From encouraging activism to raising high achievers, TVO's Your Voice helps parents help their kids succeed in school



    Your Voice

    Live Tuesdays at 1 pm ET at tvoparents.com

    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - Your Voice, TVO's exclusively online
interactive parenting show available at tvoparents.com, provides expert,
real-time advice on how parents and caregivers can help their kids navigate
the issues they face at school. Your Voice and tvoparents.com were developed
to help parents of early learners and school-age children get involved in
their kids' education, and make it the best it can be.
    Every Tuesday live at 1 pm ET, Your Voice host Cheryl Jackson, welcomes
education and child development experts to explore a range of topics. Parents
can send their questions directly to the experts online at the Your Voice page
at tvoparents.com, or by phone at 1.888.891.1195. They can also connect with
other parents in an online chat. In October, Your Voice will tackle these
topics:

    October 2
    The New Math: Does it add up?

    The way we teach math in Ontario has changed, but is it for the better?
How has math changed and why? What difference has this new teaching style made
to Ontario students? Does the new math work for everyone? Our panel explores
the questions. Guests include math expert John Mighton and founder of JUMP, a
math tutorial centre; and Dr. Douglas McDougall, associate professor of
Mathematics education at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education of the
University of Toronto (OISE/UT).

    October 9
    For a good cause: When should kids become activists?

    Achievement is about more than just academics. What children do outside
the classroom helps them become informed and involved citizens. When should
kids get involved in activism? When children are ready to get behind a cause,
and how can parents help kids identify their passion? And, what impact does
activism have on a child's academic performance? We get insight from Craig
Kielburger, founder of Free the Children and leading child activist since the
age of 12.

    October 16
    Top of the class: Raising a high achiever

    All parents want their children to succeed in school, but some kids are
consistently high academic achievers. What does it take to be at the top of
the class? Are all children capable of being a high achiever? Are there pros
and cons? What role do cultural differences play? We get answers from our
guest panel: Gordon Flett, professor of psychology at York University and
Canada Research Chair in Personality and Health; and George Dei, professor of
sociology at OISE/UT.

    October 23
    ESL: Language Barriers

    Ontario schools are more diverse than they've ever been. And with an
influx of immigrants into the province, English as a Second Language (ESL)
services are more important than ever. Do we have enough to meet the demand?
What ESL services are offered in Ontario schools? Are all the kids who need
the services getting them? What's available for immigrant parents who may also
need language training? We get insight from Annie Kidder, spokesperson for
People for Education, a parent group that supports the preservation of the
public school system.

    October 30
    Grief Counselling: Talking to kids about death

    Death: it's a subject most of us never want to discuss with our children.
Unfortunately, it's a fact of life, and it happens at home and in school. What
do we do when a family member or a classmate dies? Our panel helps explore
what kids need to know about death; the ways in which parents can approach the
subject with their kids; how children understand and handle death; and what
schools are doing to educate kids about it. Guests TBA.

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity. We are committed to supporting citizen engagement in
Ontario: by helping children be successful learners, partnering with parents
in their children's education and encouraging people of all ages to become
active participants in the important issues of our time.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Angela Garde, (416) 484-2600,
ext. 2305, agarde@tvontario.org


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