The Secretariat

The KNAER Secretariat is hosted by the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario and works in partnership with the Ministry of Education. The purpose of the Secretariat is to provide:

  • knowledge mobilization expertise, tools, and resources;
  • capacity building to connect research to practice;
  • communication and connections between and among KNAER networks, activities, and partners to support evidence-based practice across Ontario; and
  • strategic leadership, support, and advice to the Ministry of Education regarding the implementation and operation of KNAER.

To learn more about the support the KNAER Secretariat provides, read our support and services document.

 

The Secretariat Team

Katina Pollock, PhD

Katina Pollock, PhD

Co-Director (UWO)

Dr. Katina Pollock is an Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy in the field of Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies at the Faculty of Education, Western University, and Co-Director of the KNAER Secretariat. As a scholar in leadership and policy, Katina has been awarded several research grants and contracts. Two of these projects are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 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 is also the 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’s recently co-authored books include How School Leaders Contribute to Student Success (Springer).

 

 

Kelly Bairos, M.Ed.

Kelly Bairos, M.Ed.

Knowledge Mobilization and Project 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, in addition to working as part of a team that created multiple KMb resources and workshops for a variety of audiences and stakeholders. Kelly has a Master’s degree in Education from Western University, which focused on decolonization as a non-Indigenous person looking at Indigenous education and the integration of Indigenous Knowledge in the public school system. In addition to Indigenous and holistic ways of viewing knowledge, Kelly is interested in how e-learning and related game theories can contribute to the field of knowledge mobilization.

Carol Campbell, PhD

Carol Campbell, PhD

Co-Director (OISE/UT)

Dr. Carol Campbell is Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, and Co-Director of the KNAER Secretariat. Carol has held education, academic, and policy roles in Canada, USA, and UK. She is currently an appointed Education Advisor to the Premier and the Minister of Education in Ontario and a member of the International Council of Education Advisers to the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in Scotland. Her current research projects include: the state of educators’ professional learning in Canada; Ontario’s Teacher Learning and Leadership Program; and an international study of teacher identity. Carol’s recently co-authored books include: Teacher Learning and Leadership: Of, By and For Teachers (Routledge), Empowering Educators in Canada (Jossey-Bass) and Empowered Educators: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality Around the World (Jossey-Bass).

 

 

Knowledge Mobilization and Project Manager (TBD)

KNAER Support Team

Virginia Tooker

Virginia Tooker

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 utilizes her knowledge of the K-12 public education system and social media in her role with KNAER, in addition to the knowledge mobilization experience she has gained since joining the team.

Melinda Julie Phuong

Melinda Julie Phuong

Knowledge Mobilization Facilitator

Melinda Julie Phuong is a Masters of Education candidate at York University, completing a specialization in post-secondary education community, culture, and policy. Her research is focused on examining the implications of education policy, particularly Ontario’s Differentiation Policy Framework for Post-Secondary Education, on university students’ choice and access to quality education. A member of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), Melinda holds a Bachelor of Education in the Intermediate/Senior division for Social Sciences and French. She also holds a Bilingual Honours Bachelor of Arts degree, of which she double majored in Political Science and Psychology. With a keen interest in knowledge mobilization in the Ontario education system, Melinda interned at KNAER through York University's pilot graduate internship program in 2016/2017. She uses this knowledge mobilization experience as well as her educational background in her current role at KNAER.

Other KNAER Support team members include:

Khalid Mahamad

UWO Graduate Assistant

Fatema Hossain

OISE Graduate Assistant

The ERESB

Ministry responsibility for KNAER is led by the Education Research and Evaluation Strategy Branch (ERESB) of the System Planning, Research and Innovation Division.

The ERESB KNAER team:

  • champions the KNAER within and across the Learning Ministries and school boards, brokering connections and continuing to build a culture that supports knowledge mobilization, research-to-practice and practice-to-research connections, and evidence use in education;
  • applies and implements an accountability framework to ensure good governance, transparency and successful operation of the thematic networks;
  • arranges and oversees a developmental evaluation and a social network analysis of KNAER, and helps to facilitate their work with the networks; and
  • strengthens ministry-university partnerships to support an evidence ‘hub’ to facilitate knowledge uptake, networking and brokering around shared priority interests.

For further information or to connect with the ministry team, please contact Davoud Sarfaraz, Senior Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator and KNAER Project Lead at davoud.sarfaraz@ontario.ca.

 

The ERESB Team

Erica van Roosmalen

Erica van Roosmalen

Director of ERESB

Dr. Erica van Roosmalen is the Director, Education Research & Evaluation Strategy Branch with the Ontario Ministry of Education and co-director of the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research. Erica is an Adjunct Professor of Practice, Masters of International Education (School Leadership), Charles Sturt University. Since 1996, Erica has been a leader in building and engaging multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary partnerships of researchers, practitioners and community members in the fields of health, social services and education, provincially, nationally and internationally. As an educational leader and change agent, Erica works at the intersection of Research, Practice and Policy ensuring research evidence is meaningful, scalable and practical to a wide variety of stakeholders.

Davoud Sarfaraz

Davoud Sarfaraz

Senior Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator and KNAER Project Lead at ERESB

Davoud Sarfaraz is the Senior Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator in the Education Research and Evaluation Strategy Branch at the Ontario Ministry of Education. Having worked in provincial, federal and international organizations, he has experience in policy and program development and has an interest in innovation in public service. His career in the Ontario Public Service began at the Poverty Reduction Strategy Office, where he supported the development and implementation of the Local Poverty Reduction Fund. In 2016, Davoud began working at the Ministry of Education, where he supported the establishment of the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER) initiative. Davoud is also leading the development of a Research and Innovation Strategy for the ministry. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and history, and holds a master’s degree in public policy and public administration from Ryerson University.

Other ERESB KNAER team members include:

Emilio Barends

Knowledge Mobilization Analyst

Carmen Maggisano

Education Officer

Erica Okezie-Phillips

Education Officer