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    January 23
    OISE Professor Nina Bascia talks Ontario class sizes on CBC Radio
    How many students would be too big for a single classroom? What kind of impact do those classes have on learning? Professor Nina Bascia, chair of OISE's Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education (LHAE) appeared on CBC Radio's Ontario Today to answer those questions with host Rita Celli.
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    January 13
    Prof. Charles Pascal comments on the value and the future of the EQAO
    Charles Pascal was deputy education minister when EQAO was started. He recently spoke with CBC's Conrad Collaco about the test, its value and its future.
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    January 10
    Professor Abby Goldstein talks about safety concerns around cannabis edibles
    This week, Ontario rolls out its online retailer of recreational cannabis including edibles, beverages and vaping products. Professor Abby Goldstein explains the potential safety concern surrounding cannabis edibles and how you and those around you can stay safe around them. Listen here.
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    January 06
    She created, she wrote, she led: Remembering Professor Bonnie Burstow
    Here at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the OISE community is mourning the loss of Bonnie Burstow, an exceptional scholar, author and activist who died on Jan. 4. To celebrate her life, we look back at some of Professor Burstow's many achievements.
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    December 20, 2019
    Indigenous student Diane Hill featured among U of T students who crushed it in 2019
    U of T students are doing and achieving things on a daily basis that make the university an outstanding place. Diane Hill is no exception. By joining OISE's social justice education program this fall, Diane has continued her dream of supporting Indigenous communities through education - just as her grandfather inspired her to do. Read more.
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    December 18, 2019
    PhD student Jacqueline Scott's 2020 adventure will help connect Black history and the Canadian outdoors
    In 2020, PhD student Jacqueline Scott begins an epic adventure highlighting Black history's connection to the Canadian outdoors. 'The Black Canada Hike' is both a real hike set along the places where the Great Trail connects to Black history - and a counter-narrative to the classic tales absent of Black and Indigenous faces "on grand tours of the wilderness." In CBC Sports, Jacqueline outlines the details of this important adventure. Read more.
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    December 17, 2019
    2019 Year in Review: Take a look back at OISE's top highlights of the year
    OISE had a stellar, cohesive 2019. As the top-ranked Canadian institution for teaching and education research, OISE's students, faculty, staff and alumni materialized innovative ideas, grew relationships locally and globally and achieved honours at the top of their fields. Take a look back at some of the highlights from a productive, fruitful year. Read more.
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    December 16, 2019
    Education and innovation: OISE alum Beverley Biggar brings together elements that enhance learning, the student experience
    At OISE's latest research cafe, alum Beverley Biggar presented her new language learning app Speax as the next step in the evolution of online educational resources. The project is one of many that demonstrate the varying ways education innovation is taking place within OISE. In celebration of the research café, we asked our researchers to share how they are using innovation to enhance the classroom learning experience. Read more.
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    December 13, 2019
    Video: Happy holidays from the OISE community!
    From all of us at OISE, we wish you a holiday season filled with laughter and joy, and very best wishes for a prosperous new year. Watch our community holiday greeting video from our Winter Wonderland and Community Skate event for a little winter cheer! Watch now.
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    December 12, 2019
    OISE graduate students receive Friedrich Froebel Early Childhood Education Scholarship
    At a bustling research gala on December 4 at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, six students were recognized for their studies in early childhood education. Jessica Costello, Aicha Jaichi, Krystina Telesca, Sarah Tracz, Jacqueline Wilson and Tajuana Payne received the Friedrich Froebel Early Childhood Education Scholarship, named in honour of 19th century German educator Friedrich Froebel and the Froebel Foundation, an organization dedicated to furthering childhood education. Read more.
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    December 10, 2019
    Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine wins Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award
    Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine has won Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in the category of Inclusion Vanguard for her impact on diversity and inclusion as a teacher, advocate, community leader and the first black Canadian woman to be elected to the House of Commons. Read more about the remarkable OISE alum. Read more
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    December 04, 2019
    Alum Hyunjung Shin's new TED Talk explores power of compassion to embrace diversity as a newcomer
    By tackling the challenges in her class at the University of Saskatchewan, prof. Hyunjung Shin formed a deeper understanding of how social differences connect to social inequalities for migrants. In a new TED Talk, the OISE alum explains how a little effort to understand new people and perspectives around us, will help us work and live better. Watch now.
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    December 04, 2019
    'A significant warning': Professor Charles Pascal weighs in on the Ontario teachers' strike
    Professor Charles Pascal, a former deputy minister of education, weighs in on the Ontario teachers' strike. He says that although the strike only lasted one day, it came with a "significant warning" and added that the one-day walkout, which affected roughly 40,000 high school teachers and 15,000 support staff, signals a full-blown one could be on the way. Read more in Global News.
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    December 03, 2019
    PhD student Amani Hitimana appointed chair of federal committee for awards in volunteering
    Amani Hitimana firmly believes that volunteering is imperative to improving society and his resumé shows it. Last month, in recognition of his extensive contributions, the OISE PhD student was appointed chair of the national advisory committee for Canada's Volunteer Awards. Read more.
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    December 03, 2019
    Professor Mary Reid weighs is on Ontario's mandatory math test for teachers
    Ontario will institute its mandatory math test for all new teachers next spring. But education experts are skeptical about the effectiveness of the test. Professor Mary Reid, who teaches future teachers, says her own mandatory math knowledge course is a better way to improve students' math knowledge and teaching skills. Such courses are cost-effective and allow for "progressive instruction" rather than a "one-time, high stakes proficiency test," explains Reid. Read more.
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    December 02, 2019
    Professor Cassie J. Brownell creates the space for children to talk about serious issues
    While teaching in post-Katrina New Orleans and during the Sandy Hook school shootings, Professor Cassie Brownell realized how important it was to create space for children to discuss social issues. Those experiences now drive her research in critical literacies, which seeks to amplify the voices and experiences of children in ways that shift how adults understand them to be - which is often apolitical and naïve. Read more.
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    November 29, 2019
    Professor Stephanie Waterman discusses how postsecondary institutions can better serve Indigenous students
    In a new blog at the close of Indigenous Education Month, Professor Stephanie Waterman discusses her research on how postsecondary institutions can better serve Indigenous students and help them thrive. Waterman, who leads the student development and student services stream at OISE, says her goal is to "enhance student services and knowledge about Indigenous people and our communities so that students can thrive in postsecondary rather than having to endure educational structures that deny their Indigeneity." Read more.
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    November 26, 2019
    'We need to find the voices of Black males': Ahmed Ali Ilmi joins OISE as Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow
    "We need to find the voices of Black males in education and account for the ways in which their early educational experiences are linked to their lack of opportunity." Black Studies scholar Ahmed Ali Ilmi has joined OISE as a Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow. Over the next two years, he will be exploring how Black boys are being socialized in Canada's K-12 classrooms by gathering and analyzing stories of their schooling experiences. Read more.
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    November 25, 2019
    Professor Megan Boler discusses how disinformation is spread through video-sharing platforms
    YouTubers are embracing climate activism, but experts question reach and motive. Digital media scholar Megan Boler explains how disinformation is spread through the video-sharing platform. "We are beyond any age of innocence when it comes to the ways media is now used and abused for an infinite number of hidden, subversive, selfish or greed-based intentions," she writes. Read more.
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    November 22, 2019
    OISE, global educational partners renew Memorandum of Understanding
    A memorandum of understanding signed by 11 educational institutions, including the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), has signalled a continuing, strengthening global partnership. The MOU, signed by the International Network of Education Institutes (INEI) on the first day of meetings on Nov. 11, affirmed that the organization would continue for a new five-year term - ending in 2024. Read more.
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    November 20, 2019
    OISE marks 30 years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
    With the Canadian government's ratification of the Convention in 1991, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education has worked tirelessly to develop a children's rights approach to education and assist others in doing so. OISE professors have studied children's rights as they affect provincial policies for decades and have consulted with many organizations, including UNICEF, and have developed resource guides and toolkits for educators. Read more.
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    November 20, 2019
    Close the gap between words and behaviour on children's rights, says Prof. Charles Pascal
    Wednesday marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child - a marker for the progress of a nation regarding the health and wellbeing of its children and youth. So, how is Ontario and Canada doing? Considering our material resources and what's required to secure substantial progress for the wellbeing of our children and youth, for many, a passing grade is a stretch, writes Pascal. Read more.
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    November 18, 2019
    When it comes to bullying, what works? Professor Kathy Bickmore weighs in
    Restorative justice programs that bring people together to talk through issues can be more effective than punitive responses such as suspension - but it's contingent on certain conditions being in place, says Professor Kathy Bickmore. Read more.
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    November 18, 2019
    Professor Elizabeth Smyth discusses the history and social impact of the Sisters of Loretto in Canada
    Call them early feminists or the founders of modern healthcare in Hamilton, nuns have built a legacy in Canada. Professor Elizabeth Smyth discusses the history and social impact of the Sisters of Loretto - founders of one of Toronto's oldest educational institutions, whose legacy includes opening a 25-bed hospital and nursing school at the turn of the twentieth century in Ontario. Read more.
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    November 15, 2019
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher highlights role of working together in convocation keynote
    In her convocation speech to graduands of the University of Toronto's School of Graduate Studies and graduate programs at the Rotman School of Management, Kathleen Gallagher challenged the audience with two small thoughts. Gallagher, a distinguished professor in the department of curriculum, teaching and learning, tasked the new graduates to join forces with those with different expertise and experiences in order to apply their knowledge, and support those following them. Watch here.
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    November 15, 2019
    OISE ranked as top Canadian institute for education
    OISE has been ranked as top Canadian university for education. In the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 477 global universities, OISE ranked within the Top 20 (14th place) globally for the third consecutive year and as the top-ranked Canadian institute for education. Read more.
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    November 14, 2019
    Toronto needs to do more for its homeless population during extreme cold, says alum Cathy Crowe
    When extremely cold weather hits Toronto, where do vulnerable people across the city go? Alum Cathy Crowe, a street nurse and advocate who has been tackling homelessness for 30 years, says while the city has taken steps to help bring people out of the cold, more shelters and warming centres are needed - and fast. Read more.
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    November 14, 2019
    Researcher Dr. Kang Lee helps parents understand why children lie and how praise can help
    What should parents do if they catch their child under the age of 7 lying? In this week's New York Times, research by professor Kang Lee helps put parents' worries about their children's lies to rest. Lying is not only a normal sign of cognitive development, says Lee, but his research shows you can inspire kids to be more truthful by praising their honesty. Read more.
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    November 12, 2019
    Indigenous Education Month: Alum Tracey King reflects on her work to include more Indigenous peoples in higher education
    MEd grad Tracey King is Canada's first Indigenous human resources consultant for a postsecondary institution and a longtime volunteer of the OISE Alumni Association. This Indigenous Education Month, Tracey reflects on her award-winning work to bring more Indigenous peoples into higher education and closes with a heartfelt message to Indigenous graduate students pursuing their degrees. Watch now.
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    November 08, 2019
    Indigenous Education Liaison Julie Blair carves personal legacy and leaves imprint on U of T
    Yesterday, OISE's Indigenous Education Liaison Julie Blair received her Master of Social Work degree from a groundbreaking new program in Indigenous trauma and resiliency. The extraordinary grad earned a previous undergraduate degree in Indigenous studies with a 3.9 GPA, was the first Indigenous student to receive the Brookfield Peter F. Bronfman Gold Scholarship, and helped organize the first powwow at U of T in 20 years in 2017. Blair has not only carved out a personal legacy but left an imprint on the university itself. Read more.
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    November 05, 2019
    Professor Normand Labrie awarded honorary doctorate by the University of Quebec at Rimouski
    This week, Professor Normand Labrie received an honorary doctorate from the University of Quebec at Rimouski. The renowned linguist was recognized for his contributions to the development of knowledge and the influence of the French language. Read more.
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    October 31, 2019
    'Going back to my centre': How Suleyman Demi used PhD research at OISE to improve lives in Ghana
    Graduating student Suleyman Demi made Ghana the core of his research at OISE, studying everything from how his home country feeds itself to the role communities and local farming play in the future of food and the environment. Now, he's working to educate families about food security across the country. When Suleyman crosses the stage at Convocation Hall on November 7, he will know he got there by keeping Ghana in his mind - and close to his heart. Read more.
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    October 29, 2019
    Alum Amanda Parris wins Governor General's Literary Award in Drama
    Alum and CBC host Amanda Parris has won the Governor General's Literary Award in Drama for "Other Side of the Game." Her powerful play tells the story of black women fighting against institutions while supporting their loved ones who have been incarcerated. Read more.
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    October 25, 2019
    Future teachers from OISE's Robertson Program visit Aroland First Nation ahead of new classroom placement
    Ahead of a new student placement initiative at OISE, teacher candidates joined The Robertson Program on a trip to the Johnny Therriault School in Aroland First Nation to learn about its teaching practices and meet with staff, students and the Aroland community. In spring 2020, the First Nation school will provide four aspiring educators with the opportunity to gain firsthand experience teaching in northern Ontario. Watch now.
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    October 23, 2019
    EdD grad Carlos Ruano shares path from coffee plantation worker to education policy leader
    Carlos Ruano gives added meaning to the phrase 'from the ground up.' He connects his experiences as a coffee picker in Guatemala to building networks that landed him a senior role at the United Nations' World Food Programme. Today, Carlos is involved in the development of school feeding programs for 11 million school-age children across Pakistan. In a new alumni portrait, Carlos discusses his career in global education policy and how an education doctorate from OISE helped get him there. Read more.
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    October 22, 2019
    #OISEGrad19: Diane Longboat uses Indigenous concepts of healing to help those with mental illness
    Healing the human spirit is not just an Indigenous concern - it has consequences for everyone, says alum Diane Longboat. A Traditional Healer and senior project manager at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Longboat uses Indigenous concepts of healing to help with those struggling with mental health challenges and addictions. On November 7, the U of T First Nations House founder will deliver the convocation address to OISE's Class of 2019. Read more.
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    October 22, 2019
    Future teachers like Krystal Morgan need your help
    Thanks to the generosity of OISE donors, Krystal was able to achieve her dream of becoming a teacher. Now she will motivate countless children to develop their passions and reach their potential. Your support can help ensure that the brightest and best students, no matter their background, have access to a world class education. Learn more.
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    October 22, 2019
    Hundreds of alumni mentors and student mentees gather at OISE Mentorship Program launch
    On October 16, over 260 mentors and mentees gathered for the fourth annual OISE Mentorship Program launch. The largest of its kind on campus, the program pairs 500 alumni and grad students each year based on research and field interests. The event was an opportunity for participants to meet for the first time and start their mentorship journey. View photos.
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    October 18, 2019
    Alum Andrew Boggs shortlisted for 2019 Wonkhe Awards for his blog on intergenerational value of higher education
    OISE Alumni Association's Dr. Andrew Boggs has been shortlisted for the UK's Wonkhe Awards for his blog, The value of higher education reaches across the generations. The awards commemorate noteworthy participation in community writing, original ideas and analysis that helps drive forward higher education policy debate. Read Boggs' blog.
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    October 17, 2019
    OISE's Robertson Program launches new placement for future teachers to experience First Nations schools
    The Robertson Program for Inquiry-based Teaching in Mathematics and Science has launched a new initiative to provide teacher candidates in our Master of Arts in Child Study and Education program with experience teaching in a First Nations school. Read more.
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    October 17, 2019
    Alum Katie Doering shares her experience as principal of Toronto's Ronald McDonald House school for seriously ill students
    Alum Katie Doering shares her experience as principal of the Ronald McDonald House school in Toronto - a place where seriously ill students learn and heal together. "I know I can't change the medical aspect of things. But I can make an impact in that child's life. If their life is two years or two more weeks, it's about making a difference in their day, that day." Read more.
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    October 16, 2019
    Congratulations to OISE's 2019 Arbor Award winners
    Last week, nine of our outstanding volunteers picked up University of Toronto Arbor Awards for their contributions to OISE. These volunteers dedicate their time and talent to enriching our community. Among the winners is Xin Wang, Director of Treasury Analytics at CIBC and dedicated OISE volunteer, who is responsible for the innovative software program that helps generate 250 high quality mentorship pairings each year for the OISE Mentorship Program. Read more.
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    October 15, 2019
    Alum Cathy Crowe advocates for new national housing program in Canada
    In an article for The Globe and Mail, educator, activist and proclaimed 'street nurse', alum Cathy Crowe explores Canada's housing crisis and how the abandoning of a national housing program in 1933 created an emergency of homelessness and lack of affordable housing, leaving 235,000 homeless and 1.7 million people in 'core-housing' need. "The obvious solution is a return to a national housing program. That means universal availability to affordable and accessible housing in the same fashion as we now expect in our beloved medicare," argues Crowe. Read more.
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    October 11, 2019
    Alum Rania Mirza writes about the importance of women-only spaces in Muslim communities
    "Our women-only parties aren't about feeling marginalized. They're about creating spaces to strengthen sisterhood." On the International Day of the Girl, alum Rania Mirza writes about the rise of women-only spaces in Muslim communities and why they remain important today. Read more.
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    October 11, 2019
    Awards ceremony celebrates U of T's African scholars, community leaders
    25 students, faculty, staff and alumni were celebrated for their achievements recently at the third annual African Scholars Awards ceremony. Created by a group led by OISE doctoral student Henry Ssali, the ceremony aims to encourage a culture of African excellence at U of T. Read more.
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    October 10, 2019
    Professor Megan Boler discusses how issues of public good play out over social media
    Two Oakville car dealerships were surprised to find Facebook and Instagram refused their ads for a tree planting campaign for being about "social issues, elections or politics." In the Toronto Star, Professor Megan Boler comments on how issues of public good play out over social media, and warns privately owned corporate platforms such as Facebook are "becoming the arbiters of public good, law and policy surrounding questions of free speech, political advertising." Read more.
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    October 07, 2019
    Dean Glen Jones receives CIHE Award for Significant Research in International Higher Education
    Congratulations to our very own Dean Glen Jones who has received the Council for International Higher Education (CIHE) Award for Significant Research in International Higher Education for his book entitled "Professorial Pathways: Academic Careers in a Global Perspective" (2019). The award recognizes highly significant research outcomes in the field of international higher education with a focus on state-of-the-art knowledge and scholarship. Read more.
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    October 07, 2019
    Professor Lance McCready named Bissell-Heyd Research Fellow at U of T's Centre for the Study for the United States
    Congratulations to Professor Lance McCready who will serve as the 2019-2020 Bissell-Heyd Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study for the United States (CSUS) at the Munk School of Global Affairs. With his fellowship, McCready plans to organize a Queer of Color Analysis in Education Research Institute, with details coming soon.
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    October 03, 2019
    Alum Amanda Parris selected as finalist for Governor Generals' Literary Award in Drama
    Congratulations to our alum and CBC host Amanda Parris who has been selected as a finalist for the Governor Generals' Literary Award, one of Canada's oldest and most prestigious prizes, in the drama category for her gripping play, Other Side of the Game. Read more.
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    October 03, 2019
    Alum Jason Brennan appointed Assistant Dean, Residence Life & Communication at U of T
    Congratulations to OISE Alumni Association's own Jason Brennan, Massey Fellow and the new Assistant Dean, Residence Life & Communication at the University of Toronto. Jason will oversee the Residence Life program, front desk services, and communication for Graduate House as a live-in staff member who is trained to support grads with any level of emergency, including mental health support.
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    October 02, 2019
    Professor Karen Mundy appointed to the UNESCO International Commission on the Futures of Education
    Professor Karen Mundy, an expert in international and comparative education, has been appointed to the UNESCO International Commission on the Futures of Education. Launched on September 26, the initiative aims to re-imagine how knowledge and learning can shape the futures of humanity in a context of increasing complexity, uncertainty and precarity. Read more.
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    October 01, 2019
    Dean Glen Jones discusses the future of higher education in Canada
    How will Canadian universities change over the next 20 years? Dean Glen Jones shares his thoughts among fellow university leaders on the future of higher education in Canada. "I'm inspired by the increasing global dimension of education. We are always trying to fulfill the huge, wonderful potential of the university and I think this growing global dimension of education will bring us closer to that." Read more in University Affairs.
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    September 30, 2019
    Professor Leesa Wheelahan rethinks technical and vocational education and training
    Tune in to FreshEd Podcast to rethink technical and vocational education and training with Professor Leesa Wheelahan, our William G. Davis chair in Community College Leadership, who looks at the area from a 'productive capabilities' perspective. Listen here.
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    September 30, 2019
    Professor Charles Pascal comments on new Ontario figures on reduced class sizes and its impact on teachers
    Professor Charles Pascal comments on new Ontario Financial Accountability Office (FAO) figures on class size that claim if the province had maintained previous class size averages, there would have been 994 more elementary teaching positions and 9,060 more high-school teaching positions in the education system by the 2023-24 academic year. Read more in the Globe and Mail.
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    September 27, 2019
    Professor Carol Campbell provides recommendations for closing the poverty-related attainment gap in Scottish schools
    Scotland's school attainment gap could take 15 years to be reduced warn an international panel of education experts, including OISE's own Professor Carol Campbell. In a new article, Campbell discusses the International Council of Education Advisers (ICEA) and their recommendations for closing the poverty-related attainment gap, including creating more pathways for community and parent engagement and using new funding to explore the effects of poverty in Scottish schools. Read more.
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    September 25, 2019
    Alum Cathy Crowe's new book recounts lifetime at the crossroads of nursing and activism
    For more than four decades, alum Cathy Crowe has balanced work as a street nurse in Ontario with hardline activism that's often positioned her at odds with every level of authority. Her new book, A Knapsack Full of Dreams: Memoirs of a Street Nurse, accounts her adventures and tireless efforts as a street nurse and activist, and ends with an urgent call to action. With homelessness steadily on the rise in Canada, Crowe's book aims to edify the public about its realities. Read more.
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    September 25, 2019
    OISE encourages instructors to be flexible if students wish to participate in Friday's global climate strike
    This Friday, millions of people around the world are expected to take to the streets to call for action on climate change. OISE has a long and proud history of fostering social responsibility, and many in our community are deeply devoted to addressing climate change, especially through environmental and sustainability education. As such, OISE is encouraging course instructors to offer flexibility to students wishing to participate in the climate strike on Sept. 27. Read more.
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    September 24, 2019
    Alum Sidrah Ahmad provides insight on the issues of Blackface, racism and politics
    Alum Sidrah Ahmad, a researcher of Islamophobic violence against Muslim women in Canada, discusses Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recently surfaced photo that shows him in brownface, donning a turban in 2001. Ahmad explores how race issues like the 2001 photo are engaged on the Canadian campaign trail and why the country must address its 'hidden racisms'. Read more.
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    September 24, 2019
    Professor Kang Lee and alum Dr. Angela Evan's research reveals children's lies are deceptively complex
    Children's lies are deceptively complex, but simple techniques can increase their truth-telling. In a new article, co-author Dr. Angela Evans discusses research developed with Professor Kang Lee on why children's lies are a positive sign of their development. The pair examined young children's lying and found those with greater performance on cognitive tasks like inhibition and memory were more likely to lie. While kids' lies may be a good thing, Evans offers ways to improve their honesty, such as reading books that praise truth-telling. Read more.
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    September 23, 2019
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher discusses power of drama pedagogy to disrupt oppression in global classrooms
    With a curriculum and school culture that draws on drama, narrative and social justice, the Prerna Girls' School in Lucknow, India is helping its 1,000 female students defy the odds of their marginalized lives at the intersections of gender, caste and extreme poverty. Professor Kathleen Gallagher's powerful research on drama pedagogy and "radical hope" took her to classrooms around the world, including the Prerna school. In Lucknow, she found drama could interrupt oppressions of caste and gender, and in one Toronto classroom it had the potential to interrupt classroom social relations of race and gender -- allowing young people to 'break out' of limiting social roles and imagine hopeful possibilities. Read more.
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    September 23, 2019
    PhD candidate Yecid Ortega awarded TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grant
    Congratulations to PhD candidate Yecid Ortega on being awarded The International Research Foundation's Doctoral Dissertation Grant for his critical ethnographic case study on social justice and peacebuilding curriculum implementation in English as a foreign language (EFL) classrooms in Colombia. Read more about his project.
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    September 20, 2019
    Professor Leesa Wheelahan comments on a new study about the outcomes of college degrees in Canada
    Professor Leesa Wheelahan, OISE's William G. Davis Chair in Community College Leadership, comments on a new study that finds graduates of bachelor degree programs at Canadian community colleges initially earn 12 percent more than their university-educated counterparts. However, the university grads quickly begin to catch up in earnings two to five years after graduation. "The study shows the value of community college degrees, and it also shows us where the challenges are and where we need to do more policy work," says Wheelahan. Read more.
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    September 19, 2019
    OISE researcher receives Connaught Award for research into the development of Black Studies in Canadian universities
    Professor Rosalind Hampton is among 52 winners of the prestigious Connaught Award which annually recognizes and supports the development of strong research programs at the University of Toronto. Hampton was awarded for her research project on the institutionalization of Black Studies as an emerging formal area of postsecondary study in Canada. Through her research, Hampton hopes to shed light on the processes, ideas and contexts surrounding the gradual shift to more representation of Black scholars and scholarship in Canadian universities. Read more.
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    September 18, 2019
    OISE scholar teams up with Indigenous communities in the Americas to digitize their traditional calendar systems
    Seven years ago, Jennifer Wemigwans received a call out of the blue from a highly regarded Hopi Timekeeper with an important request: help digitize the traditional calendars of Indigenous communities across South and North America. In collaboration with Timekeepers - Indigenous Elders or Knowledge Keepers who carry teachings from their communities' calendar systems - Wemigwans will help launch an interactive educational website for the public in 2021. Read more.
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    September 13, 2019
    OISE library brings influential voices from Canada's past to life through digitization of tapes from 1970s
    For decades, reel-to-reel tapes of conversations with some of the leading Canadian politicians of a generation sat in a corner of the OISE Library, all but forgotten. But this summer, librarians at OISE digitized the recordings to give the public easy access to wide-ranging interviews with leaders like John Diefenbaker and Lester B. Pearson. Made in the 70s, the recordings have never been available in their entirety - until now. Read more.
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    September 13, 2019
    PhD candidate Hiro Hiratsuka awarded Massey College Junior Fellowship
    PhD candidate Hiro Hiratsuka has been awarded the 2019-20 Massey College Junior Fellowship -- a residency program for U of T graduate students to work within a prestigious community of fellow students, distinguished academics and professionals. In part, Fellows are selected based on academic merit and professional experience. Hiratsuka, a former curriculum developer and assistant professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, is currently researching what students learn from intercultural experiences in study abroad programs. Read more.
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    September 12, 2019
    Professor Clare Brett warns over rushed adoption of online learning courses ahead of changes in Ontario high schools
    Online courses can offer great learning outcomes. However, rushed adoption or lack of preparation will greatly diminish the impact of online learning on a student's education, says e-learning expert Professor Clare Brett - as Ontario introduces mandatory online courses for high school students beginning next year. Read more.
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    September 11, 2019
    Alum Dr. Angelica Galante receives Leithwood Award for Outstanding Thesis of the Year at OISE
    Congratulations to alum Dr. Angelica Galante, recipient of the Leithwood Award for Outstanding Thesis of the Year at OISE, which recognizes cutting-edge research by doctoral candidates. Dr. Galante's winning thesis, "Plurilingual or monolingual: A mixed methods study investigating plurilingual instruction in an EAP program at a Canadian university," shows that plurilingual instruction -- which invites students to make use of their primary languages and cultures -- is more effective than monolingual instruction in second language education. Read more.
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    September 10, 2019
    OISE launches new doctorate with focus on international education
    OISE has launched a new Doctor of Education (EdD) program in International Educational Leadership and Policy, which will begin Fall 2020. The online, specialized doctorate is designed for mid-career professionals who work for international organizations, governments, foundations and nongovernmental agencies and are looking to enrich their education and improve their practice. Read more.
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    September 10, 2019
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher named fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher has been named fellow of the Royal Society of Canada -- considered a major achievement for scholars in this country. A professor in the department of curriculum, teaching and learning, Gallagher uses theatre to understand young people's views on life in and out of the classroom. She hopes her fellowship opens up more avenues for cross-disciplinary work. "The idea that I'm going to walk into new intellectual terrain with researchers beyond my U of T network is enormously exciting to me," says Gallagher. "It feels like a new beginning." Read more.
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    September 06, 2019
    PhD student Chris Ramsaroop explains why Canada isn't immune when it comes to mistreating migrants within our borders
    Canada isn't immune when it comes to mistreating migrants within our borders, says doctoral student and migrant justice organizer Chris Ramsaroop. In a new op-ed for The Globe and Mail, he argues that Canadians need to take a closer look at the impact of our immigration enforcement practices and take steps to protect immigrant communities. Read more.
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    September 06, 2019
    Are smaller classes really better for kids? Professor Carol Campbell weighs in
    Professor Carol Campbell discusses the implications of the Ontario governments recent cuts to school funding including larger class sizes and 3,475 fewer teachers. "The accumulative effect of these cuts is there are going to be fewer adults in our schools," says Campbell, who worries student engagement, graduation rates and outcomes after graduation may suffer as a result. Read more in Today's Parent.
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    September 05, 2019
    Celebration of Life for Professor David E. Hunt
    The OISE community is invited to join Professor Hunt's family for a celebration of a life well-lived at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education on Wednesday, September 25. Music from Dr. Hunt's band, The Foolish Things, and some special surprises await your presence. Together, let's celebrate the life of our beloved friend, colleague and teacher. Read more.
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    September 04, 2019
    Dear First Year Me: Current students share the back to school advice they would give their first year selves
    For back to school, we asked six OISE graduate students to think back to their first year and offer advice to their first year selves. Find out their tips for making new friends, balancing parenting, overcoming impostor syndrome and more. Watch now.
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    September 04, 2019
    Indigenous alum Kerry Potts helps open new doors in postsecondary arts education
    Alum Kerry Potts brings her Indigenous culture and arts into teaching at the postsecondary level, which only recently has seen more Indigenous peoples hired in educator roles. Now a full-time faculty member at Humber College, Potts developed a course on Indigenous perspectives on Indigenous music, film and media -- which draws on her work as chair of the non-profit organization Native Women in the Arts. "I felt a shift in the colleges and universities to recruit Indigenous teachers who offer a practical point of view," she said. "Now, there's space for Indigenous people that never happened before." Read more.
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    September 03, 2019
    Professor Lauren Bialystok weighs in on dress codes as Canadian schools begin to change their approach
    Some students may push the limits of propriety as the new dress code rolls out this fall in Toronto. But for Professor Lauren Bialystok, the more important question is: "How do we create a culture in which what people wear is not misinterpreted as license to objectify, sexually harass or shame them -- and rather, just one of many forms of self-expression?" Read more.
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    September 03, 2019
    OISE Librarian Desmond Wong cited on the importance of decolonizing public libraries
    Public libraries in Canada have not always been for everyone. Today, they must reconcile the colonial history of residential schools and navigate how to best address the needs of marginalized patrons previously neglected by the library -- including Indigenous peoples. OISE librarian Desmond Wong, who acts as a liaison to Indigenous education resources, reflects on the Indigenous peoples-settler relationship in the context of the library. Read more.
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    August 30, 2019
    Professor Mary Reid responds to new findings that show teacher math tests don't boost student scores
    Ontario will become the first province to require student teachers to pass a standardized math test before they receive their teaching licence, but new findings suggest these tests don't boost student scores. Professor Mary Reid, an expert on math teacher education, leads a course that teaches student teachers math basics, as well as pedagogy -- a better way to increase confidence in math and improve student achievement, she says. Read more.
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    August 28, 2019
    Professor Mary Reid weighs in on Ontario's new mandatory math test for incoming teachers
    Based on research she has seen out of the United States, Professor Mary Reid is not convinced that there is a connection between teachers passing a required math test and student achievement. She also worries that requiring new teachers to pass a math test could dissuade racially diverse people from even entering education, and also worsen the current shortage of French teachers. Read more.
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    August 27, 2019
    Ontario's new sex education curriculum is not much different than the controversial 2015 version, writes prof. Lauren Bialystok
    With the Doug Ford government introducing a new Grade 1-8 sex education curriculum in Ontario, professor Lauren Bialystok explores its striking similarity to the modernized but maligned 2015 version, which was repealed for a year, as well as the controversies with sex education over the last five years. Read more.
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    August 27, 2019
    OISE's back to school hub: Tips and resources for parents and educators
    As students prepare to head back into the classroom, we've compiled a list of resources by OISE experts to ensure that parents and educators are well-equipped for the start of the new school year. Learn how to foster mindfulness in children, create LGBTQ-friendly spaces, support Black student success, and more. Read more.