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Dr. Maria Cantalini-Williams

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Dr. Maria Cantalini-Williams

Schulich School of Education - Professor
office: Brantford Campus - W310
email: mariac@nipissingu.ca
ext: 7530


Dr. Maria Cantalini-Williams has taught from preschool to the graduate level at various school boards and universities. Dr. Cantalini-Williams obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Master and Doctoral degree from OISE/U of T. Maria has won several prestigious awards for her contributions to education. She was a program consultant at the Waterloo Catholic District School, responsible for the implementation of Junior Kindergarten, teacher development and curriculum programming. In this role, Maria served on Ministry of Education teams and the Best Start Expert Panel influencing educational policy development and implementation in Ontario. Maria began teaching at Nipissing University in 2003 and in 2007, was appointed Director of the Laurier-Nipissing Concurrent Education Program in Brantford, stimulating growth from 29 to approximately one thousand students. Dr. Cantalini-Williams has published widely in academic journals, edited books and professional magazines. She is a co-author of resources published by Nelson Canada and has been the principal investigator of research projects funded by the Higher Education Quality Office, The Learning Partnership and the Education Quality Accountability Office. Dr. Cantalini-Williams has been asked to speak to school boards, academic conferences and the Ontario College of Teachers. Her main areas of research are teacher/curriculum development, work-integrated learning, international education, and community/school/university partnerships. Maria has initiated and facilitated the Italy practicum for nine years, has supervised numerous graduate students and has been involved in Free the Children and Suzuki Foundation writing projects.


BA (Cognitive Psychology), University of Toronto;
Diploma in Child Studies/Teaching Certificate, Institute of Child Studies, University of Toronto;
MEd, Unviversity of Toronto;
PhD (Applied Psychology), University of Toronto

Research Interests:

  • Aboriginal Education

  • Adolescent Psychology

  • Adult Education

  • Assessment and Evaluation

  • Collaborative Inquiry

  • Comparative Education

  • Curriculum and Assessment

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Experiential Learning

  • Family and Community Engagement

  • Innovation in Education

  • International Education

  • Multiple Literacies

  • Pedagogy

  • Pre-Service Education

  • Professional Learning

  • Teacher as Researcher

  • Teacher Education

  • Work-Integrated Learning Models

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