Academic Director
& Professor Emeritus
Curriculum, Teaching
& Learning:

Dr. John A. Ross

Director of Client
Services & Research:

Carolyn Brioux

Contact Information:

Box 7190,
1994 Fisher Dr.
Peterborough ON
K9J 7A1

Tel: (705) 742-9773
Ext. 2293

Fax: (705) 742-5104

 

 

 

The Trent Valley Centre specializes in curriculum processes. Special attention is given to the enhancement of students' learning, professional development programs for teachers and other educators, and the use of evaluation to strengthen programs and improve student achievement.

The research projects of the Centre include: student evaluation, school improvement, mathematics teaching and learning, teacher confidence, and computers in the classroom. The projects of the Centre are supported by grants from a variety of funding agencies. The results are published in academic and professional journals.

The Centre offers a professional learning opportunity in continuing education, delivered as a partnership between OISE and the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.

The Centre also provides an array of contract services to teachers and administrators.

We appreciate the generosity of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board in providing the Centre with office space from 1969 to the present.


Centre Staff

Our small staff of two professionals works closely on all Centre activities. Although we have distinct roles, they overlap considerably, especially as deadlines draw near.

John Ross is Academic Director of the Centre and Professor Emeritus of Curriculum,Teaching, and Learning. His responsibility is to develop projects, link theory and practice in feasible designs, implement action plans, and report findings to academic and practitioner audiences. He has been with OISE/UT since 1973.

Carolyn Brioux is the Director of Client Services and Research. She is responsible for strategic planning and delivery with respect to research projects of the Centre, contracts, and communication goals for the Centre, as well as its daily management. Her role also includes marketing and delivery of centre services to clients requiring support in data collection and information management--currently managing the course evaluation process for OISE programs in Graduate Studies, Continuing Education, and Initial Teacher Education. She has been with OISE/UT since 1989.

 

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Contract Services

The Centre provides a range of research services. For example,

School and District Focused Research

The Centre conducts research on a fee for service basis for individual schools, districts, and educational agencies. In these projects Centre staff help clients in a variety of ways such as focusing research questions, designing instruments, collecting information, analyzing data and reporting findings. In some instances the Centre provides advice or technical assistance to enable clients to complete the research project on their own. In other situations, often involving program evaluation, the Centre conducts all phases of the research as an objective, independent third party.

Support for Data Collection and Reporting

The Centre offers superior automated data processing services that will capture responses from existing survey forms already produced and distributed. Centre staff are specialized in the design of new survey forms for high rates of return, statistical analysis operations, and reporting. These services provide support for sophisticated researchers (form design and data capture) as well as to less experienced investigators. More...

 

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Research and Development Grants

Ross, J. & Kostuch, L. (2009-10). Report card marks and provincial assessments. Ontario Ministry of Education. $36,625.

Ross, J. (2009-10). Evaluating the Effects of CLIPS: Trig and CLIPS: Algebra. Ontario Ministry of Education. $48,500.

Ross, J. (2008-10). Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat Mathematics Professional Development Program Evaluation. $124,117.

Ross, J. (2008-09). Promoting equity practices in Ontario schools. Ontario Literacy & Numeracy Secretariat.

Ross, J. (2008-09). Principal Perspectives on Special Education Needs. Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB.

Ross, J. & Bruce, C. (2008-09). Evaluating Two Approaches to the Improvement of Math Teaching: Quantitative Data Collection. Ontario Ministry of Education.

Bruce, C., Ross, J., Esmonde, I., Duquette, C., & Demers, S. Mathematics (2008-09). Professional Development Program Evaluation. Ontario Literacy & Numeracy Secretariat.

Bruce, C. & Ross, J. (2008-09). PVNC Math GAINS Research Initiative. Ontario Ministry of Education and the Peterborough-Victoria-Northumberland-Clarington Catholic DSB.

Bruce, C. & Ross, J. (2007-09). Teachers Learning Together: An Action Research Project. Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario.

Bruce, C. & Ross, J. (2008-09). Building capacity in technology use through research in lesson study. Ontario Ministry of Education.

Bruce, C. & Ross, J. (2007-08). Building teacher capacity and improving student achievement in grades 6-9 mathematics. Ontario Ministry of Education.

Ross, J. (2007-08). Assessing the effects of the School Effectiveness Framework. Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB.

Ross, J. & McDougall, D. (2007-08). Case studies of the impact of the implementation of the School Effectiveness Framework. Ontario Ministry of Education.

Ross, J (2007-08). Learning Resources Priority Setting. Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB.

Ross, J. (2006-08). Development and evaluation of CLIPS (Critical Learning Instructional Paths Supports) for Under Aching Students in Grades 7-10. Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB (funding from Ontario Ministry of Education).

Ross, J. (2006-07). Evaluation of the Instructional Support Model. Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB.

Ross, J. (2005-08). Assessment of preschool interventions. Northumberland Child Development Centre (funding from Social Development Canada).

Ross, J. (2005-06). Development of a framework for a value for money evaluation. Ontario Ministry of Education.

Ross, J. (2005-08). Teacher self-assessment and school improvement. Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Ross, J. (2005-06). PRISM: Mathematics Instruction for Underachieving Intermediate Students. Ontario Ministry of Education.

Ross, J. (2004-05). Student achievement in mathematics. Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.

Ross, J. (2004-05). Creating turnaround schools. Ontario Principals Council.

McDougall, D. & Ross, J. (2004-05). Development of placement tests. Nelson Publishers.

Ross, J., Gray, P., & Knight, C. (2003-04). Alignment of EQAO Assessments and Report Card Grades. Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).

Ross, J. (2003-04). School district visioning: Data analysis. Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.

Ross, J. (2003-05). Increasing scores while improving learning: A randomized field trial. Ontario Ministry of Education & Training Transfer Grant.

(Hannay, L., & Ross, J.A. (2002-05): The role of the district in school improvement. Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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Updated: September 2011