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