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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning

A Message from the Chair

Clare Brett

WELCOME!

My name is Professor Clare Brett and I am the Chair of the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

CTL offers three graduate programs:

1) Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development (CSTD)
2) Language and Literacies Education (LLE)
3) Master of Teaching (MT)

While each of these programs has its own courses and structure we actively encourage interconnections among programs in terms of sharing and integrating aspects of our teaching and research. Through this reflective imagining of our program offerings we are also working to more deeply engage our Research Centres with our programs. Such interconnections enrich your experience as students while it creates a more cohesive and creative research and teaching environment for faculty.

There are some fundamental principles guiding our academic goals in CTL which reflect current and emerging social issues relevant to educational research and teaching:

  1. Strong support of our students across all programs by all our Departmental personnel including instructors, administrators, and staff. We listen and care!

  2. Proactively examining our hiring and admissions practices to ensure they are inclusive and supportive of diversity. [See the UofT statement: http://www.governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/Assets/Governing+Council+Digital+Assets/Policies/PDF/ppdec142006.pdf

  3. Working across the institution to develop a meaningful response to the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee and exploring how these findings can support all learners, especially indigenous learners, in our courses, our practices and our admissions processes, in authentic and respectful ways.

  4. Transparency and accountability in our interactions and in our processes with staff, students and faculty in the CTL community and with those in other Departments, institutionally and in the broader community

  5. Supporting faculty and students in developing innovative, collaborative research in education.

  6. Taking a perspective of continuous improvement toward our programs, where we gather and use feedback to innovate and enhance student experience.

All together this is an exciting time to be in CTL and we look forward to getting to know each of you and having you be a member of our growing CTL community.