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Story, Drama, & Video in Personal and Social Contexts

February 28, 2015

What: Presenting at and helping organize the Drama in Education symposium “Story, Drama, & Video in Personal and Social Contexts”
When: February 28, 10:00-5:00
Where: Rodman Hall, St. Catharines, Ontario

Please join us on February 28 for the Drama in Education and Applied Theatre symposium titled “Story, Drama, and Video in Personal and Social Contexts”.  The event will be held at Rodman Hall from 10:00am-5:00pm (lunch provided).

The symposium will include presentations by former and present graduate students, faculty members, instructors, and a performance by the Applied Theatre/Drama in Education students. The purpose is to create a space for dialogue between students, faculty, instructors, and community members about how we conduct our research and the challenges and rewards of using story, drama, or video to mobilize our work with different target groups.

If you’d like to attend, please email by February 20. Please circulate the poster [PDF, 3MB] with students who might be interested in attending.

Book launch: Hungry for Math and No-Matter-What-Friend

February 5, 2015

What: Double book launch with Lori Sherritt-Fleming
When: February 5, 9:00
Where: Halton, Ontario

See more about these books: Hungry for Math (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2015) and No-Matter-What-Friend (Tradewind, 2015).

Meet the authors at OLA conference

January 30, 2015

What: Book signing with Lori Sherritt-Fleming and Peggy Collins at Ontario Library Association Super Conference
When: January 30
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Hear Hungry for Math at OLA Toronto Conference

January 28, 2015

What: Presenting at Ontario Library Association Super Conference
When: January 28-31
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

See a dynamic presentation by myself and Lori Sherritt, followed by a book signing, of our new book Hungry For Math: Poems to Munch On (Fitzhenry, 2015) at the 2015 OLA conference.

Rainforest of Reading in Montserrat, Grenada

November 18, 2014

What: Tour of Gift Days
When: November 18-28
Where: Santa Lucia, Grenada, Montserrat

Rainforest of Reading is a book festival featuring 24 award-winning children’s books from Canada, planting its roots in schools throughout the Eastern Caribbean: in Saint Lucia, Grenada, and Montserrat. The two-week event engages 4,000 Grade 3 students in over 100 primary schools. It is the largest literacy initiative ever undertaken in a region still reeling from infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Ivan (2006) and Hurricane Tomas (2010) and the economic impact of a global recession.

See more about the 2014 festival or about my book at the festival.

INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair MC

November 13, 2014

What: Master of Ceremonies and Host
When: November 13-16
Where: Toronto

INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair will appeal to all book lovers and readers. From Literary to Romance, from Science Fiction to Mystery, from Children’s Books to Cookbooks, the Fair makes the Book, in all its various forms, the star of the show. It will provide for the English-language market as well as Toronto’s diverse language communities, hosting international, national, regional and local exhibitors.

Part exhibition, part market and part cultural festival, we will celebrate reading in all forms and embracing all facets of the book trade. It will be a place for readers to connect with those who write and produce the books they love—to learn, explore and be entertained, in all print and digital formats.

INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair is a place for readers to connect in the most immediate ways with those who write and with those who produce the books they love; a place where people can reconnect with the passion and enchantment of the world of reading.

See more at

Presenting: Engaging Authors

November 7, 2014

What: Presenting at the Engaging Authors
When: November 7, 9-noon
Where: Grimsby, Ontario

St. Joseph students: Come meet me and some fellow authors!

Presenting: Celebrating Stories reading festival

October 19, 2014

What: Presenting at the Milton Book Festival
When: October 19, 1-5pm
Where: Milton Centre for the Arts

Celebrating Stories: a Family Festival began in 1996 as Milton’s Book Festival for Children. Cindy Lunau, an original member of the planning committees remembers that in the early days of the Festival the event moved locations almost annually. The Festival was first held at the Farm Museum, known today as Country Heritage Park. Subsequent Festivals were held at local secondary or primary schools.

Read about the history of the festival at, or see my presenter page at

Book signing at Chapters in Ottawa

October 16, 2014

What: Multi-author book event
When: October 16, 6-9pm
Where: Indigo bookstore, Barrhaven (Ottawa)

Along with Rachel Eugster, Catherine Austen, Caroline Pignat, Alma Fullerton, Kate Jaimet, Katherine Battersby, Jennifer Perlin, Angela Graham, Rachna Gilmore, and Lisa Dalrymple

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Hosting: Word on the Street

September 21, 2014

What: Hosting Children’s Tent at Toronto’s annual Word on the Street festival
When: Sunday September 21, 2014, 3-6pm (see
Where: Queen’s Park, Toronto

The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word. On one extraordinary Sunday each September, in communities coast to coast, the public is invited to participate in hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops and to browse a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere.

There is always plenty to see and do at Canada’s largest book and magazine festival, and best of all, The Word On The Street and all of its events are FREE!

Presenting: Telling Tales

September 14, 2014

What: Presenting at the Telling Tales Book Festival
When: September 14, 10am-4pm
Where: Westfield Heritage Village, Rockton Ontario

As you pass through the Westfield Heritage Village “Gates of Time”, you will be delighted to discover a world that existed before the internet and video/computer games. Here life is simple, and stories and history are coming alive! Feature performances are scheduled to take place at nine different stage areas throughout the village…

Read about the history of the festival at, or see my presenter page at

Presentations at CSSE at Brock

May 24, 2014

What: Canadian Society for the Study of Education
When: May 24-28, 2014
Where: Brock University, St. Catharines

I will be presenting the following three papers. See my author’s page or read more about the conference.

  • Crayons and iPads: Breaking Boundaries in Young Children’s Literacy Meaning-Making (presenting on Sunday, May 25, 11:30am)
  • Critical Dramatic Inquiry: Expanding Educators’ Awareness of Youth Homelessness (presenting on Wednesday, May 28, 11:30am)
  • Community Arts Zone: Projects Linking Literacy, Community and the Arts (presenting Wednesday, May 28, 1:15pm)

Literacy for Life

May 5, 2014

What: Literacy for Life: A Conference for Children, Youth, and Adults
When: May 5-9, 2014
Where: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Explore a ThingLink interactive image from Jeffrey and Sloth which is part of my presentation, see the Program/Schedule, or read more at

Winner, Brock’s “Excellence in Teaching” award

April 11, 2014

This is the biggest award my department has to offer! It includes the honour of offering the commencement address at Spring Convocation, as detailed in this article.

From News around Campus, April 11, 2014,

The Faculty of Education is proud to announce Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters and Dr. Robert Mroz as this year’s winners of the Faculty of Education Award for Excellence in Teaching and Sessional Teaching respectively.

Selected by a committee, the candidates for the awards submitted dossiers, along with letters of nomination and support, that included items such as their teaching methodology, career highlights, teaching evaluations and other criteria that noted their achievements as an educator.

Creating a relevant, asthenic and meaningful learning experience for teacher candidates, Dr. Winters models effective strategies for integrating the arts across the curriculum and supports student to develop the requisite kills and attitudes necessary to teach the arts with confidence and passion.

Furthermore, Dr. Winters successfully cultivates stimulating, comfortable and inclusive learning environments, as evidenced by students’ comments that commend her positive and encouraging attitude. Remarkably, Dr. Winters is able to foster opportunities for all of her teacher candidates to grow and to gain increased comfort with Drama. Many individuals describe that within a short period of time, they have been able to transition from feeling apprehensive to feeling confident both with the subject matter, and with their teaching skills.

It is obvious that students have benefitted immensely from Dr. Winters’ expertise, enthusiasm, and care.

Judge and critiquer, SCBWI East

January 17, 2014

What: Invited for a blue-pencil critique workshop, and judge, at Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
When: January 17-20, 2014
Where: Miami, Florida

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