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
Educator in the Richmond School District (Richmond, BC, Canada) for 37 years. Retired as Superintendent in January, 2010.
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)
Canadian Education Association (former Board Member and Honourary Life Member)
Science World (former Board Member and Honourary Patron)
2006 Learning to lead. A paper written for the e-journal of the School Leadership Center at UBC.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014/10 The Values, Purposes and Methods of Canadian Education. A one-week training course for school administrators in Shenzhen, China
2014/09 Seeing the Forest. One-day workshop for administrators in the Bulkley Valley.
2014/08 Decategorization: The Back Story. Keynote presentation to BC CASE.
2014/07 Leading Learning. Keynote presentation for BCPVPA Short Course for New Administrators at UBC
2014/07 The Why, What and How of Student Engagement: workshop presentation at BCPVPA Short Course
2014/07 A Pedagogical Framework for your PLC: workshop presentation at BCPVPA Short Course
2014/03 Personalized Learning and Diversity. Keynote presentation to Manitoba School Boards Association annual conference.
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 at UBC
2013/07 The Why, What and How of Student Engagement: workshop presentation at BCPVPA Short Course
2013/07 Personalized Learning and Diversity. Keynote presentation to Canadian School Boards Association annual 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 at UBC
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 at UBC
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 at UBC
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
2005/03 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