Posted: April 19, 2021
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Laurier Education Talks lecture series

WPL works closely with Laurier, regularly looking for opportunities to support our community through partnered events and activities. We know that this year has sparked many conversations about education and the ways in which young people experience learning, community connection and well-being. At the same time, we have learned so much about the complexities and opportunities of technology as a means of learning.

We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers the opportunity to learn from the incredible Faculty of Education at Laurier through the Laurier EdTalks Series.

Inspiring Innovation In Our Children
Wednesday, June 9
7:00pm
Click here for more information and to register

Guestspeaker: Dr. Maria Cantalini-Williams

Dr. Cantalini-Williams received her Doctor of Education degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in the Department of Applied Psychology. Her research is focused on innovation in education, collaborative inquiry, early childhood and work-integrated learning models. She has authored and co-authored numerous books, chapters in books and academic journal articles on these topics. Dr. Cantalini-Williams worked in the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University (Brantford campus) from 2003 to 2018 and recently received the designation of Professor Emerita. She taught in the Bachelor of Education and Graduate Studies programs and was Director and Associate Dean of the Laurier-Nipissing Concurrent Education program in Brantford for fifteen years. Maria also founded and was the faculty lead for Nipissing’s international practicum program in Italy for 12 years. Since 2016, she was Chair of a Rideau Hall Foundation committee working on the Education for Innovation project, designed to develop innovation skills and mindsets in Canadian students.

Previous Laurier EdTalks

Education Beyond Borders
Guestspeakers: Steve Sider and Judy Halpern

Steve and Judy are faculty members in the Laurier Faculty of Education. Their teaching and research have a focus on global education. They are two of the coordinators of the Laurier-sponsored Educator and Leadership Institute which provides professional learning courses and workshops to educators in Haiti, Nepal, and Egypt. Click here to view the lecture.

The Power of Our Stories
Guestspeaker: Dr. Cathy Miyata


Cathy Miyata has been a professional storyteller for over 30 years. She has facilitated hundreds of workshops and courses in storytelling to teachers, business people, storytellers, academics, and even used it to entertain children of all ages.  Her telling has taken her to Serbia, Mexico, the United States, Portugal, Sweden, Malaysia, across Canada, into many Indigenous Communities, and several times to Egypt, Germany and Japan. She enjoys collecting stories, creates stories, and now in her academic life, she uses it as a powerful research approach. Click here to view the lecture.

Hey Siri! How Did You Do That?
Guestspeaker: Julie Mueller


Dr. Mueller is a Professor and Associate Dean with the Faculty of Education at Laurier. She was an elementary teacher with the Waterloo District School Board for a decade before completing her PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology.  Julie's research investigates the integration of technology in teaching and learning with a current emphasis on computational thinking as a way of thinking.  Her passion for active living has led her to also explore the use of exercise bikes in classrooms and flexible learning spaces. Click here to view the lecture.

Physical Literacy in the 21st Century
Guestspeaker: Anne Facey

"After teaching in the Waterloo area for 34 years in the private and public system, I currently teach Physical Education and Health in the Faculty of Education and serve as a Field Supervisor for teacher candidates.  I work as professional development writer and workshop facilitator for the Ontario Physical and Education Association (OPHEA). As recent graduate of the Master of Education program at Laurier, I am interested in the promotion of Healthy Active Lifestyles in the education system." Click here to view the lecture.

Building Resilience In Our Children and Youth
Guestspeaker: Dr. Carolyn FitzGerald

Dr. FitzGerald received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Western University in 2002 and her MA in Clinical Psychology in 1994.  She is an Assistant Professor and the Graduate Coordinator in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, and teaches courses in the graduate and undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Education, in the areas of quantitative research methodology, learning theories and child development, and equity and diversity.  Dr. FitzGerald’s main area of interest as an instructor and researcher is mental health.  She teaches courses on mental health at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and is the developer and instructor for the Mental Health Certificate, a unique 80-hour seven module non-credit course for educators wanting to improve their knowledge of and ability to support students with mental health challenges.  This program began with participants from the local area, and now has participants from multiple countries around the world.  At present, Dr. FitzGerald is conducting research on principal mental health, pre-service teacher mental health, and the efficacy of mental health professional development for the K-12 teaching population. Click here to view the lecture. 

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