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Janet Okoko Associate Professor, Educational Administration

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About

Dr Janet Okoko holds a PhD in Educational leadership from the Werklund school of Education, University of Calgary. Prior to pursuing a PhD, Janet worked as an instructor at a teachers’ college, a curriculum developer, and as a monitoring and evaluation person for government and donor-funded education projects. She received a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Education degree from Kenyatta University in Kenya. 

Her research interests include school leadership development, particularly their preparation for work with minority groups. She is currently principal investigator for tri council funded research projects aimed at preparing school leaders for work with Newcomers  who are culturally and linguistically diverse. She also has an interest in  teacher leadership, education program evaluation, schools and community partnerships.  The studies she has led in the recent past include the evaluation of the Gender Responsive Pedagogy, Kenya Equity in Education Project (KEEP) in the refugee camps and their host community. Janet published and presented work at international conferences on school leadership preparation and the experiences of school principals with im/migrants. She is a member of the International Study of the Preparation of Principals and the International Study of Teacher Leadership https://sites.google.com/mtroyal.ca/istl/home/research-team/janet-okoko. Additionally, she serves as a board member of the Global gathering place, an immigrant  settlement agency in Saskatchewan.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Faculty of Education, Graduate Division of Educational Research, Educational Leadership, University of Calgary, 2014
  • Master of Education (Thesis) Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Administration, Planning and Curriculum Development, Kenyatta University, 2000
  • Bachelor of Education (Honors) Faculty of Education, Physical Education , Kenyatta University, 1991

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

  • EDUC 425 - Legal and Institutional Context of Education
  • EADM 498 - Community Engagement and Partnerships in Education
  • EADM 411 - Inquiry Project and Community Learning Field Experience

Graduate Teaching

  • ERES 800 -  Research Methods
  • EADM 811-  History and Development of Organizational Theory
  • EADM 816 - Instructional Leadership for Enhancement of Teaching
  • EADM 885 - Research Methods in Educational Administration
  • EADM 991 - Educational Leadership Field Applications
  • EADM 894 - Laboratory in Educational Administration

Research

  • School Leadership Preparation and Development
  • Teacher leadership
  • Newcomer/Immigrants and Minority Education
  • Program Evaluation

Service and Outreach

  • The editorial board of 2 journals in the field of Education (The Education Forum and the Research in Educational Administration and Leadership- REAL)
  • Board of directors of Global Gathering Place (GGP), a newcomer and refugee settlement agencies in Saskatoon
  • Member of the Education and Social Work adjudication committee for Social Science and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) Insight Development  Grant Reviews 2019/2020 and Insight Grant Reviews 2018/2019
  • Peer reviewer for the following professional journal
    • Canadian Journal of Education (CJE) 2020
    • Journal of Educational leadership (JEL)  2020
    • Research in Educational Administration and Leadership (REAL) 2018 – To Date
    • Educational Management, Administration and Leadership (EMAL) 2017 – To Date
    • Canadian Journal of Education Administration and Policy (CJEAP) 2015 – To Date
    • Educational Forum 2009 – To Date
    • Interchange 2014 – To Date
    • International Journal of Leadership in Education (IJLE) 2012 – To Date

Graduate Supervision

In Progress:

Type

Name

Department

Degree

Topic

Date/ Status

Supervising

Samuel  Agyare

EADM

PhD

 

2020 - To Date

Kareen Reid

EADM

PhD

The influence of School Leadership Practices on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for Newcomer Students”

2018 - To Date

 

Sandra Ihenacho

EADM

MEd

 

2020 - To Date

Angela Houle

EADM

MEd

 

2020 - To Date

Ama Yeboa

EADM

MEd

 

2020 - To Date

Victoria  Owusu

EADM

MEd

 

2020 - To Date

Kacia Wilby

EADM

MEd

Fostering Academic Transition for Ethoculturally and Linguistically Diverse International Students in Canadian

 

2019 - To Date

 

Nadia Maqbool

EADM

MEd

Leading Authentic Assessment of English as Additional language

2017 - To Date

 

Co-Supervising

Theodora Eshun

EADM

PhD

Gender and Educational Policy in Ghana

2016 - To Date

 

 

Completed:

Type

Student Name

Department

Degree

Subject Area

Time Frame

Supervised

Marsha Ree Lawrence

EADM

MEd

Influencers of International Students’ Participation in Sports

2018-2020

Tram Nguyen

EADM

MEd

Parental Involvement with Secondary School Leadership: Experience of Vietnamese Immigrants in Saskatoon

2016-2018

 

Alison Mason

EADM

MEd

Parental Engagement of African and Carribeans in the Education of their Children

2014-2016

 

 

Selected Publications

  • Okoko, J.M. (2019). Towards school leadership development: The Essence of working with culturally and linguistically diverse Newcomers Families in Saskatchewan. Research in Educational Administration & Leadership4(2), 196-229. https://doi.org/10.30828/real/2019.2.1
  • Okoko, J.M. (2019). Framing school leadership preparation for Kenya: Context counts In P. Moorosi & T. Bush (Eds). Preparation and Development of School Leaders in Africa. Bloomsbury Publishing https://bloomsbury.com/au/preparation-and-development-of-school-leaders-in- africa-9781350081147
  • Mwingi,M., Wachira,N., Abdulla,M., Okoko, J. M., & Webber, C. (2019). Contextualizing School Leadership Preparation in Tanzania In P. Moorosi & T. Bush (Eds). Preparation and Development of School Leaders in Africa.Bloomsbury Publishing https://bloomsbury.com/au/preparation-and-development-of-school-leaders-in-africa-9781350081147/
  • Okoko, J.M. (2018). Framing school leadership preparation and development for Kenya: Context matters. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 1–18 doi: 10.1177/1741143218792913 
  • Okoko, J.M., Scott, S., & Scott, D. (2015). Perceptions of school leaders in Nairobi about their leadership preparation and development. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 17(1) 1-26. doi: 10.1080/13603124.2013.877160

Selected Presentations

  • Okoko, J.M( 2020). Developing school leadership to ameliorate cognitive dissonance and build cross-cultural understanding with newcomer families. Paper presented at the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement(ICSEI), Marakech, Morocco, 6-10 January 2020
  • Okoko, J.M. (May 2019). Towards School Leadership Development: The Essence of Working with Saskatoon Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Newcomers at the 14th International Congress on Educational Administration, Cesme-Izmir, Turkey, 2-4 May 2019.
  • Arden, C. H., & Okoko, J. M. (May 2019). Exploring Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Teacher Leadership among the Members of an International Teacher Leadership Research Team: A Phenomenographic Study at the International Congress on Educational Administration, Cesme-Izmir, Turkey, 2-4 May 2019.
  • Okoko, J. M. (August, 2018). Framing School Leadership Preparation and Development for Kenya Context Matters. World Educational Research Association (WERA) World Congress, in Cape Town, South Africa 1-6 August 2018
  • Okoko, J. M. (May, 2018). An analysis of school leaders experience with the English As an Additional Language Newcomers through elements of cultural proficiency. Culture and Symbiosis Education conference conducted at Guangxi Normal University, Guilin, China   

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