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Cardus Education

Education bridges our private and our public worlds. It cultivates our deepest held religious, moral, and ideological convictions, and so shapes our relationships with others in our society. It looks both inward and outward, forming the next generation to think, to love and to learn.

Yet not all would agree. A very real challenge is that competing claims about education's purpose abound. Therefore, we need to talk well in the public sphere about the aims of education, the practices of teaching and learning, the nature of good graduate outcomes, and the complex systems that underpin its delivery. Cardus education explores each of these areas, equipping parents and caregivers, community groups, policy makers, business associations, employers, and practicing educators with answers to the most critical questions facing our institutions of learning and those who lead them.

More than talking points are needed, however. And Cardus education exists to bring reliable and credible data on education measurement, policy, and practice to this conversation. Cardus undertakes research that assumes there is a deeply moral and spiritual dimension to education and therefore measures a broad range of outcomes to provide a fuller picture of the impact of school sector on the academic, spiritual, religious, and civic formation of graduates. If the best education helps us to love our neighbour, as we believe, just what schools and colleges are actually doing that work today?

Education sets the course of public life for the next generation. Even in its most private forms, education implicates us all. If you're interested in how we educate and how we might do it better, please follow the work of Cardus education.

Press Inquiries

Reporters and newsdesks seeking photos, videos, and other promotional material should contact:
Daniel Proussalidis, Director of Communications
613.241.4500 x 508

Meet the Program Director

Beth Green is Program Director of Cardus Education. She previously directed the National Centre for Christian Education at Liverpool Hope University in the United Kingdom where she also ran the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD). Dr Green has a DPhil from the University of Oxford which was funded by a prestigious Economic and Research Council Scholarship; she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and also a graduate of Cambridge and London Universities. Dr. Green took the Hans Prize in Education for her MA thesis in Education Management. Dr. Green has an international reputation for her expertise in religious school ethos; leadership and management; teaching and learning and social theory in education. She regularly publishes her empirical research in international journals including the British Journal of Sociology and Education and the Cambridge Journal of Education. Her consultancy regularly takes her to Europe and Australia where she advises on effective approaches to measurement, professional development, and pedagogy in the religious school sector. Dr. Green is a former high school history teacher who has worked in both government and non-government schools in the UK.

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Senior Fellows in Education

Ashley Berner

Dr. Ashley Berner is Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and Assistant Professor of Education.

Erik Ellefsen

Erik Ellefsen has served in education for seventeen years as a teacher, coach, consultant, Dean, and Principal.

David Sikkink

David Sikkink is a Cardus Senior Fellow, and director of the Cardus Religious Schools Initiative at the University of Notre Dame.

David Smith

David I. Smith has an international reputation as a thinker and practitioner at the intersection of faith and teaching.

Deani Van Pelt

Deani Van Pelt is Senior Fellow at Cardus and the Fraser Institute, and former Director of Teacher Education at Redeemer University College