Teaching for Transformation (TforT): Summer Education Institute (SEI)

Summer Education Institute
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Program Summary

Teaching for Transformation (TforT): Summer Education Institute (SEI) is an annual faculty development program, taking place every June. TforT: SEI brings together educators, clinicians, administrators, leaders, and scholars interested in the theory and practice of transformative education and associated pedagogies and practices. The transformative paradigm of education is grounded in a vision of education as an emancipatory practice in pursuit of equity. TforT: SEI participants strive to prepare health professions learners for the humanistic, social-relational aspects of health care practice.

TforT: SEI explores the following pedagogies, principles and practices (varies depending on year) toward achieving the following types of educational goals and outcomes:

Pedagogies, principles and practices
  • Dialogic education
  • Narrative pedagogies
  • Arts-based pedagogy
  • Fat pedagogy
  • Feminist pedagogy
  • “Provocations and responses”
  • Reflective writing
  • Service learning
  • Theatre pedagogy
  • Pedagogies of discomfort
  • Aesthetic education
  • Indigenous ways of knowing
  • Active learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Portfolio courses

Education goals and outcomes
  • Compassionate care
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Interprofessional education and collaboration
  • Critically reflective practice
  • Advocacy and change agency
  • Systemic approaches to fostering wellness
  • Systems-based care
  • Professionalism
  • Ethics of research and clinical practice
  • Person-centered care
  • Patient engagement in education
  • Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning

Dates and Location

***Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic we will be holding TforT: SEI online in June 2021***

Beginning June 1st, participants should be prepared to spend 3 hours a week asynchronously in addition to the synchronous dates listed below.

Dates for synchronous components: June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, 2021, 12:00pm-3:00pm (EST)



  • Seeing HPE differently: Paradigms of education
  • Teaching for Transformation: Practices of education
  • Transforming the system: Systems of change


Target Audience

We invite health professions teachers/educators to join us. TforT: SEI participants are interested in preparing health professions learners for the humanistic, social and relational aspects of health care practice with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusivity. TforT: SEI participants may have found that more common or dominant paradigms of education – such as behaviourist and cognitivist approaches – fail to fully fulfil goals such as these. Transformative education can help develop critically reflective practitioners who effectively navigate complex practice challenges and changing systems.



Participants must be able to attend all synchronous days. The program is comprised of 4 week-long modules. Each module has a combination of sychronous (Zoom) and asynchronous (web-based) components (see dates above).  Participants should arrange access to a computer and space that will enable engagement in interactivity and dialogue. 


History of the program

Heading into its fourth year, TforT: SEI was was co-founded by Lindsay Baker, Sarah Wright and Stella Ng in 2017 and has kept being inspired by a growing need in health professions education and practice to prepare clinicians for a multitude of complex roles. For example, the health advocate, the collaborator, and the professional. These roles must be performed within a complex health care system that aims to support compassionate, equitable, and person-centered care orientations, while also managing limited resources, quality, safety, and accountability. Aligned with these needs, TforT: SEI brings together educators interested in the theory and practice of transformative education and critical pedagogies. The program has been developed in collaboration with the Centre for Ambulatory Care Education (CACE), Women’s College Hospital.

To date, we have welcomed participants from 16 organizations and 4 countries, representing professions such as: nursing, medicine, psychotherapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, research, dietetics, midwifery, dentistry, patient education, program management, and community engagement.



"I am a critical disability studies scholar and I teach courses to occupational therapy students in this topic area as well as in professional ethics. I attended the first SEI in June 2017. At the time I was preparing my first probationary package for the tenure stream and realized that I did not have the language and knowledge to clearly articulate my teaching philosophy. I was seeking a professional development opportunity to improve my teaching and ensure my teaching approaches were grounded in theory and philosophy. Not being in the (health professions) education field, the only education I received about teaching and learning was what I had access to as a graduate student/teaching assistant. What I learned from SEI helped me construct a sound teaching philosophy and articulate the education paradigm(s) that shape my teaching practices. What I learned became increasingly important as my department went through curriculum review and accreditation. When I was asked to justify my approach to teaching and assessment I had tools to do so. Since June 2017, I have been able to contribute as a program developer, and have had colleagues and students attend SEI. It continues to advance and evolve each year, responding to feedback and also to the specific group that enrolls. At a time in the world where we all need to be better teachers and learners, SEI will continue to offer participants tools, evidence, and language to bolster the education development and teaching that they do."
- Shanon Phelan, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University (formerly University of Alberta)
“Lots of discomfort in a good way. I have made more peace with discomfort – this was transforming.”
“It was a powerful program with a very effective balance of theory, examples from practices, engaging activities and building of a supportive community of individuals striving for change.”



TforT: SEI also has an accompanying supplement (TforT: OS):teachingfortransformation.com


Program Developers

  • Lindsay Baker BEd, MEd

    Lead Educator-Researcher, Centre for Faculty Development
    Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

  • Stella Ng PhD, Reg. CASLPO

    Arrell Family Chair in Health Professions Teaching
    Director of Research, Centre for Faculty Development
    Associate Professor, Dept of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto

  • Shanon Phelan PhD

    Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta
    Assistant Adjunct Professor, John Dosse tor Health Ethics Centre

  • Beck McNeil MBA, MCATD

    Senior Consultant, Corporate Learning and Leadership Development - Equity, Diversity and Human Rights, City of Toronto


  • Arno Kumagai MD

    Professor of Medicine and Vice-Chair, Education, Dept. of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
    F.M. Hill Chair in Humanism Education, Women's College Hospital

  • Laura Jayne (LJ) Nelles RP, MFA, PhD(c)

    Registered Psychotherapist
    Educator, Geriatric Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital

  • Onye Nnorom MD, MPH, CCFP, FRCPC

    Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Lead, Dept of Family & Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
    Black Health Theme Lead, MD Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
    Associate Program Director, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
    Clinical Consultant, Nicotine Dependence Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

  • Fikile Nxumalo PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE, University of Toronto

  • Nanky Rai MD

    Family Physician involved in health justice social movements and building anti-oppressive medical education and clinical practice

  • Paula Rowland OT Reg. (Ont.), PhD

    Advanced Practice Clinician
    Associate Director Research Centre for Interprofessional Education
    Scientist, Wilson Centre Post MD Program
    Associate Director, Research, Centre for Interprofessional Education

  • Sacha Agrawal MD, MSc, FRCP(C)

    Assistant Professor Psychotherapy, Humanities, and Psychosocial Interventions


Registration is now open and costs $1000.00 CAD.

Spaces are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants MUST be able to attend all sessions

More Questions? Contact:

Emilia Kangasjarvi
Program Coordinator
(416) 864-6060 x77414