May 16, 2017
The Faculty of Education hosted more than 125 educators and administrators from across the province to the 2017 BC Teacher Education Roundtable conference held May 11-12 at the Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons.
After opening remarks from Dr. Blye Frank, Dean of UBC Education, and Dr. Wendy Carr, Associate Dean, UBC Teacher Education, Elder Larry Grant welcomed the participants to the unceded territory of the Musqueam people, where the University of British Columbia is located. He recognized the role teachers and teacher educators play in our future.
“Give everything you know, everything that you have, to give students the opportunity to move forward.”
This year’s conference, Powering Up Practicum, commenced with keynote by Dr. Tony Clarke, professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Drawing on his 20-year experience as a teacher educator and his interactions with colleagues locally, nationally, and internationally, Clarke shared insights about better understanding and supporting the work of all those involved in the practicum in teacher education.
He spoke on three impacts of practicum—teacher education as professional practice, mentoring as professional practice and learning to teach as professional practice. He drew upon anecdotes, and participants remarked that the keynote’s focus on inquiry led them to reflect on their own practices and brought about new ideas about how to inspire creativity.
“Through your efforts, teacher education is brought into being.”
Dr. Tony Clarke
On Friday, Suzanne Hoffman, Chief Educator, Ministry of Education provided the opening keynote. Hoffman noted she wants to be, “a champion for teachers, creating transformative experiences” and “creating a culture of care” within our education systems.
The conference progressed into several workshop, breakout sessions and the Association of BC Deans of Education (ABCDE) 2017 awards presentation.
ReconciliACTION: Enhancing Practicum and Supporting Sustainability of Indigenous Ways of Knowing in the Classroom
Dr. Jan Hare, Melanie Nelson and Christabel Shaler
In this presentation, Dr. Jan Hare and educator, Melanie Nelson shared their approaches to supporting teacher candidates and school associates to plan, implement, and assess teaching and learning related to Aboriginal perspectives, content, and learning approaches during the practicum experience. They described their preparation for the project and an e-mentoring approach that outlines strategies, communication, and materials used during a 10-week practicum. Christabel Shaler, a teacher-education candidate, shared her perspective on the final day of her practicum.
In-Situ Co-Learning: Developing Teacher Candidate/ In-Service Teacher Communities of Practice
Dr. Leyton Schnellert, Donna Kozak and Susanne Maguire
In-situ university/school district collaborative inquiry prepares future teachers while integrating staff development and curriculum/system transformation. Participants considered what are the possibilities when pre-service teacher education courses are offered in elementary, middle and secondary schools?
Critical Mentoring: Promising Practices in Guiding Teacher Candidates
Helena Bryn-McLeod, Monika Tusnady and Kerri Wallin, Kelsey Lee, Jack Neu, Jeff Steudel, Lawrence Jakoy and Joel Herman
What are some promising practices related to mentoring and supervising teacher candidates? How best to support teacher candidates during their school-based practicum? Participants heard from and interacted with a recent elementary teacher program graduate and her school- and faculty-advisors, and a current secondary teacher candidate and her advisors.
Districts, Schools and Teacher Education Programs as Partners in Mentoring
Kevin Fadum, Liz Kloepper, Angus Wilson, Tashi Kirincic
Participants discussed: How do districts/schools/universities work with practicum mentors to move teaching practice forward? How do we collectively ensure that the strongest teachers are acting as mentors? How do school-based mentors contribute to and benefit from the experience?
The Association of BC Deans of Education (ABCDE) 2017 Awards announced
ABCDE announced the winners of its annual awards for outstanding service to education in B.C. Dr. Kim Franklin, Chair of ABCDE, announced the names of the winners.
The ABCDE TEACHER EDUCATOR for 2017 is Mr. James Alexander (Sandy) Hill of Abbotsford. Mr. Hill, an instructor in Education at the University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, has provided exceptional mentoring of pre-service teachers in his work with UFV’s Teacher Education Program. Mr. Hill has also been instrumental in furthering the University’s relationships with schools in the Fraser Valley to ensure rounded, quality experiences for teacher candidates who are completing requirements for their professional teaching certificates. Mr. Hill continues to make significant and frequent contributions to his University’s programs and courses, and is viewed as a wonderful role model in his teaching and relationships with student teachers, mentors, advisors, and First Nations communities.
ABCDE also presented Dr. Jo-ann Archibald of UBC Vancouver with an award for her LIFELONG SERVICE TO EDUCATION. Dr. Archibald has a long and impressive provincial, national, and international record of excellence in Aboriginal Teacher Education, and is well-known for her exceptional work with First Nations bands, teachers, and students. Dr. Archibald co-chaired ABCDE’s Task Force on Aboriginal Education, and was a key player in the preparation and adoption of a National Accord on Indigenous Education by the Association of Canadian Deans of Education. As UBC Vancouver’s Associate Dean (Indigenous Education), and the Director of NITEP (Native Indian Teacher Education Program), Dr. Archibald has worked tirelessly with others to ensure that course content and instructional methods for all new and practicing teachers include the history of Aboriginal peoples. Dr. Archibald continues to provide energetic leadership to encourage more students of Indigenous ancestry to enter the teacher profession. She also encourages university programs to work closely with First Nations communities and Elders.