Research Associate in Education, Saint Mary’s University

Paul W. Bennett, Ed.D. (OISE/Toronto) is Founding Director of Schoolhouse Institute and former Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since 2009, he has taught Graduate Education courses at Mount St. Vincent University (2009 and 2010), and been an Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS (2012-2017). From January until November 2017, Paul served as the Chair of the first Canadian researchED Conference held November 10-11 at Trinity College, University of Toronto. He is a regular commentator on K-12 education for The Chronicle Herald, the largest circulation daily newspaper in Atlantic Canada. His expertise is frequently sought out by the national and regional media, including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, CBC-TV and Radio News, CTV Atlantic, as well as newspapers across Atlantic Canada.

Paul is a well-known Canadian education policy researcher and commentator who produces regular commentators for his own blog, Educhatter. After an extensive professional career as a school head, academic dean, department head and high school teacher, in Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia, he is now an independent education policy researcher and consultant, policy analyst, and commentator, who has produced two education history books and more than a dozen education policy papers, mostly for the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies (AIMS) and the Northern Policy Institute (Thunder Bay, Ontario).

As a Canadian education consultant, Paul has undertaken policy studies and published education commentaries right across Canada. Global education, comparative education, technology and learning, special education, student transportation, and teacher development are his main specialties. He produced a major 2012 study on “Going Global” for the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and has written two reports on e-Learning in Canada, including the chapter on Canada in the Handbook on Digital Learning for K-12 Schools (Springer, 2017). His most recent academic article was the chapter on Nova Scotia Teacher Education in Theodore Christou, ed., The Curriculum History of Canadian Teacher Education (New York: Routledge, 2017).


  • 2010–present
    Education Policy Research Analyst, Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
  • 2009–present
    Founding Director, Schoolhouse Institute, Halifax, NS
  • 2011–present
    Adjunct professor, Saint Mary's University
  • 2014–2017
    Senior Education Research Fellow, Northern Policy Institute


  • 1991 
    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto , EdD
  • 1974 
    Faculty of Education, University of Toronto, B.Ed.
  • 1973 
    York University, Faculty of Graduate Studies, MA (History)
  • 1972 
    York University, Faculty of Arts/ History and Political Science, Hons. B.A.


  • 2018
    The Curriculum History of Canadian Teacher Education/ Chapter 6, Nova Scotia, New York: Routledge
  • 2017
    Handbook on Digital Learning for K-12 Schools/ Chapter 17, Canada, New York: Springer
  • 2013
    The Last Stand:Schools. Communities and the Future of Rural Nova Scotia, Halifax: Fernwood Publishing
  • 2011
    Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities: The Contested Schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, 1850-2010, Halifax: Fernwood Publishing

Professional Memberships

  • CSSE, Canadian History of Education Association
  • Education Commentator, CANed Network, Canadian Education Association
  • Education Consultant, CAIS Services