The MITACS Research Team

The MITACS Research Team

Emmanuelle Le Pichon- Vorstman

Principal Researcher / Chercheure Principale Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

These three projects are very close to my heart. Apart from my work, I am also the mother of 4 children who grew up between 3 languages and cultures, changing school systems several times and I know the richness of plurilingual and pluricultural education. But to get the most out of an education like this one, we need to create more inclusive classrooms: the goal is to support all students, without exception, in all subjects, including STEM subjects! I have explained the reasons that led me to develop these projects in this article.

Jim Cummins

Principal Researcher Professor Emeritus, OISE, University of Toronto

When I was first introduced to the Binogi platform in 2017, my immediate reaction was that this will dramatically change education as we know it. Not only is curriculum content presented in a multimodal and multilingual way, but it also has the potential to enable students to progress at their own pace and to engage parents and caregivers in their children’s education. As we move towards greater flexibility in combining in-class and online learning in a post-Covid world, I believe that the potential of Binogi will be appreciated by an ever-increasing number of educators.

Dania Wattar

Research Project Manager Lecturer, OISE, University of Toronto

Coming soon!

Zahra Safdarian

Research Assistant
PhD Student, OISE, University of Toronto

What has most enthused me about Binogi project is my immigration and settlement history in Canada. When I immigrated to Canada with my 9-year-old daughter, I bitterly experienced how practicing monolingual and subtractive education system in multilingual contexts can result in life-long sufferings such as academic and social integration impairment which in turn cause mental health issues for emergent bilinguals. I believe that Binogi platform revives critical pedagogy through weaponizing STEM educators against monolingualism in the current globalized classrooms. Binogi is a unique manifestation of the way digital literacy can evolve the quality of multilingual education through investing on students’ and parents’ funds of knowledge and practicing translanguaging in classes. To me, Binogi is a huge step towards the ultimate goal of education which is “No child is left behind.”

Leanne (Rempel) Adegbonmire

Research Assistant
PhD Student, OISE, University of Toronto

I joined the ESCAPE Projects team in Fall 2020 when Emmanuelle approached me. I have a background in language teaching – both English and Spanish (in Canada and Chile). I am really interested in getting families engaged in their children’s learning, as well as working with communities of practice. 

Vivian Lee

Research Assistant EdD Student, OISE, University of Toronto

Coming soon!

Mai Naji

Research Assistant
PhD Student, OISE, University of Toronto

For most students, it takes more than academic abilities to successfully navigate any education system, particularly in STEM-related subjects. My transnational trajectory both as a student and an educator spanned multiple educational systems and during this time, it became clear that the challenges I faced in overcoming language barriers and adapting to new cultures and ways of learning were not unique. Many students don’t have the support they need to succeed and this is why I am very excited about this research project. I believe that introducing an innovative multilingual online learning resource—Binogi—into the classroom has the potential to offer much-needed support not only to students but also to teachers and parents.

Kanza Tariq

Research Assistant
PhD Student, OISE, University of Toronto

coming soon!

Ye Jia

Research Assistant
PhD Student, OISE, University of Toronto

Coming soon!

Rosalia Cha

Research Assistant
PhD Student
OISE, University of Toronto

When I first joined this research project, I was genuinely excited about the goal of this research project that is pertinent to both the multicultural, digital society and the current pandemic circumstances we are situated in. As an immigrant and an educator, I recognize the struggles English Language Learners (ELLs) experience and the challenges teachers encounter in their classroom of diverse population. With the understanding of difficulties experienced by different perspectives, I am thrilled to be part of this research project team to develop resources for teachers that implement Language Friendly Pedagogy, online learning tools (ie. Binogi), and parental/community involvement, which will fill the learning gaps caused by the pandemic and promote learner engagement both in class and at home for ALL students. I look forward to finding out how the participating teachers utilize the resources and how students response to them. Moreover, I am delighted how this research project creates a platform for the project team and teachers to collaborate and exchange ideas, thoughts, and experiences in order to enrich the project and one’s professional growth.

Karam Noel

Research Assistant
PhD Student
OISE, University of Toronto

Coming soon!