I received my PhD in Educational Studies from Western University in 2006 and my Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Brock University in 2000. My BA (Political Science, History) is from Wilfrid Laurier University (1990) and my BEd is from Western University (1992). I was a school administrator, special education teacher and consultant, and classroom teacher in Niagara for 15 years before coming to Laurier.
I am vice-president of the Comparative and International Education Society of Canada. I also co-lead the Glocal co-curricular program in the Laurier Faculty of Education which provides an opportunity for global and environmental experiential learning.
I am currently Principal Investigator on a SSHRC-funded study examining how school principals support students with special education needs in their schools. I am also involved in another major SSHRC-funded study examining how new teachers develop inclusive teaching practices.
My research interests include global perspective building and school leadership in international contexts. I travel regularly to Haiti where I am involved in school leadership capacity-building. Recent research studies have been published in International Studies in Educational Administration, Canadian and International Education, Journal of Teaching and Learning, and Planning and Changing.
I have research assistantships opportunities available from time-to-time for undergraduate and graduate students interested in special education, school leadership and comparative education.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of special education, school leadership and comparative education.
Education provides the tools for young people to achieve diversified career options, higher income levels, sustained health, and active citizenship. How do children access a quality education that leads to these outcomes? Through skilled and competent teachers and school leaders who have the capacity to foster these abilities.
The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education, in partnership with schools in Haiti and Desire2Learn Corporation, has developed the Educator and Leadership Institute (ELI) in Haiti to foster teaching and leadership capacity. The first ELI took place in August 2016, in northern Haiti. The focus of the summer institute is to support the capacity of educators in science, mathematics, critical literacy, early learning, special education and school leadership.
Our vision is founded on a Haitian Creole expression: Piti piti, ti pay pay, zwazo fe nich – little by little, straw by straw, the bird builds its nest. Our goal is to leverage our outstanding school partnerships and solid track record in northern Haiti to maximize professional development for 1,000 Haitian teachers and 100 principals, thus impacting 100,000 students. The summer institute provides the primary means for this professional development work. In tandem with the face-to-face courses, and with the support of Desire2Learn, we are also developing online resources that support and extend the learning that occurs in the summer institute.
As part of the summer institute, 20 leading educators from Ontario, and up to 10 Laurier students, travel to Haiti to provide courses and engage Haitian educators in professional learning. The courses occur each morning for three to four hours followed by an afternoon teaching practicum. This unique aspect of the summer institute provides an opportunity for Haitian educators to practice the learning that they are experiencing from the morning courses. A research study led by Dr. Steve Sider is accompanying the ELI to examine the long-term impact of the institute. Dr. Sider serves as one of the coordinators of the ELI.
To see the ELI in action, watch the Educator and Leadership Institute Haiti video.
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