Dr. Susan Schwartz is a former course instructor (Sessional Lecturer) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. She taught at OISE, University of Toronto in the 2-year Master of Teaching program, and before that, she taught in the Bachelor of Education Initial Teacher Education program. Her research and doctoral work, School Administrators’ Use of Professional Portfolios as a Tool for Reflective Practice, focused on portfolios, reflective practice, and leadership.
Susan taught Additional Qualification courses at York and Queen’s Universities, including Teaching Writing, Primary/Junior Education, Primary Basic, and Reading, and when she was in the principal role, she was part of a group of ten administrators and faculty who re-conceptualized the Principal’s Qualification Program (PQP) at York University. She then co-taught the PQP, Part 1, for a number of years, as well as piloted a partial online program.
Along with her experience as a primary and junior classroom teacher, an Integrated French teacher, convener (in-school leader), school board consultant, and school administrator in both the elementary and secondary panels in the Toronto District School Board, Susan also worked as a consultant for a number of private schools, and was a workshop presenter across Canada and the United States.
During her career, Susan was the recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching, OISE, UT, a co-recipient of the Jennie Mitchell Literacy Award from the International Reading Association and the Ontario Reading Association, and a two-time winner of the Writer’s Award, Federation of Women Teachers’ of Ontario.
Along with being the co-author, with Mindy Pollishuke, of the newly released edition of CREATING THE DYNAMIC CLASSROOM: 5 Must-Haves for Teachers, 4th Edition (2020), her previous writing included:
- CREATING THE DYNAMIC CLASSROOM: A Handbook for Teachers, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Editions (with accompanying website), with Mindy Pollishuke (Pearson Canada)
- Retelling, Relating, Reflecting: Beyond the 3 R’s, with Maxine Bone
- Creating the Child-centred Classroom, with Mindy Pollishuke
- All Write: A Teacher’s Guide to Writing
Susan has co-authored a number of research articles, as well as authored a number of chapters in the following books:
- Principals as role models, in The literacy principal: Leading, supporting, and assessing reading and writing initiatives (2nd ed.), (Pembroke Publishing), pp.104-108.
- Leadership Voices, in The literacy principal: Leading, supporting, and assessing reading and writing initiatives, (Pembroke Publishing), pp. 117-119.