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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

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  • Assistant Professor Natalia Balyasnikova was one of two York professors to receive awards from the Government of Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund – Balyasnikova is the principal investor on the “PhoneMe app: An innovative research approach to community literacy” project. She will work with co-principal investigator Claire Ahn, assistant professor of education at Queen’s University and co-applicant Kedrick James, associate professor of teaching at the University of British Columbia. They will advance the PhoneMe project, a public digital platform featuring place-based poetry recorded on mobile phones Read more

  • Reading program helps young learners bounce back from COVID disruptions - Research by Dean Robert Savage contributed to a targeted reading program developed by University of Alberta educational psychology professor George Georgiou. The reading program helps Alberta students in grades 2 and 3 overcome reading difficulties and learning disruptions brought on by the pandemic Read more

  • Assistant Professor Cristina Delgado Vintimilla wrote an article for the Conversation Canada titled “Weaving is helping strengthen ancestral knowledge among women and children in Ingapirca, Ecuador” Read the article

  • Tune in to hear Assistant Professor Vidya Shah discuss leadership competencies and the realities faced by Indigenous, Black and racialized leaders in the non-profit sector on the Digging in with ONN podcast Listen to podcast

  • Practicum Facilitator Anne Schlarp and her BEd students put together care packages to send to local schools in the Ukraine affected by the ongoing war. Several of her students rose to the challenge and took the initiative in providing the children with items in their care packages that they hope will bring joy into their lives Read more

  • Ron Owston Award will provide support for education students - A new award named after Ron Owston, who served as Dean of the Faculty of Education from 2012 to 2016, will provide financial support to students enrolled in the Faculty of Education’s Bachelor of Arts Educational Studies and Master of Leadership and Community Engagement programs Learn more

  • Faculty and graduate student presentations at CSSE 2022 – A number of our faculty and graduate student will be giving presentations at CSSE 2022 taking place May 14-20 View schedule of presentations

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Program Office Updates

Dean's Office
  • Professor Karen Krasny appointed Associate Dean, Academic Programs – Congratulations to professor Karen Krasny on being appointed the new Associate Dean, Academic Programs. Karen brings a wealth of scholarly and service experience to this role and is keen to support student experience further and to help build on our activities for the next academic year

  • REMINDER: “Join the Conversation” and contribute to the Faculty Five-Year Strategic Plan (2023-2027) – The Dean’s Office is seeking your input relevant to the development of our 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

  • 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

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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
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Student Services Office
  • The Student Services team is meeting and advising the new BEd students for FW 2022-23 over the first two weeks of May.  We’re excited to meet them in person this September 
Research Office
  • Mark your calendars and join us for the sixth panel of the Building Research Connections: A Spotlight on New Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows Speaker Series! This panel is entitled, “Re-Storying and Restoring Education for an Entangled Complex Planet” and will take place on Thursday, June 9th from
    10 a.m. - 12 p.mPlease note this is a new date and time. The zoom link, circulated by email earlier this month, remains the same

  • Please also join us on Tuesday May 31st from 1-3pm for the Faculty of Education Virtual Year-End Research Event! Please watch your email for the poster and zoom link in the coming days

  • As a reminder, please nominate yourself or a colleague for the Faculty of Education Dean’s Impact Awards! Nominations for both streams – established and emergent – are due by the end of the day on Tuesday May 31st. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at
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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
  • The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program is excited to host the Optimist Communication Contest for students who are deaf or hard of hearing from the TDSB on the evening of May 16.  Students will be presenting on the topic of "Staying Optimistic in Challenging Times" and competing for a $2500 scholarship. The event will take place on-campus with limited attendance and live streamed for friends and family. We are truly honoured to welcome these exceptional young people and wish them all good luck Learn more
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Professional Learning Office
  • Instructional Leader (IL) profile: Maxine Wray - Additional Qualification (AQ) Instructional Leaders (ILs) are at the heart of all our teacher professional learning courses. Our ILs are practicing educators with years of experience, insight, and proven expertise.  The thousands of teachers that take AQ courses at York University each year are inspired, motivated, and mentored by passionate leaders who foster collaborative, reflective learning environments, no matter the course format. This month’s profile features Maxine Wray (BEd ’91) Read more

  • Registration for our summer AQ session is now open! – Teachers across Ontario can take an AQ, ABQ or PQP course with us this July or August. Courses are offered online in two formats: blended (synchronous/asynchronous) and fully asynchronous. York alumni get a $50 discount on courses Learn more

  • The registration deadline for all New Grad Session AQs has been extended!  Our New Grad AQs are open to teacher candidates who are completing their BEd program requirements and are scheduled to graduate in June 2022. Fully online classes run May 17 to June 30. York graduates receive a $50 discount off each course and off all future York AQ courses. Register by Sunday, May 15th. Visit for more information. Please spread the word to your graduating BEd students

Graduate Program Office

Congratulations to the following Graduate Program in Education Internal Awards Recipients for 2021-2022

YearAward NameRecipient
2021Dissertation Prize (GPE)Louise  Azarello
2021MRP Prize (GPE)Okello, A
2021-22Cornerstone Leadership in Action Graduating Student AwardLaura Boruta
2021-22Cornerstone Leadership in Action Graduating Student AwardTrevor Wang
2021-22Ferdinands Family PrizeNoah Khan
2021-22Learning Company AwardBroadbelt, N
2021-22Patrick Solomon AwardAlicja Frankowski
2021-22Patrick Solomon AwardTrevor Wang,
2021-22Vernon Oliver StongNana Adu-Poku
2021-22Vernon Oliver StongPrilly Bicknell-Hersco,
2021-22Vernon Oliver StongBroadbelt, N
2021-22Vernon Oliver StongCharles, N
2021-22Vernon Oliver StongSarah Crouthers
2021-22Vernon Oliver StongJenna D'Andrea
2021-22Vernon Oliver StongTesni Ellis
2021-22Vernon Oliver StongAlicja Frankowski
2021-22Vernon Oliver StongSelena Greco
2021-22Vernon Oliver StongHuculak, S
2021-22Vernon Oliver StongHelen Liu
2021-22Vernon Oliver StongMatthaiou, M
2021-22Vernon Oliver StongSheetal Prasad
2021-22Vernon Oliver StongQuirante, F
2021-22Vernon Oliver StongThompson, N

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In the Media

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In Case You Missed It...

  • Faculty launches Public Lecture Series – This past April, the Faculty launched a new public lecture series featuring leading scholars speaking about their research and scholarship on key publicly relevant issues in education and society. The first talk of the series, titled “Making sense of the great reading debate: A guide to the science and practice of helping all children read” took place on April 27 via Zoom and was delivered by Faculty of Education Dean Rob Savage View recording

  • The Winter 2022 issue of the York U Magazine featured a number of Faculty of Education alumni who are making an impact in their communities
    • Renewed Optimism - Colleen Russell-Rawlins (BA/BEd ’91, MEd ’00) on reshaping education at Canada’s largest school board Read story
    • Kicking into High Gear – How Farkhunda Muhtaj (BEd ’21) scored an evacuation of Afghanistan’s women athletes Read story
    • Big Shot – Jonathan Clodman (BEd ’19, MEd ’20) and the app that helped millions secure a vaccine Read story
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News from the York Community

  • Temporary closure of hourly/daily parking in the York Lanes Parking Garage - The York Lanes parking garage will be closed to hourly/daily parking while significant repair and maintenance work is undertaken, including repaving the roof top. Work will begin on Monday, May 9. It is anticipated that the garage will reopen in early August 2022 Learn more

  • Asian Heritage Month at York University - May is Asian Heritage Month, an important opportunity to reflect on the history, achievements and contributions of Asian students, staff, faculty and course instructors at York, and acknowledge the many ways our local and global communities are enriched by their insights, experiences and innovations in programming, curriculum, teaching, research, scholarship and activism Learn more

  • Reminder: Community invited to provide feedback on Draft EDI Strategy - The President’s Advisory Council on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion released its Draft Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (EDI) on March 21 and is seeking input from community members through open feedback sessions and a survey Read more
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Scholar’s Hub @ Home: Ukranian sovereignty and identity: A critical discussion on the war in Ukraine

May 18 | 12pm ET
Presented by: Professor Karen Krasny

The world is witnessing Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine in what is the largest conventional, nation-state to nation-state military attack on a European democracy since the second world war. This presentation will provide attendees with critical insights into the events leading up to the present invasion and what is at stake geo-politically and within the context of escalating global humanitarian crises Register now

Faculty of Education Summer Institute (FESI) 2022

Collective Dreaming: Co-Constructing Conditions for Liberatory Education

August 15 & 16, 2022
Online - Asynchronous/Synchronous

Please join us for our annual conference for educators, school board and ministry representatives, community members, faculty, teacher candidates and youth. Check at the end of May for more details and to register

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