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    July 20
    Prof. Lauren Bialystok discusses Ford government's plan to repeal 2015 sex-ed curriculum
    "Revoking the 2015 curriculum and going back to the 1998 version is preposterous, is terrible for education, and is bad for democracy," says OISE Professor Lauren Bialystok, in response to the Ford government's plan to scrap an updated health curriculum before the 2018-19 school year in favour of the version used in the 1990s. Read more.
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    July 20
    OISE alum Rebecca Jamieson, leading light in Indigenous education, receives Order of Canada
    OISE alumna Rebecca Jamieson has received the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest honours, for her longstanding service and commitment to advancing Indigenous education. President and CEO of Six Nations Polytechnic, Jamieson has spent 30 years improving outcomes for Indigenous students and bridging gaps in understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures. Read more.
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    July 19
    OISE Library offers 50 freely accessible resources on Indigenous education for educators
    In response to the Ministry of Education's recent cancellation of a project to include more Indigenous content in Ontario classrooms, the OISE Library has compiled a list of 50 freely accessible resources on truth and reconciliation and Indigenous education for educators. Read more.
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    July 19
    OISE librarian Desmond Wong's guide to freely accessible Indigenous education resources goes viral
    Desmond Wong, a librarian at the OISE Library, responded to the cancellation of TRC curriculum writing sessions by creating the now viral OISE Library guide to freely accessible Indigenous education resources. "I compiled these items so that teachers would have something that they could look to that are largely created by Indigenous educators, artists, and authors to bring those authentic world views into their classrooms," said Wong. Read more via CBC.
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    July 16
    Viewpoint: Dr. Lauren Bialystok discusses the Ontario government's decision to revert back to an outdated sex-ed curriculum
    OISE's Dr. Lauren Bialystok discusses the Ontario government's decision to revert back to an outdated sex education curriculum, and how students' health will be affected. "The 1998 curriculum was written before kids had cell phones, before the internet was the primary source of information for most people, and before social media. Children live in a very different world," Dr. Bialystok explains. Read more.
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    July 13
    Viewpoint: Prof. Jeffrey Ansloos on the importance of Indigenous content in classrooms
    Teaching students about Canada's historical oppression of Indigenous peoples is necessary for moving towards reconciliation, says Professor Jeffrey Ansloos. Watch him discuss the Ministry of Education's recent decision to cancel curriculum writing sessions aimed at bringing more Indigenous content into Ontario classrooms. Watch here.
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    July 12
    OISE alum Sidrah Ahmad shares story as 'reality-check' for parents who support repeal of Ontario's sex-ed curriculum
    OISE alum Sidrah Ahmad shares her experience as a Muslim who was denied sex education in public school to highlight why Ontario's sex-ed curriculum must move forward, not back. "My lived experience serves as a reality-check for those parents who believe that removing children from sex ed, or preventing sex ed from happening, will somehow enable them to control their children's destinies," says Sidrah, a public educator and anti-gender based violence advocate. Read more.
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    July 12
    Prof. Lance McCready appointed Interim Director of U of T's Transitional Year Program
    OISE Professor Lance McCready has been appointed Interim Director of the University of Toronto's Transitional Year Program. This important program helps adults without a high school diploma qualify for university admission. Congratulations! Read more.
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    July 10
    PhD student Sachin Maharaj argues there is no place for elite specialized schools in Canada's public system
    In a recent op-ed, OISE doctoral student Sachin Maharaj argues that eliminating elite specialized public schools may help reduce racial disparities in Canadian school systems. "Policies and programs that have the effect of dividing students along lines like race and socioeconomic status, and that create exclusive benefits for small groups of students, should have no place in a publicly funded education system," said Maharaj. Read more.
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    July 10
    OISE's Dr. Angela Hildyard weighs is on new program designed to close gender gap in higher education leadership roles
    A new program by the Centre for Higher Education Research and Development seeks to address the gender gap in university leadership and encourage women to pursue higher academic administrative roles. The first of its kind in Canada, the program will operate out of Winnipeg, Manitoba this fall. Former OISE senior academic administrator Dr. Angela Hildyard weighs in. Read more.
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    July 09
    Prof. Creso Sá discusses the impact Ontario's PC government might have on higher education
    With the recent election of Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative government, how will higher education in Ontario be impacted? In a recent op-ed, OISE Professor Creso Sá says that the new government's vague stance on higher education issues means that significant changes are unlikely to happen. Read more via University Affairs.
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    July 06
    Prof. Rhonda Martinussen appointed Director of Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study at OISE
    Congratulations to Professor Rhonda Martinussen who has been appointed Director of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study for a three-year term starting July 1, 2018. "I have no doubt that she will provide JICS with exceptional leadership over the next three years," said OISE Dean Glen Jones. Read more.
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    July 05
    OISE launches new, one-of-a-kind Master of Teaching Research Journal
    The Master of Teaching (MT) program is proud to announce its latest innovation, the Master of Teaching Research Journal (MTRJ). Officially launched in June 2018, the mandate of the MTRJ is to share the research of MT students and instructors with the world. Read more.
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    July 04
    Professor Normand Labrie appointed first Interim President of l'Université de l'Ontario français
    Professor Normand Labrie has been appointed first Interim President of l'Université de l'Ontario français (UOF), Ontario's first French-language university. With a distinguished career as a professor of sociolinguistics, as a renowned university researcher, in particular on the topic of post-secondary education, and as a director of various research organizations, the UOF's first leader assumed his duties on July 1, 2018. Read more.
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    July 03
    Prof. Charles Pascal talks to NY Times about the benefits of multicultural schools in Toronto
    Young learners at the Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy - a school in the Thorncliffe Park neighborhood of Toronto - speak 40 different languages and are mostly the children of immigrants. "You have kids from different cultures, with different levels of income. That's why later they don't understand homophobia and racism," says OISE Prof. Charles Pascal on the benefits of multicultural schools in Toronto. Read more.
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    July 02
    PhD grad Abraham Blair quoted on power of U of T Black Graduation to give voice to minority students
    "Whenever you're a minority in any situation there's no voice, [but] there's a voice now," OISE doctoral student Abraham Blair on the importance of U of T Black Graduation. Learn more about the recent second annual event. Read more.
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    June 29
    Canada Day: OISE-bound award winner aims to improve university experience for new Canadians
    As a Canadian immigrant, Sara Asalya experienced first-hand the difficulties of being both a newcomer and a university student. Now, the incoming OISE student is committed to making this process easier for others.
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    June 28
    OISE student Bruno Vompean explores benefits of programs where university and incarcerated students learn together
    Canada is lagging behind when it comes to providing education programs in prisons, says OISE student Bruno Vompean. In a new article for University Affairs, he discusses the benefits of programs where university and incarcerated students learn together. Read more.
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    June 27
    OISE releases public opinion survey on issues in education
    OISE's 20th survey about educational issues was released on June 27 providing valuable insights into how the public feels about education across the province. Find out how people across Ontario feel about public funding of religious schools, equity and access, EQAO testing and more. Read more.
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    June 26
    UofT's youngest graduate Sakina Rizvi begins her journey at OISE this fall in curriculum studies
    At only 18 years old, Sakina Rizvi already has a bachelor's degree under her belt, making her U of T's youngest graduate. We're looking forward to welcoming her at OISE in September, where she will begin her Master's in curriculum studies. Watch her and Joseph Goren, who at age 77 is U of T's oldest graduate, chat about their university experience. Watch here.
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    June 25
    Prof. Charles Pascals weighs in on new report showing rich-poor divide in Ontario school child care
    A new report from People for Education finds that schools in lower-income communities with less educated parents have less before and after-school child care than schools in higher-income communities with more well-educated parents. Professor and former deputy education minister Charles Pascal weighs in. Read more.
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    June 25
    Alum Zanana Akande given Key to the City for life's work as community leader, champion for equality
    Congratulations to OISE alumna Zanana Akande who was given a Key to the City this past weekend. She was honoured for dedicating her life's work to addressing equity issues in the community, and improving the social, economic, cultural and political status of women in Toronto. Read more.
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    June 22
    OISE alum and honorary degree recipient Dionne Brand delivers powerful convocation address
    On Wednesday, OISE's graduating class of future teachers were given a special message: "You are more and better than the status quo. You are teachers and activists fighting to make the world better and I know this because that is why you came to OISE, as I did 30 years ago." These words were delivered by OISE alum and honorary degree recipient Dionne Brand in a powerful and poetic convocation address that earned a standing ovation. Watch now.
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    June 21
    How can libraries become part of the reconciliation process? Julie Blair and Desmond Wong offer ways forward
    Libraries are facing challenges in the era of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples as First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities are reclaiming their voices and building a new framework for its relationship with other Canadians. How can library staff become part of the reconciliation process in Canada? OISE staff member Julie Blair and librarian Desmond Wong offer strategies for moving forward in their paper, "Moving in the Circle: Indigenous Solidarity for Canadian Libraries." Read more.
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    June 21
    Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos offers 5 things to know about National Indigenous Peoples Day
    Beyond celebrations, National Indigenous Peoples Day is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn about culture and history. OISE's Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos, Professor of Indigenous mental health, offers five things to know about the Day and its importance in moving Canada forward. Read more via Global.
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    June 19
    OISE announces five-year Academic Plan
    The vision, developed through extensive community consultation, will guide the next phase of the institute's development. Read "Learning and Leading from Within."
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    June 19
    Alum Dr. Mark Wade awarded Governor General's Gold Medal
    OISE alumnus Dr. Mark Wade considered a career as an anthropologist, pediatrician and even a journalist before dedicating himself to studying child psychology - a decision that's more than paying off: the PhD grad was recently honoured with the Governor General's Gold Medal - one of the most prestigious awards a Canadian graduate student can receive. Read more.
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    June 18
    Starbucks should 'take a page' from educator and OISE alum Roopa Cheema for its anti-bias curriculum, says Toronto writer
    Toronto writer Andray Domise says that Starbucks anti-bias training - coming after the April arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks - will accomplish little. "What I saw was very a basic racism 101 conversation," said Andray, who argues activists and educators like OISE alum Roopa Cheema should be consulted to ensure the coffee giant's anti-bias curriculum has an impact. Read more.
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    June 14
    OISE celebrates the life of Walter George Pitman, former OISE director
    The OISE community celebrates the life of Walter George Pitman, who recently passed away at age 89. The father of four was a passionate educator, author and activist who served as OISE's Director from 1986 to 1992. "Walter Pitman was a kind, thoughtful leader who was extremely devoted to education, the arts and social justice," said OISE Dean Glen Jones. "He made an enormous contribution to OISE during his term as Director." Read more.
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    June 13
    Artist Kelly Jazvac demonstrates creative solutions to plastic waste with kids at OISE's Jackman Institute
    In 2017, artist-in-residence Kelly Jazvac brought her work to the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. The sculptor invited students to transform items they no longer wanted using salvaged materials into something they would want again. The exercise was designed to find creative solutions to today's plastic waste problem. "It's going to take some openness," said Jazvac, "and some creative problem-solving." Read more.
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    June 11
    Post-doc fellow Grace Karram Stephenson explores what Doug Ford's victory means for universities
    OISE post-doctoral fellow Grace Karram Stephenson explores how policies and promises by Doug Ford's new Progressive Conservative government will affect higher education in Ontario and why "Ford is unlikely to be a good neighbour" to universities. Read more.
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    June 11
    Dr. Mary Reid weighs in on Doug Ford's promises to update Ontario's curriculum
    OISE Professor and teaching expert Dr. Mary Reid weighs in on Premier-designate Doug Ford's contentious promises to update Ontario's curriculum. One promise includes removing 'discovery math' from math curriculum to focus on basic arithmetic. Dr. Reid believes inquiry-based math needs to remain and the curriculum should be remodeled so that students are learning both operational skills and problem-solving. Read more.
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    June 10
    OISE alum Tracey King connects and supports Indigenous peoples within the workplace
    In a new spotlight, OISE alum Tracey King reflects on her work as an Aboriginal Hiring Consultant at Ryerson University where she supports Indigenous candidates and community members on a wide range of issues and areas within the university. "One thing that I love about my role is using my Indigenous knowledge, community connections and lived experience," says Tracey. Read more.
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    June 08
    Dean Glen Jones' national study on university autonomy highlighted by David Suzuki hon doc controversy
    A national research study on Canadian university autonomy led by OISE Dean Glen Jones finds that universities in several provinces are experiencing greater government oversight. These findings are highlighted by the recent controversy surrounding David Suzuki's honorary degree from University of Alberta - as universities face less freedom in decision-making and increased pressure to show that students are landing jobs. Read more.
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    June 05
    Writer, activist and OISE grad Dionne Brand to keynote U of T's 2nd Annual Black Graduation Celebration
    University of Toronto's 2nd Annual Black Graduation Celebration will take place on June 26 at Hart House for over 400 proud graduates and their families. Co-organizers Matthew Campbell-Williams, Ayann Abdulle and Anyika Mark hope to build on last year's success. This year, OISE alumna Dionne Brand, who served as Toronto's third poet laureate, will keynote the event. Read more.
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    June 04
    Alum Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson writes about re-imagining teachers as activists and influencers
    In her latest article, alum Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson explores activism in teaching that goes beyond strikes and work-to-rule situations and gets "teachers to embrace their collective voice and refuse to yield to narrow, managerial, understandings of teacher professionalism." She adds, "We need to re-imagine teachers as leaders, learners, and policy actors whose influence goes beyond the walls of any one classroom." Read more.
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    June 02
    Professor Mary Reid weighs in as Ontario premier candidates try to tackle school closures in rural areas
    School closures in rural areas have become a topic of great concern for some communities and also one of interest for Ontario premier candidates, who promise to take on the issue. OISE's Dr. Mary Reid says more than a 'band-aid' solution will have to be made to mitigate the number of school closures in remote areas. Read more.
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    June 01
    Professor Cecilia Morgan discusses the symbolic legacy of Canada's Laura Secord
    Canada's national symbols and their contentious histories: Professor Cecilia Morgan weighs in on the legacy of Laura Secord to help explain why the chocolate lady is both a unifying and dividing force in Canada. Read more.
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    May 30
    U of T medicine garden a labour of love for student Roy Strebel and daughter Shay-Lee
    For the past five years, OISE student Roy Strebel and his daughter have tended the U of T medicine garden. By teaching Shay-Lee to care for the scared plants, Strebel is also teaching her about her Anishinaabe identity and family roots. Through this experience, Shay-Lee has also become a teacher of Indigenous traditions in her own right. Read more.
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    May 28
    Alum Denise Dwyer receives 2018 InspirED Award
    Advocating for what is right is a core principle for Denise Dwyer, winner of OISE's 2018 InspirED Award. The honour, given annually by OISE's Young Alumni Council, recognizes administrators and leaders who have made immense contributions to the education sector. Dwyer, who holds the position of Assistant Deputy Minister of Indigenous Education and Well-being in Ontario, recently received the recognition at an OISE reception. Read more.
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    May 25
    OISE promotes six faculty members
    Six OISE faculty members have recently received approval for promotion. Congratulations to Bonnie Burstow, Mark Evans, Michal Perlman, James Slotta, Rinaldo Walcott, and Leesa Wheelahan on this richly deserved achievement. Learn about the contributions and impact of each of these scholars. Read more.
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    May 25
    Alum Zanana Akande, a trailblazer in Ontario politics, named YWCA Woman of Distinction
    Congratulations to OISE alum Zanana Akande, recipient of the 2018 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Award for Public Service. Trailblazer and lifelong activist for social justice and equity, Zanana was the first black woman elected to Ontario's Legislature, where she helped pass Ontario's first Employment Equity Legislation. Read more.
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    May 24
    PhD student Jacqueline Scott discusses why participation in outdoor recreation is lower among people of colour
    Doctoral student Jacqueline Scott looks at the 'adventure gap' in Toronto - and why participation in outdoor recreation is lower among people of colour. "People of colour, we're 50% of the city's population. But you take a look at any outdoor advertising, you don't see us. Look at outdoor recreation in general, you don't see us. What is it about that space that says people of colour 'do not come'?" Read more via National Post.
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    May 23
    Professor Tanya Titchkosky co-authors letter on treatment of disabled persons in the UK
    Professor Tanya Titchkosky of OISE's Department of Social Justice Education co-authors a letter addressing the treatment of disabled persons in the UK, amid concerns over misleading claims by Britain's Department for Work and Pensions regarding disability benefit. Read more via The Guardian.
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    May 18
    Prof. Rinaldo Walcott weighs in on Halifax university's controversial choice of teacher for residential schools course
    A Halifax university has been criticized for its decision to have a non-Indigenous scholar teach an upcoming course on residential schools. Professor Rinaldo Walcott of OISE's Department of Social Justice Education weighs in on CBC's The Current. Listen here.
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    May 17
    Incoming doctoral student Melissa Hunte receives Connaught International Doctoral Scholarship
    Incoming Applied Psychology and Human Development student Melissa Hunte has been awarded the Connaught International Doctoral Scholarship. At OISE, Melissa hopes to use her research on social-emotional learning and theory of mind interventions to help at-risk students. Read more.
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    May 16
    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
    Dominic Barton and Order of Canada recipient and alum Dionne Brand to receive honorary doctorates at OISE's June convocation ceremonies
    Congratulations to Dominic Barton and Order of Canada recipient and OISE alum Dionne Brand, who will be awarded honorary doctorates at the OISE convocation on June 12 and 20. Among the other outstanding leaders receiving honorary degrees from the University of Toronto is Indigenous children's rights advocate and speaker at OISE's 2018 Jackson Lecture, Dr. Cindy Blackstock. Read more.
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    May 15
    Alum Tracey King sets example for universities to welcome Indigenous talent
    OISE alum Tracey King applied for Ryerson University's Aboriginal Human Resources Consultant position in 2010. At her interview, she brought two sacred items - eagle feathers - which helped her talk about the knowledges and skills essential to the role. Now incumbent in the role, Ms. King encourages Indigenous candidates to bring their culture to university workplaces - especially as institutions strive to improve the ways they attract and hire diverse talent. Read more.
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    May 14
    Historic photo collection at OISE highlights connections to Indigenous and adult education
    If you find yourself at OISE on the 7th floor, you will be in the company of Indigenous activist and photographer Danny Beaton's photos gifted to OISE roughly 20 years ago. This historic collection highlights Indigenous as well as adult education values and the strong connection between the two. OISE alumna Dr. Laara Fitznor says the photos allow allies, supporters, and Indigenous peoples to "continue to nurture the spirit of the Indigenous voices to show 'all our relations'." Read more.
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    May 13
    Prof. Mary Reid responds to Doug Ford's claim that discovery math is hurting Ontario students
    Math expert Professor Mary Reid weighs in on Doug Ford's comments that 'discovery math' is hurting Ontario students and should be scraped. "When Doug Ford talks about getting rid of discovery math, what he's doing is he's perpetuating that math is taught in these dichotomous forms - either it's discovery or it's traditional," explains Dr. Reid. Read more.
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    May 11
    Dean Glen Jones to receive honorary doctorate from University of Manitoba
    Congratulations to Dean Glen Jones, who will receive an honorary doctorate from his alma mater on June 6. Find out what lead Dr. Jones to pursue studies in higher education - and check out a photo of him from back in the day!
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    May 10
    OISE's annual Jackson Lecture returns June 13 with Dr. Cindy Blackstock and CBC's Duncan McCue
    OISE's annual Jackson Lecture returns June 13. This year's event, "Spirit Bear: Decolonizing Canada by Lifting Up the Children," features renowned Indigenous children's rights advocate Cindy Blackstock in conversation with CBC's Duncan McCue. Learn about Dr. Blackstock's fight to protect Indigenous children in Canada and the role education can play in advancing their rights, justice and more. Join us in person or watch online. Find out more.
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    May 08
    Professor Creso Sá explores reasons behind why Canada excels in science but struggles with innovation
    In a new op-ed, Professor Creso Sá discusses the challenges Canada faces as a country that continuously excels in science but struggles with innovation. "Most of the academic thinking on innovation originates in the U.S., and Canada is not alone in the world in trying to emulate American successes in science and technology." Read more.
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    May 07
    Ahead of Canada's first white privilege conference, OISE's Dr. Rinaldo Walcott provides insight
    OISE's Rinaldo Walcott, Director of UofT's Women and Gender Studies Institute, sat down with Denise O'Neil Green, Ryerson's Vice-President for Equity and Community Inclusion, to discuss the ways in which white privilege shapes our world. This conversation comes ahead of Canada's first white privilege conference where Prof. Walcott and other scholars will be sharing their perspectives on the subject. Read more.
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    May 05
    Prof. Arlo Kempf authors report on measuring student well-being in schools
    Professor Arlo Kempf of OISE's Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning recently authored a report for the Ontario Teachers' Federation. The report looks at the challenges, limitations, and possibilities of the current policy conversation around measuring student well-being in schools. Read more.
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    May 04
    Vari Scholar Katie Kovacs shares the profound impact her scholarship donor has made in her life
    In the wake of her father's passing, Katie Kovacs nearly withdrew from her studies at OISE. Thanks to a timely award, and the friendship and support of her scholarship donor, Katie was encouraged to continue on and realize her dreams of becoming a teacher. Read her story.
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    April 26
    Prof. Carol Campbell leads new, government-commissioned report on standardized testing in Ontario
    Professor Carol Campbell of OISE's Department of Leadership, Adult and Higher Education and Director of the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER) leads a new, government-commissioned report on standardized testing in Ontario, which suggests the phasing out of Grade 3 EQAO testing, among many recommendations. Read more.
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    April 25
    Dr. Bonnie Burstow discusses dealing with trauma after Toronto van attack
    In the aftermath of the Toronto van attack, trauma specialists say there are likely many people dealing with feelings of distress. Dr. Bonnie Burstow of the Dept. of Leadership, Higher & Adult Education, who teaches a course on working with trauma survivors, provides advice. Read more in CTV News.
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    April 25
    Daniel Hamlin receives 2017 Leithwood Award for Outstanding Thesis of the Year
    Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Hamlin for receiving the 2017 Leithwood Award for the Outstanding Thesis of the Year. Established in 2003, this award is granted to one graduating doctoral student annually whose work demonstrates research excellence and advances knowledge in the field of education in an impactful way. Read more.
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    April 24
    Prof. Charles Pascal disagrees with Ontario's recommendation to end Grade 3 EQAO testing
    Professor Charles Pascal, a former deputy education minister, disagrees with Ontario's Education Assessment recommendation to end Grade 3 testing, saying it's needed to see if the benefits of full-day kindergarten last as children progress through the primary years. Read more.
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    April 24
    Alumna Dr. Afua Cooper named Halifax's new poet laureate
    Congratulations to alumna Dr. Afua Cooper on being named Halifax's new poet laureate. The community leader, best-selling author, and renowned scholar of Black Canadian history assumes the position today. Read more.
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    April 23
    Professor Kathleen Gallagher weighs in on modern-day issues around raising independent kids
    In an age of risk censure, helicopter parenting and growing debate over how to keep kids safe, Professor Kathleen Gallagher of OISE's Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning says this fussing not only links to fear of harm but to pressure to succeed. Read more in Macleans.
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    April 23
    OISE alum Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson receives 2017 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research
    Alumna Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson is 2017 recipient of the Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education. This marks the second consecutive year an OISE graduate has won the award. Dr. Osmond-Johnson has collaborated on numerous high-profile research projects that aim to reposition teachers as key actors and decision-makers in professional learning, education reform and school improvement. Read more.
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    April 20
    Recent grad Keshini Senanayake nominated for teaching proficiency award
    Recent grad Keshini Senanayake has been nominated for the Edwin Parr Teacher Award for proficiency in teaching. Keshini attributes her success as a novice teacher to OISE professors who helped shape her path in education. "I owe my success in my first year of teaching to the amazing work that was done through the Concurrent Education Teacher's Program," she said. Read more.
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    April 16
    Professor Katreena Scott shares insights on domestic violence prevention
    Following the recent murder of a mother and her two children in Ajax, Ont., Dr. Katreena Scott says knowing the risk factors, along with helping victims - and their abusers - is key to prevention.Learn the risk factors linked to domestic violence, and how to prevent it by not only helping women and children - but also the men in their lives. Read more.
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    April 16
    Prof. Njoki Wane appointed Chair of OISE's Department of Social Justice Education
    Congratulations to Professor Njoki Wane who is the incoming Chair of Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) and the newest member of OISE's academic leadership team. Prof. Wane will serve a five-year term beginning July 1, 2018. Since 2016, she has served as the Associate Chair of SJE. "Not only is Dr. Wane an internationally renowned scholar but an inspiration to students and colleagues alike. Her recent appointment is extremely well deserved," said Dean Glen Jones. Read more.
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    April 13
    Major innovative changes to three Doctor of Education (EdD) programs approved by OISE Council
    OISE Council has approved major changes to its three Doctor of Education programs. Did you know OISE is the only faculty at U of T that offers this research-intensive and practice-oriented degree that's designed for practicing professionals? Learn about our redesigned and revitalized EdD programs in Counselling Psychology, Educational Leadership and Policy and Social Justice Education. Read more.
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    April 10
    AERA 2018: More than 130 faculty, students to represent OISE in NYC
    NYC-bound: Armed with expert research, innovative studies and bold new ideas, a stellar team of 130-plus OISE faculty and students are bound for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in the Big Apple April 13-17. Read more.
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    April 06
    OISE's Leesa Wheelahan appointed to provincial College Task Force
    OISE Associate Professor Leesa Wheelahan has been appointed to the Ontario government's newly established College Task Force, which will create a forward-looking plan for the province's publicly assisted college system, it was announced Friday. Read more.
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    April 03
    7 actionable insights from the 2018 Summit for Mentoring Indigenous Graduate Students
    This past February, Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff, students and faculty came together at OISE for the Summit for Mentoring Indigenous Graduate Students, which explored best practices for teaching, supervising, and supporting Indigenous grad students. Here are 7 actionable insights from the event.
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    March 27
    OISE 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 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 23
    Prof. Leesa Wheelahan weighs in on digital pilot project aimed at getting high school students into university
    Professor Leesa Wheelahan of OISE's Department of Leadership, Adult and Higher Education praises a Canadian e-portfolio pilot project aimed at reaching high school students with great skills but low grades and providing a way to higher education. "It is trying to help students by recognizing the breadth and depth of their experience and readiness to study at university," says Prof. Wheelahan. Read more.
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    March 23
    Prof. Megan Boler addresses the recent Facebook data breach and concerns over information warfare
    Professor Megan Boler of OISE's Department of Social Justice Education addresses the recent Facebook data breach - "Information is being weaponized," she says with regard to evidence that Facebook data was used to sway the U.S. election. Prof. Boler says users should take action to stop the trend and to protect their data. "Did we sign up on Facebook thinking that our information was going to be used to change political elections? I don't think so." Read more.
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    March 22
    OISE PhD student and team at new Toronto political group aim to bring change to city hall
    PhD student Janelle Brady, a coordinator at OISE's Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies, is helping to bring change to city hall as a founding advisor for Progress Toronto - a new initiative aimed at championing progressive leadership and decision-making at Toronto's city council. Read more.
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    March 22
    OISE faculty and students tackle issues of racism, discrimination at IDERD conference
    OISE faculty and students recently tackled issues of racism and discrimination at U of T's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) conference - which is also where MA student Marie Laing received a special recognition award. Faculty participants in the conference included OISE Professors Njoki Wane, Lance McCready, and Abigail Bakan as moderators. Read more.
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    March 22
    Education at OISE ranked 1st in Canada
    For the second consecutive year, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto has been ranked No. 1 in Canada by the QS World University Subject Rankings. OISE also placed third out of all publicly funded universities in North America, and fifth overall in North America. Ranked 11th worldwide, OISE was the only Canadian institution in the top 15 spots. Read more.
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    March 20
    OISE student Marie Laing receives UofT award for leadership, advocacy in anti-Indigenous racism
    Congratulations to MA student Marie Laing for receiving the UofT International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Campaign Award! Marie has been awarded for her collaborative work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members to challenge anti-Indigenous racism and increase Indigenous education at OISE. Read more.
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    March 20
    Prof. Michal Perlman's research aims to understand why governments let childcare businesses operate without oversight
    Research by Professor Michal Perlman of OISE's Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development and her team at the University of Toronto reveals the factors behind why governments continue to let childcare businesses operate without oversight. "Bringing unlicensed home child care providers out of the cold and into the light of government oversight will go a long way to addressing these gaps in parent information and reducing the risks for children in care." Read more.
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    March 19
    Prof. Gavin Moodie discusses recent closures of Australian universities and the implications for local and academic communities
    Adjunct Professor Gavin Moodie of OISE's Department of Leadership, Higher, and Adult Education discusses recent campus transfers and closures of Australian universities and the ways these changes will affect faculty, students and the future of some universities. Read more via The Conversation.
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    March 16
    OISE's Julie Blair and Rebecca Beaulne-Stuebing honoured with President's Award for Outstanding Indigenous Student of the Year
    Congratulations to staff member Julie Blair of OISE's Indigenous Education Network (IEN) and Social Justice Education PhD student Rebecca Beaulne-Stuebing who have received the President's Award for Outstanding Indigenous Student of the Year for academic excellence and community service. Read more.
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    March 14
    Black Panther film gives 'hope and possibility', says OISE Prof. Lance McCready
    As blockbuster film Black Panther surpasses the $1 billion mark, OISE Professor Lance McCready shares how a movie with an all-black cast of African superheroes is smashing stereotypes, inspiring black excellence and giving kids 'hope and possibility'. Watch here.
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    March 14
    OISE professor Stephanie Waterman receives ACPA Senior Scholar Award
    Congratulations to OISE Associate Professor Stephanie Waterman of the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education who has received the 2018 Senior Scholar Award from the American College Personnel Association. This is a great recognition for her outstanding contributions and research in higher education and Indigenous student affairs. Read more.
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    March 13
    OISE study reveals how good leaders make good schools
    Leadership affects learning: A co-study by professors at OISE and the University of Minnesota reveals how principals impact the success of schools. "We have not found a single case of a school improving its student achievement record in the absence of talented leadership," the study finds. Read more via NY Times.
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    March 13
    Prof. Scott Davis' research highlighted in op-ed on debate over publicly-funded Catholic schools
    Professor Scott Davies' research was recently highlighted in an op-ed about publicly-funded Catholic schools. His research indicates students at Catholic schools are more likely to have university-educated parents; and, in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Catholic schools boards have fewer students with special education needs and vastly fewer students whose first language learned at home was not English. Read more via Toronto Star.
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    March 12
    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 12
    Master's student Jennifer Sylvester helps organize powwow at U of T
    Master's student Jennifer Sylvester helped organize the second annual U of T powwow this weekend with the Indigenous Studies Students' Union to celebrate Indigenous music, food and culture on and around campus. "It's a matter of building those relationships between the non-Indigenous and Indigenous community," said Sylvester. "For me, it's about being surrounded by family," she added. More at CBC News.
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    March 12
    Prof. Shahrzad Mojab answers: What are some of the biggest challenges facing women today?
    What is the biggest challenge facing women today? Professor Shahrzad Mojab of OISE's Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education and U of T's Women and Gender Studies Institute identifies the struggle for freedom, equality and secularism of women in the Middle East and North Africa as a key challenge. Read Prof. Mojab's answers in State of Nature Blog.
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    March 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.