Joan M. Green, Former Director of Education, Founding CEO of EQAO, International Consultant on Public Policy and Performance
Joan Green has had a distinguished career as an educator and leader in the public sector. She was the Director of Education for the Toronto Board of Education, and, prior to that, served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent for the City of Toronto. In 1995, Joan became the CEO of the Ontario Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). In 2002 she was appointed a Commissioner on Education for the Province of Alberta. Joan is a published author on curriculum, assessment, leadership, and equity issues. She has received many honours and awards, including the distinguished Educator Award from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and the Leadership Award for Women in Educational Administration in Ontario. She is currently Chair of the Board of Goodwill Toronto, Central and Eastern Ontario; serves on the Board of ParticipACTION; and acts as a Director of Learning Through Literacy.
Sue Herbert, former Ontario Deputy Minister of Education
Suzanne Herbert has had a long career in public service, and was a Deputy Minister in the Ontario Government for over a dozen years, serving as the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. She served on Queen’s School of Policy Studies Advisory Committee and represented Canada on the OECD’s Education Directorate for several years. Suzanne has an abiding interest in social and economic policy development and the interface between research, politics, policy formulation and program implementation. Now retired, Suzanne lectures, offers consultancy services on a part time basis and serves on the Board of several organizations.
Bill Hogarth, Retired Director of Education, Education Consultant
Ken Leithwood, Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Dr. Leithwood is Professor Emeritus at OISE/University of Toronto. His research and writing are about school leadership, educational policy and organizational change and he has published many dozens of articles and books on these topics. His most recent books, with colleagues, include Leading School Turnaround (Jossey Bass, 2010), Distributed leadership: The state of the evidence (Routledge Publishers, 2009) and Leading with Teacher Emotions in Mind (Corwin Press, 2008). Professor Leithwood is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and the recent recipient of the University of Toronto’s Impact on Public Policy award, as well as AERA’s Outstanding Researcher (2011) in the area of leadership and administration. He currently serves as an advisor to the Leadership Development Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Education.
Ben Levin, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Dr. Levin is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy. In addition to his academic work as a researcher, author and teacher, he has served as Deputy Minister of Education in Manitoba (1999-2002) and in Ontario (2004-07 and again in 2009). More about Ben's work is on his website at http://webspace.oise.utoronto.ca/~levinben/index.htm
Penny Milton, former CEO, Canadian Education Association
Penny Milton was the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Education Association from 1996 - 2010. She was Chair of the Toronto Board of Education, Executive Assistant for the Federation of Women Teachers’ Association of Ontario, Executive Director of the Ontario Public School Board Association and served as Deputy Minister of the Ontario Premier’s Council of Health, Well-being and Social Justice. Before joining CEA, Ms. Milton was Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for ORTECH Corp. She has held several public appointments including current membership on The Minister’s Curriculum Council and Governance Review Committee for Ontario.
Karen Mundy, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Charles E. Pascal, Professor, University of Toronto, Former Ontario Deputy Minister of Education
Charles E. Pascal is Professor of Human Development and Applied Psychology at OISE/University of Toronto, and as the Special Advisor on Early Learning to Premier McGuinty, he authored With Our Best Future in Mind: Implementing Early Learning in Ontario. He was the first full time Executive Director of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation for fifteen years. Pascal has a strong background in education, leadership and organizational development. He has been President of Sir Sandford Fleming College, Chair of the Council of Regents for Ontario’s colleges, and has also held deputy ministerial posts with the Government of Ontario, including the Premier’s Council on Health, Community and Social Services, and Education and Training. Pascal has also held professorial and administrative positions at the University of Toronto and OISE since 1977. Prior to this he was a faculty member with the Department of Psychology at McGill University.
Jim Slotta, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Jim Slotta is an associate level professor of education in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at The University of Toronto. He holds the Canada Research Chair in education and technology and co-directs the NSF-funded center called Technology-Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS). His research employs technology-enhanced learning environments to investigate cognitive models of learning and instruction. He also promotes the development of open source materials for the learning sciences, and led the development of the Scalable Architecture for Interactive Learning (SAIL). Slotta and his team are currently developing an open source technology framework for smart classroom research called SAIL Smart Space, which will support investigations of a new pedagogical model for knowledge communities and inquiry.
Charles Ungerleider, Professor Sociology of Education (The University of British Columbia) and Director Research (Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group, LLP.)
Charles Ungerleider divides his time between The University of British Columbia, where he is a Professor of the Sociology of Education in the Faculty of Education, and Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group, where he is Managing Partner and Director of Research. Ungerleider has written about a range of topics in education from assessment to xenophobia. He is author of Failing Our Kids: How we are ruining our public schools, a critical examination of the state of public schooling in Canada, and numerous publications in scholarly, professional and popular media. From November 1998 until June 2001, Ungerleider served as Deputy Minister of Education for the Province of British Columbia, and, prior to assuming responsibility as Deputy Minister, was Associate Dean for teacher education (1993-1998) in the Faculty of Education at The University of British Columbia.