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Education & back to school experts

August 23, 2011

The following is a list of University of Toronto experts who can comment on a variety of issues related to education in the weeks leading up to back-to-school time.

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

Homework
Adjusting to school
Survival guide for parents
Building the parent-teacher team
Linda Cameron
Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Home: 519-599-7223 or 416-489-2822
Cell: 416-219-7796
Email: l.cameron@utoronto.ca

Teaching online
Technology and teaching
Podcasting, blogging
Tim Richardson
Lecturer
Division of Management
UTSC and UTM
Office: 416-491-5050 ext. 7534
Home: 705-228-8731
Cell: 416-677-3467
Email: richardson@utsc.utoronto.ca

A child’s first day of school
Early learning in kindergarten
Carl Corter
Professor
Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-934-4513
Email: carl.corter@utoronto.ca

Investing for students
Finances and budgets
Eric Kirzner
John H. Watson Chair in Value Investing
Rotman School of Management
Office: 416-978-3426
Email: kirzner@rotman.utoronto.ca

Peer pressure, making friends, social skills
Adolescent depression and suicide
Stress of academic pressure

Marshall Korenblum
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry;
Psychiatrist-in-Chief
Hincks-Dellcrest Centre for Children and Families
Office: 416-972-1935 ext.3316
Email: mkorenblum@hinksdellcrest.org
*NOTE: Available after August 15
**Can only speak about children aged 12-25

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

Adult education and public policy
Shahrzad Mojab
Professor
Department of Adult Education & Counselling Psychology
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-978-0829
Email: shahrzad.mojab@utoronto.ca

Sleeping tips for back to school
Sleep disorders and sleep neurology
John Peever
Assistant Professor
Department of Cell & Systems Biology
Office: 416-946-5564
Cell: 647-207-7920
Email: john.peever@utoronto.ca

Sexual diversity (LGBTQ)
Students coming to campus
Transitioning from high school to university/small town to big city
Residence and off-campus living
Jude Tate
Sexual and Gender Diversity Officer
Office: 416-946-5624
Email: j.tate@utoronto.ca

Peer relationships, self esteem in adolescents and children with ADHD
Psychological assessment
Special education
Learning disabilities
Judith Wiener
Professor
Department of Human Development & Applied Psychology
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-978-0935
Email: jwiener@oise.utoronto.ca
*NOTE: Email is best

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

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
*NOTE: Email is best

Feminist thought in education
Policy issues in Canadian education
School choice
Secondary schools
Toronto School Board history
Vocational education
Jane Gaskell
Professor; Dean
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
St. George
Office: 416-978-8858
Email: jgaskell@oise.utoronto.ca
*NOTE: Email is best

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 (until August 30)
Cell: 416-801-5387
Email: jgaryknowles@oise.utoronto.ca
*NOTE: Email is best after August 30

Gifted education
Gifted/high-ability learners
Supporting high-level development
Dr. Joanne Foster
Instructor
Department of Human Development & Applied Psychology
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
St. George
Home: 416-783-1374
Cell: 416-616-4945
Email: joanne.foster@utoronto.ca

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
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

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

Safe schools, conflict resolution
Citizenship/democratic education
Kathy Bickmore
Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-978-0237
Email: k.bickmore@utoronto.ca
*NOTE: Available after August 29

Education and school curriculum
Roland Sintos Coloma
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-978-0462
Email: roland.coloma@utoronto.ca

Commercialization of education
Corporate funding of schools
Democratic education
Philosophy of education
Dr. Trevor Norris
Assistant Professor
Theory & Policy Studies
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-978-1201
Email: trevor.norris@utoronto.ca

Bridging digital and knowledge divide
Electronic publishing
Impact of new media on social practices
Open access to scholarly literature
Teaching, learning with new technologies
Leslie Chan
Lecturer
Department of Social Sciences
UTSC
Office: 416-287-7511
Email: chan@utsc.utoronto.ca
Other Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin
*NOTE: Email is best

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 Theory & Policy Studies in Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
St. George
Office: 416-978-8292
Email: gjones@oise.utoronto.ca
*NOTE: Unavailable from August 25 to September 1
**Email is best

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
PEI number: 902-659-2699
Email: bbennett@oise.utoronto.ca
*NOTE: Email is best
** Away in PEI for July/August (accessible by email and corresponding phone number)

Elementary 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

Nutrition for students
Dr. David Jenkins
Professor and Canada Research Chair
Department of Nutritional Sciences
Office: 416-867-7475
Email: cyril.kendall@utoronto.ca

Italian-Canadian Studies
Italian studies
Teaching with theatre
Salvatore Bancheri
Chair, Department of Italian Studies
Emilio Goggio Chair, Italian Studies
St. George
Office: 416-926-2347
Home: 905-858-5997
Email: salvatore.bancheri@utoronto.ca
Other Languages: Italian, French

A child’s first day of school (kindergarten and grade 1)
Teacher/parent partnerships in the early years
Early French immersion
Janette Pelletier
Director, The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study
Associate Professor of Human Development & Applied Psychology
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-934-4506
Email: janette.pelletier@utoronto.ca
*NOTE: Prefers print but can also do TV and radio
** During the last two weeks of August, email is best

ESL issues in K-12 schools
K-12 teacher preparation (diversity and ESL)
New Canadian teachers
Antoinette Katharine Gagne
Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
St. George
Office: 416-978-0283
Cell: 416-707-3515
Email: agagne@oise.utoronto.ca
Other languages: French

Black youth dropouts/academic success
Race, anti-racism education and inclusive schooling
George Jerry Sefa Dei
Professor and Chair
Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
St. George
Office: 416-978-0460
Home: 416-539-8551
Email: gdei@oise.utoronto.ca
Other Languages: Twi
*NOTE: Away in Ghana and Nigeria until September 7 (accessible by email only during this time)

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
Email: cbrett@oise.utoronto.ca

Education as uplifting the human spirit
Holistic education
Language, culture and identity in schooling
Multicultural literacy programs for immigrants, refugee education
Multicultural, multilingual issues in education
Peace education and conflict resolution in international contexts
Reflexive ethnographic/narrative research into issues of teaching and learning in classrooms
Teaching and learning as a spiritual life journey
Grace Feuerverger
Professor
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
St. George
Office: 416-978-0229
Cell: 647-521-3740
Email: gfeuerverger@oise.utoronto.ca
Other Languages: French, Italian, German, Hebrew, Yiddish
*NOTE: Available only by email in early August

Classroom assessment
Curriculum implementation and change
History education
Social studies and citizenship education
Teaching strategies in the classroom
John Joseph Myers
Instructor
Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
St. George
Office: 416-978-0197
Home: 416-693-2336
Email: jmyers@oise.utoronto.ca
*NOTE: Unavailable from August 9 to August 29

Gender and schooling
Gender equity in schools and classrooms
Gender inclusivity at the post-secondary level
Woman abuse affecting elementary student achievement
Paula Bourne
Lecturer; Senior Research Associate
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
St. George
Office: 416-978-2023
Home: 416-486-7819
Email: pbourne@oise.utoronto.ca
*NOTE: Unavailable from August 6 to September 5

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
Director
School of Continuing Studies
Office: 416-978-2604
Assistant: 416-946-5946
Email: marilynn.booth@utoronto.ca

 

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