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Recent Events

Host and Moderator, Opening Panel on "Prospects for Research-Informed Teaching Practice" at researchED Toronto, November 10, 2017, George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College, University of Toronto. 

Featured Speaker - on "Reinventing Our School System" at the Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce, June 6, 2017, Summerside, Prince Edward Island. 

Featured Speaker - on "The Missing Link- the Indigenous Origins of Hockey" at the Spring Meeting, Society for International Hockey Research, May 20, 2017, Museum of History, Gatineau, QC.


Workshop Presentation- on "Challenging High School Students to Reach Higher" at the International Dialogue on Education, hosted by Dr. Paul Cappon and the Robert Bosch Foundation, October 25, 2012, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

Academic Paper - on "Learning to Rule: Class Formation, Hegemonic Masculinity, annd the Ontario Private Boys' Schools, 1829-1930," at the Biennial Canadian History of Education Conference, October 20, 2012, Vancouver, BC

Academic Paper - on "A Family Squabble: The Origins of Hockey Debate in Canada," at the Putting It on Ice Hockey Conference, Saint Mary's University, July 14, 2012, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Featured Talk - Dr. Paul W. Bennett spoke on "Vanishing Schools in Maritime Canada" at the 12 Annual Country Schools Association of America Conference on June 19, 2012, in Ankeny, Iowa.

Workshop Presentation - on "Building a Bigger Tent: The Nova Scotia Tuition Support Program and Its Lessons," Atlantic Human Rights Commission Conference, June 14, 2012, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Academic Paper - on "The School Consolidators: Originns of the Nova Scotia School Consolidation Movement in Antigonish County, 1922 to 1950s," Atlantic Studies Conference, May 5, 2012, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, NB.

Workshop Presentation -"Filling a Hole in the Continuum of Service: The Nova Scotia Tuition Support Program and its Lessons," Atlantic Learning Disabilities Conference, April 24, 2012, Halifax, NS.


Research Projects - Schoolhouse Director Paul Bennett produced a major research report, The Sky Has Limits: Online Learning in Canadian K-12 Public Education, " for the Society for Quality Education (January 2012); a policy paper entitled Going International: A Global Positioning Strategy, for the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), St. Catharines, Ontario, in  April 2011; and a CAIS Guide to Head of School Transitions (CAIS, September 2012).


Book Launch and Talks - VANISHING SCHOOLS, THREATENED COMMUNITIES was officially launched on Wed. May 4, 2011 at Alderney Gate Library, Dartmouth, 7-9 pm. Official Launches were also held in PEI (May 24) and Fredericton (May 30) during the 2011 Humanities and Social Sciences Congress.


Public Talks, Spring and Fall, 2011

Our Director presented a series of public talks on a range of issues:
Tues. Apr 26, 2011 – "School Accountability," Closing Panel, SQE Measuring Up Symposium, Toronto.
Thur. April 29, 2011 – "The Mighty Canyon" at The History Education Network (THEN/HiER) Symposium, Hotel Arts, Calgary, Alberta, 8:30 am.
Mon. May 30, 2011 – "Endangered Schoolhouses" at the 2011 Canadian Historical Association Annual Conference, St. Thomas University, NB, 11 am.


Founding of Students First Nova Scotia, March 28, 2011

The Schoolhouse Institute co-sponsored a Public Forum (Monday March 28, 2011) for concerned parents and citizens from across Nova Scotia and released a bold Declaration of Principles, entitled "Students First Nova Scotia."Drafted by a group of 16 Nova Scotians, the Declaration proclaims that “students should come first” in education, “not adults in the system.” It calls upon concerned citizens to rally behind a reform agenda exhorting education authorities to “elevate teaching, empower parents, raise standards, and spend wisely.”


Teacher Education Study

Schoolhouse Director Paul Bennett was the Project Consultant working with Thinkwell Research of Halifax on a major study based upon a survey of Nova Scotia Faculty of Education graduates over the past two years. The project, initiated in February 2010, was undertaken for the Nova Scotia Department of Education.