Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad

Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad

“Equality is sameness. Equity is fairness. Doing the work of equity requires intentionality coupled with emotional labour, self-care, and self-loving.”

Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad


Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad

Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. He completed his PhD from the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at University of Toronto (2018).

His research interests include equity, diversity, and inclusion particularly standardized testing, systems of accountability, community engagement, violence prevention and intervention, anti-oppressive practices, critical pedagogy, social justice education, resistance, subversion, and decolonization.

PhD Thesis

Education Quality and Accountability Office

Assessment as Stereotyping: Experiences of Racialized Children and Parents with the Grade 3 EQAO Standardized Testing Preparation and Administration in Ontario.

New Release!

Theorizing Proverbs, Idioms, and Folklore Tales

  • Explores the power of oral culture centering Indigeneity and non-hegemonic approaches in education

  • Features a range of contributors from equity-deserving identities representing oral culture from different identities, communities, and countries

  • Includes pedagogical tools for educators, practitioners, and students

Enacting Anti-Racist and Activist Pedagogies in Teacher Education

Enacting Anti-Racist and Activist Pedagogies in Teacher Education is a timely edited collection that examines the complexities, challenges, spaces of resistance, and possibilities when faculty—specifically Black, Indigenous, and racialized faculty—advocate and implement anti racism approaches and pedagogies in Canadian teacher education programs.

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Counternarratives of Pain and Suffering as Critical Pedagogy Disrupting Oppression in Educational Contexts

Decolonizing Educational Assessment


Decolonizing Educational Assessment: Ontario Elementary Students and the EQAO


“In this book, Eizadirad illustrates how, across international contexts, high-stakes testing and the systems of accountability built around them consistently serve to not only control teaching and learning, but also as a tool of colonization, racism, and white supremacy that undermines the education of minoritized students.” (Wayne Au, Professor of Educational Studies, University of Washington Bothell, USA)

“Systemic change must begin at the grassroots level with emancipation of the mind, revolution within the heart, and sacrifice and resiliency in solidarity with communities in the face of adversity.”

Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad

Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad


“The paradox of “the hood” is that you see good and evil in the same frame: loving community and institutional abandonment simultaneously.”

“In the hood many hearts have turned into stones as a survival mechanism. Through communities of love and resistance we can penetrate the stones, heal, hope, and create new possibilities and alternatives for sustainable change.”


About Me

FUN FACTS About Dr. Eizadirad

FAVOURITE MOVIES – Scarface, The Matrix, and Shawshank Redemption
FAVOURITE MUSIC – Hip Hop, Reggae, and Soca
FAVOURITE FOOD – Chicken Wings and Kebabs
FAVOURITE SNACK – Baba Ganoush and Flavoured Popcorn
FAVOURITE HOBBIES – Reading, Poetry, Politics, World Issues
FAVOURITE BOOK – Pedagogy of Oppressed by Paulo Freire and The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm