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Centre for Urban Schooling

School Services Division






Professional Learning Series Report


The professional learning Series for Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy

Report Prepared By:
Nicole West-Burns, Ph.D., Director, School Services, Centre for Urban Schooling
Alison Garcia, Teacher Candidate, Intern, Centre for Urban Schooling








During the 2012-2013 school year, we further developed our services to District Boards, as well as to schools directly, through consultancy, professional development workshops to school staff, and collaborative work with principals. Some of the groups we worked with included:

  • Toronto District School Board
  • Peel District School Board
  • University of Toronto Schools
  • OISE, ITE, Inner city Option: Associate Teacher/Teacher Candidate CRRP Seminars
  • OISE, ITE, Midtown Option
  • Ministry of Education, Faculty of Education Forum





Over the past year, the School Services Division branched out into the GTA. One district where we were able to make strong connections and provide collaboration tied to their equity initiatives was the HDSB. During the year, in total, we worked with over 500 administrators, elementary and secondary teachers, equity instructional leaders and community service agencies and partners to support understandings tied to equity issues in education. We utilized our Equity Continuum: Action for Critical Transformation in Schools and Classrooms and facilitated multiple training sessions, which also pushed our own thinking about these issues in new spaces.




Equity Continuum: Critical Transformation in Schools and Classrooms

One highlight of the year was the creation, publishing and selling of the Equity Continuum: Critical Transformation in Schools and Classrooms. This educator-friendly tool sold out with 1, 500 copies purchased over the first year. The Centre is thrilled to be able to produce a document that can be used for self-assessment and practice-assessment tied to equity issues in education. The text has been purchased across Canada, within the United States, and as far as Finland.

One endorsement from an internationally acclaimed educator reads:

“The Equity Continuum developed by the Centre for Urban Schooling at OISE provides schools and educators with a smart and effective means to evaluate the work of schools and insure that all students, regardless of their backgrounds, are well served. I encourage all educators to embrace this continuum and
put it to good use in pursuit of equity and excellence for all children.”

--Pedro A. Noguera, Ph.D., Executive Director,
Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, NYU

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