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York U Education @ CSSE 2016
May 28 – Jun 1 all-day

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A number of our faculty and graduate students will be presenting at the upcoming CSSE conference May 28 - June 1 at the University of Calgary.For further information and to view the full program, please visit the CSSE website.


9:45 - 11:00am
Reading Fantasy in Policy Controversy: A Study of Ontario's New Sexual Health Education Curriculum
Lauren Jervis (York University)

1:30 – 2:45pm
Thoughts on Young Thinkers: Exploring Metaphor as a Mode of Picturing Childhood Through Maurice Sendak's, Where the Wild Things Are
Lucille Angus (York University)

3:00 – 4:15pm
Making the Passionate Mind: Curricular Responses to Mental Health Crisis
Angela Robinson (York University)

3:00 – 4:15pm
“And He Was Dancing Like No Tomorrow”: Police and Youth 'Getting To Know' Each Other
Carl James (York University), Selom Chapman (York University)

3:35 - 4:50pm (@ CSSHE)
A Critical Policy Discourse Analysis of Vocational Education in Ontario
Ramjeet Harinarain

4:30 – 5:45pm
How educators learn in peer groups: Bootstrapping understanding about a developmental construct
Sam Gardner (York University)


8:15 – 9:30am
The Juridical Construction of Discipline in Schools: Risk management in Ontario schools policies.
Theresa Shanahan (York University)

8:15 – 9:30am
"As Between Two Curtains That Move Slightly in the Breeze": The Transitional Object as Paradoxical Text
Noel Glover (York University)

11:15 - 12:15am
A psychology of relationships online: Implications for adult mediators of elementary public education
John Ippolito (York University)

1:30 – 2:45pm
Engaging Teacher Candidates in Digital Collaborative Currere: Curriculum, Autobiographies and Narrative Inquiry
Cristyne Hebert (York University)

3:00 - 4:15pm
Storying Historical Consciousness in Times of Reconciliation
Nicholas Ng-A-Fook (University of Ottawa), Kristina Llewellyn (Renison College, University of Waterloo), Lisa Taylor (Bishop's University), Timothy Stanley (University of Ottawa), Lisa Farley (York University), Jennifer Tupper (University of Regina), Aparna Mishra Tarc (York University)

3:30 - 5:30pm
CSSR Religious and Irreligious Identity Constructions (part of a panel)
Amber Merucci (York University)


8:15 – 9:30am
Games and Learning in the Wild
Jen Jenson (York University), Kelly Bergstrom (York University), Suzanne de Castell (Simon Fraser University), Cristyne Hebert (York University), Emily Flynn-Jones (York University)

8:15 – 9:30am
Summoned to Look: The Facing of Images

Louise Azzarello (York University)

9:45 – 11:00am
Education and the Pathos of Wonder: Arendt's Limiting and Enabling Sense of Wonder

Mario Di Paolantonio (York University)

1:30 – 2:45pm
Urban District Reform for Equity: The Case of the Model Schools for Inner Cities Program in the Toronto District School Board
Vidya Shah (OISE/University of Toronto York University)

1:30 - 2:45pm
Paving the Way: Transitions to PSE for Disabled Students
Neita Israelite (York University), Karen Swartz (York University), Eugenie Choi (York University), Samahra Zatzman (York University), Kaeisha Gagnon (York University)

4:30 – 5:45pm
Post-Secondary Access and Marginalized Students in British Columbia and
Ontario: A Comparative Analysis of Education Policies
Neila Miled (University of British Columbia), Annette Henry (University of British Columbia), Karen Robson (York University), Rhonda George (York University)


8:15 – 9:30am
What's app? Negotiating the good, bad, and ugly of apps for (English and other) language learning.
Heather Lotherington (York University)

9:45 – 11:00am
A Critical Comparative Analysis of School Fees and Special Education Assessment Wait Times in Ontario: Advocacy, Context, and the Policy Cycle
Lauren Jervis (York University), Michelle Milani (York University), Sue Winton (York University)

9:45 – 11:00am
Host Village Voices: Exploring the Impact of ISL on the Receiving Communities.
Michael O'Sullivan (Brock University), Harry Smaller (York University)

1:30 – 2:45pm
Life trajectories in literacy: Charting the literacy values and feelings of teen mothers and their children
Sharon Murphy (Faculty of Education York University), Marva Headley (Aga Khan Early Learning Centre, Dubai)

3:00 - 4:15pm
Whose Viewing Who? Challenging Otherness through Postcolonial Documentary Film in, Two Laws

Ryan Koelwyn (York University)

3:00 - 4:15pm
Performing Testimony: James Luna and the Pedagogy of Historical Trauma
Louise Azzarello (York University)

3:00 - 4:15pm
CSSE The Politics of Framing: 'Difficult' Images and Judith Butler's call to an Ethics of Responsibility (part of a panel)
Amber Merucci (York University)

2016 YCEC Summer Institute CALL FOR PROPOSALS deadline
Jun 1 all-day

York Centre for Education and Community 2016 Summer Institute
August 24 - 26, 2016

The theme for the upcoming YCEC Summer Institute is Re/defining Educational Success: Purposeful Advocacy for Change.

The Summer Institute brings together educators, youth, parents and community members to explore and share insights on how to re/define, challenge and build upon theories and practices in relation to what educational success can mean for students.

Within this theme, we would like to showcase models of practice/action and possibilities for future practice/action that address the following sub-themes (see more details below):

- Community Advocacy for Educational Success
- Well-Being and Educational Success
- Broadening Conceptions of Achievement Data
- Destreaming for Success

Criteria for Workshops:
Workshop sessions should identify and describe clear examples of models of practice/action, and suggestions for future practice/action. The workshop session should:

1. Focus on one or more of the sub-themes outlined above:
2. Demonstrate a collaborative approach involving both community and schools;
3. Identify current practice and future possibilities applicable in both schooling and     community contexts

Workshop Date Possibilities:
Thursday Aug 25, 2016
AM – exact times to be determined
PM – exact times to be determined

Friday August 26, 2016
AM – exact times to be determined
PM – exact times to be determined

York University, Keele Campus, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Building
Campus Maps.

If you wish to submit a proposal, please send the following information about the workshop by June 1, 2016 to salimak@edu.yorku.ca

Workshop Title:
Presenter Names (Please include current title and contact information):
Main Contact (Name, Email Address, Phone #):
Abstract/Workshop Description (max. 100 words)(What is the goal of the workshop? Who are/were the partners on the project? How will the workshop involve both educators and community activists? Please show how the session will connect to one of the themes of the conference.)








What are key next steps or ‘take-aways’ for workshop participants that will benefit both education and community contexts (max. 30 words)?





Preferred Date/Time for Workshop (please circle or highlight)
Thursday Aug 25, 2016  AM    PM
Friday August 26, 2016  AM
Audio/Visual/Technology needs:

YCEC Summer Institute Detailed Sub-Themes

Community Advocacy for Educational Success
What is a school’s relationship to community? What is advocacy without action? Educational success for students seems to be heavily dependent upon the influence of teachers, administration and school leadership. This year’s Institute hopes to provoke the question: How can community advocacy meaningfully transform the landscape of student success? The re/defining of education requires a change in the schooling environments and the perspectives of teachers, and most importantly recognition of how students navigate the realities of the world around them. An emphasis on curriculum success within schools seems to overlook the realities of the communities from which students come. From the perspective of community workers, schools are conceived as spaces where there is an integration of community education. Other educators may see community education as an alternate space, necessarily different from traditional formal schooling. Workshops exploring this theme will explore various notions of community and advocacy, and the connections to educational success.

Well-Being and Educational Success
What is the relationship between well-being and achievement, and how can schools and communities learn and work together to address individual and socio-educational factors that impact well-being? Many school systems around the province include “Promoting Well-being” in their board or school plan for improving student achievement. Well-being is now recognized as one of the core priorities of the Ministry of Education’s renewed vision of education so that “all children and students will develop enhanced mental and physical health, a positive sense of self and belonging, and the skills to make positive choices” (Ontario Ministry of Education, 2014). This vision includes a call for students, parents and guardians, community organizations, service providers, government ministries and others to share their knowledge and wisdom towards creating teaching and learning environments that are healthy, safe and caring. Growing evidence demonstrates that students’ well-being is an important element of their successes, and in turn, that well-being is influenced by both individual choices and socio-educational contexts. How can schools, communities, and all education stakeholders learn and work together and build capacity so that both in and outside of school, learners’ well-being is recognized as fundamentally important in all efforts which seek to re/define and change what is considered to be educational success?
Broadening Conceptions of Achievement Data
Which data matter in education? Collecting and analyzing demographic data (including socio-economic status, race and sexuality) in relation to achievement, special education, program of choice can potentially make a difference in how schools plan and intervene when students face barriers. On a provincial level, school boards are not mandated to co lect such demographic data. Some educational practitioners and scholars argue that such demographic data is necessary in order to begin a process of challenging and redressing the impact of systemic discrimination and colonization among specific groups of students. How might such conversations about data be a way to begin re/define educational success in relation to various ways of knowing? What role can community leaders play to initiate these conversations? How do we take into account the different lived experiences of students -- especially those that include experiences of marginalization? This conference theme looks deeply at these and other questions based on measuring what really matters in education.

Destreaming for Success
Streaming or tracking practices in education may work to disproportionately disadvantage students – particularly marginalized students who are facing systemic barriers. Streaming is one way that schooling can reproduce race and class-based stratification. Streaming has been documented as an inequitable and impractical educational practice (e.g., Clandfield et al., 2014). The benefits of de-streaming or de-tracking have been noted in numerous studies although there is considerable variation in the scope of these efforts and in how de-streaming has been carried out. De-streaming reforms that are most successful combine deep structural reform with thoughtful pedagogical change. How might the disruption of streaming practices interrupt social inequities? What are the connections between special education and streaming practices? What notions of educational success can challenge streaming practices?

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