The two invited symposia are organized by professor Jim Cummins (Symposium I: Language, identity and school success) and professor Ann Phoenix (Symposium II: Gender, race and school success ). Other participants in the symposia are young researchers and teachers. In each invited symposium, the organizer will give an opening contribution. Then the invited guests will present their papers, followed by a 30 minutes‘ discussion.
Jim Cummins is a Professor Emeritus in Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on literacy development in educational contexts characterized by linguistic diversity. He is the author (with Margaret Early) of Identity texts: The Collaborative Creation of Power in Multilingual Schools (Trentham Books, 2011) and Big Ideas for Expanding Minds: Teaching English Language Learners across the Curriculum (Rubicon/Pearson, 2015).