Hi, I’m Michael Pascaris. I’m a K-12 Learning Coach.
I engage teachers in job-embedded professional learning to build collective efficacy using evidence-based instructional strategies that promote equitable practices and improve student achievement. I support schools to collect and interpret data to enable staff to make informed decisions about programming, and set school improvement goals.
In 2020 I completed my Master of Education degree with a focus on educational leadership and leveraging technology to support students of all abilities.
In my previous role I led the Special Education department at Western Technical-Commercial School in Toronto. As a teacher and department head I helped my colleagues by sharing strategies and resources for leading inclusive classrooms and using technology as a tool to empower students of all abilities.
Prior to that, I led an autism program within a high school for six years. In that role, I created a vocational training program that fostered an inclusive learning community within my school and prepared students with autism to transition successfully to co-op placements, meaningful employment, and college.
My teaching career began in 2011 at a treatment centre for children with a dual-diagnosis. As a rookie teacher, I led a classroom team of school board support staff and agency personnel as we balanced the educational and treatment needs of students with multiple exceptionalities.