University of Calgary

Jim Brandon

  • Associate Professor

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Leadership (2005), University of Calgary.

Dissertation: A Standards-Based Assessment of Alberta’s Teacher Growth, Supervision and Evaluation Policy http://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/15914

M.Ed. Educational Leadership (1988), University of Victoria

Bachelor of Education, Secondary Social Studies (1972), University of Calgary 

Academic Positions and Related Professional Expereince

Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Professional and Community Engagement (2016 - 2020), Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.

Assistant Professor Director of Professional Graduate Programs (2011 - 2016), Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.

Director of Leadership Capacity Building, College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) (2009 - 2011), Edmonton, Alberta.

Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Education(2008 - 2011), The University of Calgary.

Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Education(2009 - 2010), The University of Lethbridge.

Deputy Superintendent, Foothills School Division, (2003 - 2009) High River, Alberta.

Associate Superintendent:  Learning Services, (1989 - 2003) Foothills School Division.

Deputy Superintendent, Spirit River School Division, (2003 - 2009) Spirit River, Alberta.

Principal, Spirit River Elementary School, (1977 - 1986) Spirit River School Division.

Vice-Principal, Rycroft Junior High School, (1974 - 1977) Spirit River School Division.

Teacher, Rycroft Junior High School, (1973 - 1974) Spirit River School Division.

Substitute Teacher, Calgary Board of Education, (1971 - 1972) (while completing BEd).

Awards and Recognitions

2018 - Great Supervisor Award, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary
2016 - Halvar Jonson Award for Leadership Contributions to the Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools
2014 - Service Excellence Award, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
2009 - Alberta Distinguished Service Award (Alberta Superintendent of the Year), Canadian Association of School System Administrators 
2009 - Life Membership, Alberta Teachers’ Association
1999 - Kappan Leadership Award, Calgary Chapter, Phi Delta Kappa
1985 - Administrator of the Year, Peace Area Regional Council on School Administration
1982 - Citizen of the Year, Spirit River, Alberta 

Academic and Professional Service Leadership Positions

2020 - Present - Chair, Research on the Superintendency SIG, American Research Association
2018 - 2020 - Co-Chair, Academic Program Subcommittee, General Faculty Council, University of Calgary
2016 - 2018 - Membership Chair, Supervision and Instructional Leadership SIG, American Research Association
2007 - 2018 - Co-Chair, United Way Campaign, Werklund School of Education
2007 - 2008 - President, College of Alberta School Superintendents
2002 - 2006 - Calgary Area Zone Director, College of Alberta School Superintendents
2000 - 2002 - Calgary Area Zone Chair, College of Alberta School Superintendents
2007 - 2008 - President, College of Alberta School Superintendents
1997 - 1998 - Calgary Chapter President, Phi Delta Kappa
1994 - 1996 - Vice-President, Calgary Regional Consortium for Professional Development
1993 - Founding Board Member, Center for Leadership and Learning, University of Calgary

Present Academic and Professional Affiliations

2019 - 2020   Member of Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision
2013 - 2020    Member of  Canadian Association for Teacher Education
2010 - 2020    Member of  Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration
2010 - 2020    Member of  Canadian Society for the Study of Education
2001 - 2020   Member of American Educational Research Association
1986 - 2020   Member of  College of Alberta School Superintendents
1971 - 2020   Member of Alberta Teachers’ Association

Research Expertise And Interests

My scholarly interests and expertise are located at the nexus of research, theory, and educational leadership practice that aims to improve teaching and learning. Several of my research efforts have been designed to deepen and mobilize both practical and research knowledge that links theory with systematic inquiry in the field. My three books, a number of recent papers, and several research reports focus on (a) quality teaching, (b) teacher and leader supervision and evaluation, (c) instructional leadership, and (d) school district leadership in the provincial, national, and international contexts.

Commissioned research reports and papers have been completed for Alberta Education, the Alberta Association of Deans of Education (AADE), the Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA), the Alberta Association of Public Charter Schools (TAAPCS), the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA), the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), and the Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC). In addition to serving as a speaker or facilitator for the each of these education partners, I have also made scholarly contributions to the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA), the Association of School Business Officials of Alberta (ASBOA), and the Association of Independent Schools and Colleges of Alberta (AISCA). I have been working with these and other education partners to develop a critical, systematic, and research-informed knowledge base within the larger field of educational leadership. My scholarly expertise is firmly directed toward the development of leadership and teaching practices and policies designed to enhance the engagement, learning, and well-being of all students.

Selected Publications

BOOKS:

  1. Brandon, J., Hanna, P., Morrow, R., Rhyason, K. & Schmold, S. (2013).  The Alberta framework for school system success. Henday Publishing
  2. Brandon, J., Hanna, P., & Rhyason, K. (Eds.) (2013). Vision in action: Seven approaches to school system success. Henday Publishing.
  3. Derrington, M. L., & Brandon, J. (Eds.) (2019). Differentiated teacher evaluation and professional learning: Policies and practices for promoting career growth. Palgrave Macmillan.

BOOK CHAPTERS: REFEREED

  1. Brandon, J. (2015). Excellent teachers for northern and remote Alberta schools.In N. Maynes, & B.E. Hatt (Eds.), The complexity of hiring, supporting, and retaining new teachers across Canada (pp. 150-168).Canadian Association for Teacher Education / Association canadienne pour la formation à l’enseignement.
  2. Brandon, J., & Derrington, M, L. (2019). Supporting teacher growth and assuring teaching quality. In M. L. Derrington, & J. Brandon, (Eds.), Differentiated teacher evaluation and professional learning: Policies and practices for promoting career growth (pp. 3-14).Palgrave Macmillan.
  3. Brandon, J., Friesen, S., Gereluk, D., & Nickel, J. (2016). Cultivating essential teaching capacities through research-informed teacher education. In M. Hirschkorn & J. Mueller (Eds.), What should Canada’s teachers know? Teacher capacities: Knowledge, beliefs, and skills. Canadian Association for Teacher Education. https://sites.google.com/site/cssecate/fall-working-conference)
  4. Brandon, J., Hanna, P., Donlevy, J.K., & Parsons, D. (2019). Superintendents who lead for optimal learning: Nine insights.In M. Mountford, & L. Wallace (Eds.) The contemporary superintendent: R(e)volutionary Revolutionary leadership in an era of reform (pp. 53-72). Information Age Publishing.
  5. Burger, J., Brandon, J., Garneau, B., Gonnet, C., & Nadirova, A. (2011).Internal and external accountability:  Building evidence-informed leadership capacity at all system levels. In J. MacBeath & T. Townsend (Eds.), Handbook of Leadership for Learning. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Press.
  6. Derrington, M, L., & Brandon, J. (2019). Lessons learned, not Learned, and yet to be mastered. In M. L. Derrington, & J. Brandon, (Eds.), Differentiated teacher evaluation and professional learning: Policies and practices for promoting career growth (pp. 221-228).London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  7. Parsons, D., Brandon, J., Friesen, S., & Jacobsen, M. (2019). The cost of making a difference: The personal toll. In M. Mountford, & L. Wallace (Eds.) The contemporary superintendent: R(e)volutionary leadership in an era of reform (pp. 197-224).Information Age Publishing.
  8. Turner, J., Schroeder, M., & Brandon, J. (in press).Positive system leadership for enhanced well-being.In. S. Cherkowski, B. Kutsyuruba, & K. Walker (Eds.). Positive leadership for flourishing schools. Information Age Publishing.

 BOOK CHAPTERS: PROFESSIONAL  

  1. Brandon, J., & Hanna, P. (2013). Alberta ways: Multiple approaches to school system success. In J. Brandon, P. Hanna, & K. Rhyason (Eds.), Vision in action: Seven approaches to school system success, (pp. 1-14). Edmonton, AB: Henday Publishing.
  2. Brandon, J., Hanna, P., & Rhyason, K. (2013). Concluding thoughts: Leadership research in action. In J. Brandon, P. Hanna, & K. Rhyason (Eds.), Vision in action: Seven approaches to school system success, (pp. 293-303). Edmonton, AB: Henday Publishing.

 ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS

  1. Adams, P., Mombourquette, C., Brandon, J., Hunter, D., Friesen, S., Koh, K., Parsons, D., & Stelmach, B. (2018). A Study of Teacher Growth, Supervision, and Evaluation in Alberta: Policy and Perception in a Collective Case Study. Journal of Educational Supervision, 1(2). https://doi.org/10.31045/jes.1.2.1 
  2. Brandon, J., Donlevy, J., Hanna, P., Gereluk, D., Patterson, P., & Rhyason, K., (2014). An adaptive superintendent induction program, Journal of Education and Training Studies, 2(1), 155-164. 
  3. Brandon, J., Hanna, P., Donlevy, J.K., & Parsons, D. (2018). Leading learning: Lessons from successful superintendency teams. Asian Educational Studies, 2(4), 57-73, DOI: 10.20849/aesv2i4.287 
  4. Brandon, J., Hollweck, T., Donlevy, J. K., Whalen, C. (2018). Teacher supervision and evaluation challenges: Canadian perspectives on overall instructional leadership. Teachers and Teaching, 24(3), 263-280, DOI: 10.1080/13540602.2018.1425678 
  5. Burger, J., Aitken, A., Brandon, J., Klinck, P., McKinnon, G., & Mutch, S. (2001). The next generation of basic education accountability in Alberta, Canada: A policy dialogue. International electronic journal for leadership in learning, 5(19).
  6. Couvier, S., Brandon, J., & Prasow, C. (2008).  Inhabiting a welcoming new landscape: A first year teacher’s voyage of discovery, Journal of educational thought, 42(3), 261-276. 
  7. Donlevy, J. K., Brandon, Gereluk, D., (2018, May). School trustees acting badly and freedom of expression under the charter., Education and Law Journal 27(2), 125-143. 
  8. Donlevy, J. K., Brandon, J., Gereluk, D., & Patterson, P. (2014). Freedom of conscience and Catholic schools, Interchange, 24(1), 241-255.
  9. Donlevy, J. K., Brandon, J., Gereluk, D., & Patterson, P. (2014, November). Canada’s constitutionally protected Catholic schools and gay-straight alliance clubs, Education and Law Journal, 44(3), 241-63.
  10. Donlevy, J.K., Gereluk, D., Brandon, J. (2019) Trigger warnings, freedom of speech, and academic freedom in higher education, Education and Law Journal 28(1), 1-41. Link
  11. Donlevy, J. K., Gereluk, D., Brandon, J., Patterson, P.  (2017, April). Student safety and the fiduciary duty of school boards, Interchange, 48(2), 195-203. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10780-016-9297-3
  12. Donlevy, J. K., Gereluk, D., Brandon, J., Patterson, P. (2015). To be or not to be – That is the question: Trinity Western Law School, Journal of Educational Thought, 49(2), 160-190.
  13. Donlevy, J. K., Gereluk, D., Brandon, J., & Patterson, P. (2013). Current challenges to Catholic education in the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta. Journal of Religious Education, 61(1), 22-31.
  14. Donlevy, J. K., Gereluk, D., Brandon, J., & Patterson, P. (2012). Money, law, and religion: Non-Catholic students in Saskatchewan’s Catholic separate schools – the Theodore case. Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations, 22(2), 61-85.
  15. Gereluk, D., Farrell, M., Donlevy, J. K., Patterson, P., Brandon, J. (2015). Parental rights, teachers’ professional autonomy, and contested pedagogy under the Alberta Human Rights Act. Critical Education, 6(2), 1-19.
  16. Leinweber, K., Donlevy, J. K., Gereluk, D., Patterson, P., & Brandon, J. (2012). Moral Education Polices in Five Canadian Provinces: Seeking Clarity, Consistency and Coherency, Interchange, 43(1), 25-42.
  17. Preciado Babb, A.P, Saar, C., Friesen, S, & Brandon, J., (January 2015). Engaging high school students in an engineering thermodynamics project, International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy 5(1), 12-19.
  18. Preciado Babb, A.P, Saar, C., Marcotte, C., Brandon, J., & Friesen, S. (2013, July). Using mobile technology for fostering intellectual engagement, International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies, 7(3), 46-53.
  19. Rheaume, J., Spencer, B. L., Donlevy, J. K., Gereluk, D., & Brandon, J. (2018). Alberta’s new Teaching Quality Standard and its implications for teacher education, The Journal of Educational Thought/ Revue de la Pense’e Educative, 51(2), 162-183.
  20. Rheaume, J., Brandon, J., Donlevy, J. K., Gereluk, D. (2019, July). Responsive middle level teacher education: Learning from central Alberta middle school leaders, Journal of American Journal of Educational Research7(7), 445-454. DOI: 10.12691/education-7-7-3

 RESEARCH REPORTS

  1. Brandon (2019, June). What is quality system leadership? In B. Stelmach & J. P. Adams (Eds.), A Literature Synthesis. Optimum Learning for All Students. Implementation of Alberta’s 2018 Professional Practice Standards (pp. 176-202).Report prepared for Alberta Education, Edmonton, AB. http://hdl.handle.net/1880/11073
  2. Alberta Teachers’ Association. (2016). The role of the superintendent and the teaching profession. Edmonton, AB: Alberta Teachers’ Association.
  3. Brandon, J. (2013, October). The School Leadership Framework Implementation Project: Interim report of the Canadian Rockies Public Schools 2012-2013 Nurturing Excellence in Leadership and Learning Initiative. Report prepared for the Alberta Education, Edmonton, AB.
  4. Brandon, J. (2013, August). The School Leadership Framework Implementation Project: Final report of the Alberta Association of Public Charter Schools 2012-2013 School Leadership Learning Initiative. Report prepared for the Alberta Education, Edmonton, AB.
  5. Brandon, J. (2012, May). Black Gold principal professional growth model project. A critical friend’s perspective. Report prepared for the Alberta Teachers’ Association, Edmonton, Alberta.
  6. Brandon, J. (2012, February). Designed for learning: An external review of the Alberta Distance Learning Centre. Report prepared for the Alberta Distance Learning Centre, Barrhead, AB.
  7. Brandon, J. (2011, August). Formative program assessment report on the 2010 – 2011 pilot program: Assistant principal growth, supervision and evaluation in Livingston Range School Division. Paper prepared for the Alberta Teachers’ Association, Edmonton, Alberta.
  8. Brandon, J., Adams, P., Friesen, S., Hunter, D., Koh, K., Mombourquette, C., Parsons, D., Stelmach, B. (2018, March). Building, supporting, and assuring quality professional practice: A research study of teacher growth, supervision, and evaluation in Alberta. A Research Report for Alberta Education, Edmonton, AB. 237 pages. http://hdl.handle.net/1880/111772
  9. Brandon, J., Burns, A., Davis, B., Friesen, S., Guo, Y., Ottman, J., Russell-Mayhew, M., Sabbagh, S., Schroeder, M., Wilcox, G., Zhao, X. (2016, October). The nature of learning and the learner. A Research Report for Alberta Education. 56 pages.
  10. Brandon, J., Friesen, S., da Costa, J., Gunn, T., Hull, J., Nickel, J., & Potvin, B. (2012, March). The Association of Alberta Deans of Education: A framework of effective teaching for learning. Report prepared for the Professional Standards Branch, Alberta Ministry of Education. 64 pages.
  11. Brandon, J., & Hanna, P. (2014, February). Inspired partnerships: School council contributions to student success in Alberta. Report prepared for the Alberta School Councils’ Association, Edmonton, AB.
  12. Brandon, J., Hanna, P., & Negropontes, D. (2015, November). Superintendents who lead learning: Lessons from six highly successful school systems. Report prepared for the College of Alberta School Superintendents, Edmonton, AB.
  13. Brandon, J., Parsons, D., Brown, B., Friesen, S., Thomas, C., & Delonay, N. (2019, June). What is quality teaching? In B. Stelmach & J. P. Adams (Eds.), A Literature Synthesis. Optimum Learning for All Students. Implementation of Alberta’s 2018 Professional Practice Standards (pp. 129-146)Report prepared for Alberta Education, Edmonton, AB. http://hdl.handle.net/1880/110735
  14. Brown, B., Thomas, C., Delanoy, N. & Brandon, J. (2018). Quality Teaching: A Literature Review for Northern Gateway Public Schools. Report prepared for Northern Gateway Public Schools. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1880/106617
  15. Hoppins, B., Brandon, J., & Negropontes, D. (2012, March). Calgary Science School: A charter school evaluation. Report prepared for Alberta Education, Edmonton, AB.
  16. Thomas, C., Turner, J.W., Brandon, J., & Friesen, S. (2018).  Building Leadership Capacity through High Quality Professional Learning. Report prepared for Battle River School Division. http://hdl.handle.net/1880/107676

 ARTICLES IN PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

  1. Brandon, J. (2016, Spring). District leadership for democratic governance: Policy interdependence and tri-level engagement, Education Canada, 56(1). http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/issue/Spring2016/category/Web-Exclusives 
  2. Brandon, J. (2014, March 14). Let’s strengthen education through evidence, not fads. The Calgary Herald.
  3. Brandon, J. (2014, Spring). Leading learning together: Activating evidence informed collective wisdom, The ATA Magazine, 94(3), 11-14.
  4. Brandon, J. (2010, November). Moving and improving in Alberta:  Leadership research in action, The Canadian Association for Study of Educational Administration Newsletter, 6.
  5. Brandon, J. (2008, June). Variations of informed instructional support. The school improvement scoop, 4(3), 6-7. 
  6. Brandon, J. (2006, Spring). Supervision as varied and informed instructional support. Supervision and Instructional Leadership Newsletter, 9-11. 
  7. Brandon, J., & Hanna, P. (2018, Spring). Five lessons for superintendency teams. The CASS Connection, 14(1), 10-11. https://cassalberta.ca/the-cass-connectio
  8. Brandon, J., Hanna, P., & Turner, J.W. (2017, Fall). Scaffolding overall instructional leadership. The CASS Connection, 13(2), 16-17. https://cassalberta.ca/the-cass-connection
  9. Brandon, J., McKinnon, G., & Bischoff, D. (2014, Spring). Engaged leadership learning, The CASS Connection, 10(1), 18-21. https://cassalberta.ca/the-cass-connection
  10. Jorgenson-Adam, S., Marler, R., Thomas, C., & Brandon, J. (2019, Spring). Implementing the LQS through Collaborative Professional Learning. The CASS Connection, 14(1), 10-11. https://cassalberta.ca/the-cass-connection
  11. Tapajna, R., & Brandon, J. (2018, Spring). School leadership practices that foster critical thinking for all students. Leaders & Learners, 9(1), 39-41. https://www.cassa-acgcs.ca
  12. Turner, J. & Brandon, J. (2020, Spring). Positive system leadership for enhanced well-being. The CASS Connection, 16(1), 21-22. https://cassalberta.ca/the-cass-connection

 

PAPERS PUBLISHED IN CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS: REFEREED

  1. Brandon, J., Friesen, S., Saar, C. (2020). Conceptualizing and enacting overall instructional leadership in the Alberta context. In S. Friesen, J. Brandon, & M. Jacobsen (Eds.). Selected Proceedings of the IDEAS Conference: Transforming Pedagogies, pp. 57-76. Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. http://hdl.handle.net/1880/111767 
  2. Brandon, J., Saar, C., & Friesen, S. (2016). NEIL leading and learning cycles. In M. A. Takeuchi, A. P. Preciado Babb, & J. Lock (Eds.). Proceedings of the IDEAS: Designing for Innovation, pp. 141-151. Calgary, Canada: University of Calgary.
  3. Brandon, J., Saar, C., Friesen, S., Brown, B., & Yee, D. (2016). Pedagogical leadership teams: Magnifying and spreading impact. In M. A. Takeuchi, A. P. Preciado Babb, & J. Lock (Eds.). Proceedings of the IDEAS: Designing for Innovation, pp. 152-161. Calgary, Canada: University of Calgary.
  4. Brandon, J., & Saar, C., (2014). Nurturing excellence in instruction and leadership. In P. Preciado Babb (Ed.). Proceedings of the IDEAS: Rising to Challenge Conference, pp. 7-14. Calgary, Canada: Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. https://prism.ucalgary.ca/bitstream/handle/1880/50589/2014_IDEAS_Presentations_Brandon_Saar.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y 
  5. Brandon, J., Saar, C., Friesen, S., Babb, P., & Alonso, G. (2014).  Supporting pedagogical leadership in Area III. In P. Preciado Babb (Ed.). Proceedings of the IDEAS: Rising to Challenge Conference, pp. 15-24. Calgary, Canada: Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.https://prism.ucalgary.ca/bitstream/handle/1880/50589/2014_IDEAS_Presentations_Brandon_Saar.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y 
  6. Donlevy, J. K., Brandon, J., Gereluk, D., & Patterson, P. (2014, May). School trustees acting badly and freedom of expression under the charter, Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education Conference Proceedings, 1-24.
  7. Donlevy, J. K., Brandon, J., Gereluk, D., & Patterson, P. (2017, May). A clash of positive and negative liberty: Denying accreditation to Trinity Western Law School. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law and Education. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
  8. Friesen, S., Brandon, J., & Jacobsen, M. (Eds.) (2020). Selected proceedings of the IDEAS Conference 2019: Transforming pedagogies – Learn - Design – Innovate. Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. http://hdl.handle.net/1880/111767 
  9. Friesen, S., Brandon, J., & Jacobsen, M. (2020). Transforming pedagogies. In S. Friesen, J. Brandon, & M. Jacobsen (Eds.). Selected Proceedings of the IDEAS Conference: Transforming Pedagogies, pp. 1-6. Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. http://hdl.handle.net/1880/111767 
  10. Russo, C., Donlevy J. K., Brandon, J., Gereluk, D. (2017, May). Safe spaces and trigger warnings in higher education: Do these keep students “safe” or suppress free speech? In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law and Education. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 
  11. Thomas, C., Jorgenson-Adam, S., Brandon, J., Marler, R., Turner, J.W. & Friesen, S. (2020). Leading collaborative professional learning for school systems. In S. Friesen, J. Brandon, & M. Jacobsen (Eds.). Selected Proceedings of the IDEAS Conference: Transforming Pedagogies, pp. 51-56. Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. http://hdl.handle.net/1880/111767  
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