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Laura E. Pinto

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Consulting Description: Common Core
Consulting Description: Classroom Management

Award-winning researcher and educator Dr. Laura Elizabeth Pinto is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty, Department of Theory & Policy Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She has been teaching in faculties of education for the past decade, and working with new and seasoned members of the teaching profession with an eye to applying evidence and promising practices to their work. Dr. Pinto began her career as a school teacher, which led her to write curriculum policy for the government of Ontario. Before long, she became a policy analyst and policy manager prior to commencing her doctoral studies. She is also a Past President of the Ontario Business Educators’ Association. She received the prestigious Canadian Governor General’s Gold Medal in 2009 for her research, as well as the Odyssey Award, among other honors. She has received and been involved in large-scale research supported by sought-after Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council grants, for a decade. Dr. Pinto co-authored three Canadian textbooks and related teachers’ guides: Insights (Irwin), Business Technology Today (Nelson), and Business Connections (Prentice-Hall) and authored Curriculum Reform in Ontario: ‘Common Sense’ Policy Processes and Democratic Possibilities (University of Toronto Press). She has authored and co-authored dozens of articles in academic and professional journals. She has co-written provincial curriculum policy, and continues to provide advice to various governments on matters of education policy. She regularly delivers papers and workshops at scholarly and professional conferences both locally and internationally. Dr. Pinto is deeply committed to democracy in education, and education for critical-democracy, and is particularly interested in the role of politics, policy production, and critical thinking to democracy.


  • Teaching Methods
  • Common Core
  • Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners
  • Classroom Management
  • Cultural Competence



  • What’s Culture Got to Do With It? Classroom Management for Diverse Learning Communities: Rich communities of diverse learners mean that teachers need to rethink classroom management. This seminar helps teachers understand the important links between culture, engagement and student success. Participants begin by the diversity in their own school communities in light of their own cultural backgrounds and personal experiences. After situating themselves on the Spectrum of Classroom Management, they will explore a variety of evidence-informed strategies to better manage their own classrooms while contributing to student success in the Common Core.
  • Remodeling Lessons for Student Success: Supporting the Common Core: As teachers, we have an obligation to reach every student with the goal of their success in the Common Core and beyond. But where do you start? In this seminar, teachers collaborate in a process of Lesson Remodeling. What makes Lesson Remodeling different is that teachers don’t start from “scratch” to build new lessons – rather, they begin with what they already do and know, and together apply innovative strategies to improve upon existing practice. Using Corwin’s best-seller, 95 Strategies for Remodeling Instruction, workshop participants actively apply evidence-informed strategies to innovate their work.