Location: Delta Hotel Toronto Airport & Conference Centre in Toronto
Theme: Connected by Complexity & Design
April 6, 2019 – Pre-Conference Workshops (optional)
April 7 – 9, 2019 – National Leaders Conference
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Tuesday, April 9 • 8:45am - 9:30am
Roundtable Discussion 1: Change Makers: Activating School and Educator-Led Research

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45 minute session

'Teacher-researchers' are an essential part of progressive school cultures, marking a value for life-long learning and the push for evidence-based practice in schools. In this talk, participants learn how a school-based research centre can help support institutional and individual priorities. By showcasing three studies run by distinct and varied roles in the school –a learning strategist/counsellor, a teacher, and a senior administrator—we see how students and colleagues are asked to engage with education in new ways. For example, the counsellor promoted student well-being by piloting outdoor recess for middle school students. The classroom teacher fostered positive humor through her physical education course. The administrator developed a model for student-centred decision-making and championed a study on space design. In considering the complexity of school administration, mentored research offers an avenue for practitioners to develop new educational strategies to complex issues. Using artifacts from the three projects—narratives and a photo essay—participants explore the changing nature of research in school settings. They also offer insight into the many ways evidence-based practice is a driver for school improvement.

New to the Canadian context, the advent of such centres adds another layer to the conversation as to what grounds sustainability efforts in education. In closing, the audience considers four strategies for how schools can provide on-site tools for educators to access and lead projects within their communities.

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Mira Gambhir

Director, Chandaria Research Centre, Branksome Hall
Mira Gambhir is the inaugural Director of the Chandaria Research Centre at Branksome Hall. She is a scholar and published author in the fields of diversity education, international education and teacher education. She brings with her experience as a researcher, curriculum writer... Read More →

Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am
Plaza Ballroom AB

Attendees (10)