Values and Visions in Public Schooling: What is Schooling For?

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.

***Click here for more details and to reserve your seat***

Values and Visions in Education: Designs for Learning

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.

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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

CLICK HERE to register online!

**Remember, it is not too late to register for our first panel on November 14th! Register for the November 14th talk HERE**

Canada 150 Education Series UPDATE

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!


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Welcome to the Foundation Online

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

Photo© Ontario Heritage Trust

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.