Faculty of Education Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Professional Development Leyton Schnellert was recently awarded the distinguished Canadian Education Association (CEA) Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education.
The award recognizes Schnellert’s work in improving literacy among adolescent learners—particularly those with learning disabilities—and teachers’ practices to support them.
The CEA describes Schnellert’s case study research as changing the learning landscape: “Schnellert’s work in improving literacy among adolescent learners has contributed important insights into how inquiry-based collaborative, situated models of professional development can work to advance learning for both teachers and students.”
“So much is going on for adolescents in school—brain development, their identities are shaping, they’re so self-aware and aware of others, and we all just assume that they can read,” says Dr. Schnellert. “I was seeing students struggling every day, so I gradually developed supportive classroom climates and approaches and watched their confidence soar.”
Dean Lynn Bosetti of the Faculty of Education commends the impact of Schnellert’s work, and describes him as a rare researcher.
“He can work with cross-curricular groups of secondary teachers and offer examples of how leading-edge practices might be taken up in their content areas,” she says.
In 2012, Schnellert’s was the recipient of a Recognition Award for Theses and Dissertations on Teacher Education from the Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE). His theoretical contributions and expertise in inclusive education has been sought by the school districts and the Ministry of Education.
Schnellert led the BC English Langauge Arts 8012 Curriculum revision team and has been invited to partake in the elite group of BC educators to create a framework for the transformation of BC’s curriculum and assessment.