Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education
Alana Butler

Alana Butler

Coordinator of Equity, Diversity &Inclusion, Assistant Professor of At-Risk Learners&Student Success
Office:
A208
Phone:
613-533-6000 x 75298
About:

BSc, B.Ed., MA (Toronto), PhD (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York)

Assistant Professor of At-Risk Learners and Student Success

Alana Butler is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. In 2015, she completed a PhD in Education from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with a specialization in Learning, Teaching, and Social Policy. She has 15 years of teaching experience in a range of settings that includes preschool, ESL, secondary school, adult literacy, and university. She is the Principal Investigator on an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for a study about post-secondary access for low-income youth. Her scholarly work has been published in the Canadian Journal of Education, Gender and Education, and Review of Education.

Research Interests

  • Socio-economic inequality and educational achievement 
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion policies and practices from k-12 to higher education 
  • At-risk children/youth and their educational attainment 
  • Anti-racism education and Black feminist theory 
  • Qualitative research methodology

Research Funding

2021

SSHRC Connections Grant

Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada

Project title: Give Race its Place: An Anti-Racist Knowledge Sharing Initiative for Early Childhood Educators 

Role: Co-applicant 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Rachel Berman, Ryerson University

Amount: $9,240

 

2019

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada

Project title: Beating the Odds: An intergenerational examination of cultural barriers to postsecondary education for low-income Ontario youth

Role: Principal Investigator

Co-applicant: Dr. Liying Cheng, Queen’s University

Amount: $57,304

 

Dean’s Collaborative Grant 

Funder: Queen’s Faculty of Education

Project title: Sistema‐Inspired Music Education: Student Experiences of Social and Emotional Development, Identity and Inclusion

Role: Co-investigator

Principal investigator(s): Dr. Benjamin Bolden, Queen’s University

Amount: $12,500

 

SHHRC Institutional (Explore) Grant

Funder: Queen’s Faculty of Education

Project title: Sistema Music Education: Low-income Student Experiences of Learning and Social Inclusion in Kingston

Role: Principal Investigator

Co-applicant: Dr. Benjamin Bolden

Amount: $5,000

 

2018

RFS # 3312 A Process and Outcomes Evaluation of Youth Job Connection

Funder: Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU)

Principal Investigators: Dr. Benjamin Kutsyuruba and Dr. Christopher De Luca, Queen’s University

Role: Co-investigator

Amount: $293,072

 

2017

Parents Reaching Out

Funder: Ministry of Education, Parent Engagement Office

Role: Principal Investigator

Project: Mentoring Circles for Diverse Parents and Families in ‘At-Risk’ Communities to Support Student Success.

Amount:  $8,600

 

2014 - 2016

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada

Project title: Collaborator: Can we talk about race? Confronting colour-blindness in early childhood education settings

Principal Investigator: Dr. Rachel Berman, Ryerson University

Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Beverly-Jean Daniel, Ryerson University

Role: Collaborator

Amount: $33,553

 

Selected Publications

Butler, A. (2021). Low-income Black parents Supporting their Children’s Success Through Mentoring Circles. Canadian Journal of Education, Vol. 44, Issue 1, pp. 93-117. https://journals.sfu.ca/cje/index.php/cje-rce/article/view/4979 

Butler, A. (2021). Low-income, racialized children and access to quality ECE in Ontario. In Z. Abawi, R. Berman, and A. Eizadirad (Eds.) Equity as Praxis in Early Childhood Education and Care (pp.36-51). Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press. 

Butler, A. and Abawi, Z. (2021). Deconstructing Citizenship and Belonging: Refugee Student Integration and Microaggressions in Ontario Schools. In J. Corkett, C. Cho, and A. Steele (Eds.).The Manifestation of Microaggressions and Lateral Violence in Education: A Global Perspective. (pp. 78-93). New York: Routledge. 

Bolden, B., Corcoran, C. & Butler, A. (accepted, 2021). A scoping review of research that addresses El Sistema music education programs. Review of Education. 

Butler, A. & Campbell, A. (forthcoming 2021). Black School Leaders in Urban Ontario Schools: Striving for Social Justice. In C. McGregor and S. Bedi (Eds.) Diverse Leadership Landscapes: Exploring the Terrain. McGill-Queen’s University Press. 

Teasley Severino, C. and Butler, A. (2020). Intersecting Critical Pedagogies to Counter Coloniality. In S. Steinberg (Ed.) The SAGE Handbook of Critical Pedagogies. pp. 186-204. London: Sage Publications Ltd. 

Butler, A. (2020). The What, the So What, and the Now What of Social Justice Education. Teachers College Record. https://www.tcrecord.org/books/abstract.asp?ContentId=23445 

Butler, A., Teasley Severino, C., and Sánchez Blanco, C. (2019). A Decolonial Approach to Disrupting Whiteness, Neoliberalism, and Capitalist Pedagogy in Western Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). In Trifonas, P. (Ed.) Handbook of Theory and Research in Cultural Studies and Education. (pp.1-18). Singapore: Springer International Publishing. 

Luzius-Vanin, C. and Butler, A. (2019). Closing the Gaps: A Compassionate View of Mental Health Beyond the Medical Model. In A. Jule (Ed.). The Compassionate Educator: Understanding Social Issues and the Ethics of Care in Canadian Schools. (pp. 91-111). Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Butler, A. (2019). Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes in Canadian Schools. In L.Volante, S. Schnepf, Jerrim, J., and D. Klinger (Eds). Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes: National Trends, Policies, and Practices. (pp. 169-187). Singapore: Springer Ltd.

Butler, A. (2019). Quiltmaking Among African American Women as a Pedagogy of Care, Empowerment, and Sisterhood. Gender and Education, Vol. 31(5): 590-603.

Berman, R., Daniel, B., Butler, A., McNevin, M., and Royer, N. (2017). Nothing, or Almost Nothing, to Report: Early Childhood Educators and Discursive Constructions of Colorblindness. The International Critical Childhood Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 6 (1): 52-65.

 

Ministry Reports

Kutsyuruba, B., Deluca, C., Butler, A., Youmans, A. Godden, L., Hussain, A., Merchant, S., & Bosica, J. J. (2020). Impact Evaluation of Youth Job Connection Program (Prepared for the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development). Kingston, ON: Social Program Evaluation Group, Queen’s University. 

Kutsyuruba, B., Deluca, C., Butler, A., Godden, L., Youmans, A., Hussain, A., Stroud Stasel, R., Nesbitt, H., LaPointe-McEwan, D., Merchant, S., McGregor, S., & Bosica, J. J. (2020). Process and Early Outcomes Evaluation of Youth Job Connection/Youth Job Connection-Summer Program (Prepared for the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development). Kingston, ON: Social Program Evaluation Group, Queen’s University. 

Kutsyuruba, B., Deluca, C., Butler, A., Godden, L., Hussain, A., Youmans, A., Stroud Stasel, R., Nesbitt, H., Shewchuk, S., Bozek, E., & McGregor, S. (2019). Second Interim Report: Process and Early Outcomes Evaluation of Youth Job Connection/Youth Job Connection-Summer Program (Prepared for the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities). Kingston, ON: Social Program Evaluation Group, Queen’s University

Turner, T., Boyce, T., & Butler, A. (2019). Assessment of the Needs of Black Parents in Ontario. Toronto, ON: Turner Consulting Group Inc.

Turner, T., Campbell, P., Debrah, M., Boyce, T., & Butler, A. (2019). Jurisdictional Scan: Programs and Services for Black Parents in Ontario. Toronto: ON: Turner Consulting Group Inc.

Kutsyuruba, B., Deluca, C., Butler, A., Godden, L., Hussain, A., Youmans, A., Stroud Stasel, R., Shewchuk, S., & Nesbitt, H. (2018). First Interim Report: Process and Early Outcomes Evaluation of Youth Job Connection/Youth Job Connection-Summer Program (Prepared for the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities). Kingston, ON: Social Program Evaluation Group, Queen’s University.

Kutsyuruba, B., De Luca, C., Butler, A., Godden, L., Hussain, A., Youmans, A., Stroud Stasel, R., Shewchuck, S., & Nesbitt, H. (2018). Needs of NEET youth: Pathways to positive outcomes. Kingston, ON: Social Program Evaluation Group, Queen’s University