Public Education Symposium

Public Education Symposium (PES) 2024
January 25 and  January 26 at the Sheraton Centre, Toronto
Leadership Excellence: Strengthening Public Education Together

On January 25 and 26, OPSBA hosted the 2024 Public Education Symposium in downtown Toronto, launching a newly refreshed brand in the process!

Featuring outstanding keynote speakers, including TVO’s Steve Paikin, Romaine Mitchell of the Ministry of Education’s Indigenous Education Office, and emotional intelligence coach Jamelle Lindo, the conference provided an engaging and informative professional development opportunity for more than 250 public school trustees and senior school board staff. Additional sessions included a panel discussion on school board collaboration with municipalities and workshops on the following:

  • An introduction to Skills Ontario
  • Navigating public relations challenges
  • The transformational power of school food programs
  • Understanding hate in Canadian classrooms and how to address growing antisemitism
  • Affirming Muslim learners and challenging Islamophobia
  • Two tier bargaining – experiences had and lessons learned
  • Indigenous language revitalization
  • Education finance – a tutorial and Q&A
  • Bill 98, Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act – impacts on trustees
  • Human Rights and equity issues
  • Digital media literacy in the age of Artificial Intelligence
  • A special session for Chairs and Vice-Chairs on running effective meetings and governance tools

The Symposium was capped off by a hilarious performance from CBC’s The Debaters on Friday evening. Presentations for many of the sessions are available by request – email pdevents@opsba.org.

A selection of photos are available on OPSBA’s Instagram page.


Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25 – Sheraton Centre, Toronto

For more information: Email the PD Events Team