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Applied Psychology &  Human Development
Steven Katz

Steven Katz
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

phone: (416) 978-1034 

Applied Psychology and Human Development 

Elementary Education 

Research Overview 

Dr. Katz's research interests include program reform in teacher education; building capacity through collaborative learning networks; the relationship between the psychological foundations of learning & development and classroom assessment; building capacity in evidence-informed decision-making for school improvement; teacher belief about mind and learning; impactful professional learning in school and system improvement 

Teaching Overview 

Dr. Katz's specialty courses include:

Foundations in Inquiry and Data-Based Decision-Making

Psychological Foundations of Learning and Development 

Representative Publications 


Katz, S. & Dack, L.A. (2015). Towards a culture of inquiry for data use in schools: Breaking down professional learning barriers through intentional interruption. Studies in Educational Evaluation.

Katz, S. and Dack, L.A. (2013). Intentional interruption: Breaking down barriers to transform professional learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin

Dunn, R., Ben Jaafar, S., Earl, L. and Katz, S. (2013). Towards evidence-informed decisions: Using networks to create coherence between ministry policy and district practice. In Schildkamp, K., Lai, M. and Earl, L. (Eds.), International perspectives on data use. (pp. 155-176). London: Springer.Katz, S., Dack, L.A. and Earl, L. (2009).  Networked learning communities to foster learning for teachers and their students.  Principal Connections.

Earl, L. and Katz, S. (2010). Creating a culture of inquiry. In Blankstein, A., Houston, P. and Cole, R. (Eds.), Data enhanced leadership. Thousand Oaks, Corwin.Katz, S., Earl, L., and Ben Jaafar, S.  (2009) Building and connecting learning communities:  The power of networks for school improvement.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin.

Katz, S., Earl, L., Ben Jaafar, S., Elgie, S., Foster, L., Halbert, J. and Kaser, L. (2008).  Learning networks of schools:  The key enablers of successful knowledge communities.  The McGill Journal of Education, 42(2).

Earl, L. and Katz S. (2008).  Getting to the core of learning:  Using assessment for self-monitoring and self-regulation.  In Swaffield, S. (Ed.), Unlocking assessment.  Cambridge.

Earl, L. and Katz, S. (2007).  Leadership in networked learning communities.  School Leadership and Management, 27(3).

Earl, L. and Katz, S. (2006). Leading schools in a data-rich world: Harnessing data for school improvement. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Earl, L. and Katz, S. (2006). Rethinking classroom assessment with purpose in mind. Western Northern Canadian Protocol.

Katz, S. and Earl, L. (2006). Redefining educational accountability: Towards informed professional judgment. Changing Perspectives, 1(3), 2-6.

Katz, S., Sutherland, S. and Earl, L. (2005). Towards an evaluation habit of mind: Plotting the trajectory. Teachers College Record, 107(10), pp. 2326-2350.

Katz, S. and Foster, L. (2004). Locating the child in the curriculum: Teachers conceptions’ of student individuality. Journal of Teaching and Learning, 3 (1), pp. 17-35.

Honours and Awards 

Governor General’s Medal; OISE/University of Toronto Teaching Excellence Award; Canadian Evaluation Society Essay Award; Ivana Guglietti-Kelly Research Award