About the Author

Jo di waayu. Kitsumkalum di wil’waatgu. Ganhada di pdeegu. I am Ts’msyen (from the northwest coast of British Columbia) and am passionate about helping people create systemic change in the K-12 education system to support a truly inclusive, strength-based education system for all learners.

In addition to teaching in the K-12 and post-secondary education systems for 19 years, my professional experience includes work as a policy analyst, a resource writer, and a faculty associate. Currently I work as a curriculum coordinator for a provincial education organization.

Over the past two decades I have been involved in the areas of curriculum development, resource development and writing, professional learning through inquiry networks, literacy development at the secondary level, and First Peoples education. More recently I had the opportunity to support the development of the social responsibility and positive personal and cultural identity core competencies with BC school districts, as well as serve as a member of the ELA K-9, ELA 10-12, and EFP 10-12 curriculum revision teams in BC.

While I  was a classroom teacher, I was fortunate to be able to be a member of the English First Peoples 12 advisory committee,  curriculum development team, and resource writing team, as it was this course that was the catalyst for the articulation of the First Peoples’ Principles of Learning.

I am deeply indebted to the people who I have met, and worked with in my professional life, who have taught me by example.