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Invitation: OISE Lunar New Year Celebration – Feb 13, 2018


Greetings,

Please join OISE alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends for a special Lunar New Year Celebration on:
Date: February 13, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: OISE Nexus Lounge, 12th Floor OISE
Cost: $20 per person; $10 per child (under $12)
Families welcome.
This is a great way to celebrate with friends and colleagues. Traditional Chinese food will be served.

Please RSVP today: http://my.alumni.utoronto.ca/OISELunarNewYear

Sincerely,

Celina Cheng
Chair, OISE Chinese Alumni Association
University of Toronto
Sim Kapoor
Assoc. Director, Alumni Prog. & External Relations, OISE, University of Toronto

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WELCOME BACK TO CAMPUS! JANUARY NEWSLETTER


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Annual General Meeting is Soon Approaching!
Our second AGM will fill you in on what we have planned

HELLO EVERYBODY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! We’re hoping that everyone has yet another positive and healthy semester!

The Black Students’ Association at UofT are proud to invite you to our second General Meeting for the year as well as an info session for the months ahead!

Here you will find out about all the exciting events we have planned for the semester as well as all the information you need to know about the BSA! PLUS, it’s a great way to reconnect with everyone!

For the second half the meeting, we will be holding a vision board creation workshop so please come equipped with at least 2 magazines to make this possible! Changes to the constitution will also be voted on at this meeting.

WHEN: Thursday January 11th, 2018 (Tomorrow!)
TIME: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
WHERE: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) RM 2212 (252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6)

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL THERE!

Click the event link below to let us now if you if you will be coming:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1885112878467173/

First Year Mixer
Hosted by our First Year Representative Lola Ajao

If you are a first year student looking to meet other first year black students this is the event for you!

We all know that first year experience is hard enough, from trying to find effective ways to study to building a new social life. But as black students it is even more difficult to find other black students in your classes or program to connect to.

This event will help first year students expand their contacts and enjoy a night filled with great music and great people all planned by Lola Ajao, our First Year Rep!

Date: Thursday, January 18th
Time & Location: TBD

Stay tuned for more updates on this event!

#BlackOnCampusUofT Town Hall Pt. II
How do we successfully tackle anti-black racism on campus? 

Back by popular demand! Thank you to everyone for their support and attendance at our first Town Hall denouncing anti-black racism on this campus. As we look into the future, we want to turn this situation in the Engineering department as a push into finding effective ways to propel an anti-black racism campaign on campus.

Together as a community let’s brainstorm ways we can effectively resolve acts of anti-black racism, and help uplift each other as a community.

Date, Time, & Location: TBD

Scholarships Galore!
BBPA is providing black students with $1,000-$5,000 in scholarships

The BBPA National Scholarship Fund was established in 1986 and is dedicated to supporting and promoting the achievement of academic excellence by Black Canadian youth through an annual scholarship program.

Scholarships are awarded in three categories:

BBPA Legacy Scholarships, in the names of Black Canadians who enriched Canada with their contributions in the arts, the professions, science, business, technology, politics and other areas of endeavour;

First Generation Scholarships, funded by the investment income from a grant from the Government of Ontario and available exclusively to students residing in Ontario that are the first in their family to attend university or college; and

Sponsored or Named Scholarships funded directly by corporations or individuals in the name of the corporation or individual; or established in the memory of a relative.
The Legacy Scholarships are funded from donations to the General Fund and investment income from the Endowment Fund.

Click the link below for more information:
http://bbpa.org/events-programs/national-scholarships/

Black and Educated? Unveiling The Contradictions and Redesigning The Future 
Delivered by Chizoba Imoka and moderated by Dr. Kofi Hope as apart of Hart Houses Hancock Lecture

In an education system based on Western values and knowledge, Black students go through school feeling alienated and graduate ill-equipped to bring about transformative changes in their communities. Is it not time to restructure the system?

Chizoba Imoka disrupts the perceived Black and “Educated” contradiction and advances an alternative vision of education that acknowledges colonial history, is responsive to socio-political concerns and enables a new generation of social justice leaders to make real change.

Following her presentation, Chizoba will be joined by a Rhodes Scholar, Doctor of Philosophy in Politics, community activist and youth advocate, Kofi Hope for an onstage discussion.

Where: Great Hall, Hart House
When: Tues., Jan. 23, 2018, 7-9 pm

Cost: Free for students / Register now
For more information and details about related events, visit http://harthouse.ca

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Wonderful Women Writers Event: Oct 23


Dear all,

This is a reminder for our Wonderful Women Writers event coming up next Monday, October 23rd. Hope to see you there!

Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE)

Office Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 12:00pm – 5pm

Room 2-225, OISE, University of Toronto

Phone: 416-978-2080

https://www.facebook.com/thecwse/

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OCTOBER NEWSLETTER: FIRST JAM OF THE YEAR, HAIRSPRAY, and ELECTIONS!


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Black-to-School Party
A party you don’t wanna miss!

On Saturday, October 7th, 11pm-2am the BSA is throwing our first party of the year at Harlem Underground located at 745 Queen St W. DJ ROSEGOLD will prodive all the right tunes for all your right moves! There will be $5.00 early bird tickets or $10 at the door that will go to http://dominicarelief.org/ , an organization that provides Hurricane Maria relief to the people of Dominica.

Elections!
The BSA still has positions to be filled!

Would you like to be a part of the BSA this school year? Well now is your chance! We are in need of a First-Year Representative, Vice President, Political Director, Public Relations Officer and a Photographer.

The link below will send you to the nominations package:
https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.fbsbx.com%2Fv%2Ft59.2708-21%2F21297285_10155035557262711_9118276106972037120_n.docx%2FNEW201718_BSA_Nomination_Package.docx%3Foh%3D0f188efb512016bc40591f29a4c6848f%26oe%3D59CBF703%26dl%3D1&h=ATPqI4eSJR1huZI7prp0PDctOpdJpP9zYef6cVbxGm0GJd3DQ63VWR4HlBs6uHdq5_1QWTur6z-TdZwmK1NHwCce9aROVg2CUkPRlI_rP9P8xYpPl1wJey6egEWdKt3O9DXVBt03gtFPGJlOTjudYjAE52g&s=1&enc=AZPTNIPFFZtIJ3k-i8uuuo6jOd76IygVdJHOEsgLwTl2N8VIJ1Ipi8g3KcPHXDksnpeo4zQ69ToO7y3LdQOwkVzERAwd_jpYjgHt1QR6DGQSoA

Hairspray
A cult-classic comes to U of T

BSA and the SMC Troubadours present “Hairspray: The Musical” coming soon! We will holding auditions from October 11th- October 14th. So if you love singing, dancing, and acting, please email hairspray.smc@gmail.com to request an audtion time.

Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1128992743870851/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22messaging%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22attachment%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A%7B%7D%7D]%22%7D

We can’t wait to see your talent!

GET OUT!
A movie screening

Clear your sechdules for Friday October the 13th! We will be holding a movie screening for “Get Out”, a Jordan Peele film. For those who don’t know the film is about a young black male named Chris, who goes to meet his white girlfriend, Rose’s family for a weekend away in thier remote estate in the woods. But things take a chilling turn when he starts to uncover that this family is not what it seems. With many symbolic nods to slavery, colonialism, and race relations, “Get Out” elequently crafts an entertianing, thought provoking piece. The location of the event is to be announced soon!

Tech Internship!
Calling all tech-savvy folks…

Mentorship Opportunity! Tamar Huggins is bringing her TechSpark programming to University of Toronto, New College Rm 54G/54F. She is the founder of Tech Spark, Canada’s first technology school committed to closing the racial and gender gap in technology. Since their launch in 2015, we’ve educated over 300 diverse youth across the GTA and will educate 20,000 students by the year 2020. As a direct result of Tech Spark, Black Women Code was developed as a continuum of the work we do with our youth. BWC programs will focus on coding, UX design, digital marketing and product management!

To apply, visit this website and apply under youth mentors & specify that you’re a UofT student & affiliated with the BSA:
http://techspark.ca/join-our-team

Think Afro-Pink! 
A breast cancer awareness event

Think Afro-Pink is an event to increase awareness for breast cancer among black women. According to research from the UK and the US, black women have worse health outcomes, particularly women of West African descent. Black women tend to be diagnosed at a younger age, with more aggressive forms of breast cancer that can be harder to treat.

The Think Afro-Pink Breast Cancer Awareness event will encourage students/staff/faculty to get active through Zumba, provide pamphlets and health information about this issue, and connect participants with community-based resources.

This free event is open to all U of T students (and their mothers), staff, and faculty. Registration is available at http://bit.ly/2w5cvU5 or on the day from 4:00pm – 4:30pm.

Think Afro-Pink Event – Scarborough Campus
Wednesday, October 4th
Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, 875 Morningside Avenue

Think Afro-Pink Event – St. George Campus
Thursday, October 5th

Debates Room Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle

Let’s Do Something! 
Help out the people of the Caribbean
If you are looking for ways to help out the  Caribbean after hurricane Irma and Maria here are some great ways to give back:

Foundation Halo

Some say that there are no Problems in Paradise . This is not quite so. Within the  entire Caribbean, there are over 200 million people living on less than $5 a day.

The Halo Foundation, Inc. is on a mission to improve the conditions, education and well being of the vulnerable in Antigua and Barbuda and across the Caribbean. They are passionate about turning suffering into smiles, pain into perseverance, and hunger into health. It is important to stretch out a hand, to help those who cannot help themselves, to share with those who are struggling for their very survival from day to day.

The world can get better if you play your small part. Help to make a difference in thousands of lives. Join the Halo fight now to give other people the right to existence.

http://foundationhalo.org/cause/barbuda-relief-effort/

Conpremetidos

Inspired by the trends in social innovation, we research, develop and implement solutions to provoke systemic change in Puerto Rican communities. The main initiative — Puerto Rico Global — leverages the knowledge and connections of talented Puerto Ricans abroad to promote local innovation and achieve a better insertion of Puerto Rican industries in the global economy.
http://www.conprmetidos.org/

TickeTing

Ticketing, an app developed by Antiguans, is collecting donations in-app and all funds received will be donated to the joint efforts of the National Office of Disaster Services and the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross. Download the app on Google Play and the Apple App Store:
http://download.ticketingevents.co/

Caribbean, African, and Equity Studies Writing Group
Build up your writing skills

You are invited to join the Caribbean, African and Equity Studies Writing Group. The Writing Group brings together students and faculty from these three academic programs, the writing centre and the Ivey Library for intensive, productive and fun afternoons in which all members work on their own current projects. Students can also consult with faculty about their papers and projects.

All meetings will take place on Friday afternoons from 2- 5 p.m. in the group study rooms on the Lower Level of the Ivey Library, New College. Below is a list of the meeting times for the 2017 Fall Term:

September 29, October 20, October 27, November 17, November 24, December 1.

Participation in the Writing Group is eligible for CCR validation (https://ccr.utoronto.ca/home.htm )

Come along and invite your colleagues in your Caribbean, African and Equity Studies to join you. Watch your work flow and productivity improve!

BSA Office Hours
Come chill with us in New College!

If you have any questions, want to let us know about an idea, or just want to chat, swing by the BSA office in the New College basement.

Mondays: 12pm-4pm
Tuesday: 12pm-2pm
Wednesdays: 12pm-4pm
Thurdays: 2pm-6pm
Fridays: 11am-4pm

Hope to see you there!

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Wonderful Women Writers Series, TODAY!


Come and joint us today at 5:15pm!

Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE), OISE, University of Toronto presents,

WONDERFUL WOMEN WRITERS SERIES
A reading series showcasing women writers and their feminist and women-centred fiction

with readings from authors,Mary Frances Coady, Elizabeth Greene, Gianna Patriarca, Zoë S. Roy

May 10th, 2017, 5:15pm – 7:00pm

Room 2-279, OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto.

Series is coordinated and hosted by Dr. Nora Gold, prize-winning author & and Writer-in-Residence at the CWSE and is sponsored by Inanna Press
Mary Frances Coady,is the author of eight books, including Holy Rule, published by Inanna last fall, and is an instructor in professional communication at Ryerson University.

Elizabeth Greene, has published three collections of poetry, The Iron Shoes, Moving, and Understories. Her novel, A Season Among Psychics, is forthcoming from Inanna in 2018.

Gianna Patriarca, is the award-winning author of 10 books. Her work has been adapted for stage, radio drama, and documentaries. Italian Women and Other Tragedies is in its 4th printing and has been translated into Italian.

Zoë S. Roy, is the author of Butterfly Tears, a collection of short stories, and two novels, The Long March Home and Calls Across the Pacific.

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Elections, Volunteer Callout & Updates!


VOLUNTEER CALLOUT – BSA’s ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL CONFERENCE!


Hello everyone! The Black Students’ Association at UofT is looking for some dedicated students to join the BSA’s Annual High School Conference Volunteer Team!

ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL CONFERENCE:
Annually, the Black Students’ Association hosts a high school conference with a mandate to motivate and inspire black high school students in Toronto to envision post-secondary education as a possibility. This year, as we remain dedicated to our cause, we are happy to announce that the 2017 conference theme is “Know Yourself”!

WHEN: Tuesday May 2nd 2017
TIME: 9am – 2pm
WHERE: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education ( 252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6)

WHAT DO WE NEED FROM YOU?
We’re seeking 30 volunteers to lead workshops, 15 volunteers to lead student groups, and 5 volunteers for event support. This is your chance to participate in BSA’s most important event of the year, and an opportunity to gain some skills in workshop leading!

PSA: Volunteers are required to attend a training day! Please contact us if you have any conflicts or concerns with the dates available.

INTERESTED?
Email us at uoftbsaconference@gmail.com to register to be one of our volunteers!

Link to Sign Up For Training:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSehVeSkO3r58MZaBR7mqA_Wr9nd6325mi8mF1BXfc1KDDKevg/viewform?usp=sf_link

JOIN THE BSA EXEC! ELECTIONS FOR THE 2017-2018 EXECUTIVE ARE HERE! 
Nominations for ALL POSITIONS are underway, please complete the nomination package by April 20th, 2017 to ensure your candidacy. 

As you know, the BSA has had a wonderful year and we want to continue in this light for the upcoming 2017/2018 school year!

We are looking for strong, dedicated students to help sustain the BSA legacy. A word of advice: The Black Students’ Association is a serious commitment and is comprised of hard-working, passionate individuals that do a lot of great work on the U of T campus. Those simply utilizing the BSA for personal gain (i.e. building your resume) should NOT apply. While the BSA undoubtedly provides a number of great opportunities, it is a serious responsibility and should be treated as such.

IMPORTANT: The elections process is detailed in the attached file. YOU MUST COMPLETE THE ENTIRE NOMINATION FORM & CANDIDATE PARAGRAPH BEFORE THE FINAL DATE. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Link to Nomination Package: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/273edf2b698445c7b6bf5f04c/files/bf7a3e63-2c6e-461e-aecd-ce111e4591b9/NEW201718_BSA_Nomination_Package.docx

SAVE THE DATE: “BLACKOUT – BSA’s ANNUAL END OF YEAR PARTY” 
APRIL 28th – More Details to Come. 
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DREAMGIRLS, UPDATES & MARCH MADNESS


Black Students Association @ Uoft & Vanessa Jev Productions, presents…. DREAMGIRLS!!! 

The First Black Musical Production in UofT History & The Only Accredited Production of The Broadway Classic “Dreamgirls” in the Country!  

Hello everyone! The Black Students’ Association at UofT in collaboration with Vanessa Jev Productions and TD Bank Group are extremely proud to present to you:

DREAMGIRLS: The Musical

This is a fabulous musical that follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called “The Dreams” and the behind the scenes reality of the entertainment industry!

SHOW DATES: March 16th, 17th, 18th
TIME: 7pm-9pm
WHERE: Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2J2)

INTERESTED?
ONLINE: Make sure to purchase tickets from the link below! Group (4+) discounts are available!
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2890324

OR

IN PERSON:
Wilson Commuter Lounge, 40 Willcocks Street, Toronto. ON.
March 7th – 8th: 12pm-2pm.

BSA Office: New College Student Centre, Office 500Q, 40 Willcocks Street, Toronto ON.

Monday: 2pm-6pm
Tuesday: 12pm-6pm
Wednesday: 1pm-5pm
Thursday: 12pm-6pm
Friday: 1pm-2pm.

For additional information please visit the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/289300511487380/

Venue is wheelchair/mobility device accessible, If you have any other accessibility concerns please contact, dreamgirlsuoft@gmail.com

We have an EXTREMELY talented cast working hard to provide an excellent show for you all! Make sure to invite all your friends and family and WE CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU THERE!

“Dreamgirls”: Backstage Volunteer Call-Out
A unique opportunity to be a part of history! 

It takes a village!

We are still looking for a few (approximately 5) volunteers to help as runners, set movers and other production roles for the nights of the show.

Gain valuable behind the scenes experience, and help us put on a world class show!

Email: dreamgirlsuoft@gmail.com  with the subect line “dreamgirls volunteers” if interested!

We Have SOOO much more in the works, so stay tuned for more updates, volunteer/job opportunities, and events!  As always, we hope that you are doing well and that we see you soon! Until Next Time… -Your BSA Executive
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Science Education


It is important to make sure that science education is not left behind in the development of education.

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Self-Publishing Around The World at The School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto


Starts May 9, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to July 11, 2013

Here`s how to register:

Self-Publishing Around The World: http://2learn.utoronto.ca/uoft/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&cms=true&courseId=25437365

Write About Anything!

Credit of $600.00 CAD for new graduates of the University of Toronto to take a course!

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Three Amazon Marketing Options Prepare Self-Publishing Authors for Success


he Amazon Extreme Marketing Package from Outskirts Press offers self-publishing authors a head start on book marketing by taking triple advantage of the immense audience of Amazon.com, the largest online retailer in the United States. These valuable, popular options are free for authors who start self-publishing in April.

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Taking advantage of these proven Amazon promotional functions is the perfect — and perfectly economical — way for authors to launch their book sales with gusto by choosing to publish now with Outskirts Press

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Outskirts Press, the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, announced today it is giving away its most popular marketing package (over $200 value) to authors who start their publishing process this month. The Amazon Extreme marketing package includes a Kindle Edition, Search Inside the Book submission and Amazon Cover Enhancement, as well as a complimentary copy of Sell Your Book on Amazon by Outskirts Press CEO Brent Sampson — everything an author needs to jump start their book sales on Amazon.com. Continue reading

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Meet The Author at Accents on Eglinton Today and Every Sunday


Come and Enjoy a Good Book!

Meet the Instructor of the Self-Publishing Around The World Course at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto:

Register at:

http://2learn.utoronto.ca/uoft/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&cms=true&courseId=25437365

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Our Women & the Environment Series Continues with a Screening of Toxic Trespass‏


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Presenting session two of our Women/Embodiment, Environments, and the Arts series

A seminar series about creative physicality in reaction to, and construction of, blended social and designed environments.

Session Two: Screening of “Toxic Trespass”

In Toxic Trespass director Barri Cohen launches an investigation into the effects of the chemical soup around us, starting with her 10-year-old daughter, whose blood carries carcinogens like benzene and the long-banned DDT. Cohen then goes to Windsor and Sarnia, Canadian toxic hotspots, with startling clusters of deadly diseases.

January 24, 2013 12—1:30pm,

at the CWSE, room 2-227, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Free, bring your lunch! For more information: cwse@utoronto.ca

Screening presented by Barri Cohen and Dr. Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg.

Barri Cohen is a documentary filmmaker, writer, and TV series producer. She won the Writers Guild of Canada award for Toxic Trespass. She will speak on the creation of this film.

Dr. Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg is the Executive Producer of Toxic Trespass and teaches environmental health and policy at OISE. She will speak to the films research and educational and activist uses.

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Media advisory – Early education for all – making it happen


TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2012 /CNW/ – October 22-23, 2012 – Researchers and policy makers are meeting here in a two-day symposium to examine the best ways of delivering preschool education to all Canada’s children. International and Canadian experts will present the latest evidence on effective program policy and practice to government officials from across Canada and the three northern territories. Continue reading

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Pambazuka News


http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/84368

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Remembering Thomas Sankara


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Eusi Kwayana Visit


Eusi Kwayana Visit

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Remembering Thomas Sankara at U of T on Saturday, Oct. 13th at 7pm & Job Vacancies‏


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True heroes of Africa often lie in unmarked graves. Their achievements are only celebrated by a minority of dissidents who are sparsely located around the continent and throughout its diaspora. Stifled by the fabricated feats of the African neo-colonialist aristocracy, the legacy left by our unsung heroes is more endangered than the mountain gorilla.

The African press expediently exhumes their contributions during national holidays, only to bury them again once the celebrations are over. The global media is fixated on despots and warlords. The recent sensation about Joseph Kony should be a lesson to all Africans that if we don’t select the narratives that we would like to universalize, someone else will. And we won’t like it. Continue reading

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TODAY: Remembering Steve Biko at 7pm at U of T‏


September 19, 2012

Toronto, ON – The Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity (NPAS) has organized a forum to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the martyrdom of Steve Biko. This event will be on Thursday, September 20 at 7pm in Room 5-280 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (252 Bloor Street West, at St. George station). Continue reading

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Dean’s Graduate Student Research Conference


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Donna Kakonge, OISE Dean’s Graduate Conference


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Circle of Interest


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By Khalid Musa

Artwork for above By Akina Lalla

I claim I’m not a poet but I can feel it in my bones                                                            

I say I don’t carry pain but u can hear it in my tone

First they enslaved us, then when we fought for change

Our minimum wage was just change

I’m from a land of poetry, literary, literally so don’t try to belittle me

Hundreds of years has passed, independence at last

But when they left, they made sure that our economic state had crashed

And here I thought I was gonna get severance before they passed

Here comes the World Bank to make things fair

With so much restriction, might as well give me the money and cut off my air

No oxygen, I’m left in my own country like hostage-men

Now we are here in the modern day

Where you can C slavery in a modern way

Where the islands are commodified to cater to tourist’s desires in every way

Where my counterpart N I are seen as racialized hypersexual objects

Where our job is to please and serve outsiders like a royal subject

Poverty is @ an all-time high, unemployment is @ an all-time high, and misery is @ an all-time high

I’m left with my physical frame just to get by

The question I have left is to ask is how long it will take till it’s all gone by

I never said that I’m a poet but I can feel it in my bones

I never said I carry pain but u can hear it in my tone.

-Khalid M.

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A New Book That Will Revolutionize the Teaching Profession


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Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School

NEW YORK, March 1, 2012, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Teachers College Press is pleased to announce the publication of Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School, the newest book from best-selling education authors, Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan. Copublished with the Ontario Principals’ Council, Professional Capital promises to be the most important collaboration yet by Hargreaves and Fullan, both of whom are recognized internationally at the highest levels as experts on teaching and educational change. This book is so different, TC Press has not revealed the title and its central idea until today.

Hargreaves and Fullan remind us that the future of learning depends absolutely on the future of teaching. In Professional Capital, they show how the quality of teaching is captured in a compelling new idea: the professional capital of every teacher working together in every school. It’s a game changer. We will never be able to think about or discuss the nature or the future of teaching in the same way, ever again. Speaking out against policies that result in a teaching force that is inexperienced, inexpensive, and exhausted, these two world authorities—who know teaching and leadership inside out—set out a groundbreaking new agenda to transform the future of teaching and public education.

Pre-publication anticipation has been building and the book has already gained international recognition and praise from such notables as Sir Ken Robinson (world-renowned educator and author), who writes “Transforming education is one of the signature challenges of our times. Professional Capital sets out exactly and undeniably why the only way to do it is to honor and improve the profession of teaching. Written by two of the sharpest educational thinkers in the world, Professional Capital is an incisive critique of the failing reform movements in many countries and a powerful manifesto for the only strategy that can and does work. This book should revolutionize how policymakers and practitioners alike think and act in education. The price of failure is more than they or our children can afford.”

Additional admiration has come from Randi Weingarten (President, American Federation of Teachers), Pasi Sahlberg (Director General, CIMO at the Finnish Ministry of Education), Dan Domenech (Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators), Dennis Van Roekel (President, National Education Association), Steve Munby (Chief Executive, National College for School Leadership), Ben Levin (Professor and Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy, OISE/University of Toronto), and Christopher Harrison (President, UK National Association of Head Teachers).

Ideas-driven, evidence-based, and strategically powerful, Professional Capital combats the tired arguments and stereotypes of teachers and teaching and shows us how to change them by demanding more of the teaching profession and more from the systems that support it. This is a book that no one connected with schools can afford to ignore.

Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College (www.andyhargreaves.com). Michael Fullan is Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (www.michaelfullan.ca).

Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School
Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan
March 2012/240pp/Paperback, $29.95, ISBN: 978-08077-5332-3/Cloth, $66, ISBN: 978-0-8077-5333-0

Ordering information:
U.S.A.: http://www.tcpress.com (800) 575-6566
Canada: Ontario Principals’ Council http://www.principals.ca or UTP/Guidance Centre http://www.utpguidancecentre.com
UK, Europe, Southeast, East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand: Routledge Publishers http://www.routledge/education.com
Also available in Australia from Hawker Brownlow Publishers: http://www.hbe.com.au

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Reminder of Women Writing Letters Event: Sunday January 22, 2012


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Join us for the next Women Writing Letters Event

A LETTER TO MY ________ BIRTHDAY in honour of Gailey Road’s 5th Birthday Celebration.

With panelists:

Marianne Fedunkiw, playwright
Grace Feuerverger, writer, and educator
Marisa Gelfusa, fiction writer
Jackie Laidlaw, actor
Supinder Wraich, actor

Sunday, January 22, 2012
2:30-4:00 followed by birthday cake
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor Street West (at St. George subway)
12th Floor Community Lounge

Hope to see you there!

All the best,
Tara

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Most Interesting Campuses in Ontario


The University of Toronto is One of the Most Interesting Campuses in Ontario – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

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Ontario has some of the most beautiful campuses in the country of Canada. Here is a quick description of some of them:

Queen’s University located in Kingston is a picturesque town with a campus that is charming. You can actually see the ivy growing on the university and it is relatively easy to maneuver your way around the campus.

The University of Toronto undoubtedly has one of the most beautiful campuses in Canada, and yes in Ontario too. Located in the centre of downtown Toronto, the Bata Shoe Museum is close by, plus the Royal Ontario Museum and the Textile Museum. There are great places to eat that surround the entire campus and some parts of it even have cobblestone.

York University’s campus is also beautiful and changing all the time. With its large quadrant that has a grassy knoll, plus a waterfall, it is huge space that has some elements of the old and the new. Just over to the south of the campus is Seneca College that also has many elements of a new design and is a building that displays its strength in understanding technology.

One of the lesser known universities in Toronto, however ones that are extremely interesting include Humber College and Guelph-Humber University. These institutions which are joined actually resemble the Pearson airport that is not too far away. At Guelph-Humber they have a wall that is filled with leaves and foliage right in the atrium. It is absolutely gorgeous for anyone who has the opportunity to see it.

Ryerson University, on the other hand, is like a modern village in the heart of downtown Toronto. With so much going on around it, it is amazing to think the students there actually get an opportunity to get any studying done. With its proximity to the Eaton Centre, as well as great restaurants, jewelry stores and a newly formed square close to the Hard Rock Café, there is so much going on there that it would be hard for a student looking to take a break to be bored.

Another interesting campus is Centennial College at Pape and Mortimer in Toronto that used to be the old teacher’s college. That school also used to be the location where the world famous “Degrassi Junior High” series was filmed. If you look at the show, as well as look at aspects of the school – you can easily identify some of the classrooms and location scenes from the show.

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Dinosaur Meat


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Sarah Demille - March 9, 2010

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Snake dined on dinos

A University of Toronto snake hunter and researcher has discovered an ancient snake that made its meal out of dinosaurs.

The prehistoric viper, known as Sanajeh indicus, was the length of a small car and has been found to feast upon the sauropod hatchlings as they first emerged from their shells.

The snake was actually discovered back in 1987 in Gujarat, India. Originally mistaken for a dinosaur itself, the snake was found coiled around a sauropod egg within a large clutch of eggs. It was not properly identified as a snake until 2001 when the specimen was properly cleaned.

The snake’s position within the clutch of eggs is being taken as very strong evidence that the viper was there to consume the hatchlings as they emerged. Unlike large snakes that exist today, such as pythons and constrictors, that boasted jaws hinged especially to allow them to consume the eggs whole before they hatched, the Sanajeh indicus had a very narrow jaw structure that would have required the snake to wait until its meal to hatch before it ate.

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TOK Writing Series


TOK - January 4, 2010

As a professor, I was fortunate to receive the TOK reading series, issued by the University of Toronto. The TOK series is a collection of three books, all of them anthologies.

Once I finally got down to completing the series, other books interrupting the flow of my reading of the series, in general, I am glad that I did read this series. In particular, stories by Olive Senior and Lawrence Hill stand out. There are other stories in there that would be a great inspiration to an emerging writer to help them execute the craft of narrative.

Without giving away the plot to any of the stories, just know that this is a series worth investing in. The stories deal with a variety of topics, from the Russian mafia to wayward fathers, to the experience of being on Toronto’s public transit.

One of the most beautiful things about the stories is that they all take place in Toronto on the most part. These stories are all a way to connect to this city, as well to understand what lays in the heart of minds of new and old immigrants – be it right or wrong.

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