Special Series E4- Public Conversations About Privatization-Resistance

Special Series E4- Public Conversations About Privatization-Resistance

Through this four episode special series of Public Good, Stephen and Shannon speak to presenters from a SSHRC funded symposium, Public Conversations About Privatization: Rejecting the Marketization of Public School Systems in Canada. The symposium, held on May 26 & 27th, 2023, at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), brought together academics, educators, activists and community groups from across Canada to discuss: a) the ideological motivations of educational reforms; b) the way these reforms are manifesting “uniquely” in each province; and c) the political and community resistance to the reforms. The two-day symposium included ten thought provoking presentations on the three symposium themes (ideological motivations, provincial privatization, resistance). Through this special podcast series, we will speak to presenters from within each theme. In this fourth episode we speak to Sachin Maharaj (U of O), Stephanie Tuters (OISE), and Vidya Shah (York) about resistance. Specifically, the moves to resist the undermining and privatization of public education across Canada.

Sachin Maharaj, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Policy and Program Evaluation in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. His research, which focuses on school boards, teacher unions, and the equity implications of academic streaming and school choice, has been published in Education Policy Analysis Archives, Leadership and Policy in Schools, and the Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, he was a secondary school teacher for 14 years at the Toronto District School Board. He is currently writing a book taking a critical look at Ontario educational policy, to be published by the University of Toronto Press.

Steph Tuters is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She researches how social justice pursuits are enacted through leadership, policy, and practice. She is currently investigating how actors within and outside of school districts are working towards racial and greater social justice. Steph has published 13 journal articles, 4 book chapters and numerous popular articles. She has done professional development for school boards, teacher and Principal organisations, and adult educators.

Dr. Vidya Shah is an educator, scholar and activist committed to equity and racial justice in the service of liberatory education. She is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, and her research explores anti-racist and decolonizing approaches to leadership in schools, communities, and school districts. She also explores educational barriers to the success and well-being of Black, Indigenous, and racialized students. Dr. Shah teaches in the Master of Leadership and Community Engagement, as well as undergraduate and graduate level courses in education. She has worked in the Model Schools for Inner Cities Program in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and was an elementary classroom teacher in the TDSB. Dr. Shah is committed to bridging the gaps between communities, classrooms, school districts and the academy, to re/imagine emancipatory possibilities for schooling.

Maharaj, S. (2019a). From Oversight to Advocacy: An Examination of School-Board Leadership.Leadership and Policy in Schools, 19(3), 421-443.

Maharaj, S. (2019b). Teacher Unions in the Public Sphere: Strategies Intended to Influence Public Opinion – ProQuest. https://www.proquest.com/openview/87d4bcce8439f1d7464dbe1f950d4989/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=51922&diss=y

Maharaj, S., & Bascia, N. (2021). Teachers’ Organizations and Educational Reform: Resistance and Beyond. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy / Revue Canadienne En Administration et Politique de l’éducation, 196, 34–48. https://doi.org/10.7202/1078516ar

Ryan, J., & Tuters, S. (2017). Picking a hill to die on: Discreet activism, leadership and social justice in education. Journal of Educational Administration, 55(5), 569–588. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1148292

Shah, V. (2018). Leadership for social justice through the lens of self-identified, racially and other-privileged leaders. Journal of Global Citizenship & Equity Education, 6(1).https://journals.sfu.ca/jgcee/index.php/jgcee/article/view/168/399

Shah, V. (2021). The Colour of Wellbeing: How Do We Ensure the Wellbeing and Success of BIPOC Students and K-12 Staff. EdCan Research. https://www.edcan.ca/articles/colour-of-wellbeing/

Shah, V., Aoudeh, N., Cuglievan-Mindreau, G., & Flessa, J. (2022). Subverting whiteness and amplifying anti-racisms: Mid-level district leadership for racial justice. Journal of School Leadership, 32(5), 456–487.https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1347567

Shah, V., Cuglievan-Mindreau, G., & Flessa, J. (2022). Reforming for racial justice: A narrative synthesis and critique of the literature on district reform in Ontario over 25 years. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 198, 35–54.https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cjeap/article/view/73144

Shah, V., & Grimaldos, D. (2022). Lies, denials, and cover-ups: The pervasiveness of whiteness in school districts relations with black and racialized parents. Urban Education. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/00420859221095004

Shah, V., & Grimaldos, D. K. (2023). Rising up: Collectivizing, strategizing, and forging solidarities among parents and caregivers leading for racial justice. VUE (Voices in Urban Education), 51(1).https://vue.metrocenter.steinhardt.nyu.edu/article/id/20/

Tuters, S. (2017). What informs and inspires the work of equity minded teachers. Brock Education Journal, 26(2).https://journals.library.brocku.ca/brocked/index.php/home/article/view/605

Tuters, S., & Portelli, J. (2017). Ontario school principals and diversity: Are they prepared to lead for equity? International Journal of Educational Management, 31(5), 598–611.https://www.researchgate.net/publication/315501499_Ontario_school_principals_and_dversity_Are_they_prepared_to_lead_for_equity

Tuters, S., Portelli, J. P., & MacDonald-Vemic, A. (2018). Navigating neoliberalism: Challenges faced by social justice educators. In M. J. Harkins & S.E. Singer (Eds.), Educators on Diversity, Social Justice, and Schooling: A Reader. Canadian Scholars.https://canadianscholars.ca/book/educators-on-diversity-social-justice-and-schooling/

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Shannon D. M. Moore

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba

Shannon D.M. Moore is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of Manitoba. Prior to joining the faculty, Shannon was a social studies and English teacher in the public school system in British Columbia for 19 years. Shannon is a public education advocate, and a founding member of People for Public Education Manitoba (@PublicEdMB). Moore’s research interests include media and digital literacies in the social studies classroom, the impacts of online learning on teachers and teaching, and the impacts of neoliberalism on public education.

Stephen Hurley

Chief Catalyst voicEd Radio Canada

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer. As the founder and chief catalyst at voicEd Radio, Hurley is passionate about nurturing stronger relationships between education research, practice and policy.