MIYUMI SASAKI INITIAL TEACHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP: 2015-2016
In 2015-2016 CUS awarded two $5,000 scholarships to promote excellence in teaching in the urban classroom. The successful applicants were teacher candidates entering a full or part-time initial teacher education program with an interest in questions of social justice and school success for students from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods attending underperforming schools.
The Centre for Urban Schooling congratulates the Miyumi Sasaki scholarship winners for the 2015-2016 Academic Year:
Audrey Madsen has working on a research project called “An Investigation of Global Education Practices in Low-Socio-Economic Status Neighbourhoods”. The project examines the role the global education plays in low SES communities in order to challenge the idea that global education is best suited to economically privileged students.
In his support letter of Audrey’s application, her Master of Teaching instructor David Montemorro had this to say: “In addition to her throughout and innovative Masters of Teaching Research Project which focused on global education teaching in inner-city schools, Audrey challenges herself and those around her to explore and extend their commitments to equity and excellence in education.”
Marlon Redley-Smith has worked with inner-city youth by serving as a First Generation Ambassador for Ryerson University’s Tri-Menotring Program which provides academic and finanical support to students whose parents never attended post-secondary institutions. He has also worked with inner-city youth as a teacher at Mercy Ministry in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and as a teacher candidate throughout the GTA. His Master of Teaching Research Project is called “Sociopolitical Movements and Social Justice Education”.
In his support letter of Marlon’s application, his Master of Teaching supervisor Rob Simon had this to say: “ In his commitment to working to support the learning and life chances of urban youth, his concern for social justice education and the ways in which historical and contemporary politics impact urban school settings, Marlong exemplifies in many respects the spirit of the Miyumi Sasaki Award.