James Powell

James PowellTitle: Chief Executive Officer

Company: Better Schooling Systems

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 28, 2011, Dr. James Powell, Chief Executive Officer of Better Schooling Systems, has been recognized by Elite American Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in educational measurement.

An enthusiastic educator dedicated to his profession, Dr. Powell has spent 51 years refining an expertise in educational measurement. Specifically interested in scholastic test validation and interpretation, he established Better Schooling Systems, a nonprofit educational institution focused on improving education by changing the approach to learning. According to Dr. Powell, “when students are full participants in the construction of their understandings they become excited about learning and are able to learn more deeply and rapidly than when they are passive recipients of the wisdom of others.” Instead of acquiring knowledge, Better Schooling Systems emphasizes the development of the mind through knowledge construction.

Now thriving in his seventh year at his post, Dr. Powell compiled his research into a book, entitled “Making Peasants into Kings.” The book takes a look at the educational systems of two types of learners: the peasant, who is influenced by what others tell him to think and do, and the king, who takes control of his future and success. By investigating the way each is educated, Dr. Powell believes he can determine how their futures will unfold; likewise, he has crafted a system that will allow educators to transform the “peasant” into a “king.”

Dr. Powell holds a Ph.D. in child development and educational measurement, which he earned from the University of Alberta in 1970. Previously, he received a Master of Education in curriculum development from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minor in mathematics, and a Bachelor of Education, with a major in English and a minor in mathematics, from the University of Alberta. To coincide with his industry experience, Dr. Powell is professionally affiliated with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Council on Measurement in Education, the World Future Society, the Psychometric Society, and the International Association for Applied Psychology.

For more information about Better Schooling Systems and “Making Peasants into Kings,” please visit http://www.better-schooling-systems.org.

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