The Canadian Centre for Home Education recently announced the enlistment of a new Director of Research, Dr. Joseph Woodard. 

Dr. Woodard’s arrival is exciting news for all of us at HSLDA, as he will use his educational and professional qualifications to conduct new and innovative research on the benefits of home education. Dr. Woodard’s research will further promote and add credibility to the homeschooling movement across Canada and around the globe! 

He earned a B.A. in Political Philosophy at the University of Alberta, and M.A. degrees at both Dalhousie and St John’s with a focus on the Great Books. He holds Greek and Latin diplomas from Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from Claremont. His extensive career includes fifteen years as a faculty member and academic at Bethany College and Brock University, fifteen years in journalism working with Alberta Report and the Calgary Herald, as well as his most recent eleven-year tenure as a tribunal judge with Employment Insurance and Citizenship Canada

 As a homeschooling father who is very passionate about parent-led education, we hope to collaborate with Dr. Woodard in some of his research initiatives. He has expressed a particular interest in developing clarity and research on topics such as homeschool curriculum and standardized testing. Additionally, he believes there is a great need for more research on home education for the purposes of greater public advocacy. This is something that is near and dear to our mission here at HSLDA, as we want to ensure that every homeschooling family in Canada is protected from a public-policy standpoint. 

We hope to be hearing from Dr. Woodard regularly, and we will inform you, our members, of any opportunities in helping his research efforts, particularly by participating in any optional research surveys he may conduct in order to measure the success and progress of the homeschool movement across the country.

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