COMMUNITY HUB SCHOOLS INITIATIVE: Dr. Paul W. Bennetthas proposed that threatened Small Rural Schools be transformed into Community Hubs. In a Commentary in The Chronicle Herald and a TV Interview on Global Maritimes Morning News, he explained the concept and cited examples of Nova Scotia school projects underway. Nova Scotia's daily newspaper endorsed the proposal on March 29, 2013 in an editorial entitled "Small School Closures: Think bigger."
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PROJECT: Since early February 2013, our Schoolhouse Director has been touring Nova Scotia promoting a Public Engagement strategy in place of the divisive School Review process. His quixotic provincial campaign in defense of small schools was profiled in The Chronicle Herald and the Yarmouth Vanguard covered the tour stop in South West Nova Scotia.
CANADIAN EDUCATION REPORT CARD 2012: Schoolhouse Director Paul W. Bennett's 2012 annual review,"Scares, Misadventures, and Reversals in Canadian K-12 Education," appeared in The Mark News, January, 3, 2013
POLICY RESEARCH REPORTS: Three of the most recent reports focused on Special Education, Schools and Rural Revitalization, and Online Learning. Here are the links: Inclusive Education in New Brunswick (AIMS, June 14, 2012) entitled Building a Bigger Tent , Schools at the Centre (Nova Scotia Small Schools Initiative, May 15, 2012)summarized at Revitalizing Rural Education, and Online Learning in Canada’s K-12 public schools, entitledThe Sky Has Limits. A Guide for Leadership Transitions was produced in September 2012 for the Canadian Association of Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS).
ONGOING INITIATIVES: MAKING THE NEWS: Since January 2012, Paul Bennett has produced fifteen more news commentaries and book reviews for The Chronicle Herald as well as periodic news analysis reports for News 95.7 Halifax and CBC Radio Nova Scotia.
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