Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto


Fall Newsletter 2014
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This edition of the OISE Alumni & Friends Newsletter features a special message from the Dean and exciting news and updates from OISE and the University of Toronto.

Thank you for staying connected

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toront
o is pleased to announce the appointment of Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo as the first Distinguished Fellow of the William A. Macdonald, Q.C. Fellowship in Indigenous Education.

As a Distin
guished Fellow, Chief Atleo will support OISE's new Indigenous Education Initiative, a comprehensive five-year program to explore the educational needs and aspirations of Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world.

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News & Updates

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne recently announced the appointment of OISE Professor Carol Campbell, as one of the Ontario government's four key education advisors. Prof. Campbell will be instrumental in helping Premier Wynne and Minister Liz Sandals deliver on the Province's ambitious education plan, Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario, which includes innovative teaching and learning, support for all students, and an emphasis on student well-being.

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Photo (L-R): Executive Dean Jinghuan Shi, Institute of Education, Tsinghua University with Professor Ruth Hayhoe, OISE, University of Toronto
How Canada helped China rebuild universities after the Cultural Revolution

The end of the Cultural Revolution. The trial of the Gang of Four. The Tiananmen Square protests. The transfer of Hong Kong from Britain to China. OISE Professor Ruth Hayhoe has been present at some of the most dramatic events in recent Chinese history.


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OISE's department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education (HSSSJE), has a new name: Social Justice Education (SJE). The new department continues to maintain its focus on research and teaching through the social sciences and humanities, with a commitment to disciplinary and interdisciplinary graduate studies and teacher training.

OISE is proud to be a leader in Canada and internationally in social justice education studies

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Fifty government teachers, teaching coordinators and officials sent by the government of the Indian State of Punjab took part in an intensive four-week teacher-development program at OISE.

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Appointments & Awards

OISE Professor Kang Lee has been awarded a 2014 Ig Nobel Prize for his study on the phenomenon of "face pareidolia" - where onlookers report seeing images of Jesus, Virgin Mary, or Elvis in objects such as toast, shrouds and clouds

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An international education industry professional, Dr. Jeff Myers brings to the OISE Alumni Association experience, passion and commitment to sustainable, meaningful and inspired community building.

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Photo (L-R): Edward Burtynsky with President Meric Gertler 

Congratulations to this year's Arbor Award winners: Silvia Birsan, Edward Burtynsky, Karen Edge, Kirk Perris and Diane Pitblado, who were recently honoured at a special reception and ceremony at U of T President Meric Gertler's residence.

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Lectures & Events
October 20 - 23, 2014
5:15 - 8:00 p.m.

Oct 20: Social Justice Education
Oct 21: Leadership, Higher & Adult Education
Oct 22: Applied Psychology & Human Development
Oct 23: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning 

October 25, 2014
11:00 am - 1:00 p.m.
Teacher Education Programs

October 21, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Annette Public Library

Distinguished Speaker:  
OISE Professor Kang Lee
Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study
OISE, University of Toronto

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November 6, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The landscape of Ontario education has grown ever more complex. Educational leaders must respond to an increasingly diverse array of issues and problems from school, district and community-wide perspective. A clear and up-to-date understanding of the framework of provincial and federal laws and of recent jurisprudence related to education and schools is a must for every effective administrator.

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University of Toronto
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Toronto, ON
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