Ontario Multilingual Education (OME) is hosting an event at OISE to discuss legalizing multilingual education in Ontario.
At present, by law, the Ontario curriculum can only be taught in English or French. Other provinces, such as Alberta, have had legalized multilingual education for over 30 years to great success. Given that Ontario has one of the most multicultural populations in the country, limiting access to education in only two languages raises concerns about social justice and equity for all Ontarians.
OME is currently bringing forward a motion to the Ministry of Education to change the law about language education in Ontario and we would like to hear from researchers, parents, students, and public officials. Our panelists will address the impact of the current law on the lives of students and their families, as well as educational policy and practice.
- Dr. Jim Cummins is a world-renowned educational researcher and a strong advocate for multilingual education. His work, spanning four decades, has been instrumental in shaping the way teachers and policymakers think about language education, particularly for culturally and linguistically diverse students.
- Dr. Mary Jean Gallagher is a former Assistant Deputy Minister of the Student Acheivement Division at the Ministry of Education. Her work is visible in our education system's ongoing improvement and commitment to excellence for students as she provided leadership to our province's new vision for education, Acheiving Excellence.
- Yollanda Zhang is the mom of a bilingual child and the Founder and Director of Panda Mandarin Language Programs, Inc in Toronto. She strongly believes in the importance of giving opportunities to all children to learn a second language, especially their heritage language.
- Lisa Sung is a former student of the Mandarin bilingual program in Edmonton, Alberta. As a former teacher of the Edmonton Education Association, she also worked in the Edmonton Public School Board. Currently, she teaches music at the Mandarin Academy in California and substitutes in the Cupertino Language Immersion Program.
- Stephen Vance is the Founder and President of Ontario Multilingual Education. He is passionate about multilingualism and spent a year in China studying Mandarin. Though he trained in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and worked as a software engineer at IBM, he is currently retraining as a psychotherapist and is involved in faith-based community work.
Join us at the OISE Nexus Lounge (12th floor) on October 18, 2016 from 6:30-9:00 PM. Drinks and refreshments will be provided.
- OISE is accessible by subway at St George Station. Paid street parking is also available.
- Please note that this event will be recorded and the content may be used by OME in digital and/or print formats.
- If you aren't able to join in person, please join us on Facebook Live at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OntarioMultilingualEducation/