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Book a speaker (Classroom Visits)

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD TEACHERS

OJEN’s Memorandum of Understanding with the TDSB has changed to reflect TDSB covid-19 protocols. This change means that OJEN will not arrange IN PERSON visits to TDSB schools. This does not affect the availability of virtual classroom visits for TDSB sites.

Classroom Visits give secondary teachers the opportunity to invite a justice system professional such as a Crown attorney, a defense lawyer, a civil lawyer or a paralegal to talk to their class and respond to the questions of their students. This program enhances classroom learning by connecting students with the justice system and the professionals who work within it. Connecting with justice sector professionals in the classroom helps take law off the pages of the text book and into real life.

In addition to this standard option, OJEN is currently able to provide two other formats of guest speakers:

Steps to Justice Workshops – OJEN has developed a group of specially-trained lawyers who can present one of our Steps to Justice Workshops with your students. Designed to be delivered in 60-75 minutes, these workshops introduce students to Community Legal Education Ontario’s (CLEO) Steps to Justice website, a legally-accurate and up-to-date resource for finding answers and support for the most commonly-encountered questions in various areas of everyday law. Your students will learn how to use the website while they zero in on topics like family, housing or employment law by working through engaging scenarios with an expert on hand to answer their questions! Check out the full list of available topics!

Justice Education Fellows: Every year OJEN trains a group of exemplary law students, representing all Ontario law schools, to work with OJEN partners and schools as part of a Justice Education Fellowship. Our amazing students are available to run the Steps to Justice workshops too, but can also offer:

To book a speaker, simply complete the form below. If you are interested in one of the new options above, please indicate this in the form. Please send your request at least one month in advance and make sure it includes the exact time of your class and the  topic(s) you want to be addressed. 

Please note that, unless you specifically indicate in the request that you are looking for an in person visit, we will assume that you are looking for an online visit. Please be sure to include relevant information about the communications platform(s) – e.g. Zoom or Google Meet – so that we can advise prospective volunteers.

If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Gallezot

Information about your school

Information about your students

Please indicate in which grades your students are enrolled.

Please indicate in which subjects your students are enrolled.

I am requesting: (please choose one of the options below)

Your requested date must be a minimum of five weeks from today.

Language Preference: *

If you are requesting a classroom visit conducted in French, OJEN will attempt to arrange for French-speaking judges, justices of the peace or lawyers to meet with your students.

Please explain in detail what you hope to cover in this classroom visit. It would be helpful to describe where you are in the curriculum and what matters you hope the justice sector volunteer can speak to during the visit. Please list the topics that will be discussed in the week preceding the visit. Will there be a follow up assignment to the visit? Will students be asked to prepare questions for the visit? If so, what kinds of questions?


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