Director & Lead Researcher

Paul W. Bennett

Our Founding Director at Schoolhouse Consulting and our research branch Schoolhouse Institute is Paul W. Bennett, Hons. B.A.(York), B.Ed.(Toronto), M.A.(York), Ed.D. (OISE/Toronto). Today he is best known as a leading Canadian education consultant and researcher and the author of ten books, including The State of the System: A Reality Check on Canada’s Schools (McGill-Queen’s University Press, September 2020).

As Founding Director of Schoolhouse Consulting and Lead Researcher at Schoolhouse Institute, Dr. Bennett roams at large raising critical issues and producing commentaries right across Canada. He is also the national coordinator for researchED in Canada, a UK-based teacher research organization committed to advancing evidence-based policy and practice.  

Dr. Bennett is well versed on education policy, teaching and governance practice. From 1988 until 1997, Paul served as an elected Public School Trustee on the York Region Board of Education, now the York Region District School Board. From 1993 to 1997, Paul co-chaired the Ontario Coalition for Education Reform and served on the Governance Committee of the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA). After serving as Chair of the History Department and Vice-Principal Academic at Upper Canada College, he went on to head two of Canada’s leading independent day schools, Lower Canada College (1997 to 2005) and the Halifax Grammar School (2005-2009).   

Paul Bennett

Dr. Bennett served as an Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University from 2011 to 2016 and has produced more than a dozen major policy papers for research institutes, including the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (2010-2019) and the Northern Policy Institute (2014-2016).  Among his consulting clients are leading education organizations, a variety of policy institutes and human resource firms in the education sector.

Currently, Paul is Board Chair at Churchill Academy, a Dartmouth school for students with severe learning challenges and the education columnist for  The Telegraph-Journal Provincial (New Brunswick) and a regular guest commentator for The Chronicle Herald (Nova Scotia)

Our Consulting Team

On each Schoolhouse project, Paul will play a central role, drawing upon the expertise of his extensive network of contacts and associates at all levels of Canadian education.

Paul W. Bennett is a seasoned educator, researcher and author with many guises who has served as an elected public school trustee, headed two leading independent schools, written eight history books, and emerged, born-again, as a well-known Canadian education commentator. Since 2009, he has produced regular newspaper columns, churned out more than a dozen policy papers, and curated Educhatter, a lively blog on Canadian education”

Presenter Description, researchED Vancouver 2019