Our Education System: The Good, The Bad, and the Solutions

Featured Speakers' Bios

Joycelyn Fournier-Gawryluk

Dr. Fournier-Gawryluk  has been an educator for over 30 years in the Pembina Trails School Division.  Her classroom experiences were at the Middle Years and High School.  She has served as a Coordinator of Basic French and has been a school leader for the past 20 years.   Her school leadership experiences have been in a K-Grade 9 Dual Track School, a K-6 Immersion School and most recently at a Grade 9-12 Dual Track High School.  For the last four year, she has been a school leader at Vincent Massey Collegiate; a proud UNESCO school in Fort Garry.

From 1999 until 2008, Dr. Fournier-Gawryluk served on the provincial school principals' organization.  The Manitoba Association of Principals evolved to being the Council of School Leaders (COSL) of the Manitoba Teachers' Society.  She served on the executive of this board and then served in a volunteer capacity as a Chairperson for two years.  In 2006, she was elected as the first seconded Chairperson of COSL.  She served in this capacity for two years.  During this time, she became the representative from Manitoba on the Canadian Association of Principals (CAP).  Dr. Fournier-Gawryluk has served as Provincial Director and most recently have been on the CAP Executive.  Her present role is that of Past President.

Marni Brownell

Marni Brownell is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba and a senior research scientist at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. She trained as a developmental psychologist and was a recipient of a Canadian Institutes for Health Research New Investigator Award.

Dr. Brownell uses administrative health and social service databases to examine child health and well-being, with a particular focus on the social determinants of health. Her research program includes projects on developmental trajectories, autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and psychostimulant treatment, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, children in foster care, developing population-level indicators of child health, and evaluations of programs designed to improve early childhood development. She currently mentors eight students as an advisor or committee member, and has trained several Master’s-level students and research assistants to work with the administrative child health and social services data held at MCHP.

Marlene Atleo

Marlene Atleo, ?eh ?eh naa tuu kwiss, member of the Ahousaht First Nation, B.C.,  came to Adult and Post Secondary Education after a career in the West Coast salmon fishing industry. Atleo’s work in the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of Aboriginal education, training and research gave her insight into the intractability of the “dirty rotten problems” in Aboriginal education. Her dissertation about the Nuu-chah-nulth “Provider”, Umeek, earned the Thomas Greenfield Award from the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration. The currency of research on such Indigenous learning themes as well their relationship to Indigenous Peoples’ standpoints, orality, language and achievement resulted in SSHRC supported research about the central role of Aboriginal heritage language in attainment.

As an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Atleo teaches Aboriginal and cross-cultural education in the BEd program and adult and post secondary education in the MEd and PhD programs.

Rodney Clifton

Rodney A. Clifton is a Senior Scholar at the University of Manitoba, Retired Follow at St John's College, and a Senior Fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. He received his B.Ed and M.Ed from the University of Alberta, his Ph.D from the University of Toronto, and his Fil.Dr. from the University of Stockholm.

In addition, he has been awarded a Spencer Fellowship from the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, a Rh. Award from the University of Manitoba, a R.W.B. Jackson Research Award from the Canadian Educational Researchers' Association, and both an Edward Sheffield and a Distinguished Research Award from the Canadian Journal of Education, Policy Options, Sociology of Education, the National Post, and the Winnipeg Free Press. His books include Socioeconomic Status, Attitudes, and Educational Performances: A Comparison of Students in England and New Zealand, Authority in Classrooms, Crosscurrents: Contemporary Canadian Educational Issues, and Recent Social Trends in Canada, 1960-2000. His most recent book, What's Wrong With Our Schools and How We Can Fix Them, was published in 2010 and was written with Michael Zwaagstra and John Long.

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