Maria Y.M. Yau & Robert S. Brown
Maria Y.M. Yau is an educational researcher with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), and former Toronto Board of Education, for over 30 years. Her research covers a range of educational issues related to equity and diversity. One of her major portfolios is the TDSB’s Student and Parent Census, which she has helped pioneer to collect system-wide data on student demographics and well-being. This periodic Student and Parent Census have played an instrumental role in promoting the board’s equity agenda and has indeed been recognized as a model for the province’s education and health sectors in collecting identity-based data.
Robert S. Brown has worked in applied research for over thirty years, in media research, market research, and education research. He is a Research Co-ordinator in the Toronto Board of Education and Adjunct Professor at York University, in the Faculty of Education and in Critical Disability Studies. He has authored or co-authored works in a number of fields including education, psychology, sociology, and medicine.