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Accommodating Disabilities: Building Educator Capacity to Help Students Succeed in PSE

Post-secondary education institutions in Canada are enrolling more and more students with diverse and wide-ranging disabilities. What do college and university educators need to know to help accommodate the varied learning needs of students in their classrooms? This webinar will discuss the Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) program, a modified college diploma program offered at Ontario colleges for students with significant learning challenges. The CICE program enlists dedicated learning facilitators who work with teaching faculty to modify course components to suit the learning objectives of the individual student. The webinar will discuss how the CICE program achieves collaboration between program staff and college faculty to help students with disabilities succeed in achieving their learning goals.

Live Webinar | June 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

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Employability Skills: What Every Employer Seeks

Employers in all sectors across Canada seek workers who demonstrate Employability Skills. The Conference Board of Canada’s Employability Skills define the skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace. They are the foundation for employability and provide a common language for recruitment, performance review, and career path planning. Related resources, including the Employability Skills Toolkit and the Employability Skills Credentialing Tool,are available to support Employability Skills development. These tools are designed to help individuals and employers in performance review and career path planning activities. Join Alison in this webinar, and learn how Employability Skills can help learners and employers focus and develop the skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed for success in the workplace and beyond.

Recorded Webinar | April 2018 | Alison Howard | The Conference Board of Canada

Putting Social Sciences and Humanities Graduates to Work: Strategies that Move Students from Classroom to Career

This recorded webinar discusses how post-secondary institutions and educators can better support social sciences and humanities students for careers before they make the transition to the work world.

Recorded Webinar | March 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Understanding the Teenage Mind: Strategies to Engage Youth in Agri-Food Careers

According to the 2016 Census, the agriculture and agri-food sector accounts for 6.7% of Canada’s total GDP and employs approximately 2.3 million people. However, despite agri-food’s significant contribution to the economy, the average Canadian teenager is unsure about the sector and uninformed of its career opportunities. This lack of awareness presents a serious challenge to recruit the next generation of agri-food employees. With a rising labour shortage in the sector, and a need to feed a growing population, it is more important than ever to interest youth in an agri-food career pathway. So how do we get them engaged?

Recorded Webinar | March 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Post-Secondary Partnerships & Entrepreneurial Skills Development

Post-secondary students make up Canada’s largest source of new talent. Unfortunately, Canadian grads are experiencing high unemployment rates and gaps in skill-sets, citing a lack of experience as a main barrier to employment.

Recorded Webinar | February 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Cost of Inequality and the Role of Early Child Education in Closing the Gap

Greater investment in early childhood education (ECE) can be a springboard to success. Expanding ECE in Canada would increase female labour market participation, improve child outcomes (especially for disadvantaged children), and reduce Canada’s income inequality. Access to ECE helps cultivate a healthy society. Yet Canada spends less on ECE than other countries. Our educational enrolment rate for children aged 2-4 year is 58 per cent, compared to the average of close to 70 per cent in comparable advanced nations. Bringing Canada’s enrolment rate for children aged 2 to 4 up to the average of other nations would put 134,000 more children in ECE programs. In this free webinar, Craig Alexander will present the findings of Conference Board research on the impact of ECE. The full analysis is published in the Conference Board report, Ready for Life: A Socio-Economic Analysis of Early Childhood Education and Care. Craig will also address the most important dimensions for policy-makers to discuss in order to maximize the benefits of ECE – enrolment rates and the duration that children receive ECE programming. The bottom line is that investments in play-based high-quality ECE can help children from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed. It can also help improve income for low income families and help support women in the labour market. And, it would remove a key source of inequality.

Recorded Webinar | January 2018 | Craig Alexander | The Conference Board of Canada

Supporting All Learners through Inclusive Post-Secondary Education

Adult learners with significant learning challenges, cognitive and developmental disabilities, and acquired brain injuries have more support than ever before to help them obtain a post-secondary education (PSE) credential. Thanks to specialized inclusive education programs offered by Canadian colleges and universities, these learners can gain academic, employment, and personal supports to help them achieve their goals. Once largely excluded from PSE and employment, these individuals are benefiting from programs that including curriculum modifications, tailored learning services, and supported community work placements. Join us in examining what inclusive education means for Canadian PSE. We will discuss how inclusive PSE programs are designed and delivered, what goes into operating a successful inclusive education program, and what the benefits are for learners, communities, employers, and PSE.

Recorded Webinar | December 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

International Student Attraction in the Era of Brexit and Trump

Recent political developments in the U.K. and U.S. bring into question whether those countries will continue to appeal to international students. Some argue that Brexit, changes to U.K. immigration policies, and Trump’s rhetoric will benefit competitor nations such as Canada, who also look to attract international students.However, while politics has a major influence on the decision making of international students, other factors also play a role. Uri Carnat of IDP Education provides an overview of these factors and how they are currently impacting the international student landscape. Uri looks at the latest international student statistics, focusing on Canada, the U.K., U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. In comparison with these countries, what are Canada’s advantages, and where is it falling short? How can Canada address its shortcomings?Uri also provides insights on key international student source countries and how these developments will impact Canada.

Recorded Webinar | October 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Collaborative Campus Leadership: Inter-Institutional Solutions to Community Issues

The Edmonton region wants to diversify its economy while addressing the social complexities of a boom-and-bust economy and burgeoning immigration. In response, Edmonton's six post-secondary institutions have stepped forward in a collaborative way to work with the city and industry to address economic and social growth. By focusing on Edmonton as a learning city, these institutions endeavor to remove barriers to learning and engage more citizens in lifelong learning. This is the 3rd webinar of a 3 part series called The City-Campus Connection: Higher Education for Community and Regional Development Contact us to register for all 3!

Recorded Webinar | May 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development: The Role of Cities and Educators in Building a Lasting Future

Education is a key lever for cities and regions to build a more sustainable future. Formal and informal learning opportunities are helping learners of all ages acquire the values, knowledge, and skills needed to support sustainable, healthy, vibrant, and peaceful societies.

Recorded Webinar | May 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Celebrating Learning in the Community: Bringing Higher Education Down from the Tower

Institutions of higher education and municipalities sometimes face challenges in connecting with one another. Complex socio-political and geographic divisions can make this disjunction difficult to overcome, but communities and post-secondary institutions are realizing the value of bridging this divide. The Burnaby Festival of Learning launched in May 2016 with the intention of strengthening connections between the local community and a major post-secondary institution. Jointly led by Simon Fraser University and the City of Burnaby, the week-long festival offered free educational events across the city, engaging Burnaby residents of all backgrounds in the celebration of lifelong learning. At the same time, the Festival created new networks between municipal leadership, university leadership, municipal and university departments, the local public library system, and the local school district. This is the first webinar of a 3 part series called The City-Campus Connection: Higher Education for Community and Regional Development Contact us to register for all 3!

Recorded Webinar | April 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

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