CRRP | The Team
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The Team

Dr. Nicole West-Burns 


Nicole works at the Centre for Urban Schooling at OISE, University of Toronto.  Since 2008, she has developed and facilitated professional learning focused on equity and CRRP for thousands of educators in Ontario.  She is a co-writer for The Equity Continuum and currently, a co-investigator on a research project focused on Black student achievement.

Jeff Kugler 


Jeff is the former Executive Director at the Centre for Urban Schooling at OISE, University of Toronto.  He has worked for over 35 years in public education, mostly in the Regent Park Community of Toronto and mostly as a Principal at Nelson Mandela Park PS.  Jeff is currently working with the 2nd cohort in the CRRP Initiative. 

Dr. Vanessa Russell 


Most recently, Vanessa was the William Waters Teacher-in-Residence in Urban Education at the Centre for Urban Schooling, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She has worked as a teacher educator at several Ontario universities and completed her PhD with a focus on teacher-student relationships in 2009 at OISE/UT. She has held a number of leadership positions in the Equity Department of the Toronto District School Board and has been the teacher/coordinator of Canada’s only dedicated classroom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students at risk. 

Karen Murray


Karen is currently a Program Coordinator at the Toronto District School Board.  She was formerly a Student Achievement Officer with the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, Ministry of Education.  She has also held the position of William Waters Teacher in Residence at the Centre for Urban Schooling.  She is a co-writer of The Equity Continuum: Action for Critical Transformations in Schools and Classrooms.

Carolyn Roberts


Carolyn is a self taught photographer and film maker in Toronto. Through her company ‘By Carolyn Roberts’ she provides photography/video services and creative direction to clients in Toronto and abroad.