OFSHEEA 2021 Conference: Session 4

Workshop #1:
The oppression of Indigenous and Black mothering

Presenter: Leslie Klodt

What does it mean to have motherhood purposefully denied to you? This workshop focuses on research into the coerced and forced sterilization of Indigenous women in Canada, as well as the high mother and infant mortality rates of Black women in America.

Leslie works to balance her career as a 20-year veteran teacher and her studies as a Ph.D. student at Brock University, where she studies how society and education intersect. Her research looks into incorporating social justice learning into Ontario secondary school courses while still ensuring that the curriculum is covered. Currently, Leslie is researching the oppression of mothering and motherhood in Canada and the United States. What does it mean to have motherhood purposefully denied to you? This workshop will focus on research into the coerced and forced sterilization of Indigenous women in Canada and the high mother and infant mortality rates of Black women in America.

Workshop #2:
Supporting Our 2SLGBTQ+ Students

Presenter: Ariadne Jevnikar

Participants will have an opportunity to increase their knowledge about the 2SLGBTQ+ community, explore possible resources, and identify opportunities to apply their learning in and out of the classroom.

Ariadne Jevnikar is a PhD student at Lakehead University in the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies stream. Ariadne’s research focuses on the influence of school administrators on the outcomes of Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) in Ontario high schools. She is in her twelfth year of teaching and has taught students from K3 – Grade 12. Throughout her career, Ariadne has been a strong proponent of all aspects of inclusion and diversity. She most recently started the first GSA at her current school where she is a Learning Support Teacher.

Workshop #3:
Feeding Your Mind

Workshop sponsored by:

Presenter:  Sandy Maxwell

Good nutrition is integral to mental health. Beyond mood and general well-being, the role of diet and nutrition on mental health is very complex and has yet to be fully understood. However, research linking the two is growing at a rapid rate. In recent years, evidence shows that food can contribute to the development, prevention, and management of mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety disorders. Studies have found that young people with the healthiest diets are about half as likely to have depression compared to those with diets highest in ultra processed foods. Diet is linked to the hippocampus, a key area of the brain involved in learning, memory, and mental health. People with healthy diets have more hippocampal volume than those with unhealthy diets. This session will highlight some of the latest evidence on youth mental health and dietary patterns and provide practical suggestions for improving intakes among young people.

Sandy earned her BASc in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph and completed an internship at Toronto Western Hospital. She has worked as a registered dietitian in a variety of practice settings over the past 31 years, including as a public health dietitian for over two decades. She has contributed to a variety of initiatives, including: co-creating and managing You’re the Chef (2005 – 2019), representing Ontario Dietitians in Public Health on the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Healthy Schools Working Table (2010 – 2018), leading the development of BrightBites.ca (2014 – 2018), consulting on the nutrition and food literacy aspects of the Niagara Healthy Kids Community Challenge and integrating Ellyn Satter’s Feeding Dynamics and Eating Competence models into healthy eating programming. She has extensive experience developing and delivering nutrition education programs and services, primarily aimed at parents/caregivers and community stakeholders who work with young children and their parents.

Workshop #4:
Choice Boards in the Family Studies Classroom

Presenter:  Heather Bamford

Exploring how to make and use curriculum linked choice boards to supplement and enhance in-class activities.

Heather Bamford has been teaching Family Studies at John Fraser Secondary School in the Peel Board for 18 years and she has been the Lead Teacher of Family Studies since 2010. She has recently taken on the role of Cross-Curricular Head of Equity and Assessment at John Fraser – a good position for this self-described assessment geek. She is also the Chair of the Peel Family Studies Association and is a passionate advocate for our discipline. Heather has taught most of our family studies courses at some point in her career but is truly passionate about teaching fashion, HHS, and HIF. Outside of the classroom she is a mom of a 13 year old future inventor who personifies inquiry learning and she can often be found reading or sewing in her spare time.

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