Welcome to The Centre for Urban Schooling
"We will advocate on behalf of kids and frontline workers in inner city schools throughout the GTA." - Kathleen Gallagher and Jeff Kugler
In 2005, the University of Toronto approved funding for The Centre for Urban Schooling (CUS) to address systemic barriers for under-served youth in Toronto schools. CUS is a CTL Centre through which OISE/UT can further solidify its connections to inner city schools, young people and communities. It provides OISE/UT with a vehicle through which to support, advocate for and help to program for Inner City schools.
The Centre for Urban Schooling is an education, research, policy and advocacy centre established in 2005 to connect OISE to schools and communities in inner cities. We are committed to social justice and equity for all students. The educators, researchers and activists affiliated with the Centre work collaboratively on education projects that challenge power relations based on class, race, gender, language, sexuality, religion, ethnicity and ability as they are manifested in all aspects of education, both formal and informal.
The Centre's work includes: developing teacher and graduate education programs; initiating and participating in critical collaborative research; analyzing and advocating for policies that affect urban schools and communities; participating in school district educational change initiatives; and building the knowledge base of urban education in Canada through the sponsorship of conferences and publications.
The Centre also addresses issues of culture and the arts; religious, ethnic, linguistic and sexual diversity; politics; immigration; and teaching and learning both within the education system and Canadian society as a whole.
The Centre is committed to a dynamic, situated practice and therefore revisits its goals and purposes regularly.