Sean Lessard

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Secondary Education Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Secondary Education Dept
(780) 492-3665
252 Education Centre - South
11210 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5



Dr. Sean Lessard is Woodland Cree and is from Montreal Lake Cree Nation in Northern Saskatchewan Treaty 6 territory.  Sean is a former youth worker, teacher and high school guidance counsellor.  He is known for his award winning work alongside indigenous youth and communities in the development of innovative educational programming and in particular Indigenous youth empowerment.  Dr. Sean Lessard currently is an Associate Professor Secondary Education at the University of Alberta, in Indigenous Education and Teacher Education.  He continues to write and research on the experiences of Indigenous youth and families in and outside of school places.

Academic Credentials:
B.Ed., University of Alberta, 2000, Social Studies/Native Studies
M.Ed., University of Alberta, 2010, Educational Psychology (Special Education)
Ph.D., University of Alberta, 2013, Elementary Education

Other Credentials:
Rehabilitation Services/Youth Worker Diploma, Lakeland College, 1994
ITEP (Indian Teacher Education Program, University of Saskatchewan, 1998

Dr. Sean Lessard Indigenous Youth Leadership Scholarship, Montreal Lake Cree Nation 2015-Present
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Student Award, University of Alberta, 2010-2012
Kaplan Graduate Student Award, University of Alberta, 2011-2012
Pat Clifford Award Early Career Research in Education, Canadian Education Association, 2015
CRTED Outstanding Teacher Education Doctoral Dissertation Award, University of Alberta, 2015
Narrative SIG American Educational Research Association Outstanding Publication, AERA, 2016
Distinguished Alumni, Lakeland College, 2018
Narrative SIG American Educational Research Association Early Research Award, AERA, 2019


Dr. Lessard's research includes: Narrative Inquiry, Relational Ethics, Indigenous Education, Indigenous Youth, Indigenous Youth Wellness, Inter-generational Indigenous Youth Leadership, Community Based Education & Re-Design,  Transitional Programming in School, High School Transition, Outreach School and AlterNative Approaches to Education, Land Based Approach to Wellness within Indigenous communities, Indigenous Youth Physical Literacy and Sport, Teacher Education.

Growing Young Movers Research Hub: and @gymovers

Growing Young Movers in the news:

Moving Well Maskekosihk (Indigenous Youth Community Based Research Space)


Red Worn Runners Pedagogy and Place(s):

Dr. Sean Lessard reflects on how earlier work alongside youth in communities(Red Worn Runners) continues to shape his understandings of curriculum as a process that is fluid, transactional and filled with possibilities.  It is through the narrative experiences alongside the Red Worn Runners that Lessard continues to draw on both philosophically and pragmatically in his research that explores identity and curriculum making both in and outside of school places with Indigenous youth.  These places include communities across Canada where youth and families continue to guide this work and take it up in their own ways.


EDSE 373 - Curriculum and Teaching for Secondary School Social Studies Majors I

Prerequisites: *9 in the Major subject area, EDPY 304, EDU 100/300, 210, and 211. Corequisite: Courses in the Introductory Professional Term (IPT) for the Secondary Education Route. Successful completion of the on-campus portion of the IPT is expected prior to being granted permission to continue into EDFX 350. Note: Not open to first year students.

EDSE 374 - Curriculum and Teaching for Secondary School Social Studies Minors

Prerequisite: *9 in the Minor subject area; pre/corequisites: EDU 100 or 300, EDU 210, and EDU 211. Note: EDSE 374 is not open to first year students or students whose Major is Social Studies.

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Featured Publications

S. Lessard, V. Caine & D. J. Clandinin

Qualitative Inquiry. 2020 January; 11 (2):93-108

D. J. Clandinin, V. Caine, and S. Lessard

2017 January;

D. J. Clandinin, V. Caine, S. Lessard, and J. Huber

2016 January;