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Advancing the cause of equity, social justice and democracy in education.

Upcoming Events


Please join us for the panel lecture "What can we learn from the Indian experience on applying Gandhi’s nonviolence in formal education today?" June 21, 2017. 12-1:30pm, OISE 5th floor. Chaired by Kathy Bickmore and Jill Carr-Haarris.    

This panel lecture event brings together senior educational leaders from India. Dr. Anamik Shah, the Vice Chancellor of the largest Gandhian University in India along with his colleague, Dr. Amendra Pandey (English Department) to speak on the challenges of leading a university for peace today. Gujarat Vidyapith is located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It was founded by Gandhi in 1920.

The event also brings together: Dr. Rajadurai Mani and Dr. William Baskaran, Professors of the Department of Gandhian Thought and Peace Science from Gandhi Gram University, in South India. They will speak on the challenges and possibilities of teaching Gandhian thought in India.

This event is supported by: Dr. Reva Joshee, LHAE, Dr. Stephen Anderson, CIDEC & Dr. Mark Evans, CTL.

All welcome. 

Past Events

Please join us for a talk with Dr. Audrey Osler, University Colege of Southeast Norway and University of Leeds, UK called "Human rights and schooling: developing a framework for justice and Peace" on November 25th 12noon - 1pm, at OISE/UT 252 Bloor St. W., Room 7-105. 

Across the globe, a common educational policy goal within democratic nation-states is the strengthening of democracy and human rights. Yet recent developments in Europe, including responses to the arrival of large numbers of refugees and asylum-seekers, reveal a significant gap between human rights rhetoric and human rights practice across the continent. The fall-out from the Brexit vote is a reminder of the fragility of democracy and the dangers of populism. It is also a reminder of the limitations and weaknesses of current education frameworks, including those of citizenship education and multicultural education, when citizens are confronted with fear-mongering, prejudice, misinformation, scapegoating, xenophobia and racism. In this talk, I discuss the political context in which we are working and the need to renew our efforts to promote justice and peace through schooling. I will argue that education for equity needs to be strengthened by an explicit human rights framework. I will explore the potential of drawing on postcolonial theory and narrative to support us in achieving our goals. The Flyer is located here. 

Please join us for a talk with Dr. Katina Pollock from Western University called "Principals' Work: Intensification and Coping Strategies" on May 25th from 5:30-7 pm., at OISE/UT at 252 Bloor St. W., Room 6-122.

Principals' work is challenging. Twenty-one percent of principals in English-speaking public education confided that they wish they had remained a teacher rather than go into administration. If they could do it all over again, 20% indicated that they would not have pursued a career in education. What is it about the current work of principals that might cause them to feel this way? Please join us for a lively discussion about principals' coping strategies in the face of work intensification, with visiting scholar Dr. Katina Pollock from Western University. The flyer is located here.

Please join Brock University's Faculty of Education for Equity Talks 2016: Promoting Equity Literacy: Critical Conversations and Strategies on Friday, May 13th, from 1-4 p.m. in the Instructional Resource Centre.

This year's speakers will be Dr. Afua Cooper, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dalhousie University and Chris D'Souza, equity strategist and motivational speaker. Participants will engage in critical conversations about equity literacy, share innovative and practical resources and  strategies, and explore children’s books focusing on Black, racialized, and Indigenous experiences in the Niagara region.For more information, including registration, agenda, and speaker profiles, click here.

The Centre for Leadership & Diversity, and Leadership, Higher and Adult Education Department invite you to a reception and celebration of new books. February 25th, 2016 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, Nexus Lounge, OISE Building, 12th floor, 252 Bloor St West, Toronto.

Come and meet authors of four amazing books exploring issues of policy, social diversity, change, ethics and values in public education. Darrin Griffiths, John Portelli, Robert Bahlieda, Jim Ryan, Denise Armstrong and Nina Bascia examine key questions affecting educational leadership and policy. Signed copies will be available for purchase. The flyer is located here. 

The Persistence and “Equity Problem" of School Fundraising in Ontario Schools. At OISE/UT, Wednesday June 10th from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, room 6-122.

School fundraising is known to reproduce inequities in schools yet it remains common practice in Ontario. In this talk, Sue Winton presents emerging findings from research designed to understand why a group’s 19-year effort to challenge school fundraising in Ontario has had limited effect despite new provincial policy limiting school fundraising and recognition that fundraising (re)produces inequities.

This presentation is based on Dr. Winton's SSHRC-funded project "Mobilizing Rhetoric for Policy Change: How Context Influences an Advocacy Group's Success”. The flyer is locted here.

Educational Leadership and Policy in the 21st Century. Conference of graduate student projects at OISE/UT, Saturday May 2nd from 9am-2pm, rooms 5-230 & 5-280.

This conference features presentations by current OISE graduate students on a range of exciting topics that explore aspects of educational policy and leadership in Ontario and abroad. Discussants include people such as Drs Katina Pollock, Patricia Briscoe, and Brenton Faubert .

Dr Katina Pollock is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University, Ontario, Canada. Katina teaches in both the initial teacher education program and at the graduate level. Her research explores the intersection of power, access, and engagement in relation to work and learning in the field of education. Recent publications include a special journal issue in the Canadian and International Education journal entitled; School Leadership: Opportunities for Comparative Inquiry (2014). (kpolloc7@uwo.ca, twitter: @DrKatinaPollock)

Dr Brenton Faubert is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University. He previously worked for the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). He is a graduate of OISE/UT.  (brenton.faubert@uwo.ca)

Dr Patricia Briscoe works as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University and is the Knowledge Mobilization Network and KMb Manager for KNAER/RECRAE. She is a graduate of the University of Calgary. (pbriscoe@uwo.ca, @KNAER_RECRAE http://www.knaer-recrae.ca/).

The conference will be held on the 5th floor of OISE/UT, in rooms 5-230 and 5-280 on Saturday
May 2nd from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. We hope you will join us for this exciting event. The Flyer is located here.

Surveying Sexaual Minoritees in High Schools: A Story of Researching a Pre-Institutionalized and Stigmatized Category of Students. Tuesday November 11, 12-1:30 at OISE/UT room 6-122.

The Centre for Leadership and Diversity is hosting a roundtable session with Scott Davies, Denise Lammana, and Tania Medieros entitle: “Surveying Sexual Minorities in High Schools: A Story of Researching a Pre-Institutionalized and Stigmatized Category of Students”. Tuesday November 11 from 12-1:30 at OISE/UT (252 Bloor street west, Toronto) room 6-122.

Education researchers routinely distribute & - and analyze surveys that categorize students by race, gender, language, immigration status, etc.  These highly established categories are typically used with relatively few worries about i) harming a study’s reliability and validity, ii) provoking public controversy, iii) necessitating inordinate procedures to protect privacy, or iv) triggering unreliable answers among students. However, less institutionalized categories pose greater challenges for researchers, despite their growing importance in equity policies. We report on a project that surveyed students about their sexual orientation in an urban school district in Ontario, one of very few surveys of its type. We describe the initial impetus behind the project, the various concerns about surveying students’ sexual orientation that ultimately limited the projects’ scope, public reactions and ‘prank’ responses from some students that illustrate the continuing stigma faced by sexual minorities. We also discuss usages of open-ended questions that improved the survey’s validity, and report findings showing that sexual minorities experienced more negative school climates and rates of being bullied. The flyer is located here.

Scott Davies is a new Professor in the Education Leadership and Policy program. His research interests include sociology of education, large scale data analysis, research design and methods, policy-oriented research, and student achievement.

Rethinking Adult Characterizations of Youth:  Enacting a Critical Youth Pedagogy. Thursday October 30 5-6:30 OISE/UT room 6-122.

The Centre for Leadership and Diversity is hosting a roundtable session with Shirley R. Steinberg entitled: "Rethinking Adult Characterizations of Youth:  Enacting a Critical Youth Pedagogy" Thursday October 30th from 5-6:30 at OISE/UT (252 Bloor street west, Toronto) room 6-122.

Traditionally, Western adults have feared youth and treated them with suspicion and negation.  Most social scientists discuss work with youth with a language of deficit.  In this presentation, we will discuss the etymology of youth and the context of the fear of youth.  How can we critically work with youth, both in and out of school to re-invite relationships and perceptions of young men and women? The flyer is located here.

Changes in Socioeconomic Achievement Gaps in International Comparison, 1964-2012. Thursday October 23 12-1:30 OISE/UT room 6-272. 

The Centre for Leadership and Diversity Is hosting a roundtable session with Anna Katyn Chmielewski entitled: “Changes in Socioeconomic Achievement Gaps in International Comparison, 1964-2012”Thursday October 23 from 12-1:30 at OISE/UT (252 Bloor street west, Toronto) room 6-272. 

Recent evidence from the US shows that the gap in academic achievement between students from high-income and low-income families has grown substantially over the past 40 years. This study examines whether these increasing socioeconomic (SES) achievement gaps are part of a worldwide trend. It is the first to compare SES achievement gaps over the entire history of large-scale cross-national assessments, from the First International Mathematics Study (FIMS) in 1964 to the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2012. The study combines 27 datasets across 108 countries and 47 years and represents about 4.8 million students. Results indicate that SES achievement gaps have increased in most countries worldwide. Gaps have increased by about 25-70% in OECD countries and to an even greater extent in less developed countries. In Ontario, gaps are relatively small and have declined slightly in recent years. Countries that have successfully reduced SES achievement gaps appear to be those that have decreased SES segregation between schools and/or expanded higher education. The flyer is located here.

Anna Katyn Chmielewski is an assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, specializing in Large-Scale Data Analysis and Educational Equity and also participating in the Comparative, International and Development Education (CIDE) collaborative program. She completed her PhD in Education and MA in Sociology at Stanford University. Dr. Chmielewski’s research examines macro-level trends in educational inequality, both cross-nationally and over time, including socioeconomic disparities in academic achievement, school segregation, curricular tracking/ability grouping and university access, as well as the consequences of childhood inequality for adult outcomes.

Struggle and triumph in the education of marginalized girls in India. June 26, 5-7 OISE room 6-272.

Dr Urvashi Sahni, Founder and CEO of Study Hall Foundation, Lucknow, UP, India; and Urmila Srivastava, Co-Founder and Head of Sarvodaya Ashram, Hardoi, UP, India will be engaging in a discussion of their work this coming Thursday.

For several years, the Study Hall Foundation has organized and run the Prerna Program for girls from the so-called slums of Lucknow. The program gives the girls the academic preparation to succeed and it provides various avenues for critical engagement with issues of central importance to their lives such as child marriage and violence against women. Dr Sahni will speak to some of the work being carried on with and by the girls who are part of the Prerna Program.

 The Sarvodaya Ashram is based on Gandhian principles and works holistically with the communities in the rural area in which it is located. One of its most unique programs works with girls between the ages of 10-14 who have been pushed out or kept out of ‘regular’ school. Ms Srivastava will speak to some of the challenges and successes of this program.

Everyone is welcome, light refreshments will follow the talk. The flyer for the event is located here

The CLD was at CCEAM/CASEA 2014 June 6-10 2014 in Fredericton at UNB

Multiple members of the CLD are taking part in CCEAM/CASEA this year. Some of the sessions at which we are presenting are included in this flyer.

Leadership and Policy in Contemporary Education Institutions. May 3, 2014

A conference of student research conducted by graduate students in the department of Leadership, Higher and Adult education at OISE will be held at OISE/UT, 252 Bloor street west on May 3, 2014. The flyer for the event is located here. 

What is Social Justice Leadership Today?

A dialogue between Lynda Tredway, Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC and Joe Flessa at the Department of Leadership, Higher, and Adult Education, OISE/UT Friday, October, 18, 2013 12:00-1:15 Room 6-272. The flyer for the event is located here.

Accepting Schools for All: Culture, Context, Curriculum, and Climate. At Brock University, November 1, 2013.

The Faculty of Education, Brock University is hosting the upcoming 2013 “Equity, Engagement, Teaching and Learning Conference” on November 1. This conference is designed to engage educators, practitioners, scholars, policy makers and community members in authentic dialogues about equity in education.

This year’s theme is “Accepting Schools for All: Culture, Context, Curriculum, and Climate” and will contain two streams: safe and ethical school spaces and climate and mental health wellness.

The conference is free to participants; however participants must register on-line at http://www.brocku.ca/education/events/eetl to reserve their spot. While the conference is a full day, on-campus participants can feel free to only attend portions of the day that fit their schedule and/or interests.

The flyer for the event is located here.

Urban Education Research Poster Symposium. A poster presentation showcasing the research of the Masters of Education, Urban Education Cohort. At OISE Library, 252 Bloor St West, Wed June 13th, 2012 from 6-8 pm.

Please join us as the graduating class shares their research findings in urban education that challenge traditional education discourse in Ontario. Hear about the implications for minoritized students and their communities, teacher practitioners, policy makers and academics. Engage in discussions that dismantle the dominant narrative about urban schooling and support emancipatory research to help create an education system that truly upholds equitable and inclusive education! Please RSVP at : urbaned2012.eventbrite.com The Flyer for the event is locate here.

"Educational Leadership and Policy for a Changing World". Department of Theory and Policy Studies, Educational Administration. A conference to be held at OISE/UT 8th floor, May 12th from 8:30am to 2:30 pm.

Please join us for a conference of student presentations based on research projects conducted by OISE/UT doctoral students. The flyer is located here.  

Making Connections: Exploring Equity and Engagement in Education - a conference held at UWO Faculty of Education March 1, 2012 in the J.G. Althouse Building, Community Room (1139) from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.

Western faculty of education welcomed Dr. Rodney Hopson a Hillman Distinguished
Professor, Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership in the School of Education, and
faculty member in the Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research, Duquesne University. And Dr. Christine Sleeter is Professor Emerita in the College of Professional Studies at California State University Monterey Bay. Please see the flyer for more information. The Flyer is located here.

Equity, Engagement, Teaching and Learning Conference at Brock University, Faculty of Education. February 28 2012, 8:30 am - 7:30 pm. 500 Glenridge Avenue, St. Catharines, Ontario

Brock University welcomed Dr. Heidi Mirza from the  University of London, UK  who spoke about "Equity, engagement and education: The intersection of race, class and gender in Britain". Dr. Gerardo Lopez from the Loyola Institute for Quality and Equity in Education, US who spoke about "Policy for equity and engagement". And Dr. Ali Abdi from the University of Alberta, Canada Brock Faculty of Education Distingished Speaker who spoke about "Social justice and educational equity: Canadian teachers engaging African immigrant and refugee students". Please see the flyer for more information. The flyer is located here

Dialogues with International Scholars on Understanding Equity and Engagement, Monday February 27th, Tuesday February 28th.

Reva Joshee, Jim Ryan, and John Portelli engaged in dialogue with guest professors Gerardo Lopez, Heidi Mirza, and Rodney Hopson. The flyer is located here.

Jim Ryan and Heidi Mirza engaged in a dialogue entitled “Race, gender and inclusion in education” The video of this dialogue is located here.

John Portelli and Rodney Hobson engaged in a dialogue entitled "Democratic Engagement". The video of this dialogue is located here.

The program of which these dailogues were part, brought together researchers, practitioners, community partners, and policy developers so they can develop new groups for collaboration that will last beyond the conference and public speaking engagements. In these new groups they will be able to share insights and findings from existing research and their own practice, set goals and areas of priority and make plans for how they can work together to achieve these goals.

Panel on Understanding Equity and Engagement Monday February 27th 2012, 5:00 -7:00 pm at OISE/UT, OISE Library, Ground FLoor, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto.

A panel on “Understanding Equity and Engagement”. World leading researchers Christine E. Sleeter, Gerardo Lopez, Heidi Safia Mirza, and Rodney K. Hopson shared recent research findings and engaged participants in discussions on issues related to culturally relevant pedagogy, policy related to minority students, democratic practice and intersectionality. The event engaged researchers, practitioners, and policy developers in education. The Flyer is located here.

The larger program of which this panel was one portion. brought together researchers, practitioners, community partners, and policy developers so they can develop new groups for collaboration that will last beyond the conference and public speaking engagements. In these new groups they will be able to share insights and findings from existing research and their own practice, set goals and areas of priority and make plans for how they can work together to achieve these goals. The video of the event is located here.

Book Launch: Thursday December 1, 2011 5:30 - 8:00pm OISE Library (Main Floor)

The book launch of "Brave New Teachers: Doing Social Justice Work in Neo-Liberal Times." The event was co-sponsored by the Centre for Leadership and Diversity. Refreshments were be served.

Round table session November 29, 12:00 - 1:30, OISE/UT Room 6 - 272

Cynthia Joseph lead a discussion entitled: Equity, Opportunity and Education in Postcolonial Southeast Asia: The Malaysian case.

Round table session June 20, 5:00 - 6:30pm OISE/UT Room 5-250.

Professor Catherine A. Lugg from Rutgers University lead the talk: Letting the Bullies Win? The Politics of Educational Choice and the Politics of Stigma at the Intersection of Queer Youth. The discussion is co-sponsored by SESE, TPS and CTL of OISE. Flyer is located here.

Round table session April 20, 5:30 - 7:00pm OISE/UT

Professor Geoff Munns from the University of Western Sydney lead the talk: Thinking the unthinkable: Teachers who engage students in poverty. Flyer is located here.  Thanks to everyone who came out, it was a full house! Check out a few photos below. Click on the images to see the larger photos.


Round table session March 10, 2011 OISE/UT TPS 5:30-7:00pm. Room 6-259.

Darren Griffiths and Herveen Singh. Please join us. This session is in the evening to accomodate practitioners. Flyer is located here

Round table session February 22, 2011 OISE/UT TPS 12:00 1:30pm. Room 6-259

Speaker: Dr. Denise Armstrong, Brock University. Topic: "Administrative Passages: Rites Resistance, and Responsibilities" More than five decades ago, Arnold van Gennep used the term rites of passage to describe the ceremonial and ritualistic behaviours that marked the passage between social roles in traditional societies. This seminar focuses on the modern day rites that new administrators encounter and how these challenges impact individual and organizational leadership and change. Flyer is here.

Round table session February 9, 2011. 1:00-2:30 pm. OISE/UT TPS room 6-259.

Speaker: Dr. Faten S.M. Abdel-Hameed, Associated Prof. At the Math, Science and ICT Acadmemic Group, Bahrian Teachers College, University of Bahrain. Topic: "Implementing a Curriculum for Excellence in a Knowledge Based Society-Economy, the Bahrain Policy".The Kingdom of Bahraim has taken initiatives and steps towards reforming its educational system and implementing a curriculum for excellence. These efforts will be shared. All welcome. Flyer is here.

Photo of the event (click on the image to see a larger version):

Round table session January 26, 2001 12:200-1:30 pm OISE/UT TPS room 6-259

Speakers: Jim Ryan, Reva Joshee, John Portelli OISE/UT. Topic: Doing Educational Leadership with Robust Equity and Social Justice: A Critical Conversation. Flyer is here. 

Photos of event (click on photo to see larger image):


Multiculturalism in Education: A Comparison between the Brazilian and Canadian Contexts.


This presentation provides a critical discussion of some of the results from a comparative study of aspects of educational policies in Canada and Brazil with a focus on democratic values. A major question discussed in the presentation is: To what extent does multiculturalism as an educational policy affirms democracy and yet possibly contributes to the deepening of social segregation? Click here for flyer.



Teacher Effectiveness in Diverse Schools:
Problems or Possibilities?

With Tyrone Howard Tuesday 23rd March OISE Library

The Gandhi You May Not Know
Rajmohan Gandhi

Monday 5 October 2009, 12:00 p.m. OISE Library
Rajmohan Gandhi is a biographer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. A product of the Modern School in New Delhi, Gandhi is a journalist and political activist as well as a research professor at the Centre for Policy Studies in New Delhi, India. He has written widely on the Indian independence movement and its leaders, India-Pakistani relations, human rights and conflict resolution. He has held appointments as visiting professor in the United States and Japan and received honorary degrees from universities in Canada, Japan and the Kyrgyz Republic. Professor Gandhi also served as a member of the Upper House of India's Parliament and led the Indian government delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Commission annual meeting in Geneva 

Multicultural and Intercultural Education in Europe

Professor Agostino Portera, University of Verona, Italy
Tuesday 28 July 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. OISE Room 6-122

School Safety for Whom? The Reality of Homophobic and Transphobic Violence in Canadian Schools

Wednesday 1 April 2009, 5:30-8:00 OISE Library
A panel of educators, policymakers, researchers and students responding to Egale Canada's First National Climate Survey on Homophobia and Transphobia in Canadian Schools

 A lecture by Michael W. Apple
Neoliberalism, Neoconservatism and the Politics of Educational Reform

This event co-sponsored by: Department of Theory & Policy Studies, Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning, Department of Sociology & Equity Studies in Education, History & Philosophy of Education Program, CLD, CUS, and CSEW
Monday 26 January 2009, 6:00-7:30 pm, OISE Library
Clickhere for additional details available in the flyer.

CLD Seminar: Leadership, Culture and the Moral Community

Dr. Paul F. Bitting, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, College of Education at North Carolina State University.
Thursday, 29 January 2009, 12 noon to 1.30pm OISE, Room 6-122
The purpose of this seminar is to pursue the idea of leadership in terms of social reform so defined. Cognitive mistakes about morality come in two basic varieties:

mistakes about its content and mistakes about its scope
mistakes of scope are indexed to beliefs about the moral status of individuals, specifically to beliefs about their place within the moral community and the extent to which these individuals are subject to the rights and responsibilities that membership in the moral community implies.
Leaders as social reformers are careful to avoid scope mistakes which endeavor to fix the domain of individuals to whom moral obligations are owed.

Seminar Series Event Co-Sponsored by: CIDEC (Comparative, International and Development Education Centre) and CLD: Education for Human Rights and Cosmopolitan Citizenship: Responding to the Challenges of Our Global Age

Dr. Audrey Osler, Director for the Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights Education, Leeds University
Monday 10 November, 2008, 11:30-1:00pm Smart Room 7-105

CLD Seminar: Interrogating Mindfulness, Conditions of Indigenous Postsecondary Education, and Conventions of Admissions Policy as Borderless Spaces for Higher Learning

Panel: Seans Coutts, Andrea Jenkins, and Virginia Stead
Thursday, 15 May 2008, 12:00-1:15 pm, OISE/UT Rm 6-122

CLD Seminar: Creating the Conditions for Pedagogy: Life at Inner City High

Joe Cloutier and Alexina Dalgetty
Thursday, April 24, 2008, 12:00-1:30pm, OISE/UT Rm 6-122

CLD Seminar: Critical Pedagogy, Peace and Collaboration: Preliminary Learnings from Lucknow, India

Presenters: Reva Joshee, Karen Sihra, Bryan Gopaul, and Melodie Wilson, OISE/UT
2 April 2008, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Room 6-122 

CDL Seminar: Critical pedagogy as praxis: Teaching and researching as social activism

12 February 2008, 12:00 p.m. - 1.30 p.m., room 6-122
Dr. Mary Breunig, Brock University 

CDL Seminar: Governmentality and Higher Education: A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis 

Anita Arvast, Georgian College and Laurentian University at Georgian
29 January 2008, 12:00 p.m. - 1.30 p.m., room 6-122 

CDL Seminar: Democracy of Hypocrisy, A Divided State of Embarrassment: Schools, Student Participation, and Democracy

Dr. Jason Price, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction of the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria
28 November 2007, 12-1:30, Location TBD 

CLD Seminar: Reclaiming and centering the sacred in social justice: Toward a spiritual praxis

Dr. Riyad A. Shahjahan
6 December 2007, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Based on a qualitative study on spiritually-minded activist scholars in the Canadian University context, this seminar introduces the concept of spiritual praxis and provides examples of how scholars evoke a spiritual praxis in the face of hegemonic structures thus revealing the role of spirituality in social transformation within and outside of the academy. It will end with a discussion of the scholarly and social implications of a spiritual praxis in the context of education. 

CLD Seminar: Investing in Diversity: Changing the Face and Heart of Leadership

Rosemary Campbell-Stephens, Director of the Investing in Diversity Programme, London Centre for Leadership, Institute of Education at the University of London
14 November 2007, 5:00 to 6:30 pm (OISE/UT Room 2-281)

This seminar will explore the values underpinning Investing in Diversity Programme, what it means to be a 'global majority' leader in London, and why the looming crisis of a shortage of school leaders in one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the planet opens up opportunities for radically different ways of leading learning. Investing in Diversity is a bespoke one-year leadership development course for experienced Black and minority ethnic middle leaders in London schools who aspire to senior leadership positions. Far from simply creating more BME leaders, the programme seeks to carve a space for new leadership paradigms to emerge and for the authentic voices of global majority leaders to be heard at a strategic level as they change not only the face - but the heart of school leadership in London and beyond. 

Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Teach: A Conference on Academic Freedom Sponsored by Educators for Peace and Justice and CLD 

Saturday, November 10, 2007
8:30 a.m. 140 St. George Street , room 205, Claude T. Bissell Building
To view the conference schedule in PDF format, click here.

CLD Seminar: Educational leadership and implications for social justice practices: An examination of the Australian Context

Professor David Zyngier, Faculty of Education, Monash University
5 November 2007, 12:00 to 1:30 pm (OISE/UT Room 6-259)

CLD Seminar: Investing in Diversity: Changing the Face and Heart of Leadership
Rosemary Campbell-Stephens, Director of the Investing in Diversity Programme, City London Centre for Leadership, Institute of Education University of Place London

14 November 2007, 5:00 to 6:30pm (OISE/UT Room 2-281)
This seminar will explore the values underpinning Investing in Diversity Program, what it means to be a 'global majority' leader in London, and why the looming crisis of a shortage of school leaders in one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the planet opens up opportunities for radically different ways of leading learning. Investing in Diversity is a bespoke one-year leadership development course for experienced Black and minority ethnic middle leaders in London schools who aspire to senior leadership positions. Far from simply creating more BME leaders, the program seeks to carve a space for new leadership paradigms to emerge and for the authentic voices of global majority leaders to be heard at a strategic level as they change not only the face - but the heart of school leadership in London and beyond.

CLD Seminar: Teachers’ Perceptions of Sexual Orientation Prejudice in Saskatchewan Secondary Schools

Professor Donald Cochrane, Professor emeritus, University of Saskatchewan
11 October 2007, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (OISE/UT room 6-122)
This seminar is based on a study that explores the extent to which secondary school teachers hear homophobic comments in their schools, their willingness to intervene, and the reasons they give for intervening or not intervening. Efforts are made to determine demographic factors that influence their decisions about whether to intervene.

Centre for Leadership and Diversity Celebrates Publications, September 24, 2007

Join us for a reception to launch some recent publications by its co-directors and associate members in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies’ lounge on the 6th floor from 3pm to 4.30 p.m. on September 24. The publications to be launched are:

Inclusion in Urban Educational environments: Addressing issues of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice By Professor Denise E. Armstrong (Brock University) and Professor Brenda J, McMahon (Nipissing University), IAP-information Age Publishing, 2006.

Inclusive Leadership by Professor James Ryan ( OISE ), Jossey-Bass, 2006.

Multicultural Education Policies in Canada and the United States by Professor Reva Joshee (OISE) and Professor Lauri Johnson (University of Buffalo),UBC Press 2007.

Urban Teacher Education and Teaching: Innovative Practices for Diversity and Social Justice by Professor R. Patrick Solomon ( York University ) and Dia N. R. Sekayi (Walden University), Erlbaum 2007.

Toward an Equitable Education: Poverty, Diversity, and Students at Risk – National Report by professor John P. Portelli (OISE), Professor Carolyn M. Shields (University of Illinois), and Professor Ann B. Vibert (Acadia University), 2007

Key Questions for Educators by Professor William Hare ( Mount St. Vincent University ) and John P. Portelli ( OISE ). U.S. edition by Caddo Gap Press, 2007.

Beyond PD Days: Teachers' Work and Learning in Canada by Clark, R., Antonelli, F., Lacavera, D., Livingstone, D., Pollock, K., Smaller, H., Strachan, J. & Tarc, P. (2007). Toronto : Ontario Teachers' Federation/The Work and Lifelong Research Network.

Click here to see the flyer with additional details.

On Building Activist Urban School Leaders. Pedro Noguera, Professor, Steinhardt School of Education at New York University and Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Educaiton. 20 April 2007 5:00 - 7:00 pm. OISE/UT Library. Co-spoonsored by the Centre for Leadership and Diversity and the Centre for Urban Schooling.  


Paul Carr, Assistant Professor, Youngstown University
5 March 2007 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Room TBD, OISE/UT

CLD Seminar: Leadership, Power and Gender

Bob Bahlieda
13 February 2006 5:30 – 7:00pm, Room 6-272, OISE/UT

 CLD Seminar: Rhetoric of Character Education Policy & Implications for Democratic Education

Susan Winton, OISE/UT
7 February 2006 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 6-122, OISE/UT

 CLD Seminar: School Leadership, Parent Involvement, and Deficit Thinking: Lessons from Recent Research in Ontario

Joe Flessa, Assistant Professor, Department of Theory & Policy Studies, OISE/UT
4 December 2006 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Room 2-289, OISE/UT

 CLD Seminar: Multiculturalism, Identity and Cultural/Ethnic Diversity in a Time of Uncertainty: Contemporary Australian Discourses on a Cultural Difference and Inclusion in the Nation

Siri Gamage, University of New England, Australia
6 November 2006 12:00 – 1:30 Room 6-122, OISE/UT

CLD Seminar: Constitutions, public Schools and queers: A question of citizenship?

Catherine Lugg, Rutgers University in New Jersey
19 October 2006, 12:00 – 1:00 Room 6-122, OISE/UT

CLD Lecture, in conjunction with The Mahatma Gandhi Foundation for World Peace: Education Against Extremism.

Lynn Davies, University of Birmingham. 28 September 2006, 6:00 - 7:30 Room 2-296, OISE/UT

Paper available here

The department of Theory & Policy Studies In association with CLD Presents:
Diversity Policies and Practices: Conversation with the Field

Monday May 15, 2006
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Featuring internationally renowned scholars:

David Gillborn: London Institute of Education, University of London. He has written extensively on antiracist education and has consulted with the government of the U.K. on the development of antiracist policy.

Catherine Lugg: Rutgers University in New Jersey. She has written a number of scholarly and policy oriented publications examining the politics of education, the impact of conservatism in the U.S. and queer issues in the U.S.

Ed Taylor: University of Washington. He has been involved with the teacher education, principal preparation, and graduate programs. His research uses Critical Race Theory to examine policy and programs serving disenfranchised groups in the U.S. and South Africa.

Four papers are available in preparation for this event:

Download A brief introduction to inclusion, inclusive schools and barriers to inclusion by Sabrina E. Redwing Saunders & Yvette DeBeer

Download Policy: Values, Diversity, and Implementation by Katina Pollock & Sue Winton

Download Hiring and Recruitment by Herveen Singh & Garrett Whittick

DownloadIntegrating Equity and Social Justice into Teacher Preparation by Jill Goodreau & Eric Fredua-Kwarteng

 CLD Seminar: Preparing to Publish Thinking about What and Why

David Gillborn, Head of Policy Studies, Institute of Education, University of London
11 May 2006, 2:00-3:30 p.m., OISE/UT room 6-122

 CLD Brown Bag Seminar: Out Beyond Ideas of Wrongdoing and Rightdoing there is a Field… Beyond Epistemic Beliefs and Values - Implications for Leadership

Dr. Heesoon Bai Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, B.C.
12 April 2006, 12:00-1:30 p.m., OISE/UT room 6-122

 CLD Brown Bag Seminar: Critical pedagogy and leadership from a southern European perspective: Lorenzo Milani and the School of Barbiana. Dr. Peter Mayo associate professor, University of Malta
13 October 2005, 12:00-1:30 p.m., OISE/UT room 6-122

 Dr. Peter Mayo's research areas include: Antonio Gramsci, Paulo Freire, Workers´ Education, Museum Education, Anti-Racist Education and issues concerning multi-ethnicity, Schools as Community Learning Centres, and the Debate around Lifelong Learning. He has published The National Museum of Fine Arts (Midsea Publ., 1997); Beyond Schooling: Adult Education in Malta (Mireva, 1998,co-edited with G. Baldacchino); Gramsci, Freire and Adult Education (Zed Books, 1999); Possibilities for Transformative Action:Gramsci and Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002,co-edited with C.Borg & J. Buttigieg); Liberating Praxis: Paulo Freire’s Legacy for Radical Education and Politics (Praeger, 2004). He is co-editor of the Journal of Postcolonial Education.

CLD Brown Bag Seminar: School Leadership and Diversity in Norwegian Schools
Gunn Vedoy, Hedmark University College in Hamar, Norway and visiting Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University at Buffalo
27 October 2005, 12:00-1:30 p.m., OISE/UT room 6-122

Currently 8% of the school population in Norway is comprised of recent immigrant students who represent 200 different countries and 150 different language groups. Gunn Vedoy reflects on the findings from her research project using discourse analysis and ethnography to examine the roles and functions of school leaders as they work to develop inclusive schools for linguistic and cultural minority students in Norway.

CLD Seminar: Troubling the Waters of Education: Re-radicalizing Notions and Visions of School Leadership and Social Justice

Michael E. Dantley, Ed. D., Professor and Interim Associate Dean, School of Education and Allied Professions, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
29 September 2005, 5:00 pm. OISE/UT room 5-185

Book talk: Urban Education with an Attitude (Johnson, Finn, and Lewis, SUNY Press, 2005).

Lauri Johnson, Mary Finn and special guest Patrick Finn

8 June 2005 OISE/UT Room 6-122, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

This book profiles real programs in real urban schools that have developed policy initiatives that promote educational equity, community-based curricula, and teacher education and parent empowerment programs that emphasize democratic collaboration among universities, urban teachers, parents, and community members.

International Education Conference
May 29, 2005, during CSSE at the Althouse Faculty of Education, London, Ontario.

This conference is the result of a successful proposal by CLD members Valentyna Kushnarenko and Virginia Stead in a CIDA-CFHSS competition.

CLD Seminar: "Reclaiming Democracy: Talking Back to the Euromonologue!"

Jason Price, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Nipissing University
16 February 2005, 5:30- 7:00 p.m., OISE/UT Rm 6-238

CLD Panel Seminar: "Limitations of and Prospects for Democracy in Education: From Theory to Practice"
9 March 2005, 15:30- 7:00 p.m., OISE/UT Rm 6-238


Melissa Hagen, OISE/UT: Autonomy as a liberal justification: Three objections
Cindy Rottmann, OISE/UT: Seducative leadership: Enabling or disabling of equity education?
Laura E. Pinto, OISE/UT: Textbook publishing, textbooks, and democracy: A case study
Teresa Placha, OISE/UT: My struggle in the danger zone 

CLD Seminar: "Students at Risk: Educators' Moral Obligation to Care"

Brenda McMahon, PhD, OISE/UT
19 January 2005, OISE/UT Rm 6-122

CLD Seminar: "Reflections on Authority and Leadership in Education"

Eva Sancho, University of Barcelona
17 November 2004, 12:30- 2:00, OISE/UT Rm 6-122

CLD Panel Seminar: "Principals Talk About Diversity and Social Justice"

Lindy Zaresky, Darrin Griffiths, and Mike Deangelis
9 December 2004, 12:00 -1:30, OISE/UT, Rm 6-122 

"Preparing new teachers as change agents in urban schools: A proposal"

A presentation by Sonia James-Wilson, University of Rochester
21 October 2004 

"'Making Her Community a Better Place to Live': Towards a Model of Culturally Responsive Urban School Leadership"

A presentation by Lauri Johnson, University at Buffalo
23 September 2004

"Transformation and Activism Through Reflective Accountability"

A presentation by Martha Dow, University College of the Fraser Valley
16 September 2004

"Feminist poststructural approach to leadership - with a focus on superintendency"

A presentation by Dr. Margaret Grogan, Professor and Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Missouri-Columbia. 10 May 2004 

"Issues of leadership and diversity: perspectives from the field."

A presentation by Denise Armstrong, Allison Clinton and Kirk Mark, TDSB, OISE/UT, PDSB and TCDSB. 10 June 2004

"Working with school-based administrators on issues of equity and social justice."

A presentation by Dr. David MacKinnon, Associate Professor, School of Education, Acadia University. 13 April 2004 

"Institutional ethnography: the analysis of 'micro' work organization and 'macro' institutional action."

A presentation by Dr. Susan Turner, Colleges of Arts and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph. 24 March 2004

The Seduction of Forgetfulness: (Re)Membering Body, Mind and Spirit with Cynthia B. Dillard. November 10, 3-5pm. Room 5-280 OISE/UT.

This talk examines the provocative idea of flipping the script on the notion of danger in ethnography and putting seduction under scrutiny. What are the seductions, particularly related to education and educational research, that have detrimental effects on our minds, bodies, and spirits, particularly for those of us with African heritage? How do we (re)member as a way of talking back to the power of these seductions, resisting them, and recognizing our own power in the process?

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