Upcoming Webinar: Race, Class and Reading: Disrupting the Pedagogy of Low Expectations

When: January 26th, 7:30-9:00 pm

At least one-third of all Ontario students currently leave school without attaining the level of literacy the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) considers necessary to fully participate in today's economy. Low literacy not only limits an individual's academic and career opportunities, but also increases their risk for issues with mental health, addiction, homelessness, and involvement in the criminal justice system.

Current pedagogical beliefs have normalized the resigned acceptance that we have a disproportionate number of students from marginalized populations leaving school with low literacy. We at IDA Ontario do not accept this as an inevitability. The evidence clearly shows that when provided with evidence-based instruction within a system that implements equitable policies for assessment and support, marginalized students can learn to read as well as their privileged peers.

Please join us on Wednesday, January 26th at 7:30 pm, for a webinar panel discussion exploring how we can dismantle the ideas and disrupt the systems that have perpetuated and excused inequity for too long. We will also discuss what you can do to help ensure that the findings and recommendations of the OHRC's Right to Read Inquiry spark real action and positive changes in your community.




Cheryl Urbanczyk - Dyslexia & Literacy  Specialist

Cheryl is a dyslexic parent, an Ontario elementary public school vice principal, an Orton-Gillingham Fellow-in-Training, and a member of the OG Academy equity, diversity and inclusion committee. 

Find her at: learnliteracy.com 



Resha Conroy 

Resha is the founder of the Dyslexia Alliance for Black Children. She is also a speech and language pathologist, executive functioning coach, and mother of two children with learning disabilities.  Resha has over a decade of experience working on school leadership teams and as a consultant for charter schools in Washington DC and New York City.


Camesha Cox

Camesha is an Ontario certified teacher who successfully ran a school-wide literacy intervention program for high school students in London, England.  After returning to Canada, she spent years working in youth employment programs in the Kingston-Galloway Orton Park (KGO) neighborhood of Scarborough and witnessed firsthand the devastating long-term impacts of low literacy. Concerned about the chronically low EQAO reading scores in KGO she founded The Reading Partnership, a charity dedicated to improving literacy outcomes in her community and beyond.


Amuna Baraka-Clark 

Amuna is a proud mother of two teenage girls and a committed senior leader in the community healthcare sector.  She believes that we should all have the opportunity to use our powers for good.