Parent Involvement Committees

Minister's Seventh Annual Parent Involvement Committee Symposia
April 9 – May 14, 2016

The Minister's Seventh Annual PIC Symposium was held in six regions across Ontario, including one French language symposium, between April 9 – May 14, 2016. By going out to parents in their communities, we reached over 300 dedicated parents to discuss the importance of parent engagement and to provide opportunities for meaningful networking and collaboration.

This year's regional format helped reach more parents than ever before, including school council parent members. By having seven regional sessions, we were able to respond even better to local needs, and provide more time for parents to network with others that shared their unique challenges.

Highlights:

  • 7 locally organized events
  • First ever French-language provincial parent event
  • Record number of participants – over 300 parents!
  • Dozens of student performers
  • Parent organized, parent led

At all seven events, there were:

  • Over 15 guest speakers including mental health experts and education professionals
  • Workshops on Indigenous education, math, mental health and well-being
  • Opportunities to share ideas and tips to support parent engagement

What we heard:

In the words of the participants:

"We will take the learning back to council and build better schools and communities. This was a very meaningful day that was made better by sharing it with others in our area."
– Barrie PIC Symposium
"Appreciated learning about Aboriginal history and experiences. Thank you for having the conference fully in French."
– French-language PIC Symposium
"Really enjoyed myself. Felt appreciated. Felt heard!"
– London PIC Symposium
"As a parent council member, I feel honoured to be here today and to learn that the Ministry of Education is on board."
– Ottawa PIC Symposium
"I really appreciated that the PIC Symposium was regional this year. I feel this has reached out to more parents. There would be less people from our board if we had to travel to Toronto."
– Thunder Bay PIC Symposium
"Very nice to be able to address the unique needs of our region together."
– Sudbury-North Bay PIC Symposium
"I really appreciate the opportunity to learn from other PICs."
– Toronto PIC Symposium

Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) Symposium
April 24-25, 2015

The Minister's Sixth Annual PIC Symposium was held April 24-25, 2015.