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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Carol Campbell

Carol Campbell
Associate Professor

email: carol.campbell@utoronto.ca  

Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Research Overview

Dr. Campbell is committed to advancing the use of research and evidence to inform, understand and contribute to educational change strategies involving policies and practices to strengthen professional capacity and to improve student opportunity, learning, achievement and equity. She is particularly interested in whole system reforms for large-scale change leveraging evidence of effective and promising practices within and across classrooms, schools, districts, provinces/states and countries.

Dr. Campbell's research and teaching includes attention to:

Whole system reform and large-scale change strategies
Content, implementation and impact of education policies, K-12
Leadership values, roles, styles and behaviours
Roles, capacities and effectiveness of school districts
School improvement strategies in a range of contexts
Teaching and learning systems to support both professional learning and student learning linked to classroom practice
Policies and practices to tackle disadvantage and to advance social justice, opportunity policy and equity for students and educators
Use of research, evaluation and data to inform policy and practice
Knowledge mobilization and research capacity building strategies

Academic History

Dr. Carol Campbell is Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change at OISE, University of Toronto. She is also Director of the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research-Rseau d'change des connaissances pour la recherche applique en education (KNAER-RECRAE), a tripartite partnership between the Ontario Ministry of Education, University of Toronto and Western University to advance the mobilization and application of research for educational practice in Ontario.

Carol is well-known for her commitment to connecting research to policy and practice for educational improvement. From 2005 - 2010, Carol worked for the Ontario Ministry of Education, where she was Senior Executive Officer for The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, was appointed Ontario's first Chief Research Officer for Education, and became the founding Director of the Education Research & Evaluation Strategy Branch. Carol has international experience also. In the United States, she was Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, Stanford University. In the United Kingdom, she worked as an advisor at school district and government levels and was an academic at the Institute of Education, University of London. Originally from Scotland, Carol completed her Ph.D. at the University of Strathclyde.

Teaching Overview

Carol teaches in OISE's Initial Teacher Education program and in graduate studies for the Educational Leadership and Policy program.

In 2014-15, Carol is teaching the following courses:
EDU3508 School and Society
LHAE1004 Research Literacy in Educational Leadership and Policy
LHAA1029 Developing and Organizing People in Education

Representative Publications

Campbell, C., Clinton, J., Fullan, M., Hargreaves, A., James, A., Longboat, K. D. (2018) Read Findings and Recommendations from the Independent Review of Assessment and Reporting, Ontario: A Learning Province . Education Advisors to the Premier of Ontario.

Campbell, C. (2014) Q & A with Carl Campbell. Lead theChange Series, 41, American Educational Reseach Association (AERA) Educational Change Special Interest Group. Available at http://aera.net/Portals/38/docs/SIGs/SIG155/41_Carol%20Campbell.pdf

Campbell, C. Lieberman, A. & Yashkina, A. (2013) Teacher learning and leadership for classroom, school and system improveme. Pensamiento Educativo: Revista de Invesigacion Educacional Latino Americana, 50 (2), 51-68.

Campbell, C., Lieberman, A. & Yashkina, A. (2013) The Teacher Learning and Leadership Program: Research Project and Executive Summary. Ontario Teachers’ Federation.

Pervin, B. and Campbell, C. (2011) ‘Systems for Teacher and Leader Effectiveness and Quality: Ontario, Canada’, in L. Darling-Hammond and R. Rothman (Eds) Teacher and Leader Effectiveness in High-Performing Education Systems. Washington, D.C.: Alliance for Excellent Education and Stanford, CA: Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.

Campbell, C., Comper, J. and Winton, S. (2007, Feb.) ‘Successful and Sustainable Practices for Raising Student Achievement in Literacy and Numeracy’, Changing Perspectives – ASCD Ontario, pp.31-36.

Campbell, C. and Whitty, G. (2007) Section Editors – United Kingdom. In W. T. Pink and G. W. Noblit (Eds) International Handbook of Urban Education (Springer International Handbooks of Education, Vol. 19). Dordrecht: Springer.

Professional Activities

Conference Papers, Keynotes, Presentations:

Campbell, C. (2014). Teacher Learning and Leadership for System Improvement. Invited presentation to Teacher Competence and the Teaching Profession Symposium, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Campbell, C., Pollock, K., Carr-Harris, S. & Briscoe, P. (2014). Leading Knowledge Mobilization in Education: Evidence from Ontario's Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research. Presentation to Canadian Association for Study of Educational Administration (CASEA) and Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM).

Campbell, C. (2013). Leading Beyond the Organization? Whole System Educational Leadership. Keynote address to British Educational Leadership, Administration and Management Society.

Campbell, C. (2012). Professional Learning for Student Learning: Inquiry, Evidence and Action. Keynote for Ontario Ministry of Education K-12 Mathematics/Numeracy Inquiry: Learning Together conference.

Campbell, C. (2012). Leading with Evidence for Educational Improvement. Keynote to Leading Student Achievement Symposium.

Campbell, C. (2011). Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Futures Thinking and Education Research In, About and For Ontario. Keynote for Association of Educational Researchers of Ontario (AERO) Fall conference.

Campbell, C. (2011). Being Evidence Leaders: Contributing to High Quality, High Equity Education Systems. Keynote for Managing Information for Student Achievement (MISA) Leaders' Event.

Campbell, C. (2010) How Does the World Assess Student Learning? Invited keynote to Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning Annual Conference.