Dr. Henry Algera
Dr. Algera has been the Dean of Education since August 2020. He brings a rich background of knowledge and experience in K-12 teaching and in teacher education to the position. This has included a decade of administering a graduate-level, field-based teacher education program, and developing new graduate degrees for pre-service and in-service teachers. His K-12 teaching experience includes teaching in public schools, private faith-based independent schools and in international schools overseas. Leadership experience includes developing and opening an innovative hybrid (on-campus and online) blended learning private Christian high school; providing administrative oversight for curriculum and instructional effectiveness across a network of seven international schools on four continents; and serving as a school inspector for a provincial Department of Education.
His current research interests are in motivation for learning and teacher education for mid 21st-century learning. His doctoral dissertation research was a quantitative cross-cultural (Canada/Russia) comparison of students’ achievement goal orientations and their use of self-regulated learning strategies.
Dr. Algera believes that an effective education program works to foster a capacity for innovative instructional leadership through a process that engages education students in deep theoretical and practical learning, equips them with the research-based best practices for classroom (or school) effectiveness, and empowers them to positively and meaningfully impact their own students’ lives for the better.