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 2011. 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 am the author of two books: 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, with Nancy Steinhauer). Pushing the Limits was shortlisted for the Donner Prize for the best Public Policy Book by a Canadian.
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 the policy and data infrastructure required to understand equity of access to postsecondary education. New projects include work on "nudging" students to overcome non-academic barriers, the connection between playground quality and poverty, and new developments in legal education.
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