Pracademic; Research Fellow, University ofOttawa; Director of the ARC Education Project; co-lead of the Canadian Playful SchoolsNetwork (CPSN).
Dr Trista Hollweck is a pracademic who integrates the worlds of research, policy, and practice. She is a former secondary teacher, vice-principal, and school district consultant at the Western QuebecSchool Board in Quebec, Canada. As a consultant, Trista designed and implemented a board-wide mentoring and coaching program for new teachers that is now in its 15th year. Her doctoral research examined the systemic change implications of mentoring and coaching programs during teacher induction and how the mentor-coach experience influenced experienced teachers’ professional learning, practice, and well-being. Currently, Trista is Director of the ARC Education Program, a policy learning network that brings together Ministers and professional leaders from 7countries to advance equitable, inclusive and humanitarian goals in education. She is also co-lead of the bilingual Canadian Playful Schools Network funded by the LEGO Foundation that brings together 41 school teams from across 7 provinces to learn with and from one another, share resources and best practices, coach one another, and ultimately, go deeper into what learning through play means in the middle years (grades4-8) context. Trista is a proud mom of three and is committed to supporting schools and systems to improve education for all students within and across educational systems globally.