Recognizing International Day of Education

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On January 24, 2024, UNESCO dedicates the International Day of Education to celebrate the crucial role education and teachers play in countering hate speech, a phenomenon which has snowballed in recent years with the use of social media, damaging the fabric of our societies.

University of Toronto Press (UTP) reflects on this day by sharing some of our titles in the field of Education. Plus, browse some UTP journals that are #FreeToRead online from January 23rd to 25th, 2024, here.

Teaching Where You Are: Weaving Indigenous and Slow Principles and Pedagogies

By Shannon Leddy and Lorrie Miller

Teaching Where You Are offers a guide for non-Indigenous educators to work in good ways with Indigenous students and provides resources across curricular areas to support all students. In this book, two seasoned educators, one Indigenous and one settler, bring to bear their years of experience teaching in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary contexts to explore the ways in which Indigenous and Slow approaches to teaching and learning mirror and complement one another.

Educating the Body: A History of Physical Education in Canada

By M. Ann Hall, Bruce Kidd, and Patricia Vertinsky

Educating the Body presents a history of physical education in Canada, shedding light on its major advocates, innovators, and institutions. The book traces the major developments in physical education from the early nineteenth century to the present day – both within and beyond schools – and concludes with a vision for the future. Today, with the worrying decline in physical activity levels across the population, Educating the Body is indispensable to understanding our policy options moving ahead.

Social Justice Pedagogies: Multidisciplinary Practices and Approaches

Edited by Katrina Sark

Social Justice Pedagogies provides a diverse and wide perspective into making education more robust and useful in light of global injustices and new challenges posed by new media and communication practices, media manipulation, right-wing populism, climate crisis, and intersectional discriminations. Social Justice Pedagogies uniquely presents a wide interdisciplinary perspective on social justice in education practices in order to speak to the ways in which we all want to make our research, our classrooms, and our institutions more just. It argues that pedagogy, and specifically teaching and learning, constitutes a process of building relationships between people and knowledge by fostering a learning community.

Conversations on Ethical Leadership: Lessons Learned from University Governance

Edited by Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

Highlighting ethical leadership strategies, Conversations on Ethical Leadership explores what makes for strong, well-informed, morally sound decision-making at all levels of an organization. In addressing a range of challenges faced by universities and applying those lessons to the broader community of the public and private sectors, Ingrid Leman Stefanovic and her contributors tackle a host of issues related to advancing ethics, diversity, inclusiveness, and the art of moral leadership.

Supervising Conflict: A Guide for Faculty

By Heather McGhee Peggs

Cultivating respectful and productive academic relationships is a priority within higher education. What can faculty do when conflict disrupts research progress and strains the supervisor/student relationship?

Supervising Conflict offers practical advice and tools to help faculty identify and actively respond to the most common grad school concerns – the “everyday” conflicts. Drawing on data collected over four years at a large research-intensive university in Canada, Heather McGhee Peggs provides faculty with a map to where issues are likely to emerge based on hundreds of coaching conversations with faculty and students.

Implementing Trauma- and Violence-Informed Care: A Handbook

Edited by C. Nadine Wathen and Colleen Varcoe

The need for health and social services to be trauma- and violence-informed has never been so pressing. In the wake of COVID-19, racial violence intensified and violence against women spiked globally. Mental health for many is worsening, while the ongoing toxic drug overdose crisis provides horrendous evidence of the impact of trauma, violence, stigma, and social inequities. Service providers across sectors are increasingly impacted by these dynamics and, without supportive environments, are burning out.

The book describes the importance of TVIC at multiple levels, from individual practices to organizational protocols and system-level policies, emphasizing TVIC’s alignment with system transformation goals. In doing so, the book presents TVIC as a call to action to improve service user experiences and outcomes, efficient and effective use of resources, and the health and well-being of staff, while addressing and reducing health and social inequities.

An Intense Calling: How Ethics Is Essential to Education

By Jesse Bazzul

Positing that education is a movement from one way of being to another, more desirable one, An Intense Calling argues that ethics should be the prime focus for the field of education. The book locates ethics, education, and justice in human subjectivity and describes education as a necessary practice for ethical reflexivity, change, and becoming (ethically) different. It also situates ethics as something that exceeds subjectivity, thereby engaging ethics as a material phenomenon through topics such as aesthetics and solidarity with non-humans.

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