

Patricia Scott-Jeoffroy is an Ontario-based community educator with more than 30 years of experience in the field of addictions and substance use. Most recently, she worked as an Education Consultant at Parent Action on Drugs.

A5: Teaching Financial Literacy to Adult Learners: Workshop strategies

There is a growing focus on financial literacy in the Ontario curriculum. Many instructors find money management intimidating and outside their comfort zone. Drawing on ABC’s Money Matters resources, this workshop will discuss ways to teach financial literacy so that it is relevant and engaging for adult learners.

Presenters:

Janet Mowat is a regional Programs Coordinator at ABC Life Literacy Canada with more than a decade of experience in classroom and workshop facilitation with learners of all ages and literacy levels.
• Camille Koon is Programs Coordinator at ABC Life Literacy Canada. She is an accredited Certified Interpretive Trainer and has worked in educational programming in a wide range of settings.

A6: Innovative Collaborative Partnerships: A Model for Succes

The Unemployed Help Centre in Windsor-Essex has extended the reach and impact of its services through extensive partnerships in the food sector, including a successful collaboration with adult learners at the Greater Essex County District School Board. This workshop will explore how working ‘outside the box’ can create positive impacts for students, school boards and the local community. Participants will learn about a model that fosters both learning and civic responsibility and will discuss its potential in their communities.

Presenters:

June Muir is the CEO of the Unemployed Help Centre. Under her leadership, the Centre has more than tripled its programs/services to help address the needs of the most vulnerable in the Windsor-Essex community.
Mike Turnbull is Manager of the Plentiful Harvest Food Rescue program at the Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor. During his 30+ years of community experience, he helped to develop the region’s first Food Charter. For the last eight years, Mike has worked in partnership with the Greater Essex County District School Board.

A7: Whadaya mean I Have to Teach online? How do I do that?

This interactive workshop will discuss research-informed best practices for cohort-based asynchronous online learning, and how these are applied to optimize learner engagement. Design suggestions and sample activities will also be presented and discussed. Participants will learn about best practices and how to design activities that foster engagement and higher order thinking skills.

Presenter:

Angela van Barneveld is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. She has a PhD in Learning Design and Technology, and more than 20 years of experience in learning, training, and development in corporate, non-profit, government, and academic settings. Angela consults regularly with school boards on online learning and technology integration.

A8: The not-so “soft” Skills Employers are Looking for in the 21st Century

What exactly are those all-important “soft skills” for the workplace? Can they be taught? This workshop will review the most common “soft” skills sought by employers and will discuss the real and perceived gap in these skills by employees. Participants will learn about current research and curriculum resources that can help strengthen “soft skills”.

Presenter:

Robyn Cook-Ritchie is the Executive Director at Laubach Literacy Ontario (LLO), with extensive experience in adult literacy across Ontario. She coordinates Literacy and Basic Skills, Coordinated Language Assessment, Language Training and English as a Second Language programs at the Grand Erie District School Board. After completing her education as a lawyer, Robyn “fell” into and in love with the adult learning and literacy field more than 20 years ago and never looked back.

11:00 – 11:30 am Morning Break
11:30 – 12:30 pm  
Concurrent Learning Sessions B
B1: Continuing Education 2.0: Funding and Reporting for Experienced Administrators

 

A workshop for experienced administrators to review highlights related to funding rates and continuing education registers. Participants will share experiences about the flow of average daily enrolment and funding generation. There will be an opportunity to discuss enrolment reporting, from registers to OnSIS.

Presenters:

Namita Aggarwal, Program Manager, Toronto District School Board
Rene Bourget, Comptroller of Finance, Upper Grand District School Board
Deborah Cook, Technology Administrator, York Region District School Board

B2: Indigenous Literacies: Moving Beyond the Mainstream Literacy Box

The Ontario Native Literacy Coalition (ONLC) is the only provincial Indigenous literacy organization in Canada. Its literacy programming goes beyond the mainstream interpretation of literacy to integrate language, culture, and traditions in the adult learners’ areas of study ONLC’s presentation will share information on the holistic program and display language and cultural resources available to the different language groups in Ontario.

Presenters:

Iehnhotonkwas Bonnie Jane Maracle is from the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk Nation, Tyendinaga Territory. She is the CGO at the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition, and a Board member on Tyendinaga Mohawk Community Language and Culture Centre. Bonnie Jane is currently working as an Indigenous Learning Strategist at First Nations House, at the University of Toronto.
Kanerahtahere Michelle Davis is from the Turtle Clan of the Oneida Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She has been the CEO of the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition for the past 6 years. A retired secondary school teacher, Michelle has taught in a wide range of settings, including at an Indigenous language immersion school in Ontario.

B3: Math Across the Curriculum: Can we do this?

A province-wide focus for schools is improvement in mathematics. When literacy scores were a focus, educators worked through the idea that “all teachers are teachers of literacy.” Can this approach work with mathematics? Are there ways that “all teachers are teachers of math?” This workshop will give practical examples to illustrate where mathematical concepts can be taught across the curriculum.

Presenter:

Jeff Moore is in his sixth year as Principal of Adult and Continuing Education with the HWDSB. He is also the Chair of the CESBA Board of Directors and Chair of the Southwest Region Partnership for Adult Education. On clear summer nights, you will find Jeff at his telescope watching the stars.

B4: My anxious mind: Why anxiety is so bad right now and what you can do about it

This workshop will discuss why anxiety has become the number-one mental health issue for children and youth in Canada. Cognitive therapist, Eric Crowther and adult educator, Bernie Moseley-Williams will talk about the history of anxiety and how it impacts both students and their families. They will share strategies and resources, including a free online course to help anxious students learn to manage their anxiety and earn a high school credit. The course is available within Brightspace/D2L and was co-developed by Eric and Bernie a teacher over a 10-year period.

Presenters:

Eric Crowther, MSW, RSW is a social worker and a child and family therapist in North Bay with over 30 years of experience. He holds the designation of Diplomate from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
Bernie Moseley-Williams is a teacher with Nipissing-Parry Sound CDSB. He works with young adult students to help them learn how to manage their anxiety.

B5: Promoting Mental Health and Well Being with Adult Learners

This workshop features a husband and wife duo from the Toronto District School Board who will lead an interactive session on how to promote student mental health and well-being in the adult and continuing education context. Participants will learn strategies on how to promote positive mental health, with a specific focus on issues of equity.

Presenters:

Saleem Haniff, Mental Health & Well-Being Lead, Toronto District School Board (TDSB). As a social worker, Saleem has worked with students and their families across the province, supporting them to reach their personal best.
Nailah Qadeer, Continuing Education teacher, TDSB. Nailah has worked in adult education for eight years and is committed to student success and development.

B6: Building your Blended Learning Toolkit: Tips from the LearningHub

Digital literacy is an essential skill that can be intimidating for many adults. The LearningHUB’s online Literacy and Basic Skills program offers courses that can supplement your classroom programming. When learners engage with online courses, they develop digital skills, become more resourceful and build confidence in their abilities. This workshop will introduce you to the LearningHUB program and find out how to make blended learning work for your program!

Presenter:

Courtney Brown is a Literacy Program Advisor for the Centres for Employment and Learning of the Avon Maitland District School Board. Over the past 12 years Courtney has managed the Board’s in-person LBS programming and the Anglophone stream delivery of e-Channel commonly known as the LearningHUB. Known for her ability to integrate technology in blended learning settings, Courtney has supported the LearningHUB team as they grew from 90 learners served in 2007 to over 20,000 learners and counting!

B7: The Wizard of HARTS

Used across Ontario to manage ESL client inventory and referrals, HARTS (the History of Assessments, Referrals and Training System) is also a valuable feature for statistical collection and retrieval. The HARTS’ team will address your most common challenges and will share tips on creating dynamic reports. Note: Participants should bring a laptop with a Windows-operating system.

Presenter:

Joana Sotomayor is the ESL/LINC Specialist for the Community and Continuing Education (CCE) Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board since 2017. She has Masters degrees from York University in applied linguistics and translation studies.
Susan Gracey is the coordinator for the HARTs team and has been with the Centre for Education and Training since 2006. She started as a HARTs helpdesk representative and has played a role in the re-design, implementation and deployment of the updated version throughout Ontario. She has a post-graduate diploma in Applied Information Technology.

B8: How students can pay for higher education: New ways to close the funding gap

Post-secondary education is more expensive than ever. Students tell us that tuition is actually the ‘easy’ thing to budget for; it’s all the other never-ending expenses like food, rent, transportation, books, clothes that can catch students off-guard. This workshop will share practical sources of funding for adult students, including innovative new tools to support their post-secondary journey.

Presenter:

Suzanne Tyson founded HigherEd Points in 2013 to help students and families tap into new and innovative sources of funds for education. It is the first company in the world to enable people to convert their loyalty points to pay for tuition and repay student loans. HigherEd Points bridges the gap between academic scholarships and needs-based financial aid to democratize access to higher education for all students.

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch (Networking)
1:30 – 2:00 pm Exhibitor Showcase
2:00 – 3:15 pm Plenary – Adult Education Regional Strategy Highlights
Please note that, in addition to the networking sessions below, there will also be an option for you to meet with representatives from each of the Regional Adult Education Planning tables after their plenary presentation.
3:15 – 3:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Concurrent networking sessions: Regional Tables + Communities of Interest
At CESBA’s guided networking meetings, participants have an hour to share what they are learning at the Conference with their own Communities of Interest. Over the course of 60 minutes, they will have an opportunity to ask questions, provide ideas and share their thoughts on how to improve their programs in the following groups:

 

  • Adult Credit and PLAR
  • ESL/FSL/LINC
  • Groupe des affaires francophones
  • International Languages (IL)
  • LBS
  • PSW
4:30 – 5:00 pm  Free time
5:00 – 7:00 pm Mix & Mingle reception - “Party Like It’s 1999”

Party like it’s 1999! Join us at our 20th anniversary Mix & Mingle reception on November 28th

It’s the year before Y2K: the year CESBA was born! We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary by throwing it back to 1999 with trivia, music, and questionable fashion choices. Join the party after the first day of the CESBA Conference with your best 90s look. Conference animator Jennine Profeta will be back to help liven up the evening and take some Polaroid snaps. See you there!

Day 3 – Friday, November 29, 2019

7:00 am Registration
7:00 – 8:00 am Breakfast and Exhibitor Showcase
8:00 – 8:05 am Welcome & Opening remarks
8:05 – 9:00 am
Future of Work Panel

Moderator:

Trina Foster – CEO, ONESTEP

Trina has more than a decade of experience in stakeholder engagement, relationship management and facilitation, and evidence-informed policy development. She is a proven leader in the creation, management, and communication of evidence and ideas across a wide range of topics and areas. She has worked in a variety of environments and across sectors to demonstrate how evidence-informed activities can inform and support all stakeholder communities.

Panelists:

Sunil Johal – Director of Business Growth Services, City of Toronto

Sunil is responsible for economic development with the City of Toronto, as the Director of Business Growth Services. He leads a team of 50 professionals working to drive business activity, attract investment and support entrepreneurship locally, nationally and internationally.
From 2012 to 2019 he was Policy Director at the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre, where he led the Centre’s research activities and established himself as a thought leader on issues such as the future of work and the implications of disruptive technologies. In February 2019, he was appointed Chair of the Expert Panel on Modern Labour Standards by the federal Minister of Labour.

Sarah Doyle – Director of Policy + Research, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship

Sarah leads the development of the Institute’s research agenda and oversees the work of the Institute’s policy team. She is keen to build more collaborative spaces that allow policy makers to draw on the collective insights of a wide range of stakeholders.

Stephen Harrington – Director and Future of Work Leader, Deloitte Canada

Stephen Harrington is a senior manager and a leader in Deloitte’s national Talent strategies team. Stephen’s focus is on talent management designs that improve discretionary effort in line with clearly articulated employee expectations. Stephen has co-authored a paper on the future of the Canadian workplace examining emerging trends and projections relative to core “vectors of change” to understand workplace implications. He is currently working on developing a new service line assisting clients in identifying alternative work arrangement opportunities to proactively prepare for the future of work.

9:00 – 9:15 am Morning Break 1
9:15 – 10:15 am
Concurrent Learning Sessions C

C1: Kairos Blanket Exercise: Part 1

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise program is a unique, participatory, 500-year history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators – that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.
Note: This is a two-part workshop. Participants who register for Part 1 will also register for Part 2 (Session D-1).

Facilitators:

Jessica Shute, Michael McMorrow, Zoë Aarden and Colette Lerat

C2: PLAR for New Administrators

This workshop will provide an overview of PLAR for Mature Students for new administrators or more experienced administrators wanting to understand the benefits of the PLAR program for their students. Specific attention will be paid to providing an overview of PPM 132 and the Ministry’s goals for mature students pursuing their OSSD.

Presenters:

Brenda Steffler, Guidance Department Head, St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres, Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Brenda has spent the last 15 years of her 30-year career in education working primarily in adult and continuing education. She is a provincially recognized expert in PLAR and is working with others to create provincial standards in the application of PLAR in adult and continuing education.
Andrea Murphy, Central PLAR Consultant and TASS Program Coordinator, Limestone District School Board.

C3: PLAR 103: Out of Province / Out of Country

This workshop will use a case study approach to help participants understand and develop their skills in assessing students with out of province or out of country credentials and experience.

Presenters:

Shilpa Mehta-Jones is a Guidance Program Leader with the District School Board of Niagara.
Angela Jarrett is the Continuing Education Coordinator at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

C4: Take Control of your Data (LBS)

Find out how data can help you make strategic decisions for your LBS program! This workshop will show participants how to track DSQ data to predict monthly results and make adjustments to improve scores. You will understand your own data better, including how Ministry data related to targets is collected, unexpected factors that impact DSQ scores. Participants will practice on a spreadsheet tool that’s ready to use for your program.
Note: Please bring a laptop or tablet and be able to access your DSQ reports for this fiscal year.

Presenter:

Angela Parkin is the LBS and Student Intake Manager for Continuing Education at the Hamilton Wentworth DSB. She has worked with LBS programs for the past nine years and has enjoyed developing many new programs and partnerships. Recently, she was surprised to discover that she enjoys playing around with numbers and data.

C5: Health and Safety for Adult Educators and New Workers

Adult educators play a role in supporting new workers, by helping them understand their workplace health and safety rights and responsibilities. Join the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) as we facilitate an interactive dialogue where participants will learn how to recognize workplace hazards, know what the elements of a health and safety program include, and what new workers can do to protect themselves.

Presenter:

Sue Freeman is a Program Manager at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

C6: Trauma-Informed Adult Education

Many of our students in adult and continuing education have experienced trauma in their lives. Trauma can negatively affect academic achievement and social relationships, and learners who have experienced trauma often have a more difficult school experience. This presentation will talk about the effects of trauma and will share trauma-informed practices that create safe learning spaces for learners to advance their knowledge using their resilience.

Presenter:

Teresa Dremetsikas is the program manager at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT), where she has worked for 30 years. Her work at CCVT includes assessment, counselling, crisis intervention, development and facilitation of group therapy sessions and supervising, evaluating and upgrading all CCVT programs. Teresa graduated as a Medical Doctor from The University of Nuevo Leon in Mexico.

 C7: Ontario's Employment Services Transformation

Ontario is undergoing a transformation in workforce development. ONESTEP believes that transformation offers the chance to build strong and effective labour market development strategies for jobseekers, learners and businesses. This workshop will provide an overview of where we are to date in transformation and use a design-think style approach to help participants define their role in building our new system.

Presenter:

Dr. Trina Foster is the Chief Executive Officer of ONESTEP – Ontario’s umbrella organization
for the community-based training and employment (CBET) sector. She has over a decade of
experience in stakeholder engagement, relationship management and facilitation. Trina works across sectors to demonstrate how evidence-informed activities can support all stakeholder communities.

C8: Creative Thinking: An Essential Skill for Adult Learners

It’s been 20 years since Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” but we’re still fighting a creativity gap. Most people feel that unlocking creativity is critical to economic growth and society, yet only 1 in 4 people believe they are living up to their creative potential. This workshop will provide adult educators with an understanding of what creativity really is, its connection to both curiosity and innovation, and how they can foster and facilitate it in their classrooms. 

Presenter:

Karin Davis has a background in adult education and is a Certified Training & Development Practitioner. She teaches a course in Workplace Innovation at McMaster University in their Continuing Education Program.

10:15 – 10:30 am Morning break 2
10:30 – 11:30 am
Concurrent Learning Sessions D

D1: Kairos Blanket Exercise: Part 2

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise program is a unique, participatory, 500-year history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators – that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.
Note: This is a two-part workshop. Participants who register for Part 2 must have also registered for Part 1 (Session C1).

Facilitators: 
Jessica Shute, Michael McMorrow, Zoë Aarden and Colette Lerat

D2: Nothing Fake about Con Ed News on Social Media

Learn how to cut through the digital noise! Social media has evolved beyond shares, follows and likes. Social media is also a useful tool to build and engage with community. Two adult and continuing education centres will share their learning journey on social media as a promotional tool. They will talk about how a targeted strategy with a small budget can reach your adult learners, gain insights about them and establish your school as a trusted source of information.

Presenters:

Michele Breault is the Program Manager, Partnerships and Proposals with the St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education at the Waterloo Catholic DSB. She has a diverse 34 year career in community and resource development within the not-for-profit and education sectors. For the past 9 years, she has focused on establishing a strong St. Louis ConEd brand to develop new initiatives.
Rob Hanna has been at Durham Continuing Education for 6 years and is responsible for eLearning, Technology, Marketing and Special Projects. Based on student enrollment feedback, DCE made the decision to expand the use of digital marketing and social media strategies 3 years ago to try and reach students where they are – on their phones, iPads and other devices.

D3: Turning the Curve! CRPAE's MPLAR Action Plan

Across the Central Region, nine school boards have been learning and applying Results Based Accountability (RBA), a framework that is a data-driven decision-making process to move quickly from talk to clear, measurable actions. The workshop will tell the story behind our ‘curve’ and how as a partnership table we can support each other in making a difference.

Presenters:

Hanne Nielsen is a Superintendent with the Simcoe County District School Board. Her portfolio includes Adult, Alternative & Continuing Education, Research & Decision Support and she is currently the Chair of the Central Region Partnership for Adult Education Table.
Dr. Ann McClure is a retired Principal from the Simcoe County District School Board. Ann continues to be involved in education through research projects and supporting the Central Region Partnership for Adult Education Table.

D4: Community Poverty Reduction Program

This workshop will provide information about the Circles® program and how it is currently impacting two communities in Ontario. Circles® is a Poverty Reduction program that is designed to assist individuals and or families as they transition out of poverty towards self sufficiency. Participants will learn about the successes and challenges of this program and how it can be adapted for their own communities.

Presenters:

Megan Murphy, Principal, Sudbury Catholic Schools. Megan started her teaching career as a secondary chemistry teacher. For the past 11 years, she has worked in administration in elementary, secondary and adult continuing education at Sudbury Catholic Schools.
Tammy Millington is Program Coordinator at the North Simcoe Learning Centre and the Simcoe County Circles Outreach Advocate.

D5: TBA

Workshop TBA

Presenter:

TBA

D6: Adult Pathways: ESL to LBS to Credit

This workshop will describe how the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) coordinates ESL, Academic Upgrading (through LBS) and Credit programs to provide adult learners with an integrated learner pathway.

Presenters:

Emina Kovacevic, PLAR Counsellor and Credit Teacher, HWDSB. Emina has taught in Adult Credit programs for most of her teaching career. She teaches credit classes, co-op, and is also the lead PLAR Assessor.
Dave Rayner is an Academic Upgrading instructor with the HWDSB and a certified ESL instructor.

D7: The Myth of Motivating Learners

Many adult learners withdraw from a learning program within the first three weeks, consuming valuable organizational time and resources. Adult educators are left questioning their abilities to motivate and inspire learners. Participants will explore current practices that have a negative impact on learner motivation, and will learn about two tangible skills that can increase it.

Presenter:

Lisa Ambaye is the Executive Director of the Rideau-Ottawa Valley Learning Network, a support organization for LBS service providers in Renfrew, Lanark and Prescott-Russell and Ottawa. Lisa has been delivering motivational Interviewing training to client-serving organizations throughout Ontario to help service providers build their capacity to work with clients facing multiple barriers.

D8: Skills-Based Recruitment Tools: The Future of Job-Search

The work of the future will involve changing careers and building skills. Organizations across Ontario are developing innovative ways to assist job seekers in finding employment. This interactive workshop will look at two innovative ways jobseekers can search for opportunities that match their skills: WE Data Tools – A system of tools developed by Workforce Windsor Essex that aggregates 14+ job boards, uses 3 unique job finding tools, and supports skill type and skill level searching, and Possible Made Here – a Kingston initiative that uses four different AI powered tools to search for job opportunities.

Presenters:

Trudy Button is highly committed to providing students, new graduates and job seekers with the tools they need to be career-ready before entering the workforce. Her career has spanned Student Services, Human Resources and Government. Most recently, she worked with the Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation (OCWI) where she supported research projects in employment and training.
Justin Falconer is the Senior Director of Workforce Windsor Essex, responsible for communications, branding, marketing, media relations, issues management, government relations and stakeholder relations.
Craig Desjardins is the Director of Strategy, Innovation & Partnerships at the City of Kingston. He is responsible for the development and integration of strategy and innovation activity across the corporation and community. He also leads the implementation of the workforce development and in-migration strategy for Kingston.

11:30 – 12:15 pm Prizes, Birthday Celebration & Closing
12:15 pm Conference adjourns

Event Location

Chelsea Hotel Toronto
33 Gerrard St W,
Toronto, ON
M5G 1Z4 

Cancellation Policy

Sponsors & Exhibitors

SPONSORSHIP

If you or your organization is interested in being a CESBA Conference 2019 sponsor or exhibitor, please contact Nicole Hrinco, Sponsorship Manager: nicole@connected-impact.com, 416-871-8718

Learn More

For 20 years, the annual CESBA Conference has offered a wide range of professional networking and learning opportunities to inform and inspire exemplary practice in adult and continuing education (A&CE) across Ontario.

The Conference, to be held in Toronto on November 27-29, 2019, will focus on Celebrating the Past, Charting the Future. With exemplary programming over the three days, we provide a forum where adult, alternative and continuing education program staff working in Ontario’s school boards can network, learn and collaborate while honing skills and abilities to assist learners in achieving their education and employment goals.

The CESBA Conference 2019 offers an opportunity to connect with leading educators and administrators from across Ontario.

THE OPPORTUNITY

SPONSOR

Profile during event elements
● Top tier exposure
● Full three day participation

Exhibitor

Audience with 300 A&CE sector staff
● Front and centre positioning
● Select competitive advantage

In Kind Partner

Targeted delivery opportunity
● Support adult and continuing education in Ontario
● Positive value share


THE BENEFITS

By supporting CESBA Conference 2019 as a sponsor or exhibitor, you and your organization are directly contributing to the advancement of adult and continuing education in Ontario.

You will have the opportunity to connect with over 300 of the province’s adult educators, education and training stakeholders, and speak directly to board educators and decision makers: Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, Program Managers, Principals, Superintendents and Directors of Education.