Job Posting: Data, Research and Accountability Leader, Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB

A posting is now open until July 13, 2018 for a Research Officer position at the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.  The start date for this position is to be determined.  This application is posted on To apply you will need to submit your resume and cover letter to

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This is a 35 hour/week temporary position within the Administrative and Leadership Group (Non-Union) which will provide a challenging and satisfying assignment for a highly skilled and experienced employee.

Purpose of the Data, Research and Accountability Leader: To provide leadership and support to school and Board level staff in collecting and analyzing data related to Ministry accountability requirements and the Boards’ Area of Emphasis.

Reports To: Superintendent of Student Achievement; First Nation, Métis and Inuit, Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Education.

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Job Posting: Halton DSB, Specialist – Research and Accountability

A posting is now open until July 13, 2018 for a Specialist – Research and Accountability at the Halton District School Board.  The position begins September 4, 2018.  This application is posted on (link at the bottom of the pdf with more information) . To apply you will need to create an account first.

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Reporting to the Superintendent of Education with responsibilities for Research and Accountability, you will be responsible for providing system leadership for K-12 Board and Ministry initiatives to ensure quality programs and support for educators. The successful candidate will work with the department to provide a range of research and statistical services to support evidence informed decision-making in supporting student achievement and well-being at the classroom/department, school and system level.


As a Specialist – Research and Accountability, you will make full use of your graduate degree in Education, Psychology, Sociology or other relevant social sciences that includes specialized training in quantitative and qualitative research design (minimum Master’s degree required), and your minimum 4 years’ related experience in a research environment within a school board setting that reflects a working knowledge of curriculum, instruction, special education, and equity concepts, principles, and theory.


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Job Posting: Research Officer, Peel District School Board

A posting is now open until July 18, 2018 for a Research Officer position at the Peel District School Board.  The position begins September 4, 2018.  This application is posted on (link at bottom of this pdf with more information) so to apply you will need to create an account first.

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The Peel District School Board (PDSB) is one of the largest school boards in Canada, with more than 150,000 students in over 250 schools. At PDSB, everything we do is designed to help all students achieve to the best of their ability. We have the incredible opportunity to inspire a smile in each student. Our collective, daily efforts make a positive difference in the lives of our students, their families and the world. Guided by our mission, vision and values, we build positive places for learning and working … together at We are currently accepting applications for a Research Officer.

Are you an experienced professional highly skilled in qualitative and quantitative research? Do you welcome the opportunity to draw on this expertise to support services and programs across the Peel District School Board? If so, take the next step in your successful career by joining our team.

Job Duties/Responsibilities and Details
Reporting to the Chief Research Officer, Research and Accountability, you will work both independently and as part of a team of education researchers in the design, implementation and interpretation of research and evaluation projects to support the board’s system-wide strategic goals, equity and diversity initiatives, and curriculum and instruction programs.

Being a Research Officer at the Peel District School Board means acting as a research and evaluation resource to support the use of data for planning and decision-making. This will include being responsible for consultation and development of assessments (curriculum, alternative programs, special education) as well as the evaluation of educational programs (equity, diversity, instruction, special education). The research
team and Board staff will also rely on your assessment of current educational trends, and on the literature reviews and environmental scans you can provide on topics of interest as they carry out their functions.

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School Board Researcher Network and Sharing Session

Over the past couple of years the Data User Group and Barrie Region MISA PNC have hosted a “Researcher Coffee Break” where school board employees with research, evaluation and data related roles can connect on a teleconference to discuss current issues, challenges or new approaches to common data sets.

Given the popularity of these periodic teleconferences, the Data User Group is collaborating with the Association of Educational Researchers of Ontario for a day of networking and sharing:feb-24-dug-aero-open-space-v2-image

Click here for the flyer which includes a link to the online registration.




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Community Data Models: A Look at their Development and Uses

In collaboration with the Barrie, Toronto and London MISA (Managing Information for Student Achievement) PNCs (Professional Network Centre) a Special Interest Group has been scheduled for:

  • Date: April 28th, 2015
  • Time: 1:00-3:30
  • Location: Toronto District School Board

This session will explore two existing community data models, the Social Risk Index (SRI) and the Learning Opportunities Index (LOI).  Topics of the session will include:

  • construction of the different models
  • examples of how the models are used in the context of a school board
  • comparison of the similarities and differences between the models.

The afternoon will wrap up with a general discussion of the Environics data that has been collaboratively purchased by the Barrie, London and Toronto PNCs.

Please click here to register for the event.  Additional details regarding the location is included at the end of the registration.

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New Resources: Qualitative Analysis in R

New to the R Resources page is the “Qualitative Analysis in R” pdf.   This resource, prepared by Greg Rousell, is an overview of getting started with qualitative data analysis in R using the RQDA package.  It walks the reader through Data Cleaning, Text Mining, Manual Thematic Coding, Auto-Coding Text, and Creating (exporting) a coded file and includes both screen shots and sample scripts for ease of reference.

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Community Data – Vulnerability indices and technical considerations

AERO has announced an upcoming Special Interest Group session “Working with Community Data Sets”.  
This free event will be of interest to those who want to learn more about the approaches and development of vulnerability indices and the practical, technical and utilization issues associated with this work.  The afternoon will feature:

  • three socio demographic models that are used by education researchers in Ontario;
  • discussion of issues related to the 2011 census;
  • presentation of R and QGIS tips and tricks when working with socio demographic data. 

If you are interested in attending or would like more information, send us a quick note and the registration information will be forwarded to you.

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