John is an active lifelong educational leader and Dean Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. In the past he has been a teacher, guidance counsellor, principal, superintendent of schools and university professor.
He has also has served as President of the Manitoba Teacher’s Society, the Canadian Education Association, the Manitoba Research Council, and the Manitoba Educators for Social Responsibility. John spent numerous years as the Chair of the Universities’ Grants Commission; and as a Director of: the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, the Board of Teacher Education and Certification, the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents and the National Society for the Study of Education. He is the past chair of the Board of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and is a past member of the Premier’s Advisory Council on Education, Poverty and Citizenship and the Campaign 2000 Steering Committee for the Elimination of Child Poverty.
John earned his Ph.D. in Education from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver in 2000, and the same year received an honourary doctorate from Brandon University for contributions to teacher professional development. He has also received numerous awards for service to education and teacher education.
Currently, he is speaking and writing about education for democracy, First Nations governance of education and student achievement beyond standards.