Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad

Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad (@DrEizadirad) is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. He was an educator with the Toronto District School Board. He is the author of Decolonizing Educational Assessment: Ontario Elementary Students and the EQAO (2019), and co-editor of Equity as Praxis in Early Childhood Education and Care (2021 with Drs. Zuhra Abawi & Rachel Berman),Counternarratives of Pain and Suffering as Critical Pedagogy: Disrupting Oppression in Educational Contexts (2022 with Drs. Andrew Campbell & Steve Sider), Power of Oral Culture in Education: Theorizing Proverbs, Idioms, and Folklore Tales (forthcoming 2023 with Dr. Njoki Wane), Enacting Anti-racism and Activist Pedagogies in Teacher Education: Canadian Perspectives (forthcoming 2023 with Drs. Zuhra Abawi & Andrew Campbell). and International Handbook of Anti-Discriminatory Education (forthcoming 2023 co-edited with Dr. Peter Trifonas). Dr. Eizadirad is also the founder and Director of EDIcation Consulting ( offering equity, diversity, and inclusion training to organizations. He is also a community activist with non-profit organizations Youth Association for Academics, Athletics, and Character Education(YAAACE) in the Jane and Finch community in Toronto, a past Board of Directors member for Amadeuszwhich provides educational programs and services for incarcerated youth and young adults, and a member of the Race and Identity-Based Data Collection Community Advisory Panel with the Toronto Police Services. His research interests include equity, standardized testing, oral culture, community engagement, youth violence, anti-oppressive practices, critical pedagogy, social justice education, resistance, and decolonization.