By: Tony A. San Juan, OCT.

The Filipino Canadian Parents Association in Catholic Education ( FCPACE) is conducting its second annual conference of parents, students and teachers on May 14, 2016, Saturday,  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Catholic Education Centre, TCDSB, 80 Sheppard Avenue East, North York, Toronto. FCPACE  was formed in November. 2013 by parents and teachers whose children are studying and / or have studied in publicly-funded Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the Greater Toronto Area ( GTA). The yearly gathering is open to all Catholic families, parents and students who are new immigrants, permanent residents or Canadian citizens alike.
This year’s conference main objective is “to support student achievement and well-being by getting parents more involved in their children’s learning and school performance”. As well, the gathering aims and hopes to receive, share and discuss information and advice on best practices in parent engagement and community involvement and ways to help parents support their children’s learning at home and at school.
In partnership and collaboration with the Philippine Advancement Through Arts & Culture ( PATAC) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board ( TCDSB), the one- day free event is expected to carry out its theme :“Enhancing Filipino Parent Engagement and Community Involvement” through 4 major workshop topics. Participating FilCan parents, students and teachers , upon registration, shall be given the opportunity to join any one of the following topics : 1) Effective Parenting : Home-and-School Environment, 2) The School System: Curriculum and Teaching & Learning Styles, 3) Catholic Education and Faith Formation , and 4) Parent Advocacy and School -Community Engagement.
The whole day program, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education under its Parents Reaching Out ( PRO) Grants, shall include : a mass service , registration, pleasantries & & networking, greetings &  brief messages, keynote address, entertainment numbers, workshop process instruction, group discussions, lunch break, and a plenary session.
Each topic shall be covered for an hour of group discussion to be moderated by a professional facilitator and a resource person. The one- hour sharing shall produce a written summary of recommended practices and strategies for parents guidance to be presented by each group during the plenary session.
Complimentary lunch and snacks will be served .Those interested are encouraged to register early by contacting : Ruth Oliveros at :rutholiveros@sympatico.ca /Tel. 416- 282-7262  or Marla Tanuan at:mtanuan@yahoo.com / Tel. 416-209-8659. and indicating their workshop topic preference.  Alternatively, for Eventbrite registration, check out the links at:https://www.facebook.com/events/199165520440319/  and http://filipinoparentsengage.eventbrite.com .
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