The KNAER team attended the 2018 Ontario Education Research Symposium (OERS) from February 28 to March 2 in Toronto, Ontario.

This year’s conference theme focused on “Advancing Equity and Achievement in Ontario Classrooms” and attendees took a closer look at how marginalized children and youth are often discriminated due to systemic biases, practices, and processes in the Ontario education system.

Photo 2018 03 01 12 14 36 PMKNAER had a large booth featuring many resources from the Well-Being, Mathematics, Equity, and Indigenous Education Networks. We enjoyed meeting passionate educators, researchers, policymakers, and community members from all over Ontario, who were interested in learning more and joining KNAER’s knowledge networks.

Photo 2018 03 01 3 20 15 PMMembers from all four KNAER thematic networks attended the conference. Particularly, the Réseau de Savoir sur l’Équité | Equity Knowledge Network (RSEKN) had a large presence at OERS given the conference theme. From presenting on the main stage where Regional Team leads, Nicholas Ng-A-Fook (Eastern Ontario), Jacqueline Specht (Southern Ontario), and Vidya Shah (Greater Toronto Area), and Network Coordinator, Noor El-Husseini, shared their stories and commitment to equity, to presenting in multiple workshop sessions that examined issues such as poverty among youth and exploring personal nuages identitaires (Identity Clouds), their presentations were a huge success.

OERS 2018 StorifyIn addition to the large contribution made by the RSEKN, both the Knowledge Network for Student Well-Being (KNSWB) & the Mathematics Knowledge Network (MKN) were involved with OERS through presentations made by members of their various communities of practice. Take a look at our online Storify “story” here for highlights from all the network presentations and search the hashtag #OERS18 on Twitter to see more! Thank you to all our networks for their fabulous participation at OERS 2018.

Dr. Carol Campbell, KNAER Co-Director, also joined two other educational leadership experts (Sean Monteith and Nouman Ashraf) on the main stage for an equity leadership panel, moderated by Dr. Lance McCready. The panel was well-received and intriguing areas of equity and leadership were discussed.

The 2018 Ontario Education Research Symposium was a powerful conference. We all did a lot of learning and unlearning, and look forward to working together with our networks and other educators to make Ontario education more equitable.

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