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Wednesday, September 28 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
(REF 28243)Language and Quality Education: What is the role of our world's languages in realizing the sustainable development goals?

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Language is a key medium for communication; we need language to make sense of our world.  The role of language in the SDG framework is often in reference to three of the sustainable development goals: SDG 4 specifically calls upon the need for multilingualism to achieve quality, equitable and inclusive education; SDG 8 connects language, skills, and sustainable economic growth and SDG 16 that references communication, peace, and justice.  
In this session, we gather to gain insight into how education research, education systems leaders, and empowered youth are informing educators' capability and capacity in language learning while also enabling inclusive teaching and learning environments through their language learning insights and experience. 

Facilitated by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, this session includes a Moderated Virtual Roundtable where we are joined by researchers, practitioners, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts to share their perspectives on language and equity followed by our 10-Minute Motivator Series where colleagues from across the globe provide brief insights into various innovative methods and approaches to language and learning. 

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Rashmi Biswas

Program Facilitator, University of Toronto
Organizational development specialist with a particular interest in the design of workplace learning interventions for leaders, and teams.

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Gelareh Keshavarz

Educator, OISE, University of Toronto
Gelareh has an M.Ed. in Open, Digital, and Distance Education, focusing on Instructional Design. She has trained students and faculty in the UK, Canada, and Egypt. She has taught at the School of Continuing Studies and is an educational consultant at OISE, CPL. Gelareh is currently... Read More →
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Jean-Francois Michaud

Curriculum Director, Wiz Robotics
JF holds various trade Red seal certifications from industry including Automotive Mechanics and Welding certifications.  Degree in French, Degree in education, MBA for educators, Curriculum writer for OCTE (Ontario Consortium for Technological Education and the Ministry of education... Read More →
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Diana Al-Dajani

Founder & CEO, eduTechnoz
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Roberto Di Prospero

Principal, Peel District
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Valentina Spyropoulou

Multilingual Learning specialist / Teacher, Optimist International School, Language Friendly School
The Optimist International School envisions an inclusive environment with increased parental involvement. Children, staff and parents need to feel welcome in the school. The Language Friendly School can contribute to finding an approach to navigating differences despite languages.Valentina... Read More →
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Celia Richardson

Senior Principal, Accenture Canada
Passionate about the future of work and the workplace of the future. Extensive global experience, both corporate and in the academic world as a consultant in learning, leadership and talent development. Focused on learning solutions that empower people and drive optimal business... Read More →
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Ellen-Rose Kambel

Director/Co-Founder, Language Friendly School
Dr. Ellen-Rose Kambel is the founder and director of the Rutu Foundation for Intercultural Multilingual Education, a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands. A human rights lawyer by training, Ellen-Rose co-founded the Language Friendly School, an award winning programme... Read More →
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Emmanuelle Le Pichon

Assistant Professor, Head of Centre de Recherches, OISE, University of Toronto
Dr. Emmanuelle Le Pichon is Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, OISE, head of the Centre de Recherches en Éducation Franco-Ontarienne (CRÉFO). Dr Le Pichon works as a consultant, researcher, evaluator and reviewer for several international organizations. She has participated... Read More →
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Robin Bacher

Educational Consultant, Learn Different
Robin is an educational consultant with over 15 years of experience working with children, families and educators. She has held many roles including ABA instructor- therapist, classroom teacher, special education teacher, literacy coach, vice principal and special education coordinator... Read More →
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Todd Cunningham

CEO & Head of Research, Learn Different
Dr. Cunningham is a clinical and school psychologies, Assistant Professor (teaching stream), Chair of the School and Clinical Child Psychology program at the University of Toronto and provides psychological services through is private practice. His research investigates the support... Read More →
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Elisabeth Rees-Johnstone

Executive Director, OISE University of Toronto
Elisabeth is an experienced talent and organization development specialist with interest in education systems design for professional development optimization, knowledge translation, knowledge building, and learning innovation methodologies. Elisabeth has held various roles in both... Read More →
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Samantha Presutto

Learning Innovation Coordinator, OISE Continuing and Professional Learning
As the Learning Innovation Coordinator at OISE CPL, Samantha works with teams to develop and apply continuous improvement processes driven by inquiry, that advance the quality of the Office's learning solutions for local and international education professionals, edupreneurs, and... Read More →
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Perri Termine

Program Coordinator, International and Innovation, OISE University of Toronto
Coordinator of OISE CPL’s International & Innovation contracts for customized continuing education programs, consultancy services, and partner collaborations as well as projects and membership activities for InnovED, OISE’s Campus-Based Accelerator for entrepreneurs seeking to improve education systems.Driven by interdisciplinary exploration and the promotion of lifelong learning, Perri's ongoing experiences in adult education dialogue with her former researcher position at The Reach Allia... Read More →

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Ramin Sedehi

Founder, Impact Human Learning
Ramin is passionate about closing the gaps between science, education, society, and policymakers to understand the depth and breadth of humanity's challenges. To impact the health of communities, improve educational markers, and, most importantly, uphold democratic values and build... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2022 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT