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    November 14
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    '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
    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
    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
    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
    #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 22
    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
    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 18
    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
    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 17
    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 16
    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
    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
    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 11
    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 10
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 30
    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 27
    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
    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 25
    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 24
    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 24
    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 23
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    OISE launches new doctorate with focus on international education
    OISE has launched a new Doctor of Education (EdD) program in International Educational Leadership and Policy, which will begin Fall 2020. The online, specialized doctorate is designed for mid-career professionals who work for international organizations, governments, foundations and nongovernmental agencies and are looking to enrich their education and improve their practice. Read more.
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    September 10
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher named fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher has been named fellow of the Royal Society of Canada -- considered a major achievement for scholars in this country. A professor in the department of curriculum, teaching and learning, Gallagher uses theatre to understand young people's views on life in and out of the classroom. She hopes her fellowship opens up more avenues for cross-disciplinary work. "The idea that I'm going to walk into new intellectual terrain with researchers beyond my U of T network is enormously exciting to me," says Gallagher. "It feels like a new beginning." Read more.
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    September 06
    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
    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
    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
    Indigenous alum Kerry Potts helps open new doors in postsecondary arts education
    Alum Kerry Potts brings her Indigenous culture and arts into teaching at the postsecondary level, which only recently has seen more Indigenous peoples hired in educator roles. Now a full-time faculty member at Humber College, Potts developed a course on Indigenous perspectives on Indigenous music, film and media -- which draws on her work as chair of the non-profit organization Native Women in the Arts. "I felt a shift in the colleges and universities to recruit Indigenous teachers who offer a practical point of view," she said. "Now, there's space for Indigenous people that never happened before." Read more.
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    September 04
    Dear First Year Me: Current students share the back to school advice they would give their first year selves
    For back to school, we asked six OISE graduate students to think back to their first year and offer advice to their first year selves. Find out their tips for making new friends, balancing parenting, overcoming impostor syndrome and more. Watch now.
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    September 03
    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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    September 03
    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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    August 30
    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
    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
    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 27
    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 26
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 28
    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 27
    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
    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 27
    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 26
    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
    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 25
    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 24
    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 24
    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 22
    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 22
    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 21
    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 21
    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 19
    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
    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 18
    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 17
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 12
    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
    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 11
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 05
    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
    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 03
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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    May 06
    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
    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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    April 30
    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
    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 30
    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 29
    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 29
    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 24
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 11
    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 08
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 02
    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 01
    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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    April 01
    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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    March 29
    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
    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 28
    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 26
    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 26
    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 25
    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
    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 22
    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 21
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 12
    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 11
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 05
    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 04
    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
    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
    #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 27
    Professor Charles Pascal weighs in on provincial government's new autism support model
    In a recent op-ed in the Toronto Star, Professor Charles Pascal says that while we need highly qualified therapists and researchers when it comes to autism support, parent-mediated models can be effective and are worthy of further investment and exploration. Read more.
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    February 27
    OISE ranked 7th best educational institute in the world by QS World University Rankings
    The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto has been ranked the 7th best educational institution in the world by the QS World University Rankings. It remains highest out of all institutions in Canada, and now holds the top place for public universities in North America. Read more.
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    February 26
    Celebrating the impact of the Vari Scholarship
    Each year, the Vari Scholarship provides financial support for exceptional University of Toronto students who plan to pursue a career in primary or secondary teaching in Ontario. Vari Scholar Krystal Morgan sits down with Dr. Helen Vari to discuss the enormous impact that the scholarship has had on her education and student experience at OISE. Read more.
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    February 26
    Why are young children more likely to act out? Judith Wiener expains.
    Teachers are calling for for more support amid 'escalating crisis' of classroom violence. But why do young children act out aggressively against their teachers and classmates in the first place? Professor and Clinical Psychologist Judith Wiener explains. Read more.
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    February 21
    Black Girls Magazine: PhD student Annette Bazira-Okafor inspired to make a difference
    When OISE PhD student Annette Bazira-Okafor saw the magazines and apps her daughter and her friends were using, she knew something was missing - 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.
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    February 20
    Professor George Dei to receive Paulo Freire Democratic Project Social Justice Award
    Congratulations to OISE professor George Dei, who has been nominated by the Paulo Freire Democratic Project (PFDP) to receive its annual Social Justice Award at the 2019 American Education Research Association (AERA) Conference that will be held in Toronto in April. This award is given to individuals and organizations that embody the life and legacy of Paulo Freire, a Brazilian educator and philosopher who was a leading advocate of critical pedagogy. Read more.
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    February 16
    Prof. Kathleen Gallagher's production "Towards Youth: A Play on Radical Hope" takes centre stage on February 25
    "Towards Youth: A Play on Radical Hope" is a production based on Prof. Kathleen Gallagher's research exploring how drama's collaborative nature helps incite dialogue and civic engagement in young people. Read more.
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    February 14
    U of T remembers OISE Professor Emeritus David Booth
    Professor Emeritus David Booth was an influential educator, prolific author, and staunch advocate for literacy who saw the value in all forms of reading, from classic literature to social media postings. For more than 30 years, Booth taught and mentored undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Education and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, spreading his enthusiasm to generations of teachers. Read more.
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    February 14
    OISE alum Dr. OmiSoore H. Dryden named James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University
    Dr. OmiSoore H. Dryden, an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersections of health science, social science and humanities, has been named James Robinson Johnston (JRJ) Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie. Dr. Dryden earned her PhD in Social Justice Education from OISE, where her dissertation examined how blood donation rules discriminate against certain populations. Read more.
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    February 12
    St. George campus will close at 4pm due to inclement weather
    Due to worsening conditions, all classes starting at 4pm or later at the St. George campus are cancelled. Buildings and facilities remain open.
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    February 07
    OISE honours the memory and impact of Professor Jack Quarter
    With very heavy hearts, the OISE community shares the news of the passing of Professor Jack Quarter of the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education. In honour of his memory and impact, we remember our dear colleague and friend Dr. Quarter. Read more.
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    February 05
    Think saving money by increasing elementary school class sizes is a good idea? Think again, says doctoral student Sachin Maharaj
    As part of the Ontario government's effort to reduce the deficit, Education Minister Lisa Thompson is looking at the possibility of increasing class sizes from kindergarten to Grade 3. "This is a bad idea on many fronts," wrote doctoral student Sachin Maharaj in a recent op-ed with the Toronto Star. "It will harm student learning, is going to be unpopular with the public, and is not going to end up saving much money." Read more.
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    February 01
    Study co-authored by OISE Dean Glen Jones finds that Canadian universities face declining autonomy
    Canadian universities have historically enjoyed high levels of institutional autonomy compared to their counterparts in other countries, but a recent study of six research-intensive universities in five provinces finds that this autonomy "appears to be declining in the face of increasing government regulation and accountability measures." Read more.
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    February 01
    Alum Dr. Daniel Andreae named 2018 Educator and Philanthropist of the Year
    How does it feel to be Man of the Year? Just ask OISE alum Dr. Dan Andreae, recognized as one of the most accomplished individuals in education and philanthropy in 2018 by Top 100 Registry Inc. A distinguished professor and dedicated community volunteer, Dr. Andreae also received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Top Professionals for his contributions in psychology and higher education. Read more.
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    February 01
    Alum Tracey King receives 2019 Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Employee Award
    Congratulations to OISE Alumni Association's Tracey King. She is the 2019 recipient of the Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Employee Award for her commitment to EDI through Indigenous knowledge and learning. Tracey is Ryerson University's Aboriginal Human Resources Consultant and a dedicated volunteer at the University of Toronto and OISE. Read more.
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    January 30
    Should Ontario cancel full-day kindergarten? Professor Charles Pascal weighs in.
    Charles Pascal, an education expert who served as an adviser to McGuinty, said full-day kindergarten has been shown to provide an important foundation for children. "The research that's been done over the last number of years shows that when it comes to social, emotional and literacy gain, the full-day learning programis improving the outcomes of kids." Read more.
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    January 30
    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 the unique 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.
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    January 30
    OISE Telepsychology Program is transforming learning support and mental health care for students in remote communities
    For students in remote northern Ontario communities, access to school psychologists and psychological assessment services is scarce, or often non-existent. One-time assessments are frequently not helpful, as they do not adequately address the changing needs of individuals and the community over time. Despite the poor accessibility of these fundamental services, Dr. Todd Cunningham has found a way to reach more students in need of such services-through their teachers. Read more.
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    January 25
    Alum Carrianne Leung returns to her childhood to tell the stories of racialized first-generation Canadians in 1970's Scarborough
    OISE alum and author Carrianne Leung recounts immigrating from Hong Kong to Scarborough in the 1970s. Now, she returns as UTSC's writer-in-residence, sharing her unique lens on racism, mental illness, queerness and first-generation experiences in her work. Read more.
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    January 25
    Professor Carol Campbell explains why the Fraser Institute's rankings of Ontario elementary schools are problematic
    Annually, the Fraser Institute produces a "report card" on Ontario elementary schools, a practice which has been criticized by educators and researchers as a problematic use of EQAO results for ranking schools. OISE Professor Carol Campbell, who led a recent independent review of assessment and reporting for the Ontario government, weighs in. Read more.
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    January 25
    Prof. Charles Pascal weighs in as the Ontario government plans changes to class sizes, full-day kindergarten
    OISE Professor Charles Pascal, a former deputy minister of education, weighs in as the Ontario government plans changes to class sizes, full-day kindergarten as well as school hiring practices. Read more in Toronto Star.
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    January 24
    New scholarship will support research in early childhood education
    The Friedrich Froebel Early Childhood Education Scholarship for graduate students in OISE's Child Study and Education Program will help talented future educators overcome financial barriers to study and success. It will support students conducting research in early childhood education methods, including Froebel's approach and philosophy that education should focus on social and personal growth as well as academic development that reaches beyond the classroom. Read more.
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    January 23
    Professor Stephanie Waterman wins NASPA Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award
    Congratulations to OISE Professor Stephanie Waterman who has won the Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award from NASPA, the largest organization for student affairs in North America. Professor Waterman is deeply committed to advancing Indigenous graduate student success and student affairs. Read more.
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    January 23
    PhD student Mama Adobea Nii Owoo urges for sign language policy in Ghana
    PhD student Mama Adobea Nii Owoo is urging for equal opportunities for the Deaf in Ghana. With inadequate interpretation and translation services in Ghanaian schools, more Deaf students are forfeiting their schooling, says Nii Owoo, who explains why Ghana needs an official sign language policy. Read more in National Post.
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    January 17
    Biggar-Hedges Award recipient shares the power of tech-infused teaching and her dream to educate girls in Pakistan
    In 2018, Khulood Khan was in her final year of the Master of Teaching program at OISE when she was awarded the Biggar Hedges Award in Teaching and Technology. Now, with an EdD at OISE underway, Khulood shares her experiences as an immigrant student in Canada and her plans to use education to empower girls in Pakistan. Read more.
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    January 16
    Master of Teaching student shares why he chose OISE, ways to get involved and 'life hacks' for new students
    A desire to be 'uncomfortable' is what led Jordan Guerrero-Martinez, a second year Master of Teaching student, to OISE. Believing that personal growth occurs outside your comfort zone, Jordan says his studies at OISE have enabled him to think outside the box. Read more in OISE Student Ambassador Blog.
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    January 16
    Professor Roy Moodley receives Award of Recognition for work in counselling and psychotherapy
    Congratulations to OISE Professor Roy Moodley, who received an Award of Recognition at the International Conference on Counselling, Psychotherapy and Wellness. The award was presented to Dr. Moodley in recognition of his committed contribution to the field of counselling and psychotherapy. Read more.
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    January 15
    OISE alum Drorit Weiss uses rap videos to support her students in math, innovative teaching she says was inspired by her OISE prof
    OISE alum Drorit Weiss uses rap videos to support her students in her senior math class at a Vaughan private school. She credits OISE Professor Ron Lancaster as the inspiration for her innovative teaching methods: "He's so innovative. He made math fun. Having his support, having him thinking I'm a good teacher, it empowered me," she said. Read more.
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    January 14
    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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    January 14
    Alum Dr. Rumeet Billan is shaping the conversation on finding your path in a fast-changing world at any age
    "By 2030, 85% of the jobs that exist have not been invented yet," says OISE alum Dr. Rumeet Billan. Dr. Billan discusses how to prepare your child for future jobs that don't exist yet by shaping the conversation on becoming who you want to be. It's a theme that resonates with both children and adults in her new bestseller 'Who Do I Want to Become?'. Watch on Breakfast Television.
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    January 11
    What are the differences between hereditary chiefs and band councils in Indigenous governance? Prof. Jeffrey Ansloos explains
    Anti-pipeline protests across Canada have prompted questions of how Indigenous governance works, namely what the differences are between non-elected hereditary chiefs and band councils elected by First Nations. Professor Jeffrey Ansloos breaks it down. Read more.
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    January 10
    Alum Percy Lezard brings Two-Spirit lens to the University of Manitoba
    Percy Lezard realized they were functionally illiterate once they enrolled into post-secondary education. After 20 years of field experience, they now hold a position at the University of Manitoba's Inner City Social Work Program. Read more.
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    January 07
    Prof. Michal Perlman and PhD student Petr Varmuza warn over the Ontario government's proposed changes to home child-care legislation
    OISE Professor Michal Perlman and PhD student Petr Varmuza say the Ontario government's proposed changes to home child-care legislation threaten kids' safety and well-being in licensed and unlicensed child-care settings. Under the proposed changes, care providers would be allowed to care for more children under the age of 13, not including providers' own kids above the age of four. "More regulation and support for providers is necessary, not less." Read more in The Conversation.
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    January 07
    Remembering Professor Emeritus David Booth
    The OISE community mourns the loss of Professor Emeritus David Booth who passed away on December 22, 2018. His career in education spans sixty years as a classroom teacher, consultant, professor, researcher, speaker and author. "David was a very special member of our community. He was an outstanding colleague, friend, teacher and mentor. This is a very sad loss for our community," said OISE Dean Glen Jones. A celebration of Professor Booth's life will be held in the spring of 2019 with details to come. Read more.
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    December 21, 2018
    Year in Review
    In 2018, OISE continued to be a leader in the world of education. Every day, our students, faculty and staff were breaking boundaries, conducting ground-breaking research, and exploring new frontiers to change the future of education. Take a look back at some of OISE's top successes in 2018. Read more.
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    December 17, 2018
    Video: Happy holidays from OISE
    Enjoy the magic of our Winter Wonderland and Community Skate with our holiday video.
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    December 12, 2018
    Winter Wonderland Skate brings together entire OISE community
    On December 10, over 250 OISE students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their family and friends laced up their skates for OISE's first annual Winter Wonderland event at the University of Toronto's Varsity Stadium. Read more.
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    December 07, 2018
    OISE Professor Normand Labrie appointed chair of the SSHRC Programs Committee
    Congratulations to OISE professor Normand Labrie, who was appointed Chair of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) on November 30. The SSHRC is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences. 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)
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    December 05, 2018
    Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos comments on issues around the lack of people of colour in counselling and social service professions
    OISE Professor and psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos comments on issues around the lack of people of colour in the counselling and social services fields. Read more at Global News.
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    December 04, 2018
    Education at OISE ranked top ten in 2019 World University Rankings by Subject
    The 2019 World University Rankings by Subject ranked the University of Toronto among the top ten public universities globally in education. As well, U of T rose in four subject areas in this year's rankings including the social sciences. Read more.
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    December 04, 2018
    Prof. Cecilia Morgan receives Faculty Research Fellowship at Jackman Humanities Institute
    Congratulations to OISE Professor Cecilia Morgan who has been named one of ten Faculty Research Fellows at the University of Toronto Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) for 2019-2020. Fellows are chosen for both their research excellence and the promise of their proposed research program. "I'm delighted to be joining the vibrant, interdisciplinary research community at the JHI," Professor Morgan said. Read more.
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    December 03, 2018
    Alum Breanna Heels wins Innovation in Geography Teaching Award from Royal Canadian Geographical Society
    Recent OISE graduate Breanna Heels has won the Innovation in Geography Teaching Award from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society - its highest award in teaching. Breanna was featured at RCGS's Canadian Geographic Education, of which she has been a member since the start of her teaching career. Congratulations!
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    December 03, 2018
    Alumni Portrait: Julie Hay discusses her fast-paced business career and how she maintains balance
    OISE alum Julie Hay is a testament to how a master of education degree can bring new perspectives into your life. As a business leader in a fast-changing market, Julie shares how she learned to master being in balance while staying true to what she enjoys. Read more.
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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 30, 2018
    Indigenous Education Month: Meet four members of the OISE community who are making an impact
    November 1 marks the start of Indigenous Education Month. Throughout this month, OISE News will introduce you to Indigenous people from the OISE community who are making an impact in this important area. Read more.
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    November 29, 2018
    Student Emmanuel Tabi shares his thoughts on overzealous fans taking rap rivalries from performance to real world spaces
    OISE doctoral student Emmanuel Tabi shares his thoughts on the recent uptick in passionate fans taking rap rivalries off-stage. "Fans today feel closer to their idols than those of years past because artists get personal with their work and share their daily lives on social media," says Tabi, whose research examines cultural production and its intersection with education and activism. Read more at CBC News.
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    November 28, 2018
    Prof. Charles Pascals weighs in on recent St. Michael's College School scandal, calls for greater oversight of private schools
    In the wake of a scandal at St. Michael's College School Toronto, former deputy minister of education and OISE professor Charles Pascal calls for greater oversight of privately run schools. Read more at the Toronto Star.
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    November 23, 2018
    Schools play an important role in challenging toxic masculinity, OISE experts say
    The recent allegations of assault and sexual assaults by students at St. Michael's College School in Toronto has prompted discussions on the role of 'toxic masculinity' as a key factor in perpetuating and aggravating acts of violence among young men. It may express itself in bullying, and can escalate from verbal harassment to extreme cases of physical assault, says OISE professor Roy Gillis, whose research focuses bullying, homophobia and hate crime victimization. Read more.
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    November 21, 2018
    Prof. John Miller discusses his new book on the roles love and compassion play in education
    OISE professor John Miller's new book looks at the role love and compassion play in education. He recently sat down with Harvard Ed. Magazine to discuss compassion, seeing students as individuals, and why, at age 74, he still loves teaching. Read more.
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    November 20, 2018
    Prof. Roy Gillis speaks about toxic masculinity and ritualized violence after St. Michael's College School scandal
    OISE Professor Roy Gillis discusses the recent St. Michael's College School scandal involving six students at the private school and provides his analysis of toxic masculinity and ritualized violence in connection to the incident. Watch at CTV News.
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    November 20, 2018
    Indigenous Education Month spotlight: Jennifer Brant
    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 Jennifer Brant, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning. Dr. Brant is from the Mohawk Nation and has family ties to Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Read more.
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    November 16, 2018
    Former Prof. Andy Hargreaves discusses trends in math education in Canada and why we need to make math a priority
    Former OISE professor Andy Hargreaves and Pasi Sahlberg share common obstacles, trends and notable gains in math education in Australia and Canada, and why embracing math is so important. Read more at The Conversation Canada.
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    November 15, 2018
    Indigenous Education Month spotlight: Dallas Fiddler
    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 Dallas Fiddler, a Research Projects Coordinator and Indigenous Community Liaison with Professor Jeffrey Ansloos' Research Lab at OISE. Read more.
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    November 12, 2018
    JICS brings Indigenous perspectives into learning from the land
    The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study lab school's garden revitalization project is working to rejuvenate land to include diverse cultural and ecological perspectives. Read more.
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    November 12, 2018
    OISE alum Grace Karram Stephenson takes a deep-dive into higher and global education
    Grace Karram Stephenson, a triple graduate and postdoctoral fellow at OISE, discusses her journey in comparative, international and development education and how she hopes to make an impact in the field. Read more.
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    November 09, 2018
    New grad Melinda Scott featured for her wide-ranging U of T experiences
    Meet Melinda Scott. She is the dean of students at University College and she now has a PhD in higher education under her belt. This impressive OISE grad is getting the most of her U of T experience. Read more.
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    November 09, 2018
    Treaty Week: OISE's Lab School shares lessons, resources on TRC's Calls to Action for the classroom
    Responding to the TRC's Calls to Action around education, the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (EJICS) Lab School has included lessons on Treaties in its curriculum while providing teachers with models for bringing Indigenous education into the classroom. Recently, with the expertise of Indigenous Professor Jennifer Wemigwans from OISE and Niigaanibines from Treaty #3 territory, the Lab School's Grade 1 and 5 classes explored Treaties and the Seven Grandfather Teachings based on a respectful and reciprocal pedagogy. Read more.
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    November 07, 2018
    80-year-old OISE student John Horton set to be U of T's oldest graduate
    When John Horton joins his fellow graduates at convocation this week, there will be one thing setting him apart from his classmates-the fact that he is receiving his degree at 80 years old. On November 8, the octogenarian will graduate with a Doctor of Education from OISE, making him U of T's oldest graduate in 2018. Read more.
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    November 06, 2018
    Professor Jennifer Brant sees crucial role for teachers in advancing Truth and Reconciliation in Canada
    Jennifer Brant joined the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in August as an assistant professor in the department of curriculum, teaching and learning. With seven years of experience in university teaching and program co-ordination in Indigenous education, she is an accomplished Indigenous feminist scholar whose research focuses on Indigenous education and literature. She spoke recently to OISE's Kaitlyn Balkovec. 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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    November 05, 2018
    At 17, Sakina Rizvi shares what it is like to be an unusually young student at U of T and OISE
    Sakina Rizvi was 17 when she graduated from her program studying the history of religion at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus. This fall, she has started her Master of Education degree at OISE and is hoping to wrap up a PhD by age 25. Read more.
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    November 02, 2018
    Nominate an OISE student for a 2019 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award
    Do you know an OISE student who's making a difference? Nominate them for a 2019 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award! The Cressy Awards recognize students who have made outstanding extra-curricular contributions at OISE, the University of Toronto and/or the broader community. Faculty, staff and alumni may nominate a student at OISE before November 14. Learn more.
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    November 02, 2018
    OISE Professor James Slotta appointed to President's Chair in Education and Knowledge Technologies
    Professor James Slotta has been appointed to the President's Chair in Education and Knowledge Technologies for a five-year term from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024. Read more.
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    November 01, 2018
    Prof. Carol Campbell publishes major study of teachers' professional learning and leadership
    OISE Professor Carol Campbell and team have published one of the largest studies of teachers' professional learning and leadership. What they found is when professional learning is experienced by teachers, they will share their knowledge and positive outcomes which provides sustained impact for students, educators, families and communities. Read the new report.
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    November 01, 2018
    Indigenous Education Month spotlight: Sandi Wemigwase
    November 1 marks the start of Indigenous Education Month. Throughout this month, OISE News will spotlight 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 start with Sandi Wemigwase. Sandi is a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians from Harbor Springs, Michigan and is currently a 3rd year doctoral student at OISE. Read more.
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    November 01, 2018
    OISE's Robertson Program co-hosts conference on reciprocal teaching and learning in Treaty #3 Territory
    In October 2018, more than 150 educators gathered in Treaty #3 Territory (Fort Frances, Ontario) for the Gaa-izhi-izhitwaawaad anishinaabeg: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Conference, a collaboration among Seven Generations Education Institute, Rainy River District School Board, the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study's Robertson Program and Natural Curiosity. Read more.
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    October 31, 2018
    Prof. Marvin Zuker, former Ontario judge, comments on national proposal to narrow role of judges in courtrooms after retirement
    OISE professor and alumnus Marvin Zuker, a former judge of the Ontario Court of Justice, comments on the newly proposed restrictions on former judges acting as counsel: "Justice must not only be done but be must seen to be done," said Prof Zuker. "I think there are a lot issues, not only of bias, unfair advantage but also: What kind of information does the retired judge have that may or may not give his or her client an advantage?" Read more.
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    October 30, 2018
    Support researchers like Prof. Angela Pyle and her student Katie Kovacs in early childhood education and build the future
    OISE Professor Angela Pyle and her student Katie Kovacs know that building a better tomorrow starts with building a solid foundation of learning and development for children. With your support, we can shape the future of early childhood education. Learn more and give your support.
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    October 29, 2018
    Prof. Todd Cunningham offers tips on combating the daily homework battle with your kids
    Need some tips on combating the daily homework battle with your kids? OISE's Dr. Todd Cunningham discusses strategies for both parents and teens to create positive associations with homework. Read more.
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    October 28, 2018
    Prof. Charles Pascal on TCDSB's use of grade six EQAO results as criteria for high school admissions
    A new inquiry found the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) has been using grade six EQAO results as criteria for admission into some highly competitive high school programs. OISE Prof. Charles Pascal responds: "It's irresponsible and it's lazy. If it's a bad use of EQAO data - it shouldn't be in the pot". Read more.
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    October 26, 2018
    Doctoral student Jacqueline Scott discusses race and advertising in the outdoors industry
    Outdoor apparel giant MEC has publicly apologized for only using white models to sell wares. PhD student Jacqueline Scott responds, saying wilderness outfitter advertisements have created a "visual apartheid" and that the absence of Indigenous, Black and other racialized people in these ads has 'whitewashed' the history of our outdoor spaces. Read more.
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    October 25, 2018
    Prof. Tanya Titchkosky discusses the use of jazz hands and why universities must do more to recognize student disabilities
    A university in the UK recently voted to swap clapping for 'jazz hands' to help students with anxiety and sensory issues. "There are a lot of different conditions people could have, like autism, anxiety, for which the use of 'jazz hands' would be beneficial," said OISE Professor Tanya Titchkosky, adding that our university campuses must do more to recognize student disabilities. Read more.
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    October 24, 2018
    Interview with JICS Parents Association President Beth Corcoran
    The dedicated volunteer and mom-of-two discusses her work within the JICS community and why the new Endowment Fund is so important for the school. Read more.
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    October 18, 2018
    New Assistant Professor Dr. Jennifer Wemigwans brings expertise of Indigenous Knowledge and new media technologies to OISE
    This August, OISE welcomed Dr. Jennifer Wemigwans as the new Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education. Dr. Wemigwans' research focuses on the convergence between education, Indigenous knowledge, and new media technologies. She brings over 20 years of expertise in media exhibition, practice and consultation, Ojibwe language, Indigenous history, First Nations spirituality, and multigenerational Indigenous cultural literacy. Read more.
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    October 17, 2018
    Prof. Lana Stermac receives 2018 Distinguished Member Award of the Section on Women and Psychology
    Congratulations to OISE Professor Lana Stermac, who has received the 2018 Distinguished Member Award of the Section on Women and Psychology (SWAP) of the Canadian Psychological Association. This award is presented annually on the merits of distinguished, long-standing, and substantial work on gender, women or related issues in teaching, research or practice. Read more.
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    October 17, 2018
    Prof. Abby Goldstein, a clinical psychologist, discusses how to talk to teens about cannabis
    Now that it is legal in Canada, how should parents talk to their teens about cannabis? OISE Professor Abby Goldstein, a clinical psychologist and Canada Research Chair, discusses with Global News: "Kids already have some ideas and impressions about what's happening with cannabis and so starting by asking them what they know and then helping to fill in some of the blanks," says Prof. Goldstein. Watch now.
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    October 16, 2018
    Arbor Awards honour exceptional OISE volunteers
    This year, nine members of the OISE community received Arbor Awards for their loyalty, generosity, and dedication to OISE and the Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS). The annual awards recognize individuals who have made an exceptional impact at the University of Toronto through volunteerism. Read more.
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    October 12, 2018
    Prof. Creso Sa discusses the role of government science advisers in Canada
    Can and should one person be designated as the main voice of 'science' in government today? OISE Professor Creso Sa discusses the role of government science advisers in his latest 'Policy & Practice' column at University Affairs. "If we want more reliable, research-based knowledge to be considered in policy-making, we need more than a cheerful 'team science' crowd to elevate the status of science in government." Read more.
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    October 04, 2018
    Dr. Jennifer Brant joins OISE as Assistant Professor of Indigenous Education and Literatures
    Meet Dr. Jennifer Brant, who joined OISE as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in August. She recently spoke to OISE News about what ignited her passion for Indigenous literature and women's issues, and what she's looking forward to at OISE. Read more.
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    October 04, 2018
    OISE professor Njoki Wane and student Chizoba Imoka honoured at U of T African Scholars Awards
    Professor Njoki Wane and student Chizoba Imoka were two of the recipients of this year's African Scholars Awards - a recognition given to faculty, students, alumni and community leaders by the African Alumni Association at U of T. Read more.
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    October 03, 2018
    OISE named #1 school for education in Canada by University Magazine
    OISE has been named the best school for education in Canada by University Magazine. Supported by a strong community of faculty, staff, students and alumni, OISE is widely recognized as a centre for excellence in education. Read more.
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    October 01, 2018
    OISE's Robertson Program to co-host three-day conference focused on land-based learning and culturally-responsive teaching
    From October 2-4, the Robertson Program will co-host a conference in Fort Frances, a town in northwestern Ontario located on Treaty #3 territory. The event will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators, policy makers, and academics to improve teaching within a framework of reconciliation and reciprocal learning. Read more.
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    October 01, 2018
    Prof. Niva Piran receives prestigious publication award from Association for Women in Psychology
    Congratulations to OISE Professor Emeritus Niva Piran who has received the 2018 Distinguished Publication Award for her book, "Journeys of embodiment at the intersection of body and culture: The Developmental theory of embodiment" from the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP). The Awards recognize published works that contribute significantly to research and theory that advance our understanding of the psychology of women and/or gender. Read more.
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    September 26, 2018
    Prof. Tricia Seifert and team aim to uncover the factors that lead to effective student affairs programs
    OISE Professor Dr. Tricia Seifert's research finds that organizational culture is pivotal in supporting student success. To help understand the factors that lead to effective student affairs programs, Dr. Seifert and team including academics from OISE and Memorial University started the Supporting Student Success project. The team developed a '360 degree' understanding of how students, staff, faculty and senior administrators perceive their institutions' culture around student success, and presented the findings at two major conferences this year. Read more.
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    September 26, 2018
    Master of Teaching student Rija Saleem conducts curriculum research abroad with U of T scholarship
    The University of Toronto has now made it easier for students to find funding for global learning opportunities. Just this summer, OISE Master of Teaching student Rija Saleem went abroad after being awarded a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship to conduct research at a school in Rwanda. "When you go abroad, you get time to learn about yourself and develop a sense of independence. At the same time you're highly social because you don't know people, and you learn cross-cultural communication skills," Saleem says. Read more.
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    September 25, 2018
    Dr. Bonnie Burstow establishes new scholarship for research into violence against Indigenous women
    A new scholarship has been established at OISE by Dr. Bonnie Burstow. Burstow's Scholarship for Research into Violence Against Indigenous Women: In Memory of Helen Betty Osborne will be directed to a graduate student whose thesis focuses on violence against Indigenous women. Read more.
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    September 24, 2018
    Dr. Bonnie Burstow's book shortlisted for Vine Award in Canadian Jewish Literature
    Dr. Bonnie Burstow's novel, The Other Mrs. Smith, has been shortlisted in the fictional category for the Vine Award in Canadian Jewish Literature. Read more for the announcement, along with an excerpt from the novel.
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    September 24, 2018
    OISE alum Rumeet Billan shares research on women, work and ideas for creating equitable workplaces
    OISE alumna Dr. Rumeet Billan has released new survey research that shows the prevalence of women who experience or witness acts of being cut down or discredited based on gender in the workplace (also known as Tall Poppy Syndrome). The research, based on 1500+ responses from Canadian women across industries, sectors and roles, suggests both men and women participate in undermining or undervaluing women at work. Watch Dr. Billan speak about her findings and what can be done to create better workplace environments.
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    September 21, 2018
    PhD student Adam Davies discusses the issue of toxic masculinity in gay communities
    "For a lot of gay men, just by being gay, there is this sense of insecurity of being a failure because they're not performing their masculinity in the way that they (feel like they) are expected to," says Adam Davies, doctoral candidate in education, gender and sexuality studies at OISE. Davies discusses the issue of toxic masculinity in the gay community. Read more in HuffPost.
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    September 21, 2018
    Prof. Kang Lee breaks down the science of lying on AsapSCIENCE
    OISE Professor Kang Lee and his student Sarah Zanette of Dr. Kang Lee's Development Lab break down the science of lying and show off their innovative 'lie-detection technology' in a new AsapSCIENCE episode, "Can you spot a liar?" Watch here.
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    September 20, 2018
    New course aims to arm OISE student teachers with stronger skills in math teaching and research
    Starting this fall, OISE student teachers will be required to take a 24-hour course on basic arithmetic on top of 54 hours focusing on math pedagogy and research. This comes after OISE researchers found that about one-third of new student teachers scored at or below 70 per cent, the provincial standard, on a Grade 6 and 7 level math test. Read more in The Globe and Mail.
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    September 19, 2018
    OISE alum Dr. Brian Hodges named fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
    Congratulations to OISE alumnus Brian Hodges, professor at U of T Medicine and OISE, for being named fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. As one of the highest honours in the country's health sciences community, fellows are recognized for their leadership, creativity and commitment to advancing academic health science. Read more.
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    September 17, 2018
    OISE ranked top education institute in Canada, 11th in the world
    For the second consecutive year, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto has been ranked the 11th best educational institution in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. Read more.
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    September 12, 2018
    Kids Praised For Being Smart More Likely To Cheat
    If kids do well in a game or a task, parents and caregivers often praise them so they feel good about themselves.
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    September 12, 2018
    Prof. Lauren Bialystok discusses Ontario reverting to outdated sex-ed curriculum in Washington Post
    OISE Professor Lauren Bialystok discusses the Ontario provincial government's recent announcement that it was scrapping the sex-education curriculum updated in 2015 and replacing it with a version from 1998. Bialystok says the rollback would put the health and safety of children at risk and lead them to adopt "dangerous conceptions of sexuality, consent and body image." Read more at Washington Post.
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    September 11, 2018
    OISE alum Renee Connors featured for moving from Toronto to teach in remote First Nations community
    OISE alum and Indigenous teacher Renee Connors is headed to Fort Severn First Nation to teach grades 7 and 8 for the first time. "She's going to make a big difference up in Fort Severn," said Kyle Hill of Teach For Canada, a non-profit which helps teachers adjust to working in Northern communities. "A lot of the kids in the north see teachers come and go. Having stability and the teacher in the school is absolutely correlated with student success and trust in education." Read more at Cape Breton Post.
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    September 10, 2018
    OISE community shares words of advice for incoming students
    For new and returning students, the first day of class often brings both excitement and nervousness. To help ease the transition, OISE faculty, staff, students, and alumni share their words of advice with incoming students in a new video. Watch here.
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    September 10, 2018
    Prof. Jack Quarter selected as finalist for SSHRC Partnership Award
    Congratulations to OISE Professor Jack Quarter who has been selected as one of the finalists for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Award. The Partnership Award recognizes outstanding achievement in research, training, knowledge mobilization or developing a new partnership approach to research. Read more.
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    September 07, 2018
    Prof. Michael Skolnik discusses Canada's number one international ranking in post-secondary education
    OISE Professor Emeritus Michael Skolnik explains the factors behind Canada's leading international performance in post-secondary education and how the education system compares to other countries. Read more.
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    September 06, 2018
    Prof. Creso Sa discusses the Ford government and free speech on university campuses
    Do Ontario universities need free speech policies? OISE Professor Creso Sa weighs in: "Most with a working knowledge of higher education would agree we are nowhere near a free speech crisis in colleges and universities, let alone one justifying government intervention." Read more in University Affairs.
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    September 05, 2018
    Prof. Mary Reid debates sex education and math scores on TVO's The Agenda
    From Queen's Park to the classroom, OISE teaching expert Dr. Mary. Reid weighs in on how classrooms will be affected by Ontario's recent education policy changes. Watch on The Agenda.
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    September 04, 2018
    Prof. Charles Pascal explains why split grade classrooms can be a win-win for all students
    Are split grade classrooms something parents should be concerned about? OISE professor and former deputy minister of education Charles Pascal says there's no need to worry - split classrooms can be a win-win for all students, especially when teachers take advantage of the learning environment and remain attentive to individual needs. Listen on CBC Ontario Morning.
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    September 03, 2018
    Prof. Clare Brett weighs in on the TDSB's decision to lift its social media ban
    Social media use in classrooms can be beneficial to students, and even has the potential to create a meaningful impact on how curriculum is delivered, says OISE professor Clare Brett, in response to the Toronto District School Board lifting its ban on popular social media and video streaming sites including Snapchat, Instagram and Netflix. Read more.
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    August 31, 2018
    Learning to lie has cognitive benefits, finds new study by Dr. Kang Lee
    It's a tenet of Parenting 101 that kids should tell the truth. But a recent study co-authored by OISE professor Kang Lee suggests that learning to lie can confer cognitive benefits.
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    August 29, 2018
    Lecturer Dr. Angela Nardozi offers tips for teachers on selecting resources with Indigenous content
    OISE alum and lecturer Dr. Angela Nardozi offers tips for educators on assessing and selecting resources with Indigenous content across the grade levels. The free webinar features insights from guest speaker Dr. John Doran, Assoc. Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of PEI. Watch here.
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    August 28, 2018
    OISE's back to school hub: Tips and resources for parents and educators
    With the new school year just around the corner, OISE has rounded up top tips and resources from our education experts to help parents and educators prepare for back to school. Learn how to foster inclusivity among children, create LGBTQ-friendly spaces, integrate Indigenous content into the curriculum, and more. Read more.
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    August 28, 2018
    Prof. Eve Tuck and alum Sheila Cote-Meek discuss promises, challenges of universities as spaces for Indigenous knowledge
    OISE Prof. Eve Tuck and alum Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek discuss bringing Indigenous knowledge into academia and decolonizing the classroom on CBC Radio: Unreserved: "One role that has emerged for the university is that it is the sole place where knowledge generation is seen as legitimated. I would like to see Indigenous communities be understood as also sites of knowledge generation and creation." Listen here.
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    August 27, 2018
    Prof. Creso Sá explains why the Trump effect has little to do with international student flow in Canada
    Professor Creso Sá, Director of OISE's Centre for the Study of Canadian & International Higher Education, weighs in on the impact of the Trump presidency on international students choosing Canadian universities. "Canadian officials have seized too easily on the Trump effect as an explanation," suggests Prof. Sa, whose research found that international student flow is mostly "decoupled from political and policy changes." Read more.
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    August 24, 2018
    Dr. Hilary Inwood shares insights on the benefits of eco-art education
    In a recent interview with the Ontario College of Teachers, OISE lecturer and art researcher Dr. Hilary Inwood discusses the benefits of eco-art education and shares insights from her research on teacher preparation and environmental learning. Read more.
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    August 24, 2018
    Professor Lauren Biaylstok weighs in on Ontario's interim sex-ed curriculum
    Mixed messaging in Ontario's interim sex education curriculum is likely to confuse teachers and prevent students from learning about fundamental concepts, says Dr. Biaylstok. Read more.
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    August 16, 2018
    OISE alum and former poet laureate Dionne Brand shortlisted for 2018 Toronto Book Awards
    OISE alumna and honorary degree recipient Dionne Brand has been shortlisted for the 2018 Toronto Book Awards with her anthology "The Unpublished City" that features poetry and prose from emerging, unpublished Toronto writers. Dionne is an award-winning author and poet and Toronto's former poet laureate. Read more.
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    August 15, 2018
    OISE alum and world-renowned sociologist Dorothy Smith's work will frame new health studies course at UTSC
    Scholarship from OISE will be used as readings in a new course combining health studies, feminism and public policy taught by Dr. Laura Bisaillon at University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). The unique course is framed by the contributions of world-renowned sociologist and OISE alum Dorothy Smith. Read more.
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    August 14, 2018
    Prof. Mary Reid introduces new math-content course at OISE to better prepare future teachers
    Many teacher education programs focus on math theory and how children learn, but fail to refresh basic concepts, says OISE Professor Mary Reid. To address this issue, Dr. Reid has created a new standalone math-content course for students in OISE's Master of Teaching program. The course will focus on refreshing basic math concepts like fractions and arithmetic, with the goal of better preparing future teachers to teach the subject. Read more via Globe and Mail.
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    August 14, 2018
    OISE alum Carrie Chassels appointed Vice-Provost, Student Affairs at U of Guelph
    OISE alumna Carrie Chassels has been appointed Vice-Provost, Student Affairs at the University of Guelph where she will lead student development, well-being and success. Previously, Carrie was director of OISE's Office of the Registrar and Student Services. Read more.
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    August 13, 2018
    Dr. Shahrzad Mojab appointed Director of the Equity Studies program at U of T
    Congratulations to Professor Shahrzad Mojab, internationally renown scholar, teacher and activist, who has been appointed Director of the Equity Studies program at the University of Toronto. The OISE professor began her 5-year term on August 1, 2018. Read more.
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    August 09, 2018
    12 OISE researchers receive SSHRC Insight Grants
    12 OISE researchers have received SSHRC Insight Grants for 2018. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grants are awarded to both emerging and established scholars for 2-5 year research projects that contribute in significant ways to our knowledge of people, societies, and the global community at large. Read more.
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    August 07, 2018
    Prof. Creso Sa explains why the conversation about international education in Canada needs a reboot
    In a new op-ed, OISE Professor Creso Sa calls attention to the gap between rhetoric and reality in international education for professionals, researchers, service providers and advocates. Sa explains why the conversation about international education needs a reboot and how it influences Canada's policy thinking. Read more.
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    August 07, 2018
    School demands on parents hit low-income and minority students hardest, says PhD student Max Antony-Newman
    Involvement in a child's education is shaped by gender, race and cultural norms, explains OISE PhD candidate Max Antony-Newman, whose research looks at how school demands on ethnic minority and low-income parents can increase inequality. In The Conversation Canada, Antony-Newman explains why schools and teachers should adopt a more holistic definition of parental involvement. Read more.
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    August 03, 2018
    OISE alum Syrus Marcus Ware, artist, educator and activist, explains the role of art in the struggle for rights
    "If activists are the soldiers, then artists are the street medics," says OISE alumni, visual artist, activist, researcher, youth-advocate and educator Syrus Marcus Ware. In a new TEDxUofT talk, he discusses the role of art in the struggle for rights. Watch now.
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    August 03, 2018
    PhD candidate Max Antony-Newman shares research on immigrant parents, family engagement and schools
    In a new podcast, OISE PhD candidate Max Antony-Newman explores how immigrant parents are involved in their children's education and why it would be beneficial for Canadian schools to adopt a new view of parental involvement. Listen here.
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    August 02, 2018
    Healing the Human Spirit: OISE alum Kahontakwas Diane Longboat helps CAMH patients embrace their Indigenous heritage
    OISE alum Kahontakwas Diane Longboat is helping patients and clients at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) embrace their Indigenous heritage. Using the hospital's medicine gardens, sacred fire and sweat lodge, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit patients and clients now have access to culturally relevant care for the first time. Read more.
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    August 01, 2018
    OISE alum Dr. Karen Edge co-authors report on teacher motivation, retention in the workforce
    OISE's Dr. Karen Edge, Chair of OISE Alumni Association-UK, with support from OISE Professor Kathy Broad and alumna Dr. Angela Nardozi, co-authored the report, "Securing the 21st Century Teacher Workforce: Global perspectives on teacher motivation and retention" (2017). The report looks at how global governments, districts, schools and more are working to support teachers, with a focus on teacher motivation and retention. Read the report.
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    July 26, 2018
    Viewpoint: Prof. Rinaldo Walcott on Toronto's gun violence reduction plan and its impact on racialized communities
    Watch OISE Prof. Rinaldo Walcott of the Department of Social Justice Education as he outlines gaps in Toronto's approach to reducing gun violence and how education can play an essential role in supporting racialized communities. Walcott says education opens pathways to better employment opportunities and helps people understand the experiences of individuals from other communities. Watch here.
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    July 24, 2018
    OISE alum Amanda Parris, CBC host and community activist, unpacks gun violence in Toronto and calls for new strategy
    OISE alum Amanda Parris, host at CBC, explores why Toronto's anti-violence activism of the early 2000s was largely unsuccessful in disrupting structures of power and systems of inequity that lead to gun violence. Drawing from her own experiences as well as those of other activists and community organizers, Parris calls on the city to learn from its history to address gun violence today. Read more.
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    July 24, 2018
    Prof. Emeritus Keith Oatley offers insights from his research on reading and personal growth
    Reading makes us think and feel in new and different ways, says OISE Professor Emeritus Keith Oatley. "You give up some of your own habits and thoughts, and you take on your own idea of being a different person in circumstances that you might otherwise never had been in." Prof. Oatley offers insights from his research on the benefits of reading fiction. Read more via NBC News.
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    July 23, 2018
    Indigenous children's rights advocate Dr. Cindy Blackstock delivers 2018 R.W.B. Jackson Lecture
    On June 13, OISE held its signature event, the R.W.B. Jackson Lecture. Over 800 faculty, students, staff, alumni, and members of the OISE and University of Toronto community gathered to hear renowned Indigenous children's rights advocate Dr. Cindy Blackstock in conversation with award-winning CBC journalist Connie Walker.
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    July 20, 2018
    OISE alum Rebecca Jamieson, leading light in Indigenous education, receives Order of Canada
    OISE alumna Rebecca Jamieson has received the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest honours, for her longstanding service and commitment to advancing Indigenous education. President and CEO of Six Nations Polytechnic, Jamieson has spent 30 years improving outcomes for Indigenous students and bridging gaps in understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures. Read more.
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    July 20, 2018
    Prof. Lauren Bialystok discusses Ford government's plan to repeal 2015 sex-ed curriculum
    "Revoking the 2015 curriculum and going back to the 1998 version is preposterous, is terrible for education, and is bad for democracy," says OISE Professor Lauren Bialystok, in response to the Ford government's plan to scrap an updated health curriculum before the 2018-19 school year in favour of the version used in the 1990s. Read more.
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    July 19, 2018
    OISE librarian Desmond Wong's guide to freely accessible Indigenous education resources goes viral
    Desmond Wong, a librarian at the OISE Library, responded to the cancellation of TRC curriculum writing sessions by creating the now viral OISE Library guide to freely accessible Indigenous education resources. "I compiled these items so that teachers would have something that they could look to that are largely created by Indigenous educators, artists, and authors to bring those authentic world views into their classrooms," said Wong. Read more via CBC.
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    July 19, 2018
    OISE Library offers 50 freely accessible resources on Indigenous education for educators
    In response to the Ministry of Education's recent cancellation of a project to include more Indigenous content in Ontario classrooms, the OISE Library has compiled a list of 50 freely accessible resources on truth and reconciliation and Indigenous education for educators. Read more.
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    July 16, 2018
    Viewpoint: Dr. Lauren Bialystok discusses the Ontario government's decision to revert back to an outdated sex-ed curriculum
    OISE's Dr. Lauren Bialystok discusses the Ontario government's decision to revert back to an outdated sex education curriculum, and how students' health will be affected. "The 1998 curriculum was written before kids had cell phones, before the internet was the primary source of information for most people, and before social media. Children live in a very different world," Dr. Bialystok explains. Read more.
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    July 13, 2018
    Viewpoint: Prof. Jeffrey Ansloos on the importance of Indigenous content in classrooms
    Teaching students about Canada's historical oppression of Indigenous peoples is necessary for moving towards reconciliation, says Professor Jeffrey Ansloos. Watch him discuss the Ministry of Education's recent decision to cancel curriculum writing sessions aimed at bringing more Indigenous content into Ontario classrooms. Watch here.
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    July 12, 2018
    Prof. Lance McCready appointed Interim Director of U of T's Transitional Year Program
    OISE Professor Lance McCready has been appointed Interim Director of the University of Toronto's Transitional Year Program. This important program helps adults without a high school diploma qualify for university admission. Congratulations! Read more.
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    July 12, 2018
    OISE alum Sidrah Ahmad shares story as 'reality-check' for parents who support repeal of Ontario's sex-ed curriculum
    OISE alum Sidrah Ahmad shares her experience as a Muslim who was denied sex education in public school to highlight why Ontario's sex-ed curriculum must move forward, not back. "My lived experience serves as a reality-check for those parents who believe that removing children from sex ed, or preventing sex ed from happening, will somehow enable them to control their children's destinies," says Sidrah, a public educator and anti-gender based violence advocate. Read more.
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    July 10, 2018
    PhD student Sachin Maharaj argues there is no place for elite specialized schools in Canada's public system
    In a recent op-ed, OISE doctoral student Sachin Maharaj argues that eliminating elite specialized public schools may help reduce racial disparities in Canadian school systems. "Policies and programs that have the effect of dividing students along lines like race and socioeconomic status, and that create exclusive benefits for small groups of students, should have no place in a publicly funded education system," said Maharaj. Read more.
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    July 10, 2018
    OISE's Dr. Angela Hildyard weighs is on new program designed to close gender gap in higher education leadership roles
    A new program by the Centre for Higher Education Research and Development seeks to address the gender gap in university leadership and encourage women to pursue higher academic administrative roles. The first of its kind in Canada, the program will operate out of Winnipeg, Manitoba this fall. Former OISE senior academic administrator Dr. Angela Hildyard weighs in. Read more.
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    July 09, 2018
    Prof. Creso Sá discusses the impact Ontario's PC government might have on higher education
    With the recent election of Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative government, how will higher education in Ontario be impacted? In a recent op-ed, OISE Professor Creso Sá says that the new government's vague stance on higher education issues means that significant changes are unlikely to happen. Read more via University Affairs.
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    July 06, 2018
    Prof. Rhonda Martinussen appointed Director of Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study at OISE
    Congratulations to Professor Rhonda Martinussen who has been appointed Director of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study for a three-year term starting July 1, 2018. "I have no doubt that she will provide JICS with exceptional leadership over the next three years," said OISE Dean Glen Jones. Read more.
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    July 05, 2018
    OISE launches new, one-of-a-kind Master of Teaching Research Journal
    The Master of Teaching (MT) program is proud to announce its latest innovation, the Master of Teaching Research Journal (MTRJ). Officially launched in June 2018, the mandate of the MTRJ is to share the research of MT students and instructors with the world. Read more.
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    July 04, 2018
    Professor Normand Labrie appointed first Interim President of l'Université de l'Ontario français
    Professor Normand Labrie has been appointed first Interim President of l'Université de l'Ontario français (UOF), Ontario's first French-language university. With a distinguished career as a professor of sociolinguistics, as a renowned university researcher, in particular on the topic of post-secondary education, and as a director of various research organizations, the UOF's first leader assumed his duties on July 1, 2018. Read more.
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    July 03, 2018
    Prof. Charles Pascal talks to NY Times about the benefits of multicultural schools in Toronto
    Young learners at the Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy - a school in the Thorncliffe Park neighborhood of Toronto - speak 40 different languages and are mostly the children of immigrants. "You have kids from different cultures, with different levels of income. That's why later they don't understand homophobia and racism," says OISE Prof. Charles Pascal on the benefits of multicultural schools in Toronto. Read more.
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    July 02, 2018
    PhD grad Abraham Blair quoted on power of U of T Black Graduation to give voice to minority students
    "Whenever you're a minority in any situation there's no voice, [but] there's a voice now," OISE doctoral student Abraham Blair on the importance of U of T Black Graduation. Learn more about the recent second annual event. 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.
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    June 28, 2018
    OISE student Bruno Vompean explores benefits of programs where university and incarcerated students learn together
    Canada is lagging behind when it comes to providing education programs in prisons, says OISE student Bruno Vompean. In a new article for University Affairs, he discusses the benefits of programs where university and incarcerated students learn together. Read more.
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    June 27, 2018
    OISE releases public opinion survey on issues in education
    OISE's 20th survey about educational issues was released on June 27 providing valuable insights into how the public feels about education across the province. Find out how people across Ontario feel about public funding of religious schools, equity and access, EQAO testing and more. Read more.
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    June 26, 2018
    UofT's youngest graduate Sakina Rizvi begins her journey at OISE this fall in curriculum studies
    At only 18 years old, Sakina Rizvi already has a bachelor's degree under her belt, making her U of T's youngest graduate. We're looking forward to welcoming her at OISE in September, where she will begin her Master's in curriculum studies. Watch her and Joseph Goren, who at age 77 is U of T's oldest graduate, chat about their university experience. Watch here.
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    June 25, 2018
    Prof. Charles Pascals weighs in on new report showing rich-poor divide in Ontario school child care
    A new report from People for Education finds that schools in lower-income communities with less educated parents have less before and after-school child care than schools in higher-income communities with more well-educated parents. Professor and former deputy education minister Charles Pascal weighs in. Read more.
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    June 25, 2018
    Alum Zanana Akande given Key to the City for life's work as community leader, champion for equality
    Congratulations to OISE alumna Zanana Akande who was given a Key to the City this past weekend. She was honoured for dedicating her life's work to addressing equity issues in the community, and improving the social, economic, cultural and political status of women in Toronto. Read more.
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    June 22, 2018
    OISE alum and honorary degree recipient Dionne Brand delivers powerful convocation address
    On Wednesday, OISE's graduating class of future teachers were given a special message: "You are more and better than the status quo. You are teachers and activists fighting to make the world better and I know this because that is why you came to OISE, as I did 30 years ago." These words were delivered by OISE alum and honorary degree recipient Dionne Brand in a powerful and poetic convocation address that earned a standing ovation. Watch now.
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    June 21, 2018
    How can libraries become part of the reconciliation process? Julie Blair and Desmond Wong offer ways forward
    Libraries are facing challenges in the era of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples as First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities are reclaiming their voices and building a new framework for its relationship with other Canadians. How can library staff become part of the reconciliation process in Canada? OISE staff member Julie Blair and librarian Desmond Wong offer strategies for moving forward in their paper, "Moving in the Circle: Indigenous Solidarity for Canadian Libraries." Read more.
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    June 21, 2018
    Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos offers 5 things to know about National Indigenous Peoples Day
    Beyond celebrations, National Indigenous Peoples Day is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn about culture and history. OISE's Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos, Professor of Indigenous mental health, offers five things to know about the Day and its importance in moving Canada forward. Read more via Global.
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    June 19, 2018
    OISE announces five-year Academic Plan
    The vision, developed through extensive community consultation, will guide the next phase of the institute's development. Read "Learning and Leading from Within."
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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 PhD grad was recently honoured with the Governor General's Gold Medal - one of the most prestigious awards a Canadian graduate student can receive. Read more.
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    June 18, 2018
    Starbucks should 'take a page' from educator and OISE alum Roopa Cheema for its anti-bias curriculum, says Toronto writer
    Toronto writer Andray Domise says that Starbucks anti-bias training - coming after the April arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks - will accomplish little. "What I saw was very a basic racism 101 conversation," said Andray, who argues activists and educators like OISE alum Roopa Cheema should be consulted to ensure the coffee giant's anti-bias curriculum has an impact. Read more.
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    June 14, 2018
    OISE celebrates the life of Walter George Pitman, former OISE director
    The OISE community celebrates the life of Walter George Pitman, who recently passed away at age 89. The father of four was a passionate educator, author and activist who served as OISE's Director from 1986 to 1992. "Walter Pitman was a kind, thoughtful leader who was extremely devoted to education, the arts and social justice," said OISE Dean Glen Jones. "He made an enormous contribution to OISE during his term as Director." Read more.
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    June 13, 2018
    Artist Kelly Jazvac demonstrates creative solutions to plastic waste with kids at OISE's Jackman Institute
    In 2017, artist-in-residence Kelly Jazvac brought her work to the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. The sculptor invited students to transform items they no longer wanted using salvaged materials into something they would want again. The exercise was designed to find creative solutions to today's plastic waste problem. "It's going to take some openness," said Jazvac, "and some creative problem-solving." Read more.
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    June 12, 2018
    A Role Model For LGBT2SQ Community
    OISE grad strives to become role model for LGBT2SQ community.
    Master of Education helps Adam Benn make a difference.
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    June 11, 2018
    Dr. Mary Reid weighs in on Doug Ford's promises to update Ontario's curriculum
    OISE Professor and teaching expert Dr. Mary Reid weighs in on Premier-designate Doug Ford's contentious promises to update Ontario's curriculum. One promise includes removing 'discovery math' from math curriculum to focus on basic arithmetic. Dr. Reid believes inquiry-based math needs to remain and the curriculum should be remodeled so that students are learning both operational skills and problem-solving. Read more.
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    June 11, 2018
    Post-doc fellow Grace Karram Stephenson explores what Doug Ford's victory means for universities
    OISE post-doctoral fellow Grace Karram Stephenson explores how policies and promises by Doug Ford's new Progressive Conservative government will affect higher education in Ontario and why "Ford is unlikely to be a good neighbour" to universities. Read more.
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    June 10, 2018
    OISE alum Tracey King connects and supports Indigenous peoples within the workplace
    In a new spotlight, OISE alum Tracey King reflects on her work as an Aboriginal Hiring Consultant at Ryerson University where she supports Indigenous candidates and community members on a wide range of issues and areas within the university. "One thing that I love about my role is using my Indigenous knowledge, community connections and lived experience," says Tracey. Read more.
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    June 08, 2018
    Dean Glen Jones' national study on university autonomy highlighted by David Suzuki hon doc controversy
    A national research study on Canadian university autonomy led by OISE Dean Glen Jones finds that universities in several provinces are experiencing greater government oversight. These findings are highlighted by the recent controversy surrounding David Suzuki's honorary degree from University of Alberta - as universities face less freedom in decision-making and increased pressure to show that students are landing jobs. Read more.
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    June 05, 2018
    Writer, activist and OISE grad Dionne Brand to keynote U of T's 2nd Annual Black Graduation Celebration
    University of Toronto's 2nd Annual Black Graduation Celebration will take place on June 26 at Hart House for over 400 proud graduates and their families. Co-organizers Matthew Campbell-Williams, Ayann Abdulle and Anyika Mark hope to build on last year's success. This year, OISE alumna Dionne Brand, who served as Toronto's third poet laureate, will keynote the event. Read more.
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    June 04, 2018
    Alum Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson writes about re-imagining teachers as activists and influencers
    In her latest article, alum Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson explores activism in teaching that goes beyond strikes and work-to-rule situations and gets "teachers to embrace their collective voice and refuse to yield to narrow, managerial, understandings of teacher professionalism." She adds, "We need to re-imagine teachers as leaders, learners, and policy actors whose influence goes beyond the walls of any one classroom." Read more.
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    June 02, 2018
    Professor Mary Reid weighs in as Ontario premier candidates try to tackle school closures in rural areas
    School closures in rural areas have become a topic of great concern for some communities and also one of interest for Ontario premier candidates, who promise to take on the issue. OISE's Dr. Mary Reid says more than a 'band-aid' solution will have to be made to mitigate the number of school closures in remote areas. Read more.
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    June 01, 2018
    Professor Cecilia Morgan discusses the symbolic legacy of Canada's Laura Secord
    Canada's national symbols and their contentious histories: Professor Cecilia Morgan weighs in on the legacy of Laura Secord to help explain why the chocolate lady is both a unifying and dividing force in Canada. Read more.
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    May 30, 2018
    U of T medicine garden a labour of love for student Roy Strebel and daughter Shay-Lee
    For the past five years, OISE student Roy Strebel and his daughter have tended the U of T medicine garden. By teaching Shay-Lee to care for the scared plants, Strebel is also teaching her about her Anishinaabe identity and family roots. Through this experience, Shay-Lee has also become a teacher of Indigenous traditions in her own right. Read more.
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    May 28, 2018
    Alum Denise Dwyer receives 2018 InspirED Award
    Advocating for what is right is a core principle for Denise Dwyer, winner of OISE's 2018 InspirED Award. The honour, given annually by OISE's Young Alumni Council, recognizes administrators and leaders who have made immense contributions to the education sector. Dwyer, who holds the position of Assistant Deputy Minister of Indigenous Education and Well-being in Ontario, recently received the recognition at an OISE reception. Read more.
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    May 25, 2018
    Alum Zanana Akande, a trailblazer in Ontario politics, named YWCA Woman of Distinction
    Congratulations to OISE alum Zanana Akande, recipient of the 2018 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Award for Public Service. Trailblazer and lifelong activist for social justice and equity, Zanana was the first black woman elected to Ontario's Legislature, where she helped pass Ontario's first Employment Equity Legislation. Read more.
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    May 25, 2018
    OISE promotes six faculty members
    Six OISE faculty members have recently received approval for promotion. Congratulations to Bonnie Burstow, Mark Evans, Michal Perlman, James Slotta, Rinaldo Walcott, and Leesa Wheelahan on this richly deserved achievement. Learn about the contributions and impact of each of these scholars. Read more.
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    May 24, 2018
    PhD student Jacqueline Scott discusses why participation in outdoor recreation is lower among people of colour
    Doctoral student Jacqueline Scott looks at the 'adventure gap' in Toronto - and why participation in outdoor recreation is lower among people of colour. "People of colour, we're 50% of the city's population. But you take a look at any outdoor advertising, you don't see us. Look at outdoor recreation in general, you don't see us. What is it about that space that says people of colour 'do not come'?" Read more via National Post.
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    May 23, 2018
    Professor Tanya Titchkosky co-authors letter on treatment of disabled persons in the UK
    Professor Tanya Titchkosky of OISE's Department of Social Justice Education co-authors a letter addressing the treatment of disabled persons in the UK, amid concerns over misleading claims by Britain's Department for Work and Pensions regarding disability benefit. Read more via The Guardian.
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    May 18, 2018
    Prof. Rinaldo Walcott weighs in on Halifax university's controversial choice of teacher for residential schools course
    A Halifax university has been criticized for its decision to have a non-Indigenous scholar teach an upcoming course on residential schools. Professor Rinaldo Walcott of OISE's Department of Social Justice Education weighs in on CBC's The Current. Listen here.
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    May 17, 2018
    Incoming doctoral student Melissa Hunte receives Connaught International Doctoral Scholarship
    Incoming Applied Psychology and Human Development student Melissa Hunte has been awarded the Connaught International Doctoral Scholarship. At OISE, Melissa hopes to use her research on social-emotional learning and theory of mind interventions to help at-risk students. Read more.
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    May 16, 2018
    OISE students inspire next-generation scientists at annual Canada-wide Science Rendezvous
    Over the weekend, Master of Teaching students Robin Connolly and Isabella Vitale captivated the minds of next-generation scientists at the annual Science Rendezvous - a Canada-wide festival which takes university students out of their labs to engage the public with their research in science, technology, engineering, art and math. Read more.
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    May 16, 2018
    Prof. Charles Pascal discusses why Ontario needs education game-changers this election season
    In a new op-ed ahead of the upcoming Ontario election, former deputy minister of education Professor Charles Pascal weighs in on the improvements to education that the government has made - and what still needs to be done. "When it comes to genuine change, improvements based on a clear understanding of the problems that need solving and short, medium, and long-range plans are key." Read more via TVO.
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    May 15, 2018
    Alum Tracey King sets example for universities to welcome Indigenous talent
    OISE alum Tracey King applied for Ryerson University's Aboriginal Human Resources Consultant position in 2010. At her interview, she brought two sacred items - eagle feathers - which helped her talk about the knowledges and skills essential to the role. Now incumbent in the role, Ms. King encourages Indigenous candidates to bring their culture to university workplaces - especially as institutions strive to improve the ways they attract and hire diverse talent. Read more.
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    May 15, 2018
    Dominic Barton and Order of Canada recipient and alum Dionne Brand to receive honorary doctorates at OISE's June convocation ceremonies
    Congratulations to Dominic Barton and Order of Canada recipient and OISE alum Dionne Brand, who will be awarded honorary doctorates at the OISE convocation on June 12 and 20. Among the other outstanding leaders receiving honorary degrees from the University of Toronto is Indigenous children's rights advocate and speaker at OISE's 2018 Jackson Lecture, Dr. Cindy Blackstock. Read more.
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    May 14, 2018
    Historic photo collection at OISE highlights connections to Indigenous and adult education
    If you find yourself at OISE on the 7th floor, you will be in the company of Indigenous activist and photographer Danny Beaton's photos gifted to OISE roughly 20 years ago. This historic collection highlights Indigenous as well as adult education values and the strong connection between the two. OISE alumna Dr. Laara Fitznor says the photos allow allies, supporters, and Indigenous peoples to "continue to nurture the spirit of the Indigenous voices to show 'all our relations'." Read more.
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    May 13, 2018
    Prof. Mary Reid responds to Doug Ford's claim that discovery math is hurting Ontario students
    Math expert Professor Mary Reid weighs in on Doug Ford's comments that 'discovery math' is hurting Ontario students and should be scraped. "When Doug Ford talks about getting rid of discovery math, what he's doing is he's perpetuating that math is taught in these dichotomous forms - either it's discovery or it's traditional," explains Dr. Reid. Read more.
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    May 11, 2018
    Dean Glen Jones to receive honorary doctorate from University of Manitoba
    Congratulations to Dean Glen Jones, who will receive an honorary doctorate from his alma mater on June 6. Find out what lead Dr. Jones to pursue studies in higher education - and check out a photo of him from back in the day!
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    May 10, 2018
    OISE's annual Jackson Lecture returns June 13 with Dr. Cindy Blackstock and CBC's Duncan McCue
    OISE's annual Jackson Lecture returns June 13. This year's event, "Spirit Bear: Decolonizing Canada by Lifting Up the Children," features renowned Indigenous children's rights advocate Cindy Blackstock in conversation with CBC's Duncan McCue. Learn about Dr. Blackstock's fight to protect Indigenous children in Canada and the role education can play in advancing their rights, justice and more. Join us in person or watch online. Find out more.
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    May 08, 2018
    Professor Creso Sá explores reasons behind why Canada excels in science but struggles with innovation
    In a new op-ed, Professor Creso Sá discusses the challenges Canada faces as a country that continuously excels in science but struggles with innovation. "Most of the academic thinking on innovation originates in the U.S., and Canada is not alone in the world in trying to emulate American successes in science and technology." Read more.
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    May 07, 2018
    Ahead of Canada's first white privilege conference, OISE's Dr. Rinaldo Walcott provides insight
    OISE's Rinaldo Walcott, Director of UofT's Women and Gender Studies Institute, sat down with Denise O'Neil Green, Ryerson's Vice-President for Equity and Community Inclusion, to discuss the ways in which white privilege shapes our world. This conversation comes ahead of Canada's first white privilege conference where Prof. Walcott and other scholars will be sharing their perspectives on the subject. Read more.
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    May 05, 2018
    Prof. Arlo Kempf authors report on measuring student well-being in schools
    Professor Arlo Kempf of OISE's Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning recently authored a report for the Ontario Teachers' Federation. The report looks at the challenges, limitations, and possibilities of the current policy conversation around measuring student well-being in schools. Read more.
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    May 04, 2018
    Vari Scholar Katie Kovacs shares the profound impact her scholarship donor has made in her life
    In the wake of her father's passing, Katie Kovacs nearly withdrew from her studies at OISE. Thanks to a timely award, and the friendship and support of her scholarship donor, Katie was encouraged to continue on and realize her dreams of becoming a teacher. Read her story.
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    April 26, 2018
    Prof. Carol Campbell leads new, government-commissioned report on standardized testing in Ontario
    Professor Carol Campbell of OISE's Department of Leadership, Adult and Higher Education and Director of the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER) leads a new, government-commissioned report on standardized testing in Ontario, which suggests the phasing out of Grade 3 EQAO testing, among many recommendations. Read more.
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    April 25, 2018
    Dr. Bonnie Burstow discusses dealing with trauma after Toronto van attack
    In the aftermath of the Toronto van attack, trauma specialists say there are likely many people dealing with feelings of distress. Dr. Bonnie Burstow of the Dept. of Leadership, Higher & Adult Education, who teaches a course on working with trauma survivors, provides advice. Read more in CTV News.
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    April 25, 2018
    Daniel Hamlin receives 2017 Leithwood Award for Outstanding Thesis of the Year
    Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Hamlin for receiving the 2017 Leithwood Award for the Outstanding Thesis of the Year. Established in 2003, this award is granted to one graduating doctoral student annually whose work demonstrates research excellence and advances knowledge in the field of education in an impactful way. Read more.
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    April 24, 2018
    Prof. Charles Pascal disagrees with Ontario's recommendation to end Grade 3 EQAO testing
    Professor Charles Pascal, a former deputy education minister, disagrees with Ontario's Education Assessment recommendation to end Grade 3 testing, saying it's needed to see if the benefits of full-day kindergarten last as children progress through the primary years. Read more.
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    April 24, 2018
    Alumna Dr. Afua Cooper named Halifax's new poet laureate
    Congratulations to alumna Dr. Afua Cooper on being named Halifax's new poet laureate. The community leader, best-selling author, and renowned scholar of Black Canadian history assumes the position today. Read more.
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    April 23, 2018
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher weighs in on modern-day issues around raising independent kids
    In an age of risk censure, helicopter parenting and growing debate over how to keep kids safe, Professor Kathleen Gallagher of OISE's Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning says this fussing not only links to fear of harm but to pressure to succeed. Read more in Macleans.
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    April 23, 2018
    OISE alum Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson receives 2017 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research
    Alumna Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson is 2017 recipient of the Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education. This marks the second consecutive year an OISE graduate has won the award. Dr. Osmond-Johnson has collaborated on numerous high-profile research projects that aim to reposition teachers as key actors and decision-makers in professional learning, education reform and school improvement. Read more.
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    April 20, 2018
    Recent grad Keshini Senanayake nominated for teaching proficiency award
    Recent grad Keshini Senanayake has been nominated for the Edwin Parr Teacher Award for proficiency in teaching. Keshini attributes her success as a novice teacher to OISE professors who helped shape her path in education. "I owe my success in my first year of teaching to the amazing work that was done through the Concurrent Education Teacher's Program," she said. Read more.
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    April 16, 2018
    Prof. Njoki Wane appointed Chair of OISE's Department of Social Justice Education
    Congratulations to Professor Njoki Wane who is the incoming Chair of Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) and the newest member of OISE's academic leadership team. Prof. Wane will serve a five-year term beginning July 1, 2018. Since 2016, she has served as the Associate Chair of SJE. "Not only is Dr. Wane an internationally renowned scholar but an inspiration to students and colleagues alike. Her recent appointment is extremely well deserved," said Dean Glen Jones. Read more.
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    April 16, 2018
    Professor Katreena Scott shares insights on domestic violence prevention
    Following the recent murder of a mother and her two children in Ajax, Ont., Dr. Katreena Scott says knowing the risk factors, along with helping victims - and their abusers - is key to prevention.Learn the risk factors linked to domestic violence, and how to prevent it by not only helping women and children - but also the men in their lives. Read more.
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    April 13, 2018
    Major innovative changes to three Doctor of Education (EdD) programs approved by OISE Council
    OISE Council has approved major changes to its three Doctor of Education programs. Did you know OISE is the only faculty at U of T that offers this research-intensive and practice-oriented degree that's designed for practicing professionals? Learn about our redesigned and revitalized EdD programs in Counselling Psychology, Educational Leadership and Policy and Social Justice Education. Read more.
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    April 10, 2018
    AERA 2018: More than 130 faculty, students to represent OISE in NYC
    NYC-bound: Armed with expert research, innovative studies and bold new ideas, a stellar team of 130-plus OISE faculty and students are bound for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in the Big Apple April 13-17. Read more.
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    April 06, 2018
    OISE's Leesa Wheelahan appointed to provincial College Task Force
    OISE Associate Professor Leesa Wheelahan has been appointed to the Ontario government's newly established College Task Force, which will create a forward-looking plan for the province's publicly assisted college system, it was announced Friday. Read more.
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    April 03, 2018
    7 actionable insights from the 2018 Summit for Mentoring Indigenous Graduate Students
    This past February, Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff, students and faculty came together at OISE for the Summit for Mentoring Indigenous Graduate Students, which explored best practices for teaching, supervising, and supporting Indigenous grad students. Here are 7 actionable insights from the event.
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    March 27, 2018
    OISE honours staff excellence, innovation and leadership at annual awards event
    Congratulations to OISE's 2018 Staff Excellence Awards winners: Lise Watson, Laize Bacay, Rushain Abbasi, the Education Commons Team and the Continuing and Professional Learning Team for their outstanding contributions and service at OISE. "We are truly privileged to have so many outstanding administrative staff members who are committed to making a difference in everything we do at OISE," said Dean Glen Jones. Read more.
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    March 27, 2018
    OISE Teaching Excellence Awards recognize outstanding faculty and instructors
    Congratulations to OISE's 2018 Teaching Excellence Award recipients, including Professor Kathleen Gallagher, Professor Mary Reid, Professor Lauren Bialystok and Kristi Ivan. The award recognizes their outstanding contributions in teaching and learning which further OISE's success as a leader in education. Read more.
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    March 23, 2018
    Prof. Leesa Wheelahan weighs in on digital pilot project aimed at getting high school students into university
    Professor Leesa Wheelahan of OISE's Department of Leadership, Adult and Higher Education praises a Canadian e-portfolio pilot project aimed at reaching high school students with great skills but low grades and providing a way to higher education. "It is trying to help students by recognizing the breadth and depth of their experience and readiness to study at university," says Prof. Wheelahan. Read more.
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    March 23, 2018
    Prof. Megan Boler addresses the recent Facebook data breach and concerns over information warfare
    Professor Megan Boler of OISE's Department of Social Justice Education addresses the recent Facebook data breach - "Information is being weaponized," she says with regard to evidence that Facebook data was used to sway the U.S. election. Prof. Boler says users should take action to stop the trend and to protect their data. "Did we sign up on Facebook thinking that our information was going to be used to change political elections? I don't think so." Read more.
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    March 22, 2018
    OISE PhD student and team at new Toronto political group aim to bring change to city hall
    PhD student Janelle Brady, a coordinator at OISE's Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies, is helping to bring change to city hall as a founding advisor for Progress Toronto - a new initiative aimed at championing progressive leadership and decision-making at Toronto's city council. Read more.
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    March 22, 2018
    Education at OISE ranked 1st in Canada
    For the second consecutive year, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto has been ranked No. 1 in Canada by the QS World University Subject Rankings. OISE also placed third out of all publicly funded universities in North America, and fifth overall in North America. Ranked 11th worldwide, OISE was the only Canadian institution in the top 15 spots. Read more.
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    March 22, 2018
    OISE faculty and students tackle issues of racism, discrimination at IDERD conference
    OISE faculty and students recently tackled issues of racism and discrimination at U of T's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) conference - which is also where MA student Marie Laing received a special recognition award. Faculty participants in the conference included OISE Professors Njoki Wane, Lance McCready, and Abigail Bakan as moderators. Read more.
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    March 20, 2018
    OISE student Marie Laing receives UofT award for leadership, advocacy in anti-Indigenous racism
    Congratulations to MA student Marie Laing for receiving the UofT International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Campaign Award! Marie has been awarded for her collaborative work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members to challenge anti-Indigenous racism and increase Indigenous education at OISE. Read more.
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    March 20, 2018
    Prof. Michal Perlman's research aims to understand why governments let childcare businesses operate without oversight
    Research by Professor Michal Perlman of OISE's Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development and her team at the University of Toronto reveals the factors behind why governments continue to let childcare businesses operate without oversight. "Bringing unlicensed home child care providers out of the cold and into the light of government oversight will go a long way to addressing these gaps in parent information and reducing the risks for children in care." Read more.
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    March 19, 2018
    Prof. Gavin Moodie discusses recent closures of Australian universities and the implications for local and academic communities
    Adjunct Professor Gavin Moodie of OISE's Department of Leadership, Higher, and Adult Education discusses recent campus transfers and closures of Australian universities and the ways these changes will affect faculty, students and the future of some universities. Read more via The Conversation.
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    March 16, 2018
    OISE's Julie Blair and Rebecca Beaulne-Stuebing honoured with President's Award for Outstanding Indigenous Student of the Year
    Congratulations to staff member Julie Blair of OISE's Indigenous Education Network (IEN) and Social Justice Education PhD student Rebecca Beaulne-Stuebing who have received the President's Award for Outstanding Indigenous Student of the Year for academic excellence and community service. Read more.
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    March 14, 2018
    OISE professor Stephanie Waterman receives ACPA Senior Scholar Award
    Congratulations to OISE Associate Professor Stephanie Waterman of the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education who has received the 2018 Senior Scholar Award from the American College Personnel Association. This is a great recognition for her outstanding contributions and research in higher education and Indigenous student affairs. Read more.
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    March 14, 2018
    Black Panther film gives 'hope and possibility', says OISE Prof. Lance McCready
    As blockbuster film Black Panther surpasses the $1 billion mark, OISE Professor Lance McCready shares how a movie with an all-black cast of African superheroes is smashing stereotypes, inspiring black excellence and giving kids 'hope and possibility'. Watch here.
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    March 13, 2018
    Prof. Scott Davis' research highlighted in op-ed on debate over publicly-funded Catholic schools
    Professor Scott Davies' research was recently highlighted in an op-ed about publicly-funded Catholic schools. His research indicates students at Catholic schools are more likely to have university-educated parents; and, in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Catholic schools boards have fewer students with special education needs and vastly fewer students whose first language learned at home was not English. Read more via Toronto Star.
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    March 13, 2018
    OISE study reveals how good leaders make good schools
    Leadership affects learning: A co-study by professors at OISE and the University of Minnesota reveals how principals impact the success of schools. "We have not found a single case of a school improving its student achievement record in the absence of talented leadership," the study finds. Read more via NY Times.
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    March 12, 2018
    Prof. Shahrzad Mojab answers: What are some of the biggest challenges facing women today?
    What is the biggest challenge facing women today? Professor Shahrzad Mojab of OISE's Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education and U of T's Women and Gender Studies Institute identifies the struggle for freedom, equality and secularism of women in the Middle East and North Africa as a key challenge. Read Prof. Mojab's answers in State of Nature Blog.
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    March 12, 2018
    Master's student Jennifer Sylvester helps organize powwow at U of T
    Master's student Jennifer Sylvester helped organize the second annual U of T powwow this weekend with the Indigenous Studies Students' Union to celebrate Indigenous music, food and culture on and around campus. "It's a matter of building those relationships between the non-Indigenous and Indigenous community," said Sylvester. "For me, it's about being surrounded by family," she added. More at CBC News.
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    March 12, 2018
    Prof. Jennifer Jenkins, Atkinson Chair of Early Child Development and Education provides three simple ways to teach kids empathy
    Research by Professor Jennifer Jenkins, Atkinson Chair of Early Child Development and Education at OISE finds that empathy in kids can be encouraged and cultivated by empathic siblings, as well as adult caregivers. Prof. Jenkins and team provide three simple ways to encourage young children to be more empathic. Read more in Today's Parent.
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    March 08, 2018
    International Women's Day: Which woman inspires you?
    To celebrate International Women's Day, OISE News asked you - students, professors, staff and various members of the OISE community - "Which woman inspires you?" From teachers to family members to celebrities, your responses help highlight incredible women making a difference.
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    March 08, 2018
    Powerhouse team of OISE women selected to research STEM curriculum
    The Ontario Ministry of Education, through a second-stage procurement process, selected six professors from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto to conduct a research report on STEM education, that will inform Ontario's education system. "For this group of female professors from OISE - who specialize in STEM research education - to have been chosen to conduct this research is huge," said Dr. Mary Reid, one of Canada's leading experts in mathematics and teacher education. Read more.
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    February 28, 2018
    #PinkShirtDay: Professor Roy Gillis gives parents, educators tips to prevent cyberbullying
    February 28 is Pink Shirt Day, an anti-bullying initiative that began in 2007. This year, Pink Shirt Day is targeting cyberbullying specifically. It's encouraging students and people of all ages to think twice before posting something negative - and instead, use the internet to spread kindness. Learn how parents, teachers and educators can prevent cyberbullying and help victims in these tips from OISE Professor Roy Gillis. Read more.
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    February 27, 2018
    Black Panther: PhD student Emmanuel Tabi says film is important for all of society
    OISE PhD student Emmanuel Tabi grew up in Milton, Ontario, which he describes as like being, "a raisin in a bowl of Corn Flakes." Despite learning about blackness and black excellence from his parents, he says the mostly white kids at his school didn't believe him when he said there were black superheroes. But he knew differently. Thanks to the Black Panther comic book, he had King T'Challa as a role model - a strong black leader of the fictional African nation Wakanda. Watch Tabi explain why Black Panther is so significant.
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    February 25, 2018
    Prof. Eve Tuck weighs in on the challenge of Indigenization in post-secondary institutions
    Professor Eve Tuck discusses the challenges universities face as they strive to Indigenize. "Universities don't become different just by wishing for it," says Prof. Tuck. "University administrators say 'Indigenization' and what they mean is, simply bringing more Indigenous people into the same structures, into the same buildings without much thought about what universities can learn from Indigenous communities." Tune in via CBC Radio.
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    February 23, 2018
    International visiting graduate student tackles barriers to STEM studies for black, minority students
    "You're born on a ladder. If you come from a family of educated people, then you have inherited the language of the institution and access." Research fellow Veronique Merritt investigates factors that deter black and minority students from pursuing STEM studies - that is, studies involving science, technology, engineering and math. Read more.
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    February 20, 2018
    Prof. Creso Sa discusses federal superclusters initiative and its implications for higher education
    "The superclusters plan promises more than it can likely deliver." Professor Creso Sa of OISE's Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education looks at what the new federal superclusters innovation initiative means for universities and academic research. Read more in University Affairs.
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    February 15, 2018
    Professor Normand Labrie appointed to the governing council for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
    Congratulations to Professor Normand Labrie on his appointment to the governing council for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
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    February 14, 2018
    PhD student Sasha Reid creates database to help understand why people kill
    "You don't see patterns like this often." Why PhD student Sasha Reid believes that her databases of serial killers and missing persons could change the way we understand killers. Read more.
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    February 12, 2018
    OISE profs meet Ministry leadership to discuss connections between math and well-being
    OISE Profs. Earl Woodruff and Jim Hewitt met with colleagues from Ontario's Ministry of Education to discuss connections between math and well-being in the wake of the Ministry's new report, "Yes I can! Paying Attention to Well-Being in the Mathematics Classroom". Read more.
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    February 12, 2018
    Dean Glen Jones responds to the case of Colten Boushie
    On behalf of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) community, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Colten Boushie, to the Red Pheasant First Nation, and to the broader Indigenous communities, including those at OISE. We are deeply saddened that the court decision has once again raised serious questions of whether Indigenous peoples can receive justice within the current legal system. Read more.
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    February 08, 2018
    The Indigenous Education Network's free film series explores 'state violence and Indigenous resistance'
    OISE's Indigenous Education Network (IEN) is hosting the second installment of its State Violence and Indigenous Resistance film screening series at 2:30 pm on February 17 at the University of Toronto's Innis Town Hall. The event features a double bill that includes "Unearthling. In Conversation" and a performative screening of "The Formaldehyde Trip." Moire Hille, OISE Visiting Student, recently spoke with the films' directors, Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński (Unearthling. In Conversation) and Naomi Rincón Gallardo (The Formaldehyde Trip) to learn more about their work. Read more.
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    February 07, 2018
    Atkinson Centre releases Canada's 2017 early childhood education report
    OISE's Atkinson Centre has released The Canadian Early Childhood Education Report 2017, an assessment of ECE systems in provinces across Canada. The report, "shows that Canada has made great strides since a 2004 study by the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) exposed the country as a policy laggard." Read more.
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    February 06, 2018
    MA student Sidrah Ahmad's research addresses Islamophobic violence against women in the GTA
    Master's student Sidrah Ahmad of the Department of Adult Education and Community Development interviewed Muslim women in the GTA about their experiences of Islamophobic violence. With her findings, Ahmad created an online toolkit to offer resources and support where she found there were few. Ahmad hopes her research will give greater visibility to the violence and other negative experiences lived by Muslim women, and shed light on the intersectionality of discrimination. Read more.
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    February 06, 2018
    Doctoral student Natania Marcus receives award for research in LGBTQI2S health and wellness
    Natania Marcus from the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development has received the prestigious CIHR Institute of Gender and Health's "Hacking the Knowledge Gap Trainee Award for Innovative Thinking to Support LGBTQI2S Health and Wellness." Read more.
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    February 05, 2018
    Prof. Mary Reid weighs in on innovative Ontario high school class that integrates English and biology
    Arts meets science for a Grade 11 class in Ontario, where students are learning both biology and effective communication strategies. Professor Mary Reid of the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning explains integrated teaching offers students learning that is relevant and grounded in the real world, and adds she would like to see research on the outcomes of the class. Read more at The Toronto Star.
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    February 05, 2018
    OISE hosts Indigenous graduate student mentorship summit
    OISE's Summit for Mentoring Indigenous Graduate Students on Feb. 5 brings together university staff, faculty, and students to explore best practices for teaching, supervising, and supporting Indigenous graduate students. Lindsay DuPré, OISE's new Indigenous Education Liaison, says the summit dovetails with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which urged post-secondary institutions to make its spaces safer for Indigenous students. Read more.
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    February 01, 2018
    Study by Prof. Kang Lee and team uses an app to significantly reduce racial bias in young children
    A recent study by Prof. Kang Lee and PhD candidate Kitty Miao Qian of the Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development is the first to show a lasting effect in reducing racial bias in young children - with an app! The team developed an app with two games: One that's used to measure implicit racial bias, and another used to reduce it. When kids played a game designed to differentiate individuals, their racial bias was significantly reduced for at least two months. Watch via NBC News.
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    February 01, 2018
    Prof. Shahrzad Mojab discusses the protests in Iran over unveiled women
    Iranian women risk arrest as they remove their veils for #WhiteWednesdays. Prof. Shahrzad Mojab offers context and discusses the protests: "When the regime calls itself an Islamic regime, women become the political cultural symbol of that regime," she said. "And therefore monitoring, managing, punishing, disciplining a woman's body and their sexuality becomes a very important political policy." Read more via CBC News.
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    January 30, 2018
    PhD candidate Chizoba Imoka debunks myth of a 'post-colonial world' in education
    PhD student Chizoba Imoka gave a powerful keynote at the Hart House Hancock Lecture last week, where she addressed colonialism in education and its erasure of Black culture head-on: "You go to school and [you learn] your heritage is from Adam and Eve. Meanwhile, your ancestors pre-date Adam and Eve." Presenting an alternative vision, Imoka said Black students should bring their cultural selves to the classroom, and the school system must see that difference as the site of knowledge. Read more via The Toronto Star.
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    January 26, 2018
    OISE's award-winning lab school opens "new" doors
    Today, with the participation of over 200 guests, the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS), a world-acclaimed pre-school to 6th grade laboratory school, will officially open its renovated and expanded facility. Under the auspice of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, the Jackman Institute is well known for hosting unparalleled collaborations in service of education excellence. Read more.
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    January 24, 2018
    Upcoming OISE summit will explore best practices in supporting Indigenous graduate students
    On February 5, 2018, OISE will host the Summit for Mentoring Indigenous Graduate Students. This one-day professional development opportunity is open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous university staff, students and faculty. The first of its kind in Canada, the event is an important opportunity to discuss best practices for teaching, supervising, and supporting Indigenous students in our universities. Read more.
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    January 22, 2018
    OISE welcomes new professor of Indigenous mental health
    Meet Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos, OISE's new professor of Indigenous mental health. We caught up with him to talk about his current research and commitment to Indigenous mental health and wellbeing. Read more.
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    January 18, 2018
    U of T releases sexual violence education and prevention training for all members of the University
    The University of Toronto has released its sexual violence education and prevention training module for all students, staff, faculty and members of Governing Council. The online resource is part of the University's commitment that all of its community members should be able to study, work and live in a campus environment that is free from sexual violence. Read more.
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    January 18, 2018
    Professor Charles Pascal weighs in on the importance of extended-day child-care programs
    Professor Charles Pascal weighs in on the importance of extended-day programming, and adds that schools should continue to be the primary location for non-profit child-care expansion for older and younger kids. "the goal should be 'proper full-day kindergarten with extended-day programming in all schools,'" says Pascal. Read more.
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    January 16, 2018
    Childhood policy expert Kerry McQuaig weighs in on east coast and cross-Canada daycare systems
    Childhood policy expert Kerry McQuaig of the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development at OISE discusses success of government-directed, partially funded daycare in P.E.I., as the Gallant government ponders changes to the childcare system. "Every three years we do a cross-Canada scan of where the different early-year systems are at and P.E.I. has overtaken Quebec," McQuaig said. Read more via CBC.
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    January 11, 2018
    OISE alums to receive Order of Canada for work in human rights and community engagement
    Alumni Karen Mock (MA '69, PhD '75) and Mary Pat Armstrong (MEd '82) have been appointed to the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour, for exceptional dedication and service in their communities. Congratulations to Dr. Mock and Ms. Armstrong for their outstanding work and this well deserved recognition. Read more.
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    January 09, 2018
    Prof. Charles Pascal discusses broader issue of ex-principal accused with test tampering
    The former principal accused of tampering with EQAO tests at an Ontario school could highlight a broader problem, as school leadership and staff feel pressure to perform. "Sometimes because of leadership and how the purpose of the testing is conveyed, people and individual teachers feel a pressure that they shouldn't be feeling," said professor Charles Pascal. Read more.
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    January 08, 2018
    Professor Kang Lee's research shows how children's lies are a good thing
    If you discover your child lying at age 2 or 3, you should celebrate. Research by Professor Kang Lee of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development has found that lying is not only normal; it's good for your brain. For parents, the findings present something of a paradox. We want our children to be clever enough to lie but morally disinclined to do so. Read more.
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    January 05, 2018
    Staff form group to learn about Indigenous history and teachings
    It was an inspiring lecture that prompted Lise Watson to start a group at OISE to learn more about Indigenous histories, cultures, traditions and teachings. Watson attended a talk by Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo, U of T's director of Indigenous Initiatives who co-chaired the university's Truth and Reconcilaiton steering committee. "He was saying, 'It's really up to non-Indigenous people to educate themselves. It's not up to us to teach you what you need to know,'" recalls Watson. "I really took that to heart."
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    January 05, 2018
    Dean Glen Jones weighs in on controversies with university boards
    In recent years, university boards have been under fire by critics on how they operate and govern - which varies widely depending on the institution. Dean Glen Jones provides his insight into best practices key to progress in our universities. Read more.
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    December 18, 2017
    Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development celebrate research projects at second annual gala
    The Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development (APHD) hosted the second annual Research Gala this Monday, December 11. The event, aimed at showcasing the active research occurring in the department, was attended by members of the OISE community including students, faculty and staff members, and OISE Dean Glen Jones. OISE's 12th floor was transformed into a research gallery, decorated with academic posters and interactive stations from APHD faculty and their labs. Read more.
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    December 13, 2017
    The prohibitive expense of math tutoring services is widening the achievement gap, says Professor Mary Reid
    Math tutoring services are becoming more popular as public schools struggle with poor math scores. The cost of these services, however, are prohibitively expensive for many families says Professor Mary Reid. "We're creating that divide between the haves and have nots and the achievement gap is widening because of that," she warns. Read more .
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    December 12, 2017
    Dr. Cecilia Morgan's new book explores remarkable history of Indigenous voyages from early Canada
    Professor Cecilia Morgan's new book entitled "Travellers Through Empire: Indigenous Voyages from Early Canada" provides surprising vantage points on First Nations travels between 1770 - 1914. Chronicling the emotional ties, contexts, and desires for agency, resistance, and negotiation that determined their diverse experiences, the book weaves together a fascinating account of Indigenous peoples in the heart of the British Empire. Read more.
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    December 11, 2017
    Professor Monica Heller awarded honorary doctorate by University of Bern
    Congratulations to OISE professor Monica Heller, who was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bern, Switzerland. Professor Heller is internationally renowned for her research on the role of language in the construction of social difference and social inequality, especially francophone Canada, and comparative work in Western Europe. Read more.
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    December 05, 2017
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher brings the 'radical hopes' of youth to the stage
    This weekend, Professor Kathleen Gallagher brings the radical hopes of youth to the stage. Her new play, "Towards Youth" brings together the voices of youth and teachers from around the world and asks: "As democracies thin out everywhere, how are our young people faring, and how are they teaching us a better way forward?" It premieres this weekend at Crow's Theatre in Toronto. It's free, but tickets are required. Get yours today.
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    December 04, 2017
    Dr. Eve Tuck named Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Methodologies with Youth and Communities
    In Canada and around the world, committing truth and reconciliation with regard to how settler societies have abused and disrespected Indigenous communities, requires community-led research approaches that reflect Indigenous ways of knowing and acting. In her recently announced position as Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Methodologies with Youth and Communities, OISE Professor Eve Tuck will provide significant leadership at this important time. Read more.
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    December 01, 2017
    Should the TDSB phase out specialty programs? Prof. Esther Geva comments.
    Should the Toronto public schools phase out specialty programs? Prof. Esther Geva weighs in on the trend towards integrating learners: "You don't want to put kids into boxes, you want them to learn from each other." Read more via Globe and Mail.
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    November 27, 2017
    Professor Bonnie Burstow argues against the use of electroconvulsive therapy on CTV News
    Professor Bonnie Burstow disputes the safety and effectiveness of electroconvulsive therapy on CTV News. Watch.
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    November 27, 2017
    Trustees have voted to end police officers serving in Toronto public schools. Alum Gita Rao Madan discusses next steps.
    In 2008, the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Police Service agreed to place police officers in select high schools around the city. The result was a program where some Black and Brown students said they felt targeted, harassed and intimidated, and where some undocumented students reportedly feared for their safety. OISE graduate Gita Rao Madan discusses next steps now that the program is over.
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    November 23, 2017
    Drs. Carol Campbell and Michael Fullan co-author discussion paper for Ontario's student assessment review
    The independent review of Ontario's educational assessment and reporting practices is now underway. Check out this new discussion paper co-authored by Professors Carol Campbell and Michael Fullan, Education Advisors to the Premier and Minister of Education. Read more.
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    November 22, 2017
    Is unabashed embrace of free speech the best option for universities? That's oversimplifying the problem, says Professor Creso Sá
    On-going controversies around free speech on campus have sparked much commentary recently. Aside from the customary assortment of op-eds on the issue from both insiders and outsiders to academia, the Globe and Mail felt urged to publish an editorial with the self-explanatory title: Why an unabashed embrace of free speech is the best option for our universities. That is a facile conclusion for two main reasons. Read more.
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    November 17, 2017
    Charles Pascal comments on the issue of academic freedom in ongoing Ontario college strike
    It doesn't come with a dollar figure attached, and is something striking college teachers argue is in the best interests of all students. But what do placards demanding "Academic freedom now!" actually mean, and why has the principle been a major stumbling block since faculty at the province's 24 colleges went on strike five weeks ago? Dr. Charles Pascal weighs in. Read more via Toronto Star.