Emily Burgis

Course Director, Practicum Facilitator

York Region District School Board

Bachelor of Arts - Western University; Bachelor of Education - Ontario Tech University; Master of Education - Ontario Tech University

Email: eburgis@yorku.ca


 Emily is committed to education that is anti-oppressive, anti-colonial, and anti-racist. Prior to her role at York U, Emily served staff and studets in YRDSB through her role as Curriculum Consultant for the Arts. She supported on a K-12 continuum and worked in collaboration with community partners and artists, as well as other YRDSB departments. Emily previously spent over a decade working in a secondary school where she taught students in subjects such as Visual Arts, Media Arts, Digital Photography, English, Writers' Craft, English Media Studies, and served as a Guidance Counselor. She was involved in multiple committeed and regional projects, as well as Teach Abroad programming. In addition, Emily has served as a course writer and revisor for the Independent Learning Centre. 

Emily's creativity and multidisciplinary approach helps her to mentor educators and  find creative solutions to the emerging challenges of teaching and learning. Her roles as classroom teacher, course writer, and consultant have given her a strong understanding of curriculum, pedagogy, and practice. She uses her skills to coach, mentor, and prepare new educators to not only teach, but to centre their most underserved and underperforming students in their planning, instruction, and assessment. Specifically, in the Arts, she promotes a worldview of global artmaking practices, and supports students to be cultural producers and agents of change.



Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education -

Courses Taught

  • Classroom Assessment (ED/EDUC 3750)
  • Content Into Practice (ED/EDFE 3200)
  • Integration Through Arts (ED/EDIN 4000)
  • Studies in Communities and Their Schools (ED/EDPR 1000)
  • Teaching Visual Arts in the Intermediate Division (ED/VISA 3000)
  • Teaching Visual Arts in the Intermediate-Senior Division - A (ED/VISA 4000)
  • Teaching Visual Arts in the Intermediate-Senior Division - B (ED/VISA 4001)