The Benefits & Challenges of Sending Children Back to School

Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2020

Webinar 1 Panel 1 Discussants

August 17-18, 2020
University of Ottawa

This two-part luncheon webinar series included educators, epidemiologists, and economists who brought their own points of view to this interdisciplinary discussion. Given the current circumstances, panelists re-framed the situation acknowledging families who can't easily choose to stay home with their children; debated whether community transmission rates were indeed low enough to keep students and educators safe; compared the educational impact of virtual classrooms and the social impact of in-person learning on youth with disabilities; and also posited many innovations and learning opportunities to make the most of this complicated situation in which there is no "right" answer. 

Economic, Education, Labour, & Health Perspectives

Panel 1 Discussants:

  • Raywat Deonandan (Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa)
  • Beyhan Farhadi (Postdoctoral Visitor, Faculty of Education, York University; secondary teacher at the Toronto District School Board)
  • David Hutchison (3M National Teaching Fellow and Professor, Department of Educational Studies, Brock University)
  • Angella MacEwan (Senior Economist, Canadian Union of Public Employees)
  • Katherine Scott (Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) 
  • Mikal Skuterud (Professor, Economics, University of Waterloo)

This webinar series was co-organized by the CN-Paul M. Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy and the Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair at the University of Ottawa.

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