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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.

Using case studies and real life examples, this OsgoodePD program 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:

  • The Charter and Ontario Human Rights Code: How they impact your day to day decisions
  • Using progressive discipline to support positive, responsible student behaviour
  • The dangers of smartphones: from sexting to posting photos to sharing social media images
  • What information can school administrators receive from police about students charged pursuant to the YCJA?
  • Your role and responsibilities around cyberbullying in schools
  • Hearing from experts on student discipline best practices: investigations, evidence, reports, due process and school board obligations



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

Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Danial Schecter MD, CCFP, Co-Founder and Medical Director, Cannabinoid Medical Clinic
  • Nadia Adragna, Coordinating Principal of TCDSB Expulsion Program and Safe Schools Department, Toronto Catholic District School Board
  • Bill Byrd, Administrator, Caring and Safe Schools, Toronto District School Board
  • Wendy Dowling, Superintendent of Leadership Development and School Support Services, Peel District School Board
  • Brock Jones, Crown Counsel (Criminal), Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario
  • Robert G. Keel, Keel Cottrelle LLP
  • Sheila MacKinnon, Shibley Righton LLP
  • Sheila C. MacKinnon, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Marianne Mazzorato, Director of Education, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
  • Police Constable Megan McGarry, Divisional Policing Support Unit, Toronto Police Service
  • Detective Constable Scott McQuoid, Sex Crimes Unit, Child Exploitation Section, Toronto Police Service
  • Eric M. Roher, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Joe Tompkins, Superintendent of Education (Student Achievement), Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
  • The Hon. Justice Marvin A. Zuker, Ontario Court of Justice; Associate Professor, Leadership, Higher & Adult Education, University of Toronto, OISE


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, including a link to the program materials 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

Web - On Demand

Date Recorded
February 1 - 2, 2017
Running Time

6:38:45 & 3:30:29

Fee per Delegate

$825 plus 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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