Dr Brenton Faubert

Assistant Professor

Profile

Brenton Faubert is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University. Brenton’s current research focuses on how district leaders use evidence to inform resource (e.g., funding, personnel, space, information, etc.) decision-making; the relationship between resources & enabling conditions for learning (e.g., teacher professional learning); and how an evidence based adequacy model can be used to determine an adequate level of resourcing to deliver high-quality instructional programs in a Canadian education context. Dr. Faubert conducts most of his research in the context of K-12 education in Canada in the overlapping areas of Education Finance, Leadership/Administration, Governance, and Policy.

He began his career as a classroom teacher and later worked in various education research and policy roles, including the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Recipient of 2017 Vice Provost’s Award for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning, Western University

Expertise Areas

Research

CURRENT RESEARCH

Project title: Estimating Adequate Levels of School and District Resources: The Case of One Ontario Public School Board

Principal Investigator: Dr. Brenton Faubert (Western)

Funded by: SSHRC Insight Development Grant (Awarded 2017)

Start date: August 2017
End date: June 2019

This project addresses an issue generating considerable debate in both national and international spheres. The debate is over whether current levels of school- and district-level resources are sufficient to provide all students with the opportunity to learn at the high performance standards set by the government.

This project is Phase 2 of a larger, four-phase study aimed at estimating the resource levels and associated expenditure required to achieve finance adequacy for one Ontario public school board for one school year; it will do so by using an evidence-based funding model, developed and tested by U.S. researchers, but calibrated for the province’s K–12 public education context. Phase 2 of the study involves working with one Ontario school board to pilot the model by applying the resource recommendations to one elementary, middle, and secondary school, as well as the district office; after this pilot stage, the model will be applied to all of the remaining schools in the board.

Outcomes of the study include pioneering a method to calibrate and empirically test the model in the Ontario context, which could be replicated in other Canadian and international educational jurisdictions. Empirically, the proposed study is also timely as the estimates have the potential to inform the aforementioned current academic and public debates on adequate levels of school resourcing. Relatedly, the study will provide direction for system and district leaders in Ontario regarding the allocation of resources, such as the adequate number of paraprofessional support workers in schools. Currently, no such direction exists.

Project title: Calibrate an Evidence Based Adequacy Model (EBAM) for Application in the Ontario K–12 Public Education Context

Principal Investigator: Dr. Brenton Faubert (Western)

Funded by: Western Strategic Support for SSHRC Success Grant (Awarded 2016)

Start date: January 2016
End date: December 2017

This project is Phase 1 of a larger, four-phase study to estimate the resource levels and associated expenditure required to achieve finance adequacy for one Ontario public school board for one school year. Specifically, this phase examines how an evidence-based adequacy funding model, developed by US researchers Dr. Allen Odden and Dr. Lawrence Picus, can be calibrated to Ontario’s K–12 public education context. The research underlying components of the model (e.g., class size, staffing levels, etc.) drew from empirical research conducted exclusively in the U.S.—therefore, it needed to be calibrated before it could be applied in Ontario.

RECENTLY COMPLETED RESEARCH (completed in or after 2015)

Project title: Evaluation of Ontario’s Suspension and Expulsion Policies and Programs

Co-principal investigators: Dr. Brenton Faubert, Dr. Katina Pollock (Western University)

Funded by: Competitive RFS issued by the Ontario Ministry of Education (Awarded 2015)

Start date: July 2015
End Date: June 2017

The evaluation study was conducted to better understand suspension and expulsion program implementation and to determine the effectiveness or impact of programming and prevention activities. Related to resourcing, the final report also includes a review of the services provided using the related annual funding allocated through the Ontario Grants for Student Needs (GSN) funding formula.

The final report has been submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Education. A copy of the report will be made publicly available shortly.

Project title: The State of Educators’ Professional Learning in Canada

Principal investigator: Dr. Carol Campbell (OISE)

Research team: Dr. Brenton Faubert (Western), Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson (University of Regina), Kenneth Zeichner (University of Washington), Audrey Hobbs-Johnson (Learning Forward British Columbia)

Funded by: Learning Forward

Start date: July 2015
End date: December 2016

This study sought to address a gap in available research by investigating: What is the current state of educators’ professional learning in Canada?

The research team conducted reviews of academic research literature concerning professional learning and of publicly available documents for Canadian provinces and territories and Pan-Canadian sources. A national Advisory Group was formed, which provided relevant research, data, documents, and examples of promising practices. In collaboration with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, focus groups, conference calls, and requests for additional resources from teachers’ organizations in Canada’s provinces and territories were completed. New empirical research was conducted through in-depth case studies in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario, plus a survey.

The final report is available for review: see Recent Publications, Technical Reports.

Recent Publications

Refereed Academic (published after 2015)

Osmond-Johnson, P., Campbell, C., Faubert, B. (2017) Supporting professional learning: The work of Canadian teacher organizations. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Faubert, B., Campbell, C., & Osmond-Johnson, P. (2017). The resources invested in teacher professional learning: A pan-Canadian perspective. Manuscript in preparation.

Faubert, B. (2017). Review of The end of public schools: The corporate reform agenda to privatize education. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy,182, 9-12.

Faubert, B. (2016). The expense tied to secondary course failure: The case of Ontario. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 181, 1-37.

Campbell, C., Osmond-Johnson, P., & Faubert, B. (2016). Developing teachers as the learning profession: Findings from the state of educator’s professional learning in Canada study. Scottish Educational Review, 48(2).

Faubert, B. (2015). Review of The principal as human resources leader: A guide to exemplary practices for personnel administration. Leadership & Policy in Schools, 15(3) 384-387.

Faubert, B. (2015, June 15).Making even better use of existing resources to reduce course failure and prevent dropout. (Canadian Education Association Blog Series). Retrieved from the CEA blog

Technical reports (published after 2015)

Pollock, K., Faubert, B., Hauseman, C. & Bakker, P. (2017). Suspension and Expulsion Program Evaluation-Final Report. Toronto, ON: Ontario Ministry of Education, Safe Schools Unit.

Campbell, C., Osmond-Johnson, P., Faubert, B. Zeichner, K., & Hobbs-Johnson, A. (2017). The State of Educators’ Professional Learning in Canada (Full Report). Learning Forward. Retrieved from: https://learningforward.org/docs/default-source/pdf/learning-forward-report-the-state-of-educators-professional-learning-in-canada.pdf

Campbell, C., Osmond-Johnson, P., Faubert, B.  Zeichner, K., & Hobbs-Johnson, A. (2016). The State of Educators’ Professional Learning in Canada (Executive Summary). Learning Forward. Retrieved from https://learningforward.org/docs/default-source/pdf/CanadaStudyExecSumm2016.pdf

Pollock, K., Faubert, B. Hauseman, C., Bakker, P., & Chiodo, D. (2016). Ontario’s suspension and expulsion program evaluation – Interim report. Ontario Ministry of Education.

Chiodo, D., Pollock, K., Faubert, B. Hauseman, C. & Bakker, P. (2016). School suspension and expulsion inter-jurisdictional scan (Technical report). Ontario Ministry of Education. Retrieved from Katina Pollock

Chiodo, D., Pollock, K., Faubert, B. Hauseman, C. & Bakker, P. (2016). School suspension and expulsion literature review (Technical report). Ontario Ministry of Education.

Campbell, C., Osmond-Johnson, P., & Faubert, B. (2016). The State of Educators’ Professional Learning in Canada literature review (technical report). Learning Forward.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Taught

Educational Finance for School Leaders

Aims of Educational Leadership

Leading for Learning

Leadership Abilities in Education

Social Foundations

Ethics and Educational Policy