Heather MacTaggart – Self-Directed Learning for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth

By Stephen G Hurley

Host Stephen Hurley scans the education ecosystem, looking for the people and ideas that are starting to change the way we think about teaching, learning, schools and communities

Heather MacTaggart is the Executive Director of Classroom Connections, an organization that, for the last 15 years, has been developing classroom-based resources as well as working extensively to deliver innovative employability skills training to multi-barriered youth in First Nations communities.

Heather joined me this morning to talk about a new self-directed learning initiative aimed at creating alternative experiences of school for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. Learn about how Heather is bringing her values, beliefs and insights to start one such alternative in the Toronto area.

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Stephen G. Hurley
Chief Catalyst, voicEd Radio Canada
Dr. Marc Spooner
Professor, Faculty of Education
University of Regina

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer.

He has a strong relationship with the EdCan Network (formerly the Canadian Education Association), an organization that inspired the launch and evolution of voicEd Radio Canada.

Hurley believes that stronger connections between education research, practice and policy are essential to the type of change that will be necessary in Canada's public education systems moving forward.