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The education environment you work within is more demanding than ever. The Ontario school system and its governing legal framework continues to evolve as new challenges arise. As an educator, administrator, Supervisory Officer, Board official, Trustee or lawyer, you need a clear understanding of the laws that govern the education system. Failure to understand or keep current have serious and potentially costly ramifications.

Completion of this program counts towards
The Osgoode Certificate in Education Law

Using case studies and real life examples, this OsgoodePDprogram has been developed by education law experts to provide you with an understanding of the most pertinent legal issues that confront educational leaders and their legal advisors. You will acquire knowledge and strategies which you can apply immediately. The program written materials will act as a valuable resource long after the course is over.

Topics will include:

  • How the Charter and the Human Rights Code impact your day-to-day decisions, including disability discrimination, religious accommodation and freedom of expression
  • Understanding mental health law issues in schools
  • Family law issues including rights of child/parent, custody & access, child protection, foster care, homelessness
  • Student discipline best practices on the front-lines
  • Privacy rights and search and seizure issues in schools
  • Police protocols & the Youth Criminal Justice Act
  • Your role and responsibilities in relation to the dangers and impact of cyberspace



  • Robert G. Keel, Keel Cottrelle LLP
  • The Hon. Marvin A. Zuker, Associate Professor, Leadership, Higher & Adult Education, University of Toronto, OISE

Speakers Include

  • Nadia Adragna, Principal, Monsignor Fraser College, St. Martin Campus; Principal, Safe Schools Department, Toronto Catholic District School Board
  • Emily Chan, Staff Lawyer, Litigation and Community Development, Justice for Children and Youth
  • Brock Jones, Crown Counsel (Criminal), Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario
  • Jessica Koper, Shibley Righton LLP
  • Wendy Lopez, Counsel, Catholic Principals’ Council Ontario
  • Sheila C. MacKinnon, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Police Constable Megan McGarry, Divisional Policing Support Unit, Toronto Police Service
  • Dr. Sharon Pyke, Superintendent of Education, Greater Essex County District School Board
  • Nicola Simmons, Keel Cottrelle LLP


Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.  For financial assistance, please email financialaid-opd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee
Boardroom rates available.


The video stream will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.


All sales are final. Please make all enquiries related to program content and CPD/MCLE credit hours prior to purchase.


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Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.

Program Details

Delivery Method

Program - On Demand

Date Recorded
February 21, 2019
Fee per Delegate

$625 + HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • School Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Supervisory Officers
  • School trustees
  • Directors of Education
  • School board staff
  • Representatives from Federations, the Ministry of Education, and Ontario College of Teachers
  • Advocates for students and parents
  • Legal practitioners – education law practitioners

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“The opportunity to engage with current education law and related issues was truly valuable. The focus on current issues such as cyberbullying made this relevant and important.”
Patricia Thompson, Thames Valley District School Board

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