Vedaaranya Heritage Arts and Healing Festival 2016

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Marie Josee Berger


  


 
Equitable Education for All: A Challenge of the 21st Century
Presenting Author : Marie Josée Berger

The challenge of ensuring an equitable education for all citizens in a world that I characterized by increasingly racial, ethnic, linguistic and socio economic diversity has come into sharp focus at the beginning of the new millennium. Public education is seen as a common good that benefits all of society by preparing students to become contributing members of society with meaningful careers and instilling in the, those qualities necessary for citizenship in a diverse, democratic society. In order to achieve these goals, education must serve all children equitably.

Managing equity calls for leadership that is often termed as pluralistic, high in intercultural consciousness and adaptive. In turn, it develops an integration-and-learning perspective of diversity in schools. Leadership is about the process of influencing others to understand and agree about what needs to be done and how it can be done effectively, and the process of facilitating individual and collective efforts to accomplish the shared objectives (Yukl, 2002).

Research in the policy areas of religious education and anti-racist education in Canadian publicly funded schools is fraught with controversy. This can be seen in recent events throughout Canada but also in its two most populated provinces, Quebec and Ontario.

It is within this volatile political context that our current research takes place. The methodologies chosen for this project, document analysis, literature review and focus groups, are thus sensitive to politically fractured environment and are in turn geared toward a formative evaluation perspective (Weiss, 1998).

BIO

Marie Josée Berger is the Dean and a professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. In addition to her expertise in reading, Marie Josée Berger has worked in teaching, learning evaluation, and professional development (specifically for minority communities). She has played a major role in the overhauling of Ontario’s curriculum, both at the elementary and secondary levels. She has not only contributed to linguistic actualization, French-Language development and to the growth of the French programs through the editing of memoirs, but has also been involved in the training of teachers in order to encourage reform.