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posted Apr 27, 2018, 7:56 AM by Samantha Cutrara

Samantha Cutrara Receives IBBY Canada's Russell Grant for Research on Canadian Children's Literature

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / April 25, 2018: IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that Dr. Samantha Cutrara , a History Education Strategist and Curriculum Specialist at York University, is the recipient of the Frances E. Russell Grant .
 
The $ 1,000 grant will be presented to Samantha Cutrara for her critical analysis of children's graphic novels with a focus on Canadian history. Combining her previous research both examining children's picture books on Canadian history and exploring the representation of gender in novels, the research funded by this grant will explore how the medium of graphic novels can invite new stories into the teaching and learning of Canadian history. The research will result in academic contributions and curriculum-linked supports for teachers and librarians.
 
As a consultant and professor, Samantha Cutrara develops strategies, projects, and programs that help organizations and individuals teach in meaningful, meaningful ways. In 2012 she received her Ph.D. in Education from York University with a focus on learning in Canadian history education. Currently, she is a Curriculum Specialist in the Office of the Academic Vice Provost at York University, managing a Digital Humanities and Social Sciences project. student-centric teaching and learning practices in the classroom. Along with her teaching work, Dr. Cutrara is currently completing a manuscript for UBC Press titledImagining a New "We": Canadian History Education for the 21 st Century. 
 
The Jury for the Russell Grant of Erin Spring, Jo-Anne Naslund (Instructional Programs Librarian at the University of British Columbia) and Jury Chair Deirdre Baker (Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, TorontoChildren's Books Reviewer and Author). 
 
The Frances E. Russell Grant was established in memory of a longtime supporter of IBBY Canada. The $ 1,000 grant is intended for the first time in a child's life, and is given in support of a child's literature. Past winners include Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr, Erin Spring, Bonnie Tulloch, Beverley Brenna, Paulette Rothbauer, Gail Edwards and Judith Saltman, Michelle Mulder, Michelle Cobban, André Gagnon, Ronald Jobe, Carol Carpenter, Linda Granfield and Françoise Lepage. 
 
IBBY, the International Board for Young People ( www.ibby.org), founded in 1953, represents an international network of people committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada is one of 75 national sections worldwide. IBBY Canada ( www.ibby-canada.org ), founded in 1980, is a volunteer organization promoting quality English and French Canadian children's literature nationally and internationally. 
 
For more information, please contact: 
Emma Sakamoto 
Promotions Officer, IBBY Canada 
promotions@ibby-canada.org
 


Samantha Cutrara Receives IBBY Canada'sFrances E. Russell Fellowship for Canadian Literature Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 25, 2018: IBBY Canada (IBBY - Canadian International Book Union for Youth Section) ), is pleased to announce that the winner of the Frances E. Russell Scholarship is Samantha Cutrara , a specialist in the history of education and curriculums at York University.
 
The $ 1,000 bursary will be presented to Samantha Cutrara for her critical analysis of graphic novels about Canada's history. By combining his previous research that examined illustrated albums about Canadian history and the exploration of genre representation in graphic novels, the research funded by this scholarship will explore how the medium of the graphic novel can propose new stories that can be used for both teaching and learning about Canadian history. The research will contribute to knowledge as well as curriculum-related support materials for teachers and librarians.
 
As a consultant and teacher Samantha Cutrara has developed strategies, projects and programs that have helped organizations and individuals to teach history in interesting, meaningful and comprehensive ways. She received her Ph.D. in 2012 from the Faculty of Education at York University with a focus on meaningful learning in Canadian history. She developed the Archives of Ontario Education and Exhibition Program from 2012 to 2015. She is currently the Curriculum Specialist in the Office of the Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs at York University. She is leading the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences project to provide greater opportunities for student-centered learning and classroom learning.Imagining a New "We": Canadian History Education for the 21 st Century. 
 
The Frances E. Russell Scholarship Panel consisted of Erin Spring (previous Scholar and Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary), Jo-Anne Naslund (Librarian, Training Programs at the University of British Columbia ) and President Deirdre Baker (Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Toronto Star author and children's book reviewer).
 
The Frances E. Russell Scholarship was created in memory of a long-time contributor to IBBY Canada. The $ 1,000 Scholarship is intended to "encourage and encourage literature research for young people in all its forms" and is awarded to support the search for an essay being published (book or article) on Canadian literature for youth. Former winners include Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr, Erin Spring, Bonnie Tulloch, Beverley Brenna, Paulette Rothbauer, Gail Edwards and Judith Saltman, Michelle Mulder, Michelle Cobban, Andre Gagnon, Ronald Jobe, Carole Carpenter, Linda Granfield and Françoise Lepage.
 
IBBY, International Youth Book Union (www.ibby.org), was founded in 1953 and represents an international network of people committed to collecting books and children. There are 75 national sections in the world. IBBY Canada (www.ibby-canada.org) was founded in 1980. It is a volunteer organization promoting quality French and English Canadian children's literature nationally and internationally. 
 
For more information, please contact: 
Emma Sakamoto, Promotion Officer, IBBY Canada 
promotions@ibby-canada.org

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