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Important Notice: At OISE and the University of Toronto, we’re preparing for a different 2020-2021 academic year. But you can expect the same commitment to inclusive learning environments, transformative research and a safe, healthy community.

At this time, OISE will cancel or postpone all events in September that cannot be hosted remotely as per the University's recommendations. Learn more by visiting U of T's guide to Fall 2020.

To help keep our community together during COVID-19, the OISE Events page will showcase many upcoming virtual events and free webinars. 

Please accept our best wishes for your continued health and wellbeing.


  • Monday, September 14 to Friday, October 9
    Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities
    Presented by U of T Family Care Office
    The Family Care Office welcomes incoming and current students with family responsibilities to Orientation 2020! Start building your support networks and learn how to successfully navigate your degree while caring for others. Registration required. All incoming and returning U of T students with family responsibilities are welcome.
    Location: familycare.utoronto.ca

    More info: https://familycare.utoronto.ca/
  • Wednesday, September 23 to Thursday, October 1
    CIARS in Conversation Webcast: Dismantling Anti-Black Racism in Schooling & Education: Fighting the Global Racial & Health Pandemic
    Join the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) for the inaugural launch of our CIARS in Conversation series. First in the series, this conversation will explore how COVID-19 has exacerbated longstanding systemic injustices as highlighted by Black and racialized communities being further exposed and disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. With the return to school, neighbourhoods more highly impacted by COVID-19 tend to be the ones with more frontline workers who are not left with many 'choices' regarding their children's educational options. Watch the webcast on YouTube.
  • Tuesday, September 29 - 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
    OISE Mentorship Program Virtual Launch Event
    Save the Date
    Are you an alumni or student participant in the 2020-21 OISE Mentorship Program? Save the date for our virtual program launch event! Zoom details will be sent prior to the event. *Pro tip: All participants are expected to connect with their Mentor or Mentees one week prior to the launch. Learn more.
  • Tuesday, September 29 - 4:00 - 5:00 PM
    Webinar: How Environmental Education Can Contribute to a 'Just' Recovery
    Presented by TDSB EcoSchools & OISE ESE
    While COVID-19 has taken centre stage as schools re-open, how can educators address the social and environmental inequities that the pandemic has brought to the forefront? Join EcoSchools staff Pam Miller, Jenn Vetter and Chris Metropolis to discuss opportunities to strengthen students' ecoliteracy through an ecojustice lens.
    Please register and you will receive a confirmation with Zoom details. Free, but registration required.

    As well, OISE students should ALSO register on Student Services to be able to count this as part of their Environmental Leadership (EL) Award by logging into their Student Services account here https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ss/Conferences_and_Workshops/Registration.html
    Location: Online via Zoom (register via link)

    More info: https://oise-utoronto.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0uceyuqzkqGtA2-GQc3P_Nc1ms5mi9Y-Kp
  • Wednesday, September 30 - 1:00 - 2:30 PM
    Family Stress during COVID-19: A multilevel examination
    APHD Colloquia Series
    Are whole families feeling the stress of the pandemic, or are certain individuals and family subsystems most implicated? Dr. Dillon Browne will explore these questions using an ongoing international cohort of children and families to help understand family stress during the pandemic. Emphasis will be placed on how the impact of COVID-19 on children's mental health may influence caregivers and the family system. Register now.
  • Tuesday, October 6 - 10:00 - 11:30 AM
    Webinar: The SDGs Paradigm at U of T: An Exploration of SDGs Embedding in Courses and Activities
    Special U of T event featuring Dr. Hilary Inwood, lead of OISE's Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE). The United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in 2015 as a global framework to achieve prosperity for people and the planet by 2030.
    At U of T, actors and organizations from both academic and operational sides have adopted the SDGs to pursue important sustainability work in the social, humanitarian, environmental, and economic realms. This panel, which features champions of SDGs embedding on campus, will provide an insightful and in-depth exploration of how various initiatives have advanced U of T's commitment to the world's arguably most ambitious set of goals. Pertinent topics will include past and current work, such as the creation of an SDG-based course inventory, a new university ranking system according to SDGs, and the advancement of SDG design-thinking through community engagement work. The panel will also delve into upcoming initiatives, such as the ambitious "17 Tables" events that will feature 17 round tables of U of T researchers according to their SDG of focus, and OISE's Climate Action Plan to reduce its carbon footprint and work towards a sustainability mindset.
  • Wednesday, October 14 -
    Serving Students in Higher Education Program
    Join OISE alumnus Cory Coletta this fall in OISE Continuing and Professional Learning's new, online Serving Students in Higher Education program, starting October 14. This program is designed for new and aspiring higher education professionals who want a deeper understanding of the field. Sign up by Sept 28 and save $100!
  • Wednesday, October 14 - 4:00 - 5:00 PM
    Activist Approaches to Educational Gardening
    OISE Learning Garden Webinar
    This webinar introduces how urban gardening and farming is being used to develop social justice and eco-justice education with children and youth across North America. Learn about the work of activist gardeners Ron Finley, Will Allen and Stephen Ritz, who are working with marginalized students in the US. Hear about similar trends locally from TDSB teachers Dan Kunanec and Ben Gross who are growing activist approaches in the urban farm at Don Mills CI, and Stephanie Ustianov, who cultivates belonging and community in the garden at West Prep PS for primary and middle school students. This event is part of OISE's Learning Garden webinar series.
    As well, OISE students should ALSO register on Student Services to be able to count this as part of their Environmental Leadership (EL) Award by logging into their Student Services account here https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ss/Conferences_and_Workshops/Registration.html
    Location: Online via Zoom (register via link)

    More info: https://oise-utoronto.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMudumsqT0pHdbdqD7gVedGjUD8qRJ-FQJJ
  • Friday, October 16 to Saturday, October 17
    Keynote Session: International Symposium on Transformative Leadership and Decolonial Praxis
    Featuring SJE Prof. Njoki Wane
    This virtual symposium invites scholars, policy-makers, practitioners, and community activists from around the world to share research and exchange ideas on critical issues impacting the field of educational leadership, policy, and practice. This event provides presenters and participants with an excellent opportunity to share new ideas and learn from others.
    With internationally-renowned Keynote Speakers and Invited Presenters from across the globe, this symposium provides a space for an exchange of ideas and community building in these challenging times.
    We look forward to welcoming you to this Inaugural CLD Symposium.
  • Thursday, October 22 - 12:00 - 1:00 PM
    LGBTQ Families Speak Out: Ethical Principles and Practices for Arts-Based Testimonial Research
    Please join us for Focus on Research, the virtual version of our OISE research brown bags. On October 22nd, Professor Tara Goldstein and Ph.D. Candidate Yasmin Owis will present: LGBTQ Families Speak Out: Ethical Principles and Practices for Arts-Based Testimonial Research. Invitations to register will be sent to OISE community members via email.
  • Wednesday, October 28 - 1:00 - 2:30 PM
    Advancing Holistic Assessment of Young Learners' Cognitive and Metacognitive Abilities and Psychological Orientations through Artificial Intelligence
    APHD Colloquia Series
    In this talk, OISE's Dr. Eunice Jang will introduce a series of research from her lab IDELA using BalanceAI, a digital language and literacy assessment tool, to discuss emerging issues critical for optimizing the integration of AI to education. RSVP now.