Gale Harild and Lyn Sharratt
Educational practitioner and Pathways consultantGale Harild is an educational practitioner and Pathways consultant. As an instructional leader, she supports the Faculty of Education: Professional Development program at York University. Gale served as curriculum administrator for the York Region District School Board in Ontario where over the past 12 years she provided regional leadership and program/resource development for experiential learning models including, but not limited to, cooperative education programming, international programming, service learning, and apprenticeship programs. Working with her Pathways team, Gale initiated and supported the successful start-up of 60 Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs across the district. SHSM performance measures for the district met and in some cases exceeded ministry targets, with program completion rates and credit attainment rates higher than provincial averages. Gale has served on advisory and curriculum writing teams with the ministry over the course of her career. Prior to her role as a curriculum administrator, Gale was a high school teacher for 22 years. Her position as department head for cooperative education took her work into elementary schools and postsecondary destinations. Collaborating with community and industry sector partners, as well as postsecondary institutions, she has helped build and support Pathways for all students by deepening the understanding of the interconnectedness between the curriculum and the work habits/essential skills that make up the profile of The Literate Graduate for the 21st century. Gale is committed to ensuring quality instruction so that every Pathway leads to an opportunity. Visit Gale at LinkedIn.
International consultant in system and school improvementLyn Sharratt coordinates the doctoral internship program for the Educational Administration Department at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Lyn is the former superintendent of curriculum and instruction services in the York Region District School Board, a large Canadian school district, where she and her curriculum team analyzed assessment data and developed a comprehensive literacy improvement program, which they launched with the cooperation of senior leadership, principals, and over 8,800 teachers. The continuously improving 14-parameter program resulted in increased achievement for a diverse, multicultural, and multilingual population of over 115,000 students, and the district became the top-performing district in Ontario. Lyn has been a curriculum consultant and administrator, and she has also taught all elementary grades and secondary-age students in inner-city and rural settings. Lyn has analyzed and commented on public policy for a provincial trustee organization, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association; taught preservice education at York University; and led in-service professional learning in a provincial teachers’ union head office. She is lead author, with Michael Fullan, of Realization: The Change Imperative for Increasing District-Wide Reform (Corwin, 2009) and Putting FACES on the Data: What Great Leaders Do! (Corwin, 2012). Currently, Lyn is an advisor to the International School Leadership Program for the Ontario Principals’ Council, is an author consultant for Corwin, and consults internationally, working with states, districts, administrators, curriculum consultants, and teachers in Chile, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada to systematically increase all students’ achievement by putting FACES on the data and taking intentional action. Visit her website at www.lynsharratt.com.