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    June 04
    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
    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
    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 03
    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 02
    #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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    '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
    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
    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 27
    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 22
    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
    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 21
    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 20
    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
    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 20
    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 18
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 08
    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 07
    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 07
    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 06
    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
    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 05
    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 04
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 29
    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 24
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 14
    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 13
    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
    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
    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
    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 04
    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 03
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    '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
    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
    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
    '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
    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
    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 06
    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 05
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    '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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 16
    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 14
    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
    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
    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
    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
    '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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 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 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
    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 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 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 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 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 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
    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 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 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
    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 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 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
    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 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 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
    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 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 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
    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 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 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
    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 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 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
    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
    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
    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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    June 24, 2019
    QS World University Rankings rank University of Toronto as one of the top post-secondary institutions in the world
    The latest QS World University Rankings has ranked the University of Toronto as one of the top post-secondary institutions in the world. The prestigious annual list, published by higher education firm Quacquarelli Symonds, ranked U of T first in Canada and 29th out of more than 1,000 universities worldwide. Among public institutions, meanwhile, U of T ranked 18th globally and third in North America. Read more.
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    June 24, 2019
    Alum Roman Caruk writes about the Ontario government's repeal of the Toxins Reduction Act
    Toxic triclosan and glyphosate are still used in Canada, and most people are not aware of toxic substances that affect us, writes alum Roman Caruk. In a new op-ed, Caruk explains why the Ford government's recent repeal of the Toxins Reduction Act of 2009 could negatively impact the health and safety of Ontarians. Read more in Hamilton Spectator.
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    June 22, 2019
    Alum and U of T professor Beverly Bain discusses the relationship between police and Toronto's Pride parade
    Ahead of Toronto's Pride parade which hits the streets Sunday amid tensions within the community, OISE alum and U of T professor Beverly Bain comments on the relationship between police and Pride, citing the movement's political and community roots. Read more.
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    June 22, 2019
    New grad Emily Wright comments on Ontario law creating uncertainty for service dogs in schools
    A recent change in Ontario's Safe and Supportive Classroom Act is making families with students who use service animals nervous. A new section on service dogs vaguely explains that the education minister may require school boards to comply with new parameters as the minister sees fit. New grad Emily Wright, who has been working with her diabetic alert dog Kailey for six years, says with a lack of clear expectations and processes, the new addition in the law is not the way to go about regulating service animals in schools. Read more.
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    June 21, 2019
    National Indigenous Peoples' Day: New student Diane Hill is dedicated to changing her community through education
    New student Diane Hill is dedicated to changing her community through education. This fall, she'll be pursuing her master's degree in social justice education at OISE to learn more about creating a better education system for First Nations peoples. Read more.
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    June 21, 2019
    National Indigenous Peoples' Day: New Anishinaabe Onkwehonwe student collective at OISE
    In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples' Day, we're highlighting a new initiative at OISE, the Anishinaabe Onkwehonwe (AO) Graduate Student Collective, which aims to organize events and provide informal support for Indigenous graduate students as they navigate the academy. Students Jennifer Sylvester and Fernanda Yanchapaxi talk about the new collective and what's to come. Watch now.
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    June 19, 2019
    Class of 2019: How to be career-ready after graduation
    June is convocation season when hundreds of new graduates join OISE's alumni network of more than 100,000 professionals, leaders and educators living and working in diverse communities around the world. To help these new graduates along in their journey, OISE alumni give their top career and interview tips plus advice on life after graduation. Read more.
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    June 18, 2019
    New grad Tshweu Moleme shares parting words with Class of 2019
    Masters of Education grad and community activist Tshweu Moleme reflects on his journey in education from Johannesburg to Toronto, invoking Zanana Akande's powerful Convocation address to OISE graduates this June. Read more.
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    June 18, 2019
    LGBTQ families speak out: Four ways schools can create safer, more welcoming learning environments for our children
    Professor Tara Goldstein, whose research looks at diverse LGBTQ families and their experiences in publicly funded schools across Ontario, outlines some of the challenges LGBTQ families face, what they say is needed and how teachers can help. This Pride Month, read four ways schools can create safer, more welcoming learning environments for our children. Read more.
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    June 17, 2019
    Professor Sandra Styres named Canada Research Chair in land, resurgence, reconciliation and the politics of education
    Congratulations to Professor Sandra Styres, the new tier two Canada Research Chair in Iethi'nihsténha Ohwentsia'kékha (land), resurgence, reconciliation and the politics of education. Professor Styres is one of 56 U of T faculty members awarded new Canada Research Chairs, or whose chairs were renewed, as part of a double, fall-spring cohort announced Friday by the federal government. Read more.
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    June 17, 2019
    OISE's new EdD program in child study and education approved for Fall 2020
    OISE announces its new Doctor of Education (EdD) in Child Study in Education upon successful approval process with the University of Toronto. The new program will enroll its first cohort in September 2020. "We are extremely pleased that the University has approved this rigorous professional doctorate designed to address an important need in the field," said OISE Dean Glen Jones. "This innovative program demonstrates OISE's continuing leadership in linking our tremendous research strengths to issues of educational practice." Read more.
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    June 14, 2019
    Alum Dr. Glen Sharpe receives 2019 Carl Mitchell Award for Community Engagement at U of T Alumni Association reunion
    EdD grad Dr. Glen Sharpe was recently presented with the 2019 Carl Mitchell Award for Community Engagement at the U of T Alumni Association (UTAA) Annual Celebration during reunion weekend. A Mohawk of the Bay of Quinte, Dr. Sharpe is actively involved in a number of Indigenous organizations including Indspire where he serves as a mentor to teachers. He is beloved by students and colleagues alike and continues to embody excellence in teaching at Nipissing University, where he works as an associate professor in the Faculty of Education. Read more.
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    June 13, 2019
    PhD candidate Adam Davies writes about masculinities and constructions of fatherhood in society today
    In a new op-ed ahead of Father's Day, PhD candidate Adam Davies explores masculinities, what it might mean to be a "good father", and constructions of fatherhood in our current day and age. He writes, "These conversations of the diversity of fatherhood are necessary to help dads shift to becoming more inclusive as role models in their children's lives." Adam is a graduate from the Master of Arts in Child Study and Education program. Read more.
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    June 12, 2019
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher speaks about the state of gender bias in world theatre
    From the Brontë sisters to today, Dr. Kathleen Gallagher, playwright and professor of drama, discusses how gender and power play out in the arts. Dr. Gallagher's international research on gender and theatre currently involves female-led theatres in Taiwan, England, and India. When asked if there has been progress on eradicating gender bias in the arts, she said it remains a complicated and evolving question. Listen on CBC Radio.
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    June 12, 2019
    Alum Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek appointed York University's inaugural Vice-President, Equity, People and Culture
    Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek has been appointed York University's inaugural Vice-President, Equity, People and Culture for a five year term starting October 1, 2019. Dr. Cote-Meek is Anishinaabe from the Teme-Augama Anishnabai. She joins York U from Laurentian University after more than a decade as part of their senior leadership team. She received her PhD from the Department of Social Justice Education at OISE. Read more.
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    June 12, 2019
    Recent teacher grad Susan He reflects on her first time at Alumni Reunion
    This spring, U of T Alumni Reunion drew thousands of alumni and their guests to divisional and campus events over four days. For some alumni like Susan He, who completed her Masters of Teaching degree in 2018, the memories were much fresher as she attended her first reunion weekend. Susan reflects on why alumni reunion was so special with family. Read more.
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    June 11, 2019
    Alum Maria Cantalini Williams appointed dean at Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Education
    Alum Maria Cantalini Williams has been appointed as the new dean at Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Education, where she aims to collaboratively enhance pre-service, in-service, graduate and outreach programs. Dr. Cantalini Williams received her Doctor of Education degree from the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, where her research focused on innovation in education, collaborative inquiry, early childhood and work-integrated learning models. Read more.
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    June 07, 2019
    Professor Carol Rolheiser co-chairs academy to highlight projects that enhance student experience at U of T
    Part of Professor Carol Rolheiser's role as co-chair of U of T Teaching Academy, an advisory group to U of T's Office of the Vice-President & Provost, is to highlight the projects that are enhancing student experience across the university. The annual spring Teaching and Learning Symposium, co-hosted by Rolheiser's team at the Centre for Teaching Support & Learning, is a space for just that. Faculty and staff are given the opportunity to present their projects, including this year's innovative learning app and science pedagogy research program. Read more.
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    June 07, 2019
    Professor Njoki Wane presents insights on inclusive leadership to 170 senior leaders at U of T
    More than 170 senior leaders at the University of Toronto gathered last month to learn more about how they can advance equity, diversity and inclusion in their divisions. Among them was Professor Njoki Wane, an award-winning teacher and scholar in anti-racism education, to present her insights on the importance of inclusive leadership. Read more.
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    June 07, 2019
    Postdoc Grace Karram Stephenson says universities bridge worlds of local culture and global ideas
    As the challenges facing urban centres become more complex, Canadian universities are taking a leadership role in developing and implementing solutions, says postdoctoral fellow Grace Karram Stephenson from the Comparative, International and Development Education Centre. Dr. Stephenson explores how universities bridge local culture to the world of ideas through technology, social entrepreneurship and local community hubs. Read more.
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    June 06, 2019
    Professor Sarfaroz Niyozov and EdD student Wendy Hughes argue why Canadians should be skeptical of global PISA tests
    The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), the global standardized test of student achievement, is frequently used by commentators to compare and rank national or provincial education systems. In the Conversation Canada, Professor Sarfaroz Niyozov and EdD student Wendy Hughes provide seven reasons why PISA falls short in the collection and measurement of international education data. Read more.
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    June 05, 2019
    Congratulations to the 2019 Leaders and Legends Awards Recipients
    Congratulations to our alumni recipients of the 2019 Leaders and Legends Awards: Michael Salvatori, Sandra Hudson, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, Edward Thompson, Liliana Compagnone, and Fabian Garcia! These exemplary alumni are creating change in our local and global communities through teaching, advocacy, mentorship, service and leadership. Read more.
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    June 05, 2019
    Grad Emily Wright draws on her experiences and service dog to teach students about empathy and homelessness
    When Master of Teaching student Emily Wright crosses the stage at University of Toronto's Convocation Hall this June, she will have her biggest supporter by her side: Kailey, her service dog. At convocation, Kailey will be receiving a special honour-a certificate acknowledging her time at OISE. Emily says Kailey has been instrumental in her training to become a teacher and bringing Kailey into classrooms has been a meaningful way to teach kids about empathy. Read more.
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    June 05, 2019
    OISE announces full-time faculty promotions for 2019-2020
    Faculty members Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández, Enrica Piccardo and Heather Sykes have been promoted to the rank of Professor, effective July 1, 2019. Each of these scholars are a testament to the strength of OISE. "I'm extremely proud that three of our outstanding faculty have been recognized with promotions to full professor," said Dean Glen Jones. Read more.
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    June 03, 2019
    OISE honours graduates at spring alumni reunion celebration
    On May 30, the community came together at OISE Alumni & Friends Reunion to recognize the achievements of our alumni, celebrating over dinner, drinks, award presentations and a special panel discussion featuring CBC's Amanda Parris, Street Nurse and Order of Canada recipient Cathy Crowe, and the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, moderated by Dr. Rumeet Billan. View photos.
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    May 31, 2019
    Professor Charles Pascal says recent cuts to education are putting Ontario's future at risk
    In a new op-ed, Professor Charles Pascal, a former Ontario deputy minister of education, says recent cuts to education are putting Ontario's future at risk. Nothing is more important for a prosperous society than high-quality education, he writes. Read more.
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    May 29, 2019
    PhD student Stacy Costa's new TEDxUofT Talk explores why puzzles exist and how they benefit our lives
    In a new TEDxUofT Talk, OISE Alumni Association's Stacy Costa, a PhD student in engineering education (and puzzle aficionado!), explores why puzzles exist and how they function in bettering our lives. They are more than time wasters used for amusement. With ancient roots, they provide cognitive, and social benefits in more ways than you might think, explains Stacy. Watch now.
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    May 22, 2019
    Professor Megan Boler comments on the sexist expectations of professional emails for women
    "For women in the public sphere, there's no winning," says Professor Megan Boler, who comments on cultural expectations for women to communicate differently from men in professional emails. Embedded expectations and norms in workplace communication also increase the chance for discrimination against those with a perceived 'ethnically coded' name, explains Prof. Boler. Read more in Global News.
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    May 21, 2019
    OISE's world-renowned lab school raises funds to expand socioeconomic diversity
    Big futures start in the little hands. That was the motto of this year's JICS Gala for tuition support at OISE's world-renowned Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Lab School. Parents, teachers, alumni and community members generously helped raise funds (and a glass) to the school's Diana Rankin/Muncaster Family Tuition Support Fund. View photos.
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    May 21, 2019
    Alum Meghan Ferrari shines a light on the resilience of newcomer students through storytelling
    As Department Head of English Language Learning at St. Robert CHS, alum Meghan Ferrari works closely with newcomer students to ensure they are supported. It's what inspired her new book The Garden, which follows a fifteen-year-old Syrian boy and his family caught in the middle of international conflict. Learn more about how Meghan is shining a light on the experiences of refugees and newcomers through storytelling. Read more.
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    May 20, 2019
    Professor Michal Perlman and PhD student Petr Varmuza discuss the effect of Ontario's child-care cuts on low-income families
    The recent changes to Ontario's childcare system will impact the ability of low-income families to access quality childcare, say OISE researchers. This access is crucial, they say. "Evidence shows that the potential effects of high-quality early childhood education and care are strongest for children from low-income households." Read more.
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    May 17, 2019
    PhD student Steve Engels explores how AI is learning to master artificial creativity
    We've always thought the ability to create art is a uniquely human trait, but PhD student Steve Engels disagrees. In a recent TEDxUofT talk, the educational video game design student explores how AI is learning to master human tasks - including artistic ones. Watch now.
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    May 16, 2019
    Professor Creso Sa discusses the Ontario government's plan to assess intellectual property commercialization in higher education
    The Ontario government recently announced a panel to assess intellectual property and commercialization related to science and innovation in the postsecondary education sector. Professor Creso Sa argues the panel is based on a narrow and limited perspective about the role of higher education in supporting innovation. Professor Sa adds that its focus on patenting will not accurately capture how knowledge generated in academia contributes to innovation in the private sector. Read more.
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    May 14, 2019
    OISE researcher Shelley Murphy offers engaging ways to teach mindfulness to children
    Fostering mindfulness in kids (and adults!) has many benefits. It helps build habits of mind that are central to well-being, learning, and cognitive and emotional development. OISE researcher Shelley Murphy created free activity sheets that offer short and engaging ways to teach mindfulness to children. Read more.
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    May 13, 2019
    Professor Mary Reid offers evidence-based alternative to Ontario's mandatory math testing for teachers policy
    Will mandatory math testing for new teachers help ensure their math proficiency? OISE's math education expert worries it won't. In this new op-ed, Professor Mary Reid shares her research on why prioritizing high-quality course engagement with pre-service teachers may be more effective. Read more.
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    May 09, 2019
    Alum Richard Baxter explains how teachers can use design thinking to help students create social change
    "An entrepreneurship learning community for Grades 6-12, the Bootstrapping Checklist allows teachers to incorporate design thinking in the classroom," says founder and alum Richard Baxter. Richard explains how 'teacherpreneurs' can engage kids with computer code to start building socially responsible projects that meet local and global needs, combining social justice, business and design thinking into one dynamic, easy-to-start program. Watch now.
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    May 08, 2019
    Professor Charles Pascal praises unique drop-in kindergarten program that brings parents into the classroom
    A kindergarten class in Scarborough is running a regular drop-in session for parents to spend time with their kids. Parents relish the time spent with their kids in the class, where they meet others, develop relationships with the educators, and gain deeper insight into play-based learning so they can recreate it at home. Professor Charles Pascal says this kind of parent-teacher collaboration should be made more common. Read more.
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    May 07, 2019
    Natural Curiosity teacher resource on Indigenous perspectives and the environment now comes in French
    The French translation of "Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children's Environmental Inquiry" is now available. A resource for educators, the second edition supports awareness of Indigenous perspectives and their importance to environmental education. It aims to situate Indigenous teachings into the heart of Canadian educational settings and curricula addressing environmental issues. Read more.
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    May 06, 2019
    Dr. Eric Jackman, esteemed leader in child study and education, receives 2019 OISE InspirED Award
    On May 2, the Young Alumni Council presented this year's InspirED Award to Dr. Eric Jackman for his immense contributions in supporting child study and education through the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Lab School. At the award luncheon, Dean Glen Jones, alumni, colleagues and friends recognized and celebrated Dr. Jackman, who is both an outstanding leader and a wonderful friend to OISE. View photos.
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    May 06, 2019
    Alum Dr. Alex Abramovich receives 2019 CIHR-IPPH Trailblazer Award in Public Health
    Alum Dr. Alex Abramovich has won the 2019 CIHR-IPPH Trailblazer Award in Public Health for outstanding early career research. His trailblazing research focuses on preventing, reducing and ending the epidemic of homelessness among LGBTQ2S youth and young adults and improving public health. Read more.
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    May 06, 2019
    Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Jackman ICS students share a special message for teachers
    It's Teacher Appreciation Week. To show their appreciation, Grade 2 students from OISE's laboratory school, the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, share why teachers are so important. Watch now.
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    April 30, 2019
    Professor Bonnie Burstow discusses her new scholarship for research into anti-Semitism
    Anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide and Professor Bonnie Burstow believes the academic study of the phenomenon has been lacking in recent years. In response, she is creating a new scholarship to help students who wish to study the subject. Read more.
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    April 30, 2019
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher's new play based on extensive global research on hope, youth and drama classrooms
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher travelled to drama classrooms around the world to learn more about youth and their experiences of hope. The result? A new documentary play that highlights how global youth are finding hope for the future. Read more.
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    April 30, 2019
    PhD candidate Mama Adobea Nii Owoo receives U of T Award of Excellence for work on Indigenous languages in Ghana
    "Teachers are the closest actors to education and a lot of us take the language of instruction for granted," says PhD candidate Mama Adobea Nii Owoo, recipient of this year's Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award for her thesis on Indigenous languages and barriers to education in Ghana. In particular, her work draws from Canadian First Nations' language initiatives to create an effective Indigenous language instruction policy for Ghanaian schools. Read more.
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    April 29, 2019
    Staff member Lindsay DuPré helps build Métis collective for young people across Canada
    Indigenous Education Liaison, Lindsay DuPré, is building a Métis collective in Canada. The Mamawi Project hopes to connect young people from across the country to build on their sense of identity and a stronger Métis Nation. Read more.
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    April 29, 2019
    PhD candidate Edmund Adam discusses issues and trends in the Times Higher Education impact rankings
    PhD candidate Edmund Adam, whose research focuses on how university rankings influence institutional policy, discusses the Times Higher Education (THE) impact rankings. The new rankings are partly a response to criticism that THE's flagship rankings were not looking broadly enough at institutional excellence by encompassing factors such as teaching quality or social impact. Read more.
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    April 24, 2019
    Seven OISE students honoured with 2019 Gordon Cressy Leadership Award
    Congratulations to Suleyman Demi, Chizoba Imoka, Umme Juthi Jamila, Ezinwanne Odozor, Elicia Pavan, Henry Ssali and Kristen Wantuchowicz. Meet some of the outstanding Cressy Award winners who have provided support to fellow students and encouraged diversity and inclusion at every opportunity. Read more.
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    April 23, 2019
    Alumni inspire wanderlust with their top spots for travel in 2019
    Where are the best places to travel in 2019? Our alumni share their top spots for vacation and adventure, plus tips about local attractions and traveling responsibly. Read more.
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    April 23, 2019
    Professor Michael Fullan argues why pedagogy and politics must partner in new blog
    "School doesn't directly prepare students to be political. However, we are finding that deep pedagogical learning predictably makes them more sensitive to their environments, locally and globally," explains Professor Emeritus Michael Fullan, an international authority on educational reform. He argues that his team's work on deep learning is critical to a more informed and democratic future in dealing with the increasing disrespect for evidence. Read more.
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    April 22, 2019
    Recent grad Cindy Gouveia receives SWAAC 2019 Angela Hildyard Recognition Award - Emerging Leader
    Congratulations to recent grad Cindy Gouveia for receiving the SWAAC 2019 Angela Hildyard Recognition Award in the category of Emerging Leader. The award, named after OISE professor and alum Angela Hildyard, recognizes outstanding individuals who demonstrate commitment, vision and leadership in advancing higher education. Read more.
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    April 18, 2019
    Doctoral student J. Wallace Skelton discusses importance of consulting children about their online images
    Before posting photos of your children online, consider asking for permission. Doctoral student J. Wallace Skelton says that giving children the choice early on over what photos are taken and shared is sensible and teaches them safe habits. Listen on CBC Metro Morning.
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    April 16, 2019
    Alumni Diane Goudie and Eleanor Moore receive 2019 YWCA Women of Distinction Award
    Congratulations to alumni Diane Goudie and Eleanor Moore, 2019 recipients of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the education category. Co-founders of the Linden School for girls, Diane and Eleanor are leaders in socially progressive schooling and supporting girls' education. Read more.
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    April 15, 2019
    To reduce negative behaviour in children, practice 'positive parenting,' says Professor Jenny Jenkins
    The latest parenting advice from Canada's pediatricians is to shift away from shaming, blaming and any other types of negative discipline to what they call positive parenting. Gold-standard randomized trials have demonstrated how positive parenting techniques are more effective at reducing negative behaviour in children, says OISE professor Jenny Jenkins. Read more.
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    April 12, 2019
    PhD student Diane Barbaric discusses federal budget announcement and outbound student mobility
    The federal government has sent an encouraging sign for Canadian students looking to study abroad, says PhD student Diane Barbaric. In University Affairs, Barbaric discusses the recent budget announcement and its implications for outbound student mobility. Read more.
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    April 11, 2019
    Professor Carol Campbell discusses literacy in the age of social media
    While standardized tests have remained relatively the same over the last 100 years, the way we understand literacy has greatly changed. Across Canada, researchers and educators have documented the need to transform how the provinces assess literacy and consider more innovative designs. Read more.
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    April 11, 2019
    Alum Dionne Brand has been shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize
    Alum and former Toronto Poet Laureate Dionne Brand is one of three Canadian nominees for the Griffin Poetry Prize, which recognizes the best books of poetry published in Canada and abroad. Brand is nominated for her poetry collection The Blue Clerk. Read more.
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    April 08, 2019
    Professor Patricia Ganea gives suggestions to help parents use e-books more effectively with toddlers
    Electronic books are becoming increasingly popular for story time, but researchers have found that the bells and whistles, such as sound effects and animation, can sometimes distract young children. Professor Patricia Ganea gives suggestions to help parents use e-books more effectively with toddlers. Read more.
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    April 04, 2019
    OISE Library celebrates faculty publications for AERA 2019
    This April, OISE will be welcoming delegates from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference - the largest gathering of leaders, researchers, policy-makers and educators of its kind. In line with AERA's goal of promoting excellent research, the OISE Library is celebrating faculty publications in this month's lobby display. Find out what's on display from renowned leaders in the field of education. Read more.
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    April 04, 2019
    Prof. Jeffrey Ansloos partners with Twitter to support Indigenous cultural revitalization and youth well-being
    To learn more about the relationship between social media and Indigenous youth's mental health, Professor Jeffrey Ansloos is partnering with Twitter through a SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant. Together, they're examining how Twitter could be improved to not only respond to mental health crises but also support initiatives that would make the online environment a safer and more meaningful space for Indigenous youth. Read more.
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    April 03, 2019
    Over 200 OISE researchers set to attend AERA conference at home in Toronto
    Starting April 5, for the first time in over 40 years, Toronto will play host to the American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. The largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research, the AERA Annual Meeting is a five-day conference that showcases ground-breaking education research and innovative studies in a variety of areas, from elementary through to post-secondary education. Read more.
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    April 02, 2019
    Alum Diane Tepylo teaches course that aims to educate teacher candidates about coding
    Alum Diane Tepylo teaches a course that aims to educate teacher candidates about coding. Prof. Tepylo, who teaches at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, said that when it comes to learning math, the evidence suggests that if it's done well, coding can improve problem-solving and mathematical thinking for both teacher candidates and elementary-school students. Read more.
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    April 02, 2019
    Education Premier and OISE founder Bill Davis delivers 2019 R.W.B. Jackson Lecture
    On March 27, OISE held its signature event, the R.W.B. Jackson Lecture. It was a packed house in the OISE auditorium where faculty, students, staff, alumni, and members of the OISE and University of Toronto community gathered to hear the Honourable William G. Davis in conversation with his biographer and award-winning journalist Dr. Steve Paikin. Read more.
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    April 01, 2019
    Professor Jenny Jenkins discusses how favouritism by parents can impact sibling relationships and mental health
    Large differences in how parents treat their children can impact sibling relationships and mental health, according to a piece co-authored by Professor Jennifer Jenkins. She gives five tips for fairer parenting for when stress and other factors contribute to favouritism. Read more.
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    April 01, 2019
    Alum Brenda Wastasecoot discusses Indigenous teaching, learning and the healing powers of storytelling
    Alum Brenda Wastasecoot's work - in poetry, counselling and teaching - is focused on the healing powers of storytelling, which she discovered through her own work in auto-ethnography and by listening to the stories of others. Now, Wastasecoot is using her experiences to help increase access to meaningful and relevant post-secondary education for First Nations students. Read more.
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    March 29, 2019
    Professor Angela Pyle co-authors study on kindergarten class size and student assessment
    Student assessment is a challenge for many Ontario kindergarten teachers due to large class sizes, finds a study co-authored by Professor Angela Pyle. "Despite many children entering kindergarten not having the necessary self-regulation to play independently for long periods of time, due to class size, teachers are unable to fully leverage the power of both play and assessment to develop children's self-regulation," says Prof. Pyle. Read more in The Conversation.
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    March 28, 2019
    OISE's annual Staff Excellence Awards honour winners for outstanding contributions
    Congratulations to OISE's 2019 Staff Excellence Awards winners: Ai-Ri Brown, Susana La Rosa, Marianne Lau, and Mary Lovatsis. The Staff Excellence Awards honour individuals and teams in categories of excellence, innovation and leadership. This recognition acknowledges the integral role these administrators play in making OISE an exceptional place to work and learn.The staff award winners were honoured together with teaching award winners at a special reception on March 27. Read more.
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    March 28, 2019
    OISE Teaching Excellence Awards recognize outstanding contributions in teaching and learning
    Congratulations to OISE's 2019 Teaching Excellence Award recipients: Eunice Jang, Brenda Stein Dzaldov, Tanya Titchkosky, and Josie Di Vincenzo. The award recognizes their outstanding contributions in teaching and learning which further OISE's success as a leader in education. The teaching award winners were honoured together with staff award winners at a special reception on March 27. Read more.
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    March 26, 2019
    Professor Charles Pascal is quoted as province announces plan to increase class sizes in Ontario
    Professor Charles Pascal, a former deputy minister of education, is quoted in a column discussing the Ontario government's plan to increase the average class size in elementary and high schools across the province. Read more.
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    March 26, 2019
    PhD student Mama Adobea Nii Owoo named recipient of the Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award
    PhD student Mama Adobea Nii Owoo has been named recipient of the Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award. The award, given by the University of Toronto, recognizes doctoral students demonstrating outstanding academic and extracurricular leadership. Read more.
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    March 25, 2019
    Alum Glen Sharpe wins tremendous honour for unwavering support of students in education
    Dr. Glen Sharpe, a Mohawk of the Bay of Quinte, has achieved a lot since graduating with his Education Doctorate from OISE. When he is not researching topics in teacher abuse and classroom management at Nipissing University, he is mentoring teachers at the Indigenous organization Indspire. He was also recently given a tremendous honour for excellence in academic teaching. Read more.
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    March 22, 2019
    Professor Clare Brett explains what Ontario's plan to mandate four online courses could mean for high school students
    Ontario is poised to require every high school student take four online courses. What will this mean for students? Professor Clare Brett says that more online learning is not a bad idea in principle. For some students, particularly well-organized, mature and motivated students, online courses are a good option - however, not all teenagers have these skills. Read more.
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    March 22, 2019
    OISE mourns the loss of Professor Emeritus David Hunt
    With heavy hearts, the OISE community shares the news of the passing of Professor Emeritus David Hunt, whose remarkable university teaching career spanned 50 years. In honour of his life and contributions to OISE, we remember our good friend and colleague Dr. David Hunt. Read more.
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    March 21, 2019
    Professor Lauren Bialystok comments on Ontario's new health and physical education curriculum
    Professor Lauren Bialystok discusses Ontario's new and controversial health and physical education curriculum, which critics say does not do enough to teach young people about issues such as gender identity. "To say the new document will introduce consent in Grade 4 is hopeful sounding, but it's actually meaningless unless we know what it means to talk about consent and how it's introduced," says Professor Bialstok. Read more.
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    March 20, 2019
    Professor Charles Pascal weighs in on changes to Ontario high school class sizes and newly mandated online courses
    High school students will face some of the the biggest changes to their education under plans announced by the Ontario government, with larger classes and mandatory courses delivered online. Professor Charles Pascal weighs in. Read more.
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    March 19, 2019
    Dean Glen Jones comments on B.C. education consulting services in question amid U.S. college admissions scandal
    Dean Glen Jones comments on the massive school admissions investigation in the U.S. which has shed light on problems in Canada's education consulting industry. The scandal has spurred uncertainty over B.C. consultants' ethical standards and credentials when it comes to university student admissions services. Read more in The Star Vancouver.
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    March 18, 2019
    Alum Dr. Daniel Andreae selected as Professor of the Decade for 2020 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)
    Congratulations to EdD grad Dr. Daniel Andreae, an Associate Adjunct Professor at University of Waterloo and University of Guelph-Humber, who has been named Professor of the Decade for 2020 by the International Association of Top Professionals. Dr. Andreae is being recognized for two decades of professional experience in higher education and a lifetime of achievement in the field. Read more.
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    March 15, 2019
    Team approach makes full-day kindergarten a success, say OISE researchers Janette Pelletier and Christina Moore
    An innovative component of Ontario's full-day kindergarten program is the educator team. This strategic professional partnership that sees two people seamlessly collaborate throughout the day to provide an enriched learning environment for children has been proven to lead to student success, say OISE's Janette Pelletier and Christina Moore. Read more.
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    March 13, 2019
    Alum Beverley Biggar develops app that uses artificial intelligence to help users learn a second language
    During her language education studies at OISE, alum Beverley Biggar found that most teaching techniques were not conforming to how people pick up new languages. Motivated to change this, Biggar set out to develop Speax App through her startup company Speax to help users learn languages more naturally, immersing themselves in an AI-based simulation of everyday tourist scenarios. Read more.
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    March 12, 2019
    Professor Charles Pascal weighs in on Ontario's plan to ban cellphones in the classroom
    Would a cellphone ban in classrooms work? Not according to professor and former deputy minister of education Charles Pascal. "Telling post-millennials to get rid of their cellphones is almost like telling them not to breathe," he says. Read more.
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    March 12, 2019
    Alum Kelci Archibald shares how an arts-based approach to career development can help students navigate their future
    Alum Kelci Archibald, who coordinates student peer programs at the University of Toronto, shares how an arts-based approach to career development can help students cultivate creativity to better navigate the unpredictable landscape of work. Read more.
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    March 11, 2019
    Professor Charles Pascal examines the challenges in designing effective services for children with autism
    Professor Charles Pascal makes comments regarding decisions of the Ford government to boost funding for schools in order to deal with students with autism. Pascal weighs in about the speed of the implementation for the policy decision. Read more.
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    March 11, 2019
    Professor Mary Reid comments on teachers flagged for professional misconduct for teaching modern sex-ed
    Professor Mary Reid comments on the sex-ed curriculum 'snitch line' which allowed parents to call in complaints about teachers who allegedly said they would teach or were teaching aspects of the 2015 sex-ed curriculum. Dr. Reid discusses whether or not flagged complaints are examples of misconduct on behalf of teachers. Read more in CBC.
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    March 08, 2019
    International Women's Day: Meet two OISE scholars who are working to build a more just and equitable future for women
    For International Women's Day, OISE is spotlighting Kiran Mirchandani and Jamie Magnusson - two OISE scholars who are working to build a more just and inclusive future for women. From organizing queer, trans, Black, Indigenous and women of colour sex workers to improving work and workplace conditions for women in low wage jobs, here's how Mirchandani and Magnusson are making an impact. Read more.
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    March 07, 2019
    Alum Rumeet Billan discusses harmful workplace behaviours on Breakfast Television
    87% of women report having successes undermined by others at work. It's a workplace phenomenon known as Tall Poppy Syndrome, where someone is criticized or cut down because of their achievements or successes. On today's Breakfast Television, OISE alum and learning architect Dr. Rumeet Billan speaks about Tall Poppy Syndrome and offers solutions to counter harmful workplace behaviours. Watch here.
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    March 07, 2019
    Professor Normand Labrie appointed as Associate Dean, Programs
    Normand Labrie has been appointed as the Associate Dean of Programs. Labrie's term will begin on July 1st, 2019. Read more.
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    March 06, 2019
    Prof. Charles Pascal explains why full-day kindergarten in Ontario is working and needs to stay
    Ontario's full-day kindergarten program has shown major results when it comes to children's social, emotional and cognitive development, says OISE professor Charles Pascal, who was instrumental in developing the model. The play-based, curiosity-driven approach guided by an early childhood educator and certified teacher in each class has resulted in more children showing up in first grade with increased readiness for formal education. Read more.
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    March 05, 2019
    PhD candidate Jacqueline Beaulieu discusses recent changes in Ontario's student financial aid program
    OISE PhD candidate Jacqueline Beaulieu discusses recent changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP) in a new blog. She says confusion over cost savings of the tuition program and uncertainty about the prior program's contributions to post-secondary access will challenge the public when assessing the merits and drawbacks of the Ontario government's changes to OSAP. Read more.
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    March 05, 2019
    Prof. Jim Cummins outlines practical ways teachers can implement inclusive learning strategies for multilingual students
    In a new EdCan Network factsheet, OISE Professor Jim Cummins outlines practical ways teachers can implement inclusive learning strategies and programs that heighten engagement among multilingual students from immigrant backgrounds. It has been found that multilingual students who are encouraged to use their home language in the classroom are more likely to engage academically, rather than feel limited by their current abilities in the school language. Read more.
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    March 05, 2019
    Congratulations to OISE's 2019 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award Recipients
    Congratulations to OISE's 2019 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award recipients: Suleyman Demi, Chizoba Imoka, Umme Juthi Jamila, Ezinwanne Odozor, Elicia Pavan, Henry Ssali and Kristen Wantuchowicz. These seven outstanding OISE graduates have made a difference by striving to improve the lives and learning of others on campus and in the community. Recipients will be honoured at the U of T Cressy Awards ceremony on April 22. Read more.
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    March 04, 2019
    Prof. Kathleen Gallagher's production Towards Youth: A Play on Radical Hope connects drama class and drama of real world
    Towards Youth: A Play on Radical Hope was born out of OISE Professor Kathleen Gallagher's research into the distinct chemistry that occurs between students within a high school drama class. A series of interconnected plays, Towards Youth explores radical hope in young people in classrooms around the world. Dr. Gallagher and renowned playwright Andrew Kushnir bring the world premiere of the new play to Toronto until March 16. Read more.
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    March 01, 2019
    OISE's Charles Pascal comments on the decision process to call a snow day.
    OISE professor Charles Pascal makes comments to CBC about the decision for a snow day to be declared. Charles weighs in on the difference between hazardous storms and inconvenient weather. Read more.
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    February 28, 2019
    #BlackExcellence: How OISE's Black alumni are making an impact locally and globally
    At one time, they were graduate students at OISE. Now, they're using their knowledge and experiences to make a difference both here in Toronto and around the world. From TV personalities and distinguished authors to trailblazing politicians, learn about how some of OISE's Black alumni are making an impact in our local and global communities. Read more.
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    February 21, 2019
    Black Girls Magazine: PhD student Annette Bazira-Okafor inspired to make a difference
    When OISE PhD student Annette Bazira-Okafor saw the magazinesand apps her daughter and her friends were using, she knew something wasmissing - representation of the girls themselves. "They just aren't there. The way they do their hair, their skin tone, it's not represented," she said. "It sends a message that they're not part of the norm. It's not right," she continued. "It's important for them to have a voice." So, Bazira-Okafor decided to give them one. Read more.
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    January 30, 2019
    Meet 3 OISE professors who are advancing research and care in adolescent and young adult mental health
    OISE researchers are playing a leading role in addressing theunique mental health challenges that young people are facing in today's world. From shedding light on how parents and schools can better support emerging adults to exploring how social media platforms can support the wellbeing of Indigenous youth, here are some of the ways OISE experts are making an impact. Read more.^M
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    January 14, 2019
    Full-day kindergarten has lasting benefits on children's self-regulation, reading, writing and number knowledge to the end of Grade 2: OISE study
    New research by Professor Janette Pelletier shows that full-day kindergarten on children's self-regulation, reading, writing, and number knowledge to the end of Grade 2, including some benefits for vocabulary. In addition, full-day kindergarten children were significantly more likely to meet provincial expectations for reading in Grade 3. Read more.
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    December 05, 2018
    OISE study reveals important findings about kids and e-books
    A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the e-book's voiceover. (Read more) ^M
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    November 30, 2018
    OISE student researches ways to protect Indigenous knowledge for future generations
    Throughout Indigenous Education Month, OISE News will be profiling Indigenous people from the OISE community who are doing work in Indigenous education. Through these conversations, we'll explore the question: 'How can Indigenous education advance justice for Indigenous peoples?' Today, we chat with Fernanda Yanchapaxi, a doctoral student at OISE. Yanchapaxi was born and raised in Ecuador, and is of Indigenous and Meztizx heritage. Read more.
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    November 06, 2018
    Meet Marie Laing, a new OISE grad who is challenging racism against Indigenous people with education
    Since starting her Master of Arts in 2016, the Kanyenkehá:ka(Mohawk) scholar has extended her commitment to anti-colonial and anti-racist education far beyond the classroom, playing a leading role in advancing anti-racism on campus. Read more.
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    June 29, 2018
    Canada Day: OISE-bound award winner aims to improve university experience for new Canadians
    As a Canadian immigrant, Sara Asalya experienced first-hand the difficulties of being both a newcomer and a university student. Now, the incoming OISE student is committed to making this process easier for others.^M
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    June 19, 2018
    Alum Dr. Mark Wade awarded Governor General's Gold Medal
    OISE alumnus Dr. Mark Wade considered a career as an anthropologist, pediatrician and even a journalist before dedicating himself to studying child psychology - a decision that's more than paying off: the PhDgrad was recently honoured with the Governor General's Gold Medal - one of the most prestigious awards a Canadian graduate student can receive. Read more. ^M
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    June 12, 2018
    A Role Model For LGBT2SQ Community
    OISE grad strives to become role model for LGBT2SQ community.^M
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    Master of Education helps Adam Benn make a difference.
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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.