The pandemic has presented everyone with unprecedented challenges for our generation. York Circle has decided to capitalize on showcase the diverse strengths of York Researchers, from policy makers to molecular scientists, to engage audiences in lively intersections of ideas related to the pandemic. An unprecedented year, deserves an unprecedented format. For the first time, York Circle will bring together multidisciplinary panelists to dissect and discuss four themes over four sessions throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, all within the context of COVID-19.
Sept 26, 2020 - At home and in school: Supporting children, youth and the adults who care for them during a pandemic
During these unprecedented times, politicians, parents, health professionals and educators are struggling to determine what is best for students heading back to school this fall, whether that’s virtually or in person. In this timely panel session, York University experts will discuss the economic, social, and practical impacts of the pandemic on children, parents and educators in relation to inequities in the current education system. Dr. Gillian Parekh, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, will explore tensions around education and care for students with disabilities; Dr. Vidya Shah, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, will offer ideas for providing learning engagements focused on relationality, as well as community and critical consciousness; and Dr. Stephen Gaetz, Professor in the Faculty of Education, will speak to the problem of supporting youth experiencing homelessness or who are precariously housed during the pandemic.