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Welcome to the website of the Foundation whose mission it is to foster the memory of the oldest free school in Toronto and the man who was responsible for its existence, Enoch Turner.
Our mission is also to help the Ontario Heritage Trust to preserve the Schoolhouse in its original condition, so that it will continue to inspire thousands of visitors every year.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. Click here to purchase tickets online.
Curious about our Press Release? See it HERE !
Praise for our January 16th talk:
“Thank you all for helping to put together such an exciting evening, which focused on critical understandings of Canadian education. Everything was so thoughtfully organized, and it was a great turnout with fantastic moderator and audience questions. Many thanks to all!” – Dr. Jane Griffith
January 30th, 2018 – WHY THE ARTS MATTER
Demonstrates the value and dynamism of arts education. Kathleen Gould Lundy, an arts educator, leads a group of teachers who, through dramatic performances, illustrate innovative teaching techniques that inspire and engage students.
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All sessions take place at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse 106 Trinity Street Toronto
Reception 6:30 p.m.
Presentations 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.
The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is wheelchair accessible. TTC stops at Trinity and King East. On street parking.
Thank-you to everyone who attended our Annual Founder’s Dinner, it was a splendid evening!
Special thanks to:
GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE CONTINUING EDUCATION
MONTGOMERY’S INN INN-OVATORS
ONTARIO HERITAGE TRUST
TORONTO MARRIOTT BLOOR YORKVILLE
THE VIMY FOUNDATION
BRENDA WEBSTER TWEEL
Happy Holidays to all!
as we celebrate the spirit of the holidays and the opening of the Schoolhouse in 1849 for the poor children of Corktown.
Highlights include a traditional Canadian Christmas dinner with wine, seasonal reading, and carol singing. Enjoy fun and upbeat music performed by Danny’s 7.
We will be honouring our 2017 Heritage Champion, Jim Leech, C.M.
Our emcee for the evening is award-winning investigative and consumer reporter for Global News Toronto, Sean O’Shea.
This event is a fundraiser for the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation (11927 2862 RR0001). Tax receipts will be issued for the maximum allowable amount.
Wheelchair and TTC accessible.
For more information and to reserve tickets contact firstname.lastname@example.org OR purchase tickets HERE.
On November 14, please join us at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse for the first talk in our education series.
This first in a series of four panel sessions is an in-depth discussion of the aims of public schooling. Distinguished historian Paul Axelrod sets the context by recalling the origins of public schooling in Canada.
The panel includes:
- Annie Kidder, Executive Director of the advocacy organization, People for Education
- Jonathan Kakegamic, Principal of First Nations Junior and Senior School of Toronto
- Steve Alsop, Professor of education, science, and environmental sustainability, York University
Refreshments at 6:30 pm. Session starts at 7 pm.
Refund Policy Not applicable.
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Our second panel, on November 28th, is an informative discussion on how design, architecture, and the construction of schooling spaces affects and reflects social values, community life, and the interests of neighbourhoods.
This panel includes:
- Brenda Webster, Architect (Manager of Planning – Waterfront Toronto) Panel Chair
- Shannon Kyles (Mohawk College), “School Architecture Through the Ages”
- Josh Cole (Queen’s University), “Baby Boomers and the Building Boom: Post-war School Construction in Ontario”
- Martin Kohn (Kohn Shnier Architects), “Designing Schools for Today and Tomorrow”
Refreshments at 6:30 pm. Event starts at 7 pm
**Remember, it is not too late to register for our first panel on November 14th! Register for the November 14th talk HERE**
Friday, December 1st
The Annual Founder’s Day Dinner
A traditional Canadian Christmas Dinner celebrating the opening of Toronto’s first free school in 1849.
Hosted by Sean O’Shea of Global News.
Come enjoy Seasonal music, carols, and entertainment!
More information on where to buy tickets coming soon!
The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation would like to thank Deloitte Management Services LP. for their generous support.
On the passing of Councillor Pam McConnell, the Foundation would like to offer sincere condolences to her family. Pam was an advocate for public education and a good friend to the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse. She will be missed.
A big thank you to Ken McGoogan for his fascinating talk on how the Scots and Irish helped shape the Canadian identity.
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Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation presents:
Values and Visions in Public Schooling
This education series looks to the history of universal public schooling to reconsider contemporary education.
Expert panels ask what schooling is for, why we design schools as we do, whether schooling today is equitable for all Canadians, and how the arts can transform classroom teaching.
Parents, students, educators, community members, urban planners, architects and heritage enthusiasts are invited to take part in a unique opportunity for dialogue.
November 14 and 28, 2017
January 16 and 30, 2018
Stay tuned for more details!