Jim Cummins
Jim Cummins teaches in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on literacy development in multilingual school contexts as well as on the potential roles of technology in promoting language and literacy development. He is the author (with Margaret Early) of Identity texts: The collaborative creation of power in multilingual schools (Trentham Books, 2011).

David and Yvonne Freeman
Dr. Yvonne Freeman is a professor emerita of bilingual education and Dr. David Freeman is a professor emeritus of ESL and literacy at The University of Texas at Brownsville. Both are interested in effective education for English language learners. They present regularly at international, national, and state conferences such as NABE, TABE, NCTE, IRA, and TESOL. They have also worked extensively in schools. Their areas of expertise include bilingual education, academic language, second language acquisition, literacy and biliteracy, linguistics, dual language, and ESL methods.



Stanley Hallman Chong (Social Studies)
Stanley is the Social Studies, Elementary History/Geography Instructional leader at the Toronto District School Board

Les Asselstine (Science)
Les has had a rewarding career teaching, consulting, writing and advising. He has worked with students and teachers at all elementary grade levels and, while he has a special interest in science and technology, his real passion is for making cross-curricular connections and motivating learners by making things interesting. Les has worked with the Waterloo District School Board, the Ministry of Agriculture, and was an Education Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Education.

In recent years, Les has been working with teacher candidates at Western and Laurier. One of his current passions is to visit the classrooms where his grandchildren are learning and he tries to teach a couple of lessons with each class every year. Quotes from others often motivate Les's thinking. One of his favourites is from Albert Einstein. "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."

Catherine Little, B. Sc., B. Ed. (Science)
Catherine is an experienced educator with extensive experience at all levels of education. She has been a Science and Technology teacher, Science Department chair, Science and echnology Instructional Leader and Program Coordinator in Science, Environmental and Ecological studies in charge of Outdoor Education for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Most Recently she was seconded to teach in the Faculty of Education at York University and is currently completing her M.Ed studies. Catherine has written for professional journals, such as Educational Leadership, and has co-written books about Canada, Mathematics, Science, and English Language Learners in recent years. Most recently, she was a lead writer of the Revised Science and Technology Curriculum (2007) in Ontario and
co-author of From Engagement to Empowerment: Reflections on Science Education For Ontario.