Free SCIS Workshops for Parents and Caregivers

Creating Safe and Inclusive Schools and Communities

Presented by Harmony Movement, in partnership with the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) and Waterloo Catholic District School Board. We are pleased to offer these workshops for families on a variety of topics!

Here is what you can expect:

  • Interactive and engaging content
  • Learn skills to enhance participation in your child’s learning
  • Meet and learn with other parents/caregivers
  • Tools to effectively participate in preventing discrimination and intolerance in our communities and schools

Workshop #1: Empowering Parents/Caregivers to Create Safer, More Inclusive Schools
This workshop provides core learning on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Participants will learn about social identity and diversity, including diversity of race, culture, faith, ability, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, mental health, and gender. They will acquire the knowledge necessary to better understand and address issues of discrimination.
Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: WRDSB Education Centre, 51 Ardelt Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2C 2R5
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Date: May 12, 2016
Time: 5:00-7:00p.m.
Location: WCDSB Education Centre, 35 Weber Street West, Kitchener, ON N2H 3Z1

Workshop #2: Teaching Children Respect of Others
This is a hands-on interactive workshop that focuses on both engaging children (2-6 years of age) and parents/caregivers. This workshop will draw on participants’ empathy to teach them to understand and celebrate diversity in race, gender, socio-economics, abilities, language, and family structure. Participants’ will draw upon their own feelings and experiences to understand the potential harm of discrimination.
Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: WRDSB Education Centre, 51 Ardelt Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2C 2R5
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Date: May 19, 2016
Time: 5:00 – 7:00p.m.
Location: WCDSB Education Centre, 35 Weber Street West, Kitchener, ON N2H 3Z1

Workshop #3: Addressing the Roots of Bullying, Discrimination and Conflict
This workshop engages parents/caregivers in discussions about bullying and cyber-bullying, their causes and their impact on a child’s learning and academic achievement, attendance and participation in school. Parents/caregivers will be equipped with knowledge and skills to respond effectively when they witness or hear about mistreatment.
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: WRDSB Education Centre, 51 Ardelt Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2C 2R5
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Date: May 26, 2016
Time: 5:00 – 7:00p.m.
Location: WRDSB Education Centre, 51 Ardelt Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2C 2R5

Workshop #4: Parent/Caregiver Leadership & Advocacy for Inclusion
This workshop will enhance the leadership capacity of parents/caregivers to become more self-assured in addressing their child’s education experience in the school system.
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: WRDSB Education Centre, 51 Ardelt Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2C 2R5
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Date: June 2, 2016
Time: 5:oo – 7:00p.m.
Location: WRDSB Education Centre, 51 Ardelt Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2C 2R5

Free childcare and refreshments will be provided.

Interested in attending these workshops? Please email Deepa Ahluwalia at deepa_ahluwalia@wrdsb.on.ca. If you require childcare and/or an interpreter, please indicate that in your email.