College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 2502
4400 University Dr.
MS 1E8
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dr. Beverly D. Shaklee is Director of the Center for International Education and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction. The Center for International Education (CIE) focuses on research and development of K12-university international education. CIE supports projects that explore the nature of international education, teacher education and provides professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators that advance international and intercultural understanding through education. As a sponsor of funded programs,  CIE has hosted recognized programs in Pakistan, Greece, Russia, China and other settings around the world.  Dr. Shaklee serviced as principal investigator on Project ExCEL and federally funded Jacob K Javit's program on problem based learning for middle school students (2-15-2019) and currently as co-principal investigator with Dr. Anne Horak on a newly funded Jacob Javit's federal award for E-IGNITE.  E-IGNITE will expand the research on PBL in middle school to Miami-Dade Public Schools, Virginia Beach Public Schools and Charleston South Carolina Public Schools.

Dr. Shaklee received her bachelors degree in 1975 from the University of Kansas in elementary education and her masters degree in 1981 in Gifted Studies (Educational Psychology) also from KSU. In 1985 she received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, early childhood education, from Mississippi State University. She has been a regular elementary classroom teacher, teacher of the gifted and international teacher educator for some twenty-five years.

Dr. Shaklee has a focused research agenda on the development of international educators and representation of diverse populations in gifted child education programs. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), Board of Directors for SENG (Serving the Needs of Gifted), and  on the Board of Directors for Virginia Association for the Gifted (VAG). She also served as Chair, Advanced Academic Services Committee for the Fairfax County Public Schools.She currently serves on the, the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) and as a member of the Research & Advisory Committee for the Council for International Schools (CIS). Further, she is the current editor of the journal for AAIE:  Inter Ed.

Prior to her appointment as Director, Dr. Shaklee served as elementary program coordinator for the nationally recognized Professional Development Schools at GMU. She also held joint appointment at Kent State University in teacher and special education for some seventeen years focusing her work on international education, underrepresented gifted children and assessment. In addition, she served as senior lecturer at the College of The Bahamas (COB), involved in the reorganization of the College and faculty evaluation. She was instrumental in the development of the joint COB/KSU masters degree programs. She has provided a number of professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators internationally and domestically on differentiation, giftedness in culturally diverse populations, culturally responsive teaching, assessment, portfolios and teacher development/evaluation. She currently serves on a number international teacher education development projects working with teachers from China, Eurasia, Russia, Taiwan and Greece. Dr. Shaklee, created and implemented the IB authorized Level I and Level II programs, the first in North America.

Dr. Shaklee is a member of the Diversity Collaborative a group of educators from 37 countries interested in examining issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in international schools.  She is co-author of the foundational study on diversity/equity issues in leadership, From Resistance to Sustainability and Leadership: Cultivating Diverse Leaders in International Schools.  She is also a member of the International Child Protection Task Force, devoting her expertise to the health, well being and safety of children in international schools. 

Research Interests
  • International teacher development, efficacy and reflective practice
  • The relationship between culturally responsive teaching and the identification of diverse populations for gifted programs
  • The relationship between differentiated instruction, student achievement and staff development
  • Assessment of teacher candidates and ongoing assessment of practitioners using performance based assessments
  • The effectiveness of online learning environments for international delivery of graduate coursework
  • Influence of IB in closing the achievement gap
Recent Publications

Dr. Shaklee is author of a number of books, chapters and articles:

Shaklee, B., Daly, K., Duffy, L. & Watts, D. (2019) From Resistance to Sustainability and Leadership: Cultivating Diverse Leaders in International Schools. International School Services, Princeton, N.J.

Horak, A. & Shaklee, B. (2019).  Changing the Landscape: Project ExCEL. In A. Novak and C. Weber, Professional Learning Strategies for Special Topics in Gifted Education. Prufrock Press, Washington DC.

Shaklee, B. and Baily, S. (Eds). (2012). Internationalizing Teacher Education in the United States, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education Publishing Group.

Shaklee, B., (April, 2011). Leading for Diversity, InterEd: The Journal of the Association for the Advancement of International Education, Vol. 39, 92

Shaklee, B. and Baily, S. (April, 2011). Promoting peace through international education. International Schools Journal, Vol XXX,2, 25-31.

Internationalizing Teacher Education in the United States
Other Information

Mason Courses

  • EDUC 511: Introduction to Teaching in International Schools
  • EDCI 625: Applied Research in Elementary Education
  • EDCI 620: Curriculum Differentiation for Diverse Learners
  • EDCI 624: Assessment and Identification of Gifted Learners
  • EDCI 625: Contemporary Issues and Trends in Gifted Child Education
  • EDCI 626: Action Research in Gifted Child Education
  • EDUC 777: Research Into Practice
  • EDUC 880: Introduction to International Education
  • EDUC 800:  Ways of Knowing
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