UTS works closely with various university department and professors, as well as community organizations and leading professionals, in the development and delivery of specialist programs. Here are our current projects:
UTS works with the Munk School of Global Affairs, the Rotman School of Management, and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), on the Global Ideas Institute. This program provides a unique learning experience for more than 150 GTA secondary school students annually, who work with Global Innovation Group professors Joseph Wong, Dilip Soman, Stanley Zlotkin, Yu-Ling Cheng, and Anita McGahan.
UTS and the I-Think Team at Rotman School of Management deliver programs to public school boards, educational institutions, and the Ontario Ministry of Education introducing students to complex problem-solving strategies – approaches that are interwoven throughout the UTS curriculum.
UTS partners with Prof. Zhong-Ping Feng of the Department of Physiology, and with the Firefly Foundation, on the summer program, Bright Lights in the Lab. UTS teacher and Fulbright Fellow, Anand Mahadevan – a 2015 recipient of a national Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence – has used the program to pioneer innovative approaches to science teaching. These include the notion of Design Labs – a method of inquiry that has been adopted at UTS.
Developed by UTS teacher Josh Fullan, Maximum City is an award-winning curriculum and research project in sustainable urban design for high school students. The program partners with the Department of Geography and Planning, the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, the Department of Engineering, the Martin Prosperity Institute, and the Urban Studies Program at Innis College – as well as leading professionals. Maximum City modules are now taught at UTS and at several other GTA schools.
Visit Maximum City
Visit Department of Geography and Planning
Visit John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
Visit Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Visit Martin Prosperity Institute
Visit Innis College Urban Studies Program
UTS educators are undertaking original research as part of a research inquiry community facilitated by Prof. Clare Kosnick. The project is fully funded by the UTS Eureka! Endowment. The initiative is the subject of research for Prof. Kosnick and her colleagues, who have presented this work at provincial and international conferences.
UTS partners with the Prof. Rubén Gaztambide-Fernandez and the Centre for Urban Schooling to offer a youth participatory action research (yPAR) co-curricular to senior UTS students. A grant from Newton Foundation, through UTS, funds a post-doctoral fellow for the project. The students formulate their own research questions, with a focus on their own experiences of the processes of inclusion and exclusion.
With Prof. Jim Slotta, UTS developed and delivered an innovative MOOC on the Edx platform. Teaching with Technology and Inquiry: An Open Course for Teachers, provided opportunities for educators from around the world to collaborate on curricula design. UTS classes and teachers were highlighted in the course. The MOOC was created with financial support from the Office of the Vice President and Provost, University of Toronto, the Dean of OISE, and Newton Foundation (through UTS).
UTS is currently the only school-based site for the intermediate and senior division OISE Master of Teaching program, directed by Prof. David Montemurro. UTS partners with OISE to ensure that the program reflects best practice in teacher and graduate education, and UTS educators mentor and guide the cohort of 30 MT candidates. UTS is also the beneficiary of 20 volunteer hours from each teacher-candidate.
UTS maintains a close relationship with the Department of Enrolment Services at the University of Toronto. UTS is honoured to invite and host admissions personnel at many UTS student initiatives, such as SOMA, Debate Society, as well as summer programs.
UTS teachers have worked with the Global Health Mini-Masters (GHMM), a program of the Faculty of Medicine’s Postgraduate Medical Education department, to develop a specially-designed curriculum for middle and high school students. The program aims to develop an understanding of critical global health challenges.