Re-thinking the capabilities of children: When students become teachers

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This conference, held by a United Nations award-winning educational organization, will explore the positive impact of reverse-mentoring

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On Monday, February 15, 2021, United Nations Award-Winning educational organization Youth Empowering Parents will hold a virtual conference about the positive impact reverse mentoring can have on schools, children, and communities.

At this conference, you will:

  • Hear student success stories from award-winning and innovative educators.
  • Learn about forward-thinking strategies they use to close gaps in education and meet the social-emotional needs of marginalized students.
  • Discuss the positive ways children can make an impact when they are viewed as a solution to a problem, rather than the problem itself.

This virtual event will start at 12pm EST and end at 2pm EST.

This conference includes the opportunity for attendees to interact with, and ask questions of, all speakers.

Learn more about Youth Empowering Parents at

List of Speakers

Cloyce Weaver, Conference Host & Moderator, Retired educator, international speaker

Cloyce has been intimately involved in the education sector for almost 50 years as a teacher, educator and administrator. Originally specializing in the dramatic arts, he has multiple advanced degrees in education (University of Connecticut, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, Brock University) and is an international presenter. He brings expertise in classroom mediation, instructional strategies, and integrative thinking. He has also spent time at the Ministry of Education as a Student Achievement Officer.

Emma Nichols, one of Canada’s most outstanding Principals

An educator for 30 years, and selected as one of Canada’s 40 Outstanding Principals by The Learning Partnership, Emma is passionate about inquiry based learning and the opportunities for student voice that this pedagogical approach supports. She currently teaches the Principal Qualification Program at OISE/University of Toronto, and is also Principal at Lord Dufferin Junior and Senior Public School, located in the inner-city Toronto community of Regent Park -- one of the most culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged communities in the country. Through her work, she drastically improved student attendance and student attitudes towards education.

David Crichton, Principal of a ‘Changemaker School’

Featured regularly in the CBC, Globe & Mail, and other local media, David is intensively involved in work around social justice and anti-black racism to influence the overall culture at his school. David has been a Principal for over a decade, with an underlying philosophy of “the school is the heart of the community.” His school looks very much like a community centre, and he integrates art installations and parent voices to enrich the vibrant diversity of his school community. David’s work as Principal achieved national recognition when Rose Avenue Public School was chosen as 1 of only 2 primary schools in Canada to receive “Changemaker school” status by Ashoka Canada -- an honour given to schools who integrate innovative approaches through building empathy, creativity, leadership, and teamwork.

Jason Kandankery, he transforms youth into agents of change

Jason is passionate about working in under-served communities and how we can work to decolonize schools so they become sites of liberation and possibility for all students. He encourages teachers to implement the school curriculum through the lens of social justice. Jason believes that schools, parents and the communities they serve must work together so that students see themselves as agents of change. He has been an educator for nearly 20 years, and a Principal for the past 10, where he transformed one of Toronto’s lowest achieving schools, with low parent engagement, into one of the city’s unique success stories. Jason is a firm believer in the power of reverse-mentoring.

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