Robert Lynn Canady
Robert Lynn Canady is a professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy Studies at the University of Virginia. He has taught grades 6–12 and served as principal of elementary, middle, and junior high schools in Tennessee and Kentucky. He has also served as program director of staff desegregation, curriculum, and personnel in central offices in Tennessee.
Dr. Canady has worked with school districts in 46 states as well as with schools in the Virgin Islands and Dependent Schools in Germany. His major presentations have focused primarily on grading practices, active teaching strategies, implementing programs for at-risk students, accelerating literacy achievement for students in the primary grades, and restructuring schools by using a variety of scheduling and instructional strategies.
During his teaching career, Robert received the Phi Delta Kappa Distinguished Service Award, the Outstanding Professor Award in the School of Education, and two universitywide awards for distinguished teaching and service. In 1997 he was presented the Lamp of Knowledge Award by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) for his contributions to the field of education. The Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD) named him the 1998 Educator of the Year. In 2004, the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) presented him with the Pathfinder Award in recognition of his years of leadership in enhancing the quality of education in elementary and middle schools across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
In addition to publishing numerous articles in educational journals, Dr. Canady has served as general co-editor of seven books relative to teaching strategies designed for block schedules and has coauthored five books related to school policy and block schedules.
He received his BS degree from Austin Peay State University, his MA degree in curriculum and instruction from Peabody-Vanderbilt University, and his EdD from the University of Tennessee, where he majored in administration and supervision with collateral studies in educational psychology and industrial and personnel management.