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Equity Conference 2017
On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the Anti-Racism, Equity, and Social Justice Committee is holding its annual Equity Conference for teachers at the Holiday Inn, Yorkdale.

Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. The program will begin at 9:20 a.m.

There is no cost to attend. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Registration will proceed on a first-come, first-served basis. This conference is for ETT members only.

Registration has been extended until Monday, April 24, 2017, 4:00 p.m.


Participants who attend the entire conference (including the evaluation session) will receive an attendance allowance of $40 to cover all related expenses (travel, child care, etc.) at the end of the event.

Parking expenses will be reimbursed by ARESJ.

ASL Interpretation

Members requiring ASL interpretation are asked to contact Agnes Cicha at by no later than April 7, 2017, 4:00 p.m., so that we can book interpreters.


9:00 - 9:20 a.m. Registration
9:20 - 10:20 a.m. Session 1
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Session 2
11:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. Lunch
12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Equity and Special Education, presented by TDSB Director John Malloy
1:45 - 2:00 p.m. Evaluations


When registering, please select different workshops for sessions 1 and 2. The maximum number of participants per session is 15.

Islamophobia and the School System

Presenter: Mohammed Boudjenane

This workshop focuses on concepts and definitions of Islamophobia, how intolerance against Muslims shapes public discourse, impacts of racism on people, methodological principles and approaches, and suggested strategies in schools.

Sessions 1 and 2

Anti-Oppression Framework: Working with Diverse Communities/Identities from an AO/AR lens

Presenter: Said Dirie

In this workshop, participants will understand the dynamics of privilege, power, oppression, and social location; understand how their own social identities impact their interactions with clients and colleagues; and develop skills for analyzing racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination.

This session will also include both a theoretical dialogue on cultural awareness and interactive discussions that will demonstrate some AO (anti-oppression) practices when dealing with marginalized individuals and communities.

Sessions 1 and 2

Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy

Presenter: Vidya Shah

Education can be a living embodiment of critical democracy that encourages students to develop awareness and question the world around them. This session will explore connections between the theory and practice of Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy (CRRP).

Participants will have opportunities to consider how the experiences and identities of students and their families can be honoured, reflected, and affirmed in the classroom, and how we can support their development as critical and engaged citizens. Several examples will be shared by the presenter and participants will have opportunities to connect current and relevant social justice issues to students and curriculum.

Sessions 1 and 2

Equity in the Classroom

Presenter: Andrea Moffat

This session will quickly garner trust to facilitate honest dialogue. Encouraging participants to do introspective analysis so they can be aware of their own personal bias and discuss how to challenge bias they may face. Attendees will review diversity concepts and engage each other's expertise on how to recognize and alleviate systemic barriers. The module will also look at tools to help enhance student experience engaging in part of the solution and managing negative experiences of inequities that they may face.

Sessions 1 and 2

Your Personalized Action Plan for Mental Health

Presenter: Kathleen Qu, FeelingBetterNow

Mental health is a tricky, tricky topic. It’s difficult to determine whether the discomfort you feel is from a stressful day or is indicative of a deeper concern. There’s a lot of research and resources addressing the mental health of youth, but what about teachers? The mental health of teachers affects more than just the individual – it can leave a lasting impression on students. That’s why it is critical that teachers have a support network for their mental health concerns.

In this workshop, we discuss teacher-centric mental health solutions. We explore the tools that are available to you through your benefits program and how you can be educated, engaged, and empowered to take charge of your mental health.

Sessions 1 and 2

Emotional Wellness in Classroom Learning Communities

Presenters: Adam Davies and Molly Goodis

This presentation will analyze effective pedagogical approaches and practical proactive strategies for promoting a mentally healthy learning community. Specifically, this presentation will aim to address teacher wellness from an equity and holistic lens that acknowledges various intersectional axes of oppression.

Session 1 only

Equity Issues in Queering Elementary Classrooms

Presenters: Adam Davies and Molly Goodis

This workshop will present various pedagogical approaches and theoretical strategies for queering elementary classroom learning communities. The focus of this workshop will be on both addressing LGBTQ+ content in curricula and pedagogy, as well as equity issues pertaining to race, gender, ability, and other intersectional axes of oppression within LGBTQ+ content and praxis.

Session 2 only

Equity and Special Education Discussion

TDSB Director John Malloy will take part in a discussion with attendees on the Board's Integrated Equity Framework Action Plan 2016-2019.

All attendees will take part in this discussion.

Contact Information

Kwabena Frimpong
Executive Liaison, Anti-Racism, Equity, and Social Justice Committee
416-393-9930 ext. 223

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Holiday Inn Yorkdale
3450 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario

Directions by Car

The Holiday Inn Yorkdale is located west of Allen Road and Yorkdale Shopping Centre, and just south of Highway 401. Pay parking is available on site.

Directions by TTC

The closest TTC subway station is Yorkdale. Exit the station and walk west through the mall to Dufferin Street. The Holiday Inn Yorkdale is on the west side of Dufferin Street, just south of Highway 401.