James Atley Bruce Beairsto
Adunct Professor (SFU) and Educational Consultant

Professional Qualifications

1997            Ph. D. (Ed.), University of Tampere, Finland
1986            M. A. (Ed.), University of British Columbia
1974            Teaching Certificate (Professional) after PDP at Simon Fraser University
1972            M. Sc. in Physics, University of British Columbia
1970            B. Sc. (Honours) in Physics, University of Calgary

Career History

Educator in the Richmond School District (Richmond, BC, Canada) for 37 years.  Retired as Superintendent in January, 2010.

Current Affiliations

Simon Fraser University (Adjunct Professor and Lecturer)
Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education (Board Member)
The Critical Thinking Consortium (Board Member)
Scientist in Residence Program (Board Member)
Mitchell Odyssey Foundation (Board Member)

Publications

2014    A Pedagogical Framework for Professional Dialogue.  A paper prepared for the BCSSA Short Course.

2013    Thoughts on Teaching for Engagement.  A series of blogs for the Canadian Education Association.

2013    Balanced calendars: the research and experience base.  A report written on behalf of CSELP (SFU) for the Vancouver School District.

2012    Future trends affecting public education.  A report written for the SFU Teacher Education Task Force.

2012    Teacher engagement.  A series of blogs for the Canadian Education Association

2011    Necessary disruption: the change to 21st century learning.  A series of blogs for the Canadian Education Association.

2010    The superintendency in retrospect.  In Education Canada, Vol. 50, No. 4

2010    Engagement in learning, unpublished

2008    Saving spaceship earth by teaching the ethics of environmental stewardship.  In Education Canada, Vol. 49, No. 1.

2007    The ethical imperative in education.  An article written for the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents.

2006    A broad view of leadership development.  A paper written for the BC Educational Leadership Council.

2006    Learning to lead.  A paper written for the e-journal of the School Leadership Center at UBC.

2006    Getting our administrative bearings.  A paper written for the BC Educational Leadership Council.

2005    Dialogue for social justice.  An article written for the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents.

2004    Imperatives and possibilities for multicultural education.  In Education Canada, Vol. 44, No. 2.

2003    Multidimensional administrative interaction: A binocular model of simultaneous management and leadership.  In B. Beairsto, M. Klein and P. Ruohotie (Eds.), Professional learning and leadership.  Tampere, Finland: University of Tampere.

2003    Empowering professionals as lifelong learners.  In B. Beairsto, M. Klein and P. Ruohotie (Eds.), Professional learning and leadership.  Tampere, Finland: University of Tampere.

2001    Developing a leadership mindset in middle school students.  In YA! Young Adolescent Magazine, Fall 2001.

2000    What does it take to be a lifelong learner?  In B. Beairsto and P. Ruohotie (Eds.), Empowering teachers as lifelong learners: Reconceptualizing, restructuring and reculturing teacher education for the information age.  Tampere, Finland: University of Tampere.

1999    Learning to balance bureaucracy and community as an educational administrator.  In B. Beairsto and P. Ruohotie (Eds.), The education of educators: Enabling professional growth for teachers and administrators.  Tampere, Finland: University of Tampere.

1999    The artistry of leadership.  In Education Canada, Vol. 39, No. 2

1997    Leadership in the quest for adhocracy: new directions for a postmodern world.  Tampere, Finland: University of Tampere.  (Doctoral Dissertation)

1996    Leadership and organizational development: Implications of new directions for public education.  In P. Ruohotie, J. Honka & B. Beairsto (Eds.), New themes for vocational education.  Tampere, Finland: University of Tampere.

1996    Professional growth and development: What is it and how do we know if its working?  In P. Ruohotie & P. P. Grimmett (Eds.), Professional growth and development: Direction, delivery and dilemmas.  Tampere, Finland: Career Development Finland Ky.

1994    Year 2000: a case study of a major educational change.  In P. Ruohotie & P. Grimmett (Eds.), New themes for education in a changing world.  Tampere, Finland: Career Development Finland Ky.


1970    Masters Thesis in Physics - Optical properties of cesium iodide in the far infrared

Some Videos

A Professional Framework for answering the question "What is Teaching?" - given at TEDxWestVancouverED in June 2013

Dialogue, Dilemma and Decision-Making - given at BCPVPA Forum in October 2012

Equality and Public Education: Considering the Finnish Approach - given at Centre for Public Governance forum in March 2012

Leadership in Action - four segments of a lecture given at Island Leadership Coalition workshop in 2008

Recent Workshops and Presentations

2013/08 Getting Back To It.  One-day school-start-up workshop for administrators in Vancouver Island North

2013/07 Leading Learning.  Keynote presentation for BCPVPA Short Course for New Administrators

2013/07 Personalized Learning and Diversity.  Keynote presentation to Canadian School Boards Association conference.

2013/06 The Power of a Professional Framework.  Talk at TEDxWestVancouverED.

2013/05 The Values, Purposes and Methods of Canadian Education.  A series of seminars for educators and parents in Shenzhen, China

2013/05 Personalizing Learning: The Next Stage in our Journey.  One-day workshop for administrators in Cowichan.

2013/02 Student Engagement: What does it mean and how do you get it?  Keynote presentation for Comox District Day.

2013/02 Using Critical Thinking to Increase Student Engagement in Secondary Grades.  Workshop for Comox District Day.

2013/02 Student Engagement: Why, What and How?  Keynote presentation for Delta District Day.

2012/08 Preparing Students for an Unknown Future.  One-day workshop for staff at Westerman Elementary School.

2012/08 Getting Back To It.  One-day school-start-up workshop for administrators in Williams Lake.

2012/07 Leading Learning.  Keynote presentation for BCPVPA Short Course for New Administrators

2012/03 Equality and Public Education: Considering the Finnish Approach.  Presentation for the Columbia Institute

2012/03 Strategic Planning session conducted for Vancouver Enterprise Forum

2012/02 Collaboration for a Change.  Keynote on realization of the BC Education Plan for BCSSA Winter Conference

2012/01 Now What: Getting Traction on the Learning Agenda During and After Job Action. Full-day workshop for Prince George administrators

2011/09 Enabling Learners for an Unknown Future. Full-day workshop for Langley District Pro-D Day

2011/09 Parent Engagement Workshop on 21st Century Learning for Delta DPAC

2011/09 Educational Priorities and Directions. Keynote on 21st Century Learning for a public forum in Langley

2011/09 Why, What and How: Thoughts on Personalized Learning. Half-day workshop for Langley elementary staff

2011/08 Student Engagement for 21st Century Learning. One-day workshop for Peace River South administrators

2011/08 Ready or Not, Here Comes Personalized Learing. One-day workshop for Quesnel administrators

2011/07 Leading Learning.  Keynote presentation for BCPVPA Short Course for New Administrators

2011/06 Education for the Future. Keynote address to International Conference in Shenzhen, China

2011/05 21CL: Student Engagement and System Change. One-day workshop for Peace River South Leadership Academy

2011/05 Student Engagement.  Half-day workshop for Maple Ridge administrators.

2011/03 The Schools We Want.  Keynote on 21st Century Learning for a public forum in Langley

2011/03 Continuous Growth and Improvement: Your Own and Others'.  Two-day workshop for MELT Leadership Team in Prince George.

2011/02 The Inquiring Mentor.  Keynote for SFU Field Programs Mentor Conference.

2011/02 Supervision for Learning.  Day and one-half workshop for Nanaimo School Administrators Association.

2011/02 Student Engagement for Personalized Learning.  One-day workshop for Northern Chapter of BCSSA in Fort St. John.

2011/01 Personalizing Personalized Learning.  Day and one-half workshop for Comox Valley.

2011/01 Leading Learning in Limbo.  One-day workshop for North Okanagan-Similkameen

2010/11 Assessment for Deeper Learning.  Workshop for Sea to Sky Staff.

2010/10 Student Engagement.  Pro-d presentation for Sea to Sky staff.

2010/10 Student Engagement.  Pro-d presentation for Delta administrators.

2010/10 Dialogue and Decision-Making.  One-day workshop for Campbell River administrators.

2010/08 Back to Work With a Purpose.  Day and one-half workshop for Coast Mountain administrators.

2010/08 Creating Great Places to Learn.  One-day workshop for Vernon administrators.

2010/08 Student Engagement.  Keynote presentation for BC School Superintendents' Association Summer Academy.

2010/07 Leading Learning.  Keynote presentation for BCPVPA Short Course for New Administrators

2010/04 Supervision for Learning.  One-day workshop for Campbell River administrators.

2010/04 Overcoming the Knowing-Doing Gap.  One-day workshop co-presented with Dennis Sparks for SDCBC and BCPVPA.

2010/03 The 3-D Principal.  Keynote presentation for Secondary Principals' Association of New Zealand (SPANZ) Annual Conference

2009/11 Creating Sustainable Futures.  Keynote presentation for Making Connection conference

2009/09 Leading Optimistically. Half-day workshop for Maple Ridge administrators

2009/07 Leading Learning.  Keynote presentation for BCPVPA Short Course for New Administrators

2009/02 Planning for Growth and Change.  One-day workshop for BC Educational Leadership Council (five cohorts)

2009/02 Green Shift: Systemic change for sustainability.  Keynote presentation for provincial webcast

2008/11 Enabling Global Citizens.  Keynote presentation for BCSSA Fall Conference

2008/08 Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas.  One-day workshop for Lester B Pearson School Division in Montreal

2008/07 Beyond Politics.  Invited lecture for SFU Summer Seminar series

2008/07 Leading Learning.  Keynote presentation for BCPVPA Short Course for New Administrators

2008/02 Organizational Culture: The 'personality' that defines a district.  Two-day workshop for Qualicum School District Administrators

2007/10 Transformational Leadership: Influence that animates authority.  Keynote presentation for the Island Leadership Coalition

2007/09 Connecting Learning Research and Effective Classroom Practice.  A one-day workshop for the Howe Sound School District

2007/08 Administration as Ethical Action.  Keynote presentation for Lester B Pearson School Division in Montreal

2007/07 Leading for Learning.  Keynote presentation for BCPVPA Short Course for New Administrators

2007/05 Leadership for Learning.  Dinner presentation for Coquitlam Prinicpals and Vice Principals Association

2006/10 Administration as Ethical Action.  Keynote presentation for CASA Annual Conference in Winnipeg

2006/08 Leadership and Ethics.  Full-day workshop for Kamloops Association of School Administrators

2006/08 Dialogue and Decision Making.  Half-day workshop for Burnaby Association of School Administrators

2006/07 Leadership for Student Centered Learning.  Keynote presentation for BCPVPA Short Course for New Administrators

2006/04 Dialogue: Why, What and How.  Half-day workshop for Burnaby Association of School Administrators

2006/03 Keeping a positive focus in difficult times.  Keynote presentation for BC CASE Annual Conference

2006/02 Learning that lasts: changing our minds - literally!  SDCBC pre-conference half-day workshop

2005/11 Ethical fitness: preparing to deal with dilemmas.  Full-day workshop for Port Alberni School Administrators

2005/09 Leadership, community and dialogue.  Workshop for full administrative and teaching staff of Hanover School Division, Hanover, Manitoba

2005/05 Learning that lasts: changing our minds - literally!  Staff Development Council of BC Leadership Development Series presentation webcast by BC Ministry of Education: http://www.insinc.com/ministryofeducation/20050504/

2005/03 Fusing management and leadership.  Presentation to Douglas College faculty

2005/03 Implementation, instructional leadership and professional development.  Staff Development Council of BC Leadership Development Series

2005/02 Sustainability of our efforts: thoughts stimulated by reading "Leadership and Sustainability."  Presentation to meeting of BC Superintendents

2004/11 The power of diversity in community.  Full day workshop for Manitoba Association of School Superintendents' Annual Conference

2004/11 Teaching, learning, behaviour: Making connections.  Keynote presentation at Making Connections Conference

2004/09 Continuing the dialogue.  Plenary presentation at Naramata Conference for Inclusive Education

2003/09 Inclusion is a dialogue, and dialogue is a way of life.  Keynote presentation at Naramata Conference for Inclusive Education

2003/03 More ... Leadership in change.  Full day workshop for school and district administrators in Louis Riel School Division, Winnipeg

2003/02 Ethical leadership.  BCPVPA leadership development course

2003/01 Balancing bureaucracy and community as an educational leader.  BCPVPA leadership development course

2003/01 Thinking about learning and learning about thinking. Plenary presentation at Staff Development Council of BC Annual Conference

2003/01 What to do when you don’t know what is right.  Breakout session at Burnaby School District Convention

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