Howard received his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Toronto with a focus on adult education, teaching and learning. In addition, he completed a Master of Education at the University of Toronto with a concentration in educational psychology, special education and adaptive instruction.
Supporting children and youth, Dr. Bloom has worked in a variety of recreational, educational and residential settings. Prior to his time at Georgian College (for 15 years), Howard co-founded and ran a recreational program for complex at-risk youth. In addition, Howard organized and led behavior management workshops and conferences, lectured on the topic across the province, and served as the Chief Administrative Officer for a special needs charitable foundation. In 1998, Howard and his wife also established a local special needs residential care home agency for children and youth deemed hard to serve.
As an educator, Howard is passionate about delivering a unique classroom experience that combines insight, evidence and theory woven into a tapestry of experiential learning.
As a researcher, Howard is interested in experiences of mental health issues, cognitive, social and emotional psychopathology, risk and resilience, staff training, adult learning and experiential learning models. Most recently, in collaboration with the Simcoe County District School Board, Dr. Bloom researched the implementation and experiences of a pilot therapeutic dog program at two secondary schools. In the past, Howard conducted research as part of the Law Foundation of Ontario’s Community Justice Fellowship.