Board of Directors

Sandra Mathison

Sandra Mathison

Sandra Mathison is the Executive Director of the Institute for Public Education/BC and Professor of Education at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on educational evaluation and especially on the potential and limits of evaluation to support democratic ideals and promote justice in education. She is editor of the Encyclopedia of Evaluation and co-author of Researching Children’s Experiences. She was Editor-in-Chief of New Directions for Evaluation and is currently co-editor of Critical Education.

Elizabeth Blackwood

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Liz Blackwood is a public education advocate and the K-12 and early education and child care researcher for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). She is a Research Associate with the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA-BC), and her professional and academic research has focused on public policy, privatization, trade and investment, education policy and public services.

David Chudnovsky

David Chudnovsky

David Chudnovsky worked in nursery, elementary and secondary schools and at the university level in England, Ontario and BC during his 35-year teaching career.  He is a past-president of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation and was an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly in British Columbia Legislature from 2005-2009.  David is co-author of the Charter for Public Education.

Larry Kuehn

Larry Kuehn

Larry Kuehn is Director of Research and Technology at the BC Teachers’ Federation. He is a Research Associate for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and has written extensively on issues related to globalization and education. Among his most recent articles are International students as a market in Canadian public education and Digital capitalism:  A social order is built into technology, including educational use of technology.

Dan Laitsch

Dan Laitsch

Dan Laitsch is an associate professor with the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and President of the SFU Faculty Association. Dr. Laitsch co-edits the International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership.  He has worked with the Joint Consortium for School Health and the ASCD on school health issues in BC and across Canada.  His research interests include the use/misuse of research in teaching, policymaking, and advocacy; the impact of neoliberal policies on education; and school health approaches to systemic education reform.

Adrienne Montani

Adrienne Montani is the Provincial Coordinator for First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition. She has served as the Child and Youth Advocate for the City of Vancouver and as a Trustee and Chairperson of the Vancouver School Board.  Among other awards, Adrienne received the MOSAIC Human Rights Award, awarded based on an individual’s activities, altruism, personal risk, and significant contribution in the field of human rights and ethnic relations.

Vis Naidoo

Vis Nadoo

Vis Naidoo is an education technology expert focusing on policy and developing innovative programs and partnerships with academic institutions, communities, governments, corporations and non-profit organizations. He has extensive expertise using media and technology as a platform for social development in formal school and post-secondary education, as well as non-formal adult and youth learning.

E. Wayne Ross

E Wayne Ross

E. Wayne Ross is Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at The University of British Columbia. He teaches and writes about the politics of curriculum, critical pedagogy, social studies education, and academic labor. Prior to coming to UBC, he was Distinguished University Scholar at the University of Louisville. He has been a day care worker and a secondary social studies teacher. His recent books include Working for Social Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom and The Social Studies Curriculum: Purposes, Problems, and Possibilities.