Program & Highlights
This page contains information about the CIES 2011 Montréal conference program. A program overview has been provided to showcase the framework of the conference itself. For more detailed information about the scheduling of individual and group panel presentations, please consult the full conference program.

Noteworthy highlights in this year’s program, two lecture series—”Canadian Education in Perspective” and “A Tribute to Jackie Kirk”—will take place on Monday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 4, respectively. Other special events during the week-long conference include a plenary session on the conference theme; three invited panels focusing on current developments in education and around the world; an opportunity to visit two remarkable schools in the Montréal area; and the premiere of Carlos Alberto Torres’ theatrical piece, “Schooling of the oppressor or of the oppressed?,” influenced by the work of Paulo Freire.

CIES 2011 Montréal will officially begin at 9:00am EST on Sunday, May 1, 2011, and run until 5:15pm EST on Thursday, May 5, 2011. Please note that the first board meeting of the WCCES, as well as a number of pre-conference workshops, will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Below you will find the CIES 2011 Montréal conference program overview, which includes scheduling information for lectures, concurrent sessions, workshops, CIES committee highlights, meetings, and special events. Click on the conference logo to download and open the file:

The above program outline has been updated as of April 24, 2011.

A final version of the full CIES 2011 Montréal program is now available for download below. To more easily locate your presentation date and time in the conference program document, please refer to the participant index and identify your session number. Geographical information about presentation topics and keyword listings are also indexed in the same document.

●  CIES 2011 Montréal FULL CONFERENCE PROGRAM (Final).pdf
●  CIES 2011 Montréal Conference Site Map.pdf

In addition to keynote lectures, invited panels, and social events, the full conference program contains information about all highlighted sessions, special events, and meetings sponsored by CIES‘s three standing committees—Gender & Education; New Scholars; Under-represented Racial, Ethnic, & Ability Groups (UREAG)—as well as its eighteen special interest groups (SIGs). Proposals selected for inclusion in highlighted sessions were reviewed separately by representatives of each respective committee/SIG. For additional information about committee/SIG events, including a listing of business meetings at this year’s conference, please visit the “SIGs and Committees” page. 

The CIES 2011 Montréal Program Committee has strived to accommodate presenters’ special requests whenever possible; however, the conference program has been finalized and further revisions cannot be made. Please note that session/paper titles and presenter affiliations were edited for length, style, and consistency. Any last-minute changes to the program due to special circumstances will be advertised on-site  on the “Announcements” bulletin board located on the Mezzanine (M) floor, next to the registration area.

On Monday, May 2, 2011, the five-part “Canadian Education in Perspective” series will delve into issues in Canadian education from a comparative perspective—in both national and international contexts. Simultaneous translation will be available in English and French for the entire series. Below is a list of each session and its participants; more detailed information about individual presentations is available in the full conference program:

●  8:30am-10:00am
    Equality of opportunity and diversity: Political philosophies, educational policies and practices
        in France with a comparative perspective from Québec
    Claire Chamberland, Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), Québec, Canada  [Chair]
    François Héran, Institut National d’Études Démographiques (INED), France
    Leslie Joanne Limage, Independent Expert, UNESCO (retired)
    Francoise Lorcerie, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
    Marie Mc Andrew, Université de Montréal, Canada  [Discussant]

●  10:15am-11:45am
    Education of First Nations and Inuit in Canada
    Steven Shane Jordan, McGill University, Canada  [Chair]
    Lise Bastien, First Nations Education Council of Québec, Canada
    Louise Poirier, Université de Montréal, Canada
    Jo-Ann Archibald, University of British Columbia, Canada
    Marie Battiste, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

●  12:00pm-1:30pm
    Religion and accommodation in Québec schools
    Denise Lussier, McGill University, Canada  [Chair]
    Mireille Estivalèzes, Université de Montréal, Canada
    Ronald Morris, McGill University, Canada
    Kevin McDonnough, McGill University, Canada
    Bruce Maxwell, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Canada
    David Waddington, Concordia University, Canada
    Andree-Anne Cormier, Université de Montréal, Canada 
    Marina Schwimmer, Université de Montréal, Canada
    Reginald Fleury, Commission Scolaire de Montréal [Montreal School Board], Canada

●  1:45pm-3:15pm
    History teaching and citizenship education in Canada
    Jack Jedwab, Association for Canadian Studies  [Chair]
    Raymond Théberge, Ministry of Education, Ontario, Canada
    Marc André Éthier, Université de Montréal, Canada 
    Christian Laville, Laval University, Canada
    Carla Peck, University of Alberta, Canada

●  3:45pm-5:15pm
    Ethnocultural diversity and equity in Canadian schools
    Noel Burke, Concordia University, Canada  [Chair]
    George J. Sefa Dei, University of Toronto—Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Canada
    Jake Murdoch, Université de Montréal, Canada
    Bruce Garnett, North Surrey Secondary School, Canada
    Chedly Belkhodja, Université de Moncton, Canada

On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, coinciding with the forthcoming book release of Education in conflict: A tribute to Jackie Kirk (Teachers College Press), the three-part “A Tribute to Jackie Kirk” series will be presented by the chapter authors of the memorial volume dedicated to Kirk’s field of work—gender, education, conflict, and peace. The speakers will explore the education of children in conflict zones by discussing research, policy, and practice for systemic change. Below is a list of each session and its participants; more detailed information about individual presentations is available in the full conference program:

●  10:15am-11:45am
    Education in conflict zones: From concepts to the voices of children
    Karen Mundy, University of Toronto—Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Canada 
    Lynn Davies, University of Birmingham, UK
    Sarah Dryden-Peterson, University of Toronto—Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Canada

●  12:00pm-1:30pm
    Understanding international programs and interventions for education in conflict zones
    Rebecca Winthrop, Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution, USA
    Morten Sigsgaard, UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)
    Susan Shepler, American University, USA

●  1:45pm-3:15pm
    New directions in research on education and conflict
    Claudia Mitchell, McGill University, Canada
    Dana Burde, New York University, USA
    Stephanie Bengtsson, Teachers College—Columbia University, USA

●  Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 5:30pm
    Schooling of the oppressor or of the oppressed? A theater piece in three acts
    Carlos Alberto Torres, University of California—Los Angeles

●  Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 8:30am
    Liberation: The promise and challenge for comparative education
    Robert F. Lawson, Ohio State University, USA  [Chair]
    Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Teachers College—Columbia University, USA
    Erwin Epstein, Loyola University—Chicago, USA
    Iveta Silova, Lehigh University, USA

●  Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 10:15am
    Is there a "best" model of teacher preparation for educational success?
    Hélène Perrault, McGill University, Canada  [Chair] 
    Caroline Liberg, Uppsala University, Sweden
    Jari Lavonen, University of Helsinki, Finland
    Seokhee Cho, St. John’s University, USA
    Carole Ann Tomlinson, University of Virginia, USA
    Julie McLeod, University of Melbourne, Australia
    Elizabeth Wood, McGill University, Canada  [Discussant]

●  Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 1:45pm
    Education in emergency situations: The case of Japan
    Ruth Grubel, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan  [Chair]
    Akiko Hayashi, Arizona State University, USA
    Kazuko Kurihara, Tokyo Board of Education
    David Blake Willis, Fielding Graduate University, USA

●  Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 3:45pm
    The Middle East uprisings: An invitation to reflect on comparative education research
    Zeena Zakharia Harvard University—Kennedy School of Government, USA  [Chair]
    Roozbeh Shirazi, Teachers College—Columbia University, USA
    Hana Addam El-Ghali, University of Pittsburgh, USA
    Carine Allaf, Teachers College—Columbia University, USA
    Golnar Mehran, Al-Zahra University, Iran

CIES 2011 Montréal organizers have arranged for a guided school visit to two unique local schools—École FACE and École nationale de cirque—on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Individuals wishing to take part in the school visits will need to meet at 9:00am on the Mezzanine (M) Level of Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel; buses will provide transportation to both schools and will return to the conference site at 1:00pm.

Tickets for the school visits are available for $25 USD, but space is limited. If you paid by credit card when registering for the conference online, the additional amount will be charged to the credit card on file. If you paid by check or wire transfer, you will need to make the additional payment on-site when you check in at the conference registration desk. All individuals must be pre-registered to take part in the school visits. 

To purchase your ticket and reserve a space, please email Registration Services at 

●  École FACE (Fine Arts Core Education)
●  Website:

Founded in 1975 by Philip Baugniet, École FACE has since expanded to a student body of 1400 students, from pre-kindergarten (age 4) through high school, and developed a unique educational model that takes a varied and holistic approach to learning and encourages students to develop an open mind. With a fine arts program focused on instrumental and vocal music, visual arts, and drama, the objective of FACE is for its students to learn through the arts, as opposed to learning the arts. In a world where knowledge has become more and more technological and complex, FACE acknowledges that it is the school's duty to offer a program that is above and beyond learning the basic disciplines—that it is essential to challenge students with exceptional examples of human creativity and intelligence, and that the arts can serve as wonderful teacher for fostering personal discipline and determination. 

In a location adjacent to the campus of McGill University, FACE is part of the Commission Scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) but also takes students from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB). Although it is not a bilingual school, as students enrolled in the CSDM receive their schooling in French and those in the EMSB in English, students from both school boards are grouped together for instrumental and vocal music classes and other occasions (outings, concerts, extracurricular activities). Because FACE is a special orientation school whose area covers the whole territory of the CSDM and of the EMSB, all students are selected through a random draw. 

●  École nationale de cirque [National Circus School]
●  Website:

The only school to provide advanced circus arts training in North America, École nationale de cirque [National Circus School] is an institution for higher education located in Montreal with a primary mission to prepare circus artists. Internationally renowned for highest-quality training, the school opens it doors to close to 150 students from around the world. The school provides a complete spectrum of professional programs in circus arts—Preparatory Program, Circus and High School Studies, and Diploma of Collegial Studies in Circus Arts—and prepares teaching professionals versed in the circus arts.

A dedicated team of more than fifty teachers, lecturers, and guest artists ensures that each student receives personalized attention and encouragement throughout training. These passionate and experienced professionals have all made a mark in their respective fields—which encompass circus, education, sports, and the performing arts—in Canada and beyond. With new facilities that cater to all disciplines while promoting safety, École nationale de cirque provides a truly unique learning environment.Program_&_Highlights_files/CIES%202011%20Montre%CC%81al%20FULL%20CONFERENCE%20PROGRAM%20%28Final%29.pdfProgram_&_Highlights_files/CIES%202011%20Montre%CC%81al%20PARTICIPANT%20INDEX%20%28includes%20GEORGRAPHIC%20%26%20KEYWORD%20INDEXES%29.pdfProgram_&_Highlights_files/CIES%202011%20Montre%CC%81al%20Conference%20Site%20Map.pdfSIGs_%26_Committees.htmlmailto:cies2011@umd.eduhttp://face.csdm.qc.cahttp://www.ecolenationaledecirque.cashapeimage_3_link_0shapeimage_3_link_1shapeimage_3_link_2shapeimage_3_link_3shapeimage_3_link_4shapeimage_3_link_5shapeimage_3_link_6

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