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University of Toronto (OISE) Research Study: Exploring the Role of Black Teachers in Promoting Well-Being and Academic Achievement in Black Students

OISE research study, teacher with students

OSSTF/FEESO is pleased to endorse another study that promises to have a direct, positive impact on Ontario’s public education system. Hannah Mahapeth is a doctoral candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. As part of her research, Ms. Mahapeth is investigating the role Black teachers play in supporting the well-being of Black students. She is asking, for example:

  • What strategies do Black teachers engage in to support the well-being of Black students?
  • What barriers do they face in their efforts?
  • How do educational policies and systemic inequities act as barriers to supporting the well-being of Black students?

To answer these questions, Ms. Mahapeth wants to connect with OSSTF/FEESO members who self-identify as Black teachers, who work with Black students, and who have a social justice/Black-affirming orientation in pedagogical practices. She would like to conduct semi-structured interviews to identify and amplify OSSTF/FEESO members’ insights and perspectives.

Although OSSTF/FEESO strongly encourages members who meet the above criteria to consider participating in the study, participation is voluntary. Further, personal information will be kept confidential, and all publications from the study will use pseudonyms to ensure privacy.

Research Study Poster

If you want to participate or have questions about the study, please contact Hannah Mahepath at Hannah.mahepath@mail.utoronto.ca.

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