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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

PLUS! You will gain valuable insights by participating in break-out sessions with your colleagues and education law experts on day 2. In small groups, you will discuss and analyze case studies that will reinforce your understanding of the issues and provide you with best practices and tools you can easily put into practice.

Don’t miss the keynote address:
“Transforming First Nation Education”
Jacqueline Moore, Indigenous Education Consultant, Researcher & Advisor



  • 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



Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments.

Group Discounts for CPD Programs

OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute a full refund (less $150 administration fee) is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 5 days prior to the program date. No other refund is available.


Have questions? Read our FAQs.

Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Myrsini Zacharakis at mzacharakis@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

February 21-22, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST

Online Replay Date
March 28-29, 2019
8:30 a.m. -  3:30 p.m. EST
Register for the Online Replay.


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$825 + HST

Online Replay
$625 + HST

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Printable Registration Form

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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