Community Connections

Meet Some Of Our Community Partners



The Centre For Relationship-Based Education

The Centre For Relationship-Based Education is a non-profit group of educators, researchers, parents, and community partners dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth through strengthening their relationships. We view relationships as the critical vehicle through which all learning and growth occur. Our goal is to support children and youth to succeed in school and in life through the promotion of positive, genuine, intentional, and responsive relationships in the classroom and beyond. The Mabin School is now a demonstration school for relationship-based education. Join our movement!

Stop Gap

In 2016, our kindergarten students became curious about accessibility issues. Their teachers invited Luke Anderson into the classroom to teach them about Stop Gap. This began a revolution in their thinking and activism at the youngest age.


George Brown College

Starting in 2017, we will be hosting Early Childhood Education students in the second year of their diploma program. We look forward to the opportunity to train future educators about the Mabin way of learning and teaching.

Ryerson University

Ryerson University will be sending us fourth year students in their Early Childhood Studies degree program for two days a week, starting in September, 2017. Like us, Ryerson is an Ashoka Campus, recognized for its commitment to changemaking. Our first intern will be Julian Segura, who writes, “The Mabin School offers an amazing learning opportunity. Your teaching philosophy of involving the children in their own learning as much as possible is something that I am able to resonate with … giving children the opportunity to take autonomy of their own learning is what I believe to be a foundation for a lifelong love of learning and education.” We agree, Julian!

Dr. Eric Jackman Institute

Our founder, Gerry Mabin, first came to Canada from London, England, as principal of the then named “Institute of Child Study” at the University of Toronto. In 1980, she and a group of parents formed The Mabin School in an attempt to keep the best of the Institute’s philosophy while maintaining the freedom of being a smaller school. Since then, we have had an ongoing relationship with Jackman ICS. Currently, we host teacher candidates in both their first and second year of their Masters of Education program. We also enjoy collaborating with the Jackman ICS staff for professional development and in sports competitions. Both The Mabin School and Jackman ICS are members of the International Association of Laboratory Schools.

Guest Speakers and Special Guests!


David Tranter, PhD.

David Tranter was the Keynote Speaker at our Parent2Parent Learning Conference and hosted Educator Institutes for The Third Path! The Third Path. David has been teaching and working in mental health, well-being, and education for over 30 years. As a researcher and professor, he works widely with educators to support students at all grade levels to reach their highest potential. Much of his work has been with at-risk youth with a focus on supporting students who are marginalized or have experienced trauma in any of its forms. He is a passionate believer in the transformative nature of education and works with schools all across Canada. He is a dynamic, thought-provoking, and entertaining speaker, who has challenged educators across the country to think differently about their role, and to understand the needs of students on a deeper level. He is the co-creator of the Relationship-Based Approach to Education, a pedagogical framework that promotes both student well-being and academic achievement. He co-authored the book, “The Third Path: A Relationship-Based Approach to Student Achievement and Well-Being” published by Nelson. David and his wife Gail have been together for over 30 years and have three children, an exuberant goldendoodle and an anxious pug.

Lynn Lyons

“Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: How to Stop the Worry Cycle” with Lynn Lyons!

Please join us at The Mabin School for an informative evening with Lynn Lyons on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Lynn is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in Concord, New Hampshire who has been in private practice for 28 years. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children. Lynn travels globally as a speaker and trainer on the subject of anxiety, its role in families, and the need for a preventative approach at home and in schools. Click here to learn more: http://www.lynnlyonsnh.com

Dr. Jean Clinton

Dr. Jean Clinton, of McMaster University, is a clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. She is one of four renowned experts to advise the Ontario government on bold reforms to the province’s publicly funded education system and now The Mabin School. She is a specialist in child psychiatry and her expertise is in the development of young minds. Jean is recognized internationally as an advocate for children’s issues and her special interest lies in brain development and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play therein.

We were fortunate to have Jean present an informative session on “Parenting for Resilience and the Power of Risk”. Click here to see her PowerPoint slides.