Brock prof to give talk on poverty and schools in Ontario

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Brock prof to give talk on poverty and schools in Ontario

Published on November 17 2011

A Brock professor whose latest research looks at the impacts of poverty on schools in Ontario will deliver a public talk on the subject at the University later this month.

Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker, associate professor in the Faculty of Education’s Department of Teacher Education, will speak about a new book she recently co-authored, Poverty and Schools in Ontario: How Seven Elementary Schools are Working to Improve Education.

Her talk takes place Monday, Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Sankey Chamber at Brock University. This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Published by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), this fresh-off-the-press publication was one of the results of the ETFO’s Poverty and Education project, funded by the Ministry of Education. The book was co-authored with Joseph Flessa from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

“This book takes a ground-up approach using case studies to examine what teachers, administrators and parents are saying about the communities they live and work in affected by poverty,” says Ciuffetelli Parker. “It is about issues related directly to the effects of poverty on Ontario schools, which can be applied to Canadian education.”

The objective of Poverty and Schools in Ontario is that it will be used as a resource for teacher development in school boards, teacher education and graduate programs, as well as community groups.

“The issues of poverty and schooling, especially in these difficult economic times, remind us that work in schools is fundamental, given appropriate supports, even in the most challenging contexts,” says Ciuffetelli Parker.

For more info, or to pre-register for this event to receive a complimentary copy of the book at the talk: Penny Elton, communications and liaison officer, Faculty of Education, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5385;