Carol campbell, PHD., KNAER-recrae Co-Director and Co-chair of the Planning and Implementation Committee
Dr. Carol Campbell is Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change and Program Coordinator for Educational Leadership and Policy graduate courses at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Carol is also Co-Director of the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER). Carol is known for her commitment to combining evidence from professional knowledge and research to develop professional capacity for educational improvement. Carol is an appointed Education Advisor to the Premier and the Minister of Education in Ontario, and a member of the Premier’s Expert Panel on the Highly Skilled Workforce. Carol’s current research includes: the role of senior government officials in large-scale educational improvement funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; Ontario’s Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP) funded by the Ontario Teachers’ Federation; a case study of Ontario and Canada for an International Teacher Policy Study funded by the National Center for Education and the Economy; and research on the state of professional learning in Canada funded by Learning Forward. Carol serves on many national and international boards, including: Carol is the Chair of the Policy and Knowledge Mobilization Advisory Group for The Learning Partnership in Canada; she is an expert advisor on evaluation of professional learning for MRDC and the Gates Foundation in the USA; she is a member of the Research Use in Schools Advisory Group for the Education Endowment Foundation in England; and she is a member of editorial boards for Education Canada, the Journal of Professional Capital and Community, and Leadership and Policy in Schools. Carol’s previous roles include: Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) at Stanford University, USA; serving in the Ontario Ministry of Education as a Senior Executive Officer and Team Leader for the Research, Evaluation and Data Team in The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, being appointed the Ministry’s first Chief Research Officer and becoming the founding Director of the Education Research and Evaluation Strategy Branch; and academic, education and policy roles in the UK, including as a member of faculty at the Institute of Education, University of London, working with Bristol City Council to improve district and school performance, and a Policy Advisor for the government in England, including the development of a framework for teachers’ professional recognition and development as part of the London Challenge. To date, Carol’s research efforts have generated 2 co-authored books published and 2 in press, 16 peer reviewed articles, 14 book chapters, 7 professional articles, 31 technical reports and numerous conference presentations, among other scholarly accomplishments.
Katina Pollock, PhD., KNAER-recrae Co-Director and Co-chair of the Planning and Implementation Committee
Dr. Katina Pollock is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy in the field of Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies at the Faculty of Education, Western University. A scholar in leadership and policy, Katina has been awarded a number of research grants and contracts with various funders. Two of these projects are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The first, a SSHRC insight development grant, focuses on the contemporary work of secondary school principals (2013-2016) and the second, with Drs. Pinto and Winton, explores the complexities of policy layer enactment in Ontario secondary schools (2015-2020). In addition to her traditional scholarship efforts, Dr. Pollock has also been involved in large-scale knowledge mobilization initiatives that connect research to practice. Katina utilizes skills that she has acquired from these initiatives in her positions as inaugural Director for Western’s Centre for Education Leadership. This Centre focuses on supporting aspiring, new, and experienced education leaders by reducing the gap between applied educational research and leadership practice. Katina also acts as co-director for the UCEA Centre for the International Study of School Leadership. In this capacity, she works alongside international education leadership and policy scholars to generate and mobilize evidence-based research knowledge of school leadership through pro-active approaches, combining national and international efforts to improve schooling for the success of children. Katina is also Co-director for the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Researcher (KNAER), an innovative initiative supported by the Ontario Ministry of Education. To date, Katina’s research efforts have generated 2 co-authored books, 25 peer reviewed articles, 2 special issue journals, 7 book chapters, 2 professional articles, and numerous conference presentations, among other scholarly accomplishments.
shasta carr-harris, KNAER-recrae knowledge mobilization manager
Shasta Carr Harris is a Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) and project management professional with six years of experience leading and managing knowledge mobilization projects and contributing to KMb teams, including recent experience contributing to research, strategic planning and management of the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER) during its first phase, leading the Ontario Education Research Exchange (OERE) which has made over 200 research summaries available to Ontario educators, and contributing to the Knowledge Mobilization team and Research Brokering in Education (RBE) project at OISE, University of Toronto. Since 2012, Shasta has designed and delivered seventeen KMb presentations and workshops and created a wide variety of KMb resources. This has included workshops for faculty and graduate students at the University of Toronto and policy makers at the Ontario Ministry of Education in KMb strategic planning and the use of effective KMb strategies. Shasta has also created and maintained KMb websites and produced KMb facilitation guides, tip sheets, planning templates, research summaries, a video and podcasts. In 2012 Shasta earned a Master’s degree specializing in knowledge exchange within weak-tie networks and is currently working towards a doctorate in knowledge mobilization systems, at the University of Toronto.
KELLY BAIROS, KNAER-recrae knowledge mobilization manager
Kelly Bairos has studied Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) since 2011 in both professional and academic capacities. As the Network Manager for the first phase of KNAER, Kelly created connections between projects and organizations across Ontario, as well as worked as part of a team that created multiple KMb resources and workshops for a variety of audiences. Kelly has a Master’s degree in Education from Western University and is particularly interested in how systems and game theories can contribute to the field of knowledge mobilization.
Christie Ledgley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator
Christie Ledgley graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Arts and Business Co-op. She then received her Bachelor of Education from Western University. Christie spent a year teaching and then transitioned to applied health research. She has almost three years of experience as a Knowledge Broker and Communications Coordinator. Christie will be starting the Master of Digital Experience Innovation program at the University of Waterloo in September 2016.
Virginia Brown, Social Media and Communications Coordinator
Virginia Brown has completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in French followed by a Bachelor of Education degree where she specialized in Intermediate/Senior French and Geography along with the use of technologies in the classroom. After becoming a registered member of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), she began working for the Thames Valley District School Board in both the elementary and secondary school systems which has given her extensive knowledge of the K-12 curriculum. Virginia looks forward to the transition from the classroom to her new role for the KNAER.
Melinda Julie Phuong, KNAER Intern
Melinda Julie Phuong is a Masters of Education candidate at York University, focusing her research on post-secondary education policies and how political-economic factors influence student access to quality education and student success. Melinda holds a Bachelor of Education degree in the Intermediate/Senior division for Social Sciences and French as a Second Language, also from York University, as well as a bilingual Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and Psychology from Glendon College. She has a keen interest on knowledge mobilisation across the Ontario education system and is looking forward to interning at KNAER through York University's pilot Academic Innovative Fund (AIF) graduate internship program, where she will be able to acquire practical experience in working towards the betterment of public education in Ontario.
Ontario Ministry of Education
Ministry responsibility for the KNAER is led by the Education Research and Evaluation Strategy Branch of the French-Language, Aboriginal Learning and Research Division.