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Centre for Urban Schooling

Centre Initiatives


Current Centre initiatives for Initial Teacher Education Students at OISE and Educators in Greater Toronto Area Schools:

Queer at OISE

Queer at OISE, formerly 'Queer Space Chat', is a space is for LGBTQ2SI+ identifying OISE students to discuss queer issues and identities in schools. The group meets 1-2 times a month and each year the focus of the group differs, depending on the group's interests. In the 2018-2019 academic year, the Queer at OISE participants aim to create community, workshops for other OISE students, and education opportunities within the group. All OISE students that identify as LGBTQ2SI+ are welcome to join. Please email Ben (ben.gallagher@mail.utoronto.ca) or Yasmin (yasmin.owis@mail.utoronto.cafor more details.


The Toronto Writing Project

The Toronto Writing Project (TWP) is based on the model of the National Writing Project, the largest research and professional development network by and for teachers in North America, which uses practitioner research as a vehicle for grassroots change efforts in classrooms, schools, and communities (http://www.nwp.org/). Funded by the Ruth and Alexander Dworkin Tolerance fund, TWP supports activist educators to address equity issues in their classrooms through writing and research by conducting inquiries into their own classroom practices and share knowledge with peers who may face related issues teaching diverse students in urban schools. Composed of teachers, activists, and researchers who view writing as a mechanism for addressing equity issues across subject matter, across core subjects, TWP encourages formal and informal research opportunities for youth and teachers working individually and collaboratively to address equity issues in their classrooms, schools, and communities. More information available at http://www.torontowritingproject.com.

Director:          Rob Simon (CUS)

Co-ordinators:  Nicole West-Burns (CUS), Will Edwards (CTL), Ben Gallagher (CTL), Ashleigh Allen (CUS)


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