The challenges of the 21st century require the full mobilization and optimization of human potential. My work focuses on democratizing instructional practice. It universally designs executive skill interventions so children from high-risk contexts, or with LD, ASD, or ADD can express their creativity and intellect more independently within a normal classroom setting. It pulls unusual thinkers with important perspectives BACK into the mainstream knowledge building community where their innovative ideas can be heard.
I am a PhD student at the University of Toronto, focused on supporting preservice teachers and testing EF-based teaching, assessment, and feedback strategies. My Executive Skills Feedback and Assessment approach will be featured in the 3rd edition of Guare and Dawson’s Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents. I am a regular presenter and workshop facilitator for public and private schools and special education organizations.
My academic work is based on 17 years of classroom experience. In schools, I have led initiatives in creative problem-solving and special education. While at Mulgrave school, in Vancouver, I created zoomfest, which is now in its 16th year with one of the highest participation rates of any film-making competition in the province of British Columbia. At Montcrest, in Toronto, I chaired a committee to study student assessment and reporting in light of executive skills.
I am a certified Future Design School educator, and have extensive training in both the Rotman School of Business’s Integrative Thinking discipline and Google’s Search Inside Yourself mindfulness approach. I am an associate at an executive function focused company called EFs2theRescue. I have received recognition from SENG for distinguished contributions to gifted education.
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