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Benjamin Kutsyuruba

Benjamin Kutsyuruba (Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan) is an Associate Professor in Educational Policy, Leadership, and School Law and an Associate Director of Social Program Evaluation Group (SPEG) in the Faculty of Education at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Throughout his career, Benjamin has worked as a teacher, researcher, manager, and professor in the field of education in Ukraine and Canada. His research interests include educational policymaking; educational leadership; mentorship and development of teachers; trust, moral agency, and ethical decision-making in education; international education; school climate, safety, well-being, and flourishing; and, educational change, reform, and restructuring. His areas of teaching are educational leadership, school law and policy, educational policy studies, and policymaking in education.

Books authored or co-authored by Benjamin Kutsyuruba:
- The Bliss and Blisters of Early Career Teaching

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Danielle Cassell

Danielle Cassell has been involved in primary education (4-11 years) for 40 years and has worked in England and Guernsey in the Channel Islands. She has taught in a variety of city and semi-rural schools over a period of 20 years and has been headteacher for two primary schools. Danielle is passionate about the quality of children's learning and has built the schools' culture and capacity through the development of staff. She has worked in advisory capacities to support school leadership and classroom pedagogy and has contributed to a number of educational authority policy groups. Current she is working as a primary phase inspector/advisor for a local education authority.
Danielle graduated as a Doctor of Education from the Institute of Public Policy and Professional Practice at Keele University, Chesire. Her thesis was concerned with the impact of assessment policies on teachers' professional practice in three jurisdictions. Danielle has a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership and Management and a Bachelor of Education degree in History and Education.

Books authored or co-authored by Danielle Cassell:
- Save Our Teachers' Souls: Professional and Social Well-Being in a Managerial Environment

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Darrin Griffiths

Darrin Griffiths has worked as an educator in urban elementary schools for more than twenty years in the roles of teacher, vice-principal and currently, principal. He is a critical pragmatist with a solid understanding of the complex nature of schooling and a commitment to equity for all students.

Griffiths continues to write about social justice, equity and inclusion in education, and is partnering with experts in the field to author more books geared at instructional leaders. He is also a senior lecturer at Niagara University and an in-demand conference speaker and session facilitator. He lives with his family in Burlington, Ontario, and he is currently the principal of an elementary school in the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.

Books authored or co-authored by Darrin Griffiths:
- Principals of Inclusion
- Key Questions for Educational Leaders
- The Principal Reader: Narratives of Experience
- Case Studies for Inclusive Educators and Leaders
- The Leader Reader: Narratives of Experience

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Denver J. Fowler

Dr. Denver J. Fowler is currently an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS).  Before arriving at CSUS, he served as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at The University of Mississippi for two years.  In addition, during this same timeframe, he has served as the elected President of The Mississippi Association of Professors of Educational Leadership.  Dr. Fowler has over a decade of experience in the PreK-12 educational setting where he has served as a coach, teacher, athletic director, technology coordinator, and school administrator in the State of Ohio.  During this time, he was named the Assistant Principal of the Year in the State of Ohio and was nominated for the Assistant Principal of the Year in the United States by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators.  He received this recognition for leading a school turnaround effort in which his building received all A’s on their state report card.  He has received Congressional Recognition for his service in the PreK-12 educational setting and has advocated on Capitol Hill for educators and school leaders.  In addition to this experience, he has previously served as an adjunct instructor and lecturer at The Ohio State University, University of West Florida, and Bowling Green State University.  Dr. Fowler has presented his research both nationally and internationally, including presentations in China, Italy, and Greece.  He is the author of numerous publications on educational leadership that have appeared in both national and international educational leadership journals, magazines, and books.  Dr. Fowler received his Doctor of Education from Ohio University, Master of Arts in Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and Bachelor of Science in Education from The Ohio State University.  In addition to his degrees, Dr. Fowler has completed a School Leadership Institute at Harvard University and he is currently a licensed Superintendent, Principal, and Teacher. 

Books authored or co-authored by Denver J. Fowler:
- The 21st Century School Leader: Leading Schools in Today's World

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James Ryan

Jim Ryan is a professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. He has been a teacher and administrator in schools in Northern Canada. His interests are reflected in recent publications and current research activities. They include, among others: the administration of schools with diverse school poplations; leadership; inclusion, social justice and equity; micropolitics and leadership; philosophy and theory in educational administration; research methods; social, critical and postmodern theory; and various organizational approaches to schooling. His books include Race and Ethnicity in Multiethnic Schools, Leading Diverse Schools, Inclusive Leadership, and Struggling for Inclusion: Educational Leadership in a Neo-Liberal World. Jim's latest book is an edited volume with Denise Armstrong entitled Working With/out the System: Leadership, Micropolitics and Social Justice.

Books authored or co-authored by James Ryan:
- Case Studies for Inclusive Educators and Leaders

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Joanne Stacey

Breast cancer survivor Joanne Stacey details the steps she took from diagnosis to survival in this raw and inspiring book.  Joanne, along with her husband Bob and their grown family, lives in Ontario, Canada.  She is semi-retired, which allows her more tiime for her volunteer work and grandchildren - her favourite things to do! Along with her family, Joanne has always been committed to charitable and community work.  She is donating all her proceeds from this book to the Breast Asssessment Centre at Juravinski Hospital and Jo Brant Hospital, Breast Oncology.

Books authored or co-authored by Joanne Stacey:
- Approaching Sunrise: My Personal Journey with Breast Cancer from Diagnosis to Survival

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John P. Portelli

John P. Portelli was born in Malta where after completing a B.A. (Philosophy & Maltese, 1975) he taught history and modern languages at a secondary school and philosophy at a junior college. In 1977 he was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship and commenced his studies at McGill University from where he obtained an M.A. (1979) and a Ph.D. (1984).

Currently he is a professor in the Department of Social Justice Education at OISE, University of Toronto. He is Co-director of the Centre for Leadership and Diversity and a fellow of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto.

Before joining OISE in 1999 he taught in several universities: The University of Malta (1980), McGill University (1982-1985), Dalhousie University (Killam Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1985-1986), Mount Saint Vincent University (1986 – 1999). He was a visiting professor at the University of Malta (1992), Acadia University (1997), the University of British Columbia (1998), and the University of Verona (2010, 2011). He has published 9 books including two books of poetry.

Two of his books won the American Educational Studies Association Critic Award, and another of his books won the Canadian Association for the Foundations of Education Book Award. In 2005 he received the Canadian Society for the Study of Education Mentorship Award. In March 2013 he was awarded the David E. Hunt Graduate Teaching Award at the University of Toronto.

Since 1982 he has worked closely with teachers and school administrators in Canada and internationally. He has led several national education studies in Canada. He has given keynote addresses and lectures in Canada, U.S.A., Austria, Italy, England, Malta, Bahrain, Morocco, Ireland and Turkey. He was a commissioner of the National Commission for Higher Education of Malta (2006-2013), and a Lead Expert for the European Mediterranean University, Slovenia (on issues of quality assurance).

He is frequently invited to give keynote addresses and workshops in his areas of research and teaching which include: student engagement; students ‘at risk’; democratic theory and education; teaching controversial issues; leadership, equity and diversity; intercultural education and dialogue; educational policy and equity; neolberalism and education; social justice education; reflective practice; and ethical issues in educational leadership. His most recent book is Student Engagement in Urban Schools: Beyond Neoliberal Discourses (with Brenda McMahon), North Carolina: Information Age Publishers, 2012.

Books authored or co-authored by John P. Portelli:
- Key Questions for Educational Leaders
- Key Questions for Educators
- What to do? Case Studies for Educators

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John Strazzabosco

John Strazzabosco is an educator, lecturer, and writer.  A retired math teacher with thirty-three years in the Pittsford Central Schools, Strazzabosco has recently written a book, Ninety Feet Under (What Poverty Does to People).  He has written essays and features for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and several books for students, the latest How Spending and Saving Affect You, 2012, Rosen Publishing Group, on Economics for seventh grade students. 


He has presented sixty workshops on understanding poverty to teachers, administrators and staff, most recently including the Pittsford Schools, Webster Schools, Rochester Area Literacy Conference, Hillside Crestwood Center, Villa of Hope, and the Mary Cariola Center.


His active involvement in the poverty community spans the past twelve years, and has included tutoring, mentoring, training mentors for a self-sufficiency program run by Action for a Better Community, participation in the Rochester Children’s Zone, and work with youth at a city drop-in center.  He currently mentors and tutors several area young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods, including one long-term incarcerated youth.

Books authored or co-authored by John Strazzabosco:

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Keith Walker

Keith Walker (Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan) is a professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of PUblich Policy (30%) and in the Department of Educational Administration in the College of Education (70%). He believes in the fundamental importance of robust systems of early childhood, K-12 education, and post-secondary education for the well-being of civil societies and has a wide-angle focus on lifelone and life-wide education in his work. To his way of thinking, organizational-community and leadership learning and development in all three sections sectors (public, social, private) are critical. His academic expertise in educational administration, executive leadership, organizational development and applied ethics, match well with his public policy research interests (governance, leadership-constituent relationships and social policy). Walker's present projects range from an examination of trust - why it is important, how it can be sustained - to how we might further engage public and social sector becoming flourishing and engaging organizations. 

Books authored or co-authored by Keith Walker:
- The Bliss and Blisters of Early Career Teaching

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Scott Lowrey

Dr. Scott Lowrey is an elementary school principal in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He received Canada's Outstanding Principals (COP) recognition in 2005, the inaugural year of the COP program for initiatives relating to early literacy and the creation of a multigenerational continuum of community services encompassing society’s youngest to society’s most senior.

Scott completed his EdD studies (Educational Administration) at the University of Toronto within the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 2013.  Scott was inducted in the McMaster University’s Alumni Gallery in 2014, and was also a recipient of McMaster University’s Lloyd Reed Prize in 1985.

Scott has taught Masters and Doctoral students at both the University of Toronto and Western University and is a recipient of the Western Education Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award.

Books authored or co-authored by Scott Lowrey:
- The Principal Reader: Narratives of Experience
- The Leader Reader: Narratives of Experience

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Victoria Door

Victoria taught languages in secondary (high) schools in the south of England, the Midlands, and Germany. She was Head of Department (in middle management) in two schools before moving to Keele University to work in teacher education. Passionate about teacher development, she set up and taught on a range of Masters in Education focused on practice development. Currently she supervises national and international doctoral students and works with in-service teachers on action research projects.
Victoria has an MPhil from Newcastle University comparing the construction of language textbooks in England, France and Germany, and a PhD from Bath University on attention in foreign language reading. She published her first single author book in 2014 (Developing Creative and Critical Educational Practitioners, Critical Publishing) and has published in the International Journal of Critical Pedagogy (Critical Pedagogy and Reflexivity: The Issue of Ethical Consistency, Vol 5:2).

Books authored or co-authored by Victoria Door:
- Save Our Teachers' Souls: Professional and Social Well-Being in a Managerial Environment

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Victoria Handford

Victoria Handford is an Assistant Professor in Education (Leadership) and the Director of the Executive Program for Leadership in Education at Thompson Rivers University. She teaches face-to-face, blended, and online, and has developed courses in all three delivery models.  Tory held multiple roles in education prior to moving to her current position.  She was a teacher, vice-principal, principal, Education Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Education, and Program Officer for the Ontario College of Teachers.
Tory has published work on trust and leadership. She is currently conducting a large study on senior district leadership in British Columiba with Ken Leithwood and the British Columbia School Superintendants Association.  In addition, Tory is completing research work on principal preparation programs in British Columbia and Colombia.  Her most recent publication, The Academic Gateway: Understanding the Journey to Tenure, is scheduled for release by UOttawaPress in January, 2017.  Tory has supervised the theses of multiple graduate students - like the work in which she feels the most satisfaction: preparing the leaders and researchers for tomorrow.
Tory is an invited speaker at the 2017 Canadian Association of Principals conference in Saskatchewan, and has been invited to speak at school districts, faculties, and other organizations on trust and leadership across Canada.  She has also been an invited keynote speaker on several occasions in Beijing, China. Tory is also an associate school inspector with the Dubai School Inspection Agency.
Tory has a husband and three sons who keep her entertained - and busy. Her credentials and assignment details can be viewed at at http://kamino.tru.ca/experts/home/main/bio.htm?id=vhandford@tru.ca

Books authored or co-authored by Victoria Handford:

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William Hare

Research and Teaching Interests
• Moral aspects of education and teaching
• Open-mindedness and education
• Critical thinking and the intellectual virtues
• The philosophical and educational ideas of Bertrand Russell
• Philosophy in teacher education
• Philosophy of education in historical perspective

William Hare is Professor Emeritus at Mount St. Vincent University.

He was Professor of Education and Philosophy at Dalhousie University for 25 years, becoming Full Professor in 1979. He chaired the Department of Education at Dalhousie from 1977-80. When the School of Education at Dalhousie closed in 1995, he joined the faculty at Mount St. Vincent University. He retired in June 2008
He served as President of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society (1984-6), and he was Editor of Paideusis: Journal of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society (1992-96). In 1995 he was the Robert Jackson Memorial Lecturer, and in 2007 he gave the Helen De Vitt Jones Lecture at Texas Tech University. He received the Distinguished Service Award of the Canadian Association of Foundations of Education (1995); the Mary Anne Raywid Award from the Society of Professors of Education (1999); and the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society (2005). William was also the recipient of the Mount Saint Vincent University Award for Research Excellence in 2007.
He has published 6 books, 3 edited collections of essays, 1 booklet, 100+ articles/chapters, 30+ book reviews, and 1 audiotape. He has been guest editor of 4 special issues of different journals.

Books authored or co-authored by William Hare:
- Key Questions for Educators
- What to do? Case Studies for Educators

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William T. Smale

William T. Smale, Ph.D. (University of Alberta); H.B.P.E.; B.Sc; B.Ed; M.Ed, is an Associate Professor in the School of Education and Professional Learning at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He teaches undergraduate courses in Educational Law, Ethics and Professional Conduct, and graduate courses in Research Methods and School Law. His research interests include school law, educational administration, early school leaving, deviance, and early childhood interventions. William may be reached at williamsmale@trentu.ca.

Books authored or co-authored by William T. Smale:
- Perspectives on Canadian Educational Law and Policies

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