Working together for child and youth mental health: teachers, schools and families

November 3, 2014

The Faculty of Education’s “Let’s Talk About Education” Speaker Series:

 Working together for child and youth mental health: teachers, schools and families

Dr. Susan Rodger
Associate Professor & Psychologist
Faculty of Education

7:00 pm
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Althouse Building (1137 Western Road)
Room 1139 (Community Room)

 * Free Parking Will be Available *

RSVPs not required, but appreciated:

The statistics indicate that 1 in 5 Canadian children will experience a mental health disorder, and many more will experience mental health distress. One of the greatest challenges is access to care: only 1 in 5 children who need mental health care will receive it through the health care system. Having good mental health is important for good outcomes at home and at school, and schools and teachers are now on the ‘front lines’ of mental health. In this session we will talk about some of the challenges and opportunities for schools, teachers and families to work together to support child and youth mental health, and explore the ways in which we can all participate in creating powerful and positive relationships that can help make a difference.

Please pass along to anyone you feel would be interested; this is open to the Western and broader local community.


Multiple Intelligences and English as a Second Language

October 31, 2014

Western’s English Language Centre invites you to join them for a presentation

Multiple Intelligences and English as a Second Language: Investigation in Language Teaching and Learning

Ahlem Tabib
PhD candidate
Faculty of Education, Western University

1:00 pm
Thursday,  November 6, 2014
Room 1162, Faculty of Education

Ahlem’s bio and abstract

Please RSVP ( so we can have an idea of numbers.

Visiting Scholar Final Talk – October 20

October 17, 2014

Growing up in a Multilingual Society: Stages   and Strategies in Multilingual Socialization

Dr. Ajit Mohanty, Visiting Scholar
Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Monday, October 20, 2014
7:00 pm
Room 1139, Faculty of Education Building

Please RSVP ( so we can ensure an appropriate amount of refreshments.


Visiting Scholar – Next Talk – Friday Oct 17

October 10, 2014

Please join us for Dr. Mohanty’s next talk:

MLE Policy for Tribal (Indigenous) Children in Odisha (India): Crossing the Rubicon

Dr. Ajit Mohanty
Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Friday, October 17th at 1:00 pm
Community Room (1139)
Room changed to Faculty of Education – 1010

 All are welcome!

Please RSVP ( so we can ensure an appropriate amount of refreshments.

Qualitative Data for Research on Teaching Projects

October 6, 2014

The Teaching Support Centre presents:

Approaches for Gathering, Analyzing, and Interpreting Qualitative Data for Research on Teaching Projects

Wednesday, October 29, 2014,
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 121,
The D.B. Weldon Library

Qualitative data can provide you with an in-depth understanding of complicated behaviours. Gathering information using focus groups, interviews, participant observation, and open-ended responses is straightforward and can provide you with a better understanding of people and the social and cultural contexts in which they live, study, and work. This workshop will offer an introduction to rigorous and ethical methods of collecting and analyzing qualitative data as well as a general overview of software and analysis techniques that facilitate interpretation and reporting.

To register, please click on this link:

Indigeneity in Postsecondary Education

October 2, 2014

Western University’s Indigenous Services, Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Initiative (IHWI), and the Faculty of Education proudly present

Indigeneity in Postsecondary Education

 Michelle Pidgeon 

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Community Room (1139)
Faculty of Education

Light refreshments will be served

RSVP by emailing by Monday, October 6, 2014

FREE parking is provided

Poster – Michelle Pidgeon Public Lecture at Western

Michelle Pidgeon is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She is a higher education scholar whose research focuses on Indigeneity and post-secondary education. In particular, she is interested in what makes colleges and universities more successful places for Indigenous peoples. In her work she also explores the intersections between student affairs and services and Indigenous student success (e.g., student experience; recruitment and retention). Throughout her scholarship is a passion for expanding understanding of Indigenous research processes and ethical protocols in various research contexts. Michelle teaches in the areas of Educational leadership at the graduate level and also a variety of undergraduate education courses.

Languages, Power and Poverty: The Other Side of Multilingualism

October 1, 2014

Languages, Power and Poverty: The Other Side of Multilingualism

 Dr. Ajit Mohanty
Visiting Scholar
Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

 Monday, October 6, 2014
10:30 am
Community Room (1139)
Faculty of Education Building

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to

Dr.  Mohanty’s visit is generously supported by Western International


Abstract: Marginalization of minority and tribal languages along with forces for maintenance of languages in contact is a paradox of multilingual societies. This paradox is best understood by recognizing that languages are social instruments of power and exclusion; the questions of languaging and literacy are inherently tied to power and, therefore, choice of languages in education and for literacy is political. Unfortunately for many language communities this choice is their destiny since education in a dominant language is linked to capability deprivation, failure to build economic capacity for upward mobility and poverty.  This, in turn, leads to multiple forms of structural exclusion, identity negotiations reinforcing coercive relations of power, poor mental health and loss of wellbeing.
The interrelationship between language and socio-economic power springs from economic values of languages, biases in language competence-linked access to employment and language ideologies as criteria for socio-economic exclusion. The tentative language policies in many multilingual post-colonial countries (particularly in Asian and Africa) including India are divided between egalitarian ideologies favouring foregrounding of local voices and the homogenizing forces of the post-colonial nation building leading to divergent declared and de facto policies which fail to subvert the operation of the coercive relations of power in the society.
The role of language in educational failure and underachievement for the indigenous, tribal and minority groups points to the centrality of societal power relations and experiences of material and symbolic violence over generations. Cummins (2001, 2009) shows the interrelationship between social power relations and identity negotiation in determining educational achievement and capacity building. Based on our analyses of the role of mother tongues in education and interventions with early mother-tongue based education for Saora and Kond children in Odisha (India), a pedagogical framework for literacy engagement and identity affirmation will be presented.


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