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Rosa Bruno-Jofré Symposium in Education

RBJSE logo.Faculty of Education, Queen’s University
February 26 & 27, 2015

  • Professors and students in theatre seating, talking with each other.

    Rosa Bruno Jofré and student having a discussion at 2014 symposium.

  • Professors and graduate students seated around a table.

    Participants can get feedback on their research in a roundtable format.

  • Two individuals talking with each other in front of a poster.

    Posters let participants present in a visual and interactive format.

  • A graduate student standing at the front of a class next to a projection screen.

    A graduate student presenting his findings at RBJSE 2014.

  • Two seated students smiling.

    Students listening to the 2014 Keynote address.

  • Two seated students smiling.

    Students listening to the 2014 Keynote address.

  • Coffee mugs with the text 'rbjse' on the side, and small gift bags within.

    Swag given to participants at the 2014 Symposium.

  • Three graduate students standing in front of a blackboard.

    The 2014 Advisory Team: Lindsay, Ian, and Samantha.

The Rosa Bruno-Jofré Symposium in Education (RBJSE) is an interdisciplinary symposium that provides graduate students with a supportive and affordable opportunity to present and discuss their research or work-in-progress with colleagues, faculty, and practitioners from the field. The symposium highlights current research being undertaken by graduate students at Queen’s University and other universities across Canada and abroad. This year's theme is Embracing Perspectives: The Value of Voices, Stories, and Viewpoints in Education.

Evaluation Survey - 2015 Rosa Bruno-Jofré Symposium in Education

We are excited to celebrate the expansion of RBJSE from a one-day symposium to a two-day academic event. In alignment with our goals for growth and ongoing improvement of the academic experience for graduate students, we are pleased to introduce a workshop day (Day 1) dedicated to building academic skills, knowledge, and relationships. Embracing our symposium theme as a focal point for critical thought and dialogue, this workshop day offers participants the chance to engage in interactive workshops, panel discussions, and a networking event. An engaging keynote speaker will start off the events.​ As usual, we will host a full day of symposium events (Day 2). Participants are invited to attend various paper presentations, roundtable discussions, poster presentations, and alternative format presentations throughout the day. In addition, we are pleased to provide RBJSE participants with a second keynote speaker on the symposium day.​

2015 Theme

Embracing Perspectives: The Value of Voices, Stories, and Viewpoints in Education

The theme for this year’s symposium focuses on the need to embrace multiple perspectives in education. Current research in educational inclusion and equity focuses on the importance of educating to various characteristic differences in students (e.g., exceptionalities, ethno-cultural background, or socio-economic class) allowing educators from various backgrounds and disciplines to bring in viewpoints, stories, and voices not typically found in the classroom. While many of these viewpoints and voices may be contradictory in nature, there is a need in education to determine a way of embracing a multitude of perspectives. This year’s conference aims to begin conversations about how graduate students — as researchers, educators, and learners — can embrace multiple voices, viewpoints, and stories in education to make safer, more inclusive, learning environments. Regardless of the field, graduate students are simultaneously both teachers and learners on a path to self-discovery.


Day 1 - February 26, 2015. 

9:30 am - 11:30 am       Blanket Exercise (Gym)

Facilitated by Dr. Lindsay Morcom and Amber White, this activity will guide participants through an interactive journey of Canadian history from an Indigenous perspective. A shared debriefing exercise will follow the activity. 

12:30 pm - 12:55 pm      Registration (A234)

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm          Opening Remarks & Keynote Address by Dr. Nicholas Ng-a-Fook (A241)

Living a Curriculum of Hyph-e-nations:  Autobiography, Social Networking, and Difference
Dr. Nicholas Ng-a-Fook asks us to consider the complexities of living a cross-cultural curriculum within the multicultural contexts of Canada through following the experience of some first generation immigrants in a project that employs the multi-dimensional space of the Internet and cyber social communities. Disrupting traditional conceptions of students’ production of literacies, the project seeks to re-work the boundaries that define multiculturalism as a series of homogeneous hyphenated spaces from which students who are racialized as non-white are expected to speak. During the workshop Dr. Ng-A-Fook will ask us to reconsider, “what is at play in the hyphen?” and “how might the networked classroom space be considered a hyph-e-nation?” 

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm          Workshop: 

Educational Experiences from Four Different Viewpoints (A240).
Experience an active learning exercise that will provide you with an opportunity to understand how students, professionals, and researchers from four viewpoints (aboriginal learners, exceptional learners, LBGTQ learners, and ESL learners) might experience education differently.

Workshop by: Dr. Nancy Hutchinson, Dr. Lindsay Morcolm, Dr. Cheng, Dr. John Freeman

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm           Workshop

Incorporating Alternative Perspectives Into Research (A240).
During this workshop I will draw upon the four temporal components of currere—regression, progression, analysis, and synthesis—as a research methodology to deconstruct and reconstruct autobiographical narratives that represent the current historical significance of attending to concepts like “autobiography,” “intellectual topographies,” and “teacher education reforms” in relation to the present circumstances of working as a Chinese-Guyanese-Irish-Scottish hyphenated Canadian curriculum theorist. Part of my ongoing work as a curriculum theorist and teacher educator has been committed toward studying the concept of “curriculum” as the interdisciplinary study of lived experiences within teacher education. Like Pinar (2009), such work has sought to challenge educational reforms that endorse the self-formation of teachers as an instrumental means to an end, or curriculum development as a set of institutional objectives. Moreover, part of such curriculum theorizing asks teacher candidates and teacher educators to reconsider the various ways in which we might draw upon currere as a reflexive framework for grappling with our autobiographical-intellectual self-understandings of becoming teachers in and for the world. Workshop by: Dr. Nicholas Ng-a-Fook

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm          Wine & Cheese (Education Library)


Day 2 - February 27, 2015. 

8:30 am - 8:55 am        Registration (A234)

9:00 am - 9:50 am        Welcome & Keynote Address by Dr. Wayne J. Martino(A237)

10:00 am - 10:25 am    Presentations (A240, A239) & Roundtables (A236, A232)

10:30 am - 10:55 am    Presentations (A240, A239) & Roundtables (A236, A232)

11:00 am - 11:25 am     Presentations (A240, A239) ;& Roundtables  (A236, A232)

11:30 am - 11:55 am     Presentations (A240, A239) ;& Roundtables  (A236, A232)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm       Lunch (A241)

1:30 pm - 1:55 pm         Presentations (A240, A239) ;& Roundtables  (A236, A232)

2:00 pm - 2:25 pm         Presentations (A240, A239) ;& Roundtables  (A236, A232)

2:30 pm - 2:55 pm         Coffee/Snack break (A234)

3:00 pm - 3: 25 pm        Presentations (A240, A239) ;& Roundtables  (A236, A232)

3:30 pm - 3:55 pm         Presentations (A240, A239) ;& Roundtables  (A236, A232)

4:00 pm - 4:25 pm         Presentations (A240, A239) ;& Roundtables  (A236, A232)

4:30 pm - 4:40 pm         Break

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm         Closing Remarks

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm        Reception

Keynote Biographies

February 26

Nicholas Ng-a-fookDr. Nicholas Ng-A-Fook is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa and the founder of A Canadian Curriculum Theory Project. Specializing in curriculum theory and design, he is committed toward integrating various community service learning social action curriculum projects within the courses that he teaches. His academic research focuses on how curriculum theorizing as a social justice oriented praxis can provoke historical and present conceptions of curriculum policy and its development and implementation in public schools across Ontario. For more information about Dr. Ng-A-Fook and his work, visit: http://education.uottawa.ca/en/people/ng-fook-nicholas and www.curriculumtheoryproject.ca

February 27

Wayne MartinoDr. Wayne J. Martino is a Professor of Equity and Social Justice Education in the Faculty of Education and also an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at The University of Western Ontario. Previously, he taught in the School of Education at Murdoch University, Perth Western Australia. He is a Book Series Editor for the Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education and serves on the Editorial Boards of several international refereed journals. His most recent book, co-authored with Bob Lingard, Goli Rezai Rashti and Sam Sellar will be released in 2015 and is entitled: Globalizing educational accountabilities: Testing regimes and rescaling governance (New York: Routledge). For more information on Dr. Wayne J. Martino and his work, visit: www.edu.uwo.ca/faculty_profiles/cpels/martino_wayne

Blanket Exercise

On behalf of the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program and the Rosa Bruno-Jofré Symposium in Education, you are invited to attend the 2015 Blanket Exercise on February 26 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in the Gym of Duncan McArthur Hall. Facilitated by Dr. Lindsay Morcom and Amber White, this activity will guide participants through an interactive journey of Canadian history from an Indigenous perspective. A shared debriefing exercise will follow the activity. Everyone is welcome! For more information on the exercise, please see the FAQ below. To register for the event, please visit: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/blanket-ceremony-tickets-15573497751

Space is limited to 60 participants; so register soon to reserve a spot! If you are unable to participate in the interactive component of the activity, you are welcome to observe the exercise from the gym bleachers.


1. What is the Blanket Exercise?
Fifteen years ago, the Aboriginal Rights Coalition worked with Indigenous elders and educators to develop an interactive way of teaching a history most Canadians are never taught. The Blanket Exercise was the result. The exercise uses blankets to represent the lands of what is now called Canada, and the distinct cultures and nations which live on those lands to this day.

2. What will I have to do?
Participants represent the First Peoples; when they move onto the blankets, they are taken back in time to the arrival of the Europeans. A Narrator and a European work with the participants to read a script while the exercise goes through the history of treaty-making, colonization, and resistance that resulted in the nation we today call Canada. Please note, this kinesthetic activity often raises deep emotions and we strongly encourage you to work with your head, heart, and spirit. A shared de-briefing exercise will follow this activity.

3. Who can participate?
Since its creation in 1996, the Blanket Exercise has been conducted hundreds of times with thousands of people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Those who know a little bit of history or a lot - everyone will benefit from participating in the Blanket Exercise.

Symposium Skills 101: What should I know?

Did you miss Symposium Skills 101 on January 15, 2015? If so, don't worry - we have compiled all of the presentations here for your benefit! 

Presenting with Impact, by Chi Yan Lam

Make the Most out of Your Poster, by Meghan Dale

Roundtable Presentations, by Paul Vernon

Additional Resources

The Art and Science of Successful Presentations, by Potent Presentations

The Secret Structure of Great Talks, by Nancy Duarte (TED Talks)

Slide Design Guidelines, by Potent Presentations

How to Design a Research Poster, by Potent Presentations

Presenting Data Effectively, by Stephanie Evergreen