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Back to School experts

August 19, 2013

The following is a list of University of Toronto experts who can comment on back to school 2013.

Computer software for teaching mathematics
Connecting mathematics with art and music
Developing Math Trails (guided walks or math paths) for students in cities, malls, parks and other locations
Helping students and the general public view the world through a mathematical lens
Interactive whiteboards (SMART boards)
Mathematics education

Use of the iPad in a mathematics classroom
Ron Lancaster
Lecturer in Mathematics Education (Intermediate/Senior)
Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
St. George
Office: 416-978-0114
Email: rlancaster@oise.utoronto.ca

Coping with back to school stress
Dr. Mark Berber
Lecturer
Department of Psychiatry
Office: 905-472-5733
Cell: 416-801-0991
Email: mberber@cnsmedicine.com

Compulsory schooling
Economics of education
Education policy, program evaluation
Graduating in recessions
Neighbourhood effects
Parent-child relationships
Research design and methods
Philip Oreopoulos
Associate Professor
Department of Economics
School of Public Policy & Governance
Institute for Policy Analysis
St. George
Office: 416-978-4407
Cell: 416-904-6736
Email: oreo@economics.utoronto.ca

Beginning teacher experiences and mentoring
Home schooling
Outdoor, experiential and environmental education
School architecture
Teacher education and professional development
Gary Knowles
Professor
Adult Education & Counselling Psychology
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
St. George
Office: 416-978-0778
Home: 902-228-2466
Cell: 416-801-5387
Email: jgaryknowles@oise.utoronto.ca

Canadian higher education policy (federal and provincial)
Politics of higher education
University decision-making/governance
Glen A. Jones
Professor, Ontario Research Chair on  Postsecondary Education and Measurement
Department of Leadership, Higher, and Adult Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
St. George
Office: 416-978-8292
Email: gjones@oise.utoronto.ca

Physical activity and healthy weights among children and youth
Social and Behavioural Health Sciences 
Kenneth Allison
Associate Professor
St.George Campus
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
School of Graduate Studies
Office: 647-260-7307
Email: ken.allison@oahpp.ca

Physical activity and active transportation to school
Delivery of school physical education
Exercise and smoking cessation
Media dissemination of physical activity research
Physical activity and mental health
Physical health needs of mental health service users
Psychology of physical activity and exercise across the lifespan 
Guy Faulkner
Associate Professor
St.George Campus
Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Office: 416-946-7949
guy.faulkner@utoronto.ca
http://physical.utoronto.ca/EPU/People/Guy_Faulkner.aspx

Computer-mediated learning, distance education
Online learning environments
Social, cultural implications of computer technology
Clare Brett
Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Graduate Studies
Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
St. George
Office: 416-978-0132
Cell: 647-285-2594
Email: cbrett@oise.utoronto.ca

Education and school curriculum
Roland Sintos Coloma
Associate Professor
Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Social Justice Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-978-0462
Email: roland.coloma@utoronto.ca

Urban schooling
School/community relations
Equity in education
Support to young people and communities

Jeff Kugler
Executive Director
Centre for Urban Schooling
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-978-0176
Cell: 647-998-4504
Email: jeffrey.kugler@utoronto.ca

Financial planning for students
Finances, budgets and spending
Eric Kirzner
John H. Watson Chair in Value Investing
Director of Capital Markets Institute
Rotman School of Management
Office: 416-978-3426
Email: kirzner@rotman.utoronto.ca

Safe schools, conflict resolution, equity education
Citizenship/democratic education
Kathy Bickmore
Professor
Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-978-0237
Email: k.bickmore@utoronto.ca
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Adolescent girls and identity formation
Arts Education
Drama and Theatre education
Ethnographic Research
Gender and schooling
Qualitative Methodologies
Urban schooling
Kathleen Gallagher
Professor, Canada Research Chair
St.George Campus
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Office: 416-978-0160
Email: kathleen.gallagher@utoronto.ca

Black youth dropouts/academic success
Critical ethnography
Indigenous knowledges and anti-Colonialism
Race, anti-racism education and inclusive schooling

George Dei
Professor
St.George Campus
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-978-0460
george.dei@utoronto.ca

A child’s first day of school (kindergarten and grade 1)
Full-day kindergarten
Teacher/parent partnerships in the early years
Early French immersion
Janette Pelletier
Professor
Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Email: janette.pelletier@utoronto.ca

Continuing education (in general and also for international)
Professionals/new Canadians, women, business owners, non-degree holders
Career development
Business education
Lifelong learning (recent grads)
Older adults – boomers and senior citizens
Larger community engagement with higher education via continuing education
Intersection between degree and post-degree education
Marilynn Booth
Dean
School of Continuing Studies
Office: 416-978-2604
Assistant: 416-946-5946
Email: marilynn.booth@utoronto.ca

Science curriculum policy
Relationships among fields of science, technology, societies, and environments
School science teaching and learning
Science teacher education
Secondary school science education
Socio-political activism in science education
John Lawrence Bencze
Associate Professor
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
St. George
Office: 416-978-0079
Email: larry.bencze@utoronto.ca

Bullying (from the victimized child perspective)
Cyber bullying
Faye Mishna
Dean, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Office: 416-978-3255
Cell: 416-910-1385
Email: f.mishna@utoronto.ca

Design of learning environments to meet diverse learner needs
Educational change (local, national, international)
School, classroom management and discipline
Barrie Bennett
Associate Professor
Department for Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
St. George
Office: 416-978-0233
Home: 902-659-2699
Email: bbennett@oise.utoronto.ca

Elementary mathematics
Grade 9 applied level mathematics
Teacher change with mathematics teachers
Douglas McDougall
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education
St. George
Office: 416-978-0056
Cell: 416-579-5524
Email: doug.mcdougall@utoronto.ca

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