Paul Bennett


Paul W. Bennett, Ed.D. (OISE/Toronto) is a Halifax author, education consultant, and commentator. His latest book is The Last Stand: Schools, Communities and the Future of Rural Nova Scotia (2013)

Paul is founding Director of Schoolhouse Consulting, and Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University. Over a career spanning three decades in three different provinces, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia, Dr. Bennett has written or co-authored eight books and many articles in both the popular media and the academic press.

As Director of Schoolhouse Consulting, Paul produces regular Opinion Columns and Book Reviews for The Chronicle Herald. He writes for Progress Magazine and produces major research studies on critical issues in contemporary P-12 education.

As a writer, Paul is best known across Canada as the author of three widely recognized Canadian history textbooks, Canada: A North American Nation (Toronto: McGraw Hill Ryerson, 1995), Years of Promise, 1896-1911 (Toronto: Grolier, 1986), and (with Cornelius J. Jaenen) Emerging Identities: Problems and Interpretations in Canadian History (Scarborough: Prentice Hall, 1986). His articles and commentaries have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Montreal Gazette, and numerous academic journals, including Acadiensis, the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Journal, Canadian Issues/Themes, and Historical Studies in Education.

Dr. Bennett is a widely recognized leader and commentator in Canadian education. 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 currently Chair of the Board of the Halifax Public Libraries and President of the Halifax Branch of the Canadian International Council. 


A recent review of the top Canadian educational history books over the past decade singled-out Vanishing Schools Threatened Communities. ” The strength of Vanishing Schools lies in its rich description of schooling throughout the 19th and 20th centuries in the Maritimes….Bennett’s passion for community independence, heritage, and quality education bleed through every page.” (Theodore Christou, Acadiensis, Summer/Autumn, 2014).

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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than two years and/or have not yet been published in any form.
  • Emerging writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than five years and/or have some short publications (poems, stories, or essays) in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies.
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  • Professional authors: those with two or more full-length book publications.

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