Refereed Journal Publications
Schmidt, M. The (im)possibilities of district/school websites to enhance social capital. (in progress)
Schmidt, M., & Datnow, A. Teachers’ sense-making about comprehensive school reform: The influence of emotions. Teaching and Teacher Education, 21 (8).
Schmidt, M., & White, R. Educational change: Putting reform into perspective. Journal of Educational Change, 5 (3).
Giroux, H., & Schmidt, M. Closing the achievement gap: A metaphor for children left behind. Journal of Educational Change, 5 (3), 213-228.
Hargreaves, A., Earl, L., & Schmidt, M. Perspectives on alternative assessment reform. American Educational Research Journal, 39 (1), 69-95.
Schmidt, M. Role theory, emotions & identity of department heads in secondary schooling. Teaching & Teacher Education, 16 (8), 827-842.
Day, C., & Schmidt, M. Sustaining resilience. In B. Davis (Ed.), Developing Sustainable Leadership (2007) (pp. 100-132). London: Paul Chapman~ Sage.
Schmidt, M. Risky policy processes: Accountability and school leadership. In E. Samier (Ed.) Political approaches to educational administration and leadership. Routledge.
Datnow, A. with Foster, L., Kemper, E., Lasky, S., Rutherford, C., Schmidt, M., Stringfield, S., Sutherland, S., & Thomas, J. Five key factors in supporting comprehensive school reform. In N. Bascia et al. International Handbook of Educational Policy (pp. 195-215). UK: Springer.
Schmidt, M. Emotions in educational administration: An unorthodox examination of teachers’ career decisions. In Leithwood, K. et al. 2nd Annual International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration, (pp. 1103-1131). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Nguyen, H., Schmidt, M., & Murray, C. (2007). Does school size matter? A social capital perspective. International Study Association for Teachers and Teaching, Brock University, St. Catharines, Conference Proceedings.
Schmidt, M., & Day, C. Sustainable leadership and moral purpose. Values and Educational Leadership Conference, Victoria, BC. Conference Proceedings
Schmidt, M. (2004). Sustainable leadership meets moral leadership. Values and Educational Leadership Conference, Barbados.
Non-Refereed Publications (since 2000)
Schmidt, M., Nguyen, H., & Murray, C. (2007). Cohesive communities, improved outcomes: A case for small schools. Education Canada, 47 (4).
Datnow, A., Foster, L., Kemper, E., Lasky, S., Rutherford, C., Schmidt, M., Stringfield, S., Sutherland, S., & Thomas, J. (2003). Five key factors in supporting comprehensive school reform. Report prepared as a deliverable to the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education for CRESPAR Project 4.2.
Schmidt, M. (2002). The effects of whole school improvement through CSRD and other reform efforts on teachers’ implementation of classroom assessment. Report prepared as a deliverable to Texas A&M Graduate Studies and Research in fulfillment of TAMU Research Grant.
Datnow, A., Foster, L., Rutherford, C., Schmidt, M., & Sutherland, S. (2002). Student, educator, school, and community outcomes associated with comprehensive school reform model implementation: A review of the qualitative literature base. Report prepared as a deliverable to OERI, U.S. Department of Education for CRESPAR Project 4.2
Schmidt, M. (2001). Towards teacher inquiry when implementing classroom assessment. Unpublished Doctoral Thesis, OISE/UT.
Hargreaves, A., Shaw, P., Moore, S., & Schmidt, M. (2001). Change Frames: A case study. A working paper written in fullfullment of OISE/UT & The Peel University Partnership and a SSHRC grant.
Schmidt, M. (2000). The Millennium project: A pilot study: From students’ perspectives. Commissioned by the Assessment Training Consortium.
Schmidt, M., & Plue, L. (2000). The new world of performance-based assessment. Orbit, 30 (4), 14-17.
Conferences, Workshops and Presentations
Recent Conference Presentations/Papers
International Congress for School Effectiveness & Improvement, New Zealand. Reinvesting in small schools: A social capital perspective.
British Educational Leadership, Management & Administration Society (Belmas), Reading, UK. Accountability and the Educational Leader: Where Does Fear Fit in?
International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching (ISATT), Brock University, St. Catherines. A Case for Small Schools: A Social Capital Perspective
Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Saskatchewan. Emerging Scholars in Canadian Educational Leadership: An Educational Leadership Compendium
Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management, housed at AERA, Chicago. The risk of at-risk policy processes: High-stakes accountability in school leadership.
Annual Educational Research Association, (AERA), Chicago. Resilient leadership: Sustaining moral purpose.
9th Annual Metropolis Conference, Toronto. An exploratory look at school and district capital: Cultivating capital.
Member of the Plenary Keynote Panel: Values and Educational Leadership Conference, Victoria, BC
Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), York University, Toronto, Ontario. District capital: Implications for student achievement.
American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco. Accountability and assessment: A district perspective
Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), London, Ontario. Moral leadership in action
American Educational Research Association (AERA), Montreal, Canada. A case study of a CTE high school and the implications of high stakes testing
American Educational Research Association (AERA), Montreal, Canada. Teachers’ sense-making about Comprehensive School Reform: The influence of policy contexts, ideologies and emotions
American Educational Research Association (AERA), Montreal, Canada. Financial capital and PRICE
International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI), Barcelona, Spain. Sustainable successful leadership: Rhetoric or reality?
Values and Educational Leadership Conference, Barbados. Sustainable leadership meets moral leadership
Research & Project Funding
|2006 – 2011
Community Trust Endowment Fund.
Learning Exploration & Academic Discovery Programs (LEAD), Program Evaluation of Aboriginal University Preparation Program, Kwantlen University College
|2007 – 2009
Small SSHRC Grant ($4999)
Social Capital & Small Schools: An Exploratory Investigation
|2006 – 2009
Standard SSHRC Grant ($74,135)
An ethnographic exploration of teachers’ understanding of classroom assessment
|2005 – 2006
SSHRC Small Grant ($2,700)
Accountability and assessment in a BC context
|2004 – 2006
President’s Research Grant ($10,000)
Accountability and assessment in a BC context
|2003 – 2006
Spencer Grant ($30,000USD)
Parenting Project on Race, Immigrant Status, Class & Education. Collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and Syracuse University
SSHRC Travel Grant ($1500)
Presented conference paper at the International Congress of School Improvement and Effectiveness
Awards, Honors and Scholarships
Commerce Research Grant
University Dissertation Grant (Scholarship)
OISE/University of Toronto
Henry S. Hunter Research Fellowship
Ontario Secondary School Teacher Federation
Hetty C. Chu Award (Scholarship)
University of Toronto
Graduate Courses Taught at SFU
- EDUC 813: Oragnizational Theory & Analyses
- EDUC 811: Fieldwork I
- EDUC 962: Leadership
- EDUC 817: Policy & Processes
- EDUC 960: Ethics, Law & Leadership
Review of Manuscripts for Refereed Journals (1999-Present)
- Journal of Educational Change
- TESOL Quarterly
- Alberta Journal of Educational Research
- Canadian Journal of Education
- Teaching and Teacher Education
- Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice
- Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations
Review of Refereed Conference Papers
Educational Change SIG, American Educational Research Association
1998, 1999, 2000
Division H, American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Membership in the Academic Community
- International Study Association for Teachers and Teaching (ISAAT) (2007-2008)
- American Educational Research Association (AERA) (2004-2008)
- Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) (2004-2008)
- International Congress for School Improvement and Effectiveness (ICSEI) (2004-2008)
- Values and Educational Leadership Conference (2004-2008)
Recent Service to SFU
- Associate Director of Graduate Programs
- Site Sponsor for the Langley off-campus M.Ed Curriculum & Instruction program
- Member of Ed.D Leadership program, Ed.D Leadership Retreat
- Mentor to new faculty member, Faculty of Education-Leadership Program
- As a member of the off-campus Ed.D program, visited Ed.D sites of excellence in the UK, Member of the off-campus Ed.D Leadership program
- Appointments Committee, Cognate for the Ed.D Leadership focused search, Faculty of Education
- Member of committee, Graduate Studies Committee
- Committee member, Field Programs Committee
- Coordinator for the M.Ed/MA Leadership on-campus Program
Service to the Community At Large
September 2007 - Current
Working group member of the Dean’s Association collaborating with the Deputy Minister of Education to design a Leadership Certificate and M.Ed in Leadership program across universities.
April 2007 - Current
Attendee, British Columbia School Trustee Association (BCSTA) Annual Meeting
Committee member and designer of district wide assessment survey, Vancouver School Board, Assessment Committee
February 2007 - Current
Commissioned by parents in Coquitlam to write a review of the benefits of small schools. Presented findings at two school meetings with trustees in response to school closures in Coquitlam, Commissioned by Parent Association in Coquitlam
January 2007 - Current
Member of the Leadership Network in collaboration with SFU/UBC/UVic, Leadership Network Workshop
April 2007 – May 2007
Member and attendee, Networking of Peformance Based Schools Workshop
Attendee, BC School Superintendent’s Association Conference
Other Service Activities
2007: Invited to speak at a recruitment session for the Island Pacific School at the West Vancouver Memorial Public Library (April 25, 7p.m.).
Graduate Student Supervision at SFU
- Ed.D. (1 completed; 6 in progress)
- M.Ed. (14 completed)
- Ed. D (1 completed; 1 in progress)
- M.A. (4 completed;1 in progress)
- M.Ed. (9 completed)
- Ph.D. (5 completed; 1 in progress)