Over the past three years (2011-2014) we have implemented a large scale knowledge mobilization project that built upon our existing partnerships with Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), NGOs and the Centre for Global and Community Service (University of Ottawa) to extend and mobilize evidence-based research, innovative pedagogy and “best practices,” curriculum design and assessment, and resource development on environmental sustainability and social justice-oriented learning in elementary and middle school classrooms. Through a collaborative inquiry and place-based approach, professional learning communities (PLC) comprising classroom teachers, teacher candidates and faculty explored the process of implementing action (research) projects in their respective schools and/or communities. Moreover, we integrated several of the Ministry of Education priority areas such as, but not limited to, collaborative partnerships, student engagement, diversity and equity, and environmental sustainability across our teacher education programming and co-sponsored activities.


This past year, we facilitated various professional development workshops at our Fall Institute that included workshops from a number of our partners including UNICEF, Red Cross, OSSTF and Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust. Our keynote speakers gave talks that highlighted environmental sustainability, peace education, children's rights, and community service learning. The 150 teacher candidates in attendance screened the documentary "Girl Rising."


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Lisa Glithero, a civic youth engagement educator, coordinated a monthly PD brown bag lunch series with our Global Cohort. Our cohort comprises 80 primary/junior/intermediate students committed to integrating peace education and social justice pedagogies, environmental sustainability, international cooperative development and human rights within their curriculum designs. Many of the cohort students volunteered on several social action community service learning projects. Some of our CSL initiatives included students developing curriculum materials for Project Tembo, developing best practices for working with and learning from First Nations Algonquin teachers and students, and facilitating civic engagement projects in local schools with Elections Canada.


Through our Global Education Research Network and in partnership with organizations like KNAER, we disseminate the research generated through such activities at local, national and international conferences, different Knowledge Mobilization events, as well as the Ontario Ministry of Education Forum. We continue to present research on what we have identified as “best practices” for developing and supporting short and long-term partnerships with NGOs and local school boards to mobilize knowledge related to developing a global perspective with teacher candidates, teachers, and students in the schools.


The DGPE program will continue to be an integral part of the new 2-Year B.Ed. program at the University of Ottawa. Part of our vision includes strengthening our network of partnerships with the Ministry of Education, community organizations, local school boards, teachers, teacher candidates and youth in the public schooling system. Our research and knowledge mobilization plan continues to focus on developing and supporting a dynamic, diverse, collaborative community of inquirers Moreover, our research seeks to examine and mobilize models of curriculum development and pedagogical strategies that ask difficult social, cultural and political questions that challenge prior assumptions, stimulate critical reflection and contribute to the knowledge base of a well-established network of passionate and committed educators.

DGPE KNAER Team Members

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Nicholas Ng-A-Fook, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor, Curriculum Theory,
Incoming Director of Teacher Education,
Faculty of Education,
University of Ottawa
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Ruth Kane, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor, Teacher Education
Faculty of Education,
University of Ottawa
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Tracy Crowe, M.Ed.,
Assistant Director of Teacher Education
Faculty of Education,
University of Ottawa
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Lorna McLean, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor, History of Education
Faculty of Education,
University of Ottawa
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Sharon Cook, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus, History of Education
Faculty of Education,
University of Ottawa
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