Debbie Pushor

    Dr. Debbie Pushor

    Professor

    Research areas


    parent knowledge; parent engagement; a “curriculum of parents” in teacher education; and narrative inquiry

    Curriculum Vitae


    Education Current Graduate Student Supervision Refereed Publications
    Awards Research Interests Non-Refereed Publications
    Teaching Areas Books Invited Lectures and Conference Presentations
    Representative Courses Book Chapters  

    Education

    B.Ed. University of Alberta, 1980, Elementary Education, Special Education & Language Arts
    Ph.D., University of Alberta, 2001, Elementary Education, Parents’ Positioning in Schools

    Awards

    • University of Saskatchewan Master Teacher Award - Fall, 2013
    • Provost’s College Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2013
    • Early Childhood Education Council, Saskatchewan Teachers Federation, Teaching Excellence Award, 2010
    • Early Career Award, Narrative Research Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association, 2009
    • Education Student Society (ESS) Instructor of the Year Award, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, 2006

    Teaching Areas

    Parent and Family Engagement, Community Education, Narrative Inquiry, Early Childhood Education

    Representative Courses

    • ECUR 898 (M.Ed., 3): Special Topics: An Examination of the Underpinnings of Early Childhood Education
    • ECUR 805 (M.Ed., 3): Trends and Issues in Curriculum Research and Development: Practicum in Parent and Family Engagement
    • ECUR 844 (M.Ed., 3): Narrative Inquiry
    • ECUR 898 (B.Ed., M.Ed., 3): Re/Presenting Families in Schools
    • ECUR 898 (B.Ed., M.Ed., 3): Engaging Parents in Teaching and Learning
    • ECUR 401 (B.Ed., 3): Teaching and Learning in Community Education

    Current Graduate Student Supervision

    Theses and Dissertations Being Supervised

    S. Bronkhorst, (M.Ed.), Thesis, Why parents choose French Immersion Catholic schools for the Kindergarten children. Department of Curriculum Studies, University of Saskatchewan.

    B. Daniels, (Ph.D.), Dissertation, Language loss: A deformity in identity. Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Saskatchewan.

    M. Hollands Ish, (M.Ed.), Project, The highly sensitive child in a classroom setting. Department of Curriculum Studies, University of Saskatchewan.

    M. Khan, (Ph.D.), Dissertation, Promoting parent engagement through positioning culturally diverse parents on Canadian school landscapes. Department of Curriculum Studies, University of Saskatchewan.

    S. Reschny, (Ph.D.), Dissertation, A narrative inquiry into parents' experiences with teens on drugs: Where is the school in their stories? Department of Curriculum Studies, University of Saskatchewan. Co-superviser with Dr. Pat Renihan.

    W. Rowluck, (M.Ed.), Thesis, Walking in a close way: A narrative inquiry into First Nations children’s experiences with digital curriculum featuring First Nations family and community members. Department of Curriculum Studies, University of Saskatchewan

    M.Ed. Projects Being Supervised

    J. Kinzel Heinrichs, (M.Ed.), Project, Engaging parents through home visits. Department of Curriculum Studies, University of Saskatchewan.

    Research Interests

    Parent and Faminly Engagement, Parent Knowledge, A Curriculum of Parents, Narrative Inquiry

    Books

    PUBLISHED

    Pushor, D. and the Parent Engagement Collaborative. (2013). Portals of promise: Stories of transforming beliefs and practices through a curriculum of parents. Rotterdam, NL: Sense Publishers, pp. 248.

    Kitchen, J., Ciuffettelli-Parker, D., & Pushor, D. (Eds.) (2011). Narrative inquiries into curriculum making in teacher education. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

    UNPUBLISHED

    Pushor, D.A. (2001). A storied photo album of parents’ positioning and the landscape of   schools. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.

    Book Chapters

    PUBLISHED

    Ciuffetelli Parker, D. & Pushor, D. (2014, November.) Dialogic knowledge building: The making of a narrative inquiry teacher education discourse community. In S. Feller & I. Yengin (Eds.), Educating in dialog: Constructing meaning and building knowledge with dialogic technology. Amsterdam, NL: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 181-202.

    Pushor, D. (2011). Attending to milieu: Living a curriculum of parents alongside teacher candidates. In J. Kitchen, D. Ciuffetelli Parker & D. Pushor (Eds.), Narrative inquiries into curriculum making in teacher education. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 217-238.

    Ciuffetelli Parker, D., Pushor, D. & Kitchen, J. (2011). Narrative inquiry, curriculum making and teacher education. In J. Kitchen, D. Ciuffetelli Parker & D. Pushor (Eds.), Narrative inquiries into curriculum making in teacher education. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 3-18.

    Pushor, D., Kitchen, J. & Ciuffetelli Parker, D. (2011). Turning points: Reflections on the autumn leaves. In J. Kitchen, D. Ciuffetelli Parker & D. Pushor (Eds.), Narrative inquiries into curriculum making in teacher education. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 217-238.

    Pushor D. (2010). Are schools doing enough to learn about families? In T. Turner-Vorbeck & M. Miller Marsh (Eds.), (Mis)Understanding families: Learning from real families in our schools. New York: Teachers College Press, 4-16.
    *Invited submission.

    Pushor, D. & Clandinin, D.J. (2009). The interconnections between narrative inquiry and action   research. In B. Somekh & S. Noffke (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Educational Action Research. London: SAGE Publications, 290-300.
    *Equal authorship. Invited submission.

    Steeves, P., Yeom, J., Pushor, D., Nelson, C., Mwebi, B.M., Murphy, M.S., Murray Orr, A., Glanfield, F., Huber, J., Clandinin, D.J. (2009). The research issues table: A place of possibilities for the education of teacher educators. In C.J. Craig & L.F. Deretchin (Eds.), ATE Teacher Education Yearbook XVII. Lanham, ML: Rowman & Littlefield Education, 303-320.

    Refereed Publications

    Pushor, D. (2014). Teachers’ narrative understandings of parents: Living and reliving “possible lives” as professionals. Journal of Family Diversity in Education, 1(1), 40-57.

    Pushor, D. & Ciuffetelli Parker, D. (2013).  Reformation of storied assumptions of parents and poverty.  International Journal about Parents in Education, 7(2), 164-176.

    Pushor, D. (2012). Tracing my research on parent engagement: Working to interrupt the story of school as protectorate. Action in Teacher Education, 34:5-6, 464-479.

    Murray, B.L., Pushor, D. & Renihan, P. (2012). Reflections on the ethics approval process. Qualitative Inquiry, 18(1), 43-54.

    Pushor, D. & Murphy, B. (2010, December 2). Schools as protectorates: Stories of two Mi’kmaq mothers. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 114.

    Pushor, D. (2009). The situation of parents in the curricular commonplaces: A place of equal rank? LEARNing Landscapes, 2(2), 139-154.

    Clandinin, D.J., Pushor, D. & Murray Orr, A. (2007). Navigating sites for narrative inquiry. Journal of Teacher Education, 58, (1), 21-35

    Glanfield, F. & Pushor, D. (2006). The courage to be constructivist mathematics leaders. National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership, 9, (1), 25-33.

    Pushor, D. & Murphy, B. (2004). Parent marginalization, marginalized parents: Creating a place for parents on the school landscape.  Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 50, (3), 221-235.

    Non-Refereed Publications

    Pushor, D. (2013). Regulation or invitation? Creating safe AND welcoming schools. Education Canada, 50(3), 39-41.

    Pushor, D. (2011). Looking out, looking in. Educational Leadership, 69, (1), 65-68.

    Pushor, D. (2010, April). “Parent engagement in mathematics is just not possible.” Or is it? Vinculum, 2 (1), 20-32.

    Pushor, D. (2009, Summer). Disposition: An attitude and an action? School Advocate, 4(5), 7-8.

    Pushor, D. (2009, Spring). Parent engagement: It’s an attitude. School Advocate, 4(4), 7.

    Pushor, D. (2009, Winter). Having our cake and eating it too. School Advocate, 4(3), 8.

    Pushor, D. (2008, Fall). “You must be the change …” (Part II). School Advocate, 4(2), 9.

    Pushor, D. (2008, Back to School). “YOU must be the change …”. School Advocate, 4(1), 1,3.

    Pushor, D. (2007, Fall). Welcoming parents: Educators as guest hosts on school landscapes.*Education Canada, 47, (4), 6-11.

    Pushor, D., Ruitenberg, C., with co-researchers from Princess Alexandra Community School. 
    (2005, November).  Parent engagement and leadership.  Research report, project #134, Dr. Stirling McDowell Foundation for Research into Teaching, Saskatoon, SK, 79 pp. Available in print or online at http://www.mcdowellfoundation.ca/main_mcdowell/projects/research_rep/134_parent_engagement.pdf

    Pushor, D. & Ruitenberg, C. W. (2005). "Maybe it's time I changed": Challenging assumptions: A starting place for engaging parents. Principals Online, 1(1), 42-46. Retrieved October 28, 2005, from http://www.principalsonline.com/downloads/oct2005_parentrelations.pdf

    Ruitenberg, C. W. & Pushor, D. (2005). "It's not about colour-coordinating the napkins with the table cloth": Hospitality and invitation in parent engagement. Principals Online, 1(1), 32-35. Retrieved October 28, 2005, from           http://www.principalsonline.com/downloads/oct2005_parentrelations.pdf

    Invited Lectures (Outside the U of S) and Invited Conference Presentations

    Pushor, D. (2014, July). Parent engagement: A circle of shared responsibility. Two invited addresses at the Saskatchewan Principals’ Short Course, Saskatoon, SK.

    Pushor, D. (2014, June). Parent engagement:  A responsibility in education and schooling. Invited address for the Saskatchewan School Boards Association Trustee Academy, Jackfish Lake, Cochin, SK.

    Pushor, D. (2014, May). Sharing button memories. Keynote address, Early Learning and Childcare Month, Second Annual Kick Off. SIAST, Mount Royal Campus, Saskatoon, SK.

    Pushor, D. (2014, May). Early years family and community engagement: Creating a circle of shared responsibility. Opening keynote address, Welcome to Kindergarten™ Early Years Family and Community Engagement Symposium Research to Practice – Taking Action, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    Pushor, D. (2014, May). Early years family and community engagement: Creating a circle of shared responsibility. Closing keynote address, Welcome to Kindergarten™ Early Years Family and Community Engagement Symposium Research to Practice – Taking Action, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    Pushor, D. (2014, March). Family engagement. Keynote address for the Daycare Association of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

    Pushor, D. (2014, March). Building relationships: The foundation to community-engaged scholarship. Invited half-day session for the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness, University of Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2014, February). Family Engagement in the Early Years Session 3: Acknowledging and understanding family expertise and diversity. Full day address to Battlefords’ Early Learning Partners: Living Sky School Division, Kids First, ECIP, Prairie North Health Region, and Light of Christ Catholic School Division.

    Pushor, D. & Khan, M. (2014, February). Living as a guest host with multicultural Canadian parents. Preschool Information Registry & Service Inc. Conference Global Village in Action: Children Working and Playing, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2013, December). Family Engagement in the Early Years Session 2: Building positive and authentic relationships with families. Full day address to Battlefords’ Early Learning Partners: Living Sky School Division, Kids First, ECIP, Prairie North Health Region, and Light of Christ Catholic School Division.

    Pushor, D. (2013, November). Growing a dream: With the believe of childhood, the do of youth, and the think of experience. Keynote address at the Northern Lights School Division School Community Councils’ Conference, Prince Albert, SK.

    Pushor, D. (2013, September). Family Engagement in the Early Years Session 1: Family involvement versus family engagement: Beliefs and assumptions about parents and families. Full day address to Battlefords’ Early Learning Partners: Living Sky School Division, Kids First, ECIP, Prairie North Health Region, and Light of Christ Catholic School Division.          

    Pushor, D. (2013, July). Dis/Positioning ourselves with parents. Skype address to 87 undergraduate students/practicing early childhood educators in a course entitled, Parent and Community Involvement, University of Prince Edward Island.

    Pushor, D. (2013, July). Exploring your disposition with parents as an educational leader.  Invited address at the Saskatchewan Principals’ Short Course, Saskatoon, SK.

    Pushor, D. (2013, April 17th & 18th). A journey toward parent engagement: Diverging from the well-worn path. An invited Kindergarten Professional Learning Session in the series of workshops, Making Learning Visible: Parent Engagement and the Documentation Process. Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Saskatoon, SK.

    Pushor, D. (2013, April). The parent-child relationship: “No one but you.” Invited keynote address at the Saskatoon Public School Division Parent Engagement Forum.

    Pushor, D. (2013, April). Making relationships count: Enhancing student achievement through parent engagement. Invited presentation at the Saskatchewan Community Schools Association Conference, Achieving in Education: We’re All in it Together, Saskatoon, SK.

    Pushor, D. (2013, February 27th & 28th .). As your guardian, as your keeper for life. An invited Kindergarten Professional Learning Session in the series of workshops, Making Learning Visible: Parent Engagement and the Documentation Process. Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Saskatoon, SK.

    Pushor, D. (2013, February). Parent engagement in challenging times. Making it happen:
    Exemplary parent engagement. Invited workshop presentation for the Thames Valley Parent Involvement Committee Conference, London, ON.

    Pushor, D. (2013, January 30th & 31st.). The parent-child relationship: “No one but you.” An invited Kindergarten Professional Learning Session in the series of workshops, Making Learning Visible: Parent Engagement and the Documentation Process. Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Saskatoon, SK.

    Ciuffetelli Parker, D. & Pushor, D. (2012, November). Teacher inquiry into storied assumptions of poverty and parents. Invited address for the Ontario College of Teachers, Toronto, ON.

    Pushor, D. (2012, November). Parent engagement: “You are richer than you think.” Invited keynote address at the Joy of Childhood Conference, Richmond Hill, ON.

    Pushor, D. (2012, November). Parent engagement: Making the most of your riches. Invited workshop presentation at the Joy of Childhood Conference, Richmond Hill, ON.

    Pushor, D. & Banks, D. (2012, March). School community councils: No distance between us. Invited pre-congress workshop, Seventeenth National Congress on Rural Education in Canada: Celebrating Rural Schools, Saskatoon, SK.
    Three and a half hour workshop with approx. 120 participants.

    Pushor, D. (2012, March). School climate: How do we make it safe and welcoming for parents, families, and community members? Invited keynote address at the Canadian Safe School Network Safe Schools Conference, Edmonton, AB.

    Pushor, D. (2011, October). Parent engagement. Invited module presentation, League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents in Saskatchewan (LEADS), Early Learning Module, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2011, October). Dis/Positioning ourselves with parents. Invited keynote address at the Saskatchewan Early Childhood Education Council Fall Conference, Saskatoon, SK.

    Pushor, D. (2011, October). Taking up a new disposition: Being a “guest host” as an early childhood educator. Invited workshop presented at the Saskatchewan Early Childhood Education Council Fall Conference, Saskatoon, SK.

    Pushor, D. (2011, October). School climate: How do we make it safe and welcoming? Invited keynote address at the Canadian Safe School Network Safe Schools Conference, Toronto, ON.

    Pushor, D. (2011, July). Parents: An untapped resource. Saskatchewan Principals’ Short Course. Invited Big Rocks Session, Saskatoon, SK.

    Pushor, D. (2011, July). Engaging parents in school leadership. Principals’ Short Course. Invited Birds of a Feather Session, Saskatoon, SK.

    Pushor, D. (2011, May). Parent engagement. York Region Best Start Network, Newmarket, ON.

    Pushor, D. (2011, May). Parent engagement: It’s more than you think! Invited keynote address at the first annual Parent Engagement Conference, Saskatoon Public School Division, Saskatoon, SK.

    Pushor, D. (2011, March). Engaging parents:  A bridge to continuous improvement. Saskatoon Tribal Council Conference. Muskoday First Nation, SK. Full day invited session.

    Pushor, D. (2011, February). Parents: Integral and essential. Invited keynote address at West Meadow Elementary School’s Parent Conference 2011: Linking Parents to Student Success, Claresholm, AB.

    Pushor, D. (2010, November). Standing together: Forming strong links in a care chain. Invited keynote address presented at Exemplary Parent Engagement: Let’s Talk, a conference sponsored by the Family Supports Institute of Ontario, Scarborough, ON.

    Pushor, D. (2010, August). Beliefs and assumptions about parents and families: What you give is what you get returned. Invited closing address, Saskatoon Tribal Council Teachers Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2010, August). Family and community engagement: Broadening our focus. Invited opening address, Saskatoon Tribal Council Teachers Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2010, March). Family and Community Engagement in Out-of-School Places. Invited presentation, Saskatchewan Community Schools Association Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2010, January). Exploring your Dis/Position with Parents. Invited presentation at Post-Internship Conference, College of Education, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2010, January). Joining our Voices: Parent Engagement in the Early Years. Invited address to parents, educators, and childcare providers, Early Childhood Community Development Centre, Niagra Catholic District School Board and the District School Board of Niagra, St. Catharine’s, Ontario.

    Pushor, D. (2009, November). Invited address to parents, school council members, educators, and trustees, Partners in Catholic Education: A Spirit of Collaboration, 9th Annual Catholic School Council Conference, York Catholic District School Board and the York Catholic Parent Involvement Committee, Aurora, Ontario.

    Pushor, D. (2009, October). Parent Engagement in Schools: Rethinking Beliefs and Practices. Invited module presentation, League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents in Saskatchewan (LEADS), Early Learning Module, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2009, October.) Parent Engagement: Taking the ‘Secret’ out of “The Secret Garden”, Invited address to parents, school council members, educators, and trustees, Thames Valley Parent Learning Forum, London, Ontario.

    Pushor, D. (2009, September). Parent Engagement: Connecting Schools and Families. Invited address to administrators, teachers, and staff. Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Ottawa, Ontario.

    Pushor, D. (2009, September). Parent Engagement: Connecting Schools and Families. Invited address to parents, school council members, and the public. Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Ottawa, Ontario.

    Pushor, D. (2009, April). Parents and families: Integral links in a care chain. Invited keynote address. Ontario Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Parents as Partners Conference, Guelph, Ontario.

    Pushor, D. (2009, March). Engaging parents: What does it take? Invited conference presentation. Saskatchewan First Nations Early Childhood Circle, Early Learning Child Development Training, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2009, March). Student engagement. Invited address for the Saskatoon Multilingual Schools Association Spring Workshops for Heritage Language Teachers, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2009, February). See the world: Literacy and our community. Invited keynote address, READSaskatoon 30th Anniversary Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2009, February). Engaging parents and community: Valuing their knowledge. Invited address, READSaskatoon 30th Anniversary Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.       

    Pushor, D. (2008, November). Parent engagement: Removing the walls surrounding “the secret garden.” Invited address, Saskatchewan School Boards Association, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2008, November). Engaging parents: Your work as candlemakers. Invited address, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Central Services Administrators and School Principals Program Meeting, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2008, October). Seeing all parents as knowers and knowledgeable. Invited address,   Northern Area Teachers Association (NATA) Conference, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2008, April). Parent knowledge, knowledge of parents: Enhancing our school landscapes. Invited keynote address, Scarborough Parent Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

    Pushor, D. (2008, March). What does “parent engagement” really mean? Invited address, Saskatoon Public School Division, School Community Councils, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2008, February). Parent engagement: Impacting educational outcomes. Invited address, Manitoba Education, School Program Division, Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment Branch, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    Pushor, D. (2008, February). Lighting the path: Leadership development for principals. Invited full day address, Manitoba Education, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    Pushor, D. (2008, February). Community engagement: We are all family. Invited address, Wanipigow School, Hollow Waters Reserve, Manitoba.

    Pushor, D. (2008, February). Learning from what parents know. Invited keynote address, Preschool Information Registry Services Annual Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2007, November). Parent engagement: What really matters? Invited address, Making Connections: A People for Education Conference on Education Issues, Toronto, Ontario.

    Pushor, D. (2007, November). Parent inclusion: We are all family. Invited address, Making Connections: A People for Education Conference on Education Issues, Toronto, Ontario.

    Pushor, D. (2007, October). Community engagement in schools: Aligning beliefs and practices. Invited half day address, Project Teams Gathering, Manitoba Education Citizenship and Youth, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    Pushor, D. (2006, October.) “Train to Somewhere”:  Considering the Journey.  Invited presentation to province-wide management and staff of KidsFirst, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D., & Timm, M. (2005, September). Engaging families. Invited address at the Saskatchewan Learning Pre-Kindergarten Teachers Provincial Workshop, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 

    Pushor, D. (2005, March). Developing appropriate practices for early childhood education. Invited address at the Early Childhood Education Council Conference, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2005, February). Family and preschool teachers working together for the benefit of the child. Invited presentation at the Preschool Information Registry Services Annual Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2005, February). Balance or balancing? An invited address for all staff of the Saskatoon East School Division, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D., & Timm, M. (2004, September). Working with parents in the pre-kindergarten.  Invited presentation at the Saskatchewan Learning Pre-Kindergarten Teachers’ Provincial Workshop, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Pushor, D. (2004, August). Working alongside parents: Schooling practices of possibility. Invited keynote address, Halifax Principals’ Retreat, Halifax, Nova Scotia.