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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
    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 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 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 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 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
    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 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 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 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 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
    Prof. Njoki Wane appointed Chair of OISE's Department of Social Justice Education
    Congratulations to Professor Njoki Wane who is the incoming Chair of Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) and the newest member of OISE's academic leadership team. Prof. Wane will serve a five-year term beginning July 1, 2018. Since 2016, she has served as the Associate Chair of SJE. "Not only is Dr. Wane an internationally renowned scholar but an inspiration to students and colleagues alike. Her recent appointment is extremely well deserved," said Dean Glen Jones. Read more.
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    April 16
    Professor Katreena Scott shares insights on domestic violence prevention
    Following the recent murder of a mother and her two children in Ajax, Ont., Dr. Katreena Scott says knowing the risk factors, along with helping victims - and their abusers - is key to prevention.Learn the risk factors linked to domestic violence, and how to prevent it by not only helping women and children - but also the men in their lives. Read more.
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    April 13
    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 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
    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
    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
    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 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 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
    OISE professor Stephanie Waterman receives ACPA Senior Scholar Award
    Congratulations to OISE Associate Professor Stephanie Waterman of the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education who has received the 2018 Senior Scholar Award from the American College Personnel Association. This is a great recognition for her outstanding contributions and research in higher education and Indigenous student affairs. Read more.
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    March 14
    Black Panther film gives 'hope and possibility', says OISE Prof. Lance McCready
    As blockbuster film Black Panther surpasses the $1 billion mark, OISE Professor Lance McCready shares how a movie with an all-black cast of African superheroes is smashing stereotypes, inspiring black excellence and giving kids 'hope and possibility'. Watch here.
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    March 13
    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
    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
    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. 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
    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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    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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    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
    MA student Sidrah Ahmad's research addresses Islamophobic violence against women in the GTA
    Master's student Sidrah Ahmad of the Department of Adult Education and Community Development interviewed Muslim women in the GTA about their experiences of Islamophobic violence. With her findings, Ahmad created an online toolkit to offer resources and support where she found there were few. Ahmad hopes her research will give greater visibility to the violence and other negative experiences lived by Muslim women, and shed light on the intersectionality of discrimination. Read more.
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    February 06
    Doctoral student Natania Marcus receives award for research in LGBTQI2S health and wellness
    Natania Marcus from the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development has received the prestigious CIHR Institute of Gender and Health's "Hacking the Knowledge Gap Trainee Award for Innovative Thinking to Support LGBTQI2S Health and Wellness." Read more.
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    February 05
    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 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 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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    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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    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
    U of T releases sexual violence education and prevention training for all members of the University
    The University of Toronto has released its sexual violence education and prevention training module for all students, staff, faculty and members of Governing Council. The online resource is part of the University's commitment that all of its community members should be able to study, work and live in a campus environment that is free from sexual violence. Read more.
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    January 18
    Professor Charles Pascal weighs in on the importance of extended-day child-care programs
    Professor Charles Pascal weighs in on the importance of extended-day programming, and adds that schools should continue to be the primary location for non-profit child-care expansion for older and younger kids. "the goal should be 'proper full-day kindergarten with extended-day programming in all schools,'" says Pascal. Read more.
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    January 16
    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
    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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    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."