Equity in Public Education in Canada – Engaging Marginalized Youth and Educators
STATUS: Complete (2012-2014)
Working with Concrete Roses Youth Services and Sick Kids® in Toronto, Ontario this project addressed inequalities in public education as experienced by marginalized youth.
Too many Canadian youth remain challenged in achieving academic success in public education based on socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, immigrant, Aboriginal, or mental health status. Decades of research have shown that low socioeconomic status remains the single greatest barrier to school success. Additionally, intersections of poverty, mental health and school disengagement show how poor youth struggling with mental health issues often experience compromised academic outcomes. Finally, teacher education is under examined as a potent location for forging new pathways to equity in public education.
The aims of the project were to