Welcome to our back to school 2022 issue. Many have launched into a hybrid school year – as students, teachers, professionals and families enter fall at their schools and workplaces in a COVID-19 world. First up, PhD candidate Tanitia Munroe talks about the importance of establishing school and community partnerships for inclusive education and barrier-free student access. "The pandemic opened our eyes to many possibilities and creative ways to communicate. Schools should be willing to change." Read more from this researcher.
What's New at OISE

Have schools changed for the better or worse since the start of the pandemic? In a new U of T podcast series, Professor Ruben Gaztambide-Fernandez explores this question. Listen here.

Dr. Eve Tuck explains how schools' approaches to Orange Shirt Day affect Indigenous children and families and the importance of Indigenous collective grief, support and love. Read more.

Your learner will be fine, and there are other (free!) ways that parents can create meaningful learning experiences, says alum Dr. Jillian Roberts, a child development expert. Read here.

Co-founded by OISE alumna Dr. Keren Brathwaite in 1971, the Transitional Year Programme is a full-time, eight-month access-to-university program. Read and watch here.

Canada’s policymakers could take lessons from other countries who have streamlined early learning and child care in schools. Instead, they put up roadblocks, writes early years expert Kerry McQuaig. Read more.

Numbers recently released from Statistics Canada paint a picture of a country that seems to be speaking less French. OISE Dean Normand Labrie, a distinguished professor of sociolinguistics, discusses on The Agenda.

Alum Dr. Rumeet Billan is acquiring Women of Influence, a leading North American organization offering solutions for workplace gender equality and women's advancement. Read more.

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy has ranked OISE 10th globally in their 2022 ranking of academic subjects. Learn how the consultancy calculated the ranking and where we stand. Read more.

There has never been a more important time to consider human impact and our relationship to the natural world. Natural Curiosity at OISE's award-winning Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study is a 100% donor-funded program dedicated to supporting and improving environmental and Indigenous learning for all. Learn how to support this initiative.

By investing in future generations, we have the unique opportunity to plant the seeds that will transform the landscape of education across Turtle Island. Thank you for making a gift.
Celebrating Our Own: Community Spotlight

Dr. Angela Pyle has led several funded research projects at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, an award-winning lab school. Her focus is the role of play in young children’s learning and development, and how teachers’ assessment practices support and extend children's play-based learning. Read more.

Alum Dr. Notisha Massaquoi is the director of a new lab at U of T Scarborough dedicated to tackling health disparities in Black communities and primary health care settings in Toronto. The Black Health Equity Lab will go beyond research to design real-world solutions with partner TAIBU Community Health Centre. Read more.

Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos, Associate Professor at OISE, has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Learn about the College and Dr. Ansloos' scholarship. Read more. 

Congratulations to OISE alum Dr. j wallace skelton who has been appointed faculty of queer studies in education at the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina. Their research focuses on trans and queer theory, child agency, community engagement, arts-based research, and more. Read more.

Events & Webcasts
Join U of T alumni for a tailored version of the School of Continuing Studies' most popular MOOC course, Communications Strategies for a Virtual Age, for free! Register here.

Join OISE recent grads for a night of games and fun at the Rec Room - 40,000 square feet of virtual reality, state-of-the-art gaming, Pac Man, Mario Kart, and other classics. It's the IRL celebration you've been waiting for! Register here.

Join the Centre for Leadership and Diversity (CLD) for its third annual conference on bold, radical and intentional leadership ideas to challenge injustices and inequities in education today. Hear from Drs. George Dei, Ann Lopez and Gaetane Jean-Marie. Learn more.

Advance your career and reconnect with OISE's community of top talent in education, research and human development. Learn about OISE's many interdisciplinary graduate degree programs. Please spread the word! Join us.

Let's go Argos! Join OISE alumni and families for a fun-packed day at BMO Field cheering on the Toronto Argonauts as they face off against the Montreal Alouettes in the last game of the regular season. Get discount tickets.

Are you a mentor or mentee in the 2022 OISE Mentorship Program? Join author Leslie-Ann George and U of T faculty Dr. Cindy Sinclair for their exclusive writing workshop on Nov. 10 at 4:30 p.m. Event theme and details will be shared with all participants. Learn more.
Alumni Giving Back
Rezan Onen-Lapointe created Rezonance Baroque Ensemble, an early music group and charity which adds an educational spin to its performances. Learn more.
A seasoned documentarian, author and educator, Dr. Gina Valle tells the Canadian story with inclusive narratives, and she says it's the best way to ignite change. Read more.
Alumni Perks

OISE is hiring an outstanding senior scholar and educational leader with a strong background in teacher education and educational research to lead a world-class department by Dec.1. Learn more.

Find your fit with Sport & Rec! One membership provides access to multiple facilities, aquatics programs and drop-in lane swimming, 4 world-class gym training spaces, a variety of sports and a range of group fitness workouts. Get the discount.

The Rose Wolfe Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement, dedication to civic, charitable and social causes, and extraordinary U of T service. Details coming fall. Learn more.

Enjoy the lifelong learning that comes with being a U of T alum! This fall, get free, unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning, a library of more than 5,000 video tutorials from industry experts. Learn more.
What to Read

Alum and educator Jackie Eldridge and Beth Parker, a Toronto writer and artist, created the one-of-a-kind How To Be A Great Elephant for those 7-years and under to introduce EQ skills, featuring two sets of 30 intention cards: one for children and one for adults. Get your copy!

Alum Shahidul Islam's new book The Political Economy of Education in South Asia explores how South Asian countries can achieve quality basic education – an essential measure for escaping poverty, inequality, and social exclusion. Borrow from OISE Library or buy!
We hope you enjoyed this edition of the OISE Alumni and Friends Newsletter. Until next time...stay connected! Come to a hybrid event, join our OISE Alumni Facebook group, or follow us on social media below.