Presenter: Ojibwe Traditional Kokomis(Grandmother)/Teacher, Jacqui Lavalley
Since time immemorial Ojibwe Women have always relied on the powers of the Sacred Circle. These Circles were held once a month or as requested, it was essential to 'living in good way'. Healing Circles were most often requested for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual disease/discomfort. The 'old way' of teaching and learning were employed as well strict observance of Circle Protocol.Participation of all is encouraged and appreciated.
Jacqui is Ojibwe of the Shawanaga First Nation. She is an exceptional Traditional Storyteller. Jacqui is a singer, dancer, songwriter and a Traditional Ceremonial practitioner.
Presenter: Dr. Carol Campbell, Dr. Katina Pollock, Kelly Bairos
The Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER) is an innovative approach to mobilizing evidence of effective school and classroom practices across Ontario to improve education policy and practice. Established as a tripartite agreement between the Ministry of Education, the University of Toronto, and Western University, KNAER builds strategic cross-sector networks and partnerships to leverage research and other forms of knowledge to support policies, programs and practice to support to student achievement, equity, and well-being. It also acts as a knowledge broker to facilitate and lead the spread of established and new evidence through networks across Ontario’s policy, education and research communities, and connects with national and international networks.
Strategic knowledge networks and partnerships are key to the work of the KNAER, as they leverage research, and other forms of knowledge, to support policies, programs, and practices that contribute to equity, well-being, and student achievement. To support the activities of thematic networks, the KNAER model includes communities of practice that involve educators and researchers who collaborate, co-create, and mobilize knowledge on priority themes and questions.
The presenters will share how KNAER networks generate, manage, and disseminate bodies of knowledge, with the goal of increasing evidence use in the public education system. Presenters will share practical strategies that will be useful for graduate students and teachers to incorporate knowledge mobilization into their own research and professional practice. The session will invoke thought-provoking questions to guide discussions and audience participation around knowledge mobilization and education research.
Dr. Carol Campbell, KNAER Co-Director (OISE/UT), Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change, OISE
Dr. Carol Campbell is Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto and Co-Director of KNAER. Carol has held education, academic, and policy roles in Canada, USA and UK. She is currently an appointed Education Advisor to the Premier and the Minister of Education in Ontario and a member of the International Council of Education Advisers to the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in Scotland. Her current research projects include: the state of educators’ professional learning in Canada; Ontario’s Teacher Learning and Leadership Program; and an international study of teacher identity. Carol’s recent co-authored books are: Teacher Learning and Leadership: Of, By and For Teachers (Routledge), Empowering Educators in Canada (Jossey-Bass) and Empowered Educators: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality Around the World (Jossey-Bass).
Dr. Katina Pollock, KNAER Co-Director (Western), Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy, Western University
Dr. Katina Pollock is an Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy in the field of Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies at the Faculty of Education, Western University and Co-Director of the KNAER. As a scholar in leadership and policy, Katina has been awarded several research grants and contracts. Two of these projects are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). In addition to her traditional scholarship efforts, Dr. Pollock has also been involved in large-scale knowledge mobilization initiatives that connect research to practice. Katina is also the inaugural Director for Western’s Centre for Education Leadership. This Centre focuses on supporting aspiring, new, and experienced education leaders by reducing the gap between applied educational research and leadership practice. Katina’s recent co-authored books include How School Leaders Contribute to Student Success (Springer).
Kelly Bairos, KNAER Knowledge Mobilization and Project Manager
Kelly Bairos has studied Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) since 2011 in both professional and academic capacities. As the Network Manager for the first phase of KNAER, Kelly created connections between projects and organizations across Ontario, in addition to working as part of a team that created multiple KMb resources and workshops for a variety of audiences and stakeholders. Kelly has a Master’s degree in Education from Western University, which focused on decolonization as a non-Indigenous person looking at Indigenous education and the integration of Indigenous Knowledge in the public school system.
Davoud Sarfaraz, ERESB, Ministry of Education (Biography forthcoming)
Presenter: Queer at OISE - Callie Bowman, Andrea Smith, Dan Gal
This 55-minute workshop is geared towards educators and future educators. The focus of the workshop is on queering the curriculum. The topics covered will include:
• A critical look at various curriculum documents and strategies to work within them to incorporate queer perspectives;
• An examination of various policy documents in regards to supporting the work of queering the curriculum;
• A sample of classroom activities for building compassion and empathy within students as a means to embrace diversity, and;
• A take-away resource list for educators providing tools to incorporate queer perspectives in the everyday classroom.
Queer at OISE, which is funded by the Centre for Urban Schooling, is a group for LGBTQ2SI+ identified OISE students. We meet bi-monthly throughout the school year to build community and discuss topics that are relevant to us as students at OISE, as well as future teachers and educators.