Rena Upitis

Professor Emeritus of Arts Education


BA, LL.B., M.Ed. (Queen's), Ed.D. (Harvard)

Professor of Arts Education, Graduate Faculty


Research Interests

  • use of digital tools to support arts learning
  • teacher professional development in arts education
  • school architecture
  • development of symbol systems
  • benefits of the arts for students, teachers, and communities.

Upitis, R. (2011). Arts education for the whole child. Invited monograph for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). Toronto, ON.

Upitis, R. (2010). Raising a school: Foundations for school architecture. South Frontenac, ON: Wintergreen Studios Press.

Smithrim, K., & Upitis, R. (Eds.). (2008). Listen to their voices: Research and practice in early childhood music. Toronto: Canadian Music Educators Association.


Upitis, R., Davis, J., Brook, J., Peterson, A., Ogden, H., & Troop, M. (2011). German, Icelandic, and Canadian students’ views of their learning spaces: A Cross-cultural perspective. DESIGN Principles & Practices: An International Journal, 4, 273–286.

Upitis, R., Abrami, P. C., Patteson, A. (2010). Approaching environmental issues through electronic portfolios & the arts. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies,8(1), 68–98.

Ogden, H., Upitis, R., Brook, J., Troop, M., Peterson, A., & Hughes, S. (2010). Entering school: The impact of entryways and foyers on teachers and students. Journal of Children, Youth, and Environments (CYE), 20(2), 150–174.

Upitis, R. (2010). As artes perdidas (The lost arts). Transl. Portuguese by M. Prathas Linhares. Revista Profissão Docente, Uberaba, 9(19), 1–15.

Upitis, R., Davis, J., Peterson, A., Brook, J., Troop, M., & Ogden, H. (2010). If I could design my own schools: Students’ perceptions of their learning spaces. UNESCO Observatory on Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts, 1(5).

Upitis, R., Atri, A., Keely, C., Lewis, A. (2010). Professional development programs in the arts. UNESCO Observatory on Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts, 1(5).

Upitis, R. (2009). Developing ecological habits of mind. International Journal of Education and the Arts. Retrieved from

Conference Proceedings

Upitis, R., Abrami, P. C., Brook, J., Troop, M., & Catalano, L. (2010). Using ePEARL for music teaching: A case study. In G. Pérez-Bustamante, K. Physavat, & F. Ferreria (Eds.) Proceedings of the International Association for Scientific Knowledge Conference (pp. 36–45). Seville, Spain: IASK Press.

Upitis, R., Patteson, A., & Abrami, P. C. (2010, May). E-learning, ecology, and an arts education institutional partnership. Proceedings of the Canada International Conference on Education (CICE), (pp. 225–230). Toronto, ON.

Upitis, R., Abrami, P. C., & Patteson, A. (2009). Using electronic portfolios to learn about ecology through the arts. In P. Isias, B. White, & M. Nunes (Eds.), Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on WWW/Internet (Vol. 2, pp. 41–47). Lisbon, Portugal: IADIS Press.