Misha Abarbanel
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Misha Abarbanel is an English Curriculum Leader, teacher, researcher, writer, and community volunteer living in Toronto with his family. His personal blog can be found at educateforgood.com.

Misha enjoys developing pedagogical methods to teach written and oral communication, helping students from all sorts of backgrounds develop their ideas and find their voices, empowering them to pursue their interests, achieve high standards, and create positive personal and social change.

Misha is conducting Master of Arts research in literacy, language acquisition, and collaborative educational inquiry at the University of Toronto.

For the past seven years, Misha has sat on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Student Debating Union, a volunteer-run charity that coordinates English, French, and bilingual debate for secondary school students across Ontario. As OSDU’s President, Misha worked with hundreds of teachers and students to provide opportunities for public speaking and to improve students' communication, research, and critical thinking skills.

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So Ontario Teachers Are Terrorists Now?

(62) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 8:22 AM

Apparently, we're at war.

On January 3, 2013, Ontario's Liberal government imposed a contract on its teachers under Bill 115. Teachers had been asking to participate in the process of collectively bargaining the Provincial framework for their new contract. The then-leadership said no: bargaining could only take place at...

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You Wouldn't Work Extra Hours for No Pay, Why Should Teachers?

(249) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 8:06 AM

I have a new colleague. He's in his early thirties and recently left a position in the private sector -- a position with vastly superior compensation, flexibility, and benefits -- for the classroom, a place where he can use his unique and formidable talent and sense of humour to do...

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Ontario Is Cheating Our Children

(142) Comments | Posted January 26, 2013 | 8:00 AM

The details of Bill 115, Ontario's ironically named Putting Students First Act, have not been adequately explained to the public. The missing facts about this legislation follow.

Pay Freeze
When teachers' contracts come up for collective bargaining -- usually every four years -- the salary grid is updated...

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