Avis Glaze, President, Edu-quest International Inc.
Dr. Avis Glaze in an international educator who has worked at all levels of the Ontario educational system - in public and Catholic schools and in rural and urban Ontario. She is known for the many innovations she has spearheaded in education in areas such as leadership development, equity, diversity, inclusive education, student engagement, character development, improving student achievement, organisational effectiveness, emotional intelligence and the teaching of interpersonal and leadership skills for increased competency. She is the Founding CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat which continues to play a key role in the Ontario improvement strategy. Her most recent appointment was as Advisor to the Minister of Education in New Zealand. She has worked with educators in over 40 countries and states to build capacity for school improvement.
Joan M. Green, Order of Ontario, Former Director of Education, Founding CEO of EQAO, International Consultant on Public Policy
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. In 1995, Joan became the CEO of the Ontario Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). Joan served as a Commissioner on Education for the Province of Alberta. Joan is a published author on curriculum, assessment, literacy, 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. In 2012, she was named to the Order of Ontario. . Recently, Joan has led a province-wide initiative to implement a curriculum about organ donation in all of Ontario’s school boards. She serves as an independent facilitator of school accommodation issues in Ontario and a policy advisor to government and school boards on program, operations and governance. Joan has served on hospital, university and cultural institutions as a governor. She is currently Chair of the Board of Goodwill Toronto, Central and Eastern Ontario; serves on the Board of ParticipACTION.
Bill Hogarth, Retired Director of Education, Education Consultant
Kenneth 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 Linking Leadership to Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012), 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.
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 membership on The Minister’s Curriculum Council and Governance Review Committee for Ontario. She now undertakes occasional education consulting projects.
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 Applied Psychology and Human Development at OISE/University of Toronto, and as the Special Advisor on Early Learning to Premier McGuinty, 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. Charles and his teenaged daughter, Tai Notar, have just published their book, Too Far from Perfect: A Father-Daughter Conversation about Public Education.
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 Emeritus (The University of British Columbia) and Director of Research (Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group, LLP.)
Charles Ungerleider is Professor Emeritus of Education Studies in the Faculty of Education and Director of Research and Managing Partner at Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group. 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.