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U of T Awards of Excellence 2021
🏅 The 2021 Awards of Excellence are open. Recognize exemplary faculty, staff and students at U of T who have made a significant impact through their contributions and engagement. Alumni are welcome to make a nomination!
Wednesday, October 20 to
Friday, October 29
Online nominations
More info: https://alumni.utoronto.ca/events-and-programs/awards/awex


Leading Climate Action during the Pandemic
How do educators and their schools empower and support TDSB youth to lead local climate actions during the complications brought on by the COVID19 pandemic? Join TDSB teachers, principals & members of the EcoSchools team as they share their success stories - from moving Ecoteams online, engaging youth in activism, to developing a new TDSB Climate Action Plan. Register now!
Wednesday, October 27
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Online via Zoom (pre-register)
More info: https://oise-utoronto.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIodOusqzkrGdNrCKx4G0u8e_Ly7blREvO9


Bits and bobs: Anthonia's play-based pathway
OISE Stay At Home Club
In this episode of the OISE Stay At Home Club, teaching student Anthonia Ikemeh will share her experiences using loose parts and manipulative tools to encourage engagement in kindergarten learning activities. You'll get ideas for co-creating inquiry-based learning centres with students to promote their curiosity, as well as strategies for enhancing socio-emotional development in young children. Watch live or on-demand.
Friday, October 29
11:00 - 11:30 AM
Twitter Live
More info: https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/oise/News/2020/OISE_Stay_at_Home_Club.html


Book Launch: Everyone but Fajza by John P. Portelli
Everyone But Fajza, a new novel by award-winning author and OISE prof. John Portelli, is a multi-layered story that follows two immigrant families as tensions between traditional and progressive beliefs and the complexities of life within Toronto's multicultural context unfold. Join us for an evening of conversation with Prof. Portelli and guest authors John Baldacchino, Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews and Hollay Ghadery. Register now!
Friday, October 29
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Online
More info: https://oise-utoronto.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvdeGhrTkoH9Vp0VKg6kdcBw8xetunIpxI


New Directions for Engaging International Students: Capitalizing on Service-Learning as an Asset-Based Approach
CIHE Speaker Series
How can we optimize international students' learning experience in Canada? Join OISE guest speaker Dr. Neivin Shalabi who will discuss her research on service-learning to support international students' transition to Canadian life and academia. Register now.
Thursday, November 4
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Zoom
More info: https://utoronto.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqcemprTsjGNPxqq9HPxbx3iwANSFMgBld


Environmental Learning Circle
Join OISE's Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) for its 2nd Environmental Learning Circle -- a student group working to bring environmental sustainability and climate awareness into education. In this meeting, we will explore how ESE is currently being implemented in K-12 education and give starting points for teaching ESE with elementary and secondary students. All are welcome. Please register in advance!
Thursday, November 4
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Online via Zoom
More info: https://oise-utoronto.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkde6rrTMiHddrwNWAOezHGr0-UaXcqrT1


Climate Courage: Educators Addressing the Climate Crisis
Annual ESE Conference - Registration Open!
Educators have bravely risen to the challenges of the pandemic; this same courageous response is needed to address the climate crisis. This year's TDSB/OISE EcoSchools conference encourages K-12 educators to renew their commitment to engaging students in climate change and sustainability, by bringing diverse voices, innovative approaches and teaching strategies for engaging their schools and communities in climate change education. This free online conference, open to TDSB teachers and staff, members of the OISE community, and others in education provides professional learning in environmental and sustainability education. Register now!
Saturday, November 6
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Online via Zoom (pre-register)
More info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-courage-educators-addressing-the-climate-crisis-conference-registration-181865132507


Learning Who We Are: Beyond the Statement of Positionality with OISE Prof. Lauren Bialystok
What is the relationship between identity and knowledge? How does what we know about ourselves affect what we can know about other topics? Recently, many educational communities have adopted the habit of "self-positioning" - for instance, offering up our pronouns, or identifying as a settler or Indigenous person. These practices signal certain commitments to social justice, but have hidden implications about identity and learning. Are our social identities shortcuts (when we are disadvantaged) or impediments (when we are privileged) to learning? Should we decide who has the authority to speak based on who they are? In this talk OISE prof. Lauren Bialystok argues that we should not automatically position ourselves in educational situations. Instead, we should think about when and how identity impacts our ability to learn and to speak for others. Register here.
Tuesday, November 9
2:30 - 3:45 PM
Online
More info: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-cslp-presents-a-talk-by-lauren-bialystok-tickets-195117330187


Free webinar: The Science of Belonging
When employees feel that they belong, they perform and feel better. In this session, Dr. Rumeet Billan will examine what it means to belong at work, the harmful effects of exclusion, and the challenges that leaders face in creating a sense of belonging. She will provide you with practical and evidence-based tools and strategies that support building, fostering, and nurturing a culture of belonging. Register now!
Wednesday, November 10
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Online
More info: https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/oise/News/2021/The_Science_of_Belonging_Webinar.html


Teaching Climate Change by Actively Empowering Learners in a Warming World
TDSB & OISE Webinar
In this interactive session, Dr. Karen Acton and Jenn Stevens from Learning for a Sustainable Future will present their new online climate change guide "Empowering Learners in a Warming World". This resource was created to assist educators in teaching the complex issues of climate change using an active learning, inquiry-based approach to deepen understanding of key sustainability topics. You will leave this webinar with enhanced knowledge on helping students critically question their assumptions and beliefs, and empowering them to take action! Register today.
Thursday, November 18
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Online via Zoom (pre-register)
More info: https://oise-utoronto.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtdu2opzgiGdQT4uJh2JjPeZoYkyvAcJMH


University of Toronto Student Leadership Awards - Now Open!
Do you know an OISE student making a difference? Nominate them for the University of Toronto Student Leadership Awards! The awards continue the University's long-standing tradition of recognizing outstanding student leadership, service, and commitment at U of T. Make a nomination by November 19. Learn more.
Friday, November 19
Online nomination
More info: https://alumni.utoronto.ca/events-and-programs/awards/utsla


Workshop: Effective Writing in Academia and the Workplace
OISE Mentorship Program
Join Dr. Cindy Sinclair and author Leslie Ann for this exclusive career workshop for participants in the OISE Mentorship Program. Learn how to think critically, reflect, analyze, plan and produce effective writing that transfers your thoughts into texts in the academic and working world. Participants should come prepared to engage in a virtual writing exercise. Bring a pen, paper and a beverage of your choice! RSVP details will be sent to OISE mentors and mentees.
Thursday, November 25
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Zoom