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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Top Stories

  • York’s 2022 Top 30 Alumni Under 30 list includes 3 Education grads - The 30 outstanding graduates including humanitarian Farkhunda Muhtaj, are working to right the future in a variety of fields and highlight the many career and life paths made possible with a York degree. Read more
  • Cochlear Implants in Deaf and Deafened Adults: A Global Consultation on Lifelong Aftercare – Professor Connie Mayer is the Principal Investigator on a project that received a SSHRC grant to carry out a survey investigating the views of adult cochlear implant (CI) users. The survey will provide insight into the experiences of adult CI users from the time they got their implant(s) to gain a better understanding of what is needed to provide the best support in the long term. This is the first global survey of its kind and provides an opportunity to influence the lifelong provision for adult CI users form a global perspective. The project is a partnership between the Cochlear Implant International Community of Action and York University. Learn more
  • Associate Professor Sarah Barrett was the featured interview in “Podcast or Perish” - In the episode, Barrett discusses the emotional experience of online learning and how it has affected teachers and students during the pandemic. Listen to the podcast
  • Assistant Professor Natalia Balyasnikova has been awarded a $176,835.00 grant from the New Frontiers in Research Fund in the stream "Innovative Approaches to Research in the Pandemic Context" - The project, entitled "PhoneMe app: An innovative research approach to community literacy", is a community-focused project that will be carried out in collaboration with Queens University and the University of British Columbia.  The study will evaluate the effectiveness of mobile applications in the research of community connectedness in the time of social isolation and distancing. It will train diverse participant groups in generating multimodal data via the PhoneMe app to express their values related to places and spaces in their communities. The project will address the disruptive effect of COVID-19 on active community-engaged research and will explore potential applications of mobile technology in qualitative research

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Program Office Updates

Dean's Office
  • Rapid Review of the Mentoring Literature: Effective Practices to Support Early Career Academics – A new report commissioned by Dean Savage was developed to provide a better understanding of how the wider academic field has construed professional academic support for faculty members. Learn more

  • A reminder to “Join the Conversation” and contribute to the development of the Faculty of Education’s Five-Year Strategic Plan (2023-2027) – There’s still time for you to have your say and post any feedback that you would like to share relevant to the Five-Year plan. This listening and information gathering is anonymous and will be used confidentially. Your voice is important and we want to hear from you! Join the conversation
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Academic Programs Office
  • SAVE THE DATE - The Committee for Curriculum, Teaching and Learning will be ​hosting an end-of-year colloquium for all faculty. Please save the date on your calendar: Friday May 13th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Further details will be sent out in the near future
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Research Office
  • Please join us on Friday, April 29th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for the next panel of the popular Speaker Series, Building Research Connections: A Spotlight on New Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows. Entitled “Exploring Learner Experiences Across Spaces and Ages,” this panel features the research of Rebecca Beaulne-Stuebing, Molade Osibodu, and Lesley Wilton 
  • The Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Amir Asif, has launched the second round of the Catalyzing Interdisciplinary Research Clusters Initiative. Please reach out to if you are interested in submitting a notice of intent
  • Please hold the date – Tuesday, May 31st from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. for our year-end research celebration, organized by the Committee of Faculty Research, Awards, and Grants (CFRAG)
Graduate Program Office

Grad Student Testimonial –Ayesha Michelle M. (MEd ’21)

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In Case You Missed It...

  • Assistant Professor Gabrielle Moser gave a talk titled "Feminist Killjoys and Symbolic Mothers: Strategies for Intergenerational Collaboration in the Arts” at the Feminist Art Project’s Day of Panels on Feminist Solidarities and Kinships as part of the 110th College Art Association Annual Conference, Feb 16-29, 2022. The talk reflects on Moser’s collaborative work with the feminist collective EMILIA-AMALIA:  | Watch video

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News from the York Community

  • Draft Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy released - Following the release of York’s Draft Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy, there will be opportunities for members of the York community to share advice and recommendations on how to advance the document. Learn more

  • Call for Nominations: The Robert Everett Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance Award 2022 - Do you know a York student actively engaged in governance life, whose efforts and contributions are making a difference at the University?  The Robert Everett Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance Award recognizes and celebrates these students and their impact on governance at York University. Learn more

  • Nominate a colleague for the 2021 President’s Staff Recognition Awards - Nominations for the 2021 Staff Recognition Awards are open! The awards are an important opportunity to recognize colleagues who have gone above and beyond to support student success, academic excellence, and community engagement. Learn more
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Making sense of the great reading debate: A guide to the science and practice of helping all children read

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
online via Zoom

The first talk of the Faculty of Education’s new Public Lecture Series will be given by Faculty of Education Dean Robert Savage who will consider his own domain on early reading research, and teaching. The goal of this talk is to help all stakeholders in the community navigate through the complex and sometimes contested space of early reading teaching practices. Dean Savage will review the research on the role of phonics and wider oral and written language in reading acquisition, and its implication for practice and policy.

A key goal is to dismantle unhelpful dichotomies that have held both research and practice back, and to create positions that are ‘research-driven’ but are also informed by the complexities of children and classrooms. He will also describe two recent research themes exemplifying this needed balance, delivered at scale in Canada and around the world.

The talk will be of interest to parents, teachers, administrators, policy makers and indeed, anybody interested in aiding all children’s early literacy.

View full event details and register

Making sense of the great reading debate: A guide to the science and practice of helping all children read

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