Deirdre Smith Ontario College of Teachers
(M.Ed. Brock University [teaching and learning] B.Ed and BA, York University, and B.Ed OISE/University of Toronto) is Manager, Standards of Practice and Education at the Ontario College of Teachers. In this capacity she leads a team of program officers who conduct research, development and implementation activities that support strategic planning and a provincial framework that maintains standards of practice and promotes continuing competence among members of the College. Smith has established and continues to coordinate the College research program including pre-service, in-service, action research, educational leadership, mentorship and induction, and career-long professional learning in Ontario. Actively involved with policy development she has coordinated the revision of over two hundred curriculum policy documents for in-service teacher education. In a project management role she has conceptualized, planned, coordinated and monitored multiple and concurrent research, policy development and public relation projects. Smith is a former school principal and Special Educational consultant with extensive experience as a Teacher Behavior consultant, Youth Counselor, Pre-Service Teacher Educator and an In-Service Teacher Educator.