• Spring Symposium 2020
  • Theme: 20:20 Vision for a Highly Skilled Future

  • Spring Symposium 2020
  • Theme: 20:20 Vision for a Highly Skilled Future

  • Spring Symposium 2020
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2020 SCWI Spring Symposium

On behalf of the Symposium Organizing Committee I'd like to thank our Keynote Panel, Cesare Di Donato, Carol Simpson and Stephen Speers along with all the presenters, moderators, facilitators, tech supporters and especially the attendees for helping to make the 2020 Annual Symposium one of the best attended, and certainly the most unique in our 23 year history. As of today, we don't know if this year's virtual symposium was an innovative response to an unprecedented situation or the beginning of a new era. In either case thank you for contributing to this incredible moment in SCWI history.

David Armstrong
Project Officer
School-College-Work Initiative

Road to the 2020 Symposium

It is the middle of March and, in light of the pandemic, the decision is made to cancel the face-to-face Symposium. Given the importance and popularity of the Symposium, team members attend a “How to Go Virtual” webinar. The webinar suggests it could take 6 to 9 months to fully prepare a virtual symposium.

The date for the 2020 SCWI Symposium was set for May 12th. Could we pull it together in just 8 weeks?

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Comments we've received on the 2020 Symposium

We encourage your comments and suggestions after every symposium. Again this year we were interested to hear what you had to say.

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Symposium Draw Winners

Rosie Hessian, Chair, Conestoga College, RPT 7
- 1 free night stay donated by Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport

Joe Valerio, OYAP Coordinator, London District CDSB, RPT 10
- 1 free night stay donated by Fairfield Inn & Suites Toronto Airport

Leonard Bumbacco, OYAP Coordinator, Waterloo CDSB, RPT 7
- 1 free night stay donated by Hampton Inn & Suites Toronto Airport

Symposium Survey Draw Winners

Pat Piro, OYAP Coordinator, Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic DSB, RPT 14
- $50 Indigo e-certificate

Elizabeth McCormick, Experiential Learning Consultant, Catholic DSB of Eastern Ontario, RPT 9
- $50 Best Buy e-certificate

Mary Vesia, Financial Services Coordinator, Humber College, RPT 2
- $50 Staples e-certificate

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Information and Presentations from SCWI Spring 2020 Symposium
Keynote Panel


Cesare Di Donato

Executive Director, Industry Education Council of Hamilton
Presentation: "Building the Talent Pipeline, through Partnerships that Support Experiential Learning"

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Carol Simpson

Senior Consultant, Simpson Consulting Services
Presentation: "Using Labour Market Information to determine employment demand and training requirements in the skilled trades"

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Stephen Speers M. Ed.

Chair – Workforce Development & Partnerships – Trades Conestoga College - Brantford Campus
Presentation: "The Community College Connection"

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Information and Presentations from SCWI Spring 2020 Symposium
Workshops and Facilitated Networking Sessions
1: Workshop Session Details
1A: Dual Credit Data
TARGET AUDIENCE: RPT Chairs, RPT Coordinators, RPT Members, Researchers
PRESENTERS: Cristina Ilas, Senior Statistical/Research Analyst, Ministry of Education
DESCRIPTION: The Dual Credit Data presentation will include:
• provincial level highlights related to student achievement in dual credit courses;
• an overview of the many data sources that allow us to look at Dual Credit students and programs from various perspectives;
• and an opportunity to ask questions and to discuss results, data quality checks, and data usage.

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1B: La promotion des métiers spécialisés et les technologies aux jeunes de l’Ontario
TARGET AUDIENCE: All teachers are welcome
PRESENTERS: Dan Cardinal & Valérie Brosseau, Liaison Officers, Skills Ontario
DESCRIPTION: Compétences Ontario aide la formation de la main-d’œuvre de demain pour les métiers spécialisés et les technologies. Notre engagement auprès des élèves, des parents, des employeurs et des mentors fait en sorte que nous créons des liens entre l’éducation, l’expérience et l’emploi. Nous effectuons des présentations dans les écoles, organisons le plus grand concours des métiers spécialisés au Canada, offrons des camps d’été axés sur le perfectionnement des compétences.

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1C: A Beginners Guide to Pathways to Apprenticeship: Options for Secondary Students
TARGET AUDIENCE: Guidance counsellors, co-operative education teachers, college advisors, Leaders of Experiential Learning, dual credit teachers, RPT members
PRESENTERS: Phil Hedges, School-College-Work Initiative Provincial Program Co-ordinator; Sonja Vandermeer, School-College-Work Initiative Provincial Program Co-ordinator
DESCRIPTION: Through the School-College-Work Initiative (SCWI), thousands of students have started on their pathways to apprenticeship. We want to help you to help your students explore whether apprenticeship is right for them – and where available and appropriate -- to consider participating in the wide range of SCWI activities and dual credits. This session is specifically designed for participants with no experience. Please bring your copy of Pathways to Apprenticeship (scwi.ca/scwi/policies.php)

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1D: Engaging the Disengaged Student
TARGET AUDIENCE: Dual Credit Teachers, Guidance, Administrators, College Faculty, Advisors, High School Teachers
PRESENTERS: Sue Hawkins, Manager SCWI & AU; Melissa Bosomworth, Wellness Coach- Durham College
DESCRIPTION: This workshop explores several theories to engage SCWI’s primary target group – disengaged youth. The connection between engagement and motivation, the importance of connections, encouraging a sense of belonging, and restorative practices are examined. Suggested resources are provided for those who are interested in learning more.

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2: Facilitated Networking Sessions
2A: School Within A College Teachers’ Networking
Facilitators: Adriana McDonough, Tom Smith

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2B: Supporting Dual Credit Students in Their Next Steps
Supporting Dual Credit Students in Their Next Steps
Facilitators: Sarah Zamin, Ken Harrison

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2C: Session de réseautage pour les trois EPR de langue française
Facilitators: Janine Griffore, Maurice Proulx

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3: Workshop Session Details
3A: Promoting Skilled Trades and Technologies to Youth in Ontario
TARGET AUDIENCE: All Teachers are welcome
PRESENTERS: Dan Cardinal & Valérie Brosseau, Liaison Officers, Skills Ontario
DESCRIPTION: Skills Ontario is helping to build Ontario's skilled trades and technologies workforce. Engaging with students, teachers, parents, volunteers, employers and mentors, we ensure our programs connect education, experience and employment. We deliver in- school presentations across Ontario, host Canada's largest skills competition, and run summer camps for skills development.

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3B: What Makes Dual Credits Effective – Some Practices to Consider
TARGET AUDIENCE: Dual Credit Teachers, Dual Credit Faculty, School Board and College Leads
PRESENTERS: Alexa Farley, Dual Credit Faculty, Georgian College; Janice DeFazio, Dual Credit Support Teacher, Simcoe Muskoka CDSB; Krista Barban, Student Success Consultant, Simcoe Muskoka CDSB; Michelle Rao, Manager School College Partnerships, Georgian College
DESCRIPTION: We will review some of the practices that have proven effective in supporting student dual credit success from before class starts to the final celebration. Topics will include communication tools, student supports, teacher-faculty relationships and college pedagogical approaches. The focus is on non-SWAC dual credits.

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3C: Strategies to Support OYAP Student Success in Level I Dual Credit Programs
3C Strategies to Support OYAP Student Success in Level I Dual Credit Programs
TARGET AUDIENCE: Dual Credit Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, College Faculty, Secondary School Administrators, Student Success Teachers, Coop Teachers
PRESENTERS: Pat Piro, Hamilton-Wentworth CDSB OYAP Coordinator; Joachim Vallentin, Hamilton-Wentworth DSB Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Coordinator
DESCRIPTION: An overview of Level One Accelerated OYAP programs in the Hamilton- Wentworth Region. OYAP Level One programs have added value to the secondary school diploma in Hamilton for over 10 years. Preparing students for these challenging opportunities is critical to the programs' success. OYAP Coordinators will share their strategies and insights into student selection, retention and student achievement in a variety of apprenticeships.

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3D: Dual Credit Rescue
TARGET AUDIENCE: Dual Credit Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, College Faculty, Secondary School Administrators, Student Success Teachers
PRESENTERS: Lynn Krusto, Specialist High Skills Major and Pathways Consultant; Hamilton- Wentworth DSB; Bryan Ledgerwood, Specialist, Community Access and Engagement, Mohawk College.
DESCRIPTION: Dual Credit Rescue is a college delivered dual credit program that targets students within 1 or 2 credits of graduating. This program targets at-risk students who without this intervention would not graduate with their cohort. Schools with low four year graduation rates and low OYAP post-secondary participation rates are identified and students at that school are selected for this program.

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4: Facilitated Networking Sessions
4A: Sharing Strategies for Student Retention, Student Success & Graduation
Facilitators: Deb Ford, April-Dawn Blackwell

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4B: Ideas for the Future of SCWI/IJECT
Facilitators: David Armstrong, Janine Griffore

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4C: Level I Apprenticeship In-School Training Dual Credits
Facilitators: John Kantola, Kevin Hotten

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5: Workshop Session Details
5A: Promoting Women in Skilled Trades - Activities to Encourage Non-Traditional Careers
TARGET AUDIENCE: Dual Credit Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, Administrators
PRESENTERS: Rosie Hessian, Chair, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Conestoga College; Katelyn McCreary, Activities & Events Coordinator, Dual Credit/SCWI, Conestoga College
DESCRIPTION: Join us in exploring activities to encourage young women to choose non- traditional careers in skilled trades.

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5B: Dual Credit Planning to Enhance Student Success
TARGET AUDIENCE: Dual Credit Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, Coop Teachers, Administrators, School Board Consultants
PRESENTERS:Anne Nahorny, Dual Credit Program Coodinator, SLC; Jenn Halligan, Dual Credit Facilitator, SLC
DESCRIPTION: Strategies to Enhance Student Success! This workshop will look at various strategies to get the right students in the right dual credit courses. We will look at different options and factors that determine which programs are best for your Dual credit students. We will discuss delivery methods, course selection and student recruitment and selection. You will leave this workshop with student recruitment and selection strategies galore.

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5C: SCWI Activities to Promote Trades and Technology to Gr. 7 & 8
TARGET AUDIENCE: Gr. 7 & 8 Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, Administrators, Experiential Learning Leads, College Faculty, Administrators, Marketing and Recruitment
PRESENTERS: Antonio Stefanile, SCWI RPT 11 College Advisor and Gr. 7 & 8 Activities Coordinator; Jim Keyes, SCWI RPT 11 Coordinator
DESCRIPTION:SCWI RPT 11 provides the opportunity for up to 900 Grade 7 & 8 students to spend a day at Confederation College. Students experience hands-on and interactive activities with a key focus on skilled trades and the opportunities they present. Recent enhancements have expanded these activities to offer an evening on campus for students with their parents.

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5D: Engaging the Disengaged Student
TARGET AUDIENCE: Dual Credit Teachers, Guidance, Administrators, College Faculty, Advisors, High School Teachers
PRESENTERS: Sue Hawkins, Manager SCWI & AU; Melissa Bosomworth, Wellness Coach- Durham College
DESCRIPTION: This workshop explores several theories to engage SCWI’s primary target group – disengaged youth. The connection between engagement and motivation, the importance of connections, encouraging a sense of belonging, and restorative practices are examined. Suggested resources are provided for those who are interested in learning more.

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New this Year: Pre-Symposium Activities


    • An Introduction to the School-College-Work Initiative and Dual Credits
      Presented by Sonja Vandermeer, Provincial SCWI Program Co-ordinator.
    • New to the School-College-Work Initiative? View this pre-Symposium recorded webinar to learn more about this successful initiative that helps eligible students graduate from secondary school and have a seamless transition to college and apprenticeship. (Recorded April 14, 2020).
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    • J_Clinton

      Dr. Jon Callegher
      Executive Director - Job Talks
    • Balanced Intelligence: Why Skilled Trades are Better(2019)
      Skilled tradespeople are among the most fulfilled workers in the country. Learn about Balanced Intelligence and promoting pathways to Skilled Trades.
      Watch video.

    • J_Clinton

      Dr. Jean M. Clinton BMus MD FRCP(C)
    • Connecting with Adolescent Learners – The Heart of Well-Being” (2018)
      Learn how we can focus on harnessing the novelty, creativity, and emotional intelligence teens have due to their “adolescent brain”
      Watch video.

    • S_Middleton

      Dr. Stuart Middleton
      Director of External Relations Manukau IT, NZ
    • Breeching the Walls: A New Way of Bringing Success to Students” (2017)
      Learn about the Tertiary High School in New Zealand where failing grade 9 students are brought to the MIT to complete high school and tertiary technical skills qualifications.
      Watch video.

    • Brian_Weishar

      Brian Weishar
      Simcoe Muskoka Catholic DSB
    • Adolescents Can Learn Anything: The Growth Mindset Explained for Teachers” (2015)
      Learn about the adolescent brain, the educator’s role in shaping it, and approaching learning with a growth mindset to help teens.
      Slides and Audio.

  • Notes:

    • Adobe Connect recordings work best in the Classic mode.
    • You do not need to register for these Pre-Symposium Activities.

    If you are looking for something interesting to read, visit the SCWI Research, Reports and Conferences webpage, and view the most recent SCWI Newsletter online.

Links to archives from the last three Symposia are provided below.

The archive files contain the workshop PowerPoint presentations and other symposium resource information.