Paul W. Bennett

Paul W. Bennett, Ed.D. (OISE/Toronto) is Founding Director of Schoolhouse Consulting in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since retiring as a School Head in June 2009, Paul has been an Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University and provided independent education consulting services, advice and counsel to many different clients. His consulting services specialties are policy research, board governance, school management, program assessment, and CEO/School Head evaluation.

Dr. Bennett conducts education policy research and has produced more than a dozen major policy papers for the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), the Northern Policy Institute (NPI), the Society for Quality Education (SQE), Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), and Thinkwell Research. His primary research areas are K-12 educational policy, education history, educational standards, school governance, teacher education, and special education services. Among his consulting clients are CAIS, Our Kids Media, the Library Boards Association of Nova Scotia (LBANS) and a variety of curriculum and human resource firms in the education sector.

From 1997 until 2009, Paul served as Headmaster of two of Canada’s leading independent coeducational day schools, Halifax Grammar School and Lower Canada College. He is widely known across Canada as the author of three nationally recognized history textbooks, including Canada: A North American Nation (1989 and 1995).

Over a career spanning three different provinces, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia, Paul has been honoured for his leadership in establishing the York Region Joint Board Consortium on Shared Services (1994-97) and twice (1996 and 1999) been a top ten finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Canadian History. From 2000 until 2003, Paul initiated and guided the Historica Foundation Summer Institute for Secondary School Canadian History Teachers. In June 2017, he was recognized by Halifax Public Libraries as the first recipient of the Community Leadership Award.

Dr. Bennett has written or co-authored eight books. His three most recent books are The Grammar School: Striving for Excellence in a Public School World (2009), Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities; The Contested Schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, 1850 -2010 (2011), and The Last Stand: Schools, Communities and the Future of Rural Nova Scotia (2013).

Active in the broader community, Paul served as Chair of the Halifax Regional Library Board from February 2014 to June 2017 and is currently Vice-Chair of Churchill Academy, a Dartmouth school for students with learning challenges. He is also a regular columnist for The Chronicle Herald and a commentator on education issues for Halifax News 95.7, CTV Atlantic, and CBC Radio News.