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The Centre for Urban Schooling (CUS) is dedicated to improving the quality of the teaching and learning experiences available to children and youth living in underserved urban communities. Established in 2005, at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, CUS carries out academic and contracted research, offers educational programs and professional development opportunities, and supports students, teachers, schools, parents and district boards in the development of school reform initiatives that have a clear focus on equity for all students. Read our Mission Statement.

Beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year, we welcome Dr. Lance McCready to the position of Director at the Centre for Urban Schooling. We have already worked very closely with Lance over the last six years and are thrilled that he will be providing academic and intellectual leadership to the on-going work and development of the Centre for Urban Schooling in the years to come.  We would also like to thank Professor Joseph Flessa for his work as the Acting Director during the 2012-2013 academic year.



Honouring Ruth Dworkin - March 28, 2014

On Friday, March 28, 2014 in the Technology Lounge on the 3rd floor at OISE, a special reception was held to honour Ruth Dworkin for her past and future contributions to OISE, specifically, the Centre for Urban Schooling, in support of equity and social justice work in schools, particularly those serving historically marginalized and racialized youth.  To honour Ruth and her generosity, the lounge was renamed after her to be the “Ruth Dworkin Lounge” and her family, OISE and CUS staff, associates and friends joined in the celebration.

Ruth’s past donations, through the Ruth and Alexander Dworkin Tolerance Fund of Montreal, have supported some of the Centre’s professional development in schools with educators, as well as supported forums for the community through the Centre’s Forum on Equity and Social Justice (FESJ). These forums over the years have included:  Urban School Leadership; Truth & Reconciliation: Canada's Residential Schools; and Educational Activism in Increasingly Conservative Times, to name a few.

Ruth’s continuing contributions, $50,000 per year in perpetuity, will also support the continuation of the Centre as a place where critical pedagogies and critical research will come together with the end goal of making education equitable for all.

Click here to read the speech given at the celebration by Dr. Nicole West-Burns, CUS School Services Director:

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