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E-LEARNING AND COVID-19 EDUCATION: Our Founding Director Paul W Bennett provided expert opinion for the national media on the impact of COVID-19 on the state of K-12 education. His analysis of "an education world turned upside down," the rough transition to "triage e-learning" and the "patchwork of programs" was featured in CBC News, The Globe and Mail, and The National Post. Most stories referenced his Chapter on Digital Learning in Canada in the international Springer Handbook on Digital Learning in K-12 Schools (2017) and his researchED presentation on E-Learning at the 2016 National Conference on September 10, 2016  in London, UK.

TOP EDUCATION BLOG IN CANADA: Our Schoolhouse Institute Blog, EDUCHATTER, was recognized as one of the Top Ten Blogs to Follow in 2020 in April 2020 by the Bay Education Group based in San Francisco, California. In February 2018, it ranked first in the Top 30 Education Blog rankings in Canada. It's recognized for its identification of critical issues, research and informed commentary.   

EDUCATION RESEARCH:  Our Lead Researcher produced two major policy research studies in 2019 that generated much public discussion: Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap: Schools, Income and Student Success (AIMS, January 2019), and Missing In Action: School Storm Days, Student Absenteeism and the Workplace (AIMS, June 2019). His four-part series of features for the Halifax Chronicle Herald, "Postal Code Education" (November 21-24, 2018), assessed student performance, school-by-school in the Halifax region school system.   

TEACHING RESEARCH INITIATIVES:  Determining What Works in the Classroom is now a major focus and Paul W. Bennett spoke at the two most recent researchED Conferences, on "Stealth Student Assessment" at researchED Ontario on April 14, 2018 in Toronto, and on "Future Proof Learning" at researchED Vancouver on February 8, 2019 in West Vancouver. On the academic front. Paul researched and wrote the  chapter on Nova Scotia Teacher Education in Theodore Christou, ed.,The Curriculum History of Canadian Teacher Education (New York: Routledge, 2017).


LAUNCH OF researchED CANADA: Schoolhouse Director Paul W. Bennett initiated and chaired the first  Canadian researchED conference, November 10-11, 2017 at Trinity College, University of Toronto.  Since then Paul has worked with Harvey Bischof and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) on researchED Ontario April 14, 2018, and with Martin Jones of Mulgrave School, West Vancouver, on researchED Vancouver February 7-8, 2019. Further conferences are planned once the coronavirus is over. 

NEW PUBLICATIONS:  Our Lead Researcher will soon be publishing his latest book, The State of the System: A Reality Check on Canada's Schools (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2020). His recent book, Turning Points: 15 Pivotal Turning Points in Nova Scotia's History (MacIntyre Purcell 2019), was featured at the September 2019 edition of Word on the Street Halifax and ranked as one of the best selling non-fiction books in Nova Scotia.    

RAISING PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES: Schoolhouse Director Paul Bennett  has a regular Education Beat column in theTelegraph-Journal that is carried in every newspaper in New Brunswick. He continues to be a frequent contributor of commentaries in The Chronicle Herald, The National Post, and CBC News Opinion. He's also a regular on News Talk Radio across Canada. 

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