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The Faculty’s annual Summer Institute addresses very timely and relevant needs for students, communities, School Boards and the Ontario Ministry of Education. Our belief is that a variety of stakeholders must contribute to this dialogue in meaningful and powerful ways to ensure that collective knowledge is generated and mobilized, resulting in significant systemic changes for all students.

The Summer Institute welcomes various stakeholders to learn from and with one another and to engage in relevant and critical conversations involving the achievement, engagement and well-being of youth. Community partners, youth, teacher candidates, parents/guardians, and educators in various contexts, exchange ideas about how to best meet the educational needs, interests and aspirations of young people and mobilize knowledge towards systemic change in education.

The following questions will be addressed at this year's Summer Institute:

  1. What are the challenges to and opportunities for collecting identity-based data?
  2. How might the knowledge of families, students, staff and community partners be honoured and how can these groups be consulted and engaged in meaningful ways?
  3. How might school boards, apply OCAP - Ownership, Control, Access and Possession in data collection regarding Indigenous peoples, working with Indigenous Elders, families and community members? How does the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples frame this conversation and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action? How are Indigenous research methodologies employed?
  4. How might disaggregated identity-based data be used to identify barriers to access and opportunity and effectively intervene?
  5. How might identity-based data be used to inform leadership practices, budget decisions, equitable policies, student programming, inclusive hiring and promotion, professional learning and other structural barriers?
  6. How might identity-based data be used to change the narrative of equity and achievement for all students?
  7. How might school boards report this data in open, honest and transparent ways, and enhance school-community engagement?
  8. What examples of effective programming and practices have been mobilized because of the collection, integration and reporting of identity-based data?