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Monday, April 10 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
uLead 2017 Session Title: Standardization, Datafication and (De)Personalization of Learning: Navigating the Pressures on School Leaders

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Growing expectations for school leaders to gather more data (often digitally) on student achievement (and wellbeing) has resulted in increased pressures on schools.  In many parts of the world this has led to increased standardization, datafication, narrowing curricula, depersonalizing student learning and ultimately undermining and deprofessionalizing teaching.  A major challenge for school leaders is to navigate away from these growing pressures within hierarchical education systems in order to steer towards learning environments that are defined by greater attention on creativity, student voice, diversity and talent, free play and the development of social and emotional empathy within school communities. This session will share the latest research and global activity related to standardization, datafication and the ambiguous notion of personalization of learning, and engage participants in practical solutions to collectively respond to these pressures in Alberta and beyond.

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avatar for Dr. Phil McRae

Dr. Phil McRae

Executive Staff Officer, Government, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr. Phil McRae is an Executive Staff Officer with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and an Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta where he earned his Ph.D. He was the Director of the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) at the University of Alberta from 2005-2009, and taught several graduate courses in the Master of Education in Educational Studies (MES) program. Phil has worked in many... Read More →
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Sam Sellar

Dr Sam Sellar is Reader in Education Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has worked closely with teacher associations around the world to develop understanding about international testing and educational accountability. Sam is co-author of Globalizing Educational Accountabilities (2016, Routledge) and co-editor of National testing in schools: An Australian assessment (2016, Routledge). He also has a forthcoming short book on the... Read More →
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Greg Thompson

Associate Professor of Education Research, Queensland University of Technology
Greg Thompson is Associate Professor of Education Research at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Prior to becoming an academic, he worked as a high school teacher in Western Australia for 13 years. Thompson’s research focuses on educational theory, education policy, and the philosophy/sociology of education assessment and measurement with a particular emphasis on large-scale testing. Recent research projects include reconceptualising... Read More →


Monday April 10, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
New Brunswick Room