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Back to School

August 27, 2014

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

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

Coping with back to school stress
Dr. Mark Berber
Department of Psychiatry
Office: 905-472-5733
Cell: 416-801-0991

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
NOTE: Unavailable from September 3 to 13

Physical activity and healthy weights among children and youth
Social and Behavioural Health Sciences
Health Promotion
Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

Kenneth Allison
Associate Professor
St.George Campus
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
School of Graduate Studies
Office: 647-260-7307

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

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

Safe schools, conflict resolution, equity education
Citizenship/democratic education
Kathy Bickmore
Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-978-0237
NOTE: Unavailable August 29.

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
NOTE: E-mail is best way to contact her.

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
Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

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
School of Continuing Studies
Office: 416-978-2604
Assistant: 416-946-5946

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

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

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