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Nicole Holland: Connecting Globally through the International Network of Educational Institute’s Summer School for Teacher Education Research

November 21, 2017

Nicole Holland






(photo by newschool photography inc.)

In the summer of 2017, Nicole Holland, a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Child Study and Education student, was nominated for attendance at the inaugural International Network of Educational Institutes (INEI) Summer School of Teacher Education Research (SSTER) Program at Beijing Normal University (BNU). Nicole’s travel and accommodation were generously provided by BNU’s Centre for Teacher Education Research (CTER). 

Upon being accepted for this trip, Nicole felt that “a world of opportunity had opened – the opportunity to connect with educators along with researchers in an international setting.” During the intensive week-long session, Nicole learned from mentors, collaborated with graduate students across the globe, and developed and presented her own research. 
In participating in the SSTER program, Nicole brought together skills, knowledge, and long-held aspirations fostered during her time at OISE. 
Nicole credits her mother with inspiring her to pursue teaching. “Some of my earliest memories are of her being in the classroom,” she reflects. Nicole’s interest in international education systems also stems from her experience working, travelling, and living abroad. Nicole has facilitated lessons as a Health Care Assistant in the Leysin American School in Switzerland and taught English with Diverbo Pueblo Inglés in Spain. She has lived in the Netherlands, Kenya, and Canada, and travelled to 31 countries. 
Currently, Nicole is in pursuing a two-year degree which enables her to combine teacher education training with her own research interests. As a member of Professor Rhonda Martinussen’s Learning, Engagement, and Attention (LEA) lab, she is investigating the relationship between self-concept and emotions towards school among students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Nicole is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2017 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canadian Graduate Scholarship (2017), the Dr. John Robert Evans Bursary (2016), and the Robert Seth Kingsley Scholarship for Work in Special Education (2016). 
After Nicole completes her M.A., she dreams of teaching internationally before pursuing a Ph.D. that compares special education programs in various international education systems. Her program at OISE prompted her to make connections between her international experience and her research interests. She noted that “what had been developing in my first eight months at OISE really came together with the opportunity to participate in the SSTER program.”
Within Canada, participation in this annual summer school program is open only to students nominated at OISE since OISE is the only Canadian member of the INEI. First year Master’s and Ph.D. students who wish to apply for the opportunity to participate in the 2018 Summer School at Beijing Normal University may apply by December 15, 2017.
contact oise.research@utoronto.ca for additional details.
By Lisa Smith,
Contracts and Information Officer