Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

Wen-Do expert Arij Elmi stands in a playground

Wen-Do Warrior

Arij Elmi gained the courage to speak up against racist comments after studying self-defense. Now she teaches other women to do the same

Photo of a green farm field.

Greener Pastures

Can a simple high-tech tool for farmers boost crop yields in developing countries?

Love Yourself First

How do you foster greater self-worth and, in turn, help others? Nurture your inner foundation, says author and U of T alum Renu Persaud

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A New Life After Loss

Over more than two decades, Rena Arshinoff built a successful career in medical science. Then she felt a spiritual call

Photo of Prof. Suzanne Stewart standing indoors beside a railing.

A Refuge from the Streets

Having spent time homeless herself, Prof. Suzanne Stewart envisions a new kind of shelter – one that truly understands and cares for Indigenous women

Photo of Prof. Shauna Brail and Prof. Mauricio Quiros-Pacheco standing in front of a building

The High Cost of a Home

Faculty and students at Toronto’s four universities will work together to seek answers to the city’s housing crisis

Headshot of Benjamin Joffe-Walt with trees in the background

Be the Change

This former human-rights journalist now helps run the world’s largest petition website

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Open Book

The Human Library Project: This U of T grad student shared her story and a painful truth

Mary Elizabeth Picher, co-founder of Wholeplay, with her son.

Parenting Guide

Mary Elizabeth Picher helps new parents better understand how little ones learn and grow

Photo of Tamara Mitchell with young students.

OISE’s New Direction

Education faculty to more than double the size of its graduate programs in teacher education, eliminate BEd by 2015

Photos of Jim and Sheila Latime: one of their wedding and one current, years later.

Learning Together

For Jim and Sheila Latimer of Wasaga Beach, Ontario, a shared commitment to education helped cement their five-decade bond

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Pathways’ Progress

A homework support program involving OISE students has more than doubled high school graduation rates in Regent Park

Hunting for Gold

Victoria Nolan is dubbed “The Metronome” for her ability to row perfectly in synch with her teammates

Illustration of great inventions and inventors in a tree.

The Next Big Idea

Ten concepts that could shape the future: from digital credentials to safer drugs to DNA-tailored diets and more

Chris Spence, the director of education for the Toronto District School Board, believes in providing parents and students with choices in public education. Under his leadership, alternative schools have flourished.

Different but Equal

Toronto parents can choose to send their children to a variety of specialized schools. But is it possible to have too much choice in alternative education?

A child walking past a mural in Mumbai

A Year in Mumbai

Normand Labrie coped with sweltering heat and noisy classrooms to bring Canadian teaching techniques to India's largest city

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Africentric Schools

Professor George Dei says parents of black children have been concerned for 30 years that the Toronto school system is not serving their children. “It was time to try a new approach.”

Melanie and Brad

Melanie Moore and Brad Tapson

"Sometimes Brad plays his guitar, I play the piano and we sing together. I swear, we’ll wind up being the von Trapp family someday."

Kieran Hayward

Kieran Hayward

"My dream is to be one of the inspired citizens who shape Toronto for the better"

Children sit at a table at the Institute for Child Study

Head of the Class

U of T's Institute of Child Study has influenced education in Canada for more than 80 years. A visit to the lab school reveals why.

Iron Granny

Louise McGonigal is a two time half-Ironman champion

Prince Peprah (right) graduated from Scarborough's David and Mary Thomson Collegiate in June. Omar Peters just entered Grade 12. Both young men want to become actors

The Schools We Want

U of T's Centre for Urban Schooling aims to help youths in disadvantaged neighbourhoods succeed

France August 1992

Brigid Elson's poem placed second in U of T Magazine's Alumni Short Story and Poetry Contest

Dropouts No More

An innovative program is creating a “culture of achievement” in Regent Park

Trading Spaces

Women aren't entering skilled trades, despite shortage of workers

Good Eggs

Maliha Chishti, Bhante Saranapala, Jim O'Mara, Lesra Martin, Bindu Dhaliwal and Duff Conacher