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George Mason University
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Beverly D. Shaklee, Ed.D., is Co-Director of the Center for International Education and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at George Mason University, School of Education. The Center for International Education (CIE) focuses on research and development of K12-university international education at home and abroad. Dr. Shaklee served as principal investigator on Project ExCEL and federally funded Jacob K Javit's program on problem-based learning for middle school students (2015-2019) and currently as co-principal investigator with Dr. Anne Horak on a newly funded Jacob Javit's federal award for E-IGNITE.  E-IGNITE expands the research on PBL in middle school to Miami-Dade Public Schools, Virginia Beach Public Schools and Charleston South Carolina Public Schools (2020-2025).

Dr. Shaklee received her bachelor’s degree in 1975 from the University of Kansas in elementary education and her master’s degree in 1981 in Gifted Studies (Educational Psychology) also from University of Kansas. In 1985 she received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, early childhood education, from Mississippi State University. She has been elementary classroom teacher, teacher of the gifted, instructional coach and international teacher educator for some thirty-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 served as a member 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.

Dr. Shaklee joined the faculty at George Mason University in 2001. Prior to her appointment as Director, Dr. Shaklee served as elementary program coordinator for the nationally recognized Professional Development Schools at GMU and as Division Director for Advanced Programs for Teacher Development and International Education (APTDIE). Dr. Shaklee, created and implemented the first university International Baccalaureate (IB) recognized Level I and Level II teacher education programs in North America.Prior to GMU, she also held joint appointment at Kent State University in teacher and special education for some seventeen years focusing her work on intercultural understanding, 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 master’s degree programs.

Dr. Shaklee is a founding member of the Diversity Collaborative, a group of educators from 37 different countries with over 1,000 members focused on examining issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice 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 professional learning for teachers
  • The impact of using PBL curriculum to change teacher perceptions and develop student self-efficacy of ESL students in middle school
  • Equity, inclusion, diversity and justice in international schools
  • Diversity in leadership for international schools
Recent Publications

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

Eisenberg, R. & Shaklee, B. (2020).  Anti-racism and International Schools. International Schools Journal, SAGE Publications: London.

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.

Duffy, L., Pfnnal, B. & Shaklee, B. (2019).  Diversity Collaborative, InterED: The Journal of the Association for the Advancement of International Education, Vol. 45.

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

Internationalizing Teacher Education in the United States
Other Information

Mason Courses currently taught: 

  • EDUC 511: Introduction to Teaching in International Schools
  • EDUC 777: Research Into Practice
  • EDUC 880: Introduction to International Education
  • EDUC 800:  Ways of Knowing