University of Ottawa Team

Stephanie Arnott

Stephanie Arnott is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. She is a core member of the Education and Languages Research Group (EducLang) and coordinator of the Second Language Education Cohort (cL2c). Her research focuses on student motivation, the knowledge base of L2 teachers and innovation in Canadian FSL education.  

Mimi Masson 

Mimi Masson (she/elle) is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education, Université de Sherbrooke. Her research draws on arts-based methodologies to explore teacher identity and professional learning in such areas as antiracist, equitable and inclusive education. She began working with the FSL Ministry project as a member of the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa, and has been working on questions relating to the equitable solutions for FSL teacher retention since 2018. 

Alaa Azan

Alaa Azan is a master’s student in the Leadership, Evaluation, Curriculum and Policy Studies concentration in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include documenting youth lived experiences in educational institutions. Her thesis project focuses on the perspectives of high school students with tutoring services.  

Becca Friesen

Becca Friesen (she/elle) is an undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa in the Second Language Teaching Program with a minor in Psychology. She studies in the French Immersion program and is interested in the fields of Second Language Teaching and Language Acquisition.     

Robert Grant

Robert Grant is a PhD candidate in Education at the University of Ottawa. His research interests examine queer FSL teachers’ identity, as well as how they navigate heteronormative teaching and learning spaces. His doctoral research investigates the experiences of queer FSL teachers in and outside of the classroom.   

Adam Kaszuba

Adam Kaszuba is a doctoral candidate in the concentration Societies, Cultures, and Languages at the Faculty of Education of the University of Ottawa. With an interest in structures of FSL teacher education programs, his doctoral project aims to  develop an assessment-focused professional learning community for FSL teacher candidates.  

York University Team

Gail Prasad 

Gail Prasad is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. Her research focuses on critical multilingual language awareness and critical and creative approaches to multilingual education and teacher development. Her work has been published in English and French in the Canadian Modern Language Review, TESOL Quarterly and Glottopol.  

Marika Kunnas

Marika Kunnas is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education at York University and a French teacher with the Toronto District School Board. Marika’s research focuses on racial identity and French immersion programming in Ontario.     

Taylor  Boreland

Taylor Boreland is a PhD candidate in Francophone studies at York University. Her research interests include French as a Second Language in Canada, teacher education, the CEFR and curriculum design. She is also currently an assistant on a research project considering mobile production pedagogies for language teaching. Her doctoral thesis is examining how initial teacher education in Ontario is preparing teacher candidates to teach according to a CEFR-inspired curriculum.  

Research Consultants

Diana Burchell 

Diana Burchell is a doctoral candidate in the Developmental Psychology and Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). As the project coordinator for The International Bilingual Education (IBE) project (Canada, China & the Netherlands), Diana’s research focuses on the accessibility of language immersion programs for exceptional and multilingual in Canada.  

Trista Hollweck

Trista Hollweck is a pracademic who straddles the world of research, policy and practice.  She is a Part-Time Professor and Director of the ARC Education Project at the University of Ottawa and the Project Manager for a pilot project on teacher Mentorship and educational leadership for the Leadership Committee for English Education in Quebec (LCEEQ). Trista researches restorative justice, professional learning and development, teacher induction, mentoring, and coaching.  

Andy Hargreaves

Dr. Andy Hargreaves is Director of CHENINE (Change, Engagement and Innovation in Education at the University of Ottawa), Research Professor in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College and holds Visiting or Honorary Professorships at Hong Kong University, Swansea University, and the University of Stavanger in Norway. He is a recent Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario and currently to the First Minister of Scotland. He is co-founder and President of the ARC Education Project: a group of nations committed to broadly defined excellence, equity, wellbeing, inclusion, democracy and human rights in education. Andy has consulted with the OECD, the World Bank, governments, universities and teacher unions worldwide. Andy’s more than 30 books have attracted multiple Outstanding Writing Awards.