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LHAE Events 


Friday December 1
6:45-9:30pm, OISE Nexus Lounge, 12th floor

BOOK LAUNCH: Alternative Schooling and Student Engagement
Canadian Stories of Democracy within Bureaucracy

Editors: Nina Bascia, Esther Sokolov Fine & Malcolm Levin

All Welcome. Program begins at 7:20. Light Refreshments. Book table hosted by Parentbooks.

This book explores the unique phenomenon of public alternative schools in Toronto, Canada and other large urban areas. Although schools of this kind have existed for more than a century, very little has been written about the alternative school movement. These alternatives focus more on child-centered instruction, give many students (and teachers) opportunities to organize the school differently, provide a greater voice for teachers, students, and parents, and engage students far more with experiential learning. When traditional school structures are failing to meet the needs of many children and youth, there is a rapidly growing need for information and discussion about alternatives that will encourage their talents and serve their needs. This book draws attention to the issue of alternative schooling to help make it more accessible to a wider audience. 

About authors:
Nina Bascia is Professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at OISE, University of Toronto, Canada.
Esther Fine is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, in Toronto, Canada.
Malcolm Levin is a retired professor of education and university administrator.


LHAE Fall Open House for MEd Future Students - Oct 21

The 2018-2019 application cycle is open and we are excited to announce that the LHAE Fall Open Houses for future students is scheduled for:

Saturday, October 21, 2017 9:30-1:00pm here at OISE
MEd Open House

Open House Schedule:
9:30-10:00 Registration/Information
10:00—10:30  Welcome +  Admission Information – OISE Auditorium
LHAE Program sessions

• Ed Leadership & Policy (Room 5-150)
• Higher Education (Room 5-210)
• AECD (Peace Lounge, 7th floor)

12:00—1:00  Info desks: OISE Office of the Registrar and Student Services – OISE Library
Location: OISE Building, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON

Register and get ready to apply!


Tuesday Oct. 10, 4:00-5:30pm
Location, OISE Building, Room 7-105

LHAE Seminar Series: Creativity under Duress in Education?

Presenter: Carol A. Mullen, Professor, Educational Leadership Program, Virginia Tech, Virginia, USA 

Creativity under duress in education? This seminar will explore the paradox of creative learning and growth for students subjected to high-stakes testing environments. China’s extreme case as the leading test-taker in the world is used to probe (im)possibilities of creative learning for students and teachers alike under pressure to achieve high test scores. The pervasive belief that Chinese students possess a creativity deficit that robs them of their futures will be unpacked. Seminar participants will be taken on a journey to witness intriguing dynamics of learning within preK-12 schools and universities in China. Find out about the creative interventions being used with students of all ages and different disciplines within a changing regime. Creative concepts and research methodologies were applied in various Chinese contexts and these will be described. Illustrations will be of risk-taking interventions that disrupted the status quo, propelling transformation. Attendees will learn about strategies for studying complex cultures and dynamics in which researchers are not just observers and participants but also innovators and change agents. Seminar attendees are free to adapt the innovative models to their own studies or work.

Carol A. Mullen, PhD, is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at OISE, a Visiting Professor in LHAE. The title of her Fulbright research is Creativity and Accountability in Canada Within a Global Context. A Professor of Educational Leadership at Virginia Tech, this twice-awarded Fulbright Scholar has already explored creativity in China within a global context. Her most recent book is Creativity and Education in China: Paradox and Possibilities for an Era of Accountability (Routledge, 2017). Forthcoming with Springer is her edited book Creativity under Duress in Education? Resistive Theories, Practices, and Actions. Authorships include 21 academic books, over 230 refereed journal articles and chapters, and 18 special journal issues. She has been a Department Chair, School of Education Director, and Associate Dean at two universities. An award-winning scholar and teacher throughout her career, she was honored with the 2016 Jay D. Scribner Mentoring Award from the University Council for Educational Administration. She has served as President of the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership (formerly, the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration). Her PhD, awarded in 1994, is from OISE/UT.


Thursday September 7, 1-2pm
Location: OISE, Rm 6-259

CIHE Seminar: “It’s not just about language...” - Challenges and strategies of academics from non-native-English-speaking backgrounds in teaching delivery
Presenter: Dr Kim Anh Dang

The internationalisation of the Australian higher education sector features an increasing number of international students and academics, many coming from a non-native English speaking (NNES) background. Whilst the issue of the English language for NNES international students has been well researched, the communicative and pedagogical challenges facing educators from NNES backgrounds in teaching and supervising students have been overlooked. This study explores the challenges in teaching students using English as a medium of instruction and associated strategies of academics from NNES backgrounds. The study adopted a mixed-method approach, using semi-structured individual interviews and survey questionnaire with academics from a range of disciplines, including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and HASS (Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences) disciplines, at an Australian university. Findings revealed multiple communicative and pedagogical challenges facing academics in providing effective teaching delivery in English. The study also reveals strategies ‘exemplary’ academics applied to mediate their teaching delivery for student learning. The findings have implications for professional development programs and institutional strategy and support for NNES academics teaching in contexts where English is a native language like Australia. Findings also contribute to our understanding of the complexity of the internationalisation of higher education as it unfolds.


Dr Kim Anh Dang is a Lecturer at Monash University Office of Learning and Teaching and a Fellow at Monash Education Academy. She received her PhD from the University of Melbourne in second language teacher education. Kim has published widely in high impact international journals, such as the ‘Teaching and Teacher Education’, ‘Critical Studies in Education’, and ‘Asia Pacific Journal of Education’, among others. She has published in such areas as teacher learning, globalization in higher education, English-medium-instruction, Indigenous education and education policy. Her latest co-edited book 'Education Policy: Mapping the Landscape and Scope' was published by Peter Lang Publishers, Frankfurt in 2016. For her research, Kim has received several prizes and awards from professional bodies including the Australian Association for Research in Education and the American Educational Research Association. Kim is currently leading a Monash Strategic Initiative on providing effective delivery in English.

Wednesday September 6, 6pm
LHAE New Student Orientation - Welcome Presentation Slides
Location: OISE Building, 5th floor, 252 Bloor St. West

5:45 Check the info desks in the Student Lounge, 5th floor – next to the elevators
6:00 Program Information Sessions

  •    Adult Education and Community Development, Peace Lounge, 7th floor
  •    Educational Leadership & Policy, Room 5-250 See the ELP Presentation Slides
  •    Higher Education, Room 5-170

7:15 Social - organized by the Departmental Student Association, Nexus Lounge, 12th floor

Meet and mingle at 5:45pm - LHAE/OISE info will be available, followed by Information sessions of the three LHAE programs. Please plan to arrive early to attend OISE Orientation in the Auditorium, starting at 5:00pm. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other new and returning students, the faculty across the Department and in your respective program, as well as the LHAE staff. At 6:30pm the AECD incoming students will meet with their faculty advisors. Also, you will have an opportunity to ask questions. After the Program sessions, get together for a social.