Contributor Bios

Maren Aukerman, PhD
University of Calgary

Dr. Aukerman, a University of Calgary Werklund Research Professor, studies reading comprehension and classroom talk fostering deep thinking. Previously at Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania, she received the Harris and Feitelson Research Awards from the International smeLiteracy Association.

Deirdre Bailey, MEd
University of Calgary

Over the past decade, Deirdre has taught middle school math, science, physical and outdoor education, and provided teacher professional learning as a math education specialist. Deirdre is currently teaching part-time with both the Werklund School of Education and Mount Royal University. 

Sharon Bailin, PhD (Emerita)
Simon Fraser University

Dr. Bailin has written and presented extensively on critical thinking. She is the author, along with Mark Battersby, of the text, Reason in the Balance: An Inquiry Approach to Critical Thinking.

Mark Battersby, PhD (Emeritus)
Capilano University

Dr. Battersby’s is the author of two critical thinking textbooks (Is that a Fact? A Field Guide to Statistical and Scientific Information) and with Sharon Bailin (Reason in the Balance: An Inquiry Approach to Critical Thinking) and numerous journal articles on reasoning.

Anne Brailsford, PhD (Emerita)
University of Alberta

Dr. Brailsford obtained her MEd and PhD at the University of Alberta. She has taught at elementary, secondary and university levels, and worked as both a classroom teacher and Reading Specialist in Edmonton Public Schools.

Jennifer Branch-Mueller, PhD
University of Alberta

Dr. Branch-Mueller teaches and researches in the area of teacher-librarianship education in the Department of Elementary Education in the Faculty of Education. She was a classroom teacher and a teacher-librarian and currently teaches online and face-to-face courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Robin Bright, PhD
University of Lethbridge

Dr. Bright is a language and literacy professor at the University of Lethbridge with 30 years of teaching, research, and publication experience. She has authored seven books and one textbook on literacy that is used in teacher education programs across Canada.

Barbara Brown, PhD
University of Calgary

Dr. Brown is Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include research-practice partnerships, professional learning, and instructional design in digital learning environments.

Janice Coles, PhD

Dr. Coles taught Junior and Senior High School students (Lac. Ste. Anne), Kindergarten through Grade Six students (County of Parkland) and, briefly, undergraduate students at the University of Alberta whilst completing her PhD. Pre- and post-PhD, she worked with students, teachers and parents as a reading specialist.

Jean-Claude (J-C) Couture, PhD

Dr. J-C Couture is adjunct faculty, University of Alberta and an instructor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. His teaching and research applies futures studies to educational leadership, organizational renewal and educational governance

Sarah Elaine Eaton, PhD
University of Calgary

Dr. Eaton is an Associate Professor in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.

Education Team
Faculté Saint-Jean

Members of the Faculté Saint-Jean team who took part in this analysis include Natalie Boisvert, Laurent Cammarata, Diane Campeau, Martine Cavanagh, Katherine Deren, Doris Charest, Samira ElAtia, Laurier Fagnan, Chantal Grégoire, Marianne Jacquet, Denis Lacroix, Émilie Lavoie, Eva Lemaire, Carol Léonard, Randy Lyseng, Dominic Manuel, Johanne Patry, Martine Pellerin, Pierre Rousseau, and Chantal Viens.

Brian Gilbert, BSc and BEd

Brian Gilbert has a BSc in Natural Sciences and a BEd in Elementary Science Education. He is currently completing his Masters in Curriculum and Learning at the University of Calgary with co-supervisors from both Education and Chemistry.

Doug Gleddie, PhD
University of Alberta

Dr. Gleddie is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta and Associate Dean, Graduate Studies. His research areas include: narratives of physical education, school sport, physical literacy praxis, meaningful physical education and teacher education.

Angela Grace, PhD (Registered Psychologist)

Dr. Grace is a Registered Psychologist, national eating disorder prevention specialist, and former elementary teacher passionate about youth health and well-being and trauma-informed teacher training in educational settings.

Michele Jacobsen, PhD
University of Calgary

Dr. Jacoben, a Professor and Teaching Scholar, designs and evaluates innovations in learning technologies using participatory pedagogies in open learning spaces, online faculty learning for quality graduate supervision, peer mentoring and wellness, research-based learning, & complex adaptive learning systems in K-12 classrooms & schools.

Elva Jones, MEd

Elva Jones obtained her BEd and MEd from the University of Alberta. She taught in both rural and urban schools (students in K to grade 10) and as a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta. Most of her career was as a Reading Specialist with Edmonton Public School Board.

Diane Lander, Curriculum Consultant (Retired)

Diane Lander was a member of Alberta Education’s Curriculum Working Group from 2017-2019 and participated in the development of the 2018 Draft Curriculum. Additionally, she was a Curriculum Facilitator in Parkland School Division, where she was the lead-learner with respect to how to implement a concept-based curriculum.

Wendy Legaarden, MEd

Wendy Legaarden retired after 30 +years with the Edmonton Public School Board as a K-3 teacher, School Administrator, Reading Specialist/Literacy Consultant. She is currently a private consultant across Canada.

Danielle E. Lorenz, MA

Danielle E. Lorenz is a PhD candidate in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta. Her dissertation research focuses on settler colonialism in mainstream systems of education.

Margaret Mackey, PhD (Emerita) MEd
University of Alberta

Dr. Mackey has been researching and teaching in the area of young people’s literacies and literatures – print, media, and digital – for thirty years. She has published widely and presented in many national and international forums on these topics.

Dougal MacDonald, PhD
University of Alberta, Athabasca University

Dr. MacDonald has a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction and has been an Instructor of Science education for 35 years. He specializes in the development of students’ scientific literacy. He taught elementary school for seven years. 

Jennifer Markides, Phd
University of Calgary

Jennifer Markides is an Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellow in the Werklund School of Education. Her work focuses on the holistic wellbeing of youth and Indigenous education.

Richelle Marynowski, PhD
University of Lethbridge

Dr. Marynowski is Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs at the University of Lethbridge. Her primary research areas are mathematics teaching and learning, classroom assessment practices, and teacher professional development.

Hayley Morrison, PhD
University of Alberta

Dr. Morrison’s research, teaching and expertise is on inclusive physical and health education. She works with pre- and in-service teachers and educational assistants to support inclusive health and physical education experiences for all students.

Stephen Murgatroyd, PhD

Dr. Murgatroyd teaches strategic foresight and issues associated with innovation and organizational change in education at the University of Alberta, University of Toronto and Athabasca University.

Kathy Nawrot, MEd

Kathy Nawrot is a retired teacher, literacy consultant and reading specialist. She holds a B.Ed. from the University of Calgary and an M.Ed. from the University of Alberta.

Margie Patrick, PhD
The King’s University

Dr. Patrick taught high school for 12 years before obtaining a PhD in Religious Studies. Her current research examines how secondary social studies teachers teach about religion when and if it appears in the curriculum, current events, controversial issues, or student questions.

Nicole Patrie, MEd

Nicole Patrie is a PhD student in Education Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, studying prison education. Over the past 15 years she has taught and developed curriculum at junior high to university levels.

Carla Peck, PhD
University of Alberta

Dr. Peck researches the teaching and learning of history and citizenship, the role of identity in students’ historical understandings and uses of the past, and teachers’ and students’ understandings of democratic concepts.

Yvonne Poitras Pratt
University of Calgary

Yvonne (Métis) is an award-winning educator whose publications span Indigenous education, reconciliatory pedagogy, Métis studies, digital storytelling, and critical service-learning. She earned the 2018 Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations Distinguished Academic Early Career Award.

George Richardson, PhD
University of Alberta

Dr. Richardson is a retired Professor and Associate Dean (International) in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. He joined the U of Alberta in 1999 after more than 20 years of classroom experience as a social studies teacher. 

Pamela Roach, PhD
University of Calgary

Dr. Roach’s research focuses on research cognition and brain health in Indigenous populations and other vulnerable groups, mental health, and dementia and cognitive disorders.

Shelly Russell-Mayhew, PhD
University of Calgary

Dr. Russell-Mayhew is a professor and registered psychologist with a research program in the prevention and treatment of eating and weight-related issues. Areas of expertise include: weight bias, eating disorders, obesity, body image, comprehensive school health, mental wellbeing.

Muna Saleh, PhD
Concordia University of Edmonton

Dr. Saleh is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE), former Elementary and Secondary school teacher, and the author of “Stories We Live and Grow By: (Re)Telling Our Experiences as Muslim Mothers and Daughters.”

David Scott, PhD
University of Calgary

Dr. Scott is an Associate Professor in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. His work focuses on how educators, and the public more generally, interpret and respond to new curricular mandates particularly within the context of social studies education

Matthew Sears, PhD
University of New Brunswick

Dr. Sears received his PhD from Cornell University and is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of New Brunswick. In addition to academic books and articles on ancient Greek history, society, and culture, he has written for the Globe & Mail, Maclean’s, and the Washington Post.

Chris Smeaton
Gonzaga University

Chris Smeaton is a retired Superintendent of Schools and former Adjunct Professor for Gonzaga University. 

Lauren Sulz, PhD
University of Alberta

Dr. Sulz is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the U of A. Her research focuses on comprehensive school health, whole-child education, and physical and health literacy. Dr. Sulz teaches physical education and health education curriculum and pedagogy courses to preservice teachers. 

Werklund French Advisory Team
University of Calgary

Members of the team who took part in this analysis include University of Calgary Werklund School of Education professors Sylvie Roy, Katherine Mueller, Rahat Zaidi, Roswita Dressler, Umit Boz, and David Scott.

Mary Winton, MEd

Mary Winton is a Retired Reading Specialist and teacher with the Edmonton Public School Board.

Cory Wright-Maley, PhD
St. Mary’s University (Calgary)

Dr. Wright-Maley is Associate Professor of Education at St. Mary’s University in Treaty 7 Territory on the lands of the Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot), where he is helping to train the next generation of elementary and secondary teachers. He specializes in social studies curriculum and instruction.