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Heather MacTaggart

Heather MacTagart
Executive Director



Heather MacTaggart is a nationally recognized expert for education reform in Canada.

In 1997 Heather left a successful career in sales and marketing to form Classroom Connections, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating innovative educational support materials for schools, parents and community groups across Canada. She founded Classroom Connections in response to the challenges facing Canada’s education system ‒ challenges witnessed first-hand with her four school-age children.

Dedicated to learning and youth, Heather has built Classroom Connections into a national charitable organization with an ambitious mandate ‒ to spearhead educational transformation in Canada. Launching her vision began with the design and development of on-the-ground solutions to educational disengagement of Aboriginal youth, one of Canada’s most at-risk populations. MacTaggart has partnered with aboriginal leaders in Alberta-based First Nation communities to initiate the groundbreaking program Change it Up!, an initiative that builds entrepreneurship and trades skills in regions facing abysmal drop-out rates, unemployment and disengagement.

Heather is the deputy director of The 21st Century Learning Initiative and has co-authored “Overschooled but Undereducated | How the Crisis in Education is Jeopardising our Adolescents”. She also has acted as a consultant on educational reform and Aboriginal issues with departments of education, provincial and federal governments and corporations. As a motivational speaker, workshop leader and advocate for educational change, MacTaggart brings her passion for youth and First Nations communities to everything she does.

Watch the 2004 documentary on Heather MacTaggart and Classroom Connections


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