Charles E. Pascal – Friday Keynote Speaker


Keynote Presentation (Friday)

At the 2015 CIRR Reading Recovery & Early Literacy Conference, Charles will provide both evidence and stories that illustrate the critical importance of adapting to the individual differences of learner while noting the remarkable value of reflective practice of educators. His keynote will build on his work as early learning advisor and co-author of the recent book he wrote with his teenaged daughter.

2nd Friday Presentation

Based on his upcoming book, Charles will provide a lively interactive opportunity to explore and apply leadership lessons from his career in the public sector.  Charles will provide examples relevant to anyone in a position to support the development of others and provide leadership for the improvement of individual or organization improvement.

About our Keynote

Charles E. Pascal is an internationally recognized educator with expertise in early and higher education, public policy, leadership/organizational development and strategic philanthropy. He has published extensively in the fields of psychology and education.

His 2009 seminal report to the Premier of Ontario– With Our Best Future in Mind–is informing policy and practice in early child education within and outside of Canada.

A former Ontario deputy minister, including stints in education, social services and the Premier’s Council on Health, Charles became the head of the Ontario Council of Regents for the province’s colleges. He is currently Professor of Applied Psychology and Human Development at OISE/University of Toronto where he is coordinator of the PhD. Program in Early Learning.

Charles and his teenage daughter, Tai Pascal Notar, have recently published their book, Too Far from Perfect: A Father-Daughter Conversation about Public Education. He is currently working on a book on leadership to be published in 2015.

Charles has also received recognition from many organizations to date, including five honorary diplomas and doctorates.