COPA - professional development, training and educational resources

Toronto - May 5th

COPA is pleased to offer our suite of professional development, training and educational resources aimed at creating welcoming schools and communities to OCASI members from now until June 2021.

COPA is a francophone provincial organization with a mandate to prevent child assault and promote human rights and positive social change in schools and communities. COPA fulfils this mandate through the dissemination of empowerment-based educational programs and resources founded on principles of anti-oppression, diversity, equity and inclusion. Supported by IRCC, COPA is the Provincial Coordinator of the Francophone Settlement Workers in Schools Program (SWIS) (known in French as the Travailleuses et travailleurs d’établissement dans les écoles [TÉÉ] Programme).

Thanks to funding received by the Ontario Ministry of Education, COPA is currently providing programming in English to families, educators and SWIS Workers. COPA’s capacity-building workshops and professional development sessions foster welcoming and inclusive schools and communities through the presentation of pedagogical resources and activities to stimulate discussion of the following topics:

• Choosing and expressing one’s chosen identity;
• Experiences of marginalization among diverse social groups;
• Assumptions and stereotypes underlying discrimination;
• Dynamics of power and privilege;
• Allyship: definition, skills and strategies
• Manifestations of exclusion, inequity and hatred in schools and communities;
• Defining and confirming consent in various contexts;
• Supporting those who experience bullying, exclusion or discrimination;
• Strategies for creating welcoming, equitable and inclusive schools and communities;
• Skill-building, including: healthy and constructive communication, active listening, and problem-solving, intercultural skills.

To schedule COPA’s facilitation team for a workshop or professional development session, or to receive more information about these services, between now and June 30th, please contact me at 416-466-7490 or 905-870-2636 (cell).

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