Benjamin Levin (academic)

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Benjamin Levin
Born 1952 (age 65–66)[1]
West Kildonan, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Education B.A., University of Manitoba; Ed.M., Graduate School of Education, Harvard University; Ph.D., Department of Educational Administration, OISE, University of Toronto
Occupation Civil Servant
Title Professor
Criminal charge making and distributing child pornography, counselling to commit an indictable offence, arrangement to commit a sexual offence against a child under the age of 16
Criminal penalty 3 years incarceration[2]

Benjamin "Ben" Levin (born 1952)[1] was the Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. As a civil servant he served for three years in the Ontario provincial government as Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Education after having held a similar post in Manitoba.[3] He was also a former advisor to then-premier Kathleen Wynne.[4] On March 3, 2015, Levin pleaded guilty to three charges relating to making and distributing child pornography. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment.[5]

Early life[edit]

Levin was born in 1952 into a Jewish family in West Kildonan, a suburb of Winnipeg, Manitoba.[6] He was the second of four brothers.

Career[edit]

Levin holds a B.A. from the University of Manitoba, an Ed.M. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from OISE,[7] as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa.

As a civil servant, he first served for the Province of Manitoba as Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and as Deputy Minister of Education, Training and Youth from 1999 through 2002. He then served as the Deputy Minister for Education for the Province of Ontario for three years from 2004 to 2007 and again from 2008 to 2009.

As an academic, Levin has published eight books, including "Making a Difference in Urban Schools" (with Jane Gaskell, University of Toronto Press), "More High School Graduates" (Corwin Press) and "Breaking Barriers" [8] (with Avis Glaze and Ruth Mattingley, Pearson Canada) and more than 200 other articles on education, conducted many research studies, and has spoken and consulted on education issues around the world, including serving on the governing council of the National College for School Leadership in England.[9]

Levin was academic director for Ontario's new Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER), funded by the Ministry of Education to improve the sharing of research findings and their use in policy and practice. The government of Ontario suspended him upon his arrest on child-pornography charges in July 2013.[10]

Levin headed the "Research Supporting Practice in Education" (RSPE),[11] a program of research and related activities aimed at learning more about building strong linkages between research, policy and practice, referred to as Knowledge Mobilization (KM). RSPE is headquartered at OISE/University of Toronto and supported with core funds from the Canada Research Chairs program. Levin was the principal investigator working with academic colleagues and graduate students.

Child pornography and counselling to commit a child sexual assault convictions[edit]

On July 8, 2013, Levin was arrested by the Toronto Police Service sex-crimes unit and charged with seven counts of child exploitation, including charges of possessing and accessing child pornography. He had been a suspect of the Police Service since the middle of 2012.[12] He was released on $100,000 bail.[13]

According to a letter sent by Levin to his former colleagues he would "be pleading guilty on March 3 [2015] to three of the seven charges, namely one count of possession of child pornography, one count of making written child pornography, and one count of counselling a sexual assault."[14] As well, the judge noted that though Levin didn't plead guilty to this offence, he unquestionably "also distributed child pornography, sending various images to the officers including "an image of a bound girl, with a gag in her mouth and an adult woman standing over her" which Levin described in a written comment as "Mmm, so hot to imagine a mother doing that to her girl to please her lover." Online, Levin also informed undercover officers (who were impersonating mothers of young girls) that he and his wife had been sexually active with their daughters. On May 29, 2015, he was sentenced to three years in prison.[5]

Awards[edit]

Levin was listed in the "Who's Who of Canada"[15] and was ranked the # 5 most influential Knowledge Mobilization (KM) leader in Canada.[16] In 2003, Levin was awarded the Canadian Education Association's Whitworth Award for contributions to Education Research.[17][18] The following year he received the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba's Medal for Service to Public Administration[19] In 2010, he was named Outstanding Educator of the Year, by Phi Delta Kappa's Toronto chapter[20] and in 2012 he was awarded one of four Max Bell Foundation National Awards in Canada for Innovation Ideas.[21]

Publications and media[edit]

  • 2012 More high school graduates: How Schools Can Save Students from Dropping Out. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • 2012 (with Jane Gaskell) Making a difference in urban schools. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.[22]
  • 2012 (with Avis Glaze and Ruth Mattingley). Breaking barriers: Excellence and equity in education. Toronto: Pearson and Ontario Principals Council.[8]
  • 2012 System-Wide Improvement in Education, commissioned by UNESCO (policy series)[23]
  • 2008 How To Change 5000 Schools, by Harvard Education Press. It outlines the educational, managerial and political requirements for creating positive and lasting improvement in whole systems of schools and has been cited widely internationally.[24][25]
  • 2003 Approaches to Equity in Policy for Lifelong Learning, Commissioned by the OECD.[26]
  • Child pornographer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "University of Toronto professor Benjamin Levin to plead guilty to some child-exploitation charges". Toronto Star. January 16, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Benjamin Levin, ex deputy education minister, sentenced to 3 years in prison for child porn-related offences". CBC News May 29, 2015
  3. ^ "Province Receives Levin Report". Department of Education, Ontario, 5 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Former Wynne adviser, U of T prof Benjamin Levin facing child porn charges". Toronto Sun. February 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Benjamin Levin sentenced to 3 years in prison on child porn charges". Toronto Star. May 29, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2015. 
  6. ^ Toronto Life. "The Double Life of Ben Levin: His depraved online world, and the sting that brought him down". Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "U of T prof faces five charges in child porn investigation". Global News. July 8, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Breaking Barriers: Excellence and Equity in Education, 2012". 
  9. ^ "Levin, Benjamin" - text of presentation of honourary degree. University of Ottawa
  10. ^ "Newsroom : Statement by Minister Sandals Regarding Dr. Ben Levin". News.ontario.ca. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  11. ^ "Research Supporting Practice in Education (RSPE)". Archived from the original on 2013-02-28. 
  12. ^ Kauri, Vidya; Morrow, Adrian (July 8, 2013). "Toronto Professor Facing Child Pornography Charges was Target of Probes in Ontario, New Zealand". Globe and Mail. 
  13. ^ Pagliaro, Jennifer (10 July 2013). "Benjamin Levin Granted $100,000 Bail, Charged with Two More Child Porn Offences". Toronto Star. 
  14. ^ "Ex-deputy education minister looks for help before guilty plea". February 18, 2015. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Benjamin Levin". Who's Who of Canada. 
  16. ^ "Knowledge Mobilization 100 – 2012 Edition". 
  17. ^ http://www.cea-ace.ca/awards/whitworth-award
  18. ^ http://www.cea-ace.ca/award-holder/dr-benjamin-levin
  19. ^ "Lieutenant Governor's Gold Medal for Excellence in Public Administration - Past recipients". Institute of Public Administration Canada.
  20. ^ "Toronto professor facing child pornography charges was target of probes in Ontario, New Zealand". Globe and Mail. July 8, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Message from the Chair and President". Annual Report 2012, Max Bell Foundation.
  22. ^ Bennett, Paul W. "Urban school reform: Levin’s latest offering". The Chronicle Herald, 13 January 2013.
  23. ^ "System Wide Improvement in Education, UNESCO Education Policy Series 13, 2012" (PDF). 
  24. ^ Rees, Ruth. "Review: Levin, Ben. (2008) How to Change 5000 Schools." Education Review, 17 July 2009.
  25. ^ Eisele-Dyrli, Kurt. "Recent Must-Reads". District Administrator June 2009.
  26. ^ "Approaches to Equity in Policy for Lifelong Learning, 2003" (PDF).