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We hold several events throughout the year. Here are some of the highlights.



March 3, 2014

Regent Park 'Ask-A-Prof'


















February 27, 2014

Sneaking into the Big Leagues

Details: Sneakers are a beloved and vital part of global culture with various meanings in multiple communities. From comfort wear to physical activity and hip hop music to urban trendsetting and youth identity, sneakers have taken a foothold in the world of fashion, culture and social capital. Hart House will investigate and explore the notion of the sneaker subculture: how do sneakers make space for dialogue between developing countries and first world nations, marginalized voices and mainstream society, urban and suburban communities, athletes and ordinary folks? Sneakers have served as the gateway to greater awareness of fair trade working conditions, economic justice and the power of street culture to affect mainstream fashion. Sneakers, like the Pan Am Games themselves, celebrate a shared experience, diversity, identity and physical activity.....more

When: Thurs., Feb. 27, 2014, 6–8 pm
Where: East Common Room, Hart House
Cost: Free. Register online at Eventbrite.






December 10, 2013



  CUS Celebration

    DATE: Tuesday,  December 10, 2013

    TIME:  5pm-8pm

    PLACE: OISE 12th Floor,
               NEXUS Lounge



   Light refreshments available




Come hear about the exciting research, professional development and knowledge
mobilization projects happening n the Centre for Urban Schooling. It will be a change to
mix, mingle and network with CUS faculty, community members, alumni and current

Registrer at http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cus-holiday-party-and-knowledge-mobilization-launch-registration-5333693220




October 19, 2013

Bodies At Play: Sexuality, Childhood and Classroom Life

SDS Bodies At Play


     SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, October 19, 2013

     TIME: 9:00 – 1:00 PM

     What: A symposium for everyone interested in childhood today –
     teachers, teacher educators, scholars, and community service

     For more information and to register, please visit






May 24, 2013



















March 27, 2013

Giving Credit where Credit's due: Celebrating Ontario Teachers

The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies works closely with the Centre for Urban Schooling here at OISE. We are celebrating and toasting the hard work of Ontario teachers in “queer times.”


  DATE: March 27, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

  LOCATION: Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives,
  34 Isabella   Street

  RSVP: sexual.diversity@utoronto.ca by March 20

  WHAT: A party and brief sharing of archival resources in
  relation to queer teacher activism and labour activism in
  queer spaces

 FOR MORE INFO: www.uc.utoronto.ca/schooling




January 15, 2013

The Centre for Urban Schooling (OISE/UT) and SkyWorks Charitable Foundation present:


As future teachers, we must recognize that the threat and reality of homelessness impacts our communities. We must

ask ourselves, "What do we know about this?" and
"What do we need to know?"



Free Screening and Discussion
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 for Secondary OISE TCs

5:00 -  7:00pm, OISE Room 2-214

For more information please contact: (Jeff Kugler at jeffrey.kugler@utoronto.ca)



November 27, 2012 

Forum on Equity and Social Justice in Education










To see full flyer click on image above.

 Join us for a Panel & Discussion


OISE Library, 5:00-8:00pm

252 Bloor Street West (St. George Subway)

Educators, Students & Community Members Welcome!

Guest Panelists

Jackson Potter is a Chicago teacher and founding member of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) and the Grassroots Education Movement. Jackson was a leader in the recent Chicago Teachers strike. He currently serves the Chicago Teachers Union as its staff coordinator.

Nigel Barriffe is a TDSB elementary school teacher in Rexdale. Nigel has been serving the community of Etobicoke‐North through civic engagement, community development and youth leadership for many years.

Tim McCaskell is a long‐time Toronto writer, activist and educator who in 2005 published “Race to Equity: Disrupting Educational Inequality”, a history of the struggle for equity in Toronto public schools.

Monica Rosas is a secondary school teacher who describes herself as an artist, educator, and agitator. Monica challenges and provokes discussion on gender, the environment and the experiences of racialized young people throughout Toronto’s urban schools.


November 27, 2012

Supporting the work of the Halton District School Board in sharing

their commitment to equity in education with their community partners.


November 20, 2012

Working with Chilean Administrators on equity and social justice 



November 19, 2012


School Professional Development Session - Associate Teachers and Teacher Candidates







Sharing and learning together at George Syme Community School


November 1st, 2012

A talk with visting delegation of Scholars and School Board Officials from Education and Ethnic Studies Strand of the Centre d'études ethniques des universités montréalaise (CEETUM) on:

 Education and Diversity: InnovativePractices
 and Research in Montreal


 Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm

 Where: OISE 252 Bloor  St. W.




Bio on Presenters


October 29, 2012













RSVP: sexual.diversity@utoronto.ca

More information: http://www.uc.utoronto.ca/schooling


October 24th, 2012

The Centre for Urban Schooling at OISE, the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Educaton at OISE and Jane Gaskell and Ben Levin invite you to a book launch and conversatiion about Urban Education.  

Making A Difference
in Urban Schools:

Ideas, Politics and Pedagogy
by Jane Gaskell & Ben Levin

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 - 5pm-7pm
OISE 12th floor, NEXUS Lounge










October 11, 2012

Working with 350 teachers and administators from the Halton District School Board in moving forward in their equity implementation


  September 28, 2012

The Centre for Urban Schooling invites you to join us for an informal conversation on

"The Impact of Parental Stress on Early Adolescent Identity Development"

with visiting scholar Professor Dena Swanson.

Friday, September 28th, 2012
Time: 3:30pm to 5:00pm Room: 12-199

 Click on "Invitation Flyer" for more information


June 13, 2012

Centre for Urban Schooling Presents


Urban Education Research Poster Symposium
Masters of Education Cohort

Keynote speakers

Prof Joseph Flessa, Associate Professor Policy and Politics Centre for Urban Schooling  OISE/UT

Jeff Kugler, Executive Director of Centre for Urban Schooling OISE/UT 

Prof Lance McCready, Assistant Professor, Curriculum Teaching and Learning, Centre for Urban Schooling OISE/UT

urban ed cohort



Please join us as the graduating class shares their research findings in urban education that challenge traditional education discourse in Ontario. Hear about the implications for minoritized students and their communities, teacher practitioners, policy makers and academics. Engage in discussions that dismantle the dominant narrative about urban schooling and support emancipatory research to help create an education system that truly upholds equitable and inclusive education!

Free admission. Please register online.






February 23rd, 2012

Centre for Urban Schooling's Forum on Equity and Social Justice



FESJ February 23rd


 Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
 OISE Library, 5:00 - 8:00pm
 252 Bloor Street West (St. George Subway)




(to view poster, click on image)



Teaching, Learning Sexuality Education: a four-part seminar series

  Schedule of seminars
  Nov 22 - Pedagogical Dilemmas in Policy and
  Sexuality Education: Implementing provincial and
  local equity policy

  Jan 17 - Pedagogical Dilemmas in Youth Culture and
  Sexuality Education: Troubling Identifications

  Feb 21- Pedagogical Dilemmas in Curriculum and Sexuality
  Education: Teaching about Gender and Sexuality

  Mar 20- Teaching about Gender and Sexuality, Part 2
  For more information: 



Events in 2011

Book Launch - November 22nd, 2011

Please join the Centre for Urban Schooling-School Services Division

for a wine and cheese reception to celebrate the launch of our new book!







Tuesday, November 22, 2011
OISE Library (main floor) 252 Bloor St. West

Please rsvp to Nina Lewis at: cusinquiries@utoronto.ca



The Centre for Urban Schooling in partnership with A different Booklist present:

Midnight and the Meaning of Love:

Reflecting with Sister Souljah on being an Author and Activist









A Conversation with Ann-Marie and Kathleen Gallagher


  Tues. Sept. 20th at 7:00pm

  Robinson Memorial Theatre
  McMaster University






May 31st, 2011

Learning about Roma People Through the Student Lens

   Building  awareness and cultivating understanding
   through the eyes of Canadian students'
   documentary film projects in Parkdate
   neighbourhood schools

   Join us in watching three short documentary films 


Film Screenings
OISE Ground Floor Library
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
252 Bloor Street West 4:30pm


Panel and Book Launch for:
Educating Elites: Class Privilege and Educational Advantage

April 13th, 2011 

Making Cosmopolitan Subjects: Elite Education for a Globalized World.
Edited by Adam Howard and Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández

252 Bloor Street West
OISE rm 5-250


The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at University of Toronto in conjunction with

The Centre for Urban Schooling, OISE
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
Gender-Based Violence Prevention, TDSB presents





Thursday, April 14th, 2011
5:30 -  8:00pm
OISE Library, 252 Bloor Street West


Book launch and reception
March 24th, 2011

Making Space for Diverse Masculinities:
Difference, Intersectionality and Engagement in an Urban High School

with Lance T. McCready, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Urban Education
Ontario Institute for Studies on Education, University of Toronto
Thursday, March 24th, 2011
252 Bloor Street West
OISE rm 12-199

Sponsored By: A Different Booklist, OISE Centre for Urban Schooling, OISE Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies, University of Toronto Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto Centre for the Study of the United States.

February 10, 2011

OISE/UT Library
Ontario Institute for Studies In Education
University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West
(St. George subway station)


Moving Beyond the Superman Solution Part II. January 27th, 2011

The Centre for Urban Schooling at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in collaboration with African Heritage Educator's Network and A Different Booklist present:

Moving Beyond The Superman Solution Part II: The Powerful Potential of Schools, Families and communities Working Together for Quality Education for All Children.  
          with Enid Lee of Enid Lee Consultants

 A Book signing and Reception
 Thursday, January 27th, 2011

            OISE Library, 252 Bloor St. W. Toronto
            5:30pm - 7:30 pm

  Eye of the Hurricane January 28th, 2011

  The Centre for Urban Schooling at the Ontario
  Institute  for Studies in Education in collaboration 
  with A Different Booklist present:

  Eye of the Hurricane My Path from Darkness to  
with Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

  A Book signing and Reception
  Friday, January 28th, 2011

  OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor St. W. Toronto
  6:30pm - 8:30 pm



Roma Human Rights: Europe's Disgrace, Canada's Shame


Film and Panel Discussion

 Date: Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
Time:  6:30-8:00pmWhere:  OISE Library (Ground Floor), 252 Bloor St. W. at Bedford(St.George subway station).Organized by by Roma Community Centre, Toronto (Romano Kanadko Phralipe - web: http://rcctoronto.org)Sponsored by The Centre for Urban Schooling, OISE


Events in 2010

Centre for Urban Schooling and African Heritage Educators' Network Present:

Beyond Waiting for Superman: Moving Forward in Public Education in Toronto


Public Forum

Date:    November 9, 2010
Time:    7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: OISE Library, 252 Bloor St. W. (main floor)

As seating is limited, seating will be on a first come basis 



OCT 26 Seminar, Racial and Sexual Minority Student Experience

What do we know about the experiences of students who identify as both sexual and racial minorities?

How do sexual and gender identities intersect with racial, ethnic, and religious identities?

Given the growing number of visible minorities in Canadian schools, how can teachers best support the health and well-being of sexual minority youth?

In this session we invite educators to consider the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality and the implications of these intersections for developing anti-oppressive pedagogies in urban classrooms.

Enrollment is limited
Reserve your place now
RSVP: sexual.diversity@utoronto.ca

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 / 5-7 PM
University College, Room 240

Click Here for Directions http://www.uc.utoronto.ca/content/view/11/50/ 

About Seminar Leaders 

Lance T. McCready, Ph. D. is Assistant Professor of Urban Education at OISE/UT where he teaches courses on urban education and gender in schools. His research and writing focuses on curricular and pedagogical issues in urban education, specifically the “troubles” facing Black male students and the experiences of queer youth of color. He is principal investigator of the Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices (CRTP) study and a Lead Researcher on the Black and Latino Male School Intervention Study (BLMSIS). A consistent theme across his work is the use of feminist theories of intersectionality to understand the lives of marginalized students.

Jocelyn Wickett is nearing the end of her MA at OISE/UT in the Department of Curriculum,Teaching and Learning. Her research focuses on the use of drama as a queering strategy to disrupt hegemonic performances of gender and sexuality in the classroom. She teaches full time at Oasis Alternative School for Arts and Social Change and is the artistic director of Gaily Road Productions, a theatre company committed to women centered, research informed theatre on social and political issues.

VISITING SCHOLAR SEMINAR- September 23rd, 2010

Dr. Cynthia Dillard, Professor, 
School of Teaching and Learning, 
Ohio  State University




Date: Thurdady, September 23rd, 2010 
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Place: OISE, 252 Bloor St. W., 
          12th Floor, rm 12-199

 A Public Lecture by Karen L. Graves, Professor of Education and Women's Studies, Denison University, USA

Topic: Purging Gay and Lesbian Teachers:State Homophobia in Cold War America

Date: Friday, September 17th, 2010 
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Place: OISE, 252 Bloor St. W., 
          12th Floor, rm 12-199

Research Fair and Celebration Urban Education Cohort

Date:  June 9th, 2010

Time:  5:30pm - 7:30pm

Place: OISE Library Ground Floor

See "Flyer"


Teacher Effectiveness in Diverse Schools: Problems or Possibiities?

A very special event:  TYRONE HOWARD , Faculty Director of Center X at UCLA.
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010.

Time: 4:30pm OISE Library, 252 Bloor St. W.,Jointly sponsored by The Centre for Leadership and Diversity and The Centre for Urban Schooling. 


Beyond its Elementary

The Centre for Urban Schooling, OISE / ETFO and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario Presents"BEYOND ITS ELEMENTARY". Talking about gender and sexual orientation in elementary schools.



Events from 2006-2009


 'Worse than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity'

Facing History and Ourselves presents an evening with Dr. Daniel Jonah Goldhagen 

Drawing on extensive field work and research from around the world,
Dr. Goldhagen explores the anatomy of genocide—explaining why genocides 
begin, are sustained, and end; why societies support them; why they happen so 
frequently; and how the international community should and can successfully stop them.

Tuesday October 13, 2009 7:30 PM
William Doo Auditorium
New College
University of Toronto
45 Willcocks Street

Please RSVP as space is limited:
Barbara Lea: 416-901-3831
or barbara_lea@facing.org

Co-sponsored by the Equity and Activism in Education Initiative, a partnership with Equity Studies (New College), Hart House, The Centre for Urban Schooling & The Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (OISE/UT)


  A Talk with Madeleine Grumet (October 3, 2008)

On October 3, 2008, Dr. Madeleine Grumet, Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina, gave a lecture entitled in the library at OISE/UT.  In this talk, Dr. Grumet looked at how institutions of education are currently taking up issues of equity and social justice.  Click on the image below to watch the closed-captioned video.


For the video without captioning, click here.


Dialogue on Teacher Activism for Tramsforming Schools

The Centre for Urban Schooling invited Dr. William Ayers give a lecture at OISE on January 19, 2009, entitled Dialogue on Teacher Activism for Transforming Schools.  Regrettably,  Dr. Ayers never gave this lecture:  he was denied entry into Canada the evening before, due to an outstanding arrest and conviction on his record from 1969.  Given that Dr. Ayers had been allowed into the country on previous occasions, the Centre for Urban Schooling  was gravely concerned by this apparent breach of democratic principles.  Click here for our response, in the form of an open letter to the Toronto Star.


National Inner city Conference (April 19-21, 2007)

The first National Inner City Conference took place from April 19 - 21, 2007 at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre.  To learn more about the Conference proceedings, click here.

Welcome to the Inner City Conference Inner City Conference audience

Stephen Lewis, Keynote Speaker                      Pedro Noguera, Keynote Speaker

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