Pedagogical Days

Dawson College hosts Ped Days, providing the opportunity to learn from others and share teaching expertise. The events feature a keynote address, and a rich variety of workshops, presentations and panel discussions built around Dawson community interests and suggestions.

Ped Days 2020

October 13-16, 2020

Usha James

Seizing opportunities and meeting the challenges of assessment in online, blended and physically distanced environment” Tuesday October 13 1pm – 2:30pm Slides

Michelle Miller

Assessing for Learning: How Testing and Practice Help Students Become Expert Thinkers” Friday October 16 11am-12:30pm


Ped Days 2019-20

January 13 and January 14 2020

Usha James


Usha James is Executive Director at The Critical Thinking Consortium where she also contributes as a resource writer, speaker and facilitator. She has seen how an understanding of critical thinking can deepen teacher understanding and practice of assessment, instruction, curriculum design, literacy, numeracy and differentiation.

Usha has worked as a secondary teacher, and as an instructor in the Initial Teacher Education Program and Director of the Secondary Program at OISE at the University of Toronto.

Slides to Dr James’ Keynote

Slides to workshop “Blended teaching”

Slides to workshop “Strategies to Engage Students”

Slides to workshop “Active Learning À la Carte in a low tech environment”

Ped Day 2018

Friday, October 12

George Elliot Clarke

Teaching with passion and performance

A prolific artist in poetry, song, drama, fiction, screenplay, and essays, George Elliott Clarke is also a pioneering scholar of African-Canadian literature. Dr. Clarke, a professor of English at the University of Toronto, has held the prestigious role of Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

Dr. Clarke is racialized “Black”, and identifies as a proud Afro-Métis Africadian, reflected in his writing on social justice and Canadian identity.

Ped Day 2012

Karen Ridd was the Ped Day 2012 keynote speaker. Available here is a video of her talk.

Last Modified: March 15, 2021