SETTING THE POLICY AGENDA: The release of our AIMS policy paper Education on Wheels (January 15, 2015) put Student Transportation on the education policy agenda in Atlantic Canada. Co-authors Paul W. Bennett and Derek M. Gillis identified major cost and energy efficiencies and prompted the New Brunswick Education Minister to order a judicial review of dual busing.
EDUCATIONAL HISTORY PAPERS: Five different academic papers were presented during 2014-15, including the Canada Community Lecture at the National Council of Social Studies 2014 Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Paul W. Bennett's feature article on "The Triumph of the Modern Bureaucratic State 1920-1993" was published in Canadian Issues (Spring 2014) and presented at the Contesting Canada's Future Conference, Trent University, May 22, 2015.
RAISING PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES -A major Northern Policy Institute report (September 2014), entitled "Picking Up the Pieces" and co-authored with Dr. Jonathan Anuik, proposed a Community-School alternative to the abandoned First Nations Education Act framework, generating favourable press and opinion columns in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Saskatoon, Halifax, and all over Northern Ontario.An AIMS research report (March 2014), co-authored with Karen Mitchell, "Maintaining Spotless Records," generated a major public policy debate in Atlantic Canada on the matter of Professional Teaching Standards, Conduct and Professionalism..