Speaker Profiles

Gerry Connelly

Gerry Connelly

Director

Policy and Research - The Learning Partnership

Gerry Connelly is Adjunct professor at York University and Director of Policy and Research for The Learning Partnership.

She is the former Director of Education of the Toronto District School Board and Director of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch, in the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Gerry’s career includes teaching and administration in both rural and urban environments in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, the United States and Ontario, at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. She has also worked in China, South Africa and Estonia providing advice on curriculum development and second language learning.

Gerry is the recipient of many awards including the Distinguished Educator Award from OISE/University of Toronto, the Government of Ontario Teacher Dedication Award by the Royal Conservatory of Music, Learning Through the Arts, the Ontario Supervisory Officers provincial award for Leadership in Public Education. Several other awards have acknowledged her commitment to equity, and community engagement. These include the City of Toronto Bob Marley Award, the Fraser Mustard Award and the University of Toronto Arbor Award. She is the recipient of the Science Teacher of the Year Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award as a Leader in Science and the University of Toronto PDK Leadership award.

Gerry is active on the Board of Directors of many organizations including OISE/UT Advisory Counsel, the Children’s Aid Society, Humber College, Free the Children, Science Teachers’ Association, Learning for a Sustainable Future and Education, Quality and Accountability Organization (EQAO)

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