I received my law degree from the University of Victoria in 1996, a Master's in Law from Osgoode Hall at York University in 2001, and a PhD in Educational Theory and Policy Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto in 2001. I was a MITACS postdoctoral fellow in 2014.
My work experience includes work as the first Policy Counsel for the new government of Nunavut; a founder and Northern Director of Akitsiraq Law School in Iqaluit, Nunavut; working in a domestic violence family legal aid clinic in Brooklyn, New York, and as Research Director of People for Education, a research and advocacy organization championing great public schools that live up to their promise.
I have two books coming out in 2017, Succeeding Together: Schools, Child Welfare and Uncertain Public Responsibility for Abused and Neglected Children (University of Toronto Press), and Pushing the Limits: How Schools Can Prepare Our Children Today for Tomorrow's Challenges (Random House Canada).
The main focus of my research is issues of equality, particularly in educational settings and involving children, youth and families. I've done research on schools and child welfare, "streaming" and systemic discrimination, and am currently working on questions of policy and data infrastructure for understanding equity of access to postsecondary education.
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