News & Events
2012 Leighton G. McCarthy Memorial Lecture - Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Guest speaker Paul Tough, education author and former editor of the New York Times Magazine, spoke on the topic of his latest book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Read the August 31, 2012 Globe and Mail review and interview with Paul Tough and the August 23, 2012 New York Times Sunday Book Review.
The 2nd Annual Early Years Symposium - Saturday, October 13, 2012
Early years play-based approaches to literacy and numeracy were featured at this one-day symposium, attended by teacher, ECE educators, administrators and teaching assistants who work in full-day early learning Kindergarten programs. Featured speakers include Prof. Janette Pelletier addressing "The Importance of Play in Young Children's Language and Literacy Development", and Prof. Joan Moss wrapping up the numeracy portion of the day. The symposium was supported in part by the generosity of the N.S. Robertson Program for Inquiry-based Teaching of Mathematics and Science.
Robbie Case Memorial Lecture - September 28, 2012
In association with the Connaught Global Challenge Insternational Symposium marking the official opening of the Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development, we were pleased to present guest speaker Robert C. Pianta, Dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Dr. Pianta spoke on the topic: Elevating the capacity of Classroom experiences for promoting sutdents' learning and development: Observation and improvement of teacher-student interaction. Read Robbie Case Lecture explores teachers coaching teachers
Carl Corter interviewed by Globe & Mail in How to help your kids succeed in school? Talk, talk, talk. Sept 6, 2012
Janette Pelletier's Full-day Kindergarten research findings quoted in provincial government debate August 29, 2012
Janette Pelletier delivers keynote address at OISE's June 2, 2012 Alumni Spring Reunion on the topic of Full-Day Learning/Kindergarten: Impact on staff, parents, and children.
May 7, 2012
Recent MA Child Study & Education graduates Nathalie Rothschild, Kadria Simons, and Sue Anderson are featured on OISE's Education Week 2012 banners for their ongoing contributions to research.
Professor Joan Moss receives 2012 OISE Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching ~ Congratulations Joan!
Please join us in congratulating Jackman ICS Professor Joan Moss, recipient of the 2012 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching. This award is one of four annual Teaching Excellence awards honouring OISE faculty who are committed to the highest quality of teaching and student experience. A celebration to honour award recipients will take place April 30th. [read more]
Jackman ICS Director Janette Pelletier reveals research findings
Full-day learning benefits staff, children and families, according to findings of a 1-year longitudinal research study led by Janette Pelletier, Director of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto...
2012 Robbie Case Memorial Lecture with Harvard University's Paul Harris
by Jennifer O'Reilly
More than 400 family, friends, and former colleagues of Professor Robbie Case (1945-2000) gathered in the OISE Auditorium on Thursday, March 8 to pay tribute to the world-renowned developmental psychologist at the Robbie Case Memorial Lecture, delivered by another world-renowned developmental psychologist, Professor Paul Harris from the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University.
January 9, 2012. The outcome of Dale Willows’ latest research project is a successful foray into social media with the launch of a new YouTube channel. The Balanced Literacy Diet channel is based on a framework that presents literacy concepts using the familiar terminology of a healthy diet and is designed to help teachers launch their students on a trajectory of success by implementing effective literacy strategies....
Mourning the loss of Dr. J. Fraser Mustard - MENTOR, GREAT FRIEND, AND CHAMPION for children and families
Our mentor, great friend, world champion and brilliant advocate for healthy children and families passes away. Dr. J. Fraser Mustard died November 16, 2011. With the recent publication of the third report, Early Years Study 3, Dr. J. Fraser Mustard, together with another great champion, The Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain, and third author Kerry McCuaig, continue to provide a blueprint for how our policies can evolve to recognize and appreciate that inextricable link to healthy societies. Dr. Janette Pelletier, Director of the Jackman ICS, says, “His work has excited leaders from across political parties and from academia to the business world, inspiring the University of Toronto’s new Institute for Human Development. He was a remarkable mind and a towering human being. We will miss him terribly.”
The Early Years Study 3 was released on November 22, 2011.
October 25, 2011 - the Bulletin. Kang Lee's research compares lie-telling behaviour in harshly punitive, mildly punitive environments ...
July 26, 2011. Study byProf. Kang Lee & researchers from McGill, Univ. of Minnesota suggests non-corporal discipline aids children’s executive-functioning ability ...
Featuring the work of Prof. Carl Corter and OISE's Prof. Jennifer Jenkins, read about the university's planned Institute for Human Development ...
June 10, 2011, The Globe & Mail. Kadria Simons, graduate student in our MA Child Study and Education Program, talks about her work on the Kindergarten Diaries...
June 6, 2011
By Jennifer Sipos-Smith
Ruth Anne Beatty, a recent graduate of the doctoral program in Developmental Psychology and Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE), is the winner of OISE's Outstanding Thesis of the Year award. A formal presentation was held in the OISE library as part of the 2011 Awards and Commendations Ceremony.
Ruth's doctoral dissertation, Pattern Rules, Patterns and Graphs: Analyzing Grade 6 Students’ Learning of Linear Functions Through the Processes of Webbing, Situated Abstractions, and Convergent Conceptual Change, constitutes the third year of a larger study on "Early Algebra" and reports on the design, implementation, and analysis of an innovative approach to teaching linear relationships and negative numbers, two historically difficult areas of mathematics to teach. "One outcome of this study is a deeper knowledge of how young students individually and collaboratively cotnstruct their understanding of linear relationships and negative numbers," said Joan Moss, Ruth's supervisor.
"Ruth has done an outstanding job, one that makes a substantial and lasting contribution to the field of mathematics education. Ruth has designed a brilliant intervention for support students to gain a deep understanding of very challenging algebraic concepts; the understanding of linnear functions and of negative nubmers: topics known for the challenges they pose even for many adults. Remarkably, Ruth has managed to do this with elementary school students."
Further, "Dr. John Mason, the external examiner and author of more than twenty books, many on algebra learning, from Open University and Oxford University offered very high praise, suggesting that Ruth's work had the potential to be of lasting and important benefit to young students in their schooling: he thought there was enough substance in the work for two books," said Joan Moss.
Another outcome of this study is a lesson sequence that is currently being introduced to primary, junior and intermediate teachers across the province through the Ontario Ministry of Education professional learning initiatives. This work will be disseminated nationally.
When asked how she reacted upon learning that she had won OISE's Outstanding Thesis of the Year Award, Ruth replied, "absolutely delighted." "I don't think this study could have happened anywhere other than the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laborartory School. ..I am so grateful to the Grade 6 students for their fearless brilliance."
Graduating class from the newly named Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study!
June 2, 2011. Congratulations to all our MA Child Study and Education graduates who convocated on June 2, 2011 from the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, where we're celebrating 85 years at the University! Graduate programs have been offered here since 1944. Read more in the U of T eBulletin at http://www.news.utoronto.ca/bulletin/EBULL/ebulletin06-07-11.html
June 3, 2011
by Jennifer Sipos-Smith
Early this week, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto co-hosted the 8th Annual Summer Institute on Early Childhood Development. One hundred and twenty administrators, policy-makers, agencies, researchers, and educators attended the event co-hosted by partners OISE, the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, the George Brown College’s School of Early Childhood and the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development.
The event featured keynote addresses by researchers from Rutgers University, and former policy-makers in the Department of Education in Prince Edward Island as well as talks by OISE’s Professor Jennifer Jenkins, who holds the Atkinson Chair in Early Child Development and Education and other members of the OISE, Jackman ICS and George Brown communities.
For more than a decade, the Atkinson Charitable Foundation has provided financial support to partnerships like these that support low income communities, particularly children and their families. At the event this week, executive director Olivia Nuamah (above left) announced that the Atkinson Charitable Foundation would extend its support and contribute more than 1 million dollars over 5 years to further the work of the Atkinson Centre, OISE, the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study and George Brown College.
“Together, they will build capacity to communicate policy, research and practice related to children and their families,” Olivia said.
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education is an international leader in the teaching, learning and research of Early Childhood Development. For more information, visit the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study or the Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology.
May 27, 2011
by Jennifer Sipos-Smith
An Annex landmark, built by a distinguished Canadian, the Honourable Leighton Goldie McCarthy will open its doors this weekend: one of six University of Toronto buildings to participate in the City of Toronto's Doors Open event.
On May 28, visitors can take in McCarthy House, a gift to U of T in 1953 from the late Leighton G. McCarthy. The gracious and large Georgian-style mansion at 45 Walmer Road in 1932 was the McCarthy family home until Leighton G. McCarthy's death in 1952. It is now the home of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study and The Laboratory School, part of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto and a treasured landmark in the University and local communities.
“The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study is the family home of Leighton Goldie McCarthy, the first Canadian ambassador to the United States,” said Professor Janette Pelletier, director of the institute. Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. “The gift of his family home to the university provided an academic home for the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study which has been a landmark in supporting children’s development and education for 85 years at the University of Toronto.
Doors Open is in its 11th year. This is a free event that gives the public access they would not normally have to buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social significance. Taking part for the first time at U of T are: McLuhan Coach House Institute, the iSchool and Leighton G. McCarthy House on the St. George campus, and the Instructional Centre at U of T Scarborough.
May 16, 2011
by Jennifer Sipos-Smith
The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto welcomed approximately 500 graduates, faculty, teachers, staff members, families and friends to an 85th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 14, 2011. A highlight of the event were the artefacts and photos on display that showed the Institute’s long history and international reputation for leadership in children’s development and education. A collection of children’s drawings and current research were also on display.
“Saturday night was one of the most special evenings we could ever have imagined hosting. It was wonderful to see our grads, current students and families, our staff and faculty, and friends of the Institute having such a wonderful time. Soon the 85th will become part of our storied past” said Dr. Janette Pelletier, Director of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study.
The Institute has been a leader in setting new standards for children’s education and well-being and is dedicated to improving the lives of children through their tripartite mission – bringing together graduate teacher education, exemplary educational practices for the Laboratory School, and multidisciplinary research in child development at the Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Centre.
In 1925 Edward Bott, the first head of psychology at the University of Toronto established the St.George’s School for Child Study – later called the Institute of Child Study. A grant from the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Fund in 1924 supported the six institutions in North America to become child study centres: The University of Toronto was the only Canadian institution among those selected.
With the generous gifts from Dr. Eric Jackman and from the Margaret and Wallace McCain Foundation earlier this year, the Jackman ICS will expand its facilities and programs to have an even greater impact than could have ever been imagined in its earlier days.
May 11, 2011
By Jennifer Sipos-Smith
Last night, more than 300 people committed to environmental and sustainability education gathered to celebrate the launch of Natural Curiosity, a new education resource published by The Laboratory School at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
Natural Curiosity is an inquiry-based environmental and sustainability education resource for Ontario elementary school teachers. The event attracted members of the University of Toronto community, the public, and educators, students, policy makers and conservationists from across the country.
David Suzuki, award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster, also spoke live via webcast from Vancouver, and spoke about the importance of the publication and how important it is to teach children to view their world from an environmental lens.
Edward Burtynsky, an internationally renowned photographic artist and former Laboratory School parent, appeared live at the event. He spoke about his interest in photographing human impact on the environment, and his commitment to mobilizing environmental knowledge and education, particularly as a parent. A webcast of the event will be available soon.
All guests at the launch received a free copy of the book. The publication was supported by several donations from members of the University community and broader public. For more information about Natural Curiosity, visit www.naturalcuriosity.ca or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Premier’s Award for Team Teaching Excellence from Bloorview School (part of Bloorview Kids Rehab).
Two teachers—Paul Alcamo and Lori Kado—who lead the Bloorview School and Jackman ICS/OISE partnership for an Integrated Kindergarten Program (IKP), have won the Premier’s Award for Team Teaching Excellence from Bloorview School (part of Bloorview Kids Rehab). The IKP Program is in full partnership with The Laboratory School at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study
Kang Lee - U of T Distinguished Professor
May 3, 2011
Professor Kang Lee is a recipient of the prestigious University of Toronto Distinguished Professor in Developmental Neuroscience and Education award. The purpose of this award is to advance and recognize individuals with highly distinguished accomplishments and those who display exceptional promise, who maintain an extraordinary level of activity in their research and scholarly work, and have achieved pre-eminence in their field in line with the University's stated objectives and emerging priorities.
Over the last 15 years, Kang’s research focuses on two major domains. The first is the development of moral cognition and action with a specific focus on lying from cross-cultural perspectives. He also uses behavioral and neuroscience methods (e.g., EEG and fMRI) to explore neural correlates of moral cognition and action including lying. Kang’s second domain is the development of social perception with a specific focus on face processing in children and adults coming from different social-cultural backgrounds. He uses psychophysical and neuroscience methods to examine behavioral and neural correlates of face processing. Kang is a most prolific writer, his research has been funded by SSHRC NSERC, NIH, and the National Science Foundation of China, and he is the recipient of numerous awards. His work in both research domains has had direct or indirect impact on policy, practice, and educational practices. Congratulations Kang!
guest speaker Alison Gopnik
Child Study Center, University of California at Berkeley,
author of The Philosophical Baby
"How do children learn from others: Imitation, observation and learning how the world works”
April 7, 2011 This special 85th Anniversary Event was presented by the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study in honour of its founding grant from the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Fund in 1925-26, and recognizing its sister institution, the Child Study Center at the University of California at Berkeley. Approximately, eighty-five years ago, six child study centres were seeded by the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Fund and established at Columbia University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, University of Toronto, and Yale University
$5-Million Gift Will Double Child Education Centre
From The Toronto Star, December 7, 2010
Eric Jackman thinks his mother would approve of his $5 million gift to the University of Toronto’s Institute of Child Study. full article
$8 Million Recently Donated to the Institute of Child Study
DR. ERIC JACKMAN DONATES $5M TO U of T INSTITUTE OF CHILD STUDY
Gift is largest ever in Canada to the study of early child development and education
December 2, 2010. TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto has announced that Dr. Eric Jackman has donated $5 million to the Institute of Child Study – a landmark gift in Canada for early development and childhood education.
In recognition of the gift, U of T has renamed the 85-year-old Institute of Child Study (ICS) the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, which is part of the University’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology. The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study is one of the few places in the world to integrate advanced research, renowned graduate teacher training and a demonstration model of practical elementary schooling at one place.
“Dr. Jackman’s gift demonstrates his firm belief in the Institute’s unique and integrated approach to the study of human development, family dynamics and childhood education,” said U of T President David Naylor. “We are already a leader in this area. With Eric Jackman’s support, we can build on these strong foundations, continue to innovate, and develop best practices that will improve outcomes of early childhood education for children and families everywhere.”
OISE Dean Julia O’Sullivan says the gift will generate enormous benefits for the Institute: “Dr. Eric Jackman's extraordinary generosity will allow OISE to expand its reach and deepen its impact, making a difference in the lives of children, families and communities here at home and around the world. On behalf of everyone at OISE, and of all those whose lives will be enriched through your gift, thank you Dr. Jackman.”
Founded in 1925-26, the Institute and its Lab School have exerted a profound influence on early education. ICS research led directly to the adoption of the Ontario Day Nurseries Act in 1942. Almost 70 years later, the Institute continues to lead the way. Ontario’s recently-announced Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten program was modeled in large part on Institute findings and recommendations.
“I am pleased to be able to make a financial contribution to one of my lifelong interests – the understanding of early human development, and to enlightening educators and parents alike to the very best child-rearing and educational practices,” said Dr. Eric Jackman. “I believe that supporting the Institute, one of the original child study centres in North America with which I have a personal connection, will enhance our knowledge of how we develop and learn.”
Institute director Dr. Janette Pelletier says the Institute is indebted to Eric for his milestone gift and for supporting the shared need to better understand early human development and improve childhood education. “We look forward to building an expanded Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. The timing of this great gift is especially important as we begin to connect Ontario’s new Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten policy to our ground-breaking work in family literacy, parent engagement and the benefits of inquiry-based teaching.”
Dr. Eric Jackman’s lead gift to the $12 million ICS Building Campaign launches the public phase of the Campaign, for which over two third’s has been raised. A modern wing will be added to a planned renovation for Leighton G. McCarthy House, featuring a large multi-purpose auditorium/gymnasium to strengthen existing Institute programming and accommodate new community outreach programs for the public.
The expanded facility, centrally located, will allow the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study to open its doors to serve Toronto families for best-practice teaching and family learning; as well as welcome the broader education community and related disciplines. These programs will be undertaken in partnership with governments, public school boards and professional and community agencies.
Chair of the Advisory Board for the ICS Building Campaign since 2004, Dr. Eric Jackman has been a supporter of the University for many years. He is chairman of the Jackman Foundation as well as Invicta Investments. As a community leader Dr. Jackman, together with his wife Sara Jackman, has combined a passion for the arts and education with tireless professional dedication to family well-being.
After completing his BA and MA at U of T, Eric Jackman earned a doctoral degree in human development and psychology at the University of Chicago, where he did early field work at the University of Chicago Laboratory School. Dr. Jackman was an award-winning clinical psychologist in the United States before returning to Toronto, and currently serves as President of the Psychology Foundation of Canada. Dr. Jackman is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Windsor. Among his many honours are the CMHA C.M. Hincks National Award for Mental Health, Canada’s 125th Anniversary Commemorative Medal, Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Order of Ontario, and has been recognized by three Ontario universities with honorary doctor of laws degrees.
Dr. Eric Jackman and his three siblings – Chancellor Emeritus (U of T) Hal Jackman, the Rev. Edward Jackman and Senator Nancy Ruth – all attended what is now known as the ICS Lab School.
Since its establishment at the University of Toronto, the Institute has continued its tripartite mission, which, in addition to innovative classroom practice, integrates the Laidlaw Research Centre and a two-year Master of Arts program in Child Study and Education and Ontario Teacher certification. The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study regularly hosts distinguished scholars and educators from around the world who recognize it as a source of inspiration that links what we know about children’s development, to optimal learning in the classroom and graduate teacher education.
Margaret and Wallace McCain Pavilion at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study
Margaret and Wallace McCain are donating $3 million to the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study to support the expansion and renewal project. The planned new wing at the Institute is named for Margaret and Wallace McCain in recognition of their gift to the University, allowing the Institute to open its doors to the wider community by offering professional, academic and family outreach programming.
The Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain, former Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, has been a powerful advocate for women’s rights and in the fight against family violence. In 1999 Margaret joined Dr. Fraser Mustard in co-authoring the Early Years Study; in 2007 she co-authored the Early Years Study 2: Putting Science Into Action. These two reports for Ontario describe what our society needs to effectively support children and families. A renewed Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study is being expanded to address these needs and provide leadership for parents, teachers and other professionals.
Canada's Governor General and Ontario Lieutenant Governor visit the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study's Integrated Kindergarten Program at Bloorview School
The program, which mixes able-bodied children with children with disabilities, promotes inclusion and self advocacy skills for children
December 7, 2010
by: Janice Spencer
On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, David Johnston, Canada's Governor General, along with the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, visited Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation teaching hospital, fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.
Their Excellencies and Their Honours toured the state-of-the-art building, with a special visit to the Bloorview School Authority's Integrated Kindergarten program. The Integrated Kindergarten program is offered in partnership with the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study which is part of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, department of Human Development and Applied Psychology.
The goals of the program are to promote confidence, self-esteem and self-advocacy in children with disabilities, to address stereotyping and discriminatory behaviour in others and to prepare students with physical disabilities for successful integration.
The program is designed to encourage inclusion for special needs children by promoting their understanding of equity, fair play and diversity. The children learn to be leaders, helpers, problem solvers, mediators and responsible citizens.
Vice-Principal, Richard Messina, of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study helped host Their Honours and Their Excellencies
Elizabeth Morley elected President Elect of NALS
Laboratory School Principal Elizabeth Morley serves as the current Past President of the International Association of Laboratory and University-Affiliated Schools (IALS). Elizabeth sits on the Executive Board and is responsible for research and travel grants and international partnership work within the organization. For more information about IALS and other laboratory school affiliations, please click here.
New in 2010 ~ The Secure Child: Timeless Lessons in Parenting and Childhood Education
by Jackman ICS Prof. Richard Volpe, was designed to contribute meaning to the adage "what was old is new again." Just as ideas in child psychology shifted in the 1960s from a focus on behaviour to cognitive stages, we are currently seeing a shift away from stages of development toward an emphasis on the interplay between children and the world around them. This collection of original papers by former students and colleagues of Dr. William Blatz—first director of the Institute of Child Study and known as the "Dr. Spock of Canada"—and formerly unpublished work of Blatz himself, makes a vital contribution by bringing forward and examining his work in the context of contemporary ideas about human development, parenting and education. ISBN paperback: 978-1-60752-389-5 / hardcover: 978-1-60752-390-1
Congratulations to Prof. Dale Willows who received the 2010 David E. Hunt Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching
Congratulations to Prof. Kang Lee, who recently was made Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science. Fellow status is awarded to APS members who make sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, and/or application. http://www.psychologicalscience.org/fellows/
2009 R.W.B. Jackson Lecture: A conversation on the implementation of Charles Pascal's recent report to the Premier of Ontario
Moderated by the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, introduced by Charles Pascal, and featuring a panel of OISE experts: George Dei, Ben Levin, Janette Pelletier, and Kimberley Bezaire http://mediacast.ic.utoronto.ca/20091118-OISE/index.htm
Head of the Class ~ ICS featured in the Spring 2009 issue of U of T Magazine ... [read the article]
Professor Janette Pelletier appointed to the governing body of the newly formed college of Early Childhood Education [CECE]