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Power and Possibility in Education: Redefining Learning Online

Presenters: Dr. Beyhan Farhadi and Farah Rahemtula

Workshop Description

In this interactive workshop, we will discuss the evolution of online learning in Ontario, the range of its use during the pandemic, and its differential impact on educators and education adjacent workers, families, and students across the province. Participants will explore the reproduction of discipline, order, and punishment in online education and consider strategies that can counter its harm. Collectively, we will examine our agency in shaping online learning and reimagine its potential for supporting students and families.


Dr. Beyhan Farhadi
York University, Postdoctoral Visitor

Beyhan Farhadi is a Postdoctoral Visitor at York University, a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in Ontario, and a secondary teacher with the Toronto District School Board. She is an advocate for a fully-funded anti-oppressive public education system. Her research focuses on educational policy, online learning, and equity in schooling.

Farah Rahemtula (She/Her)
York University - Course director

Farah has been teaching within Canada and internationally for over 15yrs.  She’s developed and facilitated professional learning for educators & worked with youth in Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand and across Canada.  She’s developed award-winning curriculum and workshops focused on equity, technology, mathematics and has won numerous national and local awards. Farah was an Equity, Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism Coach at the Toronto District School Board supporting educators to build their equity and anti-oppression frameworks and pedagogical practices before getting seconded to York University’s Faculty of Education as a course director and practicum facilitator….a job she currently does online from the her bedroom...while juggling being mom to two little girls.