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Ontario Appoints New Advisors to Guide Transformation in Education System

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Ontario Appoints New Advisors to Guide Transformation in Education System

Experts will Advise on Equity and Indigenous Education

Ministry of Education

Ontario has appointed two new experts to help guide transformation in the province's publicly funded education system in areas such as equity and Indigenous education.

The new advisors, who will provide counsel to the Premier, Minister of Education, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care and Ministry of Education are:

  • Dr. Carl James, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora, Faculty of Education, York University
  • Kahontakwas Diane Longboat, Senior Project Manager, Guiding Directions Implementation, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; ceremonial leader, educator, teacher of Indigenous spiritual ways and healer

In addition, the current advisors have been reappointed for an 18-month term:

  • Dr. Carol Campbell, Associate Professor, Leadership and Educational Change, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
  • Dr. Jean Clinton, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University
  • Dr. Michael Fullan, OC, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
  • Dr. Andy Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College

All six advisors are recognized internationally for their research and leadership in public education. They will engage with stakeholders and work with the province to fulfil the goals outlined in Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario.

Ongoing and emerging priority areas for the advisors include the implementation of the renewed math and well-being strategies, supporting Ontario's Truth and Reconciliation commitments and supporting the Education Equity Secretariat.

Transforming our education system is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • All advisors have been appointed for an 18-month term. This is the first term for Kahontakwas Diane Longboat and Dr. Carl James. This is a second term for the other four advisors who were originally appointed in September 2014.
  • Ontario’s five-year graduation rate is 86.5 per cent, which is 18.5 percentage points higher than the 2004 rate of 68 per cent.
  • The 2015 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) found that Ontario’s 15-year-old students out-performed the vast majority of countries that participated and no jurisdiction outperformed Ontario students in reading.

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“We have made considerable progress since the launch of Ontario’s renewed vision for education in 2014. To continue that work, our advisors will use the most recent data to challenge existing norms, engage in innovative conversations and create opportunities for new ways of thinking.”

Mitzie Hunter

Minister of Education

“We are building an education system that is responsive, high-quality, accessible and integrated from early learning and child care to postsecondary and adult education. These education advisors will allow us to access the world’s best research and advice so we can get the job done. This is an important step towards giving our children the best start in life.”

Indira Naidoo-Harris

Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care

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