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Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Dr. Rob Simon

 Assistant Professor
Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at The University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

Rob Simon is an Assistant Professor of Multiliteracies in Education. He received his doctorate in literacy from the University of Pennsylvania, and has degrees in English education from San Francisco State University and a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard University. In the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, Dr. Simon teaches graduate courses in multiliteracies -- 1799H: New Literacies: Making Multiple Meanings -- and practitioner research -- 1799H: Practitioner Inquiry in Education -- and a literacy course for pre-service teachers in the Master's of Teaching Program.

This is Dr. Simon's third year at OISE/UT. Previously, he had a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, where he had a joint appointment in programs in Reading/Writing/Literacy and Teacher Education. At Penn, he taught literacy courses for doctoral and master's students, as well as doctoral courses in practitioner research, theories of reading, and research on writing and the teaching of writing.

Dr. Simon's research draws upon practitioner inquiry and sociocultural theories of literacy to explore teaching, learning, and teacher education from the perspectives of practitioners and students. He recently completed a multiyear study of the collaborative inquiries of a community of literacy teachers, and is the principal investigator for the Teaching to Learn Project, a Connaught-funded study that investigates a research community made up of teacher candidates, early-year literacy teachers, and youth. A recent interview about this project is available here [link]. 

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