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Connections: Contributions to Professional Development


Below is a gathering of our research and professional development connections, parent education, visitors, outreach, and dissemination of the 2015-2016 school year, updated monthly

 

Archived Connections:
please click on the links below to view our past archived Connections:

2012-2013     2013-2014      2014-2015      2015-2016

 

Connections 2016 - 2017 |

March 2017

Supporting Pre-Service Teachers:

  • Ben Peebles and Norah L’Esperance presented on “Social Relationships and Development: Bullying and Peer Relations” in MA CSE course  APD2200

  • Carol Stephenson and Richard Messina presented on Engagement, Coping, and Well-Being in MA CSE course  APD2200

  • Chriss Bogert and Judith Kimel presented on Self-Regulation and Self-Regulated Learning in MA CSE course APD2200

  • Danielle Gutstein and Christel Durand presented in APD2200 on Mental Health and Education: Prevention and Intervention

  • Blake Enzel, from the robotics program, presented in APD2212 on STEM

  • Carol Stephenson presented on teaching mathematics in APD2200Y, Child Study: Observation, Evaluation, Reporting & Research
     

Parent Education:

  • Book Talk: The Whole Brain Child


Visitors:

  • Mikey Rulentlez (taught dance in Phys Ed)

  • Storyteller Melody Crowe, Alderville First Nation at Rice Lake visited JK-Gr3 students

  • Practicum Visit Day (1st & 2nd year)

  • Storytellers Karima Amin and Heidi Dahlsveen from the Toronto Storytelling Festival

  • Bird music artist Michael Pestel


Research:



Conferences and Workshops:

  • Haley Higdon presented at and attended the Matawa Education conference


Natural Curiosity:

  • Haley Higdon presented at and attended the Matawa Education conference: http://education.matawa.on.ca/conference/

  • Haley Higdon visited ClearWater Farm, Willow Beach
     


Februrary 2017

Supporting Pre-Service Teachers:

  • Chriss Bogert and Judith Kimel presented on Self-Regulation and Self-Regulated Learning in MA CSE course APD2200

  • Sarah Luongo and Mike Martins presented on Health Promoting Schools in MA CSE course APD2200

  • Danielle Gutstein and Christel Durand presented in APD2200 on Mental Health and Education: Prevention and Intervention

  • Richard Messina and Chriss Bogert presented “Inquiry Part 2”  to first year MA-CSE students

  • Bev Caswell presented workshop “Indigenous Perspectives in Mathematics” in APD2210

  • Haley Higdon presented in Childhood Education Seminar APD2201Y on “Exploring Reconciliation through Environmental Inquiry”

 

Parent Education:

  • “Math Morning” Event , which included teacher panel and parent tours

 

Conferences and Workshops:

  • Haley Higdon, Richard Messina and Krista Spence attended Montcrest Presents – Secret Path

  • Tara Rousseau attended NAEA Convention in New York

  • Krista Spence attended the Ontario Librarians Association conference


Natural Curiosity:

  • Haley Higdon has been asked to join the Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) Advisory Committee with Earth Day Canada

  • Haley has been asked to join the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee for TDSB;

  • Haley Higdon has been nominated for a Green Ribbon Award in the staff category for the environmentally-conscious efforts and education on campus.
     

Robertson Program:

  • Bev Caswell, Larisa Lam and Zach Pedersen from the Robertson Program visit Johnny Therriault Memorial School at Aroland First Nation to help co-host a Community Family Math Night

  • Work by Bev Caswell, Joan Moss and Zack Hawes was highlighted in KQED: https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/01/29/why-spatial-reasoning-is-crucial-for-early-math-education/


Visitors:

  • Educators from Church St. Public School

  • QiaoWei Education and Technology Group Inc.

  • Don Jones (Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation) and Angela Nardozi (OISE), and discussant Jennifer Wemigwans visit as guests to the Lab School’s Lesson Study #2

  • Dr. Madrine King’endo, Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Embu (Kenya) & Njoki Wane (OISE)

  • Educators from St. Mary Catholic School, Oakville


Reserach:

  • The Lab School is featured in the cover story by Jennifer Lewington for “Education Today”, the journal of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.  Entitled “A New Code for Learning:  Promoting engaged learning in students”, the article describes the Lab School as a “pocket of excellence” where coding is embedded in the Math curriculum throughout the grades and includes a lesson taught by Grade 6 teacher, Ben Peebles. Many thanks to OISE Professors, Joan Moss and Bev Caswell who support our work in Mathematics.  Here is a link:  http://www.opsba.org/Education%20Today/current-issue


 


January 2017

Supporting Pre-Service Teachers:

  • Zoe Donoahue and Tara Rousseau presented in the MA CSE course Introduction  to Special Curriculum Areas, course APD2214 on Social Studies and Visual Arts, respectively

  • Ben Peebles and Norah L’Esperance presented on “Social Relationships and Development: Bullying and Peer Relations” in MA CSE course  APD2200

  • Carol Stephenson and Richard Messina presented on Engagement, Coping, and Well-Being in MA CSE course  APD2200

  • Zoe Donohue presented in Hilary Inwood’s MT course about being an action researcher


Visitors:

  • OISE Concurrent Teacher Education Program  teacher candidates visited K-6 classrooms

  • Mark Riczu, OISE Development Officer

 

Parent Education:

  • Jackman ICS Lab School Research Night 2017, featuring

    • “The Math For Young Children Project Collaborates with the Lab School: A Focus on Spatial Reasoning” by Carol Stephenson (SK Teacher), and Zoe Donoahue (Grade One Teacher) and their experiences with the Robertson Program

    • “Authentic Technology at the Lab School: An Exploration in Design Based Thinking” by Raadiyah Nazeem (JK Teacher) and Nick Song (Special Ed Teacher and STEM Coach), about their research with the technology club


Natural Curiosity:

  • Haley Higdon presented a workshop for CTEP students in the Math and Science section of the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment course.

  • Haley Higdon presented at the Climate of Change conference. Camila & Haley ran a booth at the lunch time EcoFair


Robertson Program:

  • Bev Caswell, Joan Moss, Jisoo Seo and Zach Pedersen collaborated with teachers, children, and indigenous education leaders in Pegamigaabo School (Big Grassy First Nation), Mikinaak Onigaming School (Onigaming First Nation), Donald Young PS , Robert Moore PS (Rainy River DSB), and in Seven Generations Education Institute (Nanicoste)


Dissemination:

  • Natural Curiosity offered a free webinar on Place-based Education in partnership with Green Teacher and EECOM with Amy Demarest

 


December 2016

Supporting Pre-Service Teachers:

  • Richard Messina and Mike Martins presented in the MA CSE course Introduction  to Special Curriculum Areas, course APD2214


Visitors:

  • Teachers and administrators from The Mabin School

  • The Lab School welcomed Professor Makoto Nakanishi from Ehime University, Japan to the Grade 5 Class to teach the students about writing Haiku poetry.

Events:

  • Clare Kosnik, Kristy Timmons, Chrissy Moore(??), Richard Messina, Chriss Bogert, Elizabeth Morley & Anne Marie Bartoli attend the 12th Annual Psychology Foundation of Canada’s Breakfast for Champions
     

Conferences and Workshops:

  • Members of JICS Lab School Staff attend Ross Greene Workshop


November 2016

Dissemination:

  • Sarah Murray presented in the MA CSE course Introduction  to Special Curriculum Areas, course APD2214


Supporting Pre-Service Teachers:

  • MA Year 1 students attended Lab School classes for half-day observations and debriefs


Visitors:

  • Norwegian Principals

  • Japanese Delegation from National Center for Teachers’ Development

  • Nicole Shaw; Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board

  • Richard Reeve and teachers from Rideau Heights Public School in Kingston  (Limestone District School Board)

  • Teachers and administrators from The Mabin School

  • CEO and Program Director of Learning for a Sustainable Future , as well as visiting colleagues from Dominican Republic

  • The Robertson Program welcomes our partners from Seven Generations Education Institute, Mikinaak Onigaming School and Pegamigaabo School

  • Makoto Nakanishi from Ehime University, Japan and translator Midori Sakurai

  • Educators from Simcoe County District School Board


Professional Development:

  • Amy Platt participated in Ve'ahavta's 2nd annual Professional Development Day, designed to enhance knowledge and understanding of Indigenous issues, contemporary identity, and the history and ongoing legacy of the Residential School system for educators.


Robertson Program:

  • Zoe Donoahue, Haley Higdon and The Robertson Program visited Northern Ontario partners at Aroland First Nation and Long Lake #58 First Nation. The team explored spatial reasoning and inquiry-based education with the communities' educators.


Natural Curiosity:

  • Haley Higdon co-facilitated a workshop via Skype – Making Authentic Inquiry Work – Part 2 with Stirling Public School

  • Haley Higdon presented Making Authentic Inquiry Work at the Science Teachers of Ontario conference, Connect. Explore. Create.

  • Haley Higdon with Learning for a Sustainable Future facilitates a two-day professional development inquiry, Exploring How Transformative Learning Strategies Can Support FNMI Learners & Their Communities in Sudbury, ON

  • Haley Higdon presents a workshop on Natural Curiosity to the educators from Seven Generations Education Institute.

  • Haley Higdon attends Book Launch and Celebration! Indigenous Cultures and Mental Health Counselling: Four Directions for Integration with Counselling Psychology

  • Haley Higdon attends IEN/OISE Truth and Reconciliation Commission Panel II  


Research:

  • Kang Lee co-authored new research that shows a facial photo-matching game may reverse racial bias in children


Lab School in the Media:

  • Richard Messina was featured in a Hamilton Spectator story about the impact of learning environments: At Millgrove School, reflections of home. Richard contributed information on how the environment has a huge impact on the way students learn.
    http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/pageview.aspx?articleid=1373507038&issue=91482016112100000000001001&page=1&previewmode=2

Events:

  • Clare, Kristy, Chrissy, Richard, Chriss, Elizabeth & Anne Marie attend the 12th Annual Psychology Foundation of Canada’s Breakfast for Champions
     


October 2016

Dissemination:

  • Carol Stephenson, Bev Caswell and the Robertson Program offered support and PD for our partnership with Seven Generations Education Institute’s First Nation Student Success Program in Mikinaak Schoool of Onigaming FN, Pegamigaabo School of Big Grassy FN and Lac La Croix FN school

  • Zoe Donoahue and Tara Rousseau presented in the MA CSE course Introduction  to Special Curriculum Areas, course APD2214

  • Chriss Bogert, Richard Messina and Haley Higdon presented in MA course APD2201, Childhood Education Seminar

  • Rhonda Martinussen presented to school/clinical psychologists in the TDSB, Student engagement in learning: Thinking about the role of executive functions and motivation


Conferences:

  • JICS hosted the International Association of Laboratory Schools International Tour

  • Chriss Bogert attended the Pittsburgh portion of the IALS International Tour


Visitors:

  • Liga Miklasevics, Principal of Victoria Village Public School and visiting Principal Knut Olsen from Rektor Dale primary school in Norway

  • Gregory Farrell and visiting Norwegian school principal Erlind Moen

  • Liz Halina from Teach For Canada

  • Participants of the IALS International Tour

  • Miho Kawasaki, Jun Marui, Motohiro Sugiyama, and Hiroyuki Masukawa visited from Otemon Gakuin University and Shizuoka University in Japan
     

Supporting Pre-Service Teachers:

  • Students from the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychology Lab Class PSY319 observed  early learner classrooms

  • Students from the Early Childhood Leadership program at George Brown College observed and interviewed  teachers on the use of technology at the Lab School
     

Parent Education:

  • The Lab School hosted a Grade 7 Parent Transition Information Night

  • The Lab School hosted Parent Education Event entitled “Life After Jackman ICS”, featuring Jackman ICS alumni who are now in highschool who shared their experiences in transitioning to new schools following graduation


Natural Curiosity:

  • Haley Higdon was appointed a board member of the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM)

 


September 2016

Conferences:

  • Chriss Bogert was a discussant at the International Mind, Brain and Education Society Conference, for a seminar on Factors supporting children's early, informal science learning


Dissemination:

  • Carol Stephenson and Norah L’Esperance presented a guest lecture for students in the Department of Psychology in the PSY319 Developmental Psychology Lab class.

  • Angela Pyle worked with teachers at St Michael Catholic School on implementing play-based learning and integrating assessment


Natural Curiosity:

  • Haley Higdon presented at the Blue Water District School Board’s Professional Activity Day (Chelsea, ON), under the theme Preparing Our Students Today for the World of Tomorrow

  • Chriss Bogert, Haley Higdon & Yiola Cleovoulou to presented “Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Pedagogy” at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Oakville, ON

 

Supporting Pre-Service Teachers:

  • MA students, professors and researchers from Kobe Shinwa Women’s University in Japan joined the JICS Lab school for a week to observe and participate in classrooms (should this be a different category?):

  • Students from the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychology Lab Class PSY319 observed  early learner classrooms


In The News:

 


Summer 2016

Natural Curiosity:

  • Haley Higdon, Natural Curiosity Program Lead presented the NC Award winners at the “Pollinating Partnerships – Celebrating & Sharing EcoSchools Success Stories” event at OISE
     
  • Haley Higdon attended and presented at the National Roundtable – Enhancing Environmental and Sustainability Education in Canada’s Faculties of Education at Trent University

     
  • Haley Higdon attended the UofT Sustainability Office – Green Ambassador Meeting in collaboration with UofT's Food Policy Council

     
  • Haley Higdon facilitated Inquiry Institute in Stirling Ontario
     
  • Zoe Donoahue co-facilitated an LSF/NC institute on inquiry in social studies with a focus on citizenship.
     
  • Haley Higdon attended the Leadership Summit hosted by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) conference. She was nominated and then elected to the EECOM board
     
  • Haley Higdon attended and facilitated two workshops at the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) conference

 

Dissemination:

  • Haley Higdon and Chriss Bogert were invited to visit schools in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Asuncion, Paraguay to work with educators on environmental inquiry. During this visit, the following events took place:
    -Natural Curiosity workshops at Colegio Aletheia
    -Natural Curiosity workshop Institute at Colegio del Sol
    -Visit to Colegio Santa Elena
    -Presentation on NC to Lo Centro Paraguayo de Estudios Canadienses in Asuncion
    -interview with National newspaperHaley Higdon attended the UofT Sustainability Office – Green Ambassador Meeting in collaboration with UofT BEES
     
  • Zoe Donoahue served on the board of the Canadian Journal for Action research
  • Zoe Donoahue contributed a chapter that will be in a book containing a cross-Canada collection of chapters about action research

 

Conferences and Workshops:

  • Krista Spence attended a workshop at Tartu College on using technology in the classroom, exploring opportunities to use mobile devices as learning tools, with apps for learning including QR code generators and their applications, Kahoot app for engaging assessment, and Plickers for collecting information about what students’ know.

 

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