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Posted 10/02/2017 09:57PM

"Connected Communities: Building a Circle of Care"

The Student Life Conference is an engaging and informative professional development opportunity for all faculty and staff in CIS Ontario schools who support student leadership, learning diversity, health and wellbeing. The day is recommended for administrators and staff involved in school life and student support, and all teachers, especially those working in guidance, boarding, student services and learning strategies. In addition to the keynote and workshop sessions, there will be an opportunity for individuals to connect and collaborate during a job-alike session.

Keynote Presentation: Understanding the Teenage Brain

The teenage brain lecture takes a journey through the development of a child's brain up to young adulthood, focusing on an understanding of how the brain works, its power and its vulnerabilities, healthy brain habits, how the brain learns best, the impact of technology, social media and the internet on the brain, depression, anxiety, substance use and the dangers of alcohol and marijuana on the teenage brain.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christine Lay

The Centre for Headache provides expert evaluation and individualized treatment plans for patients suffering from migraine and other headache disorders. It is the first of its kind at an Ontario teaching hospital. Dr. Christine Lay, an internationally acknowledged headache expert and one of a very few neurologists in Canada with United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties board certification in Headache Medicine, heads the centre. Dr. Lay is also an associate professor of neurology and the director of Headache at the University of Toronto. She did her neurology residency at Mayo Clinic where she was chief resident and completed her Headache fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She lectures internationally and has published on numerous Headache conditions, in addition to being a consultant for media articles and interviews. For a few years now Dr Lay has been lecturing to students, teachers and parents about the teenage brain and how to keep it healthy, including issues related to sleep, learning and the internet, as well as the impact of alcohol and marijuana on the developing brain. She and her husband are the parents of two teenagers.

Session Overviews:

Select 3 one hour sessions from a variety of topics related to the theme "Connected Communities: Building a Circle of Care". Click here to review the session options.

Schedule for the Day:

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration & Refreshments

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christine Lay

Understanding the Teenage Brain

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Job-Alike Introduction

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Session #1

11:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. Session #2

12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. LUNCH

1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. Session #3

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Job-Alike Sessions

*Lunch and light refreshments will be included-please include any dietary restrictions in registration.


The cost of the Conference is $85.00 per participant. Each registered participant's school will be billed for the cost.


Host School:

11300 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada L4S 1L4, 905-737-1114


To register and select your session choices, please click here.

CIS Ontario extends a huge thank you to our host school, Holy Trinity School, the Student Life Conference Organizing Committee and all the conference presenters.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Craig, CIS Ontario Executive Director.

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