In this issue:
- Opening of the UBC Aquatic Centre
- EDCP Education Graduate Student Conference 2017
- UBC’s Next Century Planning Steering Committee Meeting
- Education Graduate Student Reception
- 15th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium
- Good Luck to Teacher Candidates Leaving on Practicum
- “How Canada Came to Be” – a Performance in Celebration of Canada 150
- UBC-O Deans’ Retreat
- Bridging the Diversity Gap in University Leadership and Beyond
- Teacher Education for All (TEFA) Lunch Presentation
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Global Conference 2017
- Canadian Research Chair Presentations
- Session for International Educators from Australia and Sweden
- 2016 Research Awards Reception
- Dean’s External Advisory Board Meeting
- University of Regina External Review
- Mental Health Literacy Event
- 2017 UBC 25 Year Club Dinner
- 2017 AERA Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX
- FINE Forum at AERA
- U21 Deans of Education Meeting
- Alumni Reception at AERA (San Antonio, TX)
- 8th Annual Evening in Support of CampOUT!
- Adler University Vancouver Campus Grand Opening
- UBC Strategic Planning Meeting with the President
- 2017 Cmolik Prize Reception
- The Power of Teaching for Diversity and Inclusion
- International Conference on Cultural Studies and Education
- Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Site Visit
- Faculty Meeting – Awards Presentation
- ALDP Year-End Celebration
- ABCDE Symposium: Aboriginal Student Recruitment and Retention in Teacher Education
- Retirement Reception for Dr. Jo-ann Archibald
- 2017 BC Teacher Education Roundtable
- ABCDE Lifelong Service Award to Dr. Jo-ann Archibald
- Connected Learning Matters: Innovative Leadership BC and Beyond
- UBC Senior Leadership Retreat
- Retirement Occasion
- QMunity Breakfast
- 2017 Alumni Teacher Award
- Zhejiang Delegation
- Faculty Personnel Committee Thank You Occasion
- May Congregation
- Congress, CSSE Toronto
- CSSE/ACDE Reception
- Alumni Reception at CSSE Toronto
On March 1, Dean Frank attended the official opening of the new UBC Aquatic Centre, located behind the old Student Union Building.
Construction of the facility began in August 2014. With a capacity of 966 bathers, the aquatic centre features a 50-metre, 25-metre, and leisure pool and hot tub, as well as a steam room and sauna. Accessibility ramps provide ingress into the 25-metre and leisure pools, and a permanent power lift into the 34-person hot tub.
Check out the new pool!
Dean Frank provided opening remarks for the 2017 EDCP Graduate Students’ Conference, held on March 3. The conference showcases the work by graduate students in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP), and provides a safe community space for participants to get feedback from peers and hands-on practice in preparation for other national and international conferences.
On March 7, Dean Frank attended a meeting of the UBC’s Next Century Planning Steering Committee, which is working with Professor Santa Ono to develop a new strategic plan which will guide and implement UBC’s key priorities, goals and actions over the next 25 years.
On March 8, over 100 Education graduate students joined Dean Frank for a reception at the Ponderosa Commons Ballroom. The event provided an opportunity to connect with fellow students and faculty members from the Faculty of Education.
Dean Frank attended the 15th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium on March 10, held at SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, on the unceded and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlil̓wətaʔɬ First Nations.
Hosted by the Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS) Planning Committee & SAGE (Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement), the 2017 theme explored transformation through ‘Reconcili-Action’ by thinking about how research interacts with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action and how this process shapes research and experiences in the academy.
On March 15, Dean Blye Frank and Associate Dean of Teacher Education Wendy Carr handed out “good luck” chocolate bars to teacher candidates as they prepared to leave for practicum (10 weeks) followed by the Community Field Experience (3 weeks).
On March 16, Dean Frank joined over 1,500 people at Evangel Church, Kelowna, for a performance by Glenmore Elementary School in celebration of Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday. This was the final arts experience from Year One of the Dean’s Partnership Development Grant with Glenmore Elementary School (Kelowna) and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. The collaboration has been worthwhile for community-making and there is much potential to further these efforts.
On March 17, Dean Frank joined Professor Santa Ono and other deans of UBC for a retreat on the UBC Okanagan campus in Kelowna. Discussions centered on the topic of “fundamental principles supporting academic planning.”
While in Kelowna, Dean Frank attended a talk by Professor Malinda Smith, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta, held on March 21 at UBC Okanagan. Dr. Smith discussed her research on diversity and leadership in the Canadian academy, the findings from her forthcoming co-authored book with UBC Press entitled The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities, and some options for NextGen inclusive university leadership.
On March 23, Dean Frank participated in a panel discussion with Associate Professor Lisa Loutzenheiser, EDCP, and Saylesh Wesley, writer and Two-Spirit educator in Chilliwack, on “Shaping an Inclusive View of Gender: The Role of Teacher Education.” The conversation explored how traditional, binary ideas of gender have created attitudes, roles, and expectations that have become entrenched in society and limit students from reaching their potential.
From March 29-31, Dean Frank attended the 2017 IB Global Conference in Yokohama, Japan, where educational leaders, decision makers, and practitioners from schools, universities, and governments gathered to share best practices.
As part of the conference, Dean Frank and Gary Little, Director, IB Educator Programmes, UBC Faculty of Education, presented a talk on “The Changing Face of Teacher Education.”
In April, the Faculty of Education welcomed two candidates for the prestigious Tier I Canada Research Chair (SSHRC) in Indigenous Resurgence and Reconciliation in Education. In addition to Faculty-wide presentations on their research, each candidate met with Dean Frank, faculty members, and graduate students.
On April 3-4, Dr. Jean-Paul Restoule presented on his research, The answers lie within: Rekindling Indigenous ways of teaching and learning.
On April 5, Dr. Lewis Williams discussed Indigenous Resurgence and Reconciliation in Education: Education and our Collective Continuance in the 21st Century. What Role for Indigenous Resurgence and Reconciliation?
On April 3, the Faculty of Education hosted educators from Australia and Sweden who were on study tours to learn more about the BC education system, education leadership, Indigenous Education, and innovative teaching systems in BC. After a tour of Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons, Dean Frank gave a presentation on “Highlights of the teacher education program, and overview of Faculty areas of special focus – diversity, inclusion, outreach, Indigenous Education.”
Dean Frank attended the 2016 Research Awards Reception, held April 5 at the Ponderosa Commons Ballroom. This year’s winners included Professor Bruno Zumbo, Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS), who received a 2016 UBC Killam Research Prize in the Senior Scholar, Arts & Humanities category.
On April 6, Dean Frank welcomed his External Advisory Board to UBC, taking the opportunity to share highlights about the Faculty.
In addition, six Faculty of Education students from varying backgrounds attended to talk about their current research and experiences at UBC:
Desi (Desmond) MacEwan | A fourth-year PhD candidate studying sport & exercise psychology within the School of Kinesiology, Desi’s research focuses on teamwork in sport. He was awarded the Banting Fellowship earlier this year.
Ji Ai Cho | A doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership, Ji Ai’s research is based on her work through an NGO called Education Beyond Borders.
Jeff Dittmer | A teacher candidate in the Community of Inquiry in Teacher Education (CITE) cohort in the elementary stream.
Gemma Clark | A teacher candidate in the elementary years program, and part of the International Baccalaureate cohort (Primary Years Program).
Matt Hume | A candidate in the Master of Language and Literacy Education program, Matt’s research addresses the motivations of senior-aged (55+) English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners through theatre practice.
Dave Robinson | A third-year Indigenous student in the NITEP program, Dave also coaches boxing and mentors youth through carving. A recent retirement event for Dr. Jo-ann Archibald featured the unveiling of “Dancing Flames,” a carving created by Dave in honour of Dr. Archibald commissioned by the Faculty of Education.
Dean Frank travelled to the University of Regina on April 10-11 for a routine external review of their Faculty and Dean of Education.
Dean Frank and Associate Dean Wendy Carr, Teacher Education, hosted an event on April 18 at Cecil Green House to raise awareness about UBC’s work in mental health literacy.
Attendees included Dr. Stan Kutcher, SunLife Chair in Adolescent Mental Health, Dalhousie University, Bernard Richard, BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, Ellen Cmolik and Elisa Carlson from the Cmolik Foundation, Professor Shelley Hymel, ECPS, holder of the Edith Lando Professorship in Social and Emotional Learning, Professor Kim Schonert-Reichl, ECPS, director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), and doctoral candidates Jaime Semchuk and Matthew Lee.
Dean Frank attended the 47th annual recognition dinner on April 20, where two UBC Faculty of Education staff members were inducted into the UBC 25 Year Club:
- Anna Ip, EDCP – 25 years
- Linda Williams, NITEP – 35 years
Also recognized at the dinner was Paul Chan from UBC IT, who has provided IT support to the Faculty of Education for many of his 25 years at UBC.
From April 26-30, Dean Frank attended the 2017 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, held this year in San Antonio, TX.
While at AERA, Dean Frank attended the Forum for International Networking in Education (FINE) Forum on April 26. As part of an international panel speaking on the forum theme of “How to work with…”, Dean Frank gave a presentation on working with government.
While at AERA, Dean Frank attended the April 27 meeting of the Universitas 21 (U21) Deans of Education group. The group meets twice annually for the discussion of issues in Education of common interest and concern across the participating U21 institutions. Dean Frank provided a brief report on the UBC Faculty of Education during the Deans’ Roundtable, and as part of the Focus Discussion panel presented on “Be sure your Prime Minister is an Alumnus: Working with governments in the Canadian Context.”
Dean Frank invited alumni, students, faculty members and friends of the UBC Faculty of Education to a reception in San Antonio, TX, held on April 29 in conjunction with AERA.
On May 1, 100 guests attended the eighth annual gala in support of CampOUT!, an exceptional youth leadership program that is making a positive impact in the lives of BC’s queer and trans youth. Held in the home of Heidi and Richard Coglon, the event raised a record $125,000 which will fund a five-day, four-night camp on Gambier Island, providing an inclusive space where youth can develop leadership skills, build self-esteem and connect to resources to support their health and wellbeing.
Dean Frank attended the grand opening of Adler University’s new Vancouver campus on May 1. Located in downtown Vancouver, Adler University continues the pioneering work of the first community psychologist Alfred Adler by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities, and advancing social justice.
On May 2, UBC’s Next Century Steering Committee met with Professor Santa Ono to continue the discussion of UBC’s next Strategic Plan.
Although the strategic plan is still being developed, several key themes were identified from the results of the web-based survey this past winter, and have been distilled into eight strategic priorities:
- Working Across Disciplines
- Creativity, Innovation and Risk Taking
- Engagement and Reciprocity
- Our Community and Wellbeing
and four core institutional activities:
- Teaching and learning
- Research and scholarship
- Knowledge mobilization
- Institutional activities
On May 2, Dean Frank attended the award ceremony for the 2017 Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education. Awarded biennially, the $100,000 prize was endowed to the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University (SFU) by Russ and Ellen Cmolik to recognize recipients who have developed and implemented an invention, innovation, concept, process, or procedure that enhances educational practice in the K-12 public school system in BC.
This year’s winner was Associate Professor Peter Liljedahl, SFU, Building Thinking Classrooms.
On May 3, Dean Frank joined approximately 90 alumni and guests at TELUS Garden in downtown Vancouver for a special presentation of The Power of Teaching for Diversity and Inclusion. Alumni speakers presented on topics such as active witnessing, inclusion in the classroom, indigenous education and urban indigeneity, and queering classrooms across BC.
- Angela Brown, BA’95, Education Consultant, Anti-racism, Diversity, Equity and Social Justice
- Carly Herman, MEd’15, District Resource Teacher, Kamloops-Thompson School District #73; Support Team, Canucks Autism Network
- Kye Smith, BEd (Elem)’15, Educator, Aboriginal Focus School, Vancouver School Board
- Brandon Yan, BA’09, Education Director, Out in Schools
On May 4, Dean Frank offered opening remarks at the International Conference on Cultural Studies and Education, hosted by the Department of Educational Studies (EDST) at Ponderosa Commons Oak House.
The conference addressed various questions about cultural studies and/of education, including:
- What would cultural studies look like if it took up its education origins more seriously?
- What is the historical, contemporary and potential future of the relationship between education and cultural studies?
- What has constituted and will constitute cultural studies of education theory and praxis work?
- Where and what is the pedagogy of performative cultural studies and how can it be captured and shared? How and when are cultural studies projects a form of education?
- Does identity (still) have a place in cultural studies and/of education?
- What are the pros and cons of the institutionalization, “disciplining” and the “programming” of cultural studies and what role does/should education play?
At the May 9 Faculty Meeting, Dean Frank presented the annual Killam and Faculty awards, which recognize outstanding contributions and exceptional teaching in the Faculty of Education.
Congratulations to the 2016/2017 winners:
Killam Faculty Teaching Prize
- Professor Anita Hubley, Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, & Special Education (ECPS)
- Associate Professor Michelle Stack, Department of Educational Studies (EDST). Note, Dr. Stack was unable to attend the meeting, and received her award at the May 25 Congregation ceremony.
Sessional and Lecturer Faculty Teaching Prize
- Won Kim, Department of Language & Literacy Education (LLED) (unable to attend the meeting).
Killam Graduate TA Award
- Maryam Dalkilic, ECPS
- Anne Lasinsky, School of Kinesiology (KIN)
Faculty of Education Graduate TA Award
- Louai Rahal, ECPS
On May 9, Dean Frank attended the Year-End Celebration reception for the UBC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP). The ALDP is a cohort-based, leadership development program offered each year to new department heads, program directors, associate deans, and other academic leaders at UBC.
Dean Frank offered opening remarks to the over 75 people gathered at UBC on May 10 to discuss Aboriginal Student Recruitment and Retention in Teacher Education at a symposium hosted by the Association of British Columbia Deans of Education (ABCDE) and the Aboriginal Working Group.
This one-day symposium engaged teacher education staff, student coordinators, faculty, instructors, administrators, recruiters, and educational government in group dialogues focusing on access and recruitment policies that support Aboriginal student recruitment and retention. Indigenous pre-service teachers and early career educators shared their paths to and experiences in post-secondary education. Attendees shared innovative practices and curriculum to engage with Indigenous perspectives, content, and approaches.
On May 10, Dean Frank hosted a special retirement reception recognizing the extensive contributions of Professor Jo-ann Archibald. For more than 40 years, Dr. Archibald (Q’um Q’um Xiiem), Indigenous scholar, author, and pioneer in the advancement of Indigenous education, has inspired many students and colleagues. A professor of Educational Studies, Dr. Archibald (BEd ’72) served as Associate Dean for Indigenous Education and Director of the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP).
A name transition ceremony led by Musqueam Elder Larry Grant and modified for the University context, representing a way of passing on oral history and genealogy, also took place. The responsibilities of the name c̓ec̓əwəłtən sni̓w̓stənəq, given by Musqueam in 2005 to the UBC Faculty of Education’s Associate Dean for Indigenous Education position, held by Dr. Archibald, were passed on to Dr. Jan Hare as she now holds the position.
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 Dean Frank, this year’s conference, Powering Up Practicum, was kicked off by keynote speaker Professor Tony Clarke, EDCP, followed by a second full day of plenary sessions and workshops.
At a special reception held on the second day of the BC Education Roundtable, Dr. Kim Franklin, Chair of the Association of BC Deans of Education (ABCDE) announced the winners of the ABCDE annual awards for outstanding service to education in BC:
- The ABCDE Teacher Educator for 2017 is James Alexander (Sandy) Hill, an instructor in Education at the University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford.
- ABCDE also presented Professor Jo-ann Archibald, EDST, 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.
On May 12, Dean Frank spoke at the “Connected Learning Matters: Innovative Leadership BC and Beyond” symposium, hosted by the Networks of Inquiry and Innovation (NOII) at the Westin Wall Centre in Richmond. The title of the presentation was, “Beyond the Celebration of Diversity: Taking Difference Into Account in Leadership.”
Dean Frank hosted a retirement reception on May 17 for Professors Jo-ann Archibald, EDST, Shauna Butterwick, EDST, and Hillel Goelman, ECPS, to recognize their outstanding contributions to the Faculty of Education.
Dean Frank attended the QMunity Breakfast held on May 19, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, where Mayor Gregor Robertson announced that QMUNITY will be part of a redevelopment project that will see the construction of a new building including purpose-built facilities for QMUNITY. QMUNITY is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives.
On May 19, Dean Frank presented the 2017 Alumni Teacher Award to this year’s winner, Bonnie Sutherland, BEd’69, in recognition of her outstanding achievements which are making exceptional impacts in the lives of students and learning communities.
In addition to teaching grades and subjects ranging from elementary to secondary, from Physical education to Math to English, Ms. Sutherland introduced the Advanced Placement program in the Delta BC School District, taught AP courses, and coached field hockey for 15 years before retiring in 2003. Together with her husband, Donald Sutherland (also a UBC grad, BEd (Elem)’81, now deceased) Ms. Sutherland founded Afretech, a non-profit organization that sends about 30,000 books annually to Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Since the organization began in 1992, it has expanded to Asia and also supports First Nations community libraries in BC.
Ms. Sutherland’s newest venture features ARES, a “Library in a Box.” A small, rugged, wi-fi-enabled shoe-box-sized server and battery designed for schools without libraries, labs, or textbooks, ARES can withstand arid, dusty conditions and power surges. ARES is preloaded with Wikipedia, Khan Academy videos, TedTalks, literature, and other educational resources, and has been installed in about 24 schools in Africa.
On May 19, Dean Frank and Dr. Wang Fang, Director, International Initiatives, met with a delegation from the Zheijiang Provincial Education Association for International Exchange to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.
On May 24, Dean Frank hosted a thank you occasion for the members of the Faculty Personnel Committee. Attendees included:
- Professor Blye Frank, Dean, Faculty of Education
- Professor Patsy Duff, LLED
- Professor Mona Gleason, EDST
- Professor Nicola Hodges, KIN
- Professor Anita Hubley, ECPS
- Professor Guofang Li, LLED
- Professor Donal O’Donoghue, EDCP
- Professor Bruno Zumbo, ECPS
- Ms. Anna Bin, Senior Manager, Faculty Affairs & HR
On May 25, Dean Frank joined the Faculty of Education Class of 2017 for Congregation ceremonies at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
During the program, Associate Professor Michelle Stack, EDST, was presented with a Killam Teaching Prize.
From May 29 – June 2, Dean Frank attended Congress at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education Conference (CSSE-SCÉÉ) in Toronto, ON.
On May 28, Dean Frank attended the CSSE/ACDE (Association of Canadian Deans of Education) awards ceremony and reception, where Professor Rita Irwin, EDCP, was presented with the 2017 Herbert T. Coutts Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the Canadian Society for the Study of Education.
Dean Frank hosted a reception for Faculty of Education alumni, students, faculty members, and friends on May 29 in Toronto, ON in conjunction with the Canadian Society for the Study of Education Conference (CSSE-SCÉÉ).