Edith van der Boom

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Director, MA (Phil) in Educational Leadership (MA-EL) Program

Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Education and Practice of Pedagogy

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Something Worth Considering...

“The growth of any craft depends on shared practice and honest dialogue among the people who do it.”

— Parker Palmer

“Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.”

— William B. Yeats

“A great coach never achieves greatness for himself or his team by working to make all his players alike. To be great, and to have his players great, he must make each player the best that he or she possibly can be.”

— Carol Ann Tomlinson

“What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.”

— Aristotle

“The body is a unit though it is made up of many parts: and though all its parts are many they form one body.”

— I Corinthians 12:12

About My Work

My philosophy of education is rooted in the belief that each student is uniquely created by God and that education should celebrate both diversity and community. I believe that Christian schools need to be places of inclusive education where solid foundations are provided for all students both spiritually and academically. Learning should be an experience that brings joy and a sense of belonging for students in a class that integrates academic and social-emotional learning. I believe that instruction should be engaging and differentiated in a way that both challenges and meets the needs of each student.

The Master of Arts in Philosophy in Educational Leadership (MA-EL) Program at ICS provides educators with the opportunity to develop their thinking and pedagogy through Biblically-based teaching. It allows them to develop the gifts that they have in the context of their practice. The program encourages educators to design innovative classrooms to provide opportunities that develop skills through active learning and connecting skills to a real-life context.

This graduate program embraces a growth mindset in each student’s journey of learning. As such it motivates students to seek out new challenges, to be inspired by the success of others, to persist when they encounter stumbling blocks, and to develop a lifelong love of learning. In doing so, we help students discover how they can best use their God-given talents and gifts in service to the Lord.

Research Foci

  • Inclusive Education

  • Differentiated Instruction

  • Special Education

  • Inquiry-Based Learning

  • Deeper Learning

Biography

Edith van der Boom, Phd

Director, MA (Phil) in Educational Leadership (MA-EL) Program

Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Education and Practice of Pedagogy

BA (Calvin College), PhD (University of Toronto)

I completed my doctoral studies at the University of Toronto in Developmental Psychology and Education. The focus of my research was on examining the differences in reading comprehension skill profiles among struggling adolescent readers based on their status of having a Learning Disability (LD) and/or being an English Language Learner. It was my goal to contribute to the understanding of struggling readers to in turn inform school and classroom practices.

I have had extensive experience in both the public and Christian school systems in Ontario -- as a classroom teacher, a Special Education Coordinator, and a Director of Learning. My work has focused on supporting the implementation of differentiated instruction as a means to create inclusive learning environments, inquiry-based learning, and providing professional development and support through all-day sessions, professional learning communities, and instructional coaching.

Publications & Projects

My Publications

  • van der Boom, E. H., Jang, E. E. (2018). The effects of holistic diagnostic feedback intervention on improving struggling readers' reading skills. Journal of Teaching and Learning 12(2), 54-69.

  • Jang, E. E., Vincett, M., van der Boom, E. H., Lau, C., & Yang, Y. (2017). Considerations for innovative young learner assessment design and use. In M. K. Wolf & Y. Butler (Eds.), English language proficiency assessments for young learners.

  • Jang, E. E., Dunlop, M., Park, G., & van der Boom, E. H. (2015). How do young students with different profiles of reading skill mastery, perceived ability, and goal orientation respond to holistic diagnostic feedback? Language Testing, Special Issue, 1-25.

My Other Professional Activities

Paper Presentations

  • van der Boom, E. H. & Jang, E. (April 2016). The effects of diagnostic feedback intervention on the literacy skills of struggling learners. Paper presented to the conference of Canadian Society for the Studies of Education, Calgary, AB, Canada.

  • Jang, E., Lau, C., Vincett, M., van der Boom, E., Park, G., & Dunlop, M. (April 2016). Investigating the Effects of Cognitive and Psychosocial Factors on Young Learners' Use of Cognitively Diagnostic Feedback. Paper presented at the Conference of American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC, United States.

  • Park, G, Dunlop, M., van der Boom, E. H., & Jang, E., (March 2015). A mixed-methods investigation into young learners' cognitive and metacognitive strategy use in a reading test. Paper presented at the 37th Language Testing Research Colloquium, Toronto, ON, Canada.

  • Jang, E., Dunlop, M., Park, G., & van der Boom, E. H. (June 2014). A mixed-methods investigation into the role of cognitively diagnostic assessment. Paper presented at the 36th Language Testing Research Colloquium, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  • van der Boom, E. H. (May 2014). Using DIF analysis to improve fairness in testing: Multiple-choice items and students with learning disabilities. Paper presented to the conference of Canadian Society for the Studies of Education, St. Catherines, ON, Canada.

  • Baba, A., Jang, E. E., Dunlop, M., Park, G., & van der Boom, E. H. (May 2014). Predictors of reading achievement: Student goal orientations in contrast to perceived parent goal orientations. Paper presented to the conference of Canadian Society for the Studies of Education, St. Catherines, ON, Canada.

  • Park, G., Jang, E. E., Dunlop, M., & van der Boom, E. H. (March 2014). The uptake and use of cognitively diagnostic feedback: Responses of students, parents, and a teacher. Paper presented at the Conference of American Association of Applied Linguistics, Portland, OR, United States.

  • Park, G. & van der Boom, E. H. (January 2014). Which students are diagnosed as having a learning disability and how do they perform? 14th Annual Dean’s Graduate Student Research Conference. Workshop presented at OISE/UT, Toronto, ON, Canada.

  • van der Boom, E. H. (November 2007) Learning differences. Ontario Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada.

Roundtable Discussion

  • van der Boom, E. H. (April 2016). Who is failing the provincial reading test in Ontario? A cognitive view of reading comprehension profiles. Roundtable discussion presented to the conference of Canadian Society for the Studies of Education, Calgary, AB, Canada.

Poster Presentations

  • Jang, E. E., Lau, C., Vincett, M., van der Boom, E. Park, G., & Dunlop, M. (2016). Investigating the effects of cognitive and psycho-social factors on young learners' use of cognitively diagnostic feedback. Poster presented at American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC, USA.

  • van der Boom, E. H., Lau, C., Yang, Y., Vincett, M., Dobski, M., & Jang, E. (August 2015). Using Individualized Diagnostic Feedback Intervention to Engage Student Learning. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, ON, Canada.

  • Dunlop, M., Jang, E. E., Park, G., & van der Boom, E. H. (April 2014). Triangulation of Learner Latent Profiles: Cognitively Diagnostic Reading Skills, Goal Orientations and Self-Perceived Reading Skills. Poster presented at the Conference of American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA, United States.

Most Recent Invited Talks

  • van der Boom, E. H. (2017, February). Differentiated Instruction: One Size Doesn't Fit All. Presented at Netherlands Reformed Teachers Convention, Jordan Station, ON, Canada.

  • van der Boom, E. H. (2017, February). Leaders of Their Own Learning. Presented at Netherlands Reformed Teachers Convention, Jordan Station, ON, Canada.

  • van der Boom, E. H. (2017, October). Differentiated Instruction: One Size Doesn't Fit All. Presented at Canadian Reformed Teachers Convention, Smithville, ON, Canada.

  • van der Boom, E. H. (2017, October). Leaders of Their Own Learning. Presented at Edifide Teachers Convention, Ancaster, ON, Canada.

  • van der Boom, E. H. (2015, October). Developing effective learning goals. Presented at Edifide Teachers Convention, Ancaster, ON, Canada.

  • Sutherland, M. & van der Boom, E. H. (2015, October). Exploring curriculum track: Our journey towards curriculum stewardship. Presented at Edifide Teachers Convention, Ancaster, ON, Canada.

  • Petrusma, G., van der Boom, E. H. & Panza, B. (2015, October). Celebrations of Learning. Presented at Edifide Teachers Convention, Ancaster, ON, Canada.

  • van der Boom, E. H. (2014, October). Differentiated Instruction: Putting it all together in your differentiated classroom. Presented at Edifide Teachers Convention, Ancaster, ON, Canada.

  • van der Boom, E. H. (2014, October). Differentiated Instruction: Instructional strategies for differentiated instruction. Presented at Edifide Teachers Convention, Ancaster, ON, Canada.

  • van der Boom, E. H. (2014, October). Differentiated Instruction: Recognizing and honouring diversity. Presented at Edifide Teachers Convention, Ancaster, ON, Canada.

  • van der Boom, E. H. (2014, October). Differentiated Instruction: One Size Doesn't Fit All. Presented at Edifide Teachers Convention, Ancaster, ON, Canada.

  • van der Boom, E. H. (2014, January). Differentiated Instruction: One Size Doesn't Fit All. Presented at Rehoboth Christian School, Copetown, ON, Canada.

  • Jang, E. E., Dunlop, M., Park, G., & van der Boom, E. H. (2013, March). Centrality of cognitively diagnostic feedback in language learning classrooms. Paper presented at CERLL Colloquium, OISE/UT, ON, Canada.

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Teaching

Courses and Syllabi

MA-EL Courses Taught at ICS

    • Deeper Learning: From Wonder to Inquiry to Action

    • Cultivating Learning Communities of Grace

    • Transforming the World: The Role of the Christian Educator

    • Finding Joy in Learning

    • Cultivating Learning Communities of Grace