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Students Experiences with Schooling & Learning During Covid

Presenter: Dr. Carl James & Leslie Grant

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Dr. Carl James

Carl E. James holds the  Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora in the Faculty of Education at York University and is the Senior Advisor on Equity and Representation at York University, as part of the Division of Equity, People and Culture. He is Professor in the Faculty of Education and holds cross-appointments in the Graduate Programs in Sociology, Social and Political Thought, and Social Work. He was the Director of the York Centre on Education & Community (2008-2016) which he founded, and was one of six Advisors to the Ontario Minister of Education and Premier (2017-2018). His research interests include the examination of issues of access, equity, and inclusion for racialized individuals in terms of their education and employment opportunities, school retention and achievements. James is widely recognized for his research contributions in the areas of intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, class and citizenship as they shape identification/identity; the ways in which accessible and equitable opportunities in education and employment account for the lived experiences marginalized community members; and the complementary and contradictory nature of sports in the schooling and educational attainments of racialized students. In advocating on education for change, James documents the struggles, contradictions and paradoxes in the experiences of racialized students at all levels of the education system.

Leslie Grant
Peel District School Board, Superintendent

Leslie is a Superintendent of Education in the Peel District School Board. She is dedicated to the disruption of anti-Black racism in schools and school systems across Ontario. Leslie has been an educator for over 20 years. She began her career as an English teacher and Guidance Counsellor in the Toronto District School Board. Leslie moved to the Peel District School Board where she served in the capacity of administrator, Vice-Principal and Principal in numerous school settings, including PAS-N (Peel Alternative School- North), Roy McMurtry (Youth Detention Centre), and David Suzuki Secondary School. Prior to her role as Superintendent, Leslie held the central role of Coordinating Principal of School Effectiveness with responsibilities for K-12 Numeracy, CRP (Culturally Responsive Pedagogy) and School Success Planning.  She is also a PQP (Principal Qualifications Program) Instructor. Leslie is a passionate anti-racist, anti-oppressive educator and mentor, who is driven to do leadership differently.