Punjab educators take part in U of T teacher training program

OISE hosts 50 teachers for intensive development program
Liz Do

A skilled educator with 15 years of experience teaching high-school science in her hometown of Punjab, India, Sapna Verma was searching for ways to improve her teaching. 

Enter the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). 

Verma was among 50 government teachers, teaching coordinators and officials sent by the government of the Indian State of Punjab who took part in an intensive four-week teacher-development program at OISE last month. 

Back to School: U of T library system ranked in top three with Harvard and Yale

University of Toronto ranked as one of the top three library systems in North America
Margaret Wall with files from Liz Do

Students entering the University of Toronto this fall have access to the top-ranked library system in Canada, according to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

The ARL recently ranked the U of T library system one of the top three in North America, after Harvard and Yale. The only Canadian university in the top 10, U of T has placed among the ARL’s top five research libraries since 2002-2003.

Back to School: meet the first graduate of mentorship program to enrol at U of T Law

"LAWS ignited a passion in me to help others"
Lucianna Ciccocioppo

When Alissa Saieva began her studies at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law August 18th she achieved a trifecta of firsts.

Saieva is first in her family to attend law school, the first graduate from the groundbreaking program Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) to attend U of T Law, and the first LAWS grad be accepted into any law school.

Record number of Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada for U of T

Jenny Hall

Twenty-one U of T scholars have been named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) this year, more than the university has ever seen inducted in a single year.

Back to School: how to calm students' stress and anxiety

Heidi Singer

The heavy academic pressures so common today raise back-to-school stress like never before –  and it’s not just high school seniors or university students who are feeling it right now.

Back(pack) to School: how much is too much?

Experts weigh in on how much children and youth can safely tote
Erin Howe

Students are returning to class this week lugging backpacks filled with books and binders. But how much is too much to carry?

Debra Cameron, an assistant professor in the University of Toronto’s department of occupational science and occupational therapy, says the acceptable weight for a backpack depends on the child’s age and stage of growth. Younger children should carry no more than 10 per cent of their body weight, while older teenagers should carry no more than 15 per cent of their body weight.

Every child deserves an education: Karen Mundy takes her vision to Washington

Terry Lavender

As Canadian families settle in to a new school year, millions of children around the world still lack access to what Karen Mundy calls a fundamental human right – the right to an education.

The associate dean of research, international and innovation at U of T’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Mundy hopes to help change that when she takes up a new position this fall as chief technical officer at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) in Washington, DC.

From the Andes to the Amazon: U of T students in "biodiversity hotspot"

Twenty students join experts for tropical biology field course
Terry Lavender

Danielle de Carle was terrified. The University of Toronto ecology and evolutionary biology student was alone in the Peruvian rain forest – for once without a headlamp – with monkeys, birds and insects creating a cacophony of noise around her.

Promoting volunteerism, helping students excel: New College leadership program

Leadership Certificate Program looks to enhance students’ co-curricular record and academic abilities
Kaitlin Klaas with files from Liz Do

With September just around the corner, balancing academic and volunteer commitments will once again become a way of life for many U of T students.

With this in mind, New College has revamped its Leadership Certificate Program, to ensure students have the skills they need to excel at both.

Green Path: 10 years of helping students from China adjust to university

Program celebrates more than 1,400 graduates over past decade
Don Campbell

When Kobe Sun and Camellia Tian reflect on their time in the Green Path program, the memories go beyond building academic skills or adjusting to life in a new country.

It was during a Green Path class trip to Wonderland in 2010 that the couple met and began dating. They are now happily married. 

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