Educators, Parents, Policy Makers Tackle the Hard Issues Around the Future of Education in Canada in Four Free and Online Sessions

TORONTO, Nov. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The ZOOM series of four free sessions is designed for a broad audience interested in the past, present and future of Canadian education. Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation is presenting the talks under the title: Opening the Schoolhouse to All.
Speakers include academics, teachers, and community leaders whose work, writing, and public engagement have enhanced our understanding of the schooling world.Session One (November 17) explored The Promise of Equity: Race, Multiculturalism, and Indigenous Education, and featured panelists: Carl James, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora at York University; Natasha Henry, President of the Ontario Black History Society; University of Toronto’s, Rob Vipond, author of Making a Global City: How One School Embraced Diversity; and Ryerson University historian, Ian Mosby, a specialist in the study of indigenous health and the politics of settler colonialism. The Talk was chaired by University of Toronto historian, Funké Aledejebi, author of the forthcoming book, Schooling the System: A History of Black Women Teachers. Recorded and available free.Session Two (November 24) asks Are We Moving Closer to Gender Equity in Education? Former Premier and Minister of Education, Kathleen Wynne, will be joined on the panel by University of Waterloo Professor Kristina Llewellyn, author of Democracy’s Angels: The Work of Women Teachers; Toronto teacher Sachin Maharaj, a Toronto Star contributing columnist; and Jane Gaskell, former Dean of OISE-University of Toronto, and author of numerous publications on gender and education.Session Three (January 12, 2021) is entitled: Doing the Right Thing: Disability, Autism and Special Education. Panelists include University of British Columbia Professor, Jason Ellis, author of A Class By Themselves: The Origins of Special Education in Toronto and Beyond; Gillian Parekh, Canada Research Chair: Inclusion, Disability and Education at York University; and Margaret Spoelstra, President of Autism Ontario. Sue Winton of York’s Faculty of Education will chair this Session.Session Four (January 19, 2021) turns to higher education, and asks “Does Liberal Education Matter in the 21st Century?” Lorna Marsden, former President of York University, is joined on the panel by Paul Gooch, past president of Victoria University in the University of Toronto and author of Course Correction: A Map for the Distracted University; the University of Waterloo’s Ian Milligan, author of History in the Age of Abundance? How the Web is Transforming Historical Research; and Qiang Zha, York University professor, and co-editor of International Status Anxiety and Higher Education: The Soviet Legacy in China and Russia. This Session will be chaired by Paul Axelrod, former dean of York University’s Faculty of Education.Through provocative questions and informed discussion, the series will probe the achievements, limitations, and prospects of schooling and higher education in disquieting times.Series Co-ordinators are Paul Axelrod, Professor Emeritus, York University and Jason Ellis, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia.All Sessions begin at 7 P.M., and will be recorded and available to everyone free of charge. Registration for the Session Two is open at www.EnochTurnerSchoolhouse.ca !The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation is a not-for-profit charity with the registration number 11927 2862 RR0001. Its mission is to support the conservation, interpretation, and public enjoyment of the Schoolhouse; to develop and finance Schoolhouse education programs; to celebrate and promote the Schoolhouse, to build and maintain public support for the Schoolhouse.Questions about Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation: [email protected] . The Schoolhouse is located at 106 Trinity Street Toronto, ON M5A 3C6.Contacts:
Paul Axelrod, [email protected] 647-808-2997
Jason Ellis, [email protected] @jasone_history
Lynne Kurylo, [email protected] 416-415-5000, ext 3298
Leonard Knott, PR, [email protected] 416-988-3290
Miriah Bough, [email protected] 416-327-6997
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