Fisher, Paige

photo of Paige FisherUniversity Professor: Undergraduate Teacher Education and Masters of Educational Leadership Graduate programs
Coordinator: Master’s of Educational Leadership – Distance Option
Director: Centre for Innovative Educational Leadership @VIU

Office: Education
Bldg. 356, Room 201
Phone: 250-753-3245 (local: 2002)
Email: Paige.Fisher@viu.ca

Paige considers herself to be a ‘scholar-practitioner’ in that her research and inquiry is deeply embedded in her teaching practice both at the university and in diverse sites of learning.

Her research interests include teacher education, the emotional impacts of assessment practices, formative assessment, education transformation and system change, culturally responsive pedagogy and collaborative professional learning. Current research projects include the 6 Campus Communities of Pedagogical Inquiry Project which is a learning partnership among the BC Ministry of Education, six BC Faculties of Education, and school districts across the province.  All partners work within and across regional hubs for deep learning and system change. The aims of the project are to support education transformation using the implementation of BC’s redesigned curriculum as a change catalyst and to facilitate experiential exploration, implementation, research, and documentation of BC’s education transformation by practicing teachers, teacher candidates and teacher educators as they engage together in school-based change processes.

Her other practice and research interests include global education and schooling in rural and international contexts. She has lead field schools for pre-service teachers in Ghana, Belize and India. She currently works in partnership with Chitkara University, Chitkara International School and the GEMS school in India.

She is the Director of the Centre for Innovative Educational Leadership at VIU and is very active on a number of advisory boards such the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre (NAC), Nacu Mat Tatalut (Collaborative Professional Learning for SD 68 Nanaimo/Ladysmith) and the provincial Rural Education Advisory (REA). She is a co-convenor for the 3P (Policymakers, Politicians and Practitioners) Network for ICSEI  (International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement ) and has served as a board member for the Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE), the Canadian Assessment for Learning Network ( CAfLN), Changing Results for Young Readers and as the Digest editor and Board Member for ICSEI (International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement).

She also serves as a regional network facilitator for the Networks of Inquiry and Innovation and the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network and as an advisor and critical friend to School District #84 (Vancouver Island West), School District #64 (Gulf Islands) and the BC Rural & Multi-grade Teachers’ Association through the BC Ministry of Education’s Innovation Partnership.

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