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Past Projects


The Experiences of LGBTQ Families in Ontario Schools (2013-2020)

A SSHRC-funded multi-year project whose goal is to video record interviews with LGBTQ families across Ontario about their children's experiences in school and to share findings with teachers, community educators and other LGBTQ families. Visit http://www.lgbtqfamiliesspeakout.ca/ for more information.

Prinicpal Investigator: Tara Goldstein (CUS)

Research Assistants:       

Austen Koecher (Research Manager 2017-2018, Research Assistant)
Pam Baer (Research Manager 2014-2017, Research Assistant, Artist Researcher)
benjamin lee hicks (Research Assistant, Artist Researcher)
Kate Reid (Research Assistant, Artist Researcher)
Jenny Salisbury (Artist Researcher)
Tarra Joshi (Research Assistant, 2014-2017)
Katerina Cook (Research Assistant 2016-2018)
Alec Butler (Research Assistant, 2016-2017)
Edil Ga’al (Research Assistant, 2018-2019)
Bishop Owis (Research Assistant, 2018-2020)
Ty Walkland (Research Assistant, 2018-2020)
Helgi Audarson Gudmundsson (Podcast Editor, 2018-2020)

View the 2018 Interim Report


Critical Practitioner Research Collaborative (2012-2016)

Directors: Rob Simon (CUS), Gerald Campano (UPenn)
Research Assistants: Will Edwards and Shiny Balachandran

A research exchange among doctoral students and faculty from OISE and the University of Pennsylvania who are interesed in urban practitioner reasech.

The exchange began in 2012, initiated by Dr. Rob Simon at OISE and Gerald Campano, a leader in the field of critical practitioner research at University of Pennsylvania.  It has involved video links, two visits to OISE by Dr. Campano, shared student research initiatives, and OISE presentations at Practitioner Research Day at the Ethnography in Education Resarch conference in Philadelphia in 2013, 2014 and 2015.


Understanding and Improving Black Student Achievement (2014-2015)

Prinicpal Investigator: Tara Goldstein (CUS)
Co-Investigators: Rob Simon (CUS), Nicole West-Burns (CUS)
Collaborator: Karen Murray, Coordinator for Teacher's Learning and Leading Department, TDSB
Research Assistant: Austen Koecher (CTL)

A one year critical practitioner research project with Toronto District School Board (TDSB) that will provide TDSB teachers with an opportunity to conduct critical practitioner research projects on improving Black student achievement in their classrooms and schools.

Download the final report to the Toronto District School Board. Written by Nicole West-Burns, Ph.D.


The Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy Initiative (2013-2014)

This project culminated in a website that included a documentary that chronicles a year-long professional learning journey with teams of educators from two schools; a report on the initiative; and professional resources.


Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices (CRTP) for Engaging Urban Secondary School Students (2008-2011)

Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Lance T. McCready
CUS Researcher(s): Dr. Dominique Rivière (Project Coordinator), David Montemurro (Project Coordinator)
CUS Graduate Student(s): Krista Craven, Ashley Fallbrook
Research Theme: School Leadership and Institutional Change

The purpose of the CRTP project is to identify innovative, culturally responsive, classroom teaching practices, across academic subject areas, that foster the engagement of students in secondary schools facing challenging circumstances. The four guiding questions of CRTP are:

1. How do a select number of urban secondary teachers define Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)?
2.  How do a select number of urban secondary teachers practice CRT?
3. How have a select number of urban secondary teachers developed CRT strategies?
4. What barriers do urban secondary teachers face in CRT?

Through interviews with teachers in secondary schools serving underserved urban neighbourhoods in Toronto, we aim to identify and support the development of curricular content, instructional practices, and assessment and evaluation strategies that foster meaningful student involvement throughout the learning environment.

Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Institutional Grant; Ontario Council of Directors of Education, Inquiry into Practice Project 


Poverty and Education: Three Follow-up Case Studies (2008-2009)

Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Kathleen Gallagher
CUS Graduate Student(s): Ivan Service
Research Theme: anti-opression policies and pedagogy

Following the impact evaluation of ETFO’s Poverty and Education Project (2007 – 2008), three case studies from 2008 – 2009 are examining the important question of sustainability, beyond the first year of the initiative. In particular, they are examining what participating schools learned, what the limiting factors were, and how school communities are impacted by poverty differently, based on their own contextual features.

Funding: Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario


Socio-cultural Perspectives on Discipline and Classroom Management (2006-2007)

Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Lance McCready
CUS Researcher(s): Dr. Dominique Riviere, Luisa Sotomayor
CUS B.Ed. Student(s):  Matthew Gilbert
Research Theme: Student Engagement and Achievement

This is a collaborative inquiry project being conducted in two of the Toronto District School Board’s Model Schools for Inner Cities. Its purpose is to generate a critical understanding of the ways in which teachers, staff, students and parents in Model Schools understand issues of discipline and classroom management within two of the schools. The project is designed to engage the school community in a process of critical inquiry regarding the frequency of discipline incidents, the types of incidents that occur, the actions that are taken as a result of the incidents, and the implications of these for building healthy student-teacher relationships.


Meeting the Needs of Students Facing Challenging Circumstances – A Secretariat and School Board/University Partnership (2005-2006)

Principal Investigator(s):  Dr. Doug McDougall, Dr. Eunice Jang, Dr. Joseph Flessa, and Jeff Kugler
Research Theme: Student Engagement and Achievement

The Ontario Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat contracted OISE/UT, along with two urban school districts, to determine the factors that contribute to success in schools facing challenging circumstances One school board used the Learning Opportunities Index in order to identify schools in these circumstances, while the other board studied schools which participated in a special school-community program that offered health care, dental, and other social services. The purpose of the Challenging Circumstances project was to add to the knowledge base regarding student success in such schools, with a particular emphasis on innovative leadership practices. 

Significant findings include: recognizing that students’ academic objectives could only be met once social and behavioural concerns were addressed; creating professional learning communities for teachers; and fostering supportive school/community partnerships. The findings of the Challenging Circumstances project have since been compiled into a research report that is now part of the Ministry of Education’s new website for principal leadership. (Click here to see the full report.)

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