Posted: October 5, 2021
Laurier EdTalks

The popular Laurier EdTalks Series, presented in partnership with the Faculty of Education from Wilfrid Laurier University, is back. The theme for this session of lectures is "Re-Imagining Education."

We are very proud of the collaboration we have built with the Faculty of Education at Laurier, as we have worked together to build our EdTalks series. Moving into this second year, we know how important the topics and conversations of our planned sessions are to our community. How learning happens, what long-term impacts the pandemic will have on children, how the educational experience can grow to be more inclusive and positive for all learners - these are big themes and big topics for everyone who cares about kids, education and the future of learning. This series is timely and filled with great speakers who have made it their life's work to unpack these questions. We are priviliged to be part of the efforts to bring this series to our community and eager to see what comes from these conversations.

Register for the lecture series using the links below:


Learning Our Way Out of the Pandemic

Wednesday October 27 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join Kelly Gallagher-Mackay, Assistant Professor of Law and Society at Laurier, as she examines how Canadian schools have fared during COVID-19 compared to those in other jurisdictions, and offers evidence-based ways that educators can ensure a better, stronger, and more equitable start in 2021-22.

Registration is now open.


The Many Faces of International Education

Wednesday November 24 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The field of International Education is dynamic and multifaceted. K-12 school jurisdictions, post-secondary education, and the private sector will perceive it with very different lenses. Join Dr. Avis Beek, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Laurier, as she examines some of the many faces of international education and suggests how an aspiration of intercultural understanding may align them.

Registration is now open.


Reimagining a Faculty of Education

Wednesday January 26 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm

This session, led by Laurier's Dean of Education Dr. Maria Cantalini-Williams will describe the current and future-focused programs and pedagogies of the Faculty of Education. Participants will be invited to imagine a responsive and innovative vision for teacher education that serves the needs of communities. The pandemic has taught educators many lessons which can be leveraged for effective (and affective) teaching and learning opportunities.

Registration is now open.


Compassionate Education: Supporting Well-Being & Resilience

Wednesday February 23 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm

With the rise in natural disasters, disease and conflict worldwide impacting over 65 million people (UNHRC, 2018), the number of children who have experienced trauma and violence is on the rise. Thus, a compassion-based framework in education which supports student well-being and equity becomes even more pressing. In this talk led by Raghad Ebied, current PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at Western University, the elements of a compassion-based framework in education will be discussed and applied specifically to supporting refugee students in Ontario.

Registration is now open.


Empowering Children & Youth to be Good Citizens in 2022

Wednesday March 30 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm

In this talk, Dr. Jennifer Straub will explore a variety of ways that teachers, parents, and community members can empower children and youth to take an active role in their community. In what ways might your child contribute to making this world a better place? How might you support the children and youth in your life to think critically about the issues and events that surround their world and help them make good decisions?

Registration is now open.


The Community School Initiative

Wednesday April 27 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted delivery of education. Many extracurricular programs were shut down or offered remotely. This presentation, led by Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad (Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Laurier), Sally Abudiab (student in the Master of Social Work program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work), and Brice Baartman (2nd year student in the Master of Teaching program at the University of Toronto) will explore how to mitigate opportunity gaps through extra-curricular community programs for racialized low-income communities.

Registration is now open.