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    September 21
    Indigenous graduates shared stories of self-discovery at First Nations House ceremony
    This past summer, with drums, song and air hugs, the University of Toronto's First Nations House -- founded by OISE alum Kahontakwas Diane Longboat (BEd '76, MEd '78) -- celebrated Indigenous students who either graduated in June or who completed another important milestone in their academic careers. Look back at the highlights, as students and their families cheer for the Class of 2021. Read more.
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    September 17
    OISE alumna Dr. Karen Edge tackles the question for school leaders and teachers: What would make this easy?
    How can we convince ourselves and others to improve our teaching, will it take a revolution or something more practical, and what happens if we imagine "what would make this easy"? In this podcast, OISE alumna Dr Karen Edge, a Reader in Educational Leadership at University College London, talks about school leadership and school improvement strategies. She is known for her ability to blend theory and evidence-based strategy with practical insights and humour. Watch here.
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    September 17
    OISE student tackles big issues of racism, diversity in online classrooms
    Learn how one Saskatoon teacher is tackling issues of racism and diversity in their online classroom. Meral Choudhry, who recently began her studies at OISE, wants to teach her young students to have "love for all, hatred for none," and is doing so by making issues like racism, multiculturalism and residential schools accessible to them in a unique curriculum. Read more.
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    September 16
    OISE's Perry King discusses his new book Rebound: Sports, Community, and the Inclusive City on CBC Radio
    Hear from OISE's own Perry King on CBC Radio as he discusses his new book, Rebound: Sports, Community, and the Inclusive City. In this closely reported exploration of the role of community sports in diverse urban centres, King, a Toronto journalist, offers a compelling roadmap for re-imagining neighbourhoods whose residents are active, healthy, and genuinely connected. Listen here.
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    September 15
    Hello, Bonjour, Boozhoo: Welcome (And Welcome Back!)
    #UofTBacktoSchool: Welcome (and welcome back) to OISE. This year will look a lot different - but we will get through it together as a community. In this video, our alumni offer advice on making the most out of your time here! Watch here.
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    September 13
    Social media, disability studies and blended learning: Here are four unique courses on offer this year
    The 2021-2022 school year begins and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education is here to provide a large slate of course offerings for the community. To wade you into this year's course offerings, here is a list of four distinct and interesting courses (one from each of OISE's four main departments) that still have some availability. Read more.
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    September 08
    Bon élève! How French teacher Chrystal Smith created a community math program for kids
    When Chrystal Smith (MT '19) realized her community at the Boys and Girls Club needed help in math, she created an online school for them. Now she's completing an additional MA in her new favourite subject. As a skilled French teacher, Smith always had an interest in language. She often goes the extra mile to make her classes high-energy and fun-filled. But the 2020 pandemic led her on a different path - to STEM education. Read more in U of T Alumni News.
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    September 08
    'Here we are, now it's our turn': OISE alum Ceta Ramkhalawansingh reflects on 50 years of women's studies at U of T and beyond
    The story behind one of the oldest women's studies programs in Canada begins with the tale of two courses launched 50 years ago. OISE alum Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, then an undergrad in U of T's Faculty of Arts & Science, played an instrumental role in a collective that started "Women in the Twentieth Century," one of the first interdisciplinary history courses at the University. The course and its advocates would help ignite women's studies not just in North America but around the world. Read more.
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    September 07
    PhD candidate Christine Alden gives 3 policy considerations for integrating the outdoors into Canada's early learning and child-care programs
    Research shows that outdoor early learning has significant developmental benefits for children. As early years educators reimagine learning and care post-COVID, governments need to contemplate a Canada-wide system that embraces outdoor learning, writes PhD candidate Christine Alden in The Conversation. Read more.
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    September 02
    Summer's over but COVID-19 is not. OISE experts discuss how Ontario should approach a new school year
    What should be Ontario's priority as schools reopen next week? Five education experts including OISE prof. Carol Campbell and researcher Beyhan Farhadi share their policy priorities for elementary and secondary schools. Read more.
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    September 02
    OISE alum Notisha Massaquoi, a renowned expert in health equity, joins U of T Scarborough
    Notisha Massaquoi, a 2020 OISE PhD graduate, has spent more than 30 years advocating for greater access to primary health care in Black communities across Canada. Now, she is joining the University of Toronto Scarborough's department of health and society as an assistant professor - and will teach a course on health equity and anti-Black racism. She recently spoke to U of T News about her research, teaching philosophy and what she's looking forward to most about being at U of T. Read more.
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    September 01
    Bon élève! Teacher Chrystal Smith's passion for language leads her to STEM class
    When Chrystal Smith (MT '19), a skilled French teacher, realized her community at the Boys and Girls Club needed help in math, she quickly completed an additional qualification to start teaching them. With the pandemic forcing students to stay home, Chrystal created an online math school, all while starting a math teaching position at the TDSB - helping her to become the STEM educator she never knew she would be. Read more.
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    August 31
    Why the oldest child in Syrian refugee families needs the most urgent support, and what schools can do: OISE study
    OISE researchers found that the oldest child in Syrian refugee families has the most responsibility and the lowest English knowledge compared to peers. These children face many unique barriers, like complex trauma, interrupted education, and racism. Read more to find out what schools can do to support them. Read more.
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    August 31
    What does an anti-racist math class look like? OISE's Beverly Caswell shares her teaching strategy
    Ontario recently deleted anti-racist language from its math curriculum. But educators say that incorporating anti-racism into math education gives students context about how math has been used to perpetuate racism and how it applies to real-life scenarios that encourage equity. Ultimately, if we want children to see math as a "tool to help us understand the world," says Prof. Beverly Caswell of OISE's Robertson Program for Inquiry-based Teaching in Mathematics and Science, "[teaching] can do that by using math to understand issues of power and privilege." Read more.
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    August 31
    Did full-day kindergarten work? OISE's Jane Bertrand joins The Agenda to discuss
    What have politicians learned from Ontario's full-day kindergarten program when proposing their own childcare programs and is FDK a success? Watch OISE's Jane Bertrand, program director for the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, discuss on TVO's The Agenda. Watch here.
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    August 31
    'Hope and healing': OISE clinical psychology grad discusses her work with marginalized communities and a new self-help resource
    Jennifer Barbera (MA '09, PhD '13) decided to become a psychologist after working in homeless shelters and community organizations. The experience brought her to OISE for the career she always wanted, and the rewards of helping people find healing and joy continue to inspire her learning. Read more.
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    August 30
    How parents can be 'emotion coaches' as kids navigate back-to-school during COVID-19: OISE's Jennifer Jenkins
    Noticing, validating and managing emotions is an important part of family health and wellness. Professors Jennifer Jenkins and Mark Wade explain how Covid-19 stress "gets in the family" and how emotion coaching - a simple 2-step process - can help calm the emotional storm at the moment, and also teach children how to manage their own emotions in the future. Read more.
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    August 29
    Children and schools during COVID-19 and beyond: OISE's Scott Davies
    OISE's Scott Davies is one of 15 experts from the Royal Society of Canada's Children and Schools COVID-19 Working Group. The group has created a policy briefing intended to serve as a pandemic recovery resource for educators, administrators, support staff, school mental health professionals, and decision-makers in the education sector, as well as parents/guardians and the general public. It includes 10 recommendations for pandemic recovery in education. Read more.
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    August 19
    Progress for feminism in Afghanistan has remained limited: OISE's Shahrzad Mojab
    Canadians observing the Taliban's swift takeover of Afghanistan say they are skeptical of the group's claims that women's rights will be respected under Islamic law. OISE prof. Shahrzad Mojab, who specializes in threats to women's rights and education, agrees. Afghan women have managed to take advantage of four key funding programs over the last 20 years, "but the best analysis is young Afghan women are outraged by both the corrupt Western-backed government of Afghanistan, as well as fearful of a future under Taliban." Mojab adds, "there's no room for women's rights under Sharia law." Read more.
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    August 19
    Alum Samantha Peters shares her initiative to support Black 2SLGBTQI+ women, combat workplace racism
    A recent study has revealed that 80 percent of Black Canadians feel racism has negatively impacted them at work. OISE alum and lawyer Samantha Peters discusses her Black Femme Legal toolkit which provides legal and educational resources and support to Black 2SLGBTQI+ women experiencing discrimination and racism in the workplace. Watch on Breakfast TV Toronto.
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    August 19
    OISE alum makes history as first Black president elected to a teacher union in Ontario
    OISE alumna Karen Brown, a Toronto teacher, is the first Black president elected to a provincial teacher affiliate union in the province - and quite possibly the country. As president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation, Brown says she will "lead with the passion and resolve necessary to ensure ETFO members are protected and supported." Read more.
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    August 19
    Profs. Leesa Wheelahan and Gavin Moodie dismantle arguments for higher ed's latest craze: micro-credentials
    Microcredentials don't stack up, warn professors Leesa Wheelahan and Gavin Moodie. In a new paper, the researchers dismantle arguments for higher education's latest 'craze', arguing that micro-degrees are "gig credentials for the gig economy." Read more.
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    August 18
    Young and Navigating COVID-19: A Story of Resilience by the OISE Youth Research Lab
    In this digital story, a team of youth researchers working with OISE's department of curriculum, teaching and learning narrate their participatory research project about how a group of Latinx and Indigenous youth in Tkaronto (Toronto) navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch here.
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    August 17
    Dr. Xi Becky Chen co-authors new paper on the impact of COVID-19 on language and literacy in Canada
    One of the most significant achievements of a baby's life is the emerging ability to understand and use language to communicate. In OISE prof. and co-author Xi Becky Chen's new paper, the team explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted important aspects of language and literacy development, including multilingualism, language use during COVID-19, achieving literacy and more, with recommendations for parents, teachers, educators and policymakers. Read more.
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    August 17
    Canadian election 2021: Will the national child-care plan survive? OISE's Kerry McCuaig discusses
    OISE Fellow in Early Childhood Policy Kerry McCuaig examines the fate of Canada's national child-care plan now that an election has been called. She points out the importance of affordable child care in staving off the "she-cession" brought on by the pandemic. Read more.
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    August 13
    'What an incredible opportunity': OISE doctoral student takes virtual journey to Hiroshima to explore issues of peace education
    Even though she could not be in Hiroshima, Japan in person, PhD student Myuri Komaragiri had an immersive, deeply engaging experience as part of a lauded international peace education symposium, PELSTE 2021, of which OISE is an international collaborator. Komaragiri's background is in education and international development - specifically, at the nexus of education and conflict. "So, I've always been looking at issues of forced migration and how conflict impacts education," she says. PELSTE was the perfect place to deepen her knowledge in the field. Read more.
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    August 11
    550,000 Canadian Grade 1 students to receive OISE alum Nadia L. Hohn's picture book Malaika's Costume
    OISE alum Nadia L. Hohn's award-winning picture book Malaika's Costome will be delivered to every Grade 1 student in Canada this fall. An enchanting prose writer, Hohn blends English and Caribbean patois. The national book giveaway will provide 550,000 copies of Hohn's book to kids, an honour the former Grade 1 teacher says she is thrilled to receive. Read more about Hohn's award-winning stories. Read more.
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    August 09
    Statement on the passing of William G. Davis
    The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, along with the University of Toronto, the Province of Ontario, and Canada, is feeling a deep sense of loss with the passing of Premier William Grenville Davis on Sunday, August 8th, 2021. We send our sincerest condolences to the Davis family. Premier Davis was a great friend to our community. He lent his insight and his heart as a friend to many who have worked and learned under the OISE banner. We will sorely miss his guidance and presence. Read more.
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    August 09
    OISE friend and champion of education William Waters passes away
    The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education is saddened to hear about the passing of our good friend and champion of education, William Robert Waters. Dr. Waters (BA '60, MBA '72, Hon LLD' 04), a tireless champion of education, made it his life's mission to help students overcome academic and economic barriers to education. The talented academic, visionary entrepreneur and generous philanthropist passed away on July 28, at the age of 88. Read more.
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    August 09
    U of T remembers Bill Davis, Ontario's 'education premier'
    U of T remembers William Davis, Ontario's 'education premier:' "The very ethos of OISE traces to the passion and leadership of Mr. Davis-as education minister, as premier, as friend of the institute," said OISE Dean Normand Labrie. "We hope we continue to make him proud." Read more.
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    August 04
    Canada's small businesses could be saved by converting them to co-operatives: OISE's Marcelo Vieta
    The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated that our communities must be self-sustaining rather than reliant on volatile global value chains. Co-operatives bring resiliency self-determination to local economies, says Professor Marcelo Vieta. Read more.
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    August 04
    Professor Paula Caplan dies: Feminist psychologist took on her profession
    Paula Caplan, an OISE professor and pioneering psychologist who exposed how her profession had pathologized a wide range of female traits and social responsibilities, including motherhood, menstruation and even shopping, died. Her work opened the door to a broader critique of her profession, specifically what she saw as an urge to pathologize everyday human emotions. Dr. Caplan argued doing so could do more harm than good by encouraging healthy people to think they were sick. Read more about her fierce feminist perspective and remarkable life in New York Times. Read more.
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    August 04
    A look at literary giant, OISE alum Dionne Brand's 2000 novel At the Full and Change of the Moon
    Award-winning poet and novelist Dionne Brand's 'At the full and change of the moon' is a novel about Marie Ursule, queen of a secret society of militant slaves in 1824 Trinidad, who is planning a revolt by mass suicide. Featured in CBC for Emancipation Day 2021, the novel features interconnected stories of the African diaspora, defiance, oppression and intergenerational trauma told through the eyes of six generations of Marie Ursule's descendants. Listen here.
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    August 03
    Prof. Rinaldo Walcott featured in CBC's Black Canadian authors to read for Emancipation Day 2021
    In On Property, author and OISE professor Rinaldo Walcott examines the legacy of indentured servitude and racial slavery and casts an analytical eye on the complex concept of property. Featured on CBC's list of Black Canadian authors to read in honour of Emancipation Day 2021, the pamphlet book calls for systemic changes and sets forth the argument that owning property should be abolished. Listen here.
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    August 03
    Book by OISE alumni explores how Canadian Black activism challenges systematic racism, "Canadian niceness" myth
    Until We Are Free, edited by Rodney Diverlus, and OISE alumni Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware, explores issues facing the Black community in Canada. The collection of writing and photographs has been featured on CBC's list of 20 books by Black Canadian authors to read in honour of Emancipation Day 2021. Until We Are Free addresses how Canadian Black activism, alliances with Indigenous groups and savvy social media use have served to challenge systemic racism, state violence and question myths of "Canadian politeness and niceness." Listen here.
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    July 30
    Meet OISE's newest Vanier Canada Scholars
    Meet two of OISE's 2021 Vanier Scholars, Shanna Peltier and Sandra Osazuwa. These outstanding doctoral students are working to create safer, healthier, more joyful Black, Indigenous and marginalized communities through research and advocacy. In this Q&A, learn more about their achievements and plans for making an impact. Read more.
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    July 30
    When kids lie, how should you handle it, when should you worry: OISE's Dr. Kang Lee
    Although dishonesty is understandably worrisome, scientists like OISE's Dr. Kang Lee emphasize that lying is a necessary part of normal development. In his research on 7- to 12-year-olds, Lee found that lying disturbs the connections between different regions of the brain. However, as kids age, their brains become better at handling cognitive tasks and this disruption decreases. Kids with poor executive function will have a harder time telling a good lie. Read more in the Washington Post.
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    July 29
    OISE alumnus Gary Pieters appointed to Ontario Human Rights Commission
    OISE alum Gary Pieters has been appointed to the Ontario Human Rights Commission for his commitment to community building, youth engagement, diversity, and social inclusion. Pieters brings over two decades of leadership roles in equity initiatives in the education sector. Read more.
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    July 28
    OISE alumna is one of six Canadian educators to receive prestigious National Geographic fellowship
    As one of six Canadian educators chosen to be a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow with the National Geographic Society and Lindblad Expeditions, OISE alum Sarah Gallah was selected to expedition to the Arctic. But, the coronavirus pandemic postponed that trip. Read more.
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    July 27
    Tokyo-bound athlete is balancing his teaching career with Olympic medal ambitions
    Crispin Duenas got his acceptance letter to OISE just as he was walking into the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics. "It was a really fun day that became better, because now I had a little bit of a path for my future to take," says Duenas, an OISE alumni who will compete in his fourth Games. Since graduating, Duenas has been working as a supply teacher and long-term occasional teacher in math and physics, with the Toronto District School Board. It has stayed that way as he continued to compete nationally and internationally in his sport. Read more.
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    July 16
    Professor Carol Campbell wins public education advocacy award
    During its annual general meeting on July 15, the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF/FCE) celebrated the accomplishments Dr. Carol Campbell with their Public Education Advocacy Award. This award recognizes dedicated, long-standing service, as well as major contributions to publicly funded education. Read more.
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    July 15
    Teacher, actor, wine-lover, friend: Professor Emeritus John Gilbert in memoriam
    The late Professor Emeritus John Gilbert's scholarly knowledge of theatre was intimately tied to his life on stage, the many and diverse roles he played and, importantly, the generosity characteristic of actors who uphold the words and worlds of playwrights. To a room of students, his teaching proposed that the imagined world of theatre had everything to do with the real one we were inhabiting. OISE's Dr. Kathleen Gallagher reflects on the life of her remarkable colleague and friend, John. Read more.
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    July 15
    As Dalla Lana's Indigenous health lead, OISE alum Angela Mashford-Pringle wants to create a safe and welcoming space
    As the first Indigenous health lead at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, OISE alum Angela Mashford-Pringle says her goals are simple: "I want to create a safe and welcoming environment for Indigenous students, faculty, Elders and Knowledge Keepers and their guests." Read more.
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    July 14
    Remembering Professor Margrit Eichler: OISE friend, mentor, scholar, activist and an adventurer
    Many in the community will remember Professor Margrit Eichler, who sadly passed away on July 8, 2021, for her tremendous influence at OISE and beyond. Interim Dean Normand Labrie remembers the frequent interactions they had in the hallways of OISE, in meetings or at OISE Council at a time when her activism, energy, and scholarship were as always, so present. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Margrit was a professor emeritus in OISE's Department of Social Justice Education and over the years served in a number of important roles across the University of Toronto. Read more about Margrit's path-breaking career, her scholarship and remarkable character. Read more.
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    July 14
    A tribute to Professor Alison Prentice: Vital OISE community member and influential feminist scholar
    Professor Alison Prentice will be remembered as a path-breaking feminist historian, a prolific researcher, writer and editor, an outstanding teacher, generous mentor and dear friend to many. Throughout Alison's impressive career, her interests in the history of education were closely linked to her focus on women and gender relations. Thus, she was the founding head of OISE's Centre for Women's Studies in Education. As her student, colleague and friend Elizabeth Smyth wrote: "Always humble, caring and thoughtful, Alison paired a brilliant mind with a compassionate personality. She was a legend. She was a star." Read more.
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    July 13
    How can we use digital technology to address inequalities in higher education? Prof. Charles Pascal weighs in
    How can universities use their position to confront challenges posed by the digital revolution? In this episode of the Internationalist, OISE prof. Charles Pascal discusses the digital divide and creating equal access to higher education with digital technology. Listen here.
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    July 12
    Indigenous communities drive Connaught-funded research projects at U of T, OISE
    How can traditional knowledge be harnessed to help Indigenous people heal from the trauma of residential schools? This is one of the key questions being explored by the Land Education Design Project, a collaboration between Indigenous-led organizations and prof. Eve Tuck. Read more.
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    July 09
    Holding the Tokyo Olympics without spectators during COVID-19 emergency puts the IOC's 'supreme authority' on full display: OISE's Helen Jefferson Lenskyj
    With concerns that the Tokyo Olympics could become a super-spreader event, why then are the Games taking places? The answer lies in the power that the International Olympic Committee - the self-proclaimed "supreme authority" for world sport - holds over the cities and countries that host the Games, writes OISE prof. Helen Jefferson Lenskyj. Read more.
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    July 09
    Native children didn't 'lose' their lives at residential schools. Their lives were stolen: OISE's Erica Violet Lee
    Canada's term 'residential school' is deeply inadequate. These were not schools; they were prisons and forced labour camps, writes OISE alum Erica Violet Lee, a nêhiyaw poet and scholar. As unmarked graves of Indigenous students are uncovered across Canada, the outcome of this long-awaited reckoning involves "multiple Native nations across the land delving into their own soils, pursuing the stories we've all heard from our elders and knowledge-keepers," and building another world, writes Lee. Read more.
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    July 07
    OISE researcher explains how therapeutic writing can empower us without revisiting trauma
    Writing about trauma can make us upset but also help us heal. OISE researcher Elizabeth Bolton Cartsonas explains how writing can guide a chaotic mind in ways that do not involve revisiting trauma. In the Conversation, she shares three evidence-based tips for therapeutic writing. Read more.
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    July 06
    'Not just part of the past': OISE's Jennifer Brant on teaching the subject of residential schools in Canada
    Professor Jennifer Brant says one reason for many Canadians' seeming inability to fully understand the horrific legacy of residential schools is the way the subject has traditionally been taught in school - if it has been taught at all. "Residential schools are referred to as a 'process of assimilation,' when, in reality, they intended to 'kill the Indian in the child.' This wasn't just an assimilation project - this was a project of genocide." Read more.
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    July 02
    Teachers need ongoing anti-Black racism training, not Band-Aid solutions says Prof. Ann Lopez
    Rather than simply being a topic of a one-off workshop, explored only in an elective course or "something that you do if you want to," it's important for anti-Black racism to be highlighted amid wider conversations and discourse around racism and become "endemic and embedded" into everything educators are learning, says OISE prof. Ann Lopez. "Racism is systemic. Injustices are systemic. So you cannot change something that's systemic and structural with Band-Aids - and that's what we've been doing," she said. Read more.
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    June 30
    Shanna Peltier on convocation and having an unapologetic Indigenous lens
    #OISEGrad21: Shanna Peltier, who graduates with her master's today, has brought a collaborative approach to her research on mental health, wellness and life promotion among Indigenous communities. Learn about Shanna's journey-and her unapologetically Indigenous lens. Read more.
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    June 23
    Embodying adaptability: Athena Tassis on graduating, education technology, and the next steps in her teaching journey
    #OISEGrad21: Athena Tassis' work in OISE's Master of Teaching Program didn't just make her an adept educator who can expertly deploy ed tech in her classroom. It's made her a changemaker who is ready for the next chapter of her teaching journey. Read more.
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    June 21
    OISE alumna, YouTuber gives fun LGBTQ+ lessons for kids and teachers this Pride Month
    OISE alumna and educational YouTubers Brittany Cohen and Shawn Matts celebrate Pride Month in a new video for children, parents and teachers. It includes a short lesson about Pride and what it means to be part of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as a fun art activity. Watch here.
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    June 16
    COVID-19 school closures accelerate education inequities in Ontario: OISE's Lance McCready
    COVID-19 school closures accelerate education inequities in Ontario, finds new study by Prof. Lance McCready and colleagues. Barriers such as not having access to high-speed internet or computers and devices to follow along at school means that some students have simply stopped learning altogether. And, the loss of access to school-based health care services as well as the social benefits of routine and structure have all impacted students' mental and physical health. Read more.
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    June 16
    Three universities, one purpose: International scholars come together to discuss Black boys in education
    "Let us pray." As the virtual conference on Black boys in education began with prayer, it ended with takeaway points of action that scholars could take to their communities. The webinar, titled "Black Boys Education: Currency, Practices and Social Interventions," brought together scholars from OISE, the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), Mico University College, as well as scholars from Kenya. Jamaica's Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Fayval Williams, was also in attendance. OISE Professor Njoki Wane also addressed the attendants. Read more.
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    June 14
    Prof. Jennifer Brant weighs in as calls mount for Ontario to bring in more residential school, Indigenous education curriculum
    "One course is not enough, especially when we consider the instructional time required to establish assurances for avoiding the harm of superficial reconciliation and safeguarding against cultural appropriation." Currently, Ontario teachers complete a 12-session course and are then expected to teach students about Indigenous histories in their own classrooms. This is ineffective, says Professor Jennifer Brant. Read more.
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    June 01
    Dr. Eve Tuck awarded Emily Carr University's 2021 honorary doctorate
    Despite the impressive list of honours and achievements under OISE professor Eve Tuck's belt, the first words she uses to describe being awarded Emily Carr University's 2021 honorary doctorate are "surprised" and "humbled." As a writer, teacher and researcher, her work centres Indigenous social thought and the ways it can be create more fair and just social policy, practice and approaches to decolonization. Read more about Dr. Tuck's scholarship and what this recognition means to her. Read more.
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    June 01
    'This recognition is richly deserved': Meet OISE's 2021 Leaders and Legends Awards recipients
    Meet OISE's 2021 Leaders and Legends Awards recipients. This year's winners - all OISE alumni - are making a difference in the social, economic, political and cultural wellbeing of individuals and communities in Canada and worldwide. Read more.
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    May 31
    A statement from OISE Dean Glen Jones
    The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education is appalled and devastated to learn of the discovery of human remains from 215 Indigenous children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. We share in the anger and grief felt by our Indigenous faculty, students, staff and alumni, and pledge to lend our care and support to all of our community members as we navigate the trauma and loss from this grim discovery. Please read the full statement. Read more.
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    May 30
    Prof. Njoki Wane discusses reading, writing and her new memoir From My Mother's Back
    "Write something where you don't care how people judge you or how people rate what you're writing about because that's your story. That's your reality." OISE prof. Njoki Wane sits down with Room Magazine to discuss her new memoir, From My Mother's Back. Read more.
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    May 28
    Laminated notions of equity and diversity: Dr. Ann Lopez
    OISE's Dr. Ann Lopez joins Stephen Hurley at voicEd Radio to discuss what degree our notions of equity and diversity are "uncritical and laminated." In this conversation, Lopez shares about her early life and what influenced her work as a young student, educator, administrator and now, a scholar in the area of equity, decolonization and antiracist education. Listen here.
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    May 27
    PhD candidate Lucy El-Sherif writes about the high cost of advocating for Palestine
    PhD candidate Lucy El-Sherif writes about the high cost of advocating for Palestine. Drawing from her research which examines when Muslim Canadians challenge Canada's social order, El-Sherif discusses issues of racial profiling and censorship as she asks the question, when will Canadians stop punishing those who call for justice for Palestine? Read more.
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    May 26
    OISE launches the Institute for Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiative
    As a world leader in transforming lives through teaching, education research and evidence-based advocacy, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education believes that the most promising pathway to mental-health system reform starts with education - reinventing the way our schools and educators prevent, identify, support and alleviate child, youth and young adult mental health concerns. Powered by philanthropy, we will begin our Mental Health and Well-Being Initiative by recruiting a globally-respected expert in youth mental health and then attracting key partners across the education, health and social service sectors to help jumpstart research and demonstration projects aimed at exploring innovative new practices and approaches. Read more.
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    May 25
    Sports and physical education: Meet OISE Professor Heather Sykes
    Include the excluded and marginalized-this is the guiding principle behind Professor Heather Sykes' innovative research. Learn how Dr. Sykes is bringing together anti-colonial, queer and feminist theories to inquire into sports and physical education. Read more.
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    May 18
    Mental Health Week: Alum Rumeet Billan discusses the impact of the pandemic on youth mental health
    Alum Rumeet Billan discusses the impact of the pandemic on youth mental health, signs parents should look out for, how to approach the topic of mental health with children and teens, and supports that are available in Ontario. Watch here.
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    May 04
    OISE-led online show makes impact across borders, governments ​
    Karen Edge and her son Isaac's talk about racism on the OISE Stay At Home Club has been watched 11,000 times -- and caught the attention of the Scottish government. The government's education arm added their viral conversation as a learning resource to support anti-racism education in the Scotland. Read more.
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    April 28
    Prof. Michal Perlman and team use marketing research methods to understand parents' experiences of Ontario early ed, care services
    Prof. Michal Perlman and team's latest research highlights the challenges in understanding parents' perspectives of early childhood education and care services, with traditional survey methods being ill-suited for the task. "When we ask parents questions about their child care provider, the results tend to be very positively skewed," Perlman explains. Now, the team has found a better research tool. Conjoint surveys - which measure the value individuals place on the features of a product or service, and are typically used in marketing research - offer more nuanced insights when studying parental choices about their young children. Read more.
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    April 28
    Income Tax Act must be made fair to LGBTQ2 Canadians: OISE's Ken McNeilly
    Ken McNeilly, a gay father of two and a lecturer at OISE, applauds Canada's support of the LGBTQ2 community, but says it's time the government changed discriminatory laws that create barriers to Canadians who want to start a family. The recent federal budget included $7.1 million over three years for the continued development of the LGBTQ2 Action Plan, but that fairness did not include some parental benefits, says Ken, who's fighting a discriminatory section of Canadian tax law that disallows him from having a tax credit because the surrogate who carried his child is not his spouse. Read more.
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    April 27
    Should Ontario scrap elected school boards? OISE's Sachin Maharaj weighs in on The Agenda
    Manitoba recently announced it would abolish its elected school boards, joining Nova Scotia and parts of Quebec. Is it time for Ontario to do the same? Steve Paikin speaks with Sachin Maharaj, a lecturer in educational leadership and policy at OISE, about the purpose the province's school boards serve, where they succeed and fall short, and what the result would be if Ontario eliminated its oldest form of elected representation. Watch here.
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    April 27
    5 ways to support online homeschooling through the coronavirus pandemic: OISE's Jennifer Sparks
    Online education comes with various constraints and barriers for families. Doctoral student Jennifer Sparks offers five ways parents can support their children's virtual learning experience. Read more.
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    April 23
    A friend-torship: How the power of friendship (and mutual names) created a lifelong connection
    Christina Caleca and Kristina Leis arrived early to class one day and an instant connection was made. The namesakes later joined the OISE Mentorship Program to support each other - and with friendship as an advantage, they brought a deep passion for mentorship and education with them. Learn more about how the pair has nurtured their relationship at OISE, one bound by calls to create communities of justice. Read more.
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    April 23
    Dr. Normand Labrie appointed Interim Dean of OISE
    Congratulations to Dr. Normand Labrie on his appointment as Interim Dean of OISE! Currently our Associate Dean of Programs, this distinguished leader and academic is known for his ability to build consensus and drive meaningful change. We are delighted to welcome him into his new role. Read more.
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    April 22
    Earth Day 2021: OISE issues Climate Emergency Declaration
    Today, we join academic institutions and governments around the world in declaring a climate emergency. We have issued the OISE Climate Emergency declaration, which acknowledges the need to take urgent and decisive action to slow human-caused climate change, and move towards more just, equitable and sustainable forms of living. Add your name to the OISE Climate Emergency Declaration to signify your commitment to this collective work. Read more.
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    April 21
    "Our fight is not done" says alum Syrus Marcus Ware of Black Lives Matter Toronto on the guilty verdict in George Floyd murder
    Derek Chauvin has been found guilty for the murder of George Floyd. As many reflect on this historic verdict, advocates like alum Syrus Marcus Ware of Black Lives Matter Toronto pointed out that much remains to be accomplished: "Our fight is not done." Read more.
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    April 21
    Ravines are a Toronto treasure, but everyone needs an equal chance to enjoy them says OISE researcher Jacqueline Scott
    Race, gender and economic status can all be barriers to Toronto's green spaces, but there are simple steps - better signs, more volunteer guides - that could make the urban wilderness more inclusive, says OISE researcher Jacqueline Scott. Read more.
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    April 20
    7 actions to ensure Canada's 'child-care plan' in the 2021 Federal budget is about education: OISE's Fikile Nxumalo
    The 2021 federal budget promises new investments to create a Canada-wide early learning and child-care plan. Prof. Fikile Nxumalo and researchers explain what is possible in early childhood education beyond the provision of safe and affordable care for children while adults work. The team outlines seven actions to ensure Canada builds a sustainable and relevant early education system for the 21st century. Read more.
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    April 19
    Caring, loving and learning in struggle: PhD candidate Judy Grant writes about the recent volcanic eruption in St. Vincent
    Vincentian born OISE doctoral candidate, Judy Grant, writes about the recent La Soufriere volcanic eruption in her hometown in St. Vincent and what it means to learn in struggle. "Since the volcano erupted, it illuminated where the strength, hope and possibility for transformational change truly is - the grassroots community," she remarks. Read more.
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    April 13
    Alum Dr. Rumeet Billan recognized as OptiMYz's Top 100 Health Leaders for 2021
    "Mental health is health. Mental health matters." Alum Rumeet Billan (MEd '10, PhD '14), an award-winning author, entrepreneur and learning architect, has been recognized as one of OptiMYz's Top 100 Health Leaders for 2021. The list represents those whose compassion and skill in areas such as health and mental wellbeing has helped individuals recover and thrive, and comprised of only women this year. Read more.
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    April 08
    OISE alum Dionne Brand among winner of $165K US Windham-Campbell Prize
    OISE alum Dionne Brand, a Trinidad-born Canadian author and award-winning poet and novelist, has been recognized with the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize -- an anonymously judged US literary award worth $165k USD. Brand was recognized in the fiction category. Her latest books include the poetry collection The Blue Clerk, which was a finalist for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for poetry, and the novel Theory, which won the 2019 Toronto Book Award. Read more.
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    April 08
    'Lived experiences': Alum Dr. Karen Edge's 10 year old son reflects on racism
    On heels of alum Dr. Karen Edge, an academic at University College London, and her 10 year old son Isaac's OISE Stay At Home Club episode on racism, Ontario Principals' Council asked him if he would share some of his perspectives living in a multiracial family. Here are Isaac's thoughts on racism. Read more.
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    April 07
    'The heart of our community': Learn about this year's Staff Excellence Award winners
    Annually, OISE issues several awards of excellence to staff, to honour individuals and teams in categories of excellence, innovation and leadership. This year, meet six OISE staff who have played an integral role in making OISE an exceptional place to work and learn. Read more.
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    April 07
    'A huge honour': OISE faculty recognized for their work with Teaching Excellence Awards
    Further to OISE's success as a leader in education are the contributions of our faculty. OISE extends its fullest gratitude to the winners of our 2021 Teaching Excellence Award: Doug McDougall, Angela Pyle, Arlo Kempf, Joseph Flessa and Thelma Sambrook. Read more.
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    April 07
    The narrative on violence: Dr. Megan Scribe wins OISE award for best doctoral thesis
    The path leading to Dr. Megan Scribe's award-winning doctoral thesis began with a reading of an RCMP report about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. And Scribe's thesis titled "Indigenous Girlhood: Narratives of Colonial Care in Literature and Law," is being recognized by OISE with the Leithwood Award for Outstanding Thesis of the Year. Read more.
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    April 07
    'Your impact has already been felt': Here are the inaugural OISE Cultivating Community Award winners
    The new Cultivating Community Award celebrates the achievements of staff, students or faculty who have undertaken positive actions to influence and improve a sense of belonging, inclusivity and community within OISE and beyond. Here are our inaugural recipients. Read more.
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    April 02
    How teachers are fighting damaging stereotypes in class amid spike in anti-Asian attacks: OISE's Mary Reid
    It is critical for educators to combat damaging stereotypes in the classroom, says Prof Mary Reid. This includes doing away with the model minority myth, and acknowledging Asian Canadians as a diverse diaspora from numerous nations. Read more.
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    April 01
    Professor Shelley Stagg Peterson named co-winner of 2021 President's Impact Award
    Dr. Shelley Stagg Peterson has received the U of T President's Impact Award for her contributions to children's literacy learning in remote Northern Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Dr. Peterson will receive $10,000 per year for five years for her research on innovative approaches for supporting Indigenous children's ancestral language, cultural and literacy learning, and remote Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators. Read more.
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    March 26
    Prof. Normand Labrie receives the 2020 CRCCF Prize
    Prof. Normand Labrie is the recipient of the annual Award of the Centre for Research on French Canadian Culture (Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-française or CRCCF) of the University of Ottawa. The CRCCF Award recognizes the merits of outstanding researchers or authors whose work has focused on French Canada in one or other of its multiple dimensions, and underscores the admiration and recognition of their peers for their particular work or involvement. Read more.
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    March 24
    Access Connections Day: A Q&A with Professor Ann Lopez
    Today, U of T is putting access programming front and centre with its annual Access Connections Day conference. We spoke with Ann Lopez, the provostial advisor for access programs, about the importance of breaking down barriers to education. Read more.
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    March 23
    OISE student Sarah Gallah named 2021 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow by National Geographic Society and Lindblad Expeditions
    OISE student Sarah Gallah has been selected as one of only 50 educators across North American to receive the prestigious Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship with Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society. Sarah will embark on a life-changing voyage to one of the many remote and extraordinary environments the Lindblad fleet explores around the world. Currently, through the fellowship, Sarah is virtually teaching her high students how to use coding to understand climate change. Read more.
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    March 23
    Professor Jim Slotta on space, classroom technologies, and learning communities
    In his March 4 talk, Professor Slotta presented a series of studies in which the physical classroom is integrated with learning designs. "What is it about place?" Slotta asked. "How does classroom space matter? And how can we design curriculum so that students work together as a learning community?"
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    March 22
    Addressing Asian hate and responding to the Atlanta shootings: OISE's Mary Reid
    "Our actions must move beyond performative hashtags." ​Professor Mary Reid reflects on the Atlanta Shootings, and suggests five concrete actions for addressing Asian hate. Read more.
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    March 22
    To help children learn how to read in the pandemic, encourage writing messages as part of play, says prof. Shelley Stagg Peterson
    Play-based writing activities are a meaningful and effective way for parents to provide essential foundations for their children's literacy. Professor Shelley Stagg Peterson shares some fun activities to incorporate at home. Read more.
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    March 20
    Finding Radical Hope, on screen and beyond: OISE faculty's research-turned-play releases documentary, resource tools
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher's Radical Hope Project, a multi-year international research project that examined how young people are doing in our recent years of global unrest, has led to the production of a film documentary - and a resource tool for students and teachers. Read more.
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    March 19
    Tips and strategies for managing burnout one year into the pandemic: OISE alum Rumeet Billan
    It's been one year since the WHO declared the coronavirus a pandemic. For many of us, exhaustion has become a new normal in our daily lives. OISE alum, Dr. Rumeet Billan, offers tips and strategies for dealing with and managing burnout. Watch here.
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    March 16
    OISE alumna establishes bursary for Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit), Black Indigenous and Taino students
    Dr. Erica Neeganagwedgin has established a scholarship for Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit), Black Indigenous and Taino students at OISE. The Olive Moxam Indigenous Bursary, named after the Taino scholar's mother, will support Indigenous and Black Indigenous students in the Master of Teaching program. With the new scholarship, Neeganagwedgin is looking to tell a different story than the one being told. Read more.
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    March 10
    Anna Katyn Chmielewski and Sachin Maharaj discuss trends in socio-economic segregation among Canadian schools
    Across Canada, students from high-income families tend to attend different schools than students from low-income families, a phenomenon known as socio-economic segregation between schools. Professor Anna Katyn Chmielewski and Dr. Sachin Maharaj discuss their research on this trend in Canada. Read more.
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    March 05
    Hardened volunteers, community champions: Meet OISE's 2021 University of Toronto Student Leadership Awardees
    They are leaders, hardened volunteers and thoughtful supporters of their community. But five OISE students, named as co-winners of the University of Toronto Student Leadership Awards, are also leaders at their home faculty. The award, which annually recognizes outstanding student leadership to graduating students, also notes outstanding service and commitment to their own division, of which Grace Garlow, Athena Tassis, Yin Liu, Stephanie Buono and Rebecca Judges have shown clear commitment to OISE and its close-knit community. Read more.
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    March 05
    Climbing the charts: QS World Rankings places OISE third globally in latest subject ranking
    The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education continues to rise in the QS World University Rankings, placing as the third highest ranked educational institution globally. The QS World University Rankings by Subject highlights universities that are leading across education, teacher training, and academic studies in education subjects. Rankings are determined using 13 performance indicators grouped into five areas - which include teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and industry income. Read more.
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    March 03
    OISE alumna awarded the Order of New Brunswick
    Dr. Susan Reid, an OISE alum, has been awarded the Order of New Brunswick, one of the province's highest civilian honours. Reid is receiving the ONB for her dedication to social justice through her applied research and programming in the areas of youth justice, trauma, victimization, and gender-based violence, and for her promotion of volunteerism and social action. Read more.
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    February 25
    'Emotionally involved': International student Dr. Salma Siddiqui reflects on deep bond with mentor Dr. Cindy Sinclair
    Dr. Salma Siddiqui, an international medical grad from India, arrived in Canada feeling a little lost. Then, she met her OISE mentor. Siddiqui's professional profile was one Dr. Cindy Sinclair, a dedicated mentor and former staff member at U of T Temerty Faculty of Medicine, knew all too well. Matched through the OISE Mentorship Program, the pair deepened their academic and personal connections. "I no longer feel disconnected and unsure of my future in this new country," said Dr. Siddiqui. Read more.
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    February 23
    TDSB report says anti-Black racism involved in 'overwhelming' majority of hate incidents. Alum Gary Pieters discusses
    The TDSB has seen a stark increase in human rights complaints in recent years linked to racism - specifically anti-Black racism - with the bulk of complaints launched by teachers, according to a new report. But delays in probing these issues unfairly keep Black educators away from their classrooms and their students, particularly Black students who need to see staff that look like them, says alum Gary Pieters, an educator and former president of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. Read more.
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    February 23
    Race-based COVID-19 data needs to lead to political action, says Prof. Rinaldo Walcott
    Data has given us significant information about the populations most affected by the coronavirus-but where are the good policies meant to protect them? Professor Rinaldo Walcott discusses race-based COVID-19 data and the need for political action in his new op-ed. Read more.
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    February 22
    The green shift: OISE launches groundbreaking sustainability and climate action plan
    Aimed at engaging our community in reducing our carbon footprint and embedding sustainability and climate action in our work, the OISE Sustainability and Climate Action Plan will officially launch at a virtual event on Thursday, February 25 - open for all to attend. Read more.
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    February 22
    'We wanted social infrastructure that improved the quality life for residents': Alum Gary Pieters' community residence delivers
    When Toronto's CityPlace development was planned in the 1980s, the 30-building condo project near the city's downtown had a specific kind of tenant in mind: young professionals. But those professionals grew up and had families - and now they have new needs, says OISE alum Gary Pieters, a resident and former president of his residence association. Pieters, who moved to CityPlace in 2005, says a new project is helping to turn the tower community into a more well-rounded neighborhood. Read more.
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    February 22
    Prof. Charles Pascal discusses the culture of risk aversion in government backrooms and more on The Agenda
    How do you get things done in the public service? Prof. Charles Pascal, former Ontario deputy minister of education, discusses the culture of risk aversion in government backrooms, crafting the province's full-day kindergarten, and his book "Leading from the Inside Out" with Steve Paikin on The Agenda. Watch here.
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    February 20
    Grad school applications soar as Canadians rethink post-pandemic life. OISE Dean Glen Jones weighs in
    Grad school applications have soared as Canadians rethink post-pandemic life. The fact Canadians are turning to education during a time of uncertainty and downturn is a positive, said OISE Dean Glen Jones. "For some individuals, this will be a chance to fulfil a life-long dream of education, independent of their careers. They'll say, 'I've always been interested in this particular subject, I've always wanted to focus on it for a significant period of time and this is the chance for me to do that.'" Read more.
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    February 19
    OISE alum's non-profit featuring Hollywood talent educates, empowers youth to change their world through film
    Reel Start, an organization that empowers underrepresented youth to change their world through film, has launched a new campaign co-led by OISE alum Adrienne Slover and award-winning filmmaker Evan Goldberg. Give New Voices a Voice gives students the opportunity to create short films alongside industry talent (Hollywood actors Seth Rogen and Dan Levy have lent a hand) about social issues impacting their lives. Here's how their campaign is improving film education for underrepresented students. Watch here.
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    February 19
    OISE alumni featured on list of 25 books by Black Canadian authors to read in 2021
    Must-reads of 2021: CBC's roundup of 25 books by Black Canadian authors to read this year includes works by OISE alumni Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware, and professors Njoki Wane and Rinaldo Walcott. Read more.
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    February 19
    Prof. Cathy Marks Krpan receives prestigious Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award
    Prof. Cathy Marks Krpan is the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award. Administered by the Fields Institute, this national award recognizes an educator who has demonstrated innovation and excellence in promoting mathematics education. An award-winning educator and author, Krpan's 2018 publication, Teaching Math with Meaning, is used extensively in classrooms across Canada and around the world. Read more.
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    February 18
    How to curb anti-Black racism in Canadian schools: PhD student Tanitiã Munroe
    Despite continued calls to action for inclusive education, school boards have not found a systemic way to combat anti-Black racism and lessen disruptions in Black youth's lives. However, K-12 educators are uniquely positioned to correct these injustices, says PhD student and TDSB child and youth worker Tanitiã Munroe. Read more.
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    February 18
    Canada vows to be next country to go after Facebook to pay for news. OISE's Megan Boler weighs in
    Canada, France, Australia, Germany and Finland may begin working together to ensure fair compensation from Facebook for news content. For Professor Megan Boler, this may be the start of a global "united front against this monopoly, which could be very powerful." Read more in Reuters.
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    February 16
    Centring relationality at the IEN: Creating spaces to build good relations between Indigenous, Black-Indigenous, and Black people
    As OISE's Indigenous Education Network marks its 30th anniversary, the collective is reasserting its commitment to building good relations between Indigenous, Black-Indigenous, and Black people. Read more.
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    February 12
    'She was a real local champion': Valerie Mah, OISE alum and one of Toronto's most dedicated community builders, has died
    Toronto has lost one of its most energetic and dedicated community builders with the death of Valerie Mah or Principal Mah, as she was affectionately known. The long-time west-end resident and OISE graduate lived her life for the betterment of others. Read more.
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    February 11
    With a focus on the Black community, OISE researcher to study food insecurity in Scarborough
    OISE grad Suleyman Demi has partnered with TAIBU, a community health centre that provides primary health care and related services for Black populations in the GTA. Demi will be working to identify and address barriers to food security in the communities TAIBU serve, with a focus on Toronto's Malvern neighbourhood. "The available data shows that Toronto's Black population are 3.5 times more likely to become food-insecure. There is a problem there and the question is why," says Demi. Read more.
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    February 10
    Lieutenant Dr. Daniel Parmar works the frontlines of the pandemic and advocates for equitable health care
    This is Lt. Dr. Daniel Parmar. An MEd grad and Commissioned Officer with Canada's Dept. of National Defence, Parmar says it's rewarding to work on the frontlines where he aims to provide fair and equitable healthcare to Canadians and newcomers during COVID-19. Driven by his family's legacy, the accomplished alum says his great grandfather's heroism, service, and sense of duty at a time of global unrest is something he always valued and admired growing up as a first generation Canadian. Read more.
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    February 10
    'More than my job': Doctoral student Tanitiã Munroe's commitment to Black youth and their families
    In the education system, Black students must matter, says doctoral student Tanitiã Munroe. For the TDSB child and youth worker, discussing Black identities, Black culture, and Black history should be a year-round celebration and conversation. Read more.
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    February 04
    'It's who I am': Meet educator, storyteller and doctoral student Osholene Oshobugie
    Meet Osholene Oshobugie, an African Indigenous scholar, educator and storyteller who is passionate about guiding young Meritah people (people of African-descent) towards African Indigenous ways of knowing. The OISE doctoral student is also founder of the Meritah Wisdom Education Centre for Children and Families, which provides families with Meritah Indigenous knowledges and resources for raising children. Read more.
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    February 03
    'Exceptional role models': African Scholars Awards recognize alumni contributions to university and society
    U of T's African Alumni Association has recognized alumni Entisar Yusuf and Tshweu Moleme with African Scholars Awards. During Yusuf's time at OISE, this talented leader founded the Black Graduate Students Association. Moleme, a former politician and community activist, was awarded for his dedication to social justice, inclusion and fairness. The awards are the handiwork of Henry Ssali, who is also a recent OISE grad and volunteer leader. Read more.
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    February 03
    Mom outraged after LCBO bag used as example in Indigenous art class to make medicine bags: Prof. Jennifer Brant weighs in
    "I want to say it's shocking, but it isn't shocking. It's deeply troubling how common these types of insensitive or inappropriate assignments occur." Professor Jennifer Brant says that as the push continues to bring more Indigenous content into the education system, there needs to be more mandatory training for teachers. Read more.
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    February 01
    Canada's frontline: Meet OISE alum Lieutenant Dr. Daniel Parmar
    Meet Lieutenant Dr. Daniel Parmar. A 2019 OISE MEd graduate, Parmar became a resident physician for the Federal Government of Canada shortly thereafter. And he still finds time to volunteer (virtually, from Manitoba) on the OISE Alumni Association. He shares more about his career path which has landed him at the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.
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    January 29
    Extended virtual learning could broaden so-called 'performance gap': Todd Cunningham weighs in
    Some students will emerge from this year's extended period of online learning lagging far behind their peers, experts and teachers warn as they try to mitigate the situation. That's compounded for many children with learning disabilities and those without access to up-to-date technology and plentiful parent support, says OISE's Dr. Todd Cunningham. Read more.
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    January 27
    Fresh into 2021, OISE Alumni reflects on world events and responses from the community
    In this year in review edition of the OISE Alumni & Friends newsletter, read about alumni and friends who are reaching new heights through projects and awards as we celebrate our own. Discover some of OISE's news and research highlights in these challenging and changing times, and find upcoming virtual events plus alumni perks. Read more.
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    January 27
    Prof. David Olsen comments on cognitive psychologist Frank Smith's influence on children's education
    In 1971, cognitive psychologist Frank Smith revolutionized reading theory and changed how educators think about the acquisition of reading fluency. At the same time, Smith joined the faculty at OISE as new challenges emerged in the world of pedagogy. Non-English speaking immigrant children were flooding into Ontario schools and the introduction of French immersion called for new reading approaches. In this reflection on his life, Smith's close friend and former OISE colleague, Prof. Emeritus David Olson discusses his friend's influence on children's education. Read more.
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    January 26
    Elizabeth Buckner's global journey to understanding higher education
    Before arriving at OISE two years ago, Professor Elizabeth Buckner lived in Morocco, where she sought to understand the motivations of young Moroccans studying English and how globalization factored in. Today, she's examining the effects of private higher education on access and inequalities in higher education. Learn more about the higher education expert. Read more.
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    January 25
    Robin Margaret King Stonefish named winner of 2020 Scholarship for Research in Violence Against Indigenous Women
    PhD student Robin Margaret King Stonefish has been named winner of the 2020 Scholarship for Research in Violence Against Indigenous Women. Learn more about King Stonefish, and how she's carrying on traditions set by her auntie and mother in her academic work. Read more.
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    January 20
    OISE's Tanitia Munroe on anti-Black racism in education and navigating the pandemic
    Child and youth worker and OISE PhD student Tanitia Munroe shines light on the ways COVID-19 has further exposed anti-Black racism in the lives of the youth she serves. She also discusses how she's been navigating barriers caused by the pandemic to support marginalized students. Read more.
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    January 20
    Review: Alum Syrus Marcus Ware's art installation Radical Love features local trans heroes
    This past fall, Toronto was given Radical Love, an enlivening installation by OISE alum Syrus Marcus Ware that highlighted Black and Afro-Indigenous trans people who have made tremendous contributions to the city. The project was supported by the Bentway's Safe in Public Space project, an initiative that explores public safety, COVID-19 challenges and systemic inequities. Relive the monuments to trans lives and our artist's brilliance. Read more.
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    January 20
    OISE alumni heroes of 2020
    They're saving us from COVID-19, speaking up for equality and shining bright with resilience. Meet Fernanda Yanchapaxi, Marcus Singleton, Melissa Sariffodeen and more OISE alumni heroes of 2020. Read more.
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    January 20
    How are universities communicating the pandemic? PhD students Michael O'Shea and Leping Mou explore
    Crisis messaging: How are universities communicating the pandemic? Doctoral students Michael O'Shea and Leping Mou are studying the written COVID-19 related communications of higher education institutions in China, Canada, and the United States. Read more.
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    January 19
    Post-secondary schools offer support, but is it reaching students? OISE's Chloe Hamza and Charles Pascal weigh in
    Post-secondary schools are offering social and mental health supports, but students most in need of help are still struggling to get it and face multiple barriers, says Prof. Chloe Hamza. These include feeling there isn't enough time to seek out support amid multiple competing demands, which especially affects those experiencing fatigue or social withdrawal, she said. Read more.
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    January 18
    New OISE podcast offers practical insight into youth participatory action research field
    Youth Research Lab's new whyPAR Podcast brings youth participatory action research practitioners together in discussion about issues, opportunities and ethical dimensions in the field. In a debut episode, OISE researchers Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández and Sarah Switzer explore the importance of relationships, and ethical commitments, when conducting YPAR research in settings such as schools and community health centres. Listen now.
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    January 18
    OISE alum among 50 Canadians who are breaking ground, leading the debate and shaping how we think
    Each year, Maclean's canvasses the country for 50 Canadians with qualities that represent power in a time of transformative change. This year, Sandy Hudson, an OISE alum and activist known for founding the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter, earned #8 on Maclean's Power List. With the systemic racism of Canadian institutions as the focus of a public reckoning, Hudson has emerged as not just an activist, but a thought leader. Read more about her immense impact. Read more.
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    January 15
    Creativity, drive, mentorship: Why Dr. Barbara Smith is having a deep educational impact
    Dr. Barbara Smith has been leading and creating thoughtful and engaging learning experiences for children and families alike for decades. An alumna of OISE who earned her PhD in 1996, Smith has built a wealth of experience in teaching and leadership in public, independent, charter and international schools in Canada, the United States and worldwide. Meet Smith, principal at The Giles School. Read more.
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    January 14
    Synchronous learning both beneficial and challenging, says prof. Todd Cunningham
    As Ontario shifts back to online learning, the government has set minimum standards for the amount of time kids spend learning in a virtual classroom. There are challenges to synchronous learning, says Prof. Todd Cunningham, but there are many benefits as well. Read more.
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    January 13
    Social media's decision to dump Trump too little, too late: OISE's Megan Boler
    Professor Megan Boler explains how Trump's presidency impacted the social media landscape, and what the future holds for him and his supporters in the online world. Read more.
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    January 08
    OISE alum Sara Asalya shares a case for collecting race-based data in Canadian universities
    Without comprehensive race-based data, equity policies within Canadian universities have limited impact in adequately addressing discrimination and racism, co-writes Sara Asalya, an OISE alum and executive director of the Newcomer's Student Association, in a new op-ed for The Hill Times. "Further evidence is needed when it comes to creating optimal strategies for success and resilience of racialized students within post-secondary education, to assist faculty and staff to improve their pedagogy, and support resources and programs." Read more.
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    January 08
    Njoki Wane's memoir From My Mother's Back is a story of Black resilience and developing a strong sense of self
    Professor Njoki Wane has been researching Black feminisms, African Indigenous knowledge, and doing anti-racism education for more than 20 years. She explores her African roots and recounts her upbringing in Kenya in her new memoir, From My Mother's Back. She recently spoke about it on CBC Radio. Listen here.
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    December 23, 2020
    OISE alum Tshweu Moleme receives Community Development Award from U of T African Alumni Association
    OISE alum and activist Tshweu Moleme has been selected by the U of T African Alumni Association for the Community Development Award for his 'dedication to social justice, inclusion and fairness.' Moleme, who was born in South Africa and lives in Orillia, is a labour activist, community leader and a current OISE PhD student. "This is for my two Black sons," he said. "I hope this [award] will give them courage to continue to be and do good, even on the toughest of days." Read more.
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    December 23, 2020
    Online clubs, Netflix appearances, awards abound: OISE's 2020 in review
    As 2020 comes to a close, we're reflecting. While the coronavirus may have crippled how the world-at-large got together to collaborate and celebrate, the OISE community worked diligently to make 2020 a fruitful, connective one for students, faculty, and staff. Here are some of this year's most memorable moments at OISE. Read more.
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    December 22, 2020
    'My five-decade leadership journey': Professor Charles Pascal reflects on his new book
    Professor Charles Pascal has led a decades-long career as a leader in education, policy and mentorship. He recounts this journey in his new book, "Leading From The Inside Out: Hard-Earned Lessons from Education, Government and Baseball" - and shared some personal insights with OISE News. Read more.
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    December 21, 2020
    Meet the OISE students who crushed it in 2020
    2020 has been a year unlike any other. In the space of just a few weeks last spring, the university's 93,000 students pivoted to online classes, in a collective effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. And many also found time to help their communities by sewing face masks, running errands for frontline workers, taking care of children, checking in on the vulnerable and supporting each other. PhD student Marcus Singleton, and recent graduates Entisar Yusuf and Melissa Sariffodeen are just a few of the many OISE students who crushed it this year. Read more.
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    December 21, 2020
    New report by OISE experts recommends post-pandemic changes to Scotland's education system
    "This crisis is an opportunity to transform Scottish education." In a new report, international experts including OISE professor Carol Campbell and alum Dr. Avis Glaze recommend fundamental changes to the delivery of education in Scotland, in light of COVID-19. Read more.
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    December 17, 2020
    'I persevered, and so can you': Born visually impaired, OISE alum Daniel Zingaro connects with students by sharing his own experiences
    Born visually impaired, OISE alum Daniel Zingaro, a math and computer science professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga, connects with students by sharing his own trials at school - and his triumphs. "My aim is for students to be comfortable telling me they don't understand," he says. Read more in U of T Magazine.
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    December 15, 2020
    Prof. Todd Cunningham shares advice for families looking to add a pandemic twist to this season's festivities
    While some families don't want pandemic reminders to cloud their homes this December, others are finding whimsical ways to incorporate COVID concepts into their holiday rituals. OISE Prof. Todd Cunningham, a child psychology expert, says there are merits to co-planning festive activities with a pandemic twist with your kids - but adds it's important for parents to "give themselves a pass" on extravagant celebrations this year. Read more.
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    December 15, 2020
    OISE alum Dr. Doug Gosse appointed Associate Dean, Faculty of Education and Professional Studies at Nipissing University
    Starting January 4, OISE alum Dr. Doug Gosse will begin a three-year term as Associate Dean, Faculty of Education and Professional Studies at Nipissing University. Gosse joined the university as a faculty member in 2005, after many successful years as a classroom teacher, which included recognition from the Governor General of Canada for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. As a professor in the Schulich School of Education, his widely-published research focused on curriculum development, social justice and equity and arts-based research. In his new leadership role, Gosse will be responsible for curriculum development and supporting northern communities, Indigenous, first-generation and international learners while fostering teaching, research and scholarship. Read more.
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    December 14, 2020
    Closing the gap: CBIE Catalyst Award-winning book tackles international education policy in Canada
    OISE Dean Glen Jones and alumni Merli Tamtik and Roopa Desai Trilokekar have been recognized by the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) for leading a new book project. Their award-winning publication, 'International Education as Public Policy in Canada', provides a comprehensive analysis of international education policy in Canada, tracing the complex history of when, how, and why it emerged as a policy area of strategic importance. Learn more about the boundary-pushing text. Read more.
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    December 09, 2020
    Professor Emeritus Michael Connelly conferred honorary doctorate
    A leading authority in the field of curriculum and instruction, Professor Emeritus Michael Connelly is being conferred an honorary doctorate from the Education University of Hong Kong. Read more.
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    December 08, 2020
    OISE alum Dionne Brand: On narrative, reckoning and the calculus of living and dying
    "All my life I have lived with the chronic fever of antiblack racism." In this special op-ed from summer 2020, OISE alum Dionne Brand, a renowned poet, novelist, essayist and Griffin Poetry Prize winner, offers her thoughts on the narratives of violence, governance, COVID-19 and our racial reckoning. Read more.
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    December 08, 2020
    R.W.B. Jackson Lectures of the past: A look back at keynotes of yesteryear
    Established as a tribute to OISE's founding director, the R.W.B. Jackson Lecture is our signature annual public lecture. To celebrate tonight's lecture featuring the inestimable Dionne Brand and Rinaldo Walcott, we're looking back at select past keynotes. Read more.
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    December 07, 2020
    An update for U of T's global alumni community from President Meric Gertler
    President Meric Gertler has an update for the global alumni community on the continued success of the University of Toronto over the past extraordinary year. Among the stories shared, you will hear about OISE professor Sandra Styres who is leading a new research centre focused on Indigenous education. Watch the full update here.
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    December 04, 2020
    OISE alum Matt Stodolak hopes to orchestrate the perfect Hallmark Christmas tale
    OISE Alumni Association president Matt Stodolak is on a mission to create the perfect Hallmark Christmas movie! The twist? It's a musical! "Chris, Mrs." will have all the snow and trees and twinkling lights you can jam into a TV screen. Plus a love story and catchy tunes. Read more in Hamilton Spectator.
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    December 02, 2020
    OISE alumni named Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards
    OISE alumni Dr. Caroline Cole Power, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian HR Solutions Inc., and Melissa Sariffodeen, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Learning Code, have been named Top 100 of Canada's Most Powerful Women by Women's Executive Network. They stand among more than 1000 powerful leaders across Canada who share the honour. Learn more about our award-winning leaders. Read more.
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    November 30, 2020
    Late OISE prof. Jack Quarter's 2017 study cited in rethinking equitable banking in Canada
    The federal government in Canada has promised to "build back better" from the pandemic. If that's the case, they must make banks more accessible to Black Canadians, writes one Toronto researcher who cites the late OISE professor Jack Quarter's 2017 study on equitable financing. The study found "many of the credit unions in Toronto were located in the city core, with their limited branch network mostly in more well-off areas such as the Annex, or the Beaches," making them inaccessible or unappealing as commercial banks to Black people. Read more.
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    November 30, 2020
    Alum Cathy Crowe discusses Toronto's shelter crisis on Spacing Radio
    In this episode, Spacing Radio looks at the housing and homelessness crisis that experts say has worsened considerably during the COVID-19 pandemic. Longtime street nurse Cathy Crowe, an OISE alum, gives some insight into the challenges Toronto's homeless population continues to experience, the uncertain future of tent encampments, and how the City's response is felt on the ground. Listen here.
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    November 27, 2020
    'Knowledge resides in everybody': Prof. Ann Lopez discusses U of T's access programming
    Important work is underway across the three campuses to address systemic barriers that may prevent students from diverse backgrounds from seeing the University of Toronto as a place where they can thrive - and to create pathways and supports to help students succeed. "Many talk about diversifying the student population at the University of Toronto, but this is not merely an academic exercise - it's something that we truly believe in," says Ann Lopez, an OISE professor and the provostial adviser on access. Read more.
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    November 26, 2020
    OISE Alumni & Friends Newsletter: Scholars Edition
    This issue of OISE Alumni & Friends newsletter, we're focusing on OISE scholars and community members who are making an impact through education research, policy and practice and how the university is helping to transform their lives. Find new stories, events and offers. Read more.
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    November 25, 2020
    Alum Dr. Rumeet Billan explores the issue and importance of earning trust
    Watch last week's OISE webinar with learning architect Rumeet Billan, an OISE PhD grad, who explores the neuroscience of trust and how to navigate distrust. Dr. Billan offers tools and strategies to manage for and earn trust, something she believes is of growing importance in society today. Watch now.
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    November 23, 2020
    An Emeritus PhD student?: Petr Varmuza is U of T Fall Convocation's oldest graduate
    An Emeritus PhD student? Meet Petr Varmuza - the University of Toronto's oldest graduate! Varmuza's story is that of a genuine life-long learner. Known to be "brilliant and generous with his time," Varmuza began his doctoral studies at OISE in 2010 after retiring from a long career working for Children's Services at the City of Toronto. Read more.
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    November 20, 2020
    Indigenous Education Week: Meet two student researchers who are powered by community
    Tiana Bone and Jordan McVittie may come from different places but they come to OISE with a similar purpose: use education as a tool for creating healthier Indigenous communities. Taking on new research projects, and finding community within a large urban place like Toronto was daunting at first. But the student researchers found support systems through OISE's Indigenous Education Network and other sources of mentorship and with a sense of purpose through the importance of their work. Read more.
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    November 20, 2020
    Alum Dr. Alex Abramovich works to better understand how transgender people are accessing mental health care
    OISE alum Dr. Alex Abramovich is working to better understand how transgender people are accessing mental health care, with hopes of providing the best support possible for the community. Learn more about Abramovich's research. Watch here.
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    November 20, 2020
    Meet this year's OISE Arbor Award winners
    Seven members within the OISE community are being recognized for their tireless work as volunteers by the University of Toronto. Beth Corcoran, Wendy Brennan, Diana Burchell, Harold Isaacs, Kristina Leis, Carolyn Kay and Jason Parker join dozens of members as recipients of the Arbor Award, the University's highest honour in recognition of exceptional and longstanding volunteer service. Meet our winners. Read more.
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    November 19, 2020
    What Canadian researchers are discovering about the psychosocial effects of the pandemic
    Intimate partner violence, families with young children, people with disabilities and Indigenous mental health are among the many areas under investigation during the ongoing pandemic, as Canadian researchers look at its psychosocial effects. Like most of his colleagues, OISE Prof. Jeffrey Ansloos was worried that the psychological and financial stresses of COVID-19 would lead to an increase in suicides. "It's not just merely social isolation, but the speed and the scale of the level of adaptation that people have had to experience in almost every aspect of their day-to-day lives over the last few months," he says. Read more.
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    November 17, 2020
    We must proactively build community in light of online limitations, says OISE student
    How the pandemic has impacted the 'normal' graduate student experience: First year graduate student Rana Haider shares her experience building online community at OISE - from WhatsApp groups to online secret Santa gift exchanges and book clubs. Read more.
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    November 15, 2020
    Alum Diane Longboat shares about CAMH's new, one of a kind First Nations, Inuit and Métis wellness centre
    Behind the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)'s new Shkaabe Makwa Centre, one of the first hospital-based centres in Canada focusing on the mental health of Indigenous people through research, training and healing models, is OISE alum Diane Longboat. "We offer another lens to look at mental health and addiction from a positive viewpoint and from the viewpoint of building on the resiliency of all of our people who come through the system," said Longboat, the elder and senior project manager guiding directions implementation at CAMH. Read more.
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    November 13, 2020
    'Lost in the beginning': Billy Elliot production sparks connection OISE pair could have never expected
    Wei Li's mentorship with Dr. Barbara Soren has been a godsend. He entered the OISE Mentorship Program feeling lost - he was in a new country, honing his professional life (in education and the arts) and coming to grips with his queerness. Everything changed when he met Soren. Read more.
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    November 12, 2020
    KPRDSB names OISE alum Rita Russo new Director of Education
    The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board has named a new Director of Education and Secretary of the Board. Effective January 25, Rita Russo (MEd) joins the board after being the Superintendent, Leadership Development in York Region. Russo brings extensive experience in developing and supporting equitable strategies that achieve positive learning outcomes for students. Read more in Global News.
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    November 12, 2020
    A leader, who studied leadership: Black student group founder reflects on OISE as Fall Convocation arrives
    Entisar Yusuf will graduate with a Master of Education in educational leadership and policy this month. The legacy she's leaving behind? The U of T Black Graduate Students Association, which she founded during her time at OISE. Learn more about this student leader and community builder. Read more.
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    November 11, 2020
    Learning architect Rumeet Billan explores the issue of trust in society today
    'It has never been more important than in this moment': Learning architect Dr. Rumeet Billan, an OISE alum, shares her take on trust - the importance of earning it, how to navigate distrust, and ways to lead and manage for trust. Hear more from Billan on November 17 at our free webinar. Read more.
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    November 10, 2020
    Educators worry COVID era is 'irreparably harming' students' future. Prof. Karen Mundy shares her concerns
    Canadian high school teachers are readjusting curriculum as they settle into an academic year that involves less face-to-face time with their students. The experiences of students have also changed, from learning at a faster pace to missing out on science experiments and assignments. What does this mean long term? Professor Karen Mundy is concerned "kids will lose motivation and engagement with school, irreparably harming their futures," especially among kids disenfranchised in our public education systems. Read more.
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    November 06, 2020
    Meet OISE student Melissa Sariffodeen, one of Canada's Top 40 under 40
    Melissa Sariffodeen, a celebrated digital literacy advocate and co-founder and CEO of the Learning Code, has been named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40. She's graduating this November with her MEd degree in educational leadership and policy from OISE. Read more.
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    October 27, 2020
    OISE alum Cathy Crowe weighs in as Toronto carpenter builds shelters for homeless people this winter
    With a worsening homelessness crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto, Khaleel Seivwright decided to help out the way he knew how: by building insulated, mobile shelters for homeless people who choose to stay outdoors this winter. While OISE alum and long time street nurse Cathy Crowe normally prefers projects that address root causes of homelessness, she says "innovative, creative solutions like this are going to have to happen." Read more.
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    October 26, 2020
    Toronto's low-income and racialized communities have fewer trees, OISE researcher says
    OISE PhD student Jacqueline Scott, whose research focuses on how to make outdoor recreation and environmentalism more welcoming for Black people, says lower-income and racialized communities have less access to green space. She is calling on local municipalities to include urban forests in their long-term management plans. Read more.
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    October 22, 2020
    Less wealthy, non-white students over-represented in TDSB's COVID-19 virtual classrooms. Prof. Anna Chmielewski weighs in
    New stats show that lower-income and non-white families are opting for the TDSB's online-only classes more than white and wealthier families. Experts, like Prof. Anna Katyn Chmielewski, say the demographic breakdown underlines the importance of ensuring that students in online classes are not left to flounder. Read more.
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    October 21, 2020
    Dr. Shelley Murphy shares the secret to learning a new skill at any age
    In Best Health Magazine, OISE's Shelley Murphy gives tips for how to learn a new skill without the stress. "It can be challenging because our brains are having to forge new neural pathways," says Murphy. "But it's absolutely achievable. Our brains can build those neural pathways (an ability called neuroplasticity) at any point in our lives." Here are her top 11 tips to achieving new skills. Read more.
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    October 21, 2020
    Alum Samantha Peters becomes Ottawa U Faculty of Law's first-ever Black Legal Mentor-in-Residence
    Samantha Peters, 2010 OISE graduate, has become University of Ottawa Faculty of Law's first-ever Black Legal Mentor-in-Residence. She will provide one-on-one and group academic and career mentorship to Black law students and expertise in the development of supportive programming and anti-racism initiatives. Read more.
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    October 20, 2020
    Keeping adults in mind: Meet David Green, OISE's young new Provostial Fellow
    Meet David Green, OISE's new Provostial Fellow. His research aims to find ways to navigate issues that emerging adults face to ensure that all involved achieve healthier relationships-and he wants to bring an anti-racist and equity lens to the analysis. Read more.
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    October 19, 2020
    PhD candidate Janelle Brady weighs in as Durham Catholic students call for allowance of Black hair accessories
    Students from Durham's Catholic school board are pushing for changes to uniform policy including hair accessories that are currently banned, and more commonly used by Black students, to be permitted by the board. PhD candidate Janelle Brady, an anti-racism educator, argues cultural accessories like silk head scarves should be normalized in schools, just as items like hair elastics would be. Watch here.
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    October 14, 2020
    'A friend we can always go to': OISE mentorship program brings lasting alumni, student trio together
    The bond between alum Cam Kilgour and students Shanelle Henry and Vivian Hoang is made strong by the OISE Mentorship Program, but the threads that brought them together can potentially make this trio unbreakable. Kilgour, a now-retired teacher, came to the program with a passion to help others. But he's learning from Henry and Hoang, through their studies, their interests, their insights. Read more.
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    October 13, 2020
    Professor Chloe Hamza's surprising study about postsecondary students and mental health
    A new study led by Professor Chloe Hamza found that students with pre-existing mental health concerns are faring similarly, or better, during the pandemic. Meanwhile, students without pre-existing mental health conditions are reporting increasing rates of depressive symptoms and anxiety. What's the takeaway for postsecondary institutions? "Universities really need to think about how they promote connectedness, and engagement, even in the context of COVID-19," said Hamza. Read more.
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    October 13, 2020
    Alum Penny Patrician explains how strong relationships help kids catch up after six months of school closures due to COVID-19
    The ability to regulate students' stress and anxiety through classroom relationships is a powerful tool to support academic outcomes after six months of school closures, says PhD graduate and co-author Penny Patrician. Here, she shares three ways school systems and school leaders can support student emotional well-being to ground academic success. Read more.
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    October 13, 2020
    OISE researchers receive federal funding for research on social, cultural, economic impacts of COVID-19
    Six University of Toronto researchers have been awarded federal government grants that will fund collaborative research projects focused on the social, cultural and economic impact of COVID-19 and the post-pandemic recovery. Congratulations to OISE professors Enrica Piccardo and Marcelo Vieta who each received Partnership Engage Grants for COVID-19 Special Initiatives. Read more.
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    October 12, 2020
    Prof. Todd Cunningham weighs in as schools turn to technology to catch online cheaters
    As schools turn to technology in the pandemic to catch online cheaters, students are reporting amped up anxiety and discomfort. Prof. Todd Cunningham says instructors and students should discuss ahead of time whether there are any barriers that would jeopardize their performance in a remotely proctored exam. He agrees that while we need to find solutions for test taking during a time of online learning, it must come with "an understanding that we need to be compassionate." Read more.
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    October 12, 2020
    Appreciate the miracle being performed by schools, says PhD grad Sachin Maharaj
    "When the pandemic first hit, there was a public outpouring of appreciation and gratitude for health-care and front-line workers. It is worth remembering that right now, our teachers, administrators, and school staff are moving mountains for the children, families, and people of this province. It's time to show them some love too," says OISE alum Sachin Maharaj in this Toronto Star op-ed. Read more.
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    October 09, 2020
    OISE grad Mariam Abeid hoped for just $500 to help stay in school. A scholarship changed her world
    Mariam Abeid hoped for just $500 to help stay in school. A U of T scholarship changed her world. Now a graduate of OISE's child study and education program, Mariam is becoming a teacher - and her journey of learning is only just getting started. Discover how you can help passionate students like Mariam transform their lives. Read more.
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    October 08, 2020
    Prof. Karen Mundy working on a new tutoring program to improve academic outcomes, mental health during COVID-19
    At University of Toronto Mississauga, Dr. Philip Oreopoulos' research has shown that creating a scalable tutoring program is key for supporting students during COVID-19. The research suggests that one-on-one and small group tutoring consistently improves academic achievements, offering important insight into ways to assist students struggling during the pandemic. And he is currently working with OISE professor Karen Mundy to set up such a program in Canada. Read more.
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    October 05, 2020
    Establishing local teacher communities, globally: OISE professor Jim Slotta receives Connaught Global Challenge honour
    Professor Jim Slotta has received the U of T Connaught Global Challenge Award. His research program supports Ontario teachers in responding to the provincial government's mandate to global competencies in the K-12 curriculum. Read more.
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    October 05, 2020
    The choice for education: Change school plans or face 'generational catastrophe' says Prof. Carol Campbell
    Ontario's back-to-school plan isn't working and without a new approach, children will suffer over the long term, says Prof. Carol Campbell. In First Policy Response, Campbell argues that it is time to change school plans - or face 'generational catastrophe.' Read more.
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    September 30, 2020
    Fifty years ago, TVO signed on and OISE followed
    Fifty years ago, TVO signed on to television for the first time as part of an educational push in the province - the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) being the second part of this effort thanks to then education minister William G. Davis, OISE's founder. Here, Steve Paikin writes about educational television in Ontario and OISE's entwined histories. Read more.
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    September 29, 2020
    Parents worry virtual school delay could mean educational setbacks for kids. Prof. Todd Cunningham weighs in
    Parents can help kids make up for any setbacks in reading, spelling and mathematical development caused by delays in online learning due to the pandemic, experts say. Todd Cunningham, a clinical and school psychologist and professor at OISE, offers his advice. Read more.
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    September 28, 2020
    Prof. Charles Pascal on the role of public education in society on CBC Radio
    COVID-19 is forcing big questions about the purpose of public education going forward. Professor Charles Pascal discusses the shortcomings of our current education systems, and what it will take to chart a course for a more equitable future. Listen now.
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    September 25, 2020
    Five OISE assistant professors named winners of Connaught New Researcher Award
    Five OISE faculty have been named winners of the U of T Connaught New Researcher Award. Learn more about the award, the researchers (and their cool projects) here. Read more.
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    September 24, 2020
    Hello, Bonjour, Boozhoo: Welcome (And Welcome Back) to OISE!
    Welcome (and welcome back) to OISE! This academic year will definitely be different, but we will get through it together - as a community. In this video, three students offer advice on making the most out of grad school. Watch now.
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    September 23, 2020
    A summit, a committee, a plan of action: OISE paves path for climate change fight
    OISE's new Climate Action Advisory Committee has started assembling a Climate Action Plan for addressing environmental and sustainable education issues. Read more.
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    September 21, 2020
    How does wearing a mask at school can impact a child's development? Prof. Kang Lee explains
    The mandating of face mask use in schools is raising concerns that the coverings may interfere with children's development, including speech, language and social interactions. Prof. Kang Lee, Canada Research Chair in developmental neuroscience, says while the masks may hide some of the ways they process and use information, children are "very, very smart" and can use different methods when interpreting social cues. Read more.
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    September 17, 2020
    'It's my life's work to help students access education': alumna Cindy Gouveia shares her path from farmhand to foundation president
    Cindy Gouveia didn't finish high school. Now she's not only an OISE PhD, but raises funds so students can access higher education. Meet Cindy Gouveia, President, George Brown College Foundation, and learn about her professional journey. Read more.
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    September 16, 2020
    How do we build an inclusive world? Prof. Rinaldo Walcott discusses
    In this time of upheaval, what does the future look like? Professor Rinaldo Walcott, director of the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto, discusses the future of identity and belonging on CBC Radio's Ideas. Read more.
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    September 15, 2020
    Prof. Todd Cunningham discusses homeschooling amid the pandemic
    Homeschool or back to school? As parents across Ontario share concerns about the safety of their children this fall, interest in homeschooling increases. OISE's Todd Cunningham, a psychologist, joins the conversation on TVO's The Agenda. Watch now.
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    September 14, 2020
    Travelling to the Far North was a journey of reckoning for OISE alum Ellie Clin
    Listen to the language of land, learn the stories of the places you visit, understand your own history: These were the lessons Ellie Clin, an OISE alum and guest in Nunavut, received on her expedition to work in Gjoa Haven (known as Uqsuqtuuq). In the Globe and Mail, Ellie reflects on her journey of learning and unlearning in the Far North. Read more.
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    September 11, 2020
    OISE Together Hub: Your Guide to OISE this Fall
    At OISE, we are committed to ensuring that students, faculty and staff are supported during the 2020-2021 academic year for a different, yet exciting and successful year. Under our new guide to OISE this fall, you will find information about ensuring a safe return to the building, resources for students, faculty and staff, wellness programming, and some of the digital community initiatives happening at OISE. Learn more.
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    September 11, 2020
    Collaboration during COVID-19: OISE Prof. Marcelo Vieta and his students search for solutions to social inequality with their new website
    Collaboration during COVID-19: A new course by Prof. Marcelo Vieta examined how proposals for economic democracy can respond to and offer solutions to the socio-economic ills caused by the pandemic. At the end of the term, Vieta and his students produced a community education and social action website. Read more.
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    September 11, 2020
    PhD candidate Janelle Brady says despite the city's diversity, racism exists in the everyday experiences of racialized Torontonians
    Despite living in one of the most diverse cities on the planet, racism is embedded in the everyday experiences of racialized Torontonians, says anti-racism expert and educator Janelle Brady, a PhD candidate at OISE. Janelle gives her insight on #RaceInThe6ix, a new series where individuals share their experiences with race in a one line response, addressing issues like racism, multiculturalism, perception and diversity in Toronto. Read more.
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    September 10, 2020
    Scholar Strike Canada: OISE community members conduct teach-ins for Black lives
    There was a time that Janelle Brady and Sandy Hudson shared an office at OISE. Yesterday, they held the same space to lead a Scholar Strike Canada teach-in to discuss the realities of anti-Black police violence in Toronto and across Canada. Read more.
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    September 09, 2020
    Prof. Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández discusses inequalities in Canadian school systems and the future of education
    Professor Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández joins CBC's The Current to discuss how the inequalities in our school systems are being exposed by the pandemic, and whether the choices facing parents will lead to a shift. Listen now.
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    September 08, 2020
    OISE professor Diane Gérin-Lajoie named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
    Prof. Diane Gérin-Lajoie, the former director the Centre de recherches en éducation franco-ontarienne (CREFO), has been appointed Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada. She currently leads research in French minority language education in Ontario and English minority language education in Québec. Read more.
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    September 08, 2020
    OISE professor Marlene Scardamalia named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
    Prof. Marlene Scardamalia, the inaugural Presidents' Chair and University Distinguished Professor of Knowledge Innovation & Technology, has been appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She's a scholar whose innovations helped create and shape a new field of inquiry: knowledge building. Read more.
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    September 03, 2020
    Prof. Mary Reid discusses challenges and what's needed for Ontario teachers introducing new math curriculum
    With the earlier curriculum dating from 2005, Ontario's math update is much-needed, according to Mary Reid, a professor in OISE's department of curriculum, teaching and learning, who acknowledges educators across the province are in a crunch trying to figure out a safe return to class amid COVID-19 while implementing a major math update for Grades 1 through 8. Reid outlines what's required for a successful roll-out of the new curriculum. Read more.
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    September 03, 2020
    Prof. Mary Reid echoes Ontario teachers' worries about implementing new math curriculum during pandemic
    Ontario teachers are denouncing the implementation of the province's new math curriculum, saying they've had little guidance on material they're expected to teach during a pandemic and in just a matter of weeks. Professor Mary Reid, a math expert who teaches teachers, said they are rightly focused on their own health and safety and that of their students. Reid added that while the new curriculum is good, it must be properly implemented with ongoing training for it to be effective. Read more.
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    September 02, 2020
    Study led by alum Dr. Alex Abramovich shows trans people have more chronic health conditions, poorer health outcomes
    A new study led by OISE alum Alex Abramovich, a scientist at CAMH, found that transgender people in Ontario have higher rates of chronic health conditions and are more likely to visit the emergency room for mental health issues. The study, which examined patient data from community and hospital clinics in three Ontario cities over four years, found that 33 per cent of trans individuals have two or more chronic health conditions like asthma or HIV compared to 28 per cent of cisgender people. Read more.
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    September 02, 2020
    PhD candidate Edmund Adam explains why the Gulf monarchies have survived
    When the Arab Spring protests erupted in 2010, many predicted the uprisings would reach the oil-rich Gulf states, sweeping away monarchies. But the Gulf monarchies of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain were the least affected. In this article, PhD candidate Edmund Adam explains why the Gulf monarchies have continued on and what lessons we can learn from the durability of these regimes to better understand the region and build sustainable peace in the Middle East. Read more.
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    September 01, 2020
    Top doc says teachers protected by COVID guidance but prof. Charles Pascal says guidance is flawed
    Teachers will not be at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 than other front-line workers as long as they strictly adhere to the newly issued guidance on managing outbreaks in schools, said Ontario's top doctor last week. But OISE prof. Charles Pascal says the government's new guidance misses the mark and it's causing more stress for students, parents and teachers. Read more.
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    September 01, 2020
    How a private OISE alumni led tutoring company survived a pandemic
    Joanne Sallay's in-person, family-run tutoring business faced overnight extinction at the height of the pandemic. And then the elementary school parents started calling. Teachers on Call, which employs many OISE graduates, quickly started offering 30 minute, one-on-one online tutoring sessions to elementary and kindergarten students. A business that was at risk of going under in March has since grown 20 per cent and expanded its client base into Quebec and B.C. Read more.
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    August 31, 2020
    OISE alumni, friends among list of 33 Black Canadians making change now
    Black Canadians including OISE alumni and friends Dr. Afua Cooper, Sandy Hudson, Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, Dionne Brand and Prof. Beverley Bain have helped raise the volume on systemic racism this year. Meet our trailblazers. Read more.
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    August 28, 2020
    COVID-19 means added anxiety at school but you can ease your kids' fears. Profs. Todd Cunningham and Shelley Murphy discuss
    As school boards across Ontario work to finalize back to school plans, the number of unknowns has left parents, students and teachers anxious. But experts say there are steps families can take to make the transition easier for students this fall. Professor and psychologist Todd Cunningham and instructor Shelley Murphy, a mindfulness expert, discuss. Read more.
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    August 26, 2020
    U of T experts including Prof. James Slotta receive $9.5 million in funding for research infrastructure
    Thirty-three research projects at the University of Toronto are set to benefit from more than $9.5 million in federal funding that will support research infrastructure needs and expenses. The largest award destined for U of T - $800,000 - goes to an active learning research lab project being led by James Slotta, professor and President's Chair in Knowledge Technologies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Read more.
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    August 26, 2020
    Five outstanding OISE faculty members receive promotion, tenure
    The OISE community congratulates five exceptional faculty members on their well deserved new promotions and tenure which began July 1, 2020. Among them are Anna Katyn Chmielewski, Angela Pyle, Sandra Styres and Marcelo Vieta, who were all awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor, and Joseph Flessa, who has been promoted to the rank of professor. Read more.
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    August 26, 2020
    Pandemic-focused school fundraising goals threaten to widen inequalities. Prof. Ann Lopez weighs in
    Instead of fundraising for playground structures, field trips and guest speakers, Canadian parents are turning their attention to raise money for plexiglass shields, cleaning supplies and air purifiers for their children's schools. But their efforts to help ensure the supply of PPE and other COVID-related items are threatening to deepen the divide between have and have-not schools. Equity expert professor Ann Lopez weighs in. Read more.
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    August 20, 2020
    'It's my life's work to help students access education': Cindy Gouveia shares path from farmhand to foundation president
    Cindy Gouveia did not always know she would enter a career in college fundraising. From farmhand to foundation president, Cindy made it her life's work to help students defy barriers like she did to pursue their education, and she credits OISE as the confidence-builder she needed to reach her goals. This is her career story. Read more.
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    August 20, 2020
    Mental health practitioner on OISE, the future of the field and treating patients during COVID-19
    Since graduating from OISE, psychologist Robert Roopa has opened two private practices in Ontario and New Brunswick and his own clinic where he focuses on advanced OCD and anxiety disorder treatments. Like many working in the field of mental health, he has had to treat his patients in new ways because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This is Robert's career story. Read more.
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    August 19, 2020
    OISE researcher works with local communities to boost play-based learning in Canada's North
    In partnership with local teachers, Professor Shelley Stagg Peterson is leading a project to boost literacy skills in northern schools while incorporating Indigenous languages and cultural learning. Read more.
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    August 14, 2020
    PhD student Neil Price says addressing anti-Black racism in postsecondary institutions can transform Canada after COVID-19
    COVID-19 has brought issues of racism and inequality in our education systems into stark relief, says PhD student Neil Price. "We must now consider the role of colleges and universities in transforming Canada for the better after coronavirus." Read more.
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    August 14, 2020
    Schools are set to open September 3 but Prof. Carol Campbell says that's too soon
    A growing chorus of voices is calling for delaying the start of the school year. Carol Campbell, an associate professor of leadership and educational change at OISE, suggests pushing back the re-opening date by a month. "We're not the first education system to reopen. There's evidence from around the world now," says Campbell. "We should have been much further along in our planning." Read more.
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    August 14, 2020
    I'm a teacher and a parent - even I'm confused about schools reopening, writes OISE alum Uzma Jalaluddin
    Waiting for the Ontario government to plan a safe return to school has been an exercise in frustration, writes teacher, parent and OISE alum Uzma Jalaluddin. With stark differences among grade levels - her 15 year old will continue learning online while her 12 year old will be expected back in class - and little mention of the safety of teachers, support staff and administrators, Jalaluddin is feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Jalaluddin shares her concerns with the expectations put on teachers as schools prepare to reopen. Read more.
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    August 13, 2020
    Face masks for teachers may impact child's ability to learn, warn experts including Prof. Todd Cunningham
    Students with hearing impairments will face disadvantages in not being able to read lips or see facial expression, says Professor Todd Cunningham, a child psychology expert. Face masks can make it difficult for teachers to provide positive or negative feedback, either with a smile or a frown, Cunningham adds, and tone can be misunderstood if facial expressions are removed. Read more.
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    August 12, 2020
    Prof. Carol Campbell and colleagues give proactive suggestions for a "gentle" return to school this Fall
    A gentle return to school - go slow to go fast: In their new paper, Professor Carol Campbell and colleagues put forward proactive suggestions for what the first few weeks of school might look like to ensure a safe and successful return to learning. Read more.
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    August 11, 2020
    New paper by Professor Carol Campbell and colleagues offers advice for re-opening Ontario schools
    Considerations for re-opening Ontario schools - principles, ideas and strategies: In this new paper, Professor Carol Campbell and colleagues identify key questions that must be solved for a return to school - and offer ideas and strategies for solving them. Read more.
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    August 10, 2020
    A session of perspectives: Sights and sounds from OISE's latest webinar discussing Ontario's school re-opening plan
    With over 1,300 community members online, a panel that included OISE faculty, education experts and special guests convened to challenge Ontario's plan to reopen schools this September. Moderated by OISE Professor Charles Pascal, the webinar addressed the reopening plan within anti-racist frameworks, mental health supports, math curriculum supports and education policy in the Canadian context. Watch now.
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    August 06, 2020
    Alum Karin Vagiste explores the significance of masks both real and figurative during COVID-19
    OISE alum Karin Vagiste, an author, award-winning mediator and YouTuber, shares her take on the significance of masks - both real and figurative - and compares the psychology behind two distinct groups: those who accept and refuse physical masks during the pandemic. For some, Vagiste says, the fear of wearing a mask comes from the desire to reveal one's true emotions. For others, the fear of COVID-19 is enough to encourage wearing a mask. Why is that? Vagiste explains. Read more.
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    August 05, 2020
    Prof. Carol Campbell weighs in on TDSB plans to keep elementary classes small as parents' anxiety grows
    Reducing class sizes in the fall will have added benefits, says Professor Carol Campbell. "Smaller class sizes will be educationally beneficial after the period of school closure to allow teachers to assess their students' learning and needs, and to provide individual support." Read more.
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    August 05, 2020
    Is it safe for kids to return to school? Prof. Charles Pascal discusses issues of health, safety and wellbeing
    Is it safe for kids to return to school? Former deputy education minister Charles Pascal reacts to the province's plan to reopen schools in September. He discusses issues of health and safety as well as wellbeing and mental health. Read more.
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    August 04, 2020
    OISE fellow McCuaig discusses Ontario child-care centres reopening in the Fall
    Daycare funding shortfalls are important to note, but more importantly, the long-term lack of infrastructure to support child care in Ontario will be a critical challenge. "This is child care's perennial problem," says OISE policy fellow Kerry McCuaig. Read more.
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    July 31, 2020
    Research from international team finds both see-through, pretend partitions promoted honesty in taking tests
    You know those cardboard partitions that sometimes separate kids taking a test? The ones meant to prevent cheating? A new study by an international team of researchers, including Professor Kang Lee, has found that pretend barriers also work. Read more.
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    July 27, 2020
    Prof. Karen Mundy gives her take on how to plan for school re-openings during a pandemic
    School systems worldwide are struggling to figure out if, when, and how to re-open schools. Professor Karen Mundy joins FreshEd podcast to give her take on how to plan for school re-openings during a pandemic. Listen now.
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    July 27, 2020
    OISE Alumni & Friends Newsletter: The Teacher Edition
    Welcome to our summer issue of the OISE Alumni & Friends Newsletter! We are highlighting teachers. In the stories to come, educators and experts offer insight into matters affecting education right now, including the reopening of schools in Ontario and the transition to online learning. First up, adjunct professor Emis Akbari explores how coronavirus school closures could widen inequities for our youngest students. Read more.
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    July 27, 2020
    New study led by Prof. Kang Lee finds invisible barriers cut down on cheating in children
    A new study by Professor Kang Lee and colleagues has found that subtle environmental interventions can help discourage dishonesty among 5 to 6-year-olds. They found that both real and imagined barriers, when placed strategically, can help to reduce cheating. Read more.
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    July 24, 2020
    OISE-led COVID-19 research will document, intervene around coronavirus stigma, discrimination and misinformation
    A research team led by Professor Roy Gillis is taking steps to approach coronavirus stigma, discrimination and misinformation by gaining information from members of Chinese and East Asian communities in Canada - who are seen as targets of much of the stigma, fear, discrimination and even violence during this crisis. Gillis spoke with OISE News for a deep dive conversation about what this project intends to do, how the research is being conducted, and what the potential benefits would be. Read more.
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    July 23, 2020
    Alum Douglas Gosse appointed Nipissing University's new teaching chair in learning outcomes
    OISE alum Douglas Gosse has been appointed as Nipissing University's new teaching chair in learning outcomes. Gosse has been a faculty member at the university since 2005, and formerly taught in schools during which he was recognized by the Governor General of Canada for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. Read more.
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    July 22, 2020
    OISE alum Rumeet Billan named to Canada's Top 10 Power Women list
    Rumeet Billan, an author, entrepreneur and humanitarian, has been named by Optimyz magazine as one of Canada's Top 10 Power Women. She joins Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Patty Hajdu, the federal Minister of Health, Canadian Senator Wanda Bernard and tennis star Bianca Andreescu, 2019 U.S. Open champion, on the Top 10 list. Here is what Rumeet had to say about the honour. Read more.
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    July 21, 2020
    The OISE Impact: A new round up of the Institute's top stories, media highlights and events
    Welcome to the first issue of The OISE Impact - a round up of top stories, media highlights and events coming out of the Institute. This issue, we are proud to announce the launch of the OISE Indigenous Educational Research Centre. Read all about it and more.
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    July 20, 2020
    Tara Goldstein begins three-year appointment as vice principal of New College
    An administrator who thinks with her heart and her head: Congratulations to Professor Tara Goldstein on her appointment as Vice Principal of New College at the University of Toronto. Goldstein, who has been at OISE since 1985, has spent her career pursuing equity and change in education. Read more.
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    July 20, 2020
    Professor Carol Campbell discusses what's needed for a successful return to school in Ontario
    Carol Campbell, an associate professor of leadership and educational change at OISE and highly respected voice on schooling in Ontario, joins AM640 radio to discuss what is needed for a successful return to school in the province this September. Listen here.
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    July 16, 2020
    Professor Ron Lancaster discusses how to help kids use Toronto nature as their classrooms
    Math education professor Ron Lancaster says nature is a wonderful classroom for learning math. In this Toronto Star article, he shares practical tips to help get children outside to explore how math can be found almost anywhere. Read more.
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    July 16, 2020
    Professor Jeffrey Ansloos named as Canada Research Chair
    As Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Indigenous Health and Social Action on Suicide, Jeffrey Ansloos, an assistant professor of Indigenous mental health and social policy at OISE, will help to establish critical research on the structural dimensions of suicide for Indigenous youth and communities. Read more.
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    July 16, 2020
    Remote learning will exacerbate inequalities for kids who need more support, says Prof. Lauren Bialystok
    Remote learning will exacerbate the inequalities between independent learners and those children who need more support, says Professor Lauren Bialystok, an associate professor who studies ethics and education at OISE. Listen here.
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    July 13, 2020
    Alum Dr. Jillian Roberts offers advice as tensions increase over easing COVID-19 pandemic rules in social situations
    Alum Dr. Jillian Roberts, a professor of educational psychology, offers advice as tensions increase over the easing COVID-19 pandemic rules in social situations. When assessing what is appropriate during a social visit, be kind, calm and safe, and set your own boundaries, says Dr. Roberts. Read more in Globe and Mail.
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    July 10, 2020
    At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, OISE student made more than 1,000 masks
    Fernanda Yanchapaxi has lost so much. Family members in her homeland Ecuador had died due to COVID-19 or in the midst of the pandemic. She wanted to find a way to grieve and to help others in some way, so she started making masks. Read more.
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    July 09, 2020
    Professor Charles Pascal comments on the end of streaming in Grade 9 in Ontario
    Ontario Education Minister declared Monday that Ontario will end streaming in Grade 9 and stop suspensions of students between JK and Grade 3. But the destreaming announcement is superficial unless there are major changes to how teachers teach, to the curriculum and to the recruitment of teachers, says Professor Charles Pascal, a former deputy minister of education in Ontario. Read more.
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    July 08, 2020
    Professor Ann Lopez says yes to destreaming Grade 9 but smaller classes, supports needed
    Professor Ann Lopez applauds the end of streaming in Ontario as a way to start dealing with systemic and anti-Black racism in schools, but says the changes cannot be piecemeal and must fit into a larger plan. Read more in the Toronto Star.
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    July 02, 2020
    Jackman ICS Grade 6 students made posters about anti-Black racism and someone vandalized them
    Grade 6 students at OISE's Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study received a painful lesson on the reality of racism after posters they created to voice their feelings about police violence and anti-Black racism were vandalized and splattered over with paint, twice. But the school says the incident won't stop it from displaying students' expressions on racism, saying it intends to reprint and redisplay the posters. "This is a reminder to all of us that Toronto is far from exempt from racism," said school principal, Richard Messina. Read more.
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    July 02, 2020
    Professor Kang Lee appears on Netflix docuseries, Babies, to explore the developmental neuroscience of racial bias
    In his Netflix debut, Professor Kang Lee appears on the docuseries, Babies, to share his developmental neuroscience research on racial bias in six- and nine-month-old babies. From nature to nurture, the series explores the groundbreaking science that reveals how infants discover life during their very first year. Read more.
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    July 01, 2020
    Puzzling over the pandemic: Doctoral student Stacy Costa explains the popularity of puzzles during COVID-19
    Stacy Costa is puzzle obsessed. The OISE PhD candidate has enjoyed the pastime since childhood when her parents would give her puzzles to keep her busy and to keep her mind sharp. They became an academic passion during her undergrad at U of T. Now, as a doctoral student, she's mostly focused on online learning, teacher development and engineering education. But the past few months have seen a rise in interest in puzzles, and Costa has been putting the pieces together about why they've gotten so popular during the pandemic. Read more.
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    June 30, 2020
    PhD candidate Janelle Brady joins Canadian panel on discussing racism with children
    PhD candidate Janelle Brady, an anti-racist educator, researcher and curriculum developer, recently joined Dr. Shawnee Hardware, a researcher with the Child Development Institute SNAP, and teacher Annette Walker on a virtual panel to discuss how adults can talk to children about racism. Watch now.
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    June 29, 2020
    Educators Brittany Cohen and Shawn Matts share about their journey starting a YouTube channel for kids
    In this video for the OISE Stay At Home Club, educators Brittany Cohen and Shawn Matts share about their journey starting a YouTube channel for kids (K-8) called "Now What? With Britt & Shawn." Their goal has been to support families and teachers with quality educational content during these challenging and uncertain times. With their story, they give practical tips for engaging students in asynchronous learning as well as insights into how to create educational video content. Watch now.
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    June 29, 2020
    OISE Long Service Awards recognize staff, faculty for 30 years of service
    Staff members Neil Tinker and Gladys Lim, Professor Carol Rolheiser, Professor Elizabeth Smyth and Associate Professor Antoinette Gagne are this year's recipients of OISE's Long Service Awards - represent a modest recognition of the loyalty and many contributions to OISE and the University of Toronto. Read more.
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    June 25, 2020
    Self-determining, emergent, and responsive: OISE establishes new Indigenous Educational Research Centre
    OISE's new Indigenous Educational Research Centre will provide a key space for Indigenous-specific research across the institute - where Indigenous faculty and students can meet, work on research, and engage in critical conversations. Read more.
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    June 24, 2020
    OISE Alumni & Friends Newsletter: The Graduate Edition
    Congratulations to the class of 2020! This issue of our newsletter, we are celebrating our newest graduates and reflecting on alumni classes of the past. Inside, you will find inspiring stories about our graduates and OISE's impact in research, plus new events, webcasts and alumni perks! Read more.
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    June 24, 2020
    Buddhist Prof. Bhikkhu Mihita describes how the knowledge OISE grads gained in spiritual wisdom will put 'bread on the table,' for them and for others
    "You've put in umpteen hours to earn your credentials. And now you can now finally put bread on the table!," writes Ven Prof. Bhikkhu Mihita to the OISE class of 2020. He shares his spiritual wisdom from the Buddhist tradition about building a happy and healthy life. Read more.
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    June 24, 2020
    Coronavirus school closures could widen inequities for our youngest students
    Remote contact with families in the coronavirus emergency is critical, but learning on a screen is not how young children will gain the foundational and developmental skills they need, says adjunct professor Emis Akbari. Read more.
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    June 23, 2020
    OISE alum Doug Graham discusses what makes U of T one of Canada's greenest employers
    For the 7th time, U of T has been named as one of Canada's Greenest Employers by the Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada Inc. But OISE alum Doug Graham, a property manager at the university, knows being a green employer is also about deepening your employees' specialized sustainability-related skills. Here's more of what Doug had to say. Read more.
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    June 22, 2020
    Fishing with Elders builds these children's Oji-Cree language, cultural knowledge and writing
    Professor Shelley Stagg Peterson and Kathy Sky share a northern First Nation community's approach to teaching children the local Indigenous language using traditional ways of fishing and smoking fish combined with early literacy research. Read more.
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    June 22, 2020
    Doctoral candidate Janelle Brady writes about the deep roots of racism in Canada amid global anti-Black racism protests
    Doctoral candidate Janelle Brady, an anti-racist educator, activist-researcher and community organizer, reflects on the anti-Black racism and police brutality protests erupting across Canada, the United States and the world, and asks non-Black marginalized and white communities to stand in solidarity. Read more.
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    June 20, 2020
    Interviews with teachers: Teaching in a pandemic
    The Robertson Program sat down with a group of Ontario teachers to hear about their experiences teaching during a pandemic. The educators share concerns about student engagement and well-being as well as some of their innovation solutions to help students transition to online learning. From K-6, they speak of the importance of choice in facilitating engagement and about the challenge of making learning accessible for students and families across socio-economic backgrounds. Read more.
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    June 19, 2020
    Drawn to teach: Doctoral student Christina Tjandra brings the arts, social justice to her sociolinguistics research
    As the global community observes World Refugee Day, Christina Tjandra's thoughts go to some of her students, Syrian refugees under her tutelage. Tjandra, who delivers an arts-based research, has gained much insight from them as she explored her master's thesis at OISE - about newcomer English language learner children's perspectives on, and interpretations of, their multilingual linguistic landscape. Read more.
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    June 19, 2020
    Prof. Carol Campbell offers ten things to consider when sending students back to school
    Teachers, parents and students should be at the table to inform decisions about re-opening, says Carol Campbell, an associate professor in educational leadership and policy studies. With much still uncertain about the continuing impact of COVID-19, and important decisions about the 2020-21 school year coming to the fore, Campbell offers 10 areas of advice for policymakers as they plan to send students back to school. Read more.
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    June 19, 2020
    OISE-led Indigenous education research project secures $2.5M in federal funding
    An educational research partnership that supports oral language, cultural knowledge and writing development for Indigenous children has been awarded a partnership grant from SSHRC. Learn more about this OISE-led project. Read more.
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    June 17, 2020
    'It became part of my life': OISE's Doug McDougall named JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award winner
    Professor Doug McDougall has been named JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award. This award recognizes outstanding performance in the multiple roles associated with doctoral supervision. Congratulations Dr. McDougall! Read more.
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    June 16, 2020
    Prof. Jennifer Brant discusses structural inequities faced by Indigenous peoples and its impacts in COVID-19
    In episode four of 3Qs at the U, Samantha Yammine (also known as "Science Sam") speaks with OISE Professor Jennifer Brant about the history of structural inequities faced by Indigenous peoples and the contrasting responses to COVID-19 at governmental and local levels. Watch now.
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    June 16, 2020
    Alum and staff member Ezi Odozor dives deep into antiracism on 'How Do You Feel?' podcast
    Anti-racism like anti-colonialism is a stance of action, says OISE alum and University of Toronto Student Leadership Award winner, Ezi Odozor on How Do You Feel? podcast. "The 'anti-' means action, and that action means not taking a step back and watching the systems crumble. You actually have to do things. You can't simply be not racist while still enjoying the privileges or benefiting from a system that continuously oppress others," she explains. Tune into this powerful podcast discussion. Listen now.
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    June 15, 2020
    Alum and former Cabinet Minister Zanana Akande on why Dundas Street should be renamed
    Alum Zanana Akande grew up near Dundas Street, and never thought twice about the name - but she says she's learned more, and renaming it is important, to show that the City has learned from history, too. Hear from the former Cabinet Minister on CBC News. Listen now.
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    June 14, 2020
    Prof. Lance McCready discusses the issue of ignoring Black and Indigenous histories in Canadian curriculum
    Long-held conversations about Canada's relationship with racism have reached a new fever pitch amid ongoing protests against anti-Black racism. To Indigenous and Black educators in Canada, it's a relationship that has been left out of history books, including the history of slavery. Professor Lance McCready weighs in on the mental health repercussions of 'systemic silence' for Black and Indigenous students. Read more.
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    June 10, 2020
    How can mindfulness support K-12 teaching and learning? Shelley Murphy explains
    The benefits of mindfulness for both students and teachers have led to a growing interest in mindfulness practice within school settings over the last decade. OISE instructor Shelley Murphy, a mindfulness practitioner with over 20 years of experience, offers four key tips for educators looking to include mindfulness in their teaching practice. Read more.
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    June 10, 2020
    We must work toward an abolitionist future for our world, says Prof. Rinaldo Walcott in Maclean's Magazine
    "There has been something animated by the death of George Floyd that is deeply familiar and that calls out for something more - something beyond mere redress, arrest and conviction," writes Professor Rinaldo Walcott in a letter to the late Essex Hemphill on the need to work towards an abolitionist future. Walcott's piece is part of a series of eight letters written by Black writers for Maclean's Magazine. Read more.
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    June 10, 2020
    'It has changed me': Meet double OISE degree recipient Susan He
    New grad Susan He discusses her journey at OISE, from STEM educator to higher education researcher and professional, and how a few key relationships she forged with faculty and staff impacted the trajectory of her life. Read more.
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    June 09, 2020
    Professor Rinaldo Walcott discusses the recent anti-Black racism protests and the symbolism of taking a knee
    If taking a knee was a genuine gesture, it would be followed by concrete action, says professor Rinaldo Walcott. Walcott discusses the recent anti-Black racism protests and the symbolism of taking a knee. Read more in CBC News.
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    June 08, 2020
    Alum Salina Abji and MEd student Sara Asalya say immigrant families cannot afford a return to business-as-usual after COVID-19
    "The impacts of school closures are not borne equally by all families." In a Toronto Star op-ed, alum Salina Abji and MEd student Sara Asalya say it is critical Ontario government officials include immigrant students in post-COVID-19 pandemic recovery plans. Read more.
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    June 04, 2020
    OISE alum Sasha Gollish among nine women to watch from U of T Engineering's class of 2020
    Sasha Gollish was one of the first students enrolled in OISE's collaborative specialization in engineering education, offered jointly by U of T Engineering and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, where she studied attitudes toward math among engineering faculty. "The ability of students to think and communicate mathematically is so much more important than I envisioned," she says. Read more.
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    June 04, 2020
    PhD candidate Janelle Brady discusses how parents can talk to kids about standing up to racism
    'A problem doesn't cease to exist because you don't experience it': On Global News, PhD candidate Janelle Brady, an anti-racist researcher and educator, discusses how parents can talk to children and youth about standing up to racism. "I think they are never too young to start the conversation, and a lot of conversations don't have to happen verbally. They happen by what we [as parents and educators] model to our children in our homes and communities." Watch now.
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    June 03, 2020
    Statement from Dean Glen A. Jones on anti-Black racism
    "Anti-Black racism has no place at the University of Toronto, at OISE, in our communities or anywhere in this world." OISE stands in solidarity with the Black community. Read Dean Glen Jones' statement on anti-Black racism. Read more.
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    June 03, 2020
    Professor Rosalind Hampton shares new national Black graduate network in Canada
    A new network aims to provide Canada-wide institutional support for Black students and Black studies. "Academic racism impacts the growing number of students interested in pursuing Black studies in Canada," writes OISE Professor Rosalind Hampton, co-president of the Black Canadian Studies Association which is helping build the new National Black Graduate Network (NBGN). Set to launch online in July 2020, the research network will provide emerging scholars with opportunities for dialogue, idea generation and collaborations in Black studies across disciplines. Read more.
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    June 02, 2020
    #OISEGrad20: MEd student and mother of grad congratulates historic Class of 2020
    To the unique OISE graduating Class of 2020, you are a group that will no doubt go down in history. Be proud of your resilience and celebrate your superpowers. You are already one step ahead of the game, getting ready to make a difference for the brightest future of education, writes MEd student Latifa Soliman, whose daughter graduates from U of T today. Read more.
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    June 01, 2020
    Activist, hip-hop artist, educator: OISE grad Marcus Singleton shares his journey
    For Marcus Singleton, graduating with a master's degree in social justice education from OISE is just the latest step in his evolution as an activist, hip-hop artist and educator. Next up: OISE's doctoral program in fall of 2020. After that: Bringing new ideas and approaches into schools. Watch now.
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    June 01, 2020
    OISE alum Shama Dossa explores the future of online higher education in Pakistan
    The pandemic has forced both public and private universities in Pakistan to move their classes online, but how will students fare? OISE alum Shama Dossa explores what e-learning conceptually requires to effectively meet the needs of students in the nation. Read more.
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    June 01, 2020
    Dr. Gila Hanna receives Partners in Research Canada Award
    OISE alum Dr. Gila Hanna has received the prestigious Dr. Jonathon Borwein Mathematics Ambassador Award from Partners in Research Canada. Read more.
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    June 01, 2020
    OISE grad - and mother of three - Mariam Abeid knows the value of an education: 'I had to fight for it'
    Mariam Abeid spent a lifetime seeking an education but had her dream derailed by discrimination and tragedy. The mother of three persevered and is now about to become an educator herself. Mariam is now graduating with a master's degree in child studies and education from OISE, and is looking forward to her first teaching job. Read more.
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    May 29, 2020
    'I want to be a teacher of teachers': David F. Boshra reflects on his Master of Teaching experience
    Motivated by making a difference, aspiring teacher David F. Boshra wanted to build on what he knew about education. Through his studies and extracurricular activities, David discovered the OISE community could offer just the stepping stone he needed. Read about the new grad's experience in the Master of Teaching program. Read more.
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    May 28, 2020
    The doctor is in: Q & A with Sunnybrook COVID-19 doctor, and new OISE graduate, Ariel Lefkowitz
    Dr. Ariel Lefkowitz, a doctor on the coronavirus frontlines and new MEd graduate, sat down with OISE News to discuss how he juggled his medical career and parenthood with graduate studies, and his growth as a person. Read more.
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    May 27, 2020
    PhD student Diana Burchell discusses disability, accessibility and community-building in higher education
    OISE PhD student and volunteer Diana Burchell discusses her personal experiences with disability and accessibility services in higher education, her involvement in starting an OISE virtual peer support community amid COVID-19, and more with fellow students at Accidental Podcast. Listen now.
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    May 27, 2020
    In their own words: Meet this year's OISE Leaders & Legends Awards winners
    Six OISE alumni - Carol Mullen, Sam Long, Carol Nash, Jillian Roberts, Doug McDougall and Edward Jackson - are being recognized with our Leaders and Legends Awards program. Nominated by their peers at the Institute, the annual honour recognizes members who have shone through leadership in teaching, research and advocacy - while striving for excellence in academic programs, student experience, research and scholarship. Read more.
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    May 22, 2020
    Professor Jennifer Brant reflects on the new ways Indigenous communities are coming together during COVID-19
    Professor Jennifer Brant reflects on the new ways Indigenous communities are coming together during COVID-19. From virtual Jingle Dress Dance to TikTok videos, "these new connections are creative acts of love that have inspired a virtual movement to ensure Indigenous survivance," she says. Read more.
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    May 21, 2020
    Has the abrupt shift to online learning due to COVID-19 solved problems or created more? Prof. Charles Pascal weighs in
    COVID-19 has pushed many institutions and individuals to leap headlong into online learning. Professor Charles Pascal weighs in on this forced shift, challenges along the way, and how we can continue to optimize education in these times. Read more.
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    May 21, 2020
    Prof. Angela Pyle explains how parents can make teaching more fun and engaging during pandemic
    Children are not used to seeing parents as teachers - but parents can make learning less stressful through play-based learning, says Prof. Angela Pyle. Here are some ways parents can make teaching more fun and exciting. Read more in London Daily Post.
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    May 20, 2020
    Can we really keep kids distant in school amid COVID-19? Prof. Charles Pascal weighs in
    The "nuts and bolts" of distancing measures in schools will be a challenge but, overall, the "easy part," says Professor Charles Pascal. He says that schools must also consider social and emotional preparation for both students and teachers. Read more in Global News.
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    May 20, 2020
    Alum Dr. Jillian Roberts gives advice for talking to kids about the changing pandemic rules
    If you're a parent, how are you talking to your kids about safely socializing, as provinces across the country prepare to loosen lockdown restrictions? OISE alum and child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts gives advice. Listen on CBC Radio Vancouver.
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    May 20, 2020
    How can schools re-open safely and effectively? Prof. Charles Pascal weighs in on CBC Radio
    With some schools reopening, what needs to be done to keep students and teachers safe? Professor Charles Pascal, former deputy minister of education in Ontario, discusses on CBC's The Current. Listen now.
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    May 18, 2020
    After coronavirus: Global youth reveal that the social value of art has never mattered more
    Our post-pandemic planning could shift in powerful ways if we changed who is at decision-making tables and started listening to youth, says Professor Kathleen Gallagher. Gallagher's drama research project "Youth, Theatre, Radical Hope and the Ethical Imaginary," was turned into the 2019 hit play, Towards Youth which explores the concept of radical hope among youth in our current times of global unrest. Read more.
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    May 16, 2020
    Alum Dr. Jillian Roberts explains how children deal with their emotions during a pandemic
    OISE alum and child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts answers parents' questions about how children deal with their emotions and safety during a pandemic. Watch now on CBC News.
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    May 14, 2020
    More than just a website: OISE online learning team delivers practical support in COVID-19
    A new initiative is taking some of the uncertainty out of online teaching and learning with personalized supports and resources for faculty, students and a growing #OISEOnlineTogether community. With a new website, OISE's online support team has created a one-stop-shop to assist those who are transitioning to an e-learning environment. Read more.
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    May 13, 2020
    Looking back: The 1918 flu pandemic and its impact on education in Ontario
    In 1918, the arrival of Spanish Flu in Canada led to widespread closures of schools and businesses across Canada, while quarantine efforts, the use of face masks, and the implementation of public hygiene rules were put in place. Students Jenna Mlynaryk and Denise Makovac dug deep into the archives to find out how the pandemic impacted education in Ontario - and U of T. Read more.
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    May 12, 2020
    Careful and advance preparation needs to be put in place well before schools open, says Prof. Charles Pascal
    Schools should not re-open without careful, and well thought-out social and emotional preparation in place. This is so that we can better support students, teachers and parents, says Professor Charles Pascal in a new op-ed. Read more.
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    May 11, 2020
    How should we explain COVID-19 to kids? Alum Dr. Jillian Roberts explains
    How should we explain COVID-19 to kids? Try to maintain a routine at home, while focusing on reading and math exercises, says OISE alum and child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts. Plus, on Friday's OISE Stay At Home Club web series, Jillian helps kids deal with tragedy. Watch live at 11AM or anytime @OISEUofT on Twitter. Read more.
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    May 08, 2020
    PhD student Stacy Costa explains why solving puzzles feels so good during the pandemic
    Doctoral student Stacy Costa says puzzles create a sense of order in times of chaos and can even have real-world applications, which make them useful during a pandemic. As a puzzle designer, one of Stacy's areas of research is puzzles and the brain. She's giving a 20-minute lecture on May 8 as part of OISE's innovative web series, the OISE Stay At Home Club. Read more in NOW Magazine.
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    May 08, 2020
    OISE researcher receives COVID-19 grant to investigate how universities can manage mental wellness needs during pandemic
    Dr. Valerie Damasco and team will use the Toronto COVID-19 Action Initiative grant to help universities understand and respond to the mental wellness needs of students and communities. "The study will provide practical guidelines for how we assist students at the University of Toronto to deal with health crises. The COVID-19 pandemic requires unique health communication and outreach, as well as education and learning strategies relayed to students," writes Damasco. Read more.
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    May 07, 2020
    Like mother, like daughter: Educators, OISE PhDs, higher education advocates
    They each have PhDs from OISE and work in education today, but Valerie Lopes and her daughter Krista Holmes took different paths to the present. "If you look at just the two of us, our paths, our reasons, our stages in life, were so very different. Yet, OISE certainly offered paths that both of us could follow," explains Valerie. "There were people trying to help us to overcome whatever barriers we faced." Read more.
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    May 07, 2020
    Prof. Carol Campbell and colleagues offer insights as Canada plans for education in COVID-19 era
    A new blog by Professor Carol Campbell and OISE alumni Pamela Osmond-Johnson and Katina Pollock offers key questions and reflections for governments, teachers and principals in Canada as the country plans for education in the COVID-19 era, including the complex issue of when and how to reopen schools. Read more.
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    May 06, 2020
    Connecting during COVID-19: Jackman Lab School keeps their students on the learning curve
    The coronavirus pandemic has forced teachers at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Lab School to change their workflow, curriculum and interactions, and they have done so smoothly but shifting online came with a unique set of challenges. Here's how JICS teachers have maintained a connection with their students online, plus tips for teachers who are transitioning to an e-learning environment. Read more.
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    May 05, 2020
    Measure your health with your smartphone in the time of coronavirus
    A new app that can measure your stress and anxiety, and assess your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke, has launched. Anura was developed by a startup led by Professor Kang Lee, and is now available in Apple Apps and Google Play stores. For the Anura team, this app comes just in time - to serve as a means to promote wellness as the coronavirus pandemic carries on. Read more.
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    May 05, 2020
    Extending the 'new normal': Enrica Piccardo shifts OISE graduate courses online to great effect
    In her courses on language and literacy, Professor Enrica Piccardo regularly incorporates technology that connect and engage her students. So when the coronavirus pandemic began, she quickly transferred her courses online - well before the University of Toronto decided centrally to cancel classes, and deliver teaching and learning through other means, in early March. The course ended in early April with profound success. Read more.
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    May 04, 2020
    Teacher Appreciation Week: Meet Grade 1 teacher Raadiyah Nazeem
    Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! In this profile by the department of applied psychology and human development, meet child study and education graduate Raadiyah Nazeem. A former teacher-librarian and technology integrator, Raadiyah, now a Grade 1 teacher, tells us about her practice and why she loves being a teacher. Read more.
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    May 04, 2020
    OISE launches all-ages learning series on Twitter, writes NOW Magazine
    If quarantine has you tired of the same old routine but you don't want to commit to any long-term project (who has the energy?), OISE has launched a new learning series that's perfectly flexible, doable and fun for the whole family. Featured in NOW Magazine, the OISE Stay At Home Club is a new Twitter Live series that features OISE alumni and friends dispensing their wisdom - for both adults and kids. And it's all free. Read more.
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    May 01, 2020
    Some parents are ditching their child's homeschool lessons, and prof. Clare Brett say that's OK
    Some parents have decided to replace their child's school assignments with other activities, such as baking, crafts and games - a solution experts say is perfectly fine. "The most important thing is your relationship with your kids and the sense of safety and comfort and love for one another," says professor Clare Brett. Read more.
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    April 30, 2020
    Rising star reignites passion for the arts at OISE, tells stories of worlds apart
    An expatriate in Saudi Arabia, now a writer, actor and producer in Toronto: Mercedes Cardella has stories to tell. After completing her degree in curriculum and the arts at OISE, she published a book - but Mercedes was not always in touch with her creative side. It took an inspiring teacher at OISE to reignite her passion for the arts and help her address the emotional abuse and racism she experienced in theatre school many years before. This is her journey of self-discovery and stardom. Read more.
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    April 29, 2020
    Professor Angela Pyle: 10 ways to teach kids through play at home
    Professor Angela Pyle explores and recommends ways to better stimulate and support children's learning as the coronavirus pandemic continues. She lays out a list of great ways to engage children's learning through play - a less stressful and productive way to support children's learning. Here are 10 ways to teach kids through play at home. Read more.
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    April 29, 2020
    Doctor of Education in Child Study and Education approved, first cohort to be enrolled this September
    OISE's new Doctor of Education (EdD) in Child Study and Education has received formal approval from the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities. The only research-intensive, practice-oriented education doctorate at the University of Toronto, the program is expected to enrol its first cohort in September 2020. "Congratulations to all those who worked to bring us to this final step in the creation of this program," said Dean Glen Jones. Read more.
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    April 24, 2020
    Professor Angela Pyle: In social isolation, there are ways to support children's learning at home
    Professor Angela Pyle of OISE's Play Learning Lab discusses ways we can help stimulate and support learning at home. From involving kids in planning out their day to allowing them to direct their play, here are some of the ways parents can help children grow during self-isolation. Read more.
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    April 24, 2020
    Ramadan Mubarak: Alum Rania Mirza reflects on the connection between food, memory and nostalgia
    In a Toronto Star column, OISE alum Rania Mirza reflects on the connection between food, memory and nostalgia this Ramadan. "Nothing signals the start of Ramadan like the scent of pakoras filling the air in my house. It's not surprising. Our sense of smell has a strong connection to memories," she explains. Read more.
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    April 23, 2020
    Prof. Charles Pascal says Ontario schools need a "new normal" after COVID-19 shutdown
    It is time to start thinking about what schools should look like when they re-open. Professor Charles Pascal says that pandemic measures have shown "how important genuine collaborations with parents and guardians are," which must be better incorporated into school life. Read more in Toronto Star.
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    April 21, 2020
    Black lives are further in peril in a time of COVID-19, writes Professor Rinaldo Walcott and colleagues
    Coronavirus discriminates against Black lives through surveillance, policing and the absence of health data, writes OISE professor Rinaldo Walcott, alum Dr. OmiSoore Dryden and University of Toronto Mississauga lecturer Beverly Bain. They add that racism, poverty, and limited social supports and access to health services are chronic conditions that must be considered during this pandemic. Read more.
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    April 20, 2020
    Canada's co-operatives: Helping communities during and after the coronavirus
    The outbreak of COVID-19 spurred Canada's co-operative sector to immediately step up and respond to the needs of communities - in many cases, sooner and more concretely than governments and corporations. Professor Marcelo Vieta says that co-operatives can and should be key to Canada's rebuilding now and following COVID-19. Read more.
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    April 15, 2020
    Recent grad Katie Doering receives Leithwood Award for Outstanding Thesis of the Year
    Congratulations to recent graduate Dr. Katie Doering who has won the Leithwood Award for Outstanding Thesis of the Year. Building on her work as principal of the Ronald McDonald House in Toronto, Dr. Doering's thesis looks at representations of children with serious illness in picture books and children's responses to these texts - which has broad potential impact across the fields of children's literature, healthcare and research methodologies. Read more.
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    April 14, 2020
    Prof. Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández explores the meaning of solidarity during the COVID-19 crisis
    What does solidarity mean during a global pandemic and every day? Professor Ruben Gaztambide-Fernandez breaks down the meaning of the word in universal, social, political and creative terms - as we imagine new ways of being with one another in and beyond the COVID-19 crisis. Read more.
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    April 14, 2020
    Why are kids scared of masks? Professor Kang Lee breaks it down
    Why are kids scared of masks? Prof. Kang Lee breaks it down: Those younger than 6 tend to pay attention to individual features, like the size of a nose, rather than the person as a whole. So, people in masks, especially at a distance, may look unfamiliar. Read more in the New York Times.
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    April 13, 2020
    Online meeting space helps U of T students connect during COVID-19 crisis
    Called Stories from a Distance, this virtual connection initiative invites U of T students to stay connected by sharing stories, experiences, challenges, encouragement and resources with their peers at a time of social distancing. "We can be more connected when we are forced to be apart," says OISE student Gabriele Simmons, who helped launch the initiative. "There's so much richness in hearing shared things because there are so many common threads." Read more.
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    April 10, 2020
    Famed artist and OISE volunteer Burtynsky turns his talents to making 3D masks for COVID-19 fight
    Toronto Star columnist Shinan Govani caught up with renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky to discuss his innovative response to the urgent needs of healthcare workers: Burtunsky and his team at Think 2 Think have developed a basic, open-source concept for a 3D printed face shield with a snap-together design that can be printed economically and shared publicly. Read more.
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    April 06, 2020
    Professor Carol Rolheiser receives 2020 UTAA Award of Excellence
    Professor Carol Rolheiser has won the University of Toronto Alumni Association's Award of Excellence which celebrates faculty, staff and students who are inspiring examples - people who make the University, and often the world, a better place. As a longtime OISE faculty member and administrative leader, Carol has deeply impacted teacher education programs and improved support for teaching across the tri-campus. Learn more about the champion for teaching excellence. Read more.
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    April 04, 2020
    Meet this year's OISE Staff Excellence Awards winners
    Staff play a critical role in fostering OISE's overall mission of preparing scholars, teachers and other professional leaders for the world of education. They are the backbone of the Institute. Each year they are recognized with an award of excellence. This year, Neil Tinker, Andrew Chiang, Anna Mozharova, Michelle Pon and Natalie Neumann Butler have each been named as winners. Learn more about the awards and this year's recipients. Read more.
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    April 04, 2020
    Leadership, dedication, scholarship: Learn about this year's OISE Teaching Excellence Awards winners
    Tara Goldstein, Sameena Eidoo, Robin Persad and Ann Lopez have something in common. Each of them, faculty at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, have made enormous contributions to teaching and learning at the Institute. They are also the 2020 recipients of OISE's Teaching Excellence Awards. Learn about the teaching awards and the recipients. Read more.
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    April 03, 2020
    Alum Amanda Parris says artists are getting us through COVID-19 and can no longer be taken for granted
    Alum Amanda Parris says artists who have kept us entertained and sane during the COVID-19 pandemic should no longer be taken for granted by governments and voters. "This lockdown should be a wake-up call to all of us who are leaning on these creatives now: arts and culture needs to be an unwavering national priority," she writes. Read more in CBC Arts.
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    April 02, 2020
    Student spotlight: Francis Wall shares his experiences in OISE's school clinical child psychology program
    Third year PhD student Francis Wall opens up about the lessons, experiences and achievements that have made him the student, and person, he is today. He shares his experience applying to OISE and studying in the School Clinical Child Psychology program. Read more.
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    March 31, 2020
    Excellence at OISE: Meet this year's U of T student leadership award winners
    Four students from OISE have been recognized for their outstanding student leadership, service, and commitment to the university. The annual University of Toronto Student Leadership Awards, an honour bestowed by the U of T Alumni Association, named Jason Brennan, Entisar Yusuf, Emma Sabzalieva and Susan He as part of their large cohort of winners. Meet OISE's winners. Read more.
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    March 27, 2020
    Professor Carol Campbell discusses teacher learning and leadership in today's changing world with Anthony Mackay
    Tune in with OISE Professor Carol Campbell and Anthony Mackay, President and CEO the National Center on Education and the Economy, who discuss Ontario's Teaching Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP) and the role it plays in promoting knowledge exchange and innovative teaching practices. Watch now.
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    March 27, 2020
    Natural Curiosity enhances inquiry-based learning with Indigenous perspectives
    Since its first edition published in 2011, Natural Curiosity stood out as a trusted source for educators in developing inquiry-based learning in Canada. But, when it began working with Indigenous Peoples to integrate Indigenous perspectives into its program, it went even further. This is their story. Read more.
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    March 20, 2020
    'I am grateful for the OISE community's resilience': OISE Dean's message on COVID-19
    Amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, OISE Dean Glen Jones has created a short video to address the state of affairs at OISE - and to show his gratitude for the community's resilience in this difficult time. Watch now.
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    March 16, 2020
    How to talk to children about coronavirus: Professor Cassie Brownell shares advice
    Professor Cassie Brownell offers advice on how to talk to children about coronavirus. "I think we need to create a really open space where we can talk about the facts, correct misinformation and be honest." Read more in Global News.
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    March 13, 2020
    Important COVID-19 announcement from OISE Dean Glen Jones
    Please read this important COVID-19 announcement from OISE Dean Glen Jones regarding the cancellation of classes and events. Effective Monday, March 16, OISE classes will no longer be held in-person for the remainder of this academic term. OISE's Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Lab School will be closed March 14 to April 5 in parallel with the recent decision to close public schools. Read more.
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    March 12, 2020
    'Lifting each other up with love': OISE honours Indigenous students with special ceremony
    Surrounded by friends, family and community, seven Indigenous students were honoured for their scholarly and community contributions at last month's Indigenous Graduate Student Celebration. The first of its kind at OISE, the celebration set out to recognize the unique challenges that Indigenous students face in post-secondary education - and, in light of this, help them feel part of a community that values them. Read about the special ceremony and what it meant for our honourees. Read more.
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    March 09, 2020
    Alum and co-founder Ceta Ramkhalawansingh celebrates 50 years of support at U of T's women and gender studies program
    OISE alum Ceta Ramkhalawansingh co-founded U of T's women and gender studies program half a century ago. Now, on the 50th anniversary of the first gender studies course at the University, she has created a new scholarship to support students in the program. Read more.
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    March 06, 2020
    Calls to action: OISE faculty reflect on International Women's Day
    #IWD2020: What is one action someone should undertake while recognizing International Women's Day? From reflections on unpaid labour, violence against women, and equality promotion, learn what OISE professors have to say. Read more.
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    March 06, 2020
    OISE Alumni Association Doctoral Fellowship honours and supports PhD candidates who volunteer
    The OISE Alumni Association Doctoral Fellowship is a $10,000 award - generously established by the OISE Alumni Association - that honours and supports PhD candidates who volunteer within the association and broader OISE community. The deadline for students to apply is April 30, 2020. Read more.
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    March 05, 2020
    SEE U of T program has lasting impacts on students, faculty, community
    Support, engage, experience - those are the pillars of the University of Toronto's new SEE program designed for high school students to experience what it's like studying at the university. Co-led by OISE professor Ann Lopez, the program aims to lessen barriers for students from underrepresented groups, including Indigenous and racialized students. Read more.
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    March 04, 2020
    Fifth in the world: OISE achieves highest QS World University Ranking to date
    QS World University Rankings has placed OISE as the 5th best educational institution in the world - its highest ranking to date. Improving on its 7th-place ranking in 2019, OISE remains the highest ranked educational institute in Canada. "I am so proud of our community for its excellence in teacher education, education research and international collaborations. This acknowledgement is a shared honour," said OISE Dean Glen Jones. Read more.
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    March 03, 2020
    Professor Kang Lee comments on study that finds seeing faces in objects correlates to creativity
    "The world we see is not entirely determined by what is out there," says Prof. Kang Lee, who comments on the psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia that causes people to see patterns in objects, such as a face in a tree trunk. Researchers are now saying facial pareidolia correlates with creativity. And for the non-creative types, you can cultivate this faculty with practice, says Lee. By tapping into higher cognitive processes, you may illuminate these patterns for the mind. Read more.
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    February 28, 2020
    When it comes to youth homelessness in Canada, alum Emily Wright says parents and educators can make a difference
    In an article about the realities of youth homelessness in Canada, alum Emily Wright - an advocate who has experienced homelessness firsthand - says parents and educators can make a difference by talking to the children in their care about the realities of homelessness and why it happens while emphasizing the humanity of those experiencing it. Read more.
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    February 28, 2020
    MEd student Carine Diverlus embarks on international practicum in counselling psychology, global mental health
    Meet Carine Diverlus. After noticing a lack of Black women working in mental health spaces, she was inspired to pursue the field and start her MEd degree. This year, Carine embarks on an international practicum in the country of her choosing as part of OISE's unique counselling psychology program in global mental health. Carine hopes to improve mental health services for minority groups with a specific focus for Black and Indigenous women. Read more.
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    February 27, 2020
    Alum Dr. Joelle Rodway profiled for fostering education in Newfoundland and Labrador
    Dr. Joelle Rodway grew up in Toronto, but always had a strong familial connection to Newfoundland and Labrador. She's featured in a new profile by the Gazette, which discusses her move to St. John's where she recently joined Memorial's Faculty of Education - and the steps she took to grow her research and practice in education. Read more.
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    February 26, 2020
    Prof. Linda Cameron suggests ways parents can help their children understand and deal with the ongoing Ontario teacher strikes
    Prof. Linda Cameron suggests ways parents can help their children understand and deal with the ongoing Ontario teacher strikes. This includes maintaining consistency at home, and using this time for educational activities and helping children understand the strikes. "They don't need to think it's just a holiday but they have to understand that it's a movement that will make the world a better place," she says. Read more.
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    February 22, 2020
    Professor Charles Pascal joins new radio series to discuss pressing issues in education today
    Internationally renowned educator Prof. Charles Pascal joins VoiceEd Canada's In Depth to discuss the most pressing issues in education today. For over half century, Dr. Pascal has worked extensively and internationally in areas ranging from early childhood to post-secondary education. In this conversation, he begins by sharing the guiding principle for his career. Listen now.
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    February 21, 2020
    OISE's Black faculty discuss the future at Black History Month panel
    What does it mean to be Black in Canada? Last week, six OISE faculty - George Dei, Njoki Wane, Wanja Gitari, Rosalind Hampton, Lance McCready and Ann Lopez with moderator Andrew Campbell - started a conversation. At the intersection of past, present and future, they explored the critical issues affecting Black communities and the role of education to shape our collective futures. Here's what the faculty had to say. Read more.
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    February 21, 2020
    New book by Prof. Martin Cannon takes an intersectional lens to the Indian Act
    Martin Cannon has wanted to publish a book about the Indian Act for decades. His new book, Men, Masculinity and the Indian Act explores over four decades of case law calling attention to the inability - if not refusal - by courts to connect sexism with racialization and to acknowledge Indigenous peoples as sovereign nations of peoples. "In the book, I am committed to seeing a change in the consciousness and minds of Indigenous peoples about sexism and its impact on Indigenous nationhood," said Cannon. Read more.
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    February 21, 2020
    'The Vari Scholarship has paved the way': Sights and sounds at this year's Vari Scholars luncheon
    For over 20 years, the George and Helen Vari Scholarships have changed the lives of students at OISE and Victoria University. Last month, past and present scholarship winners came together to celebrate their achievements as educators of tomorrow. Here's what some speakers had to say about the scholarships - and the Vari family. Read more.
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    February 20, 2020
    OISE alumni, faculty featured on CBC list of Canadian books to read for Black History Month 2020
    Add these to the list! CBC Books has compiled a list of seven works of Canadian non-fiction for Black History Month, including books by alumni Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware, and professors Njoki Wane and Rinaldo Walcott. Read more.
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    February 20, 2020
    Prof. Charles Pascal, architect of Ontario's early learning plan, says child care should be part of the public education system
    A new report from the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation is calling on the federal government to spend more on universal early childhood education. Professor Charles Pascal, the architect of the Ontario's early learning plan, said child care should be part of the public education system. "The social and economic return on this preschool educational platform would more than pay for this kind of investment." Read more.
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    February 19, 2020
    PhD student Jacqueline Scott shares the untold story of the Black snowshoers who walked 1,000 kilometres across Canada in 1813
    Doctoral student Jacqueline Scott shares the story of the Black snowshoers of the 104th New Brunswick Regiment of Foot who walked 1,000 kilometres across Canada in 1813 to bolster the country's defenses against an impending United States invasion. "The erasure of these Black soldiers of the 104th follows the usual pattern of deleting Black people from the mainstream history of Canada, as their presence or absence raises questions about race and empire, and genocide and slavery," writes Scott. Read more.
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    February 18, 2020
    Study led by alum Erin Hobin finds making cancer risks clear boosts public support for higher alcohol prices
    A new study led by OISE alum Erin Hobin found that people who learn alcohol is a carcinogen are almost two times more likely to support policies that raise the price of beer, wine and spirits. Less than 25 per cent of Canadians who consume alcohol are aware it can cause cancer. Read more.
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    February 17, 2020
    Prof. Mary Reid weighs in on the effectiveness of math proficiency tests for teachers
    Professor Mary Reid weighs in on the effectiveness of math proficiency tests for teachers. Reid, a math education expert, says that existing research shows no correlation between how well a teacher does on a math test and teacher quality. Last year, Reid helped roll out a mandatory math content course for teaching students at OISE. Tune in on 680 News.
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    February 16, 2020
    Professor Jeffrey Ansloos discusses Wet'suwet'en and Canada's flawed consultation processes
    Consultation processes for development projects should not have predetermined outcomes - and they should not preclude the possibility of "no" from the community, says Professor Jeffrey Ansloos. He discusses Wet'suwet'en on Global News. Read more.
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    February 16, 2020
    Professor Clare Brett discusses drawbacks and benefits of online learning courses
    E-learning: good or bad? "Depends entirely on how well it's done," says Professor Clare Brett who discusses the drawbacks and benefits of online learning courses, what it takes to successfully implement e-learning programs, and the preparation that's required. Listen now.
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    February 14, 2020
    Alumni Dionne Brand and Amanda Parris mentioned in article on Black arts, culture and heritage in Canada
    Outside of Black History Month, consistent and prominent displays of Black creative talent and artistic direction are exceedingly rare in Canada, says U of T alum Anthony N. Morgan. In a new article, he points to the successes of Black Canadian artists like OISE alumni Dionne Brand, Toronto's third Poet Laureate, and Amanda Parris, a 2019 Governor General's Literary Award winner, to highlight the need for a national Black arts, culture and heritage policy. Read more.
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    February 11, 2020
    Lecturer Andrew B. Campbell discusses Black self expression and navigating academic spaces at U of T
    "It is your responsibility to define your blackness." Andrew B. Campbell, lecturer at OISE, recently joined a panel to discuss being a Black professor on campus at the February 6th U of T Black History 365 symposium, Complexities of Blackness: Stories Told, Strategies Shared. Also in attendance were OISE professor Njoki Wane, alum Henry Ssali and students interested in exploring the drive for diversity in spaces like the university. Read more.
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    February 07, 2020
    Professor Charles Pascal discusses tensions between Ontario government and teachers' unions amid rotating strikes
    A series of newspaper ads published over the weekend heightened tensions between the Ontario government and three teachers' unions participating in rotating strikes. Professor Charles Pascal, former deputy minister of education in Ontario, weighs in. Listen now.
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    February 06, 2020
    Lecturer Sachin Maharaj joins CBC to discuss the impact of the ongoing teachers' strike in Ontario
    On this week's CBC The Current, OISE's own Sachin Maharaj discusses the impact of the ongoing teachers' strike in Ontario, how labor disputes influence the public's perception of teachers and why that matters in a public education system. Listen now.
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    February 05, 2020
    'It's bigger than hip hop': OISE student Marcus Singleton channels the spirit of hip hop into his classroom
    Hip hop saved Marcus Singleton's life. Growing up, it gave the Chicago rapper a way to think and talk about the violent, unpredictable life of his hometown. Today, the OISE student is giving back by building a leadership development curriculum around the artform. Read more.
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    February 04, 2020
    The New York Times remembers Professor Bonnie Burstow
    Professor Bonnie Burstow contended that many states of mind conventionally described as mental illnesses are in fact rational reactions to social, economic and political conditions. A self-described "feminist therapist," she was a prominent voice in the anti-psychiatry movement which she contended was patriarchal. The New York Times remembers Dr. Bonnie Burstow. Read more.
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    February 03, 2020
    Professor Jeffrey Ansloos joins CBC Unreserved to explore grief, death and dying in Indigenous communities
    Professor Jeffrey Ansloos joins CBC Unreserved to explore grief, death and dying in Indigenous communities. He speaks about stigmas around sudden death, and how media and politicians often oversimplify crises in remote Indigenous communities. Listen now.
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    February 02, 2020
    Professor Rinaldo Walcott on how the NFL is trying to change its image
    The NFL is trying to clean up its own image through "smart diversity moves" and by capitalizing on the causes that Colin Kaepernick was fighting for, says Professor Rinaldo Walcott who specializes in Black pop culture and politics. Read more in CBC News.
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    January 30, 2020
    Professor Charles Pascal weighs in on talks between the public elementary teachers' union and Ontario government
    Contract talks between the Ontario government and the union representing public elementary teachers resumed Wednesday for the first time since educators launched rotating daily strikes. Professor Charles Pascal, a former deputy minister of education in Ontario, weighs in on the bargaining discussions and what to expect. Read more on iHeartRadio.
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    January 29, 2020
    Accidental Intellectual podcast sets out to personalize healthcare and humanize academia
    A new podcast, launched this past fall by co-host and OISE PhD student Lee Propp, has set out to personalize healthcare - a mission set out in the podcast's tagline: humans behind the experts. Seeking out movers and shakers in the healthcare space, Accidental Intellectual shows a side of an academic that's rarely seen, something beyond their ideas and their contributions to society. Read more.
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    January 24, 2020
    Preparing for the future of work: New study highlights how Canada can better retrain workers displaced by disruptive technologies
    A new study by U of T researchers, including OISE Professor Michal Perlman, highlights how Canada can better retrain workers displaced by disruptive technologies. High-quality evaluations of employment training programs will be needed to help policy-makers identify the best models to prepare workers for the future - and also help them avoid deepening inequality, they write. Read more.
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    January 23, 2020
    OISE Professor Nina Bascia talks Ontario class sizes on CBC Radio
    How many students would be too big for a single classroom? What kind of impact do those classes have on learning? Professor Nina Bascia, chair of OISE's Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education (LHAE) appeared on CBC Radio's Ontario Today to answer those questions with host Rita Celli.
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    January 19, 2020
    Professor Charles Pascal comments on the latest in job action from Ontario teachers
    Is school in or out? Across the province this week, teachers, who have been without a collective agreement since August 31 and are engaged in work-to-rule campaigns, prepare to take part in various days of action. The largest teacher job action in two decades, Professor Charles Pascal says larger class sizes and lost courses are sticking points in the tense labour negotiations. Read more.
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    January 16, 2020
    Alum and clinical psychologist Silvia Tenenbaum discusses challenging the gender status quo in academia
    "Name the problems, denounce them, and generate community." Alum and clinical psychologist Dr. Silvia Tenenbaum discusses challenging the gender status quo in academia, and offers advice to students. Read more in The Varsity.
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    January 13, 2020
    Prof. Charles Pascal comments on the value and the future of the EQAO
    Charles Pascal was deputy education minister when EQAO was started. He recently spoke with CBC's Conrad Collaco about the test, its value and its future.
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    January 10, 2020
    Professor Abby Goldstein talks about safety concerns around cannabis edibles
    This week, Ontario rolls out its online retailer of recreational cannabis including edibles, beverages and vaping products. Professor Abby Goldstein explains the potential safety concern surrounding cannabis edibles and how you and those around you can stay safe around them. Listen here.
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    January 06, 2020
    She created, she wrote, she led: Remembering Professor Bonnie Burstow
    Here at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the OISE community is mourning the loss of Bonnie Burstow, an exceptional scholar, author and activist who died on Jan. 4. To celebrate her life, we look back at some of Professor Burstow's many achievements.
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    December 20, 2019
    Indigenous student Diane Hill featured among U of T students who crushed it in 2019
    U of T students are doing and achieving things on a daily basis that make the university an outstanding place. Diane Hill is no exception. By joining OISE's social justice education program this fall, Diane has continued her dream of supporting Indigenous communities through education - just as her grandfather inspired her to do. Read more.
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    December 18, 2019
    PhD student Jacqueline Scott's 2020 adventure will help connect Black history and the Canadian outdoors
    In 2020, PhD student Jacqueline Scott begins an epic adventure highlighting Black history's connection to the Canadian outdoors. 'The Black Canada Hike' is both a real hike set along the places where the Great Trail connects to Black history - and a counter-narrative to the classic tales absent of Black and Indigenous faces "on grand tours of the wilderness." In CBC Sports, Jacqueline outlines the details of this important adventure. Read more.
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    December 17, 2019
    2019 Year in Review: Take a look back at OISE's top highlights of the year
    OISE had a stellar, cohesive 2019. As the top-ranked Canadian institution for teaching and education research, OISE's students, faculty, staff and alumni materialized innovative ideas, grew relationships locally and globally and achieved honours at the top of their fields. Take a look back at some of the highlights from a productive, fruitful year. Read more.
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    December 16, 2019
    Education and innovation: OISE alum Beverley Biggar brings together elements that enhance learning, the student experience
    At OISE's latest research cafe, alum Beverley Biggar presented her new language learning app Speax as the next step in the evolution of online educational resources. The project is one of many that demonstrate the varying ways education innovation is taking place within OISE. In celebration of the research café, we asked our researchers to share how they are using innovation to enhance the classroom learning experience. Read more.
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    December 13, 2019
    Video: Happy holidays from the OISE community!
    From all of us at OISE, we wish you a holiday season filled with laughter and joy, and very best wishes for a prosperous new year. Watch our community holiday greeting video from our Winter Wonderland and Community Skate event for a little winter cheer! Watch now.
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    December 12, 2019
    OISE graduate students receive Friedrich Froebel Early Childhood Education Scholarship
    At a bustling research gala on December 4 at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, six students were recognized for their studies in early childhood education. Jessica Costello, Aicha Jaichi, Krystina Telesca, Sarah Tracz, Jacqueline Wilson and Tajuana Payne received the Friedrich Froebel Early Childhood Education Scholarship, named in honour of 19th century German educator Friedrich Froebel and the Froebel Foundation, an organization dedicated to furthering childhood education. Read more.
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    December 10, 2019
    Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine wins Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award
    Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine has won Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in the category of Inclusion Vanguard for her impact on diversity and inclusion as a teacher, advocate, community leader and the first black Canadian woman to be elected to the House of Commons. Read more about the remarkable OISE alum. Read more
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    December 04, 2019
    'A significant warning': Professor Charles Pascal weighs in on the Ontario teachers' strike
    Professor Charles Pascal, a former deputy minister of education, weighs in on the Ontario teachers' strike. He says that although the strike only lasted one day, it came with a "significant warning" and added that the one-day walkout, which affected roughly 40,000 high school teachers and 15,000 support staff, signals a full-blown one could be on the way. Read more in Global News.
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    December 04, 2019
    Alum Hyunjung Shin's new TED Talk explores power of compassion to embrace diversity as a newcomer
    By tackling the challenges in her class at the University of Saskatchewan, prof. Hyunjung Shin formed a deeper understanding of how social differences connect to social inequalities for migrants. In a new TED Talk, the OISE alum explains how a little effort to understand new people and perspectives around us, will help us work and live better. Watch now.
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    December 03, 2019
    Professor Mary Reid weighs is on Ontario's mandatory math test for teachers
    Ontario will institute its mandatory math test for all new teachers next spring. But education experts are skeptical about the effectiveness of the test. Professor Mary Reid, who teaches future teachers, says her own mandatory math knowledge course is a better way to improve students' math knowledge and teaching skills. Such courses are cost-effective and allow for "progressive instruction" rather than a "one-time, high stakes proficiency test," explains Reid. Read more.
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    December 03, 2019
    PhD student Amani Hitimana appointed chair of federal committee for awards in volunteering
    Amani Hitimana firmly believes that volunteering is imperative to improving society and his resumé shows it. Last month, in recognition of his extensive contributions, the OISE PhD student was appointed chair of the national advisory committee for Canada's Volunteer Awards. Read more.
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    December 02, 2019
    Professor Cassie J. Brownell creates the space for children to talk about serious issues
    While teaching in post-Katrina New Orleans and during the Sandy Hook school shootings, Professor Cassie Brownell realized how important it was to create space for children to discuss social issues. Those experiences now drive her research in critical literacies, which seeks to amplify the voices and experiences of children in ways that shift how adults understand them to be - which is often apolitical and naïve. Read more.
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    November 29, 2019
    Professor Stephanie Waterman discusses how postsecondary institutions can better serve Indigenous students
    In a new blog at the close of Indigenous Education Month, Professor Stephanie Waterman discusses her research on how postsecondary institutions can better serve Indigenous students and help them thrive. Waterman, who leads the student development and student services stream at OISE, says her goal is to "enhance student services and knowledge about Indigenous people and our communities so that students can thrive in postsecondary rather than having to endure educational structures that deny their Indigeneity." Read more.
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    November 26, 2019
    'We need to find the voices of Black males': Ahmed Ali Ilmi joins OISE as Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow
    "We need to find the voices of Black males in education and account for the ways in which their early educational experiences are linked to their lack of opportunity." Black Studies scholar Ahmed Ali Ilmi has joined OISE as a Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow. Over the next two years, he will be exploring how Black boys are being socialized in Canada's K-12 classrooms by gathering and analyzing stories of their schooling experiences. Read more.
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    November 25, 2019
    Professor Megan Boler discusses how disinformation is spread through video-sharing platforms
    YouTubers are embracing climate activism, but experts question reach and motive. Digital media scholar Megan Boler explains how disinformation is spread through the video-sharing platform. "We are beyond any age of innocence when it comes to the ways media is now used and abused for an infinite number of hidden, subversive, selfish or greed-based intentions," she writes. Read more.
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    November 22, 2019
    OISE, global educational partners renew Memorandum of Understanding
    A memorandum of understanding signed by 11 educational institutions, including the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), has signalled a continuing, strengthening global partnership. The MOU, signed by the International Network of Education Institutes (INEI) on the first day of meetings on Nov. 11, affirmed that the organization would continue for a new five-year term - ending in 2024. Read more.
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    November 20, 2019
    Close the gap between words and behaviour on children's rights, says Prof. Charles Pascal
    Wednesday marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child - a marker for the progress of a nation regarding the health and wellbeing of its children and youth. So, how is Ontario and Canada doing? Considering our material resources and what's required to secure substantial progress for the wellbeing of our children and youth, for many, a passing grade is a stretch, writes Pascal. Read more.
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    November 20, 2019
    OISE marks 30 years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
    With the Canadian government's ratification of the Convention in 1991, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education has worked tirelessly to develop a children's rights approach to education and assist others in doing so. OISE professors have studied children's rights as they affect provincial policies for decades and have consulted with many organizations, including UNICEF, and have developed resource guides and toolkits for educators. Read more.
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    November 18, 2019
    Professor Elizabeth Smyth discusses the history and social impact of the Sisters of Loretto in Canada
    Call them early feminists or the founders of modern healthcare in Hamilton, nuns have built a legacy in Canada. Professor Elizabeth Smyth discusses the history and social impact of the Sisters of Loretto - founders of one of Toronto's oldest educational institutions, whose legacy includes opening a 25-bed hospital and nursing school at the turn of the twentieth century in Ontario. Read more.
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    November 18, 2019
    When it comes to bullying, what works? Professor Kathy Bickmore weighs in
    Restorative justice programs that bring people together to talk through issues can be more effective than punitive responses such as suspension - but it's contingent on certain conditions being in place, says Professor Kathy Bickmore. Read more.
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    November 15, 2019
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher highlights role of working together in convocation keynote
    In her convocation speech to graduands of the University of Toronto's School of Graduate Studies and graduate programs at the Rotman School of Management, Kathleen Gallagher challenged the audience with two small thoughts. Gallagher, a distinguished professor in the department of curriculum, teaching and learning, tasked the new graduates to join forces with those with different expertise and experiences in order to apply their knowledge, and support those following them. Watch here.
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    November 15, 2019
    OISE ranked as top Canadian institute for education
    OISE has been ranked as top Canadian university for education. In the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 477 global universities, OISE ranked within the Top 20 (14th place) globally for the third consecutive year and as the top-ranked Canadian institute for education. Read more.
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    November 14, 2019
    Researcher Dr. Kang Lee helps parents understand why children lie and how praise can help
    What should parents do if they catch their child under the age of 7 lying? In this week's New York Times, research by professor Kang Lee helps put parents' worries about their children's lies to rest. Lying is not only a normal sign of cognitive development, says Lee, but his research shows you can inspire kids to be more truthful by praising their honesty. Read more.
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    November 14, 2019
    Toronto needs to do more for its homeless population during extreme cold, says alum Cathy Crowe
    When extremely cold weather hits Toronto, where do vulnerable people across the city go? Alum Cathy Crowe, a street nurse and advocate who has been tackling homelessness for 30 years, says while the city has taken steps to help bring people out of the cold, more shelters and warming centres are needed - and fast. Read more.
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    November 12, 2019
    Indigenous Education Month: Alum Tracey King reflects on her work to include more Indigenous peoples in higher education
    MEd grad Tracey King is Canada's first Indigenous human resources consultant for a postsecondary institution and a longtime volunteer of the OISE Alumni Association. This Indigenous Education Month, Tracey reflects on her award-winning work to bring more Indigenous peoples into higher education and closes with a heartfelt message to Indigenous graduate students pursuing their degrees. Watch now.
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    November 08, 2019
    Indigenous Education Liaison Julie Blair carves personal legacy and leaves imprint on U of T
    Yesterday, OISE's Indigenous Education Liaison Julie Blair received her Master of Social Work degree from a groundbreaking new program in Indigenous trauma and resiliency. The extraordinary grad earned a previous undergraduate degree in Indigenous studies with a 3.9 GPA, was the first Indigenous student to receive the Brookfield Peter F. Bronfman Gold Scholarship, and helped organize the first powwow at U of T in 20 years in 2017. Blair has not only carved out a personal legacy but left an imprint on the university itself. Read more.
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    November 05, 2019
    Professor Normand Labrie awarded honorary doctorate by the University of Quebec at Rimouski
    This week, Professor Normand Labrie received an honorary doctorate from the University of Quebec at Rimouski. The renowned linguist was recognized for his contributions to the development of knowledge and the influence of the French language. Read more.
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    October 31, 2019
    'Going back to my centre': How Suleyman Demi used PhD research at OISE to improve lives in Ghana
    Graduating student Suleyman Demi made Ghana the core of his research at OISE, studying everything from how his home country feeds itself to the role communities and local farming play in the future of food and the environment. Now, he's working to educate families about food security across the country. When Suleyman crosses the stage at Convocation Hall on November 7, he will know he got there by keeping Ghana in his mind - and close to his heart. Read more.
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    October 29, 2019
    Alum Amanda Parris wins Governor General's Literary Award in Drama
    Alum and CBC host Amanda Parris has won the Governor General's Literary Award in Drama for "Other Side of the Game." Her powerful play tells the story of black women fighting against institutions while supporting their loved ones who have been incarcerated. Read more.
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    October 25, 2019
    Future teachers from OISE's Robertson Program visit Aroland First Nation ahead of new classroom placement
    Ahead of a new student placement initiative at OISE, teacher candidates joined The Robertson Program on a trip to the Johnny Therriault School in Aroland First Nation to learn about its teaching practices and meet with staff, students and the Aroland community. In spring 2020, the First Nation school will provide four aspiring educators with the opportunity to gain firsthand experience teaching in northern Ontario. Watch now.
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    October 23, 2019
    EdD grad Carlos Ruano shares path from coffee plantation worker to education policy leader
    Carlos Ruano gives added meaning to the phrase 'from the ground up.' He connects his experiences as a coffee picker in Guatemala to building networks that landed him a senior role at the United Nations' World Food Programme. Today, Carlos is involved in the development of school feeding programs for 11 million school-age children across Pakistan. In a new alumni portrait, Carlos discusses his career in global education policy and how an education doctorate from OISE helped get him there. Read more.
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    October 22, 2019
    Future teachers like Krystal Morgan need your help
    Thanks to the generosity of OISE donors, Krystal was able to achieve her dream of becoming a teacher. Now she will motivate countless children to develop their passions and reach their potential. Your support can help ensure that the brightest and best students, no matter their background, have access to a world class education. Learn more.
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    October 22, 2019
    Hundreds of alumni mentors and student mentees gather at OISE Mentorship Program launch
    On October 16, over 260 mentors and mentees gathered for the fourth annual OISE Mentorship Program launch. The largest of its kind on campus, the program pairs 500 alumni and grad students each year based on research and field interests. The event was an opportunity for participants to meet for the first time and start their mentorship journey. View photos.
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    October 22, 2019
    #OISEGrad19: Diane Longboat uses Indigenous concepts of healing to help those with mental illness
    Healing the human spirit is not just an Indigenous concern - it has consequences for everyone, says alum Diane Longboat. A Traditional Healer and senior project manager at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Longboat uses Indigenous concepts of healing to help with those struggling with mental health challenges and addictions. On November 7, the U of T First Nations House founder will deliver the convocation address to OISE's Class of 2019. Read more.
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    October 18, 2019
    Alum Andrew Boggs shortlisted for 2019 Wonkhe Awards for his blog on intergenerational value of higher education
    OISE Alumni Association's Dr. Andrew Boggs has been shortlisted for the UK's Wonkhe Awards for his blog, The value of higher education reaches across the generations. The awards commemorate noteworthy participation in community writing, original ideas and analysis that helps drive forward higher education policy debate. Read Boggs' blog.
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    October 17, 2019
    Alum Katie Doering shares her experience as principal of Toronto's Ronald McDonald House school for seriously ill students
    Alum Katie Doering shares her experience as principal of the Ronald McDonald House school in Toronto - a place where seriously ill students learn and heal together. "I know I can't change the medical aspect of things. But I can make an impact in that child's life. If their life is two years or two more weeks, it's about making a difference in their day, that day." Read more.
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    October 17, 2019
    OISE's Robertson Program launches new placement for future teachers to experience First Nations schools
    The Robertson Program for Inquiry-based Teaching in Mathematics and Science has launched a new initiative to provide teacher candidates in our Master of Arts in Child Study and Education program with experience teaching in a First Nations school. Read more.
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    October 16, 2019
    Congratulations to OISE's 2019 Arbor Award winners
    Last week, nine of our outstanding volunteers picked up University of Toronto Arbor Awards for their contributions to OISE. These volunteers dedicate their time and talent to enriching our community. Among the winners is Xin Wang, Director of Treasury Analytics at CIBC and dedicated OISE volunteer, who is responsible for the innovative software program that helps generate 250 high quality mentorship pairings each year for the OISE Mentorship Program. Read more.
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    October 15, 2019
    Alum Cathy Crowe advocates for new national housing program in Canada
    In an article for The Globe and Mail, educator, activist and proclaimed 'street nurse', alum Cathy Crowe explores Canada's housing crisis and how the abandoning of a national housing program in 1933 created an emergency of homelessness and lack of affordable housing, leaving 235,000 homeless and 1.7 million people in 'core-housing' need. "The obvious solution is a return to a national housing program. That means universal availability to affordable and accessible housing in the same fashion as we now expect in our beloved medicare," argues Crowe. Read more.
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    October 11, 2019
    Awards ceremony celebrates U of T's African scholars, community leaders
    25 students, faculty, staff and alumni were celebrated for their achievements recently at the third annual African Scholars Awards ceremony. Created by a group led by OISE doctoral student Henry Ssali, the ceremony aims to encourage a culture of African excellence at U of T. Read more.
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    October 11, 2019
    Alum Rania Mirza writes about the importance of women-only spaces in Muslim communities
    "Our women-only parties aren't about feeling marginalized. They're about creating spaces to strengthen sisterhood." On the International Day of the Girl, alum Rania Mirza writes about the rise of women-only spaces in Muslim communities and why they remain important today. Read more.
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    October 10, 2019
    Professor Megan Boler discusses how issues of public good play out over social media
    Two Oakville car dealerships were surprised to find Facebook and Instagram refused their ads for a tree planting campaign for being about "social issues, elections or politics." In the Toronto Star, Professor Megan Boler comments on how issues of public good play out over social media, and warns privately owned corporate platforms such as Facebook are "becoming the arbiters of public good, law and policy surrounding questions of free speech, political advertising." Read more.
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    October 07, 2019
    Professor Lance McCready named Bissell-Heyd Research Fellow at U of T's Centre for the Study for the United States
    Congratulations to Professor Lance McCready who will serve as the 2019-2020 Bissell-Heyd Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study for the United States (CSUS) at the Munk School of Global Affairs. With his fellowship, McCready plans to organize a Queer of Color Analysis in Education Research Institute, with details coming soon.
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    October 07, 2019
    Dean Glen Jones receives CIHE Award for Significant Research in International Higher Education
    Congratulations to our very own Dean Glen Jones who has received the Council for International Higher Education (CIHE) Award for Significant Research in International Higher Education for his book entitled "Professorial Pathways: Academic Careers in a Global Perspective" (2019). The award recognizes highly significant research outcomes in the field of international higher education with a focus on state-of-the-art knowledge and scholarship. Read more.
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    October 03, 2019
    Alum Amanda Parris selected as finalist for Governor Generals' Literary Award in Drama
    Congratulations to our alum and CBC host Amanda Parris who has been selected as a finalist for the Governor Generals' Literary Award, one of Canada's oldest and most prestigious prizes, in the drama category for her gripping play, Other Side of the Game. Read more.
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    October 03, 2019
    Alum Jason Brennan appointed Assistant Dean, Residence Life & Communication at U of T
    Congratulations to OISE Alumni Association's own Jason Brennan, Massey Fellow and the new Assistant Dean, Residence Life & Communication at the University of Toronto. Jason will oversee the Residence Life program, front desk services, and communication for Graduate House as a live-in staff member who is trained to support grads with any level of emergency, including mental health support.
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    October 02, 2019
    Professor Karen Mundy appointed to the UNESCO International Commission on the Futures of Education
    Professor Karen Mundy, an expert in international and comparative education, has been appointed to the UNESCO International Commission on the Futures of Education. Launched on September 26, the initiative aims to re-imagine how knowledge and learning can shape the futures of humanity in a context of increasing complexity, uncertainty and precarity. Read more.
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    October 01, 2019
    Dean Glen Jones discusses the future of higher education in Canada
    How will Canadian universities change over the next 20 years? Dean Glen Jones shares his thoughts among fellow university leaders on the future of higher education in Canada. "I'm inspired by the increasing global dimension of education. We are always trying to fulfill the huge, wonderful potential of the university and I think this growing global dimension of education will bring us closer to that." Read more in University Affairs.
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    September 30, 2019
    Professor Leesa Wheelahan rethinks technical and vocational education and training
    Tune in to FreshEd Podcast to rethink technical and vocational education and training with Professor Leesa Wheelahan, our William G. Davis chair in Community College Leadership, who looks at the area from a 'productive capabilities' perspective. Listen here.
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    September 30, 2019
    Professor Charles Pascal comments on new Ontario figures on reduced class sizes and its impact on teachers
    Professor Charles Pascal comments on new Ontario Financial Accountability Office (FAO) figures on class size that claim if the province had maintained previous class size averages, there would have been 994 more elementary teaching positions and 9,060 more high-school teaching positions in the education system by the 2023-24 academic year. Read more in the Globe and Mail.
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    September 27, 2019
    Professor Carol Campbell provides recommendations for closing the poverty-related attainment gap in Scottish schools
    Scotland's school attainment gap could take 15 years to be reduced warn an international panel of education experts, including OISE's own Professor Carol Campbell. In a new article, Campbell discusses the International Council of Education Advisers (ICEA) and their recommendations for closing the poverty-related attainment gap, including creating more pathways for community and parent engagement and using new funding to explore the effects of poverty in Scottish schools. Read more.
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    September 25, 2019
    Alum Cathy Crowe's new book recounts lifetime at the crossroads of nursing and activism
    For more than four decades, alum Cathy Crowe has balanced work as a street nurse in Ontario with hardline activism that's often positioned her at odds with every level of authority. Her new book, A Knapsack Full of Dreams: Memoirs of a Street Nurse, accounts her adventures and tireless efforts as a street nurse and activist, and ends with an urgent call to action. With homelessness steadily on the rise in Canada, Crowe's book aims to edify the public about its realities. Read more.
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    September 25, 2019
    OISE encourages instructors to be flexible if students wish to participate in Friday's global climate strike
    This Friday, millions of people around the world are expected to take to the streets to call for action on climate change. OISE has a long and proud history of fostering social responsibility, and many in our community are deeply devoted to addressing climate change, especially through environmental and sustainability education. As such, OISE is encouraging course instructors to offer flexibility to students wishing to participate in the climate strike on Sept. 27. Read more.
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    September 24, 2019
    Professor Kang Lee and alum Dr. Angela Evan's research reveals children's lies are deceptively complex
    Children's lies are deceptively complex, but simple techniques can increase their truth-telling. In a new article, co-author Dr. Angela Evans discusses research developed with Professor Kang Lee on why children's lies are a positive sign of their development. The pair examined young children's lying and found those with greater performance on cognitive tasks like inhibition and memory were more likely to lie. While kids' lies may be a good thing, Evans offers ways to improve their honesty, such as reading books that praise truth-telling. Read more.
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    September 24, 2019
    Alum Sidrah Ahmad provides insight on the issues of Blackface, racism and politics
    Alum Sidrah Ahmad, a researcher of Islamophobic violence against Muslim women in Canada, discusses Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recently surfaced photo that shows him in brownface, donning a turban in 2001. Ahmad explores how race issues like the 2001 photo are engaged on the Canadian campaign trail and why the country must address its 'hidden racisms'. Read more.
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    September 23, 2019
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher discusses power of drama pedagogy to disrupt oppression in global classrooms
    With a curriculum and school culture that draws on drama, narrative and social justice, the Prerna Girls' School in Lucknow, India is helping its 1,000 female students defy the odds of their marginalized lives at the intersections of gender, caste and extreme poverty. Professor Kathleen Gallagher's powerful research on drama pedagogy and "radical hope" took her to classrooms around the world, including the Prerna school. In Lucknow, she found drama could interrupt oppressions of caste and gender, and in one Toronto classroom it had the potential to interrupt classroom social relations of race and gender -- allowing young people to 'break out' of limiting social roles and imagine hopeful possibilities. Read more.
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    September 23, 2019
    PhD candidate Yecid Ortega awarded TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grant
    Congratulations to PhD candidate Yecid Ortega on being awarded The International Research Foundation's Doctoral Dissertation Grant for his critical ethnographic case study on social justice and peacebuilding curriculum implementation in English as a foreign language (EFL) classrooms in Colombia. Read more about his project.
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    September 20, 2019
    Professor Leesa Wheelahan comments on a new study about the outcomes of college degrees in Canada
    Professor Leesa Wheelahan, OISE's William G. Davis Chair in Community College Leadership, comments on a new study that finds graduates of bachelor degree programs at Canadian community colleges initially earn 12 percent more than their university-educated counterparts. However, the university grads quickly begin to catch up in earnings two to five years after graduation. "The study shows the value of community college degrees, and it also shows us where the challenges are and where we need to do more policy work," says Wheelahan. Read more.
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    September 19, 2019
    OISE researcher receives Connaught Award for research into the development of Black Studies in Canadian universities
    Professor Rosalind Hampton is among 52 winners of the prestigious Connaught Award which annually recognizes and supports the development of strong research programs at the University of Toronto. Hampton was awarded for her research project on the institutionalization of Black Studies as an emerging formal area of postsecondary study in Canada. Through her research, Hampton hopes to shed light on the processes, ideas and contexts surrounding the gradual shift to more representation of Black scholars and scholarship in Canadian universities. Read more.
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    September 18, 2019
    OISE scholar teams up with Indigenous communities in the Americas to digitize their traditional calendar systems
    Seven years ago, Jennifer Wemigwans received a call out of the blue from a highly regarded Hopi Timekeeper with an important request: help digitize the traditional calendars of Indigenous communities across South and North America. In collaboration with Timekeepers - Indigenous Elders or Knowledge Keepers who carry teachings from their communities' calendar systems - Wemigwans will help launch an interactive educational website for the public in 2021. Read more.
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    September 13, 2019
    PhD candidate Hiro Hiratsuka awarded Massey College Junior Fellowship
    PhD candidate Hiro Hiratsuka has been awarded the 2019-20 Massey College Junior Fellowship -- a residency program for U of T graduate students to work within a prestigious community of fellow students, distinguished academics and professionals. In part, Fellows are selected based on academic merit and professional experience. Hiratsuka, a former curriculum developer and assistant professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, is currently researching what students learn from intercultural experiences in study abroad programs. Read more.
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    September 13, 2019
    OISE library brings influential voices from Canada's past to life through digitization of tapes from 1970s
    For decades, reel-to-reel tapes of conversations with some of the leading Canadian politicians of a generation sat in a corner of the OISE Library, all but forgotten. But this summer, librarians at OISE digitized the recordings to give the public easy access to wide-ranging interviews with leaders like John Diefenbaker and Lester B. Pearson. Made in the 70s, the recordings have never been available in their entirety - until now. Read more.
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    September 12, 2019
    Professor Clare Brett warns over rushed adoption of online learning courses ahead of changes in Ontario high schools
    Online courses can offer great learning outcomes. However, rushed adoption or lack of preparation will greatly diminish the impact of online learning on a student's education, says e-learning expert Professor Clare Brett - as Ontario introduces mandatory online courses for high school students beginning next year. Read more.
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    September 11, 2019
    Alum Dr. Angelica Galante receives Leithwood Award for Outstanding Thesis of the Year at OISE
    Congratulations to alum Dr. Angelica Galante, recipient of the Leithwood Award for Outstanding Thesis of the Year at OISE, which recognizes cutting-edge research by doctoral candidates. Dr. Galante's winning thesis, "Plurilingual or monolingual: A mixed methods study investigating plurilingual instruction in an EAP program at a Canadian university," shows that plurilingual instruction -- which invites students to make use of their primary languages and cultures -- is more effective than monolingual instruction in second language education. Read more.
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    September 10, 2019
    OISE launches new doctorate with focus on international education
    OISE has launched a new Doctor of Education (EdD) program in International Educational Leadership and Policy, which will begin Fall 2020. The online, specialized doctorate is designed for mid-career professionals who work for international organizations, governments, foundations and nongovernmental agencies and are looking to enrich their education and improve their practice. Read more.
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    September 10, 2019
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher named fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher has been named fellow of the Royal Society of Canada -- considered a major achievement for scholars in this country. A professor in the department of curriculum, teaching and learning, Gallagher uses theatre to understand young people's views on life in and out of the classroom. She hopes her fellowship opens up more avenues for cross-disciplinary work. "The idea that I'm going to walk into new intellectual terrain with researchers beyond my U of T network is enormously exciting to me," says Gallagher. "It feels like a new beginning." Read more.
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    September 06, 2019
    Are smaller classes really better for kids? Professor Carol Campbell weighs in
    Professor Carol Campbell discusses the implications of the Ontario governments recent cuts to school funding including larger class sizes and 3,475 fewer teachers. "The accumulative effect of these cuts is there are going to be fewer adults in our schools," says Campbell, who worries student engagement, graduation rates and outcomes after graduation may suffer as a result. Read more in Today's Parent.
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    September 06, 2019
    PhD student Chris Ramsaroop explains why Canada isn't immune when it comes to mistreating migrants within our borders
    Canada isn't immune when it comes to mistreating migrants within our borders, says doctoral student and migrant justice organizer Chris Ramsaroop. In a new op-ed for The Globe and Mail, he argues that Canadians need to take a closer look at the impact of our immigration enforcement practices and take steps to protect immigrant communities. Read more.
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    September 05, 2019
    Celebration of Life for Professor David E. Hunt
    The OISE community is invited to join Professor Hunt's family for a celebration of a life well-lived at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education on Wednesday, September 25. Music from Dr. Hunt's band, The Foolish Things, and some special surprises await your presence. Together, let's celebrate the life of our beloved friend, colleague and teacher. Read more.
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    September 04, 2019
    Indigenous alum Kerry Potts helps open new doors in postsecondary arts education
    Alum Kerry Potts brings her Indigenous culture and arts into teaching at the postsecondary level, which only recently has seen more Indigenous peoples hired in educator roles. Now a full-time faculty member at Humber College, Potts developed a course on Indigenous perspectives on Indigenous music, film and media -- which draws on her work as chair of the non-profit organization Native Women in the Arts. "I felt a shift in the colleges and universities to recruit Indigenous teachers who offer a practical point of view," she said. "Now, there's space for Indigenous people that never happened before." Read more.
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    September 04, 2019
    Dear First Year Me: Current students share the back to school advice they would give their first year selves
    For back to school, we asked six OISE graduate students to think back to their first year and offer advice to their first year selves. Find out their tips for making new friends, balancing parenting, overcoming impostor syndrome and more. Watch now.
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    September 03, 2019
    Professor Lauren Bialystok weighs in on dress codes as Canadian schools begin to change their approach
    Some students may push the limits of propriety as the new dress code rolls out this fall in Toronto. But for Professor Lauren Bialystok, the more important question is: "How do we create a culture in which what people wear is not misinterpreted as license to objectify, sexually harass or shame them -- and rather, just one of many forms of self-expression?" Read more.
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    September 03, 2019
    OISE Librarian Desmond Wong cited on the importance of decolonizing public libraries
    Public libraries in Canada have not always been for everyone. Today, they must reconcile the colonial history of residential schools and navigate how to best address the needs of marginalized patrons previously neglected by the library -- including Indigenous peoples. OISE librarian Desmond Wong, who acts as a liaison to Indigenous education resources, reflects on the Indigenous peoples-settler relationship in the context of the library. Read more.
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    August 30, 2019
    Professor Mary Reid responds to new findings that show teacher math tests don't boost student scores
    Ontario will become the first province to require student teachers to pass a standardized math test before they receive their teaching licence, but new findings suggest these tests don't boost student scores. Professor Mary Reid, an expert on math teacher education, leads a course that teaches student teachers math basics, as well as pedagogy -- a better way to increase confidence in math and improve student achievement, she says. Read more.
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    August 28, 2019
    Professor Mary Reid weighs in on Ontario's new mandatory math test for incoming teachers
    Based on research she has seen out of the United States, Professor Mary Reid is not convinced that there is a connection between teachers passing a required math test and student achievement. She also worries that requiring new teachers to pass a math test could dissuade racially diverse people from even entering education, and also worsen the current shortage of French teachers. Read more.
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    August 27, 2019
    OISE's back to school hub: Tips and resources for parents and educators
    As students prepare to head back into the classroom, we've compiled a list of resources by OISE experts to ensure that parents and educators are well-equipped for the start of the new school year. Learn how to foster mindfulness in children, create LGBTQ-friendly spaces, support Black student success, and more. Read more.
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    August 27, 2019
    Ontario's new sex education curriculum is not much different than the controversial 2015 version, writes prof. Lauren Bialystok
    With the Doug Ford government introducing a new Grade 1-8 sex education curriculum in Ontario, professor Lauren Bialystok explores its striking similarity to the modernized but maligned 2015 version, which was repealed for a year, as well as the controversies with sex education over the last five years. Read more.
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    August 26, 2019
    OISE brings together over 400 educators across GTA to improve math knowledge for teaching
    Over 400 educators from across the Greater Toronto Area came together at OISE on August 21 for the second Count Me In Math Institute to learn about current research in math education and further enhance their teaching skills in math. The one-day conference was organized by OISE in partnership with the University of Toronto's Department of Mathematics and offered K-12 teachers a unique opportunity to learn from some of the top math education researchers and teachers in the province. Read more.
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    August 21, 2019
    Alum Dr. Alex Abramovich selected as member of National Advisory Council on Poverty for Canada's Poverty Reduction Strategy
    OISE alum and U of T Professor Alex Abramovich, also an independent scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), has been selected from over 800 applicants to be a member of the National Advisory Council on Poverty. Their experience in health equity, LGBTQ2S youth, homelessness and public health will inform the Government of Canada's Poverty Reduction policy. Read more.
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    August 19, 2019
    Professor Megan Boler awarded Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge grant
    Professor Megan Boler has won the Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge grant for her research project "Affective Media, Social Movements, and Digital Dissent: Emotions and Democratic Participation in the 'Post-Truth' Era". With the grant, Boler and fellow recipients will analyze data sets from social media, online news and surveys of Canadians during the 2019 Federal Election to bring attention to some of the challenges and opportunities in Canada's digital ecosystem. Read more.
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    August 15, 2019
    Professor Jennifer Wemigwans comments on new Google Earth project which aims to celebrate Indigenous languages
    A new Google Earth project aims to celebrate Indigenous languages, but Prof. Jennifer Wemigwans, whose research focuses on Indigenous knowledge and new media technologies, says big tech companies can do more. She discusses how we can better use technology to preserve and revitalize Indigenous tongues on CBC Radio: The Current. Listen here.
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    August 14, 2019
    New Assistant Professor and alum Mark Wade brings expertise in developmental psychology, neuroscience to OISE
    This fall, alum Dr. Mark Wade will be joining OISE as Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, where Wade completed his MA and PhD in school and clinical child psychology. Wade's research draws from the fields of developmental psychology, genetics, neuroscience, education, and pediatrics to help answer unique questions about how children and adolescents develop, and how risk and resilience play a role in early life. Read more.
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    August 13, 2019
    OISE scholar receives Government of Canada funding for research in support of enhancing early learning and child care in Greater Toronto Area
    Kerry McCuaig has been awarded funding from the Government of Canada for her research in support of improving early learning and childcare service delivery in the Greater Toronto Area. She will be investigating innovative approaches to early learning and childcare currently happening in Canada and exploring how they could be scaled to spread their impact. Read more.
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    August 08, 2019
    Alum Dionne Brand reflects on the work of fellow U of T honorary degree recipient Toni Morrison
    Alum Dionne Brand reflects on the work of fellow U of T honorary degree recipient and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, who was the first black woman to be presented the Nobel Prize in Literature. "When you walked out of a Toni Morrison novel and onto the street you became more certain of your own viability. You knew something," writes Brand. Read more in Globe and Mail.
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    August 06, 2019
    Professor Bonnie Burstow discusses the dangers of twenty-first century psychiatric eugenics and its implications today
    In her blog, Professor Bonnie Burstow discusses the dangers of twenty-first century psychiatric eugenics with its roots as a controversial treatment method in the second world war. Burstow, whose research explores survivors of psychiatric trauma, outlines the importance of understanding the history of the eugenics movement and calls on activists and communities today to challenge the industry. Read more.
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    August 06, 2019
    OISE researchers accurately measure blood pressure using phone camera
    A study led by OISE Professor Kang Lee and researchers from the Faculty of Medicine found that blood pressure can be measured accurately by taking a quick video selfie. Using a technology co-discovered by Lee and his postdoctoral fellow Paul Zheng called transdermal optical imaging, researchers found they were able to measure three types of blood pressure with 95 to 96 per cent accuracy. The technology offers a wealth of opportunity including the ability to provide health services for those who have limited access to health care, says Lee. Watch now.
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    August 02, 2019
    Incoming student Diane Hill aims to create a better education system for First Nations peoples
    This fall, Diane Hill will pursue her master's degree at OISE to learn more about creating a better education system for First Nations peoples. Read more.
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    August 02, 2019
    MEd student Sara Asalya discusses cancellation of Ontario's $50 million fund for child care centres and its impacts on immigrants, refugees
    "Child care services shouldn't be a privilege for those who can access and pay for it. It should be a right for everyone," says Sara Asalya, MEd student and advocate for immigrant and refugee rights. In a new op-ed, Asalya discusses her concerns over the recent cancellation of Ontario's $50 million fund for child care centres, and its impacts on immigrant and refugee communities. Read more in Toronto Star.
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    August 01, 2019
    Young newcomers are struggling to build intercultural friendships at school. Professor Antoinette Gagné discusses
    Many young newcomers desire to build intercultural friendships with their Canadian-born peers but find it difficult to do so. Professor Antoinette Gagné discusses the barriers involved, why intercultural friendships are beneficial, and how parents and educators can help. Listen on CBC Radio.
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    July 30, 2019
    Major international survey by OISE researchers to shine a spotlight on the state of the academic profession
    A major international survey led by OISE Dean Glen Jones will shine a spotlight on the state of the academic profession, covering topics like job satisfaction, perception of academic work and the balance between teaching and research. Read more.
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    July 29, 2019
    Has Canada's only Africentric school fulfilled its promise to support Black youth? Professor George Dei weighs in
    Ten years on, has Canada's only Africentric school fulfilled its promise to support Black youth? Professor George Dei, an early proponent of the school, says that more resources are needed for the program to reach its full potential.
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    July 16, 2019
    PhD student Sean Monteith named Director of Education for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
    PhD student Sean Monteith has been named Director of Education for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB). In his former education leadership roles in Ontario, Monteith was known for his focus on improving student achievement and Indigenous education, including by significantly increasing graduation rates among Indigenous and rural/Northern students. Read more.
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    July 15, 2019
    Alum Grant Linney writes about recent cutbacks to outdoor education programs across Ontario
    In a new op-ed, alum Grant Linney raises concerns about the recent cutbacks to outdoor education programs across Ontario. "Outdoor experiential education remains a powerful learning methodology for today's students. It embraces a wide spectrum of safe, teacher-led outdoor experiences," writes Linney, who says the cutbacks mean students could lose out on substantial and lasting benefits like critical thinking skills, improved well-being and an appreciation for the environment. Read more.
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    July 12, 2019
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher joins Stratford Festival panel on how education systems can support kids' unique talents
    How can a child follow their dreams when their talent is surrounded by taboo and social stigma? Watch Professor Kathleen Gallagher, artistic director Nigel Burgoine and Stratford Festival's Jason Sermonia (who stars in 'Billy Elliot') discuss the challenges kids are facing in today's education systems and how to support the "unique brightness" of each child. Watch on Facebook.
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    July 12, 2019
    Incoming PhD student David Collict named Vanier scholar for 2019
    David Collict, a recent graduate of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development has been named Vanier scholar, one of Canada's most prestigious awards for students in doctoral studies. Recently completing his master of arts in counselling and clinical psychology at OISE, David will begin his PhD in the fall to continue his research in mental health and well-being of LGBTQ2 populations and plans to focus his work on queer communities of colour. Read more.
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    July 10, 2019
    Alum and U of T Professor Alex Abramovich provides recommendations to improve health of LGBTQ communities
    When Canada doesn't collect data on gender identity, it's to the detriment of the community. But alum Dr. Alex Abramovich, assistant professor at U of T's Dalla Lana School of Public Health, says that could be about to change. Dr. Abramovich along with U of T Professor Lori Ross helped develop 23 recommendations that were presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health in June. If enacted, the recommendations would allow the government to collect inclusive data, a significant change the LGBTQ community has been requesting. Read more.
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    July 09, 2019
    Professor Jeffrey Ansloos discusses how environmental conditions impact Indigenous mental health
    What does it mean to be impacted by colonialism day to day? In a new podcast, Professor Jeffrey Ansloos discusses how the environments in which Indigenous people live impact their mental health, wellbeing and quality of life. When basic needs such as clean drinking water and breathable air cannot be met, communities and youth can't thrive, says Ansloos, whose current research involves mapping data in northern Ontario communities most impacted by suicide to understand the relationship between environmental degradation and youth suicide. Listen here.
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    July 08, 2019
    Professor Eve Tuck's podcast The Henceforward featured as a top podcast by Indigenous women
    A new roundup of great podcasts by Indigenous women mentions The Henceforward, produced by Professor Eve Tuck and born out of a class she teaches at OISE. Featuring many of her students, The Henceforward explores the relationship between Indigenous and Black people in Canada, touching on topics like reparations, gentrification and reconciliation. Read more.
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    July 02, 2019
    Canada needs a new citizenship oath: PhD student Lucy El-Sherif
    It may be time to re-write Canada's citizenship oath so that it reflects the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action, says PhD student Lucy El-Sherif. "Honouring Indigeneity for immigrants is not just about saying we are all settlers, a term that assumes we are all white and relate to Canada in identical ways. And honouring Indigeneity is not just a land acknowledgement in a ceremony, though that can be a starting point." Read more.
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    July 02, 2019
    Alum Glen Sharpe, 2019 Carl Mitchell Award recipient, talks about the rewards of community volunteerism
    "He accompanies people along their journey to become their better self. That's Glen Sharpe." Meet the EdD graduate, mentor and recent recipient of the Carl Mitchell Award for Community Engagement at U of T. In a new video, Dr. Sharpe shares why he volunteers in his community, on and offline, and how fellow alumni can too. Watch now.
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    June 28, 2019
    OISE conference brings together 175 global participants to explore possibilities, trends in higher education
    June 24-25, OISE welcomed over 175 practitioners, policy-makers and students from across Canada and over 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe to participate in the 2019 Shaping Sustainable Futures for Internationalization in Higher Education (SSFIHE) conference and explore trends, issues and possibilities in the field. "The conference provided an extraordinary opportunity to critically analyze many of the current issues and opportunities associated with internationalization," said Dean Glen Jones. Read more.
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    June 28, 2019
    Alum Nizar Ladak receives RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award
    Alum Nizar Ladak, President and CEO of Compute Ontario, has been named one of Canada's Top 25 Immigrants in 2019. From coast to coast, the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards recognize the many important contributions of immigrants like Nizar, who is enabling access to advanced research computing in Ontario for the prosperity of all Canadians. Read more.
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    June 27, 2019
    New program for Muslim fathers co-developed by Dr. Katreena Scott aims to foster healthy parenting practices and prevent family violence
    A new program for Muslim fathers co-developed by Professor Katreena Scott aims to foster healthy parenting practices and prevent family violence in a way that is specific to the lived experiences of Muslim fathers. "This [program] creates a space and opportunity to talk about pre-migration, migration, and post-migration experiences," said Dr. Scott. "There's material to help fathers reflect on how they develop healthy father-child relationships here in Canada," she added. Read more.
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    June 27, 2019
    Professor Dorothy E. Smith appointed to the Order of Canada
    One of Canada's most highly regarded sociologists, OISE's very own Dorothy E. Smith, has been named member of the Order of Canada. The appointment, announced by Governor-General Julie Payette on Thursday, is one of country's highest civilian honours. Smith is being recognized for "extending the boundaries of traditional sociology to incorporate a feminist perspective, and for developing institutional ethnography." Read more.
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    June 27, 2019
    PhD student Mary Elizabeth Picher explores importance of kindergarten students' creations as forms of pedagogical documentation
    As the end of the school year approaches, kindergarten students are returning home with mountains of notes, paintings and drawings that their teachers have been collecting throughout the year. They aren't just keepsakes though. In Ontario's kindergarten classrooms, teachers use these creations as evidence to gain insight into their student's development and to identify their evolving interests. Doctoral student Mary Elizabeth Picher explores the importance of these forms of "pedagogical documentation". Read more.
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    June 26, 2019
    Indigenous students Jennifer Sylvester and Diane Hill share how they overcame systemic barriers and claimed their academic journey
    In a new video, Indigenous students Jennifer Sylvester, a single parent pursuing her PhD, and Diane Hill, an incoming masters student, share how they overcame systemic barriers and claimed their academic journey at U of T and OISE. "Historically a lot of our people did not attend university, so our very existence in these spaces is so empowering and so impactful," said Diane. Hear Jennifer and Diane talk about how connecting with the university's Indigenous community helped them find their calling. Watch now.
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    June 25, 2019
    Alumni Sean Smyth and Alexandra Sorin selected as National Geographic and Lindblad Expedition Grosvenor Teacher Fellows
    Alumni Sean Smyth (The Study Academy) and Alexandra Sorin (TDSB) have been selected to join the National Geographic Society and Lindblad Expeditions 13th Annual Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship Class. The largest in the program's history, 45 educators including Smyth and Sorin will travel on global expeditions for the professional development experience of a lifetime in recognition of their commitment to geographic education. Read more.
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    June 25, 2019
    Alum Sue Winton examines policies related to fundraising in public schools and their impacts on equity, inclusivity
    The fun fair, and all school fundraising, may carry hidden costs to society, writes alum Sue Winton, whose research examines policies related to fundraising in public schools in Canada, the United States and Australia. In a new article, she explains why school fundraising may come at the expense of creating equitable and inclusive public schools. Read more.
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    February 06, 2018
    Doctoral student Natania Marcus receives award for research in LGBTQI2S health and wellness
    Natania Marcus from the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development has received the prestigious CIHR Institute of Gender and Health's "Hacking the Knowledge Gap Trainee Award for Innovative Thinking to Support LGBTQI2S Health and Wellness." Read more.