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Festival of Literacies | November 24, 2017

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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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Troubling the Connection between Student Learning and Accountability Requirements in Adult Literacy

The Festival of Literacies will showcase two presentations on recent research on Ontario's accountability system and student learning. Following the presentations, we will have group discussions to connect the research to our practice. Free lunch will be provided at the end of the day's event for mingling.

Inequities by design in Ontario’s adult literacy accountability system
Presentation by Christine Pinsent-Johnson

Christine will describe how a series of inequities have been designed into the LBS accountability system, and how programs are persuaded to comply. She will talk about how her research helped her recognize connections between what happens on the ground and policy texts. She has been critiquing the accountability system in her blog for over a year but now wonders what more can be done. Christine has worked in adult literacy in Ontario since 1990.

Learning begins in the body
Presentation by Audrey Gardner

Audrey will talk about her PhD research on Embodied Knowing and Measured Deficits: Whose knowledge counts in Adult Literacy? She will share her findings about learning as embodied experience, and how current policy discourse constructs learners as deficits characters. Audrey has worked in in adult literacy education since 2001.




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 funding support from the Centre of Learning, Social Economy & Work (CLSEW) and the Department Students Association of 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 - Friday November 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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