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Date: December 20, 2017

Memorandum to: Directors of Education
Secretary-Treasurers and Supervisory Officers of School Authorities

From: : Cathy Montreuil
Assistant Deputy Minister
Student Achievement Division

Martyn Beckett
Assistant Deputy Minister
Student Supports and Field Services Division

Denys Giguère
Assistant Deputy Minister
French-Language Teaching, Learning and Achievement Division

Subject: A Deeper Conversation on Education and Career/Life Planning (Year 2) – Invitation to Winter 2018 Regional Virtual Sessions

The Ministry of Education’s five-year strategic response to the recommendations from the Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel Report, Building the Workforce of Tomorrow, A Shared Responsibility, includes a series of professional learning opportunities for a “Deeper Conversation on Education and Career/Life Planning”. The first of these conversations took place last year in which school and school board teams were invited to revisit and begin to reimagine education and career/life planning in Ontario’s schools.

In Year 2, the goal remains the same – to enhance the conditions necessary for schools and school boards to create and sustain a culture in which students value education and career/life planning, and all educators see themselves as important contributors to a student’s comprehensive education and areer/life planning experience. Two more regional “Deeper Conversation” sessions will be offered this year. The first will be an Adobe Connect session scheduled in January 2018 for school board leads. During these virtual sessions, an invitation will be extended to participate in Regional Planning Teams to design the second “Deeper Conversation” for Winter/Spring of 2018 that will be will a face-to-face session that meets the needs of school and school board teams.

This memo serves as an invitation to school board leads to participate in the regional Winter 2018 Adobe Connect “Deeper Conversation” sessions. Information regarding the Winter/Spring 2018 regional face-to-face “Deeper Conversation” sessions that will be planned by Regional Planning Teams, will be shared at a later date.

Regional “Deeper Conversation” Adobe Connect Session


  • To reinforce the overarching goal of the “Deeper Conversation on Education and Career/Life Planning” which is to create a culture within schools and districts where all students value education and career/life planning and where all educators see themselves as important contributors to the delivery of a comprehensive education and career/life planning program. It is an important part of the government’s strategy to implement the recommendations from the Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel.
  • To provide context and information to foster coherence and inform school and district improvement planning with regard to the development, implementation and evaluation of student-focussed education and career/life planning experiences and programs from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and for Adult Learners.
  • To extend an invitation to board leads to participate on Regional Planning Teams to design face-to-face sessions scheduled for Winter/Spring 2018.

Target Audience:

  • Superintendents K – 12
  • Board Consultants and / or Centrally-Assigned Board Coordinators K – 12 (e.g., Elementary and Secondary Program Coordinators, Special Education Lead, Indigenous Education Lead, Mental Health Leader, Student Success Lead, School Effectiveness Lead, Pathways Lead, SHSM Lead, Cooperative Education Lead, OYAP Coordinator, Adult Education Administrator)
  • Administrator Representatives  K – 12

Dates: Participants are invited to register for their Regional session. If that date and time pose a conflict, register for a Provincial Session. Alternately, you may choose a session for another region. Note that participation in only ONE session is required.

Regions Adobe Session
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Adobe Session
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Barrie Thurs. Jan. 11, 2018
London East Fri. Jan. 12, 2018
London West Wed. Jan. 10, 2018
Ottawa Tues. Jan. 9, 2018
Sudbury/North Bay Wed. Jan. 10, 2018
Thunder Bay Tues. Jan. 16, 2018 -
Toronto Tues. Jan. 9, 2018
Provincial Session Wed. Jan. 17, 2018
Provincial Session Fri. Jan. 12, 2018
Provincial Session Tues. Jan. 16, 2018

Confirm your attendance for your regional meeting at Deeper Conversation” Adobe Connect Session
Registration password: conversation

Adobe Link: 
Deeper Conversations 2017-18
(enter as a Guest with your name and school board)

Teleconference Numbers:
416-212-8011 / 1-866-602-5461 (please press *6 to mute, *7 to unmute)
Conference ID: 7780004#

If you have never participated in an Adobe Connect meeting, you may need to download Adobe Add-in Software onto your desktop or laptop. Prior to the session please test your connection using the following URL, and ensure you have downloaded any required plug-ins:

Adobe Connect Diagnostic Test

NOTE: You must dial in on the phone AND also connect via the Adobe link.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the integration of student-focussed education and career/life planning opportunities in support of your ongoing work to further enhance the learning experiences, achievement and well-being of our students as we continue our “Deeper Conversation”.

Original signed by:

Cathy Montreuil

Martyn Beckett

Denys Giguère

cc. Student Success Leads
Student Effectiveness Leads
Regional Office Managers, Field Services Branch
Field Team Leads, Student Achievement Supports Branch