Welcome to Paul Shaker’s Website


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 our social democratic 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 and online tutors, currently reaching several hundred BC children and youth. Shaker also for six years hosted 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 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 is a fellow of the National Education Policy Centre (University of Colorado/Arizona State University).
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.


Recent op-ed on British Columbia public schools:

“Politicians–don’t use schools as a wedge issue,” The Times-Colonist, 4 May 2017

Recent op-ed on British Columbia public schools:

“Professional sports shows way to increase local school funding,” The Province, 6 March 2017

A commentary, “Why Not Treat Education Like Health Care?”, regarding the BC Teachers’ Strike, appearing in The Tyee, 10 September 2014  LINK

Video comment on BC teachers strike, City TV, 2 September 2014 LINK

Powerpoint available for the 2014 talk: “Designing Education for Development & Meaning: Teaching with Analytic Psychology.” R

Participation completed at the 2014 Childhood International Centre for Early Learning & Development Conference 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

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.
View “Your Education Matters” on our new YouTube site LINK

Featured 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, Prudence Carter, Andy Hargreaves. Also, Robin Austin, BCNDP MLA.  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

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.

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 <>

“Philanthropy and Education Faculty: Renewing Engagement with Teachers and Schools,” chapter in Shaker, G. G., ed., Faculty Work and the Public Good, Teachers College Press, 2015.

“Education Wars Metaphorically,” invited commentary, Teachers College Record, Nov 12, 2010. Request from <>

Review of Reclaiming Education for Democracy at Phi Beta Kappa Key Reporter, pg. 12.

Review discussion at Journal of Educational Controversy

Winner: AERA Division K Award for Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education:

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