Brief Biography:

Dr. Barb Brown is Director of Professional Graduate Programs in Education and Director of Partner Research Schools. She also serves as Director of Research for the Galileo Educational Network in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. She  has professional experiences in leadership, teaching and educational technology in K-12 education in Alberta. Research interests include research-practice partnerships, technology-enhanced learning environments, leadership, instructional design, school reform, innovation, social networks, and professional learning communities using action research, case study and design based research methodologies.

Detailed Biography:

Throughout her career with over twenty years as a teacher, school level administrator and district supervisor for educational technology, Barb has been involved in curriculum implementations, creating technology-rich resources, speaking at conferences, developing professional learning opportunities for teachers and administrators and researching various aspects of technology integration and new pedagogies. Her experiences as a K-12 educator in two large urban school districts in the province (Edmonton Catholic Schools and Calgary Catholic School District), leading district initiatives for Alberta Initiatives for School Improvement (AISI) projects as well as technology projects funded through Alberta Education grants, developing research methods and analyzing data, contributed to her interests in pursuing further research, working in higher education and supporting professional learning for K-12 schools.

Barb received a BEd from the University of Lethbridge in 1991 with a major in mathematics and minor in physical sciences. In 2000, she received a MEd from University of Alberta in secondary education and then completed doctoral studies in 2013 at the University of Calgary with a focus on leadership, technology and educational change. Currently, Barb is Director of Professional Graduate Programs in Education, Director of Partner Research Schools and serves as Director of Research for the Galileo Educational Network in the Werklund School of Education and the University of Calgary in Alberta.

Geocaching is one of Barb’s favorite family activities with her husband and two school-aged children, incorporating technology and the discovery of beautiful places. You can also follow Barb on Twitter @barbbrown or visit her website at