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Symposium/Workshop: You Can’t Say That! Should School Teachers Have Freedom of Expression?

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Rogers Communications Centre 80 Gould Street (at the corner of Church St.) Room 103 Toronto, ON Canada

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A Special Symposium for Teachers and Teacher-Candidates

While free expression is a Charter right, teachers face serious limitations on what they can do and say in school and outside. This symposium examines teachers’ rights in the classroom, on social media and outside school.

Panelists and workshop facilitators:

Danielle McLauglin, Director of Education Emeritus, Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Jerry Raso, General Counsel, Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association

Marvin Zuker, Judge (ret), Ontario Court of Justice; Associate Professor, OISE/UT

William Smale, Professor of Education, Trent University

April Julian, Director of Education, Canadian Civil Liberties Association & Education Trust

Moderator: James L. Turk, Director, Centre for Free Expression, Ryerson University

Plenary Panel discussion and questions: 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Workshops: 7:15-8:15

- Teachers and Social Media

- Dealing with Controversial Issues in the Classroom

- Teachers and Politics

- Restrictions on Teachers’ Behaviour Outside the School

Final Plenary: 8:15-8:30

Sponsored by The Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University and The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust

Certificates of Attendance will be made for those who complete the seminar.

Light Refreshments will be served.