Stephen Sliwa

Executive Program Director, Teacher Education

People Directory Affiliation Category

MA (Trent), MEd (Queen’s), MPA (Queen’s).

Executive Program Director of Teacher Education and Adjunct Professor

Stephen is a long-serving educator and former senior executive in the K to 12 Education sector, spanning four different school districts. He is currently the Executive Program Director of Teacher Education, as well as an adjunct professor and lecturer at the Faculty of Education.

Prior to his appointment as Executive Program Director, Stephen was the Director of Education and Chief Executive Officer for the Upper Canada District School Board in Eastern Ontario. He is a former Superintendent of Instruction, high school principal, special education teacher, guidance counsellor, and teacher of Social Sciences and Indigenous Studies.

Stephen possesses a broad range of professional, academic, and teaching interests, which he brings not only to his current work at the Faculty of Education but as well, to the Executive Committee of several not-for-profit Boards.

Research Interests

  • Foundations of Indigenous Studies
  • Supporting students with learning exceptionalities
  • Intermediate education program design (Grades 7 – 10)
  • Learning to teach
  • Public sector management

Selected Publications


Sliwa, S.G. (1995). Treaty Day for the Willow Cree. Saskatchewan History, 47(1), 3 - 12.

Book Reviews

Sliwa, S.G. (1997). The Dictionary of Canadian Biography: Volume XIII, 1901 to 1910. Canadian Social Studies, 31(1).

Sliwa, S.G. (1995). Sweet Promises: A Reader on Indian – White Relations in Canada Saskatchewan History, 47(2).

Sliwa, S.G. (1993). The Struggle Continues: Metis Lands and Self Government. Journal of Canadian Studies, 27(4).

Sliwa, S.G. (1993). Kohkominaawak Otacimowiniwawa: Our Grandmothers’ Lives. Saskatchewan History, 45(1).

Practitioner Articles and Resources

Sliwa, S.G. (2018). The Fourth “R”. The Case for Reconciliation Literacy in our Classrooms. The Knowledge Forum, Fall 2018:13 -15.

Sliwa, S.G., Geml, C., Parson, D., & Reed, K. (2013). Learning for All: A Guide to Effective Instruction for All Students, Kindergarten to Grade 12. Toronto: Queen’s Printer for Ontario.

Ontario Education Services Corporation. (2012). The TeachAble Project: Meeting the needs of students with disabilities.

Government Reports

Ontario Public School Board Association. (2013). A Vision for Learning and Teaching in a Digital Age. Toronto: Ontario Public School Board Association.

Newhouse, D.R, Choundry, S., Sliwa S., Ahonen, M. & Barbour, A. (1994). The Six Nations of the Grand River: An Economic Development Case Study. A research study prepared for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.