Franco Saccucci (he/him) is an educator, activist, and scholar. Franco’s practice focuses on queer and trans communities, arts education, and popular/anti-capitalist methods of teaching and learning. As a specialist in social justice education, Franco has published academic articles on theatre and popular education, published poetry on capitalism and teaching, and developed professional teacher resources on queer sexuality and anti-racism. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta in Secondary Education, Franco pursued his graduate degree in Curriculum Studies & Teacher Development, with a collaborative program in Sexual Diversity Studies, from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. His research has been awarded over $90,000, including the Canada Graduate Scholarship from SSHRC, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. In 2014, (then) Dean of Education Fern Snart of the University of Alberta named Franco the Lou Hyndman Glenora Scholar, naming him “a teacher our students need now, and in the future”.
Franco is often an invited speaker and facilitator in social justice education. He has worked in high schools, HIV/AIDS community-based research centres, theatre companies, LGBTQ2S community centres, and lead activist-education programs in multiple Canadian universities. After leading Camp fYrefly at the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services (iSMSS), Franco lead the Gender-Based Violence Prevention Project, also at UAlberta. Most recently, Franco facilitated a social and legal justice education program for marginalized youth out of the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and the Toronto District School Board. A seasoned equity facilitator, he has presented at academic conferences and professional teacher associations across Canada on his expertise in anti-oppression education. Currently, Franco is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Youth Leadership & Social Change at DAREarts, and is also the Peer Leadership Advisor in the Department of Student Life, University of Toronto. Franco continues to writing poetry and research related to transforming ourselves, and society, through artistic teaching and learning.