Participation anticipated in the 2014 Childhood International Centre for Early Learning & Development in Amman, Jordan. See LINK
Friends of Simon/Friends of Simon: Rogers continue expansion to new sites for tutoring newcomer children in British Columbia. See LINK
View “Your Education Matters” on our new YouTube site LINK
Final season “Your Education Matters” guests include Jim Iker, president, BCTF; Michael McEvoy, president BCSTA; Terry Berting and Ann Whiteaker, president and past president of BCCPAC, David Chudnovsky and Dan Laitsch on the Great Schools Project, and more.
Current interviews of educators on “Your Education Matters,” British Columbia’s television program dedicated to the voices of informed educators and other education stakeholders. Recent guests: David Berliner, Joel Westheimer, Patti Bacchus, Joel Bakan, Ben Levin, Prudence Carter, Andy Hargreaves. Also, Robin Austin, BCNDP critic for education. LINK
Now available, “The Politics of Arrested Development: Deepening the Purposes of Education,” Journal of Educational Controversy, Vol. 6 No. 1, Fall 2011/Winter 2012 LINK Also in The Journal of Educational Controversy, a VIDEO REVIEW of Reclaiming Education for Democracy LINK
From AERA-Vancouver, a video production by Your Education Matters of the John Dewey Society School and Society Forum, co-sponsor British Columbia Teachers Federation, “Teachers Unions Build Trust in Teachers,” 13 April, Friday, 2012 at Segal Graduate School, Simon Fraser University-Vancouver. School and Society Forum Flyer
Paul Shaker is a career educator who has served as teacher, teacher educator, and dean in five of the United States, in Asia, and in Canada at Simon Fraser University of British Columbia where he is professor emeritus and immediate past dean. An alumnus of Ohio State, Shaker has sought to advance the progressive legacy in public schools and higher education through scholarship, leadership and media activism. He has developed and directed independently funded projects such as Friends of Simon, an outreach to immigrant and refugee children that provides university students as after school tutors, currently reaching several hundred children and youth. Shaker also hosts Your Education Matters, a television program widely cablecast in British Columbia that is a venue for qualified educators to speak on a range of education topics (see www.youreducationmatters.ca) Professor Shaker is an ongoing member of the Great Schools Project, an initiative to help reform BC school evaluation practices, and a research advisor to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Vancouver.
Shaker has been honored for his leadership by the Association of BC Deans of Education, the BC Teachers Federation, the United Way of the Lower Mainland (BC), the Association of Mexican-American Educators (Fresno, CA) and Fresno Unified School District. Three institutions have recognized his undergraduate teaching. Scholarly recognition includes his appointment in Kuwait as a Fulbright Senior Scholar for evaluation; the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Outstanding Writing Award for Teachers and Mentors; and the American Educational Research Association Division K Award for Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education for the coauthored book Reclaiming Education for Democracy: Thinking Beyond No Child Left Behind.
Paul Shaker’s writing and speaking center on the application of contemporary theory to education politics and policy and to the enrichment of meaning in schools and in teacher education. He has been particularly active in defending the integrity of professional educators and their values, including as they pertain to self- and social-realization. Shaker draws on developmental and depth psychological perspectives. He works toward education renewal that honors the democratic social contract at the heart of our public schools.
NOTE: Video of Friends of Simon, tutoring project honored with a Community Spirit Award from the United Way of Lower Mainland BC, March 2011. Paul Shaker, initiator and director of the project. FRIENDS OF SIMON AWARD VIDEO LINK
NOTE: Publication, chapter in NEPC’s critique The Obama Education Blueprint: Researchers Examine the Evidence (Book announcement). Chapter download: Shaker_C002
Presentation at University of Saskatchewan, co-sponsor Saskatchewan Teachers Federation: “Meaning Beyond Testing: The Professional Values of Teachers.” 9 November, Wednesday, 2011 . CLICK: Meaning_Beyond_Testing talk. Request Powerpoint from email@example.com
Winter, 2012, service as an International Scholar, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Education, and the Center for Service and Learning.
Winner: AERA Division K Award for Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education:
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