We are pleased to announce that this year's keynote speaker for the 7th Annual High School Social Justice Forum is Danielle McLaughlin.

Keynote: What is Democracy?

Keynote Speaker: Danielle McLaughlin, Director of Education & Administration, CCLA






Speaker Bio

danielle mclaughlin -keynote headshot Having spent her youth involved with social activism, Danielle joined the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Education Trust in 1988. Since that time, Danielle developed the CCLET programs “Teaching Civil Liberties” and “Civil Liberties in the Schools. ”Her publications in Education Canada include “The King of Denmark and the Naked Mole Rat: Teaching Critical Thinking for Social Justice” Vol. 52.1 (Winter 2012): 6 – 9; “Talking to Strangers: Making Distinctions,” Vol. 46.4 (Fall 2006): 31; and “Cultivating the Habits of Democracy: Asking the Hard Questions,” Vol. 45.1 (Winter 2005): 33-35.Since 1996, CCLET’s “Teaching Civil Liberties” and in-schools programs have been supported by grants from the Law Foundation of Ontario. The programs reach many thousands of school-aged students, teachers, and teacher-candidates at Ontario’s faculties of education. Teacher-candidate workshops and seminars deal with the competing rights and controversial issues that every teacher is likely to face once in the classroom. At each interactive workshop, participants are instructed to “Avoid Consensus!” Between 1997 and 2001, Danielle represented the Canadian Civil Liberties Association on the Toronto Police Services Board sub-committee on Race Relations. In 2010, she was named 2010-2011 Law Foundation of Ontario Community Leadership in Justice Fellow which took her to the University of Windsor, Faculty of Education to work on projects regarding Teaching Critical Thinking for Social Justice. Danielle is co-author, with her son Reuben McLaughlin, of the That’s Not Fair! series of civil liberties stories for children.

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