Research to Practice Symposium 2013: Building Partnerships in Education

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Research to Practice Symposium 2013: Building Partnerships in Education

Published on April 01 2013

The one-day Research to Practice Symposium 2013: Building Partnerships in Education was held on March 1, 2013, at the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University. The Symposium was organized by the MISA School Board University Research Exchange (SURE), which includes five Faculties of Education and 16 District School Boards in the London Region. The event was funded through the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants. This Symposium follows the successful ‘Knowledge Mobilization Event’ showcased at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) conference held at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo in May of 2012.

Over 60 teachers, school administrators, faculty members, graduate students and Ontario Ministry of Education representatives participated in the Symposium. The Keynote Speaker, Dr. Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker (Faculty of Education, Brock University) and her keynote entitled Poverty and Schooling in Ontario: Teacher Inquiry and the Impact of Research Practice in Schools Affected by Poverty were received with passion and commitment to learn more about her work and the ways in which it can be applied in Ontario classrooms. The Symposium also presented The Student Work Study: Teachers Using Ethnographic Research to Improve Student Achievement (Grand Erie District School Board) and Getting Personal: Examining a Mutualistic University-School Relationship (Waterloo Region District School Board and Wilfrid Laurier University). The event also included a Lunch Time Poster Session to celebrate a number of research initiatives led by teachers and graduate students within the London MISA Region.

Dr. Dragana Martinovic (Faculty of Education, University of Windsor), a member of the SURE Network and the Principal Investigator on the SSHRC Public Outreach grant supporting the organization of four Research-to-Practice festivals and the development of a video series for teachers- researchers, showcased the first video in this Series entitled Teacher Research: Forms and Possibilities.

The video was developed by a team from the University of Windsor, London District Catholic School Board, and Greater Essex County District School Board, with participants from the local school boards (GECDSB and WECDSB). The rest of the video titles include: Thinking Like a Researcher (Nipissing University and local school boards), Ethical Teachers, Ethical Researchers (Brock University and local school boards), Models of Collaboration (Wilfrid Laurier University and local school boards) and Research Reports: Easy Access, Efficient Utilization (Western University and local school boards). The videos can be used during research seminars, staff meetings, and professional development days.

Finally, the SURE Network launched an interactive online research community ( to promote educational research and showcase research partnerships between school boards and universities in the region. Dragana Martinovic and Snezana Ratkovic (Brock University) gave a presentation on Research-to-Practice Festivals 2013-2014: Celebrating Research, Collaboration & Education, and introduced the symposium participants to the three upcoming Festivals that will be organized by Western University, the University of Windsor, and Brock University, and their local school boards, and held during the academic year 2013/2014.

Watch the Faculty of Education Events section for the Festival dates!


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Education professor headlines symposium

Dr. Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker brought forward an engaging keynote address at the recent Research to Practice Symposium