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    November 17
    Charles Pascal comments on the issue of academic freedom in ongoing Ontario college strike
    It doesn't come with a dollar figure attached, and is something striking college teachers argue is in the best interests of all students. But what do placards demanding "Academic freedom now!" actually mean, and why has the principle been a major stumbling block since faculty at the province's 24 colleges went on strike five weeks ago? Dr. Charles Pascal weighs in. Read more via Toronto Star.
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    November 13
    Doctoral student Edmund Adam writes opinion piece on the dangers of group-think on university campuses
    This past August, a group of professors from Harvard, Princeton and Yale universities published a statement advising students in the U.S. to keep an open mind and reject "the vice of conformism." When Edmund Adams first read this statement, he hoped it would rekindle debates on free speech and the mission of universities and colleges as institutions of democracy, and how they should respond in a period of unsettled times for higher education and the broader society supporting it. Read more via University Affairs.
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    October 31
    College strikes has echoes of the past: Toronto Star op-ed by Dr. Charles Pascal
    Dr. Charles Pascal was a college president in 1984 when faculty voted overwhelmingly for a strike because they felt they were treated as lemmings, victims of top-down management styles that eschewed proper faculty involvement in decision-making. In this new op-ed, Dr. Pascal weighs in on the current college strike. Read more via Toronto Star.
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    October 25
    Recent immigrant parents in Canada at greater risk of mental health issues; kids more likely to suffer learning setbacks, OISE studies find
    Canadian immigrant parents, refugees, women and minorities are at greater risk of mental health issues and socioeconomic challenges, with their children more likely to suffer learning setbacks before kindergarten, a pair of studies by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto have shown. Read more.
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    October 24
    TDSB is right to reconsider specialty programs that leave too many behind, writes Prof. Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández
    In an op-ed to the Toronto Star, Professor Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández writes, "A school board as diverse as the TDSB cannot continue to support programs that disproportionately advantage a small and already privileged segment of the population." Read more.
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    October 24
    OISE study looks at effects of domestic violence on workplaces - by asking the abusers
    A new study from OISE and Western University finds that domestic violence perpetration extends into the workplace, and has negative safety and productivity costs. Yet, most employers lack the resources to help perpetrators. Read more.
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    October 24
    Prof. Roy Gillis elected to the CPA International Union of Psychological Science
    Congratulations to Professor Roy Gillis, who's been elected for a 4-year term on the Canadian Psychological Association International Union of Psychological Science.
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    October 13
    OISE's Robertson Program responds to TRC with Indigenous math education conference
    OISE's Robertson Program co-hosted a unique conference on Indigenous Knowledge and Mathematics Education in response to the TRC. Educators gathered in Treaty #3 to improve mathematics teaching within a framework of reconciliation and reciprocal learning. The conference aimed to celebrate and highlight the important work being done by educators in Northern Ontario to improve student learning, including those students that come from First Nation Communities. Read more.
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    October 12
    Fighting anti-black racism: Teaching kids to identify individual black people can reduce racial bias
    Many times, those who hold racially biased views of other people see them as all the same. Instead of thinking of them as specific individuals, they lump them into a group - seeing them as "those people." Now a global team of researchers, including OISE's Dr. Kang Lee and PhD candidate Miao K. Qian, suggests one way to reduce racial bias in kids is by teaching them to identify individual faces of those of other races. The study, published on Oct. 12 in the journal Child Development, is the first to show a lasting effect in reducing racial bias - and in kids young enough to not be too set in their ways. Read more.
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    October 11
    CREFO - OISE's Centre for Franco-Ontarian Studies - wins prestigious award
    Recently, OISE's Centre de recherches en éducation franco-ontarienne (CREFO) won the Prix du 3-juillet-1608, a prestigious award given by the Conseil supérieur de la langue française du Québec (CSLF)*. Each year, this event recognizes an organization that has distinguished itself through exemplary efforts to defend and promote French language and culture in North America, while also providing exceptional services to a specific French language collectivity as well as to the entire North American francophone community. This award is significant for CREFO members since it acknowledges the excellence of their work across Canada.
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    October 04
    What's HIBAR research and why do we need more of it? Professor Creso Sá explains.
    Can cooperative research known as Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR) research help us transform science and society? Co-author professor Creso Sá argues more academics should embrace cooperative research to address societal problems. Find out why in The Conversation.
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    October 04
    OISE ranked 11th best educational institute in the world by Times Higher Education
    The 2018 Time Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject has placed the University of Toronto 11th in the world for education. Read more.
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    October 04
    Doctoral student Asima Vezina announced as Algoma University's new president and vice-chancellor
    Asima Vezina, longtime educator, will take over as Algoma University's new president and vice-chancellor later this month. Congratulations! Read more via Soo Today.
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    September 29
    Professor George Dei honoured by U of T's African Alumni Association
    Professor George Dei has been recognized as a community influencer by the U of T African Alumni Association for his tireless work to ensure inclusion and empowerment in schools. Dr. Dei is a mentor to young scholars at OISE, and he is a strong proponent of African-focused schools in Toronto. Read more.
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    September 29
    Orange Shirt Day: OISE and U of T show support for residential school survivors
    A small sea of people wearing orange shirts gathered at OISE Friday as part of a national campaign to commemorate residential school survivors. "Our objective is for people to understand the true history of residential school survivors in Canada," said Jennifer Sylvester, an event organizer and first-year master's student at OISE. Read more via U of T News.
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    September 28
    Megan Boler and Elizabeth Davis discuss the role of emotion research in contemporary politics
    In a new op-ed for the Toronto Star, professor Megan Boler and doctoral student Elizabeth Davis looks at the role of emotion and emotion research in contemporary politics. They conclude that scholars need to catch up with the more nefarious uses of emotion research. Read more via Toronto Star.
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    September 25
    Nova Scotia gets tough on students with strict school absenteeism policy
    School absenteeism has become a problem in Nova Scotia, prompting a tougher policy brought in by the ruling Liberal government. Professor Charles Pascal believes the problem of student absenteeism comes down to the root of the question: Why are you not coming to school? Pascal explains we should take a closer look at the schools and the relationship with parents. Listen on CBC's The Current.
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    September 21
    How I am learning to include Indigenous knowledge in the classroom
    There is a new duty felt by teachers at all levels of our education system to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action. For professor Kathleen Gallagher, she knew she had to make the process of understanding past truths and reconciliation a personal journey. In The Conversation, Dr. Gallagher describes her journey with Indigenous education - a humble path to a better Canada. Read more.
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    September 19
    Should we get rid of standardized testing?
    The results of standardized testing can help us understand some things, but they can also be misleading. If not designed properly, standardized tests can mislead students - for instance through confusing and unfamiliar cultural references. So what do these tests actually measure? And are they worthwhile? MT professor Arlo Kempf investigates. Watch at TED-Ed.
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    September 15
    Congratulations to SSHRC Impact Award finalist Dr. Jack Quarter
    Professor Jack Quarter is finalist of the prestigious SSHRC Impact Award which honours the highest achievements in Canada in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities in the humanities and social sciences. Dr. Quarter is recognized as a champion of community partnership research on Canada's social economy. Congratulations Dr. Quarter!
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    September 12
    Kids praised for being smart are more likely to cheat, according to new research from Dr. Kang Lee and team
    If kids do well in a game or a task, parents and caregivers often praise them so they feel good about themselves. But, according to two new studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and co-authors in the U.S. and China - that praise can backfire in a big way. Kids who are praised for "being smart", or who are told they "have a reputation for being smart", are more likely to cheat, research has found. Read more.
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    September 08
    9 ways to create an inclusive classroom: Tips from OISE's experts
    OISE Professor Ann Lopez, winner of numerous multicultural education awards and distinctions, and Richard Messina, Principal of OISE's Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS) give 9 tips for teachers on how to create an environment that celebrates equality in an increasingly diverse world.
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    September 07
    Professor George Dei elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
    Considered one of Canada's foremost scholars on race and anti-racism studies, Dr. George Dei has spent his academic life instilling more equity and social justice in the education system.
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    September 06
    Back to school: Top tips from OISE Dean, advice for students, teachers, parents
    Looking to start your school year off on the right foot? OISE Dean Glen Jones has two important tips that will help ensure your success. Pluscheck out helpful tips for teachers, students and parents from OISE's education experts.
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    August 31
    Trump tornado must not blow Canadian reconciliation off course, says Dean Glen Jones
    Media emphasis on the recent events in Charlottesville, Va., and Trump's igniting responses, risks diminishing the attention given to dealing with Canada's own racist colonial history, says Dean Glen Jones. Universities should not lose sight of the importance of the domestic reconciliation project and the need to address our own complex, multifaceted narrative of colonialism and racism, says Jones. Read more.
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    August 28
    OISE's Normand Labrie and Yollande Dweme Mbukuny Pitta helps plan Ontario's first French-language university
    Ontario is proposing to create a new French-language university, the first of its kind in the province, giving French-speaking students more opportunities to study in French. In consultation with the francophone community, the French-language University Planning Board has provided recommendations to the government for the creation of a French-language university in Central and Southwestern Ontario, governed by and for Francophones. Read more.
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    August 25
    Professors Carol Campbell and Michael Fullan re-appointed as education advisors to the Ontario Premier and Minister of Education
    The Government of Ontario has re-appointed OISE professors Carol Campbell and Michael Fullan as education advisors to the Ontario Premier and Minister of Education. They are recognized internationally for their research and leadership in public education. Congratulations!
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    August 17
    New study by professor Patricia Ganea finds kids learn more effectively from stories with humans than with human-like animals
    A new study from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows kids aged 4-6 learn social lessons, like sharing or telling the truth, most effectively from a certain type of book. The results may surprise you. Read more.
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    August 16
    Dr. Kang Lee breaks down Obama's tweet about racial bias
    Dr. Lee's research shows that infants have to be carefully taught not to hate things different than them, instead of the other way around. Read more via National Post.
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    August 04
    How did Canada become an education superpower? Professor David Booth analyzes the reasons why
    When there are debates about the world's top performing education systems, the names that usually get mentioned are the Asian powerhouses such as Singapore and South Korea or the Nordic know-alls, such as Finland or Norway. But with much less recognition, Canada has climbed into the top tier of international rankings. How did it happen? Professor David Booth highlights Canada's "strong base in literacy." Read more via BBC.
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    August 03
    Ontario's full-day kindergarten program has lasting benefits on child learning and behaviour, OISE study finds
    It's been 7 years since Ontario launched its full-day kindergarten program. What's been the impact? Research by professor Janette Pelletier reveals that it's had lasting benefits on child learning and behaviour. Children in the program scored higher on reading, writing and number knowledge than those in a half-day program. They also scored higher on self-regulation, which is the capacity to respond to life's stresses and return to a calm and alert state. Read more via The Conversation.
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    July 26
    Canada launches funding program to recruit international researchers. Dean Glen Jones comments.
    A host of new initiatives by national governments - in Britain, Canada, France and most recently Germany - seek to lure foreign researchers to their shores with pots of money earmarked for international recruitment. What caliber of talent will countries be able to attract with these new funding schemes? OISE Dean Glen Jones weighs in. Read more.
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    July 17
    OISE research fellow designs new police lineup procedure to help increase the accuracy of child eyewitness identification
    More than 370 innocent people have been wrongfully convicted of crimes in Canada and the United States. Mistaken eyewitness identification is the leading cause. Child witnesses are especially vulnerable to error. While children are capable of accurately reporting on their memory, they are more likely than adults to identify an innocent person when the true perpetrator is absent from a police lineup. A new police lineup procedure, designed by OISE post-doctoral research student Kaila Bruer, could help.
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    July 10
    Alum Cathy Crowe appointed to the Order of Canada
    OISE alum Cathy Crowe has been named to the Order of Canada for outstanding achievement in the area of homelessness. For over 45 years, Cathy has worked tirelessly as a street nurse in Toronto and social justice advocate for homeless people across the country. Read more via The Toronto Star.
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    June 30
    For Canada 150, facing the truth makes for a worthy celebration, say U of T profs
    As Canada recognizes its 150th birthday, OISE professor Dr. Charles Pascal, and Dr. Suzanne Stewart of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, argue there would be much more to celebrate if the nation connected its birthday bash with a more promising future and the TRC's Calls to Action. Read more via The Toronto Star.