The Benefits & Challenges of Sending Children Back to School

Posted on Friday, September 4, 2020

Webinar 2 Panel 2 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.


Shining a Spotlight on Children & Youth With Disabilities

Panel 2 Discussants:

  • Marie Bountrogianni (former dean of Chang School of Continuing Ed at Ryerson and co-chair of the Ontario Autism Report)
  • Rachel Goddyn (Wayfinders Burnaby)
  • CindyHarrison (Founder of the ACT learning centre)
  • Anne Lesveque (Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa)
  • Gordon Peter (Director of Inclusive Education Canada)
  • Lesley Trudel (Assistant Professor in Faculty of Ed at the University of Winnipeg)

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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