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Public Education Symposium

Hundreds of trustees, student trustees and school board administrators participate in OPSBA's Public Education Symposium each January. This premier professional development symposium, specifically designed for school boards, offers dynamic sessions on topics directly affecting the role of trustee and the broader environment within which school boards operate.

2019 Public Education Symposium

January 24 to 26, 2019
Sheraton Centre Hotel
123 Queen Street West
Toronto  M5H 2M9

Hotel Information

Preferred hotel rate is $221.99 plus taxes (single/double). Please contact the hotel directly for reservations.
Book online
Telephone: 1-888-627-7175 (reservations centre) before January 7, 2019. Please quote the group name OPSBA Public Education Symposium 2019 or the group code OA30AB in order to receive the preferred rate. After this deadline, rooms will be available on a space-available basis only.

Online Registration

Online registration is now open.  Click here to register for the 2019 Public Education Symposium

Program Information

Program Outline

These are just some of the sessions being planned for you:

Thursday, January 24:  DON DRUMMOND, Adjunct Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University
Friday, January 25:  MICHAEL "PINBALL" CLEMONS

with time for discussion and Q. & A.

  • Parliamentary Procedures– both Basic and Advanced
  • Role of the Trustee, Role of the Chair, Relationships within School Boards
  • Code of Conduct, Conflict Resolution, Running Effective Meetings
  • Current Issues and Hot Topics in Education – Panel presentation
  • Liability and Legal Considerations for Trustees
  • Indigenous Education
  • Labour Relations
  • What Does OPSBA Do for You?  How can you get involved?  Professional Development Modules and Government Legislation


2018 PES Presentation Material


Pre-Symposium - Thursday, January 25

Equity and Human Rights, Ministry of Education

Truth and Reconciliation in Inclusive School Climates

Kevin Lamoreux, Keynote Presentation

15 Minute Presentations

  1. Leading with Care - Promising Practices in Creating a Responsive Environment, Renfrew County DSB
  2. Integrating First Nations, Métis and Inuit Perspectives in Grade 3/4 and Grade 5/6, Trillium Lakelands DSB
  3. STEM: Board Well-Being Strategy (Students and Staff), Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB
  4. The Board of Trustees Inspire Awards, Halton DSB

Main Symposium - Thursday, January 25

Friday, January 20

Afternoon Workshops

  1. Freedom of Information (FOI); Managing Risk; Protecting Trustees; Running Effective Meetings
  2. Changes to the 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections
  3. The Kingston High School Transit Pass Program

For more information:

Susan Weinberg, Professional Development Coordinator, 416-340-2540, x128
or email the Webmaster