Charlie Coleman is principal of Cowichan Secondary School in Duncan, British Columbia, where he is leading the staff to build a results-oriented professional learning community. He has been a principal at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels in ethnically and socioeconomically diverse communities. Charlie is former principal of Quamichan Middle School and Khowhemun Elementary schools, and he has also been involved with the Ministry of Education School Improvement Project in a variety of middle and high school settings. He is a certified staff developer who combines his experience and expertise with an engaging sense of humor in his workshops and presentations.
As former principal of Khowhemun Elementary School in the same district, Charlie brought together students and staff through challenges familiar to many socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. Four years after he became principal, the percent of all Khowhemun students who met or exceeded expected scores in math and reading (based on the British Columbia Performance Standards) increased significantly. At Quamichan Middle School, Charlie’s PLC team increased reading scores significantly (as measured by the District Reading Test) and significantly improved the transition rates for the vulnerable Aboriginal population.
Charlie’s accomplishments earned him the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Outstanding Young Educator Award. He has also received Canada’s Outstanding Principal Award from The Learning Partnership, and Khowhemun Elementary was named a Top 40 School in Canada by Today’s Parent Magazine. He has published several articles in the United States and Canada and has served on numerous educational committees and teams.
A firm believer in servant leadership, Charlie uses his knowledge and energy to help other educators achieve great results. In addition, his experience working with urban and Native Canadian (Aboriginal) students translates into practical strategies for helping eliminate achievement gaps in diverse school communities.
He earned a master’s degree in education administration and leadership studies and a bachelor’s degree in secondary curriculum from the University of Victoria.