TDSC Conversations Series

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TDSB families are invited to join us for a series of engaging and informative conversations on topics we heard you want to learn more about. Hear from leading experts and participate in question and answer sessions online.

These conversations are jointly hosted by the TDSB’s Parent and Community Engagement Office and the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee.

See below for more details about each session including speakers. Access information will be added to this page closer to the date of each session.

Screenagers Next Chapter — Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience Screening

  • Speaker: Screening followed by facilitated conversation with Director Delaney Rushton
  • Thursday, March 25, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

High stress, anxiety and depression are experienced by millions of young people. In the documentary Screenagers, we witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. We follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. We also observe approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought-leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among our youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, how it may be impacting our teen’s mental health, and what we can do to help foster youth in the face of struggles.

Where to watch:

  • by Zoom
  • by phone: +1 647 558 0588  or +1 647 374 4685
    • Webinar ID: 939 6270 6261
    • Passcode: 436752

Navigating Life’s Highs and Lows for Teenage Girls

Lisa Damour is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. She writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times, co-hosts the Ask Lisa podcast, appears as a regular contributor to CBS News, works in collaboration with UNICEF, and serves on the Advisory Board for Parents magazine. Dr. Damour will deliver an insightful and informative conversation about guiding teenage girls through the seven transitions into adulthood.

Past Conversations

Families Amidst Racial Traumas

Black youth and families have been experiencing racial trauma against their bodies for generations and this has contributed to the issues of physical and mental health and the way in which black people receive services. Considering recent events of anti-black racism in North America, it is important to acknowledge the immediate and vicarious trauma experienced by black youth and their families on account of racial trauma.

This webinar will look at the differential experiences of Black bodies as it pertains to the hierarchy of race, and subsequently why anti-black racism must be the focus when dealing with black people and addressing trauma. This will be an opportunity to have some discussion on how to address issues of anti-black racism to best serve people you support.

Join us:


How Children Understand Race and How Adults Can Help

Watch the Conversation
Many people avoid discussing race and racism with children because they believe that children don’t see race, or because they’re unsure how to have a conversation about it. Join us to hear from Professor Erin Winkler who will guide parents, families, and educators to help children understand racial identity, racism, and racial inequities in age-appropriate ways that empower the young children in their lives.

All past conversations can be viewed on the PCEO YouTube channel.