Glendon students turn their backyards into labs

Biology students need to learn fieldwork techniques, pandemic, or no pandemic, so Laura McKinnon, an associate professor in Glendon’s bilingual biology program decided to send them out into their backyards to practise and the results of this unique experiential education initiative were outstanding.

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Welcome to the November 2020 issue of 'Innovatus'

Welcome to the November 2020 edition of ‘Innovatus,’ a special issue of YFile devoted to teaching and learning innovation at York University. It offers compelling and accessible feature-length stories about York University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, internationalization and the student experience.

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Dean's letter: The act of education is an act of hope and imagination

In her letter to the community, Interim Dean Sharon Murphy writes about how the Faculty of Education is constantly working to enliven new visions of education and society, visions of possibility, equity and social justice. “Our work focuses not only inward on curriculum and pedagogy, but very much looks outward towards the idea of education being situated within a complex and seemingly evermore fragile world.”

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York lab explores solutions for youth homelessness

Stephen Gaetz, the York University Research Chair in Homelessness and Research Impact and a professor in the Faculty of Education, is using his excellent research and communications skills and grant-writing ability to attack the challenges within youth homelessness, which need broad solutions and a meeting of many perspectives.

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Crisis: Only one of the experiences shared by students and faculty

Rachel Silver, an assistant professor of education at York, with the help of a team of her colleagues in both Toronto and Dadaab, has created a virtual colloquium series, Reciprocal Learning in Times of Crisis, for the Faculty’s Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) program. The series considers the issues arising from the confluence of education, the COVID-19 pandemic and new waves of resistance to anti-Black racism.

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Educators convene speaker series to address pressing questions in early childhood education and research in the 21st century

Lucy Angus and Cristina Delgado Vintimilla, assistant professors new to York and the Faculty of Education, have created a lecture series entitled
Disrupting Early Childhood: Inheritance, Pedagogy, Curriculum to explore new ideas about early childhood education (ECE) and create a space to bring together the innovative research conversations that are changing the field of ECE.

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Welcome to the October 2020 issue of 'Innovatus'

Welcome to the October 2020 edition of ‘Innovatus,’ a special issue of YFile devoted to teaching and learning innovation at York University. It offers compelling and accessible feature-length stories about York University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, internationalization and the student experience.

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'Family first' is mathematician's approach to teaching

For Jude Kong, an assistant professor in York University’s Department of Mathematics & Statistics in the Faculty of Science, the secret to successful teaching is creating a caring, trusting environment for students. Kong works to create trust and demonstrate that, simply because he is a professor, he isn’t unreachable or far above his students. His commitment to treating students as equals has enriched their online learning.

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