Parent Education

Throughout the year, the Parent Education Committee arranges topical speakers and panels for the parent community. For questions regarding Parent Education or if you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Parent Education Co-Chair,
Kerry Thompson (

2021-2022 Parent Ed Events


Dr. Mary Reid 

Dismantling Anti-Asian Racism: Beyond Performativity, Checklists, and Hashtags

Date: May 30th, 2022, 6:30-8:30pm

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Lunch & Learn with Denia

JICS Parenting Workshop Series

Topic: Pathways to Positive Masculinity - Raising Boys with a Healthy Understanding of Masculinity

Date: March 31st, 2022

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Dr. Charles Tator

The Importance of Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Concussions in our Children

Date: February 24, 2022

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Jesse Wente

Author of book, Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance

A fireside Q&A with Jesse Wente.

Date: February 3, 2022

Purchase Jesse's book to receive the recording of this event

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Lunch & Learn with Ellie

JICS Parenting Workshop Series

Topic: Riding the Waves - A review of recent literature on predictors of parental resilience and burnout during the pandemic

Date: January 27, 2022

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Lunch & Learn with Ellie

JICS Parenting Workshop Series

Topic: What I need from you: Emotion coaching through a developmental lens

Date: December 2nd, 2021

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Rabia Khokar

Building Inclusive and Equitable 'Bookshelves'

Date: November 23rd, 2021

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Rabia's Resource List

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PFLAG Toronto

The first JICS PA Parent Education event of 2021-2022 took place via Zoom on October 14th from 7:00-8:00 pm. This workshop by PFLAG Toronto, focused on inclusive parenting and how to create an affirming environment for your child, and children in general, on topics related to gender identity and sexual orientation.

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Lunch & Learn with Ellie

JICS Parenting Workshop Series

Topic: Social Media and Protecting Your Child's Sense of Self

Date: October 21st

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Past Parent Education Events

The Ripple Effect: Sleep, Eat, Move and Think Better with Dr. Greg Wells

April 09, 2019

Imagine if school was a place where you went to get healthier and perform to your potential...


There are problems standing in the way of making that dream a reality. The world is faced with 4 inter-related epidemics – sleeplessness, obesity, inactivity and mental illness. Fortunately, the scientific answers to these problems are available today. Sleep soundly. Eat Smarter. Move More. Think Clearly.


In this presentation, Dr. Wells presented scientific solutions to the challenges of sleeplessness, obesity, inactivity and mental illness. Using stories, research and simple tactics, Dr. Wells clearly outlined how to improve children’s health, supercharge their lives and help them to ultimately reach their full potential.


This presentation was based on Dr. Wells’ new book The Ripple Effect.

The Kids We Lose: Dr. Ross Greene Documentary

December 05, 2018

Influential child psychologist, Dr. Ross Greene, returned to JICS to screen his new documentary, The Kids We Lose. The screening was followed by a Q & A with Dr. Ross Greene. 

The Kids We Lose is a 90-minute documentary film about the human side of having a child or student with behavioral challenges, and the struggles faced by parents, educators, staff in facilities, mental health clinicians, and law enforcement professionals in trying to ensure that these kids receive the help they need. The Kids We Lose also exposes the often brutal, inhumane ways in which our kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges are treated in schools, inpatient psychiatry units, residential facilities, and prisons.

How to Talk to Your Children About the Holocaust

November 05, 2018

Part of Holocaust Education Week, How to Talk to Your Child about the Holocaust looked at this topic through a wider lens, examining how and when is the right time to engage children in conversations about the Holocaust and other difficult world events. We encourage our community to join us for an engaging parent evening and an exciting collaboration of like-minded institutions.


The program began with a talk from noted psychologist, Dr. Dona Matthews, and concluded with facilitated discussions in groups of parents with similarly-aged children.

The Future of Education - Panel Discussion

October 29, 2018

This parent education event featured an interactive panel discussion with leading experts on the future of Indigenous education, social and emotional learning, mental health and artificial intelligence.

The panel featured:

  • Dr. Jeffery Ansloos, Assistant Professor, Indigenous Mental Health and Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

  • Dr. Rumeet Billan, Chief Learning Architect

  • Richard Messina, Principal, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study

  • Dr. Michael Salvatori, CEO and Registrar, Ontario College of Teachers

  • Ami Shah, Co-founder and CEO, Peekapak

Collaborative and Proactive Solutions for Parents with Dr. Ross W. Greene

April 27, 2018

This parent education event focused on scenarios that are relevant to parents with children who have behavioural challenges along with the challenges that are typical with all children. The seminar was followed by a short Q&A.

Please follow the link below to visit the website, Lives in the Balance, which provides resources supporting Dr. Greene's approach. 

Understanding Misbehaviour with Alyson Schafer

October 24, 2017

Our first parent education night of the year! Alyson Schafer is a family counsellor, author and internationally acclaimed parenting expert who empowers families by sharing her principles, rules and tools for raising happy and healthy kids. Our first parent education night of the year! Alyson Schafer is a family counsellor, author and internationally acclaimed parenting expert who empowers families by sharing her principles, rules and tools for raising happy and healthy kids.

Body, Boundaries & Gender

May 01, 2017

Jennifer Katz, a registered nurse and sexual health promotor with the City of Toronto spoke about how to speak with children about their bodies and sexuality and how this is an important and proven way to help keep them safe.  She also covered topics such as gender identity and how to deal with the stereotypes coming from pop culture.

Math Morning

February 16, 2017

On February 16th, we had our Math Morning at Jackman ICS. It was an opportunity for parents to see first-hand how math is taught here. 

Children and Sleep

April 18, 2016

Dr. Gruber is a researcher and Clinical Child Psychologist at the Douglas Institute Department of Psychiatry, McGill University. Dr. Gruber's research focuses on the consequences of quantity and quality of sleep on health and daytime functioning in children. Dr. Gruber will speak to the JICS community about the importance of sleep, the impact of sleep on the brain, her own studies on prevention and intervention as well as providing strategies to promote healthy sleeping habits.

What Kids Need to Eat

April 20, 2015

A scientific approach to optimizing children’s mental and physical health through diet with Aileen Burford-Mason, PhD.

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