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CESBA Conference
2021

November 25 & 26

Online

For more than 20 years, the annual CESBA Conference has offered a wide range of professional networking and learning opportunities to inform and inspire exemplary practice in adult and continuing education (A&CE) across Ontario.

  • Discover new ideas, innovations, and partnerships to apply in your day-to-day work in adult and continuing education.
  • Access more than 20 sessions, including plenary, panel and performing arts presentation by young Ontarians.
  • Learn in your own environment at your own pace.
  • Connect with speakers via online polls, audience Q&A other engagement tools.
  • Continue to learn through unlimited, on-demand access to workshops and keynote speech for six months.

Our Speakers

Interested in presenting a workshop?

As a potential workshop presenter, you have an opportunity to lead a learning session with educators from across Ontario. To ensure a range of viewpoints and diverse experiences, presenters are encouraged to collaborate on their proposals. The workshops will be held on November 25. Please read full guidelines before submitting your proposal.

About

Our conference theme is Bridges to Innovation. Adult and continuing education has always been a bridge to better life opportunities. But the global pandemic demanded a collective re-imagining of how we work and live. As educators, we had to reach learners in new ways. This caused some challenges that amplified social inequities, but it also created new opportunities to connect and grow. Now we are tasked to choose what we carry forward.

CESBA Conference 2021 will explore how this new reality can build stronger bridges to opportunity for all learners by fostering innovation, resilience and inclusion. To do this, we will present workshops on November 25 on a wide range of topics relevant to adult and continuing education with a focus on four streams:

  • Post pandemic trends and opportunities
  • Best and next practices in virtual learning
  • Building resilience and inclusion
  • Leadership for our new reality

Our second conference day on November 26 is a Sector Day (formally known as the pre-conference) organized by leaders in their fields. Dedicated workshops, presentations and discussions will be held for the following sectors:

  • Credit/Guidance/Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS)
  • Personal Support Worker (PSW) programs
  • International & Indigenous Languages Elementary (IILE)

Agenda (subject to change)

Time

Session

9:00 am – 9:10 am

Plenary

Opening ceremony

9:10 am – 9:55 am

Keynote Speaker Zabeen Hirji

Creating a Future that Works for All

9:55 am – 10:05 am

Transition

10:05 am – 11:10 am

Concurrent Workshops A

11:10 am – 11:20 am

Break

11:20 am – 12:30 pm

Plenary

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Workshops B

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Plenary, Learner Panel and Activities

2:30 pm – 3:40 pm

Concurrent Workshops C

3:40 pm – 4:00 pm

Plenary
CESBA 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award
Prizes

4:00 pm

Adjourn

Time

Session

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Plenary

Welcome

9:15 am – 11:30 am

Sector Day Morning Session

Select ESL, PLAR/Credit/Guidance, LBS, IILE or PSW.

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Lunch

12:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Sector Afternoon Session

Return to ESL, PLAR/Credit/Guidance, LBS, IILE or PSW.

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Closing Plenary

2:15 pm

Adjourn

Register

This year, we are offering reduced CESBA member rates to all staff of member school boards. To check if your board is a member of CESBA, click on the board list when you begin your registration.

Your full conference ticket offers you access to a full program of more than 20 sessions over two days on November 25 and 26  and the opportunity to connect with other CESBA members and industry experts, speakers, and exhibitors. It also gives you on-demand access to the conference workshops and keynote for six months post-conference.

See below for prices and registration policies.

Pricing

Get Early-Bird Pricing Until October 22!

Full Conference (member)

Ticket for both days. Member rate is for all staff of CESBA member school boards.

Conference Day, Thursday, November 25 – choice of over 20 workshops on adult and continuing education
Sector Day, Friday, November 26 – PLAR/Guidance/Credit, IILE, PSW.

For ESL and LBS registrants from member school boards – Please note that there is no charge to attend Sector Day, but you must register for both days to attend the full conference. You will see your subsidy applied in the confirmation summary at checkout.

$249

$299

Conference Day (member)

Member rate is for all staff of CESBA member school boards.

Conference Day only, Thursday, November 25 – choice of over 20 workshops on adult and continuing education

$149

$179

Sector Day (member)

Member rate is for all staff of CESBA member school boards.

Sector Day, Friday, November 26 – PLAR/Guidance/Credit, IILE, PSW.

For ESL and LBS registrants from member school boards – Please note that there is no charge to attend your Sector Day, but you must register. You will see your subsidy applied in the confirmation summary at checkout.

$149

$179

Full conference (non-member)

Ticket for both days. Non-member rate is for those who are not staff of CESBA member school boards.

Conference Day, Thursday, November 25 – choice of over 20 workshops on adult and continuing education
Sector Day, Friday, November 26 – PLAR/Guidance/Credit, ESL, LBS, IILE, PSW

$299

$349

Conference Day (non-member)

Non-member rate is for those who are not staff of CESBA member school boards.

Conference Day, Thursday, November 25 – choice of over 20 workshops on adult and continuing education

$169

$199

Sector Day (non-member)

Non-member rate is for those who are not staff of CESBA member school boards.

Sector Day, Friday, November 26 – PLAR/Guidance/Credit, ESL, LBS, IILE, PSW

$169

$199

Conference Day (Student)

Student rate for anyone registered in a school board, college or university.

Conference Day, Thursday, November 25 – choice of over 20 workshops on adult and continuing education

$50

Registration Policies

Rate Information 

Member Rates

All member boards of CESBA are entitled to reduced prices for the 2021 Conference.

Early Bird Rate 

Special conference rates are available if you register before midnight on Friday, October 22, 2021.

Special Rates 

All presenters receive free conference registration on the day of their presentation. ESL and LBS Sector Day registrants receive free registration for November 26. Note: ESL and LBS Sector Day registrants from CESBA member boards will receive free registration for November 26.  You will see this subsidy applied in your confirmation summary at registration checkout.

Cancellation Policy 

Due to the format of the virtual conference, no refunds will be issued. If you are unable to attend for any reason, you will have access to all the session recordings following the conference for an extended period.  Delegate substitutions are permissible. Please notify us at registration@cesba.com if you intend to transfer your registration to another person. Supply us with that person’s name and contact information, including their email address. If a substitution results in a change in delegate type (e.g., moving from Presenter to Regular registration), the substitute delegate will be required to pay any difference in registration rate.  

Contact Us

If you have questions about attending, sponsoring or presenting at CESBA 2021: Bridges to Innovation, email us at registration@cesba.com