Is education important? If so, how can teachers, parents, school board officials, government leaders and community groups work together to help students succeed?
That’s what provincial and local leaders will discuss during a full day education summit taking place in Verdun tomorrow. While most of the day is geared to serving education insiders, they’re welcoming members of the public to join their ranks from 5 until 7 p.m. Parents and others interested in education can visit 25 different kiosks to speak with representatives from local schools and daycares, the health bureaucracy, city and boroughs, and community groups.
School success is a big issue in Verdun, where drop-out rates are extremely high. One of every two boys who register in local high schools doesn’t get a diploma. Drop-out rates for girls are slightly lower, but they still surpass 30%. Someone has to make schools more relevant for students, and that’s what all the education partners will discuss throughout the summit.
Verdun Mayor Jean-François Parenteau will speak just after 5 p.m., just prior to dance performances by students from Beurling Academy and École secondaire Monseigneur-Richard.
At 5:30, participants will be able to select one of three workshops on offer. The English sessions feature language development by the CIUSSS of Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, performance anxiety among adolescents by Dr Côté-Lecaldare from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, and going back to school by the Literacy Foundation.Parents of teens (room 106)
A Circus performance by l’École de cirque de Verdun takes place at 6 p.m.
After that, there are two more workshops. The CIUSSS of Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal will talk about how parents of teens can make family life work better. The Charles-Étienne Lavoie group will present a session about managing stress to thrive.
Many activities have been set up to enable parents to bring them along. A daycare is offered for parents with young children. Older children will appreciate learning about cartooning with Jacques Goldstyn or perhaps coding with a group of computer experts.
If you go
If you want to discuss the future of education, join the summit from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Champlain Adult Education Center, 1201 Argyle Street.