Professional Development

Suzanne Methot is committed to lifelong learning. Recent and foundational training and professional development includes:


Indigenous Women’s Activism & the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Seminar with Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard (NWAC), Cherry Smiley (NWAC/FAFIA), Silvia Tecun Leon (MMIT), and Alda Facio (WHRI), exploring the use of human-rights mechanisms to hold states responsible for acts of violence against Indigenous women, whether perpetrated by people or the state
The Women’s Human Rights Education Institute (WHRI), Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), Movimiento de Mujeres Indigenas Tz’ununija’ (MMIT), Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) (June 2015)

Transcending the Settler Colonial Present

Seminar with Dr. Lorenzo Veracini, associate professor at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research (Australia), exploring the ways in which settler colonialism as a mode of domination survived the age of decolonization to become a crucial feature of the global present (rather than a thing of the past or something affecting remote semi-peripheries) and exploring the possibility of developing a decolonizing practice
Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (December 2014)

Family By Family: Australian Social Innovation in Action

Lecture by director Dana Shen (Ngarrindjeri/Chinese) on a service solution co-designed and delivered by families
The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and MaRS Global Leadership (May 2014)

Indigenous Education

Linda Tuhiwai Smith, author of Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, in conversation with Jean-Paul Restoule, associate professor at the University of Toronto
First Nations House, University of Toronto (February 2014)

Critical Race Feminism and Anti-Colonialism: Implications for Child Welfare

Forum on over-representation of Aboriginal and black children in the Canadian child welfare system and the ways anti-oppression theory might ameliorate racial disproportionality in child welfare
Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (February 2014)

Social Justice and Equity in Education Conference

Featuring sessions on the critical elements in creating gay-straight alliances in schools, mindfulness in teaching practice, effective implementation of the Risk-Need-Responsibility rehabilitation model for juvenile offenders, and critical literacy interventions in marginalized communities
Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/
University of Toronto (May 2013)

Mix It Up: Mixed Media Techniques

Elementary and secondary educators’ workshop exploring effective tools, techniques, and materials for classroom art instruction
Art Gallery of Ontario (January 2013)

ArtsSmarts 2012 Knowledge Exchange: A Forum for Reimagining Learning Spaces That Cultivate Creativity and Innovation

Conference on arts, education, and spaces for successful 21st century learning, including sessions on community engagement and community development; network mapping; cross-cultural approaches to arts education; linking art, culture, commerce, and community; and culture-led community regeneration
ArtsSmarts, University of Calgary, Canadian Education Association, Canadian Network for Arts and Learning (November 2012)

Residential Schools and Their Legacy: Reconciliation Through Education

Public lecture by the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (October 2012)

TDSB Restores!

Symposium on restorative practice, featuring sessions on diverse approaches to conflict, education, and community building; restorative practices for girls in conflict; and arts education as restorative practice
Safe and Caring Schools/Child and Youth Services/Program Support and Focused Intervention, Toronto District School Board (July 2012)

Bringing Aboriginal Education into Conventional Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit

Lecture by Marie Battiste, Professor of Educational Foundations, founder, and first Academic Director, Aboriginal Education Research Centre, University of Saskatchewan, and author of Decolonizing Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (May 2012)

Activism in Education: Pushing Limits in Increasingly Conservative Times

William Waters Symposium on Urban Education, with guest speakers James Banks (Professor of Diversity Studies and Director of the Centre for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle) and Judy Rebick (founder of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
Centre for Urban Schooling, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (April 2012)

Attawapiskat: Moving Beyond the Colonial Legacy

Forum on Aboriginal education as a pathway to equity and social justice
Centre for Urban Schooling, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto; Aboriginal Education Centre/Model Schools for Inner Cities, Toronto District School Board (February 2012)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Classroom Strategies

Educator workshop including diagnostic overview and strategies for responding to students and families with ADHD
Scarborough Hospital ADHD Clinic; Special Education and Section Programs, Toronto District School Board (February 2012)

Being Proactive, Supporting Children and Youth

Conference on mental health and wellness in schools and communities, with sessions on responding to traumatized children and youth; recognizing and disrupting maladaptive behaviours and identifying them as traumatic re-enactments; and intervention strategies for youth dealing with addiction and mental health issues
Equitable and Inclusive Schools, Toronto District School Board; York Centre for Education and Community, York University; Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services; Department of Justice Canada (February 2012)

Restorative Practice Circle Training

Practical and effective tools for creating a positive climate (building community, supporting learning, modelling accountability); strategies for responding to incidents and behaviour; proactive versus responsive circles; and repairing harm through the use of restorative questions
International Institute for Restorative Practices; Safe and Caring Schools, Toronto District School Board (November 2011)

Visual Stories: Exploring Photography and Literacy

Educator workshop on visual literacy and using images as text
Art Gallery of Ontario (November 2011)

Circle of Light: A First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education Conference – Learning Together for Student Success

Supporting Aboriginal youth mental health; arts-based approaches to developing Aboriginal identity and leadership; building capacity in culturally responsive and community-based curricula; assessment practices that work for Aboriginal learners; designing ethical space using Aboriginal ways of knowing and being; modalities and strategies for working with children and youth with intergenerational trauma
Ontario Ministry of Education (November 2011)

Restorative Practice Framework

Strengthening relationships and repairing harm as a way of building community; integrated and proactive approaches to conflict resolution; increasing student achievement by creating safe environments; fair process; shame and affect; and Socratic engagement
International Institute for Restorative Practices; Safe and Caring Schools, Toronto District School Board (October 2011)

School-Community Engaged Education (SCEE) Summer Institute

Enabling learner success through learner-centred education; building school-community relationships; social justice in teaching practice
York University Centre for Education and Community, Faculty of Education (August 2010)

Celebrating Indigenous Knowledges: Peoples, Lands, and Cultures Conference

Understanding and incorporating indigenous knowledges in theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical frameworks; designing culturally relevant and responsive curricula; understanding symbology and story in indigenous societies; oral transmission of indigenous knowledge and its contemporary applications
Department of Indigenous Studies, Trent University (June 2010)

Reconstructing Canadian Women’s Histories: Strategies and Resources for Unfolding Our Past

Working with primary documents; black women’s history in Canada; creating inclusive environments by restoring indigenous women’s history and connection with the land
Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (February 2010)

Circle of Light: A First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education Conference – Energizing Our Partnerships in Education

Culturally responsive teaching and learning models; Métis issues; mentoring Aboriginal youth for student success
Ontario Ministry of Education (November 2009)

Medic First Aid (CPR Inclusive), Standard Basic Plus Course

Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training (June 2009)

Telling Our Stories: Indigenous Writers’ Symposium – Using Personal Experience in the Writing and Storytelling Process

Writers’ workshop with Joseph Boyden and Richard Van Camp
Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives, First Nations House, University of Toronto (March 2009)

Tribes Learning Community Certificate of Completion

Preparing students with the knowledge, skills, and resiliency to be successful learners and citizens; creating positive learning environments; teaching collaborative skills for social development; establishing new patterns of behaviour and interaction; using reflection questions to increase learning; matching stages of group development to appropriate cooperative learning strategies
Center Source Systems (December 2008)

Spanish as a Second Language

Basic Level I & II, Intermediate Level I & II
Spanish Centre (2004-2005)

Back to the Basics

Workshop on the Principles of Editing Newsletters
Editors’ Association of Canada (1992)

Copy Editing

Editors’ Association of Canada (1991)

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