President, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation
Head and Registrar, Ontario College of Teachers
Friday Nov 10 – Opening Panel – Prospects for researchED in Canadian Education
Four leading educators, Susan Douglas, Henry Bischof, John Mighton and Michael Salvatori will explain why they are attracted to the researchED movement and assess its prospects for growth and development among teachers and education researchers in Canadian K-12 education. As Senior Advisor to the British Council and Head of the Eden Academy Trust Schools, Susan Douglas, sees great potential in the researchED movement for engaging teachers in research-informed practice. The current President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), Harvey Bischof, is a high school English teacher who became hooked on researchED after attending a 2016 conference in Oxford, U.K. A charter member of researchED Canada, John Mighton founded JUMP Math and has been involved with researchED since speaking at researchED New York in May 2015. As head of the Ontario College of Teachers, Michael Salvatori, will provide an overview of the College’s mandate for teacher education and how researchED may support its efforts in promoting teacher growth and development.
The panel moderator is Paul W. Bennett, Chair of researchED Toronto 2017
John Mighton is a mathematician and playwright and is the founder of JUMP Math, a charity dedicated to improving the teaching of math. John has given keynotes at many conferences on cognitive science and education, including the Aspen Brian Forum. He was the 2016 recipient of the Ryerson Award for service to Ontario public education.
Susan Douglas, a former British headteacher, is Senior Advisor, Schools, with the British Council, and now CEO of the Eden Academy Trust, in West London. Over the past twenty years, Susan has been a well-known headteacher, at national level for the National College of School Leadership, and now internationally in her role with the British Council.
Harvey Bischof is President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation. In March 2017, he was re-elected to the Provincial Executive at OSSTF/FEESO as President for a two-year term, extending until June 2019. An English teacher with the Durham District School Board, Harvey was first elected to the Provincial Executive as Executive Officer in 2007. After earning an Hons. B.A. from Trent University and an M.A. and B.Ed from Queen’s University, he returned to his home board in Durham in 1990 to teach English at Henry Street High School and then at Exeter High School.
Michael Salvatori is CEO and Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers, one of Canada’s largest self-regulatory bodies. Dr. Salvatori holds a PhD in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and has served as a core French and French immersion teacher, vice-principal, principal and assistant professor during his 25-year education career. Fluent in four languages, Dr. Salvatori has authored numerous textbooks and teacher resources. He is currently President Elect of the board of directors for the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) and President of the board of directors for French for the Future