Sharing Experiences: Conservations in Urban/Suburban Education

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Public Outreach Grant

Funding Amount:

$100,000

This project aims to bring the results of research conducted with marginalized youth in Toronto’s inner city and inner suburban educational milieux to educators, parents, community workers, and other stakeholders in the outer suburban districts of the Greater Toronto Area. This program of knowledge transfer/mobilization is based on members of the York’s Faculty of Education many years of experience in conducting action research in Toronto’s inner city and inner suburban school and community settings, including the Jane-Finch Corridor, Jane and Falstaff, Malvern, Parkdale, and Regent Park. This project seeks to communicate with educators and human service workers in outer suburban communities about our experiences and research findings regarding the alienation and disengagement of new migrants and ethno-racial minority youth who are now moving with their families from Toronto’s inner city and inner-suburban neighborhoods to the outer suburbs such as Peel, Brampton, Vaughan, Markham, Ajax, and Pickering. Through conversations with parents, community leaders, representatives of community and social service agencies, representatives of government and other partners, the project aims to help make education more inclusive and responsive to the needs, interests and aspirations of students and their parents.