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    November 15
    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
    OISE alum Grace Karram Stephenson takes 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 12
    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 09
    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 09
    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 07
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 02
    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 01
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 04
    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 03
    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
    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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    October 01
    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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    September 26
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 21
    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 20
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 10
    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 07
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 24
    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 20
    Dr. Michel Kouadio appointed Director of Education Commons at OISE
    On August 13, Dr. Michel Kouadio joined OISE as Director of Education Commons. In addition to holding a PhD in Computer Science, Dr. Kouadio has over ten years of career experience in various leadership roles, attesting to his expertise in technology and management. We warmly welcome him to the new role. Read more.
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    August 16
    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
    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
    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 14
    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 13
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 03
    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 02
    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
    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
    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
    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 24
    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 23
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 12
    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 10
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 25
    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 22
    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
    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
    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
    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 19
    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 18
    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
    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
    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 11
    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 11
    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 10
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 15
    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 14
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 16
    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 13
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 22
    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 20
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 14
    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 13
    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 13
    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 12
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    #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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 12
    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 08
    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
    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
    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 06
    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 05
    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
    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
    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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    February 01
    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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    January 30
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 18
    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 16
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
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    November 13, 2017
    Doctoral student Edmund Adam writes opinion piece on the dangers of group-think on university campuses
    This past August, a group of professors from Harvard, Princeton and Yale universities published a statement advising students in the U.S. to keep an open mind and reject "the vice of conformism." When Edmund Adams first read this statement, he hoped it would rekindle debates on free speech and the mission of universities and colleges as institutions of democracy, and how they should respond in a period of unsettled times for higher education and the broader society supporting it. Read more via University Affairs.
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    October 31, 2017
    College strikes has echoes of the past: Toronto Star op-ed by Dr. Charles Pascal
    Dr. Charles Pascal was a college president in 1984 when faculty voted overwhelmingly for a strike because they felt they were treated as lemmings, victims of top-down management styles that eschewed proper faculty involvement in decision-making. In this new op-ed, Dr. Pascal weighs in on the current college strike. Read more via Toronto Star.
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    October 25, 2017
    Recent immigrant parents in Canada at greater risk of mental health issues; kids more likely to suffer learning setbacks, OISE studies find
    Canadian immigrant parents, refugees, women and minorities are at greater risk of mental health issues and socioeconomic challenges, with their children more likely to suffer learning setbacks before kindergarten, a pair of studies by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto have shown. Read more.
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    October 24, 2017
    Prof. Roy Gillis elected to the CPA International Union of Psychological Science
    Congratulations to Professor Roy Gillis, who's been elected for a 4-year term on the Canadian Psychological Association International Union of Psychological Science.
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    October 24, 2017
    OISE study looks at effects of domestic violence on workplaces - by asking the abusers
    A new study from OISE and Western University finds that domestic violence perpetration extends into the workplace, and has negative safety and productivity costs. Yet, most employers lack the resources to help perpetrators. Read more.
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    October 24, 2017
    TDSB is right to reconsider specialty programs that leave too many behind, writes Prof. Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández
    In an op-ed to the Toronto Star, Professor Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández writes, "A school board as diverse as the TDSB cannot continue to support programs that disproportionately advantage a small and already privileged segment of the population." Read more.
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    October 13, 2017
    OISE's Robertson Program responds to TRC with Indigenous math education conference
    OISE's Robertson Program co-hosted a unique conference on Indigenous Knowledge and Mathematics Education in response to the TRC. Educators gathered in Treaty #3 to improve mathematics teaching within a framework of reconciliation and reciprocal learning. The conference aimed to celebrate and highlight the important work being done by educators in Northern Ontario to improve student learning, including those students that come from First Nation Communities. Read more.
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    October 12, 2017
    Fighting anti-black racism: Teaching kids to identify individual black people can reduce racial bias
    Many times, those who hold racially biased views of other people see them as all the same. Instead of thinking of them as specific individuals, they lump them into a group - seeing them as "those people." Now a global team of researchers, including OISE's Dr. Kang Lee and PhD candidate Miao K. Qian, suggests one way to reduce racial bias in kids is by teaching them to identify individual faces of those of other races. The study, published on Oct. 12 in the journal Child Development, is the first to show a lasting effect in reducing racial bias - and in kids young enough to not be too set in their ways. Read more.
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    October 11, 2017
    CREFO - OISE's Centre for Franco-Ontarian Studies - wins prestigious award
    Recently, OISE's Centre de recherches en éducation franco-ontarienne (CREFO) won the Prix du 3-juillet-1608, a prestigious award given by the Conseil supérieur de la langue française du Québec (CSLF)*. Each year, this event recognizes an organization that has distinguished itself through exemplary efforts to defend and promote French language and culture in North America, while also providing exceptional services to a specific French language collectivity as well as to the entire North American francophone community. This award is significant for CREFO members since it acknowledges the excellence of their work across Canada.
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    October 04, 2017
    OISE ranked 11th best educational institute in the world by Times Higher Education
    The 2018 Time Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject has placed the University of Toronto 11th in the world for education. Read more.
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    October 04, 2017
    Doctoral student Asima Vezina announced as Algoma University's new president and vice-chancellor
    Asima Vezina, longtime educator, will take over as Algoma University's new president and vice-chancellor later this month. Congratulations! Read more via Soo Today.
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    October 04, 2017
    What's HIBAR research and why do we need more of it? Professor Creso Sá explains.
    Can cooperative research known as Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR) research help us transform science and society? Co-author professor Creso Sá argues more academics should embrace cooperative research to address societal problems. Find out why in The Conversation.
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    September 29, 2017
    Orange Shirt Day: OISE and U of T show support for residential school survivors
    A small sea of people wearing orange shirts gathered at OISE Friday as part of a national campaign to commemorate residential school survivors. "Our objective is for people to understand the true history of residential school survivors in Canada," said Jennifer Sylvester, an event organizer and first-year master's student at OISE. Read more via U of T News.
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    September 29, 2017
    Professor George Dei honoured by U of T's African Alumni Association
    Professor George Dei has been recognized as a community influencer by the U of T African Alumni Association for his tireless work to ensure inclusion and empowerment in schools. Dr. Dei is a mentor to young scholars at OISE, and he is a strong proponent of African-focused schools in Toronto. Read more.
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    September 28, 2017
    Megan Boler and Elizabeth Davis discuss the role of emotion research in contemporary politics
    In a new op-ed for the Toronto Star, professor Megan Boler and doctoral student Elizabeth Davis looks at the role of emotion and emotion research in contemporary politics. They conclude that scholars need to catch up with the more nefarious uses of emotion research. Read more via Toronto Star.
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    September 25, 2017
    Nova Scotia gets tough on students with strict school absenteeism policy
    School absenteeism has become a problem in Nova Scotia, prompting a tougher policy brought in by the ruling Liberal government. Professor Charles Pascal believes the problem of student absenteeism comes down to the root of the question: Why are you not coming to school? Pascal explains we should take a closer look at the schools and the relationship with parents. Listen on CBC's The Current.
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    September 21, 2017
    How I am learning to include Indigenous knowledge in the classroom
    There is a new duty felt by teachers at all levels of our education system to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action. For professor Kathleen Gallagher, she knew she had to make the process of understanding past truths and reconciliation a personal journey. In The Conversation, Dr. Gallagher describes her journey with Indigenous education - a humble path to a better Canada. Read more.
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    September 19, 2017
    Should we get rid of standardized testing?
    The results of standardized testing can help us understand some things, but they can also be misleading. If not designed properly, standardized tests can mislead students - for instance through confusing and unfamiliar cultural references. So what do these tests actually measure? And are they worthwhile? MT professor Arlo Kempf investigates. Watch at TED-Ed.
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    September 15, 2017
    Congratulations to SSHRC Impact Award finalist Dr. Jack Quarter
    Professor Jack Quarter is finalist of the prestigious SSHRC Impact Award which honours the highest achievements in Canada in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities in the humanities and social sciences. Dr. Quarter is recognized as a champion of community partnership research on Canada's social economy. Congratulations Dr. Quarter!
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    September 12, 2017
    Kids praised for being smart are more likely to cheat, according to new research from Dr. Kang Lee and team
    If kids do well in a game or a task, parents and caregivers often praise them so they feel good about themselves. But, according to two new studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and co-authors in the U.S. and China - that praise can backfire in a big way. Kids who are praised for "being smart", or who are told they "have a reputation for being smart", are more likely to cheat, research has found. Read more.
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    September 08, 2017
    9 ways to create an inclusive classroom: Tips from OISE's experts
    OISE Professor Ann Lopez, winner of numerous multicultural education awards and distinctions, and Richard Messina, Principal of OISE's Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS) give 9 tips for teachers on how to create an environment that celebrates equality in an increasingly diverse world.
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    September 07, 2017
    Professor George Dei elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
    Considered one of Canada's foremost scholars on race and anti-racism studies, Dr. George Dei has spent his academic life instilling more equity and social justice in the education system.
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    September 06, 2017
    Back to school: Top tips from OISE Dean, advice for students, teachers, parents
    Looking to start your school year off on the right foot? OISE Dean Glen Jones has two important tips that will help ensure your success. Pluscheck out helpful tips for teachers, students and parents from OISE's education experts.
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    August 31, 2017
    Trump tornado must not blow Canadian reconciliation off course, says Dean Glen Jones
    Media emphasis on the recent events in Charlottesville, Va., and Trump's igniting responses, risks diminishing the attention given to dealing with Canada's own racist colonial history, says Dean Glen Jones. Universities should not lose sight of the importance of the domestic reconciliation project and the need to address our own complex, multifaceted narrative of colonialism and racism, says Jones. Read more.
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    August 28, 2017
    OISE's Normand Labrie and Yollande Dweme Mbukuny Pitta helps plan Ontario's first French-language university
    Ontario is proposing to create a new French-language university, the first of its kind in the province, giving French-speaking students more opportunities to study in French. In consultation with the francophone community, the French-language University Planning Board has provided recommendations to the government for the creation of a French-language university in Central and Southwestern Ontario, governed by and for Francophones. Read more.
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    August 25, 2017
    Professors Carol Campbell and Michael Fullan re-appointed as education advisors to the Ontario Premier and Minister of Education
    The Government of Ontario has re-appointed OISE professors Carol Campbell and Michael Fullan as education advisors to the Ontario Premier and Minister of Education. They are recognized internationally for their research and leadership in public education. Congratulations!
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    August 17, 2017
    New study by professor Patricia Ganea finds kids learn more effectively from stories with humans than with human-like animals
    A new study from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows kids aged 4-6 learn social lessons, like sharing or telling the truth, most effectively from a certain type of book. The results may surprise you. Read more.
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    August 16, 2017
    Dr. Kang Lee breaks down Obama's tweet about racial bias
    Dr. Lee's research shows that infants have to be carefully taught not to hate things different than them, instead of the other way around. Read more via National Post.
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    August 04, 2017
    How did Canada become an education superpower? Professor David Booth analyzes the reasons why
    When there are debates about the world's top performing education systems, the names that usually get mentioned are the Asian powerhouses such as Singapore and South Korea or the Nordic know-alls, such as Finland or Norway. But with much less recognition, Canada has climbed into the top tier of international rankings. How did it happen? Professor David Booth highlights Canada's "strong base in literacy." Read more via BBC.
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    August 03, 2017
    Ontario's full-day kindergarten program has lasting benefits on child learning and behaviour, OISE study finds
    It's been 7 years since Ontario launched its full-day kindergarten program. What's been the impact? Research by professor Janette Pelletier reveals that it's had lasting benefits on child learning and behaviour. Children in the program scored higher on reading, writing and number knowledge than those in a half-day program. They also scored higher on self-regulation, which is the capacity to respond to life's stresses and return to a calm and alert state. Read more via The Conversation.
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    July 26, 2017
    Canada launches funding program to recruit international researchers. Dean Glen Jones comments.
    A host of new initiatives by national governments - in Britain, Canada, France and most recently Germany - seek to lure foreign researchers to their shores with pots of money earmarked for international recruitment. What caliber of talent will countries be able to attract with these new funding schemes? OISE Dean Glen Jones weighs in. Read more.
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    July 17, 2017
    OISE research fellow designs new police lineup procedure to help increase the accuracy of child eyewitness identification
    More than 370 innocent people have been wrongfully convicted of crimes in Canada and the United States. Mistaken eyewitness identification is the leading cause. Child witnesses are especially vulnerable to error. While children are capable of accurately reporting on their memory, they are more likely than adults to identify an innocent person when the true perpetrator is absent from a police lineup. A new police lineup procedure, designed by OISE post-doctoral research student Kaila Bruer, could help.
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    July 10, 2017
    Alum Cathy Crowe appointed to the Order of Canada
    OISE alum Cathy Crowe has been named to the Order of Canada for outstanding achievement in the area of homelessness. For over 45 years, Cathy has worked tirelessly as a street nurse in Toronto and social justice advocate for homeless people across the country. Read more via The Toronto Star.
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    June 30, 2017
    For Canada 150, facing the truth makes for a worthy celebration, say U of T profs
    As Canada recognizes its 150th birthday, OISE professor Dr. Charles Pascal, and Dr. Suzanne Stewart of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, argue there would be much more to celebrate if the nation connected its birthday bash with a more promising future and the TRC's Calls to Action. Read more via The Toronto Star.
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    June 23, 2017
    OISE grads receive final homework assignment
    When 525 graduates from OISE's Master of Arts, Master of Teaching and Bachelor of Education programs arrived for their convocation on June 22, they thought all of their tests and assignments were complete. Instead, Indigenous scholar Jean-Paul Restoule asked grads to play an important role in reconciliation process. Read more.
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    June 20, 2017
    First Nations school principals find support through OISE's online course
    There are a number of challenges principals face while working in First Nations schools - that's why OISE created the First Nations Schools Principals' Course. Read more.
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    June 20, 2017
    National Indigenous Peoples Day should be a statutory holiday
    OISE's Charles Pascal says National Aboriginal Day (recently renamed National Indigenous Peoples Day, following a statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on June 21, 2017) should be a statutory holiday in Canada. Read more.
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    June 15, 2017
    ABC's of PRIDE: 6 Tips to foster an inclusive classroom
    To recognize Pride Month in Toronto, OISE is celebrating with six tips to foster equality and acceptance in the classroom and beyond.
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    June 14, 2017
    Spring 2017 Convocation: OISE grads take the stage on June 16 and 22
    OISE graduates will take stage at the University of Toronto's 2017 convocation on June 16 and June 22 at Convocation Hall. "We are so proud of OISE's graduates," said OISE Dean Glen Jones. "Each year, we continue to be amazed by the incredible knowledge, skill, talent, drive and ambition demonstrated by these remarkable scholars. We look forward to seeing how these outstanding graduates will change the world." Read more.
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    June 13, 2017
    Why part-time conditions matter to full-time faculty: Grace Karram Stephenson explains
    The plight of the part-time professor has become a hot topic. For doctoral candidates who wish to remain in academia, the future looks grim: uncertain teaching contracts, last-minute course changes, low salaries, few benefits. At the same time, many full-time professors are now awakening to their own rising job difficulties. Post-doctoral student Grace Karram Stephenson weighs in on the common interests between part-time and full-time faculty - and calls for united advocacy for improved conditions.
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    June 12, 2017
    Does year-round schooling improve student learning and development? Professor Charles Pascal weighs in
    Summer vacay: yay or nay? Would students be better off without it? Charles Pascal, OISE professor and former deputy education minister, says yes. For Dr. Pascal, summer vacation actually interferes with the goal of providing a continuous opportunity for students to apply their learning. Read more.
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    June 07, 2017
    Professor Garfield Gini-Newman talks to the Toronto Star about the importance of teaching kids to think critically in age of Google
    In this era of increased automation, fake news and where virtually everything is Googleable, teaching kids to think critically is more important than ever, says OISE professor Garfield Gini-Newman. Read more.
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    June 06, 2017
    Professor and Development Psychologist Chloe Hamza awarded Connaught New Researcher Award
    An alarming one in five university students will turn to self-harming behaviours like cutting and burning to cope with stress, anxiety and sadness. But why students choose self-harm over other coping behaviours remains a mystery, says lifespan development psychologist Chloe Hamza. Understanding and eventually disrupting this cycle of self-abuse, which increases later risk of suicidal behavior by two to four per cent among students, is the focus of an ambitious research project by the assistant professor in the department of applied psychology and human development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Read more.
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    June 06, 2017
    Congratulations to Daniela Bramwell and Emma Sabzalieva, recipients of the Vanier Scholarship
    The Government of Canada announced this year's Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships May 31, and the list include our doctoral students: Daniela Bramwell and Emma Sabzalieva. The Vanier CGS program was launched in 2008 to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and is considered the most prestigious of its kind. Read more.
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    June 05, 2017
    The Naylor Report: How will Canadian science succeed?
    The Naylor report received its first collective appraisal from the scientific community this week. About 200 scientists, higher education administrators, and media gathered in Toronto on May 31st to articulate their shared response to the first review in four decades of Canada's fundamental science apparatus. Read more.
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    June 05, 2017
    Principals in First Nations schools find support through OISE's new online course
    Isolation, lack of adequate funding, limited resources, complex social issues - these are just some of the challenges principals face while working in First Nations schools. That's why OISE's Continuing and Professional Learning program started the First Nations Schools Principals' Course. The e-learning class addresses the specific needs of principals, vice principals and aspiring school leaders working in band-operated First Nations schools. Read more.
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    June 02, 2017
    Professor Njoki Wane wins U of T President's Teaching Award
    OISE Professor Njoki Wane has been named one of the winners of the University of Toronto's 2017 President's Teaching Award. The prestigious award honours faculty members for sustained excellence in teaching, educational leadership, research on pedagogy, and the integration of teaching and research. Wane, who teaches in OISE's Social Justice Education department, is the second OISE professor to ever have been named to U of T's highest teaching honour. Read more.
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    June 02, 2017
    OISE's Clare Kosnik wins prestigious teacher education award in Singapore
    OISE's Dr. Clare Kosnik, Director of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS) - the world's top lab school - has won the Dr. Ruth Wong Visiting Professorship in Teacher Education from the National Institute of Education (NIE) in Singapore for her work in teacher education. "I'm incredibly honoured to receive this award," said Kosnik. "It validates the importance of studying teacher education which in so many ways is an under-researched area," she said. Read more.
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    June 01, 2017
    Schools must become 'hub' of mental health support, says Professor Katreena Scott
    Noting the amount of time kids spend at school - often six to eight hours a day - professor Katreena Scott said schools can become a "hub" of mental health support, by bringing together psychologists, social workers, teachers, parents and the child. "What if, instead of calling the parents and taking the problem out of the school, the school became the centre for help?" she said.
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    May 29, 2017
    Professor Judith Wiener wins U of T's JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award
    OISE professor Judith Wiener has been selected as one of the winners of the University of Toronto's 2017 JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award. The award honours faculty members for outstanding performance in the multiple roles associated with doctoral supervision. Wiener, who teaches in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, is the second OISE professor to win this prestigious award. Read more.
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    May 27, 2017
    Do armed, uniformed cops belong in Toronto high schools? Alum Gita Rao Madan weighs in
    When the Toronto police board met this week, a lesser-known police initiative called the School Resource Officer program was a minor item buried deep on a packed agenda - and nowhere near the chopping block. But by the end of the monthly board meeting, the 36 uniform cops assigned to work in 75 schools across the city had nearly been pulled out of class, the program suddenly on the brink of suspension pending consultation with school leaders and community members. Read more.
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    May 25, 2017
    Mental health video series: OISE hits the streets to test your mental health knowledge
    Featuring OISE's Dr. Katreena Scott, speaker at OISE's May 30, 2017 Jackson Lecture, the four-part video series highlights common myths and misconceptions about mental health in young people. In the videos, OISE News takes to the streets of Toronto and asks people a series of multiple choice questions. Dr. Scott, Canada Research Chair and psychologist, then weighs in with the answers, adding further insight to the equation. Read more.
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    May 24, 2017
    Canadian teens earn high rankings in financial literacy. Professors Mary Reid and Dan Lang discuss value of financial education
    Canadian teens earn high rankings in financial literacy - including in Ontario, where changes to the curriculum have paid off in the latest round of international testing. Dan Lang, a professor at OISE, believes the push for better knowledge has been fuelled by the economy. While five or six years ago, such strong results would have been a surprise, teachers and schools have been responsive. Read more.
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    May 24, 2017
    Professor Kang Lee's research on children and lying featured in National Geographic
    A new National Geographic article on lying features Professor Kang Lee's research.
    For Dr. Lee, learning to lie is a natural stage in child development and a re-assuring sign that cognitive growth is on track. Read more.
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    May 17, 2017
    Master of Teaching student Aakriti Kapoor wins national leadership award for her innovative online education tool
    As a researcher and aspiring educator, OISE Master of Teaching student Aakriti Kapoor has focused on education tools to help students navigate the digital world.
    Recently, she was named winner of the prestigious 3M National Student Fellowship for her work on mindJig - an online software that teaches students how to think critically and write analytically. The tool helps students navigate what Kapoor calls the "infoflux," that is, the overwhelming amount of information in the digital world. Learn more about Aakriti.
    education software designed to help students navigate information in the digital world. Learn more about Aakriti.
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    May 15, 2017
    Professor Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández weighs in on the cuts to arts education in Ontario
    The number of Ontario elementary schools with full or part-time music teachers has steadily declined in the last decade, according to a new report by People for Education.
    The trend can be partly explained by two main factors: declining enrolment, which equates to less funding for schools with fewer students and a sense that the priority is in different areas like math and science. Professor Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández worries that this "elitist conception of the arts" is keeping some educators and parents from appreciating how arts can help children. Read more.
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    May 11, 2017
    Staff member Lise Watson reflects on her experiences as the white adoptive mother of a young black child
    Lise Watson is a financial aid coordinator at OISE. She's also the white adoptive mother of an eight-year-old black boy. In this personal essay for the CBC, Lisa reflects on her gnawing fears as her young son begins to ask hard questions. Read more.
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    May 11, 2017
    Will your doctor be replaced by a robot? Professor Brian Hodges talks about the future of healthcare
    OISE professor Brian Hodges has a stern warning for future healthcare providers: learn to be caring and compassionate or be replaced by robots in white coats. Advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, deep learning and big data will in the near future make many tasks performed by physicians and nurses obsolete, Hodges told hundreds of healthcare professionals who packed his keynote presentation at the World Health Summit in Montreal on Tuesday. Read more.
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    May 09, 2017
    Will crowdfunding for academic research take off? Benjamin Crase examines the recent phenomenon.
    With government research budgets not meeting growing demand for funding, a growing number of researchers around the world are turning to various emerging crowdfunding platforms designed specifically to raise funds for academic research projects. OISE graduate student, Benjamin Crase, talks about the recent phenomenon.
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    May 09, 2017
    Professor Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández urges ongoing conversation around issues of privilege and arts education
    When researcher Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández released a report last week showing that students entering Grade 9 at Toronto's arts high schools are more than twice as likely to be white-and nearly twice as likely to come from a wealthy family-than students at other Toronto public schools, he hoped the findings would spark interest. But even he and study co-author Gillian Parekh didn't realize just how much conversation would flow from these findings. Gaztambide-Fernández is eager to keep this conversation going in the days, weeks and months ahead. Read more.
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    May 05, 2017
    Professor Megan Boler, media and cultural studies expert, analyzes Trump's use of Twitter
    Since Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States, he has continued his prolific and bold use of Twitter that has long been his signature style. His tweets garner worldwide headlines, rock stock markets and send diplomats scrambling. CTVNews.ca asked Megan Boler, OISE's media studies professor, to weigh in on Trump's extraordinary use of the 140-character message service during his first 100 days.
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    May 04, 2017
    Professor Tanya Titchkosky receives Liverpool University Press' 2016 Award for Outstanding Journal Reviewer
    The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disabilities Studies has selected Professor Tanya Titchkosky, Department of Social Justice Education, as the winner of Liverpool University Press' 2016 Award for Outstanding Journal Reviewers.
    This award recognizes individuals who have provided exceptional service to their disciplines by contributing timely, rigorous and thoughtful peer reviews to some of the leading publications in their fields. Congratulations Dr. Titchkosky!
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    April 25, 2017
    Congratulations to Anthony Briggs, Chris Cully, and Rowena Rollon - OISE's 2017 Cressy Student Leadership Award recipients
    Congratulations to Anthony Briggs, Chris Cully, and Rowena Rollon - OISE's 2017 Cressy Award winners. The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards recognize graduating students for making outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same.
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    April 24, 2017
    TDSB trustee calls for review of arts school applications process after OISE study highlights inequities
    A Toronto District School Board trustee is calling for the board to review its application process for special arts high schools, after an OISE study highlighted that kids who attend such schools are overwhelmingly white and from high-income families. Scarborough trustee Parthi Kandavel called the results of the study "concerning" but said they come at a good time as the board is reviewing equity and has hired an outside consultant to do public consultations. Read more.
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    April 24, 2017
    Professor Hilary Inwood wins Post-Secondary Art Educator of the Year Award
    Congratulations to Professor Hilary Inwood on being named Post-Secondary Art Educator of the Year by the Ontario Art Education Association. Read more.
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    April 23, 2017
    TDSB's arts high schools: Nearly twice as many white, wealthy students, OISE study finds
    A recent study shows students entering grade nine in specialized arts programs in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) are more than twice as likely to be white and nearly twice as likely to come from a wealthy family when compared to students across Toronto public schools. The findings were revealed in a study conducted by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Read more.
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    April 21, 2017
    Will the Canadian government's support for science pass the litmus test?: Op-ed by Professor Creso Sá
    The Naylor report on federal science funding will test the willingness of Justin Trudeau's government to overhaul research support, writes OISE professor Creso Sá. Read more.
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    April 17, 2017
    OISE study finds that older victims of fraud have poorer cognitive skills, are less honest
    It's commonly believed that older people fall victim to such scams due to various vulnerabilities, loneliness and demographic factors such as gender, income, education and trust. But new research from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows poorer cognitive skills used in everyday activities to be the main determinant. Read more.
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    April 12, 2017
    OISE celebrates International Day of Pink with tips for an inclusive classroom
    Today is the International Day of Pink against bullying, homophobia, transphobia, and transmisogyny. OISE is celebrating diversity with six tips to foster equality and acceptance in the classroom. From how to intervene if homophobic or transphobic comments are made, to creating a sense of normalcy around same-sex families and gender transitioning, the tips are aimed at helping educators and parents instill respect and an acceptance of diversity in young people. Read more.
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    April 11, 2017
    New research from Professor Kang Lee: Racial bias begins in infancy
    It has long been thought that racial bias begins at the pre-school age. However, two recent studies by Prof. Kang Lee at OISE's Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS) challenge that belief: results show racial bias begins in infancy at 6-9 months of age, with researchers suggesting lack of exposure to other race individuals as the cause. Read more.
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    April 10, 2017
    OISE experts hold educational workshop in Vimy, more than 100 take part online
    Along with thousands of Canadians who gathered in France to honour the 2017 Vimy Centennial, experts from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), in partnership with EF Tours, also took part by holding a special workshop for educators in Canadian innovation, leadership, courage and identity through the lens of Vimy. Read more.
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    April 07, 2017
    Professor Ann Lopez appointed Provostial Advisor on Access Programs at the University of Toronto
    OISE professor Ann Lopez has been appointed Provostial Advisor on Access Programs by Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost at the University of Toronto. Professor Lopez will advise the Provost on ways the University of Toronto can better coordinate and build on its suite of unique pipeline, access, outreach, and bridging programs to support its commitment to student success, and to enhance the ability of students from diverse backgrounds to attend the University of Toronto. Read more.
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    April 04, 2017
    Teaching Excellence Awards: OISE celebrates outstanding faculty
    On March 30, 2017 the OISE community celebrated four outstanding faculty members named to OISE's highest teaching honours - the 2017 OISE Teaching Excellence Awards. Congratulations to Professor Judith Wiener, Professor Coleen Scully-Stewart, Lisa Dack, and Tina Zita. Read about the winners.
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    April 04, 2017
    Champion of equity and diversity, Professor Angela Hildyard, receives Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award
    No one can accuse Angela Hildyard of talking the talk but not walking the walk. On her watch as Vice President Human Resources and Equity, the University of Toronto has gained recognition as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers. Hildyard's work has touched practically every sector of the University community. For her rich, meaningful, tremendously positive and lasting contributions, Hildyard, who is also a professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at OISE, has been honoured with a 2017 Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award. Read more.
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    March 29, 2017
    Professor Lance McCready wins the 2017 Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize
    Professor Lance McCready has made it his life's work to help students access the benefits of education. For his outstanding efforts to shed light on the experience of racialized LGBT youth, especially gay and bisexual young men, he has been named the winner of the 2017 Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize, an award that honours positive, lasting contributions to education and action against discrimination. Read more.
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    March 28, 2017
    Staff Excellence Awards honour outstanding service
    Congratulations to the winners of OISE's 2017 Staff Excellence Awards - Sezen Atacan, Lara Cartmale, Kim Holman and Michael Moncada, who will be honoured at an OISE library reception on March 30 at 2 p.m. Read more about the winners.
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    March 21, 2017
    Canada needs a new narrative on the role and value of science in innovation: Op-ed by Professor Creso Sá
    The idea that science is inextricably linked to technological progress is now taken for granted, says professor Creso Sá. "We need a fresh discourse around the role and value of science in Canada, recognizing the multiple contributions research makes to knowledge creation, education, and technical advance." Read more via Globe and Mail.
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    March 17, 2017
    Artist and alum Jaime Black installs 100+ red dresses across U of T's St. George campus to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada
    Bright red dresses blowing in the wind - symbolizing the 12,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women - will confront people walking through U of T's downtown Toronto campus over the next few days. OISE alum and artist Jaime Black's powerful installation is meant to trigger and provoke reflection and dialogue about the issue of violent crimes against Indigenous women. Read more via U of T News.
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    March 16, 2017
    Julie Blair featured in CBC coverage of U of T powwow
    Saturday marked the first powwow at the university in at least 20 years. "I think it's important that we bring everyone together and share our culture," said finance coordinator Julie Blair, describing the powwow as a gathering and a celebration. "We're all here to welcome each other and be together in a good way." Read more.
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    March 15, 2017
    Black men perceived as bigger, more threatening: Professor George Dei shares insights
    New research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people tend to perceive young black men as larger, stronger and more threatening than white men of the same size. This could place them at risk in situations with police. Professor George Dei said that such preconceived notions about black men and women are deeply rooted in racism that has occurred over hundreds of years. But he has hope that, through education, racism and bias can be eliminated. Read more.
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    March 13, 2017
    Education at OISE ranked top 10 internationally
    Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) was recently ranked within the Top 10 in the 2017 QS World University Rankings. Education joins five other University of Toronto subject areas that were ranked within the top 10 of each group. Read more.
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    March 08, 2017
    Professor Mary Reid aims to bridge gender gap in STEM-related careers
    OISE professor Mary Reid has an important opportunity. It lies in what she does each and every day: teaching future teachers how to teach math. While that alone is significant, there's much more to it than that, she says. If she can inspire future teachers to inspire their future female students, Prof. Reid can help boost the number of women in STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - careers. Read more.
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    March 07, 2017
    Women are less likely to be reappointed as faculty deans than men, finds study by doctoral student Eric Lavigne
    While recruitment of new deans at Canadian universities largely reflects the overall gender balance of its academic sector, a University of Toronto researcher has found that women were far less likely to be reappointed once their five-year office had concluded. Analysing almost 300 appointment and reappointment announcements from the Canadian publication University Affairs between 2011 and 2016, OISE doctoral student Eric Lavigne found that 58 per cent of appointments for dean positions went to men and 42 per cent were awarded to women. Read more.
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    March 06, 2017
    Disruptive children do not inspire similar behaviour in siblings, finds study by Professor Jenny Jenkins and colleagues
    New research conducted by OISE professor Jennifer Jenkins and colleagues examines the role of sibling training on disruptive behaviour during early childhood and concludes that disruptive behaviour produces greater disparity-rather than resemblance-among siblings. "We found that in early childhood, children do not learn from each other how to be disruptive, violent or disobedient." Read more.
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    March 01, 2017
    New book about OISE honours those 'who opened doors for the future'
    In recognition of his new book, OISE: 50 Years of Impact, author David Booth, Professor Emeritus, gives an inside look at his latest project which celebrates the history of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Read more.
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    February 27, 2017
    Universities must redefine their role in the Trump era, writes doctoral student Grace Karram Stephenson
    The last few weeks have been tremulous for Canada. The new leadership in the United States is changing all rules and no one knows for certain how far the changes will go. In the world of higher education, universities are trying to determine what the impact will be. Predictions aside, it is certain that Canadian universities need to renew their mission to develop socially conscious citizens in the hope that Canada is not the next nation swept along in the populist mania.
    Read more via University World News.
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    February 24, 2017
    Do race relations in the U.S. impact the Black Canadian experience? Professor Rinaldo Walcott weighs in on The Agenda
    In the U.S., Donald Trump's victory has been described by some as a "whitelash" - a racial backlash to the election of the first Black president that parallels to early periods of American history. The Agenda examines whether race relations in the U.S. shape the African-Canadian experience, and invites Professor Rinaldo Walcott to weigh in.
    Watch via TVO.
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    February 23, 2017
    How is the Deepening Knowledge Project bringing reconciliation into education?
    For elementary and high school teachers looking to bring the work of reconciliation into the classroom, OISE's Deepening Knowledge Project provides a diverse set of resources to compliment the current curriculum. The Deepening Knowledge Project aims to increase the presence of both Indigenous teachers, as well as the level of Indigenous perspectives in the training of future educators. Key to the success of this goal are the wide variety of online resources made available to both instructors and students.
    Learn more.
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    February 21, 2017
    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 16, 2017
    Will Trump's election see more US students and scholars head to Canada?: Op-ed by Dean Glen Jones
    Will Trump's election see more US students and scholars head to Canada? Indeed, some universities have noted triple-digit increases in applications from the US since the 2016 US election. While it is far too early to know whether these early signals will translate into real change, this new environment certainly creates some fascinating possibilities for Canada, says Professor and Dean Glen Jones.
    Read more via Times Higher Education
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    February 14, 2017
    Making science education more equitable for black students: Professor Wanja Gitari shares her research
    Wanja Gitari has a pretty cool role to play at the University of Toronto. Not only does she design curriculum - she's been designing science curriculum with a focus on the black community since 2000. This February, as part of Black History Month, OISENews had the opportunity to chat with Prof. Gitari about the significance of her work.
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    February 13, 2017
    Podcast: Professor Kathleen Gallagher discusses drama-based research
    In this podcast, Kathleen Gallagher talks about research, the role of the researcher, the inclusion of youth as co-researchers in projects and her book, "Why Theatre Matters: Urban Youth Engagement, and a Pedagogy of the Real."
    Listen via Podomatic.
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    February 10, 2017
    Professor Ruth Hayhoe on why she's not boycotting academic conferences in the U.S.
    Drawing on post-Tiananmen Square experiences, Ruth Hayhoe says it's better to engage with U.S. colleagues.
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    February 08, 2017
    Superstar alumna Renu Sharma-Persaud on how her OISE education made an impact
    OISE PhD grad Renu Sharma-Persaud talks about her journey from OISE student to alumna, and how her experience at OISE continues to impact her life.
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    February 02, 2017
    Professor Michele Peterson-Badali releases new book, "Handbook of Children's Rights: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives."
    Professor Michele Peterson-Badali is co-editor of the new book, "Handbook of Children's Rights: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives." With contributions from international scholars, the Handbook brings together research, theory, and practice from diverse perspectives on children's rights. It serves as an important reference for both scholarly and policy-driven interest in the voices and perspectives of children and youth.
    Read more.
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    February 01, 2017
    Teacher and OISE alum, Sam Pisani, had his students send letters to a Toronto mosque - and reading them will give you hope
    Following the tragic Quebec mosque shooting, teacher and OISE alum Sam Pisani had his students write letters to a local mosque - and reading them will give you hope. 'This is your home. You are welcomed and you are supported,' one student wrote.
    Read more via CBC News.
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    February 01, 2017
    Professor Lance McCready shares expertise on building black male student success
    OISE sits down with Professor Lance McCready to talk about challenges that black male students face in Canada today. Professor McCready is an expert on the health, education and well-being of young black men. His most recent work looks at the educational trajectories of young black men in Canadian urban centres, and programs and services for ethnic and racial minority males who are underrepresented in North American colleges and universities.
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    January 31, 2017
    Quebec mosque shooting is an important, teachable moment: Professor Judith Wiener discusses.
    The Quebec mosque shooting is an important, teachable moment. For Judy Wiener, a clinical psychologist and a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, teachers and parents have a responsibility to talk to children about issues of race, bigotry and intolerance. "This attack can be used in a positive way to expand horizons and help kids understand, but at the same time also acknowledging that this is really serious and distressing."
    Read more via CBC News.
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    January 30, 2017
    OISE statement on Québec City mosque shooting
    The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto is deeply saddened by the horrific shooting at the Québec Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday night. We offer our deepest condolences to all those mourning the loss of family and friends, and those who have been injured in this terrible tragedy. We stand with the Muslim community, and reaffirm our steadfast commitment to diversity, inclusion and a better future.
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    January 29, 2017
    Professor Cecilia Morgan discusses her new book, "Building Better Britains?: Settler Societies in the British World, 1783-1920"
    Professor Cecilia Morgan is author of the new book, Building Better Britains?: Settler Societies in the British World, 1783-1920. Learn more about the inspiration behind Professor Morgan's work.
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    January 29, 2017
    University of Toronto keeping close watch on impact of US travel restrictions
    The University of Toronto is keeping close watch on events related to President Trump's order restricting travel to the United States from seven countries. "We are working collectively with Universities Canada to express our concern regarding the travel restrictions, and our support for international students and scholars across the country who may be affected by these actions," says U of T President Meric Gertler. "The strength of research and teaching at the University of Toronto has always been based upon our ability to welcome the most talented individuals from around the world, and the freedom of our faculty and students to travel abroad for purposes of scholarship and study.
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    January 27, 2017
    Dr. Suzanne Stewart to lead new institute devoted to health of Indigenous Canadians
    After nearly a decade as a leading OISE scholar devoted to improving the lives of Indigenous people, Dr. Suzanne Stewart, Special Advisor to the Dean on Aboriginal Education, has accepted the position of Director, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. The Institute is dedicated to the health of Indigenous Canadians and is among the first of its kind in the world. It was created last June with a $10 million gift from Michael and Amira Dan.
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    January 25, 2017
    Online abuse against women: Professor Megan Boler discusses on CBC News
    The replies to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on Twitter are not for the faint of heart. Kathleen Wynne is one among many female politicians in Canada and beyond who face sexist abuse on social media. "The use of these kinds of terms and this kind of language reduces women to sexualized objects who are just known by their body part names," Professor Megan Boler said.
    Read more via CBC News.
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    January 20, 2017
    Professor Rinaldo Walcott urges governments to invest in programs that improves poor, black communities.
    After one of the worst years for gun crime in a decade, Toronto Police Service Chief Mark Saunders is promising new tactics to combat the violence that advocates of the black community charge is not getting the attention it deserves. Rinaldo Walcott, a University of Toronto professor and advocate for the black community, urged governments to invest in programs, from recreation to housing, that improve the lives of the city's poor black people.
    Read more via the Globe and Mail
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    January 20, 2017
    Does Mandarin make you more musical? It seems to, says study by Professor Kang Lee and team
    In a paper published in Developmental Science, an international team of researchers shows that among the preschool set - or young children between the ages of 3 and 5 - native speakers of Mandarin Chinese are better than their English-speaking counterparts at processing musical pitch. The implications of the findings go beyond determining who may have a head-start in music, the researchers say.
    Read more via Science Daily.
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    January 19, 2017
    Professor Shahrzad Mojab releases new book, "Revolutionary Learning"
    Shahrzad Mojab, Professor in the Department of Leadership Higher and Adult Education, is co-author of a new book, "Revolutionary Learning: Marxism, Feminism and Knowledge." Revolutionary Learning is collection of essays exploring Marxist and feminist theories of education and learning.
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    January 12, 2017
    What drove doctoral student Annette Bazira-Okafor to create Black Girls Magazine
    Annette Bazira-Okafor wanted her daughter to see herself in the magazines she would flip through and the dress-up apps she would play with. She recalls the nine-year-old picking up magazines at the grocery check-out and seeing "very little that represents her."
    Read more via CBC News
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    December 20, 2016
    Highlights of the year: Check out OISE's top tweets and videos of 2016
    Check out 2016 OISE highlights in Tweets and videos on YouTube and Facebook. Thanks for your likes, shares and more!
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    December 19, 2016
    Watch: Season's greetings 2016 from OISE
    Wishing OISE staff, students, faculty, alumni and friends a wonderful holiday - in a most 'worldly' way!
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    December 16, 2016
    Student Erica Brunato and Assistant Professor Arlo Kempf featured in 'How Ontario sets its teachers up to succeed' (part 3 of a special series)
    OISE Master of Teaching student Erica Brunato and Assistant Professor Arlo Kempf featured in part 3 of a series comparing education in Ontario and Pennsylvania
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    December 14, 2016
    Professor Janette Pelletier highlights the benefits of pre-K and why Pennsylvania educators are looking to emulate it
    JICS Professor Janette Pelletier highlights the benefits of pre-K and why Pennsylvania educators are looking to emulate it.
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    December 09, 2016
    Professor Carol Campbell's Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER) launches initiative to address student well-being and achievement in Ontario
    Ontario is providing teachers with new resources to help promote improved student well-being and achievement at school. The province has selected Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, in partnership with the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University, to lead a provincewide knowledge network for student well-being. This new network dedicated to student well-being will receive up to $1.3 million over four years through the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research.
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    December 08, 2016
    Professor Emeritus Jim Cummins weighs in on Ontario's language education restrictions
    One of the ways to preserve heritage languages is through schools. However, in Ontario, the Education Act restricts the use of languages other than English or French for instruction in publicly funded schools. "Ontario's language education restrictions are an international embarrassment," says Dr. Jim Cummins, a researcher in bilingual education and professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Read more via Globe and Mail.
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    December 08, 2016
    Findings from new study of educators' professional learning in Canada released. Congratulations Professor Carol Campbell and team
    Learning Forward has released the findings from a new study, The State of Educators' Professional Learning in Canada. A research team led by Carol Campbell, Professor of Leadership and Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, examined the professional learning that educators experience in the provinces and territories of Canada. Read more.
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    December 07, 2016
    Youth job security plunging, unemployment remaining steady since 1976, says Statscan report. Professor D.W. Livingstone discusses
    A new study from Statistics Canada said over the last four decades, young people have seen their job quality decline, even as the unemployment rate remains virtually unchanged since the 1970s. "My research over the past 25 years has documented a continuing decline in full-time employment and growth in both part-time involuntary employment and also increasing underemployment," says D.W. Livingstone, a professor emeritus from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Read more via Yahoo Canada.
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    December 06, 2016
    Instructor Lee Airton's new campaign makes gender neutral pronouns 'No Big Deal'
    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education's Master of Teaching instructor Lee Airton is leading a campaign on gender neutral pronouns. Read more about their No Big Deal Campaign via Metro News.
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    December 06, 2016
    Is there a "Trump effect" with Syrian refugees in Canada? Professor Megan Boler weighs in on CBC News
    In the wake of last month's election in the United States, racist acts and threats have been reported across that country as well as in Canada. Trump's campaign has been blamed for fuelling racist rhetoric and xenophobia while attracting support of the so-called alt-right white nationalist movement. CBC's Dwight Drummond spoke with Professor Megan Boler, a social justice education professor at the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, about those reactions - whether the so-called "Trump effect" is playing a part. Read more via CBC News Toronto.
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    December 06, 2016
    Professor Mary Reid discusses OECD global education rankings on CBC Radio 2
    Canada is well above average in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s 2016 global education rankings. Professor Mary Reid discusses results. Listen via CBC Radio 2.
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    December 05, 2016
    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 02, 2016
    Professor Abby Goldstein named Canada Research Chair
    Professor Abby Goldstein has been named Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada Research Chair. Goldstein is one of 25 new chairs at the University of Toronto. Goldstein's research seeks to develop a comprehensive understanding of risk behaviours and well-being in emerging adulthood, a psychologically unique developmental stage. This prestigious opportunity provides Goldstein with dedicated research time and resources to embark on this ambitious and important program of research, which has implications for policy and practice in Canada and internationally. Read more.
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    November 30, 2016
    Ontario's falling math scores are worrisome, says Professor Mary Reid
    Grade 4 kids in Ontario are lagging behind counterparts in Kazakhstan, Lithuania and 25 other jurisdictions in math, putting them in the middle of the pack in a 2015 global study of math and science. Despite the turnaround in Grade 8, the results for Grade 4 are worrisome, says Professor Mary Reid. "It's a concern because if we didn't have these gaps, just think about how much further along we'd be by the time they got to Grade 8." Read more via Toronto Star.
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    November 29, 2016
    Professor Suzanne Stewart leads key event to address TRC recommendations in education, research
    On November 30, OISE's Dr. Suzanne Stewart, Special Advisor to the Dean on Aboriginal Education and Interim Director of the Indigenous Education Initiative, will be leading a panel discussion titled, TRC Panel II. "The OISE community should have knowledge regarding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's final report and what it means for scholarly and community activity at OISE," says Dr. Stewart.
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    November 28, 2016
    Professor Normand Labrie and PhD student Yollande Dweme Pitta named to planning board for a French-language university
    The government of Ontario has appointed OISE professor Normand Labrie and PhD student Yollande Dweme Pitta to the planning board for a French-language University in Ontario.
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    November 27, 2016
    Dean Glen Jones weighs in on whether or not free tuition is feasible in Canada
    Is free tuition feasible, and can it reduce inequality in Canada? According to Dr. Glen Jones, Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, free tuition alone cannot surmount inequality and only tenably exists in countries with an already narrow income gap. Read more via The Varsity.
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    November 25, 2016
    Dr. Rinaldo Walcott responds to Toronto's new carding policy
    Last week, the Ontario government and the Toronto Police Services Board announced their decision to continue the controversial practice of carding. The Black community responded with an open letter to the Province of Ontario and City of Toronto, asking for a ban on the practice - citing the legal implications and the historical detriments it has had on the Black community. Professor Rinaldo Walcott weighs in via Vice Magazine. Read more.
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    November 24, 2016
    How can we create calm and comfortable learning environments? Richard Messina weighs in
    Richard Messina, the principal of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, says environment has a huge impact on the way students learn. "There's actually a significant amount of research that says everything from the amount of daylight that comes into the windows, to the workspace and flexibility, has incredible impact on children," he said. Read more via Inside Halton.
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    November 23, 2016
    OISE trends to 8th in world rankings
    The recent international rankings of universities by the prestigious Times Higher Education, notes that of the top universities in the world who offer education, the University of Toronto takes the 8th spot. This means that OISE is perceived to be 8th in the global context of education programming.
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    November 21, 2016
    Indigenous Education Month: OISE events, discussions, blogs create important dialogue
    November is Indigenous Education Month, which means many schools across Ontario are celebrating the histories, contributions, sacrifices, and achievements of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. And non-Indigenous peoples are called upon to deal with the devastating consequences of residential schools, the effects of which remain today. OISE and the University of Toronto, too, have been marking Indigenous Education Month in a big way. Read more.
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    November 18, 2016
    Announcing the Bonnie Burstow Scholarship in Antipsychiatry
    An exciting new scholarship has been established at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. Called "The Bonnie Burstow Scholarship in Antipsychiatry," it is to be awarded annually to an OISE thesis student conducting antipsychiatry inquiry. What makes this initiative so important? Read more.
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    November 18, 2016
    Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock shares lessons in leadership at OISE
    Toronto Maple Leaf Head Coach Mike Babcock recently shared lessons in leadership with principals and educators at an Ontario Institute for Studies in Education event titled, "Creating High Performing Teams: Achieving Excellence in Sport and Education." Before addressing the audience members, the veteran hockey coach also sat down with OISE's Lindsey Craig to give a one-on-one interview about leadership. Read more.
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    November 17, 2016
    National Child Day: Experts call attention to key concerns
    November 20 is National Child Day, which recognizes the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We've asked five OISE professors: What is the most important issue that requires serious public and/or government understanding and action?
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    November 17, 2016
    Only 31 per cent of Grade 3 children in Ottawa read with their parents. Cultural traditions may play a role, says Professor Esther Geva
    31 percent of Grade 3 children in Ottawa reported that their parents don't read with them regularly. Why might this be? Different cultural traditions may play a role, says #OISEUofT Professor Esther Geva. In some cultures, parents don't read to their children, she said. "The kids go to school, that's where they can learn to read." Parents may supervise homework and hire a tutor if their child is struggling."They still care about their kids' education, but the mechanisms they use are different."
    Read more (via The Ottawa Citizen)