Research & Development
I am very honored to have the opportunity to work with others in leading educational change and reform in ways that are consistent with humanitarian values and professional quality in public education and that help strengthen learning, equity, identity and wellbeing for all students.
Effective and worthwhile change depends on good strategy, strong advocacy, positive collaboration and rigorous research.
Change is easy to imagine, hard to implement and incredibly difficult to sustain. It depends on being in schools to understand what is happening with our students and their teachers; engaging with people in governments, unions, leadership organizations and philanthropies who have the power to make a difference on a very big scale; and working with others who have different knowledge and diverse perspectives on the issues at hand.
Working in the field of change demands courage and clarity sometimes to know when it is possible, desirable and necessary to work with governments, unions and other organizations in pursuit of common and worthy goals - and also when to step up and step forward to criticize and challenge leaders who do not have the best interests of children, the public, or the teaching profession in mind.
Change is mandatory. Improvement is optional.
Projects and Partnerships
Principal Investigator, Canadian Playful Schools Network
A LEGO Foundation-backed research project to build a Canadian network of schools using play-based learning and teaching designed to enhance student achievement and well-being.
President, ARC Education Project
Seven large systems working to improve equity, excellence, well-being, inclusion, democracy and human rights in education across the world.
“All teachers are already leaders. It's in the nature of teaching.”