Public Education Symposium

Public Education Symposium (PES) 2023

The Public Education Symposium (PES) is the premier professional development event for Ontario’s public school boards.

SAVE THE DATE: January 26-28 at the Sheraton Centre, Toronto

We look forward to the first in-person PES since 2020 and to welcoming trustees for the new term.

Online registration and hotel booking information coming soon.


Public Education Symposium (PES) 2022

The Public Education Symposium (PES) is the premier professional development event for Ontario School Boards. PES took place via Zoom on Friday, January 28, 2022.

Click here to view our program.


Remarks & Q&A with Minister of Education, the Honourable Stephen Lecce

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Keynote Speaker: Randell Adjei, Ontario’s First Poet Laureate presents: The Audacity to Dream in the Face of Adversity – please scroll to 39:00 minute mark to watch Randell’s presentation.

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WORKSHOP 1: Indigenous Language Recovery

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Join First Nations Trustee, Claudine VanEvery-Albert (Grand Erie District School Board) to learn about Indigenous Language, the importance of Language on Culture and why Language and Culture are so vital to First Nations Children and the health of our communities. Claudine will be speaking to her experiences and a discussion paper she prepared for OPSBA’s Indigenous Trustees’ Council, as well as some intergenerational considerations and impacts of the residential school system and Canadian policy towards First Nations.

WORKSHOP 2: Moving Forward with Anti-Racism in Every Classroom

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Join Educator, Speaker and Writer Matthew R. Morris for a presentation and Q & A session about anti-racism in every classroom and how trustees can create capacity around examining bias.

WORKSHOP 3: Understanding Operations vs. Governance: Effective Director of Education, Chairperson and Board Relationships

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Alicia Higgison, Board Chair and Erin Kelly, Director of Education – Greater Essex County DSB
Jodi Lloyd, Board Chair and John Dance, Director of Education – Simcoe County DSB.

Keynote Address and Q&A with Nicholas A. Christakis, Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University & Author of Apollo’s Arrow

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Panel Discussion: Ontario School Boards – 2022 and Beyond
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School board trustees take their place in a history that started in 1816 when school trustees became the first democratically elected representatives in Ontario. Taking up the office of school board trustee is a call to model ethical and courageous leadership that values every member of the board community and reaches for equity of outcomes for our students. As the 2022 Municipal and School Board Elections draw near, our panel will discuss how we can build upon the democratic and inclusive nature of school board governance to better serve our students and communities.


Elaine Johnston, Algoma DSB Trustee and Chair of OPSBA Indigenous Trustees’ Council
Ken Jeffers, Associate Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at OPSBA
Karine Ricard, Trustee, Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Corrine Rahman, Trustee, Thames Valley DSB
Myer Siemiatycki, Professor Emeritus of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University

For more information:

For help with registration: Carla Garbas, Administrative Support, Email pdevents@opsba.org.

For program information: Kendra Tedford Devine, 416-340-2540, ext. 128 or email inquiry@opsba.org