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TORONTO, ON — On 31 March, the University of Toronto presented the 2015–2016 OISE Teaching Excellence Awards and Staff Excellence Awards. Rubicon author, series editor, and consultant Larry Swartz was one of the eight faculty and staff members honoured at this year’s awards.

Swartz received the Award for Excellence in Continuing and Professional Learning for his outstanding contributions to continuing and professional learning at OISE. From the OISE website: “According to Evelyn Wilson, Associate Director Learning Solutions (Pre K–12), ‘CPL receives numerous phone inquiries every year specifically asking if Larry is going to be teaching dramatic arts. He has an excellent reputation as an exemplary arts educator. He has consistently amazing course evaluations, is a pleasure to work with, and is always willing to accommodate the staff in CPL.’ ”

Larry Swartz is an instructor in literacy and dramatic arts at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, and has been an educator for four decades. As a classroom teacher, literacy consultant, and drama consultant, Larry has shared his enthusiasm and expertise with teachers, administrators, and parents throughout Canada, the US, and Asia. His doctoral research about written and oral response has framed his values about the importance of literacy instruction as well as the need to foster interactive literacy communities. Swartz is also a Coordinating Editor for Rubicon’s upcoming online arts program, ArtsLink.

To learn more about Swartz’s award and to see the other winners, please click here.