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Janet Okoko Assistant Professor, Educational Administration

Dr Okoko's research and teaching areas include school leadership preparation and development, socially empowered learning, monitoring and evaluation of education programs, immigrants and minority education.

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Profile

  • School Leadership Preparation and Development
  • Socially Empowered Learning
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Educational Programs
  • Immigrants and Minority Education

Dr Janet Okoko holds a PhD in Educational leadership from the University of Calgary. She was instrumental in the design and development of  the graduate students’ peer mentorship program at 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.

Her research interests include school leadership development, particularly their preparation for work with minority groups. She also has an interest in education project evaluation and peer mentorship. She is currently researching the Experiences of School Leaders in Saskatchewan with Newcomers who have English as an Additional Language. She is also principal investigator for 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 immigrants from war affected countries in Africa.

She is a member of the International Study of the Preparation of Principals.

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

  • EDUC 425 - Legal and Institutional context of Education
  • EDUC 499 - Inquiry project
  • EADM 411- Inquiry Project and Community Learning Field Experience

Graduate Teaching

  • ERES 800 -  Research Methods
  • EADM 811- History and Development of Organizational Theory
  • EADM 894 - Laboratory in Educational Administration
  • EADM 991 - Capstone in Educational Administration

Selected Publications

  • Okoko, J.M., Scott, S., & Scott, D. (2014). 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
  • Okoko, J.M. (2011). Experiences of School Principals with Newcomers from War-Affected Countries in Africa. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, 5(4), 22-234. doi: 10.1080/15595692.2011.606001
  • Webber, C., Mentz, K., Scott, S., Okoko, J.M., & Scott, D. (2014). A cross–cultural Analysis of principals’ preparation in Kenya, South Africa and Alberta, Canada. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 27(3).

Selected International Presentations

  • Scott, D., Scott, S., Dixon, K., Okoko, J., & Dixon, R. (2013). Indigenous principals’ perspective on leadership development. In Charles Webber (Chair). Findings of the International study of Principals preparation: Maximizing the capacity for principals to lead.  International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement(ICSEI), Santiago, Chile.
  • Webber, C., Mentz, K., Scott, S., Okoko, J.M., & Scott, D. (2012). A cross–cultural analysis of principals’ preparation in Kenya, South Africa, and Alberta, Canada. Commonwealth Council of Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM), Limassol, Cyprus.
  • Okoko, J. M. (2012). Perceptions of school principals in Nairobi about their leadership preparation.American Educational Research Association Conference, Vancouver, BC. Canada.
  • Okoko, J. M. (2012). Perceptions of school leaders in Nairobi about their leadership preparation.International Conference on Educational Reform and Innovation in Enhancing, Quality and Equity, held at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Okoko, J. M. (2011). Perceptions of school principals in Nairobi about their leadership preparation.International Research Institute; Language, Culture, Community Conference, Kamloops British Columbia, Canada.