As summer winds down and many people squeeze in their last moments of relaxation before the new school year begins, KNAER is gearing up to begin a very busy, exciting expansion.

We are thrilled to announce that KNAER is now in it’s second phase (#KNAER2), focusing on large thematic networks to mobilize knowledge in the most effective and efficient manner. The call for proposals has been released by the Ontario Ministry of Education and we are currently searching for network hosts in the math and well-being networks (check out our ‘Calls for Proposals’ page for more information).


As we enter this new and exciting phase at KNAER, we have also expanded our team to tackle the new workload coming our way. 

We are very pleased to share that Drs. Katina Pollock and Carol Campbell will be continuing on as Co-Directors and Co-Chairs of KNAER. Dr. Pollock comes to us from Western University and brings with her, extensive experience in large-scale knowledge mobilization initiatives that connect research to practice. Please visit our ‘Secretariat Team’ page to read all that Dr. Katina Pollock has accomplished and what she is currently working on.

Dr. Carol Campbell comes to us from OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) at the University of Toronto. Dr. Campbell is an appointed Education Advisor to the Premier and the Minister of Education in Ontario and is known for her commitment to combining evidence from professional knowledge and research to develop professional capacity for educational improvement. Check out Dr. Carol Campbell’s bio on our ‘Secretariat Team’ page to learn more!

We are thrilled that Shasta Carr-Harris is continuing with the KNAER-RECRAE in her role as Knowledge Mobilization Manager through OISE. With over six years of experience leading and managing Knowledge Mobilization, Shasta not only was a key part of KNAER during its first phase, but she also led the Ontario Education Research Exchange (OERE) which has made over 200 research summaries available to Ontario Educators. Looking for those summaries? You can find them on the OERE website.

Welcome back Kelly Bairos! Kelly is re-joining our KNAER team as Knowledge Mobilization Manager through Western University. In her role as Network Manager during phase one of KNAER, Kelly created connections between projects and organizations across Ontario and worked as part of a team that created multiple KNAER KMB resources and workshops for a variety of audiences.

We are excited to introduce two of our newer members in their combined role as Social Media and Communication Coordinators! Welcome Virginia Brown and Christie Ledgley! Both Virginia and Christie come to us with backgrounds in Education. Coincidentally, they both obtained a Bachelor of Education from Western and will be using their combined knowledge of the Ontario Curriculum and Digital Technologies to bring Phase 2 of KNAER into the spotlight!

Last but not least, we want to introduce Melinda Phuong. Melinda joins our team as an intern through York University’s Academic Innovative Fund where she is currently studying a Masters of Education. With a background in education and a keen interest in knowledge mobilization (#KMB) across the Ontario education system, Melinda will be a great asset to our KNAER team. Welcome aboard, Melinda!

We are very excited to begin this new phase of KNAER and invite you all to come along for the ride! Follow us on twitter @KNAER_RECRAE to stay up to date on the latest news. Have any questions or comments? Feel free to contact us.