Ken has thirty four years of education experience as teacher, language consultant, Department Head, Head Teacher of Mini School, and most recently serving in the capacity of an administrator at Vancouver Technical, Sir Winston Churchill, and Point Grey Secondary Schools. He was on the initial design and teaching team that established the school programme at University Hill Secondary School, worked for three years as a language consultant, and developed curricula for the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum and Implementation Branches. Current activities include working with new administrators, writing on “Best Practice”, and continuing work on ‘enhancing school communities’. Ken is a father of four children who has coached extensively in extra-curricular activities throughout his career.

Hélène Cameron has 30 years’ experience in education. She has been a teacher of Family Studies and French and a national health education consultant, and is the former Executive Director of the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils. Married, and the mother of 3 children, Hélène was an active member of parent advisory councils in Ontario and BC for 15 years. She holds a B.Sc. in Home Economics, a Diploma in Education and an M.A. in Health Education and lives in White Rock, BC.

Karen Christiansen, C.A. is a partner in the Kelowna chartered accounting firm of Snowsell Jennens & Carter. Her practice focuses on non-residents and owner-managers of small to medium-sized businesses, including corporate, personal and estate tax planning. Karen’s community activities include positions as President, Kelowna Chartered Accountants Association, and Director, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce as well as volunteer work on the Fundraising Committee of the Heart of Gold Auction in Kelowna.

Dave Cooke has spent the last 25 years in public service. He recently co-chaired Ontario’s Task Force on Effective Schools which made recommendations to the Minister of Education to improve student learning. Previous to this he was co-chair of the Education Improvement Commission for 4 years. Dave served as MPP for Windsor-Riverside for 20 years and was Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs, Minister Responsible for Management Board, Minister of Education and Training and House Leader. As Minster of Education and Training, he established the Royal Commission on Learning and the Ontario School Board Reduction Task Force which led to some of the current reforms in education. Dave was born in Windsor, received a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Windsor, a university on whose Board of Governors he has been a member since the fall, 2000.

Brian is president of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) a Halifax-based public policy think tank for economic development of the Atlantic region. During 1997-1999 he served on the Editorial Board of the Globe and Mail, with an interest in constitutional, economic and educational issues. Brian holds degrees from McGill and the London School of Economics, including a doctorate of political economy. The author of two books and many articles on economic and policy issues and appears regularly in the media as a public affairs commentator. Dr. Crowley lives in Halifax.

Stephen T. Easton is a professor of economics at Simon Fraser University, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1978. Although primarily a student of international economics and economic history, he has an interest in the economics of education. In this field, he authored Education in Canada (1988) and a number of articles, and edited a series of books on education for the Institute for Research on Public Policy. He was involved in the establishment of three schools over the last 15 years.

Daphne Gelbart has twenty years’ experience in information technology with a specialty in technology transfer and business development. Following industrial experience in information technology in Boston and Silicon Valley, she has served as Associate Director and researcher at UBC’s Faculty of Law Artificial Intelligence Research (FLAIR) Centre, managed intellectual property at SFU’s University/Industry Liaison Office and has co-founded InVentures Incubator, a technology incubator for start up companies. Daphne is married and mother of one. She is especially interested in gifted education, school choice and Economics and Education.

Alex Holm received his B.Ed and M. Ed. from UBC. He has worked in the public education system in British Columbia for 38 years as a teacher, coordinator, supervisor, director and assistant superintendent. Alex has experience as an author, consultant, facilitator, presenter and instructor and is the current Director, School Leadership Centre at UBC. Alex is married and a father of three. He was recently appointed to the Transitional Council of the BC College of Teachers. His current areas of interest include leadership and decision-making.

Geoff Johnson was educated in Australia, taking a B.A. and Med. at Sydney University. He has worked in the public system for 36 years as a teacher, principal, Asst. Supt. and Superintendent including 18 years in senior administration in British Columbia. Geoff has served on numerous Ministry of Education Committees. He is married with two sons and his lifelong interests include classical and jazz guitar, surfing and HispanoAmerican literature.

Graham Kelsey is Professor Emeritus of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. A former teacher and school administrator, his research interests include administrator evaluation and principals’ problem formulation. He has been a frequent consultant to school boards and to not-for-profit boards in the arts and cultural sector. He has served as Vice-President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education and the Social Science Federation of Canada. Dr. Kelsey holds a University Teaching Prize and the Distinguished Service Award of the Can. Assoc. for the Study of Educational Administration.

Donald Lintott has worked in the public education system in British Columbia for 37 years as a teacher, principal, director of instruction and deputy superintendent of schools. After retiring from the Richmond School District, he served for two years as the Administrator in Residence in the Educational Studies Department at U.B.C. and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Educational Administration and Leadership Program at the University of British Columbia. He has been a consultant to public and independent school boards, and he is the Manager of the School Program for the Rick Hansen Man In Motion Foundation. His special interests are in the areas of education law and the training of future teachers. He resides in Richmond, is married and is the father of three children.

Dr. Martin is Associate Dean of Education at the University of Victoria. She received her Ph.D. from McGill University. For more than a decade she has taught and conducted research in education and the law. Her current research includes analyses of parent advisory and school council legislation and a national comparative study of social and political aspects of parent councils. She has conducted numerous workshops, and seminars across the province on issues related to school administration and educational law. Yvonne is married and the mother of two children.

Ross McLarty is a Partner with McLarty Wolf. He received his BA, (Economics) in 1973, obtained his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1977 and was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1978. Ross serves on the Board of Kenneth Gordon School and the Law Society of British Columbia Bencher’s subcommittee on Technology. He is the father of four children and he has interests in education, music, baseball coaching, and motorcycles.

Philip Toleikis is Director Pharmacology and Toxicology, R&D at Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in Vancouver, BC. He received his BA in Zoology in 1975, M. Sc., Zoology; Environmental Physiology in 1985, and his Ph.D., Medicine: Pharmacology and Therapeutics in 1995. Philip is a member of the Drug Information Association and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists has published his research extensively and authored a number of patent applications in the drug-device medical field. He has recently completed a three year term as review committee member for the University of California: California Breast Cancer Innovative Treatments Research Program.

In her work with the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), BC Branch, Fran Thompson sits on the Branch Council Executive Committee, and on IDA’s International Affiliates Subcommittee. Fran is an active community volunteer committed to dissemination of research-based knowledge about education, particularly in relation to language acquisition and dyslexia. Fran has an Associate Arts diploma in Business Administration. She resides in Vancouver with her husband and four children.

Katherine Wagner is a school trustee in the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows school district and the mother of two children enrolled in public schools. Katherine has a particular interest in governance and accountability issues. She also sits on a number of committees and advisories related to special education and parental/community involvement. Katherine writes and speaks on education issues, as well as maintaining an education information website. She holds a college diploma in Home Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Food, Nutrition, Consumer and Family Studies.


Consulting Economist

President, Quatum Telecom

Acting Dean of Education Memorial University

Gallagher & Associates

President, The Aspire Society

Huget Consulting

Principal/Vice Chancellor, Bishop’s University

HSBC, Senior Accountant

Sr. Vice-Pres. & Chief Economist, Royal Bank

VP, Director of Research, CD Howe Institute

Director, Liu Centre for Global Studies, UBC

Canada Senate, Retired

Former CEO, Open Learning University

R Trevor Todd Law Co.

Dr. William Boyd
Education Department
Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Brian J Caldwell
Dean of Education
The University of Melbourne

Dr. Robert Crocker
Department of Education
Memorial University

Dr. Stephen Lawton
EACL (Ed. Admin and Community Leadership)
Central Michigan University

Dr. David Reynolds
Leadership and School Effectiveness
University of Exeter

Dr. Pam Sammons
ISEIC, Institute of Education
University of London

Executive Director
Helen Raham

Ms. Raham is Executive Director of SAEE, a Canadian non-profit education research agency founded in 1996. Her work involves the development and management of studies of promising innovations in public schools across Canada, research analysis, lecturing, consulting, and writing on education change and quality issues. She has authored numerous education journal articles and consultancy reports, and is the editor for Education Analyst and SAEE research reports. She serves on a number of education policy committees at the provincial and national level. Helen received her Bachelor of Education degree and Diploma of School Librarianship from the University of Victoria. She has a broad range of experience spanning 29 years in the BC public system as an intermediate classroom teacher, music specialist, gifted education and learning assistance teacher, and school librarian. Ms. Raham left the school setting in 1993 to pursue research in the area of large-scale reform and school improvement.

Business Manager
Melissa McClounie

Melissa McClounie received her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Okanagan University College (OUC) in 2001 and was awarded the OUC Business Administration Medal. She has a diverse background relating to business management including extensive experience in the areas of human resources, public relations and communications. Melissa also brings experience as a research intern with SAEE where she authored a research study on schooling in the Central Okanagan. Her current responsibilities with SAEE include research project administration, financial management, public relations and supervision of the School Improvement Grants Program.


Research Studies/Reports

Decentralization and School Choice in Sweden’s School System: Policy Implications for Canada
Occasional Policy Paper Series #7 July 2002. 60 pp. ISBN 0-9689936-6-4. Examines the expansion of school choice in Sweden’s non-municipal public schools. Helen Raham
Student Assessment in Canada: Improving the Learning Environment through Effective Evaluation
SAEE Research Series #9, May 2001. Alan Taylor examines important facets of student evaluation by analyzing and comparing various provincial and national assessment systems. The report concludes with recommendations for a balanced model of assessment designed to improve teaching and learning in Canadian classrooms. 95 pp. ISBN 0-965144-7-2
Teacher Unions as Players in Education Reform
SAEE Research Series #11, July 2001. Karin Litzcke looks at innovative American union leadership for the modernization of the profession and invites further dialogue about its implications in a Canadian context for policy and practice. 56 pp. ISBN 0-9689936-4-8

Twelve Secondary Schools in Low-Income Settings: Case Studies
SAEE Research Series #6-C, November 2001. A study of Canadian public schools creating high achievement for low-income students. The team of Dunnigan, Gardner, Muhtadi, and Lessard prepared detailed case studies over two years to illustrate school practices which appear to boost or inhibit student success.


Schools that make a Difference: Final Report
SAEE Research Series #6-D, November 2001. Norman Henchey offers an analysis of the findings of a two-year study of twelve secondary schools in BC, Alberta and Quebec in urban low-income settings. A chapter offers reflections on the challenges confronting contemporary schools in preparing all students for successful participation in the global economy. Implications of the findings are presented in the final chapter with a set of recommendations for policy makers and practitioners. 

E-Learning: Studying Canada’s Virtual Secondary Schools
Research Series #8, February 2001. Final report of a two-year study conducted by Dr. Kathryn Barker, examining the effectiveness of virtual schooling and drawing some comparisons with conventional delivery. The primary outcomes are case studies of six virtual schools, initial benchmarks and indicators for their continued study, and issues for policy makers in the further development of virtual education.

The Public-Private Partnership that Built a ‘Traditional’ School
SAEE Research Series #7. January 2001. Daniel Brown (UBC) chronicles the building of Auguston Traditional School in Abbotsford, BC. The case study, based on interviews with some key figures associated with the partnership, offers important conclusions and policy recommendations for districts contemplating PPP ventures. Dr. Daniel J. Brown.

Creating Equity and Quality; a Literature Review of School Effectiveness and Improvement.
SAEE ResearchSeries #6, June 2000. The first report of the “Schools That Make a Difference” study on successful secondary schools in Canada. It explores the link between student SES and school achievement and answers such questions as : Why are some schools serving disadvantaged students more successful than others? What does the research on school effectiveness suggest for educating every student successfully? How does the ‘value-added measure guide school improvement efforts? Terence Wendel.

Charter Schools at the Crossroads
SAEE Research Series #5, February 2000. Final report of a two-year study examining Alberta’s public charter schools. Dr. Lynn Bosetti’s findings are synthesized across school sites specific to the issues of governance, administration and operation, and educational accountability within the context of current legislative and regulatory provisions. 

The Impact of Parental Choice on Three Canadian Public Schools 
Research Series #4; October 1999 ISBN 0-9685144-2-1
A two-year study examines the learning climate and outcomes of three
alternative public schools of choice in BC.
Dr. Daniel Brown, UBC.

$20 Canada’s Charter Schools: Initial Report
SAEE Research Series #3, October 1998. First year findings of Dr. Lynn Bosetti on a two-year study of Alberta’s public charter schools. The study provides in-depth charter school profiles and addresses important policy questions around this innovation in public education.

The Pressure for Choice
Research Series #2; June 1998 ISBN 0-9685144-1-3
An analysis of a series of traditional school proposals made to BC school boards with regard to establishing schools of choice within the public system.
Dr. Peter Coleman, SFU 60 pp.

Teacher Quality in Canada
Research Series #12; August 2002. ISBN 0-9689936-7-2. Examines factors related to the quality of the teaching force.
Dr. Susan Phillips. 116 pp.

Principal Portraits.
Research Series #10; November 2001. ISBN 0-9689936-3-X Profiles of ten public school administrators nominated for the Garfield Weston Foundation Outstanding Principals Awards.Nancy Love. 68 pp.

Education K-12 Policy for Canadian Global Leadership 
Research Series #4; January 2000. ISBN 0-9685144-8-0. Examines systemic reforms in other nations for their policy implications for Canadian schools.
Helen Raham. 45 pp.

Articles and Occasional Policy Papers

Shared School Decision-Making
Proceedings of the April 4, 1998, symposium on school governance
held in Vancouver, BC containing texts of presentations,
panel discussion notes and additional resources on school councils.
80 pp.

An Analysis of the Secondary School Report Card Project
Occasional Paper Series #3; May 2000, 7 pp.
Examines the policy implications of such a tool and its potential use for
school improvement.

Choice and Charter Schools in Canada: the Myths, Politics and Reality 
Helen Raham. Research Series #1; January 1998, 30 pp.
A paper presented to the American Sociology of Education conference in Monterey, CA February 8, 1998.
n/cCooperative Performance Incentive Plans 
A survey of current models for school performance incentive plans and the evidence on their effectiveness.
Helen Raham. Peabody Journal of Education, Winter 2000

Linking Assessment & School Success 
Examines promising new strategies across North America for building effective accountability systems.
Helen Raham. Paper presented to the American Education Research Association; Montreal, April 1999
n/cTeacher Bargaining Today and Tomorrow 
Helen Raham. School Business Affairs, April 1999

Education Analyst (one-year subscription)

School Planning CouncilsOccasional Policy Paper Series #4 May 2002. Reviews the research on the
role, challenges and support of school councils.
Helen Raham.