TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - Rian McLaughlin, President of the Ontario Teachers' Federation today
said, "It is most appropriate that OTF and its Affiliates are hosting C4C21, Creativity, Community, Citizenship and Critical Thinking in the
21st Century during Education Week. The theme this year is Learning Together, Succeeding Together. We are hoping that the participants in C4C21 will learn a lot together
today and tomorrow. All of the learning is geared to succeeding
together with students at the heart of success."
"We are especially pleased that Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and
Choice Are Undermining Education is our opening keynote speaker," she continued. "Dr. Ravitch is an
outspoken defender of publicly funded education in the United States.
She is constantly in demand as a speaker and has also appeared on the
Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
The symposium is being held at the Westin Harbour Castle on May 5 and 6,
2011 in Toronto. Participants are a cross-section of people involved in
education. In addition to Benoit Mercier, President of AEFO, Susan
Swackhammer Vice-President of ETFO, James Ryan, President of OECTA and
Ken Coran President of OSSTF, other teacher leaders from Nunavut, Nova
Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec; parent representatives,
student trustees; Ministry of Education officials; and school and
school board administrators, are expected to attend.
"We will also be hearing from Dennis Shirley, a professor of education at Boston College. His book, co-authored
with Andrew Hargreaves, The Fourth Way, contains ideas for a different path forward in education," McLaughlin
added. "We are well into the second decade of this century and are
asking what skills our students need to be successful. We must also
ask ourselves how we define success."
Other speakers include a panel of researchers from Ontario universities:
Diane Farmer, OISE/UT
Mélanie Girard, University of Hearst
Carl James, York University
McLaughlin said, "Each of these researchers will tie their own learnings
into the themes of our conference. Our final speaker Tom Wujec will talk to us about the particular importance of creativity in
teaching and learning".
"There is no better time than Education Week for us to take time to
think about the moral purpose of education. Creativity, critical
thinking, citizenship, and community are what we, as teachers, think
should be at the heart of our classrooms, our schools and our society,"
The Ontario Teachers' Federation is the advocate for the teaching
profession in Ontario and for its 160,000 teachers. OTF members are
full-time, part-time and occasional teachers in all the publicly
funded schools in the province—elementary, secondary, public, Catholic
SOURCE Ontario Teachers' Federation
For further information:
Kathleen Devlin, OTF