TVOPARENTS.COM sponsors upcoming conference featuring renowned North American

TORONTO, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - On Saturday November 7 sponsors "Making Connections", the annual conference held by People for Education at York University in Toronto. As official media sponsor for this highly anticipated event, will offer parents highlights, interviews, and panel discussions from expert educators that will guide and inform those who want to become more involved in their children's education. will also feature on-site interviews conducted by Cheryl Jackson, host of Your Voice, TVO's web series for parents at Interviews will include Annie Kidder, executive director of People for Education; Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education; and Charles Pascal, CEO of the Atkinson Foundation and the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning, who has advocated all-day kindergarten. These interviews will help to further enlighten parents on key topics in education.

"This is an exciting venture for TVO," says Cheryl Jackson, host of Your Voice. "The focus of the People for Education conference is on how to help kids succeed in school and parents become active and positive participants in their children's education. This sponsorship is a great opportunity for to help get important information to concerned parents by giving them exclusive access to some of this province's best education specialists as well as to educators from across North America. Highlights from the conference will be posted at to ensure that the message gets out there."

As part of's special coverage of the conference, Your Voice will also present a discussion on testing in schools. Host Cheryl Jackson and a panel of expert guests will discuss and debate important issues surrounding testing. What are the pros and cons of testing? What are the alternatives? How has it affected the education system? Is it driving or monitoring our children's education?

Offering their expert opinions and varied experiences on this important issue are: Joel Westheimer, professor of education, University of Ottawa; Marguerite Jackson, CEO, Education Quality and Accountability Office; David Johnson, education policy scholar, C.D. Howe Institute, and professor of economics, Wilfrid Laurier University; Kathleen Devlin, director of policy and public affairs, Ontario Teachers' Federation.

This Your Voice program will be available at beginning Friday November 13 and airs on on Sunday November 15 at 6 pm. For updates on the conference, interviews, blogs, behind-the-scenes footage and more, go to

For more information on the conference and a detailed listing of events, please visit

About People for Education

People for Education is an independent parent-led organization, working to improve public education in Ontario's English, Catholic and French schools. It began in 1996 as part of the parents association at a downtown Toronto school and has grown to become a provincial organization. People for Education believes public education is the foundation of a civil society. In 2004 People for Education became a registered charity. For more information, visit

About Your Voice

Your Voice at is an online program for parents who want to help their kids succeed in school and in life. Each week, host Cheryl Jackson gets insight from education and child development experts on a range of issues of concern to parents and caregivers.

About TVO

TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. For more information, visit

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For further information: For further information: Media contact: Lesley Horlick, Communications, (416) 484-2600 x 2281,

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