Guided by our mission to reinvent education for a diverse, complex world, the last four years have seen the Faculty of Education advance in a wide range of ways. We have launched new and important academic programs; undertaken ground-breaking research that matters; and engaged with our communities. From our work in the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya, to our growing partnership with the Urban Indigenous Education Centre in Toronto, we have continued to make a difference in, and have a real impact on, the world. This report provides a snapshot of our accomplishments, and I invite you to share and celebrate with us.
$19.7 million – Tri-Council funding
$12.5 million – Funding from all other sources
Total: $32.2 million
New Research Chairs
Two new Canada Research Chairs (CRCs)
The Government of Canada announced two new CRCs in the Faculty of Education.
Two new York Research Chair (YRCs)
York’s internal counterpart to the CRCs program, the YRCs added two new Research Chair in the Faculty of Education.
Networks of Centres of Excellence
The Network of Centres of Excellence Canada committed $17.9 million to The Making the Shift – Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab to combine academic research and community expertise to inform solutions and prevention strategies for youth homelessness.
New Postdoctoral Fellow Program
The Faculty initiated a new pilot program that sponsored two postdoctoral fellowships as part of the strategy to enrich the research culture of the Faculty and extend the reach of faculty research initiatives.
Faculty of Education Summer Institute Expansion
The annual community-focused summer institute now includes over 300 people a year, bringing together participants to explore school-community relationships and how they play a role in the successful schooling of students.
Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora
Carl James announced as the new Chair in 2016 after a successful relaunch and renaming of the Chair. Under the auspices of the Chair, the Faculty:
Waaban Indigenous Teacher Education - Waaban educates a new generation of teachers, preparing them to address the needs of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, families and communities.
Eleven new full-time professors.
The Faculty partnered with Kenyatta University and Windle International Kenya to offer on-site and online academic programs to students in refugee camps in Dadaab.
The memorandum focused on exploring collaborative opportunities such as student and faculty exchanges, joint degree programs and working together on research and other projects.
Rooted in Indigenous knowledge and pedagogies, Wüléelham engages participants in learning from Indigenous peoples’ experiences and perspectives.
Ongoing collaboration on research, custom professional learning course offerings for educators, space in schools and teacher secondments.
Under the direction of professor Don Dippo, students in the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya participating in the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) project, were the first to officially be awarded Bachelor of Arts, Educational Studies degrees from York through on-site, camp-based university education. Close to $1,500,000 in additional funding was provided by the Open Society Foundations in support of BHER.
Agreements were signed with seven Ontario colleges to enable college graduates trained in technology-related fields to earn teaching degrees through York’s Consecutive Bachelor of Education, Technological Education program.
The Hub is a collection of research reports that utilize identity-based data to educate about the realities and experiences of students in the GTA. It also serves as a tool for members of Ontario’s education system to learn from and contribute to.
The Faculty received $105,000 in increased support from the Peter Gilgan Foundation for its Advanced Credit Experience (ACE) and Readers to Leaders (R2L) programs. ACE enhances university access for Grade 12 students from the local Jane-Finch community and R2L helps grades 9 and 10 students from local high schools prepare for the compulsory Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School English Literacy Test.
Faculty members have been increasingly sought out by news media from across Canada and internationally to lend their expertise to discussions of education.
Professor, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora
Professor, Associate Dean Research
Professor, Director, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
Professor, Canada Research Chair in Young Lives, Education and Global Good