Project Director

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Dr. Trista Hollweck, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  

Dr Trista Hollweck is a pracademic who integrates the worlds of research, policy, and practice. She is a former teacher, vice-principal, and school district consultant and now Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. She is Director of the ARC Education Program a policy learning network that brings together Ministers and system and association leaders from 6 countries and 2 Canadian provinces to advance equitable, inclusive and humanitarian goals in education. Trista is also co-lead of the Canadian Playful Schools Network funded by the LEGO Foundation and hosted at the University of Ottawa. Her research examines teacher induction, professional learning networks, mentoring and coaching programs, and systemic educational change at the local, provincial, national and international level. She has also researched, published and consulted about restorative justice, professional learning and development, the impact of COVID-19 on educators, teacher retention, support and evaluation, learning through play and educational networks. Trista received her doctorate from the University of Ottawa. She is a proud mom of three and is committed to supporting schools and systems to improve education for all students within and across educational systems globally.

Technical Support

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Jarl Inge Wærness

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Oda Jasarevic Skandsen

Has a MSc in business from Norwegian Business School, majoring in strategy, and works with education technology in Norway. Oda contributes to the ARC Education Project team as technical support. She is the editor for the ARC web page as well as the ARC design and strategy consultant.

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Erlend Kobro

Erlend Kobro is a certified teacher working full time as an advisor, consultant and public speaker within the edtech-scene in Norway. His background is one of teaching history, English and social science at the high school level and being a local radio host. For the last four years Erlend has helped schools and municipalities in Norway to increase student engagement and wellbeing by pushing teachers and school leaders to get the most out of digital technology and at the same time changing their pedagogical and didactic practices to better align with the demands of the 21. Century.

Summit Support

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Peter Ulholm

Peter is an international consultant and has worked with all levels of school development- system, municipality, school and classroom. He is a board member of IMTEC (International Movement Towards Educational Change), which operates internationally and across Scandinavia, and consulting director for LearnLab, which develops digital tools to enhance the student´s well-being, deeper learning and democratic involvement. Peter is a former teacher and researcher at the Danish University of Education. He was head of school development in one of the largest municipalities in Denmark and director at University College of Copenhagen, where he was one of the pioneers in shaping a formal education of school leaders in Denmark. Peter holds a chair as external lecturer at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), where he teaches the subject educational change and development. Peter’s new book on ways to succeed with school development at the system level will be published in January 2021. He is the proud grandfather of four children.

Research Assistants


Mariana Domínguez González

Mariana Domínguez González is a Mexican doctoral student at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education. Her current research focuses on plurilingualism in the Mexican Indigenous context. She lives to learn about ways of knowing and being in the world.


Sarah McGinnis

Sarah is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa.​ Her research focus is on assessment and accountability. She has worked in Montessori schools in Australia and New Zealand and public schools in the United States – this has given her different perspectives on how assessment and school in general can be run. She is very interested in learning more about the Canadian system and ultimately wants to become an expert in testing and assessment to reclaim the focus of education to be about teaching and learning instead of test prep. Outside of education she enjoys travelling, running and reading.


Senior Project Manager 2018 – 2019: Min Jung Kim

Min Jung Kim supported ARC hosting its third summit in California as a senior project manager and research assistant to Dr. Hargreaves. Min Jung began her career in education as a middle school mathematics teacher in Baltimore and in Seoul, South Korea. As a doctoral student at Boston College, she participated in research projects around teachers’ professional networks, mathematics argument curriculum development, and distance learning. Min Jung is also a graduate student representative of Educational Change special interest group at AERA. Min Jung earned her Bachelor of Science in International Politics from Georgetown University, and a Master’s of Education in Secondary Education from the Johns Hopkins University. Her dissertation focuses on rural elementary students’ mathematical identity building as they participate in virtual small groups discussing mathematical arguments.

Caitlin Long

Senior Project Manager 2017-2018: Dr. Caitlin Long

Caitlin Long is thrilled to have been involved with the ARC team. Caitlin began her work in public education as an elementary and middle school teacher in Massachusetts and in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She has also worked as a developer of professional learning experiences for an organization that provides systems of student support in urban public schools and has facilitated workshops for educators on teaching bilingual students and engaging families. Currently, she is the proud assistant principal of a two-way bilingual elementary school in the greater Boston area. Caitlin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Classics from Boston College, a Master’s of Education in Secondary Education in History from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Leadership, Policy, and Educational Change, also at BC. Her dissertation was an exploration of the topic most of interest to her as a practitioner: educators’ interpretation of and responses to policy. She is happiest when working on the ground in schools and is grateful for opportunities that allow her to reflect on and improve her practice.


Senior Project Manager 2015-2017: Dr. Joelle Pedersen

Joelle Pedersen was the first project manager for ARC. She has an extensive teaching resume and currently works as the literacy/English Language Arts coordinator for the Newton Public School district. Joelle also teachers in the Educational Leadership program at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education where she received her undergraduate degree, Master’s degree and PhD. Joelle’s research interests focus on educational leadership and policy, English education, and she has published work on pre-service and in-service writing teacher preparation, critical writing pedagogy, and high-stakes writing assessment.