Canada needs a new narrative on the role and value of science in innovation: Op-ed by Professor Creso Sá
The idea that science is inextricably linked to technological progress is now taken for granted, says professor Creso Sá. "We need a fresh discourse around the role and value of science in Canada, recognizing the multiple contributions research makes to knowledge creation, education, and technical advance." Read more via Globe and Mail.
Artist and alum Jaime Black installs 100+ red dresses across U of T's St. George campus to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada
Bright red dresses blowing in the wind - symbolizing the 12,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women - will confront people walking through U of T's downtown Toronto campus over the next few days. OISE alum and artist Jaime Black's powerful installation is meant to trigger and provoke reflection and dialogue about the issue of violent crimes against Indigenous women. Read more via U of T News.
Julie Blair featured in CBC coverage of U of T powwow
Saturday marked the first powwow at the university in at least 20 years. "I think it's important that we bring everyone together and share our culture," said finance coordinator Julie Blair, describing the powwow as a gathering and a celebration. "We're all here to welcome each other and be together in a good way." Read more.
Black men perceived as bigger, more threatening: Professor George Dei shares insights
New research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people tend to perceive young black men as larger, stronger and more threatening than white men of the same size. This could place them at risk in situations with police. Professor George Dei said that such preconceived notions about black men and women are deeply rooted in racism that has occurred over hundreds of years. But he has hope that, through education, racism and bias can be eliminated. Read more.
Education at OISE ranked top 10 internationally
Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) was recently ranked within the Top 10 in the 2017 QS World University Rankings. Education joins five other University of Toronto subject areas that were ranked within the top 10 of each group. Read more.
Professor Mary Reid aims to bridge gender gap in STEM-related careers
OISE professor Mary Reid has an important opportunity. It lies in what she does each and every day: teaching future teachers how to teach math. While that alone is significant, there's much more to it than that, she says. If she can inspire future teachers to inspire their future female students, Prof. Reid can help boost the number of women in STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - careers. Read more.
Women are less likely to be reappointed as faculty deans than men, finds study by doctoral student Eric Lavigne
While recruitment of new deans at Canadian universities largely reflects the overall gender balance of its academic sector, a University of Toronto researcher has found that women were far less likely to be reappointed once their five-year office had concluded. Analysing almost 300 appointment and reappointment announcements from the Canadian publication University Affairs between 2011 and 2016, OISE doctoral student Eric Lavigne found that 58 per cent of appointments for dean positions went to men and 42 per cent were awarded to women. Read more.
Disruptive children do not inspire similar behaviour in siblings, finds study by Professor Jenny Jenkins and colleagues
New research conducted by OISE professor Jennifer Jenkins and colleagues examines the role of sibling training on disruptive behaviour during early childhood and concludes that disruptive behaviour produces greater disparity-rather than resemblance-among siblings. "We found that in early childhood, children do not learn from each other how to be disruptive, violent or disobedient." Read more.
New book about OISE honours those 'who opened doors for the future'
In recognition of his new book, OISE: 50 Years of Impact, author David Booth, Professor Emeritus, gives an inside look at his latest project which celebrates the history of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Read more.
Universities must redefine their role in the Trump era, writes doctoral student Grace Karram Stephenson
The last few weeks have been tremulous for Canada. The new leadership in the United States is changing all rules and no one knows for certain how far the changes will go. In the world of higher education, universities are trying to determine what the impact will be. Predictions aside, it is certain that Canadian universities need to renew their mission to develop socially conscious citizens in the hope that Canada is not the next nation swept along in the populist mania.
Read more via University World News.
Do race relations in the U.S. impact the Black Canadian experience? Professor Rinaldo Walcott weighs in on The Agenda
In the U.S., Donald Trump's victory has been described by some as a "whitelash" - a racial backlash to the election of the first Black president that parallels to early periods of American history. The Agenda examines whether race relations in the U.S. shape the African-Canadian experience, and invites Professor Rinaldo Walcott to weigh in.
Watch via TVO.
How is the Deepening Knowledge Project bringing reconciliation into education?
For elementary and high school teachers looking to bring the work of reconciliation into the classroom, OISE's Deepening Knowledge Project provides a diverse set of resources to compliment the current curriculum. The Deepening Knowledge Project aims to increase the presence of both Indigenous teachers, as well as the level of Indigenous perspectives in the training of future educators. Key to the success of this goal are the wide variety of online resources made available to both instructors and students.
Black Girls Magazine: PhD student Annette Bazira-Okafor inspired to make a difference
When OISE PhD student Annette Bazira-Okafor saw the magazines and apps her daughter and her friends were using, she knew something was missing - representation of the girls themselves. "They just aren't there. The way they do their hair, their skin tone, it's not represented," she said. "It sends a message that they're not part of the norm. It's not right," she continued. "It's important for them to have a voice." So, Bazira-Okafor decided to give them one.
Will Trump's election see more US students and scholars head to Canada?: Op-ed by Dean Glen Jones
Will Trump's election see more US students and scholars head to Canada? Indeed, some universities have noted triple-digit increases in applications from the US since the 2016 US election. While it is far too early to know whether these early signals will translate into real change, this new environment certainly creates some fascinating possibilities for Canada, says Professor and Dean Glen Jones.
Read more via Times Higher Education
Making science education more equitable for black students: Professor Wanja Gitari shares her research
Wanja Gitari has a pretty cool role to play at the University of Toronto. Not only does she design curriculum - she's been designing science curriculum with a focus on the black community since 2000. This February, as part of Black History Month, OISENews had the opportunity to chat with Prof. Gitari about the significance of her work.
Podcast: Professor Kathleen Gallagher discusses drama-based research
In this podcast, Kathleen Gallagher talks about research, the role of the researcher, the inclusion of youth as co-researchers in projects and her book, "Why Theatre Matters: Urban Youth Engagement, and a Pedagogy of the Real."
Listen via Podomatic.
Professor Ruth Hayhoe on why she's not boycotting academic conferences in the U.S.
Drawing on post-Tiananmen Square experiences, Ruth Hayhoe says it's better to engage with U.S. colleagues.
Superstar alumna Renu Sharma-Persaud on how her OISE education made an impact
OISE PhD grad Renu Sharma-Persaud talks about her journey from OISE student to alumna, and how her experience at OISE continues to impact her life.
Professor Michele Peterson-Badali releases new book, "Handbook of Children's Rights: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives."
Professor Michele Peterson-Badali is co-editor of the new book, "Handbook of Children's Rights: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives." With contributions from international scholars, the Handbook brings together research, theory, and practice from diverse perspectives on children's rights. It serves as an important reference for both scholarly and policy-driven interest in the voices and perspectives of children and youth.
Teacher and OISE alum, Sam Pisani, had his students send letters to a Toronto mosque - and reading them will give you hope
Following the tragic Quebec mosque shooting, teacher and OISE alum Sam Pisani had his students write letters to a local mosque - and reading them will give you hope. 'This is your home. You are welcomed and you are supported,' one student wrote.
Read more via CBC News.
Professor Lance McCready shares expertise on building black male student success
OISE sits down with Professor Lance McCready to talk about challenges that black male students face in Canada today. Professor McCready is an expert on the health, education and well-being of young black men. His most recent work looks at the educational trajectories of young black men in Canadian urban centres, and programs and services for ethnic and racial minority males who are underrepresented in North American colleges and universities.
Quebec mosque shooting is an important, teachable moment: Professor Judith Wiener discusses.
The Quebec mosque shooting is an important, teachable moment. For Judy Wiener, a clinical psychologist and a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, teachers and parents have a responsibility to talk to children about issues of race, bigotry and intolerance. "This attack can be used in a positive way to expand horizons and help kids understand, but at the same time also acknowledging that this is really serious and distressing."
Read more via CBC News.
OISE statement on Québec City mosque shooting
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto is deeply saddened by the horrific shooting at the Québec Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday night. We offer our deepest condolences to all those mourning the loss of family and friends, and those who have been injured in this terrible tragedy. We stand with the Muslim community, and reaffirm our steadfast commitment to diversity, inclusion and a better future.
Professor Cecilia Morgan discusses her new book, "Building Better Britains?: Settler Societies in the British World, 1783-1920"
Professor Cecilia Morgan is author of the new book, Building Better Britains?: Settler Societies in the British World, 1783-1920. Learn more about the inspiration behind Professor Morgan's work.
University of Toronto keeping close watch on impact of US travel restrictions
The University of Toronto is keeping close watch on events related to President Trump's order restricting travel to the United States from seven countries. "We are working collectively with Universities Canada to express our concern regarding the travel restrictions, and our support for international students and scholars across the country who may be affected by these actions," says U of T President Meric Gertler. "The strength of research and teaching at the University of Toronto has always been based upon our ability to welcome the most talented individuals from around the world, and the freedom of our faculty and students to travel abroad for purposes of scholarship and study.
Dr. Suzanne Stewart to lead new institute devoted to health of Indigenous Canadians
After nearly a decade as a leading OISE scholar devoted to improving the lives of Indigenous people, Dr. Suzanne Stewart, Special Advisor to the Dean on Aboriginal Education, has accepted the position of Director, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. The Institute is dedicated to the health of Indigenous Canadians and is among the first of its kind in the world. It was created last June with a $10 million gift from Michael and Amira Dan.
Online abuse against women: Professor Megan Boler discusses on CBC News
The replies to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on Twitter are not for the faint of heart. Kathleen Wynne is one among many female politicians in Canada and beyond who face sexist abuse on social media. "The use of these kinds of terms and this kind of language reduces women to sexualized objects who are just known by their body part names," Professor Megan Boler said.
Read more via CBC News.
Does Mandarin make you more musical? It seems to, says study by Professor Kang Lee and team
In a paper published in Developmental Science, an international team of researchers shows that among the preschool set - or young children between the ages of 3 and 5 - native speakers of Mandarin Chinese are better than their English-speaking counterparts at processing musical pitch. The implications of the findings go beyond determining who may have a head-start in music, the researchers say.
Read more via Science Daily.
Professor Rinaldo Walcott urges governments to invest in programs that improves poor, black communities.
After one of the worst years for gun crime in a decade, Toronto Police Service Chief Mark Saunders is promising new tactics to combat the violence that advocates of the black community charge is not getting the attention it deserves. Rinaldo Walcott, a University of Toronto professor and advocate for the black community, urged governments to invest in programs, from recreation to housing, that improve the lives of the city's poor black people.
Read more via the Globe and Mail
Professor Shahrzad Mojab releases new book, "Revolutionary Learning"
Shahrzad Mojab, Professor in the Department of Leadership Higher and Adult Education, is co-author of a new book, "Revolutionary Learning: Marxism, Feminism and Knowledge." Revolutionary Learning is collection of essays exploring Marxist and feminist theories of education and learning.
What drove doctoral student Annette Bazira-Okafor to create Black Girls Magazine
Annette Bazira-Okafor wanted her daughter to see herself in the magazines she would flip through and the dress-up apps she would play with. She recalls the nine-year-old picking up magazines at the grocery check-out and seeing "very little that represents her."
Read more via CBC News
Highlights of the year: Check out OISE's top tweets and videos of 2016
Check out 2016 OISE highlights in Tweets and videos on YouTube and Facebook. Thanks for your likes, shares and more!
Watch: Season's greetings 2016 from OISE
Wishing OISE staff, students, faculty, alumni and friends a wonderful holiday - in a most 'worldly' way!
Student Erica Brunato and Assistant Professor Arlo Kempf featured in 'How Ontario sets its teachers up to succeed' (part 3 of a special series)
OISE Master of Teaching student Erica Brunato and Assistant Professor Arlo Kempf featured in part 3 of a series comparing education in Ontario and Pennsylvania
Professor Janette Pelletier highlights the benefits of pre-K and why Pennsylvania educators are looking to emulate it
JICS Professor Janette Pelletier highlights the benefits of pre-K and why Pennsylvania educators are looking to emulate it.
Professor Carol Campbell's Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER) launches initiative to address student well-being and achievement in Ontario
Ontario is providing teachers with new resources to help promote improved student well-being and achievement at school. The province has selected Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, in partnership with the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University, to lead a provincewide knowledge network for student well-being. This new network dedicated to student well-being will receive up to $1.3 million over four years through the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research.
Findings from new study of educators' professional learning in Canada released. Congratulations Professor Carol Campbell and team
Learning Forward has released the findings from a new study, The State of Educators' Professional Learning in Canada. A research team led by Carol Campbell, Professor of Leadership and Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, examined the professional learning that educators experience in the provinces and territories of Canada. Read more.
Professor Emeritus Jim Cummins weighs in on Ontario's language education restrictions
One of the ways to preserve heritage languages is through schools. However, in Ontario, the Education Act restricts the use of languages other than English or French for instruction in publicly funded schools. "Ontario's language education restrictions are an international embarrassment," says Dr. Jim Cummins, a researcher in bilingual education and professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Read more via Globe and Mail.
Youth job security plunging, unemployment remaining steady since 1976, says Statscan report. Professor D.W. Livingstone discusses
A new study from Statistics Canada said over the last four decades, young people have seen their job quality decline, even as the unemployment rate remains virtually unchanged since the 1970s. "My research over the past 25 years has documented a continuing decline in full-time employment and growth in both part-time involuntary employment and also increasing underemployment," says D.W. Livingstone, a professor emeritus from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Read more via Yahoo Canada.
Professor Mary Reid discusses OECD global education rankings on CBC Radio 2
Canada is well above average in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s 2016 global education rankings. Professor Mary Reid discusses results. Listen via CBC Radio 2.
Is there a "Trump effect" with Syrian refugees in Canada? Professor Megan Boler weighs in on CBC News
In the wake of last month's election in the United States, racist acts and threats have been reported across that country as well as in Canada. Trump's campaign has been blamed for fuelling racist rhetoric and xenophobia while attracting support of the so-called alt-right white nationalist movement. CBC's Dwight Drummond spoke with Professor Megan Boler, a social justice education professor at the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, about those reactions - whether the so-called "Trump effect" is playing a part. Read more via CBC News Toronto.
Instructor Lee Airton's new campaign makes gender neutral pronouns 'No Big Deal'
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education's Master of Teaching instructor Lee Airton is leading a campaign on gender neutral pronouns. Read more about their No Big Deal Campaign via Metro News.
OISE study reveals important findings about kids and e-books
A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the e-book's voiceover. (Read more)
Professor Abby Goldstein named Canada Research Chair
Professor Abby Goldstein has been named Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada Research Chair. Goldstein is one of 25 new chairs at the University of Toronto. Goldstein's research seeks to develop a comprehensive understanding of risk behaviours and well-being in emerging adulthood, a psychologically unique developmental stage. This prestigious opportunity provides Goldstein with dedicated research time and resources to embark on this ambitious and important program of research, which has implications for policy and practice in Canada and internationally. Read more.
Ontario's falling math scores are worrisome, says Professor Mary Reid
Grade 4 kids in Ontario are lagging behind counterparts in Kazakhstan, Lithuania and 25 other jurisdictions in math, putting them in the middle of the pack in a 2015 global study of math and science. Despite the turnaround in Grade 8, the results for Grade 4 are worrisome, says Professor Mary Reid. "It's a concern because if we didn't have these gaps, just think about how much further along we'd be by the time they got to Grade 8." Read more via Toronto Star.
Professor Suzanne Stewart leads key event to address TRC recommendations in education, research
On November 30, OISE's Dr. Suzanne Stewart, Special Advisor to the Dean on Aboriginal Education and Interim Director of the Indigenous Education Initiative, will be leading a panel discussion titled, TRC Panel II. "The OISE community should have knowledge regarding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's final report and what it means for scholarly and community activity at OISE," says Dr. Stewart.
Professor Normand Labrie and PhD student Yollande Dweme Pitta named to planning board for a French-language university
The government of Ontario has appointed OISE professor Normand Labrie and PhD student Yollande Dweme Pitta to the planning board for a French-language University in Ontario.
Dean Glen Jones weighs in on whether or not free tuition is feasible in Canada
Is free tuition feasible, and can it reduce inequality in Canada? According to Dr. Glen Jones, Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, free tuition alone cannot surmount inequality and only tenably exists in countries with an already narrow income gap. Read more via The Varsity.
Dr. Rinaldo Walcott responds to Toronto's new carding policy
Last week, the Ontario government and the Toronto Police Services Board announced their decision to continue the controversial practice of carding. The Black community responded with an open letter to the Province of Ontario and City of Toronto, asking for a ban on the practice - citing the legal implications and the historical detriments it has had on the Black community. Professor Rinaldo Walcott weighs in via Vice Magazine. Read more.
How can we create calm and comfortable learning environments? Richard Messina weighs in
Richard Messina, the principal of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, says environment has a huge impact on the way students learn. "There's actually a significant amount of research that says everything from the amount of daylight that comes into the windows, to the workspace and flexibility, has incredible impact on children," he said. Read more via Inside Halton.
OISE trends to 8th in world rankings
The recent international rankings of universities by the prestigious Times Higher Education, notes that of the top universities in the world who offer education, the University of Toronto takes the 8th spot. This means that OISE is perceived to be 8th in the global context of education programming.
Indigenous Education Month: OISE events, discussions, blogs create important dialogue
November is Indigenous Education Month, which means many schools across Ontario are celebrating the histories, contributions, sacrifices, and achievements of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. And non-Indigenous peoples are called upon to deal with the devastating consequences of residential schools, the effects of which remain today. OISE and the University of Toronto, too, have been marking Indigenous Education Month in a big way. Read more.
Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock shares lessons in leadership at OISE
Toronto Maple Leaf Head Coach Mike Babcock recently shared lessons in leadership with principals and educators at an Ontario Institute for Studies in Education event titled, "Creating High Performing Teams: Achieving Excellence in Sport and Education." Before addressing the audience members, the veteran hockey coach also sat down with OISE's Lindsey Craig to give a one-on-one interview about leadership. Read more.
Announcing the Bonnie Burstow Scholarship in Antipsychiatry
An exciting new scholarship has been established at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. Called "The Bonnie Burstow Scholarship in Antipsychiatry," it is to be awarded annually to an OISE thesis student conducting antipsychiatry inquiry. What makes this initiative so important? Read more.
Only 31 per cent of Grade 3 children in Ottawa read with their parents. Cultural traditions may play a role, says Professor Esther Geva
31 percent of Grade 3 children in Ottawa reported that their parents don't read with them regularly. Why might this be? Different cultural traditions may play a role, says #OISEUofT Professor Esther Geva. In some cultures, parents don't read to their children, she said. "The kids go to school, that's where they can learn to read." Parents may supervise homework and hire a tutor if their child is struggling."They still care about their kids' education, but the mechanisms they use are different."
Read more (via The Ottawa Citizen)
National Child Day: Experts call attention to key concerns
November 20 is National Child Day, which recognizes the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We've asked five OISE professors: What is the most important issue that requires serious public and/or government understanding and action?
Racist behaviour in Toronto simply coming into sharper focus, says Dr. Rinaldo Walcott
A recent rash of widely-reported racist and xenophobic incidents in Toronto - posters urging white people to join the "alt-right," video of racially-charged language being used during a dispute on the TTC - are just ugly attitudes that have long existed in society bubbling to the top, say experts and community members.
"Trump's election has focused attention now on things that have been happening prior," says Rinaldo Walcott, OISE professor and director of the University of Toronto Women & Gender Studies Institute.
(Via Toronto Star)
Professor Stephanie Waterman appointed to the editorial board of The Journal of Higher Education
Indigenous scholar and OISE professor Stephanie Waterman has been appointed to the editorial board of The Journal of Higher Education, a leading scholarly journal on the institution of higher education. This is the first time that an Indigenous scholar has been named to the board. Congratulations Dr. Waterman!
Professors Megan Boler and Rinaldo Walcott weigh in on US election results
Professors Megan Boler and Rinaldo Walcott discuss the US election results with U of T News.
Megan Boler, professor of social justice education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, blames the media for favouring Trump's tweets to Clinton's historic run for office.
Rinaldo Walcott, associate professor and director of the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, discusses what the the election results mean for African Americans and other people of colour in the US.
Professor Suzanne Stewart offers advice on how to talk to kids about US election results
How do we talk to children about the 2016 US election results? Clinical psychologist and OISE professor Suzanne Stewart weighs in on CTV News.
OISE's Dr. George Dei wins prestigious award for profound impact on race and education
Award presented at international decolonization conference Nov. 3-5 at OISE
For his outstanding contributions to anti-racism studies, the advancement of human rights in education, equity and diversity, OISE professor, community leader and top Canadian scholar, Dr. George Dei has been selected co-winner of the 2016 Whitworth Award for Career Research in Education. Watch this video to hear what winning the award means to him.
Inspiring OISE grad aims to fight for disabled
Kathleen Forestell calls for greater mental health resources
When a person starts to profoundly lose their vision, there are a number of resources available to help them physically adapt - like how to navigate the city using a cane or a guide dog. But what about their mental well-being?
Kathleen Forestell, who is receiving her MEd in counselling psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) on Tuesday, wants to ensure those resources are there.
OISE community praises Dr. George Dei, Whitworth Award winner
"Compassionate." "Generous." "More than an inspiration." These are some of the words that have been chosen to describe Dr. George Dei, OISE professor and winner of the 2016 Whitworth Award for Career Research in Education. Read more to hear what students and colleagues have to say about Dr. Dei. Read more.
Your help needed as OISE launches Academic Planning Process
Interested in ensuring education excellence for the many not just the few? Be an idea generator and contribute to OISE's best future. Read more.
International conference at OISE to probe racism, colonizing effects on Indigenous peoples
From Nov. 3-5, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto is hosting the 10th anniversary of its "Decolonizing the Spirit," which is bringing together hundreds of researchers and scholars from across the globe to tackle issues involving, "Race, Anti-Racism and Indigeneity: Anti-Colonial Resurgence and Decolonial Resistance." Read more.
Toddler spaces available at the OISE Early Learning Centre
The Early Learning Centre provides a safe, secure, supportive and stimulating environment where children are free to grow to their potential. There are three sites to the Centre and the OISE location is on Bloor St. in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at U of T building. The centre endeavours to provide an environment that emphasizes developmentally appropriate learning in an anti-bias setting. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-978-6725.