Melanie Bennett has been part of the education community for the past 20 years. She has enjoyed her role as an elementary teacher, lecturer at McGill and Bishop’s University, consultant and team member at Quebec’s Ministry of Education and LEARN in English Language Arts and Ethics and Religious Culture. Melanie has worked to support an understanding and application of strong pedagogy incorporating 21st century literacy into today's classrooms. Her research focus deals with ways of mentoring pre-service and novice teachers through reflective practice and developing effective teaching and learning strategies.
Dr. C. Darius Stonebanks is a Full Professor in Bishop's University's School of Education. Having worked in schools, from Pre-K to CEGEP, his university lectures focus heavily on bringing theory into practice, and is particularly interested in the nature and function of public schooling. A scholar in such areas of critical practice, indigenous studies, qualitative methodologies, ethics, cultural studies and Islamophobia,
Dr. Stonebanks infuses these analyses into his teaching and research. As a participant in the changes to Quebec’s public education, from religious to linguistic, he has been immersed in examining the manner in which school culture adapts. He has authored James Bay Cree and Higher Education: Issues of Culture and Identity Shock and co-edited Teaching Against Islamophobia and the award winning Muslim Voices in Schools.
Doug Cote is a Masters student in the Education and Society program at McGill University’s department of Integrated Studies in Education. He obtained his B.A./B.ED in Elementary Education from Bishop’s University. Before starting his Master’s at McGill, he worked for three years in both the private and public sector at elementary schools in the Eastern Townships. During the school year Doug works as a teacher’s assistant for various undergraduate education courses. His thesis research centers around the secularism of public schools and its impact on the greater local culture.
Dr. Ronald Morris is an Associate Professor with the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. His main teaching and research activities centre on philosophical and ethical issues/questions in education. Presently, his work focuses on issues arising from Quebec’s Ethics and Religious Culture Program; particularly the issue of teacher neutrality and the importance of substantive ethics in both teaching and learning.
Kassandra Norrie is a graduate student in Education at Bishop’s University. She previously graduated from Bishop’s University with a B.A. Elementary Education, B.Ed, and B.A. Major in Sociology Minor in Criminology. Kassandra began her career at home working in public schools in the Eastern Townships before moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia and working for three years at a private school. Her current research is based on connecting the practical work she does with Transformative Praxis: Malawi to Learned Helplessness, postcolonial views on theories of cycle of poverty, and current research on the looking glass self in formal schooling.
David Emory is a recent M.A. graduate from McGill University in the Education and Society program, who completed his B.A./B.Ed in Elementary Education at Bishop’s University in 2011. His thesis centers around the prevalence of individuality and community in Western schooling and culture, as compared with culture and schooling in Malawi. He has an interest in the relationship between non-formal institutions of learning, particularly those prevalent in pop culture, and schooling. He also currently works as a swim coach for both the Dollard and John Abbott teams in Montreal.
Our research team is made up of university professors, educational consultants, graduate, and undergraduate students who would not be able to carry out this ongoing research without the collaboration of engaged and committed public school teachers across Canada.
Dr. Norman Denzin is Distinguished Professor of Communications, College of Communications Scholar, and Research Professor of Communications, Sociology, and Humanities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Denzin is the author or editor of more than two dozen books, including Indians on Display; Searching for Yellowstone; Reading Race; and The Alcoholic Self. He is past editor of The Sociological Quarterly, co-editor (with Yvonna S. Lincoln) of four editions of the Handbook of Qualitative Research, and founding editor of Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies.
Natalie Knott is originally from Montreal, Quebec. She has a BSc in Agriculture and a Teacher's diploma from McGill University. She worked for many years for the Lakeshore School Boards, followed by the Lester B Pearson School Board, teaching grades K-6 and Resource. She began graduate studies pursuing a certificate in Leadership at McGill, eventually switching into a Masters in Leadership instead, during which she developed an interest in Critical Pedagogy. She has worked creating curriculum at Learn Quebec; on the Ethics and Religious Cultures program as Anglophone Rep for the MELS, and taught for two years at McGill.