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Festival of Literacies | May 12, 2018

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Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

252 Bloor Street West

Peace Lounge (7th Floor)

Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

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The Framing of Adult Literacy Education in Ontario

1) Frameworks of Literacy Learning in the Adult Literacy Classroom | Farra Yasin
Farra Yasin is a PhD candidate at York University who has been teaching English Literacy for over ten years, including three years as a LBS instructor for the College Sector. Farra is a student of Canadian History and Literacy Theory and has completed research on the creative comic-strip writing practices of intermediate learners and the history of literacy education in Canada. She is concerned with how to develop a humanizing pedagogy that embraces the holistic understandings of learning that move beyond a settler narrative.

2) Neoliberal conceptual framing and the "disappearing" of marginalized adults from the basic adult education learning landscape in Ontario | Laura Wyper
Laura Wyper, PhD, has worked in a school board based Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Program for ten years, including a few years as a program coordinator for two LBS sites. She is a registered OCT teacher, a TESL Ontario / Ontario Certified English Language Teacher (OCELT), also oversaw the school board's adult non-credit ESL program, and is a recent PhD graduate from the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education (LHAE) at OISE, University of Toronto. Her PhD program of study was in Adult Education and Community Development with a specialization in Comparative, International and Development Education. Laura recently left the school board to work as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Economic and Social Development at Algoma University.



The Festival of Literacies is planned for twice a year, hosted by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. We invite practitioners and researchers to join us for discussions and stories. We hope that we can create and renew connections between research and practice and begin new initiatives.

Mary Brehaut at Parkdale Project Read gave us a great summary on the Festival: "The Festival of Literacies was a really interesting group at OISE - funded to bring together literacy practitioners and academics to discuss pedagogy and research related to literacy and adult learning. These gatherings in the 7th floor Peace Lounge were well attended, lively discussions - spaces for practitioners to get together and talk about the work we do and how it's connected to research and the bigger picture. These gatherings have been sorely missed - so this initiative is really exciting."

Please register for your FREE ticket to the Festival.

The Festival of Literacies is currently organized by a group of graduate students involved in and dedicated to adult literacy education and social justice.

Thanks to the in-kind support from the Leadership, Higher and Adult Education department (LHAE DSA) at OISE/UT, this event can be offered free-of-charge to all participants. We also thank all the community and academic partners for their help in organizing and promoting this event.



Festival of Literacies - Saturday May 12, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM

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252 Bloor Street West

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Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

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