Mitzie Hunter Minister of Education has said that “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.”

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.