November 2017

14th Global Education Leaders’ Partnership Forum

November 1-3, 2017

Dean Frank attended the 14th international convening of the Global Education Leaders’ Partnership (GELP) forum in Moscow, Russia.

Organized in partnership with Global Education Futures, the forum provides opportunities for intensive learning and collaboration between the international community of educational leaders, and the community of Russian/CIS educational leaders.

GELP Moscow 2017 focused on the rise of the “Complex Person” and the emerging and future competencies required of all our young people to thrive in a complex and constantly changing global society.

Faculty Meeting

November 7, 2017

Dean Frank chaired the November Faculty meeting. Many topics were covered, including the possiblity of the merger of the Faculty of Education, Vancouver and the Faculty of Education, Okanagan.

The next Faculty Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m in Scarfe Room 310.

TEFA Lunch Panel – Controversy and Resistance: Making SOGI Education a Reality

November 8, 2017

Dean Frank attended a TEFA Panel discussion, Controversy and Resistance: Making SOGI Education a Reality.

This year over 90% of BC students will attend school in a district that has a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) policy and is implementing SOGI education in their schools. Many districts have been actively engaging students on these topics for years, but it hasn’t always been without controversy and resistance.

Three outstanding education professionals — Claire Guy, Executive Director, BC School Superintendents Association & Assistant Superintendent of Langley School District (which experienced recent SOGI resistance), Glen Hansman, BCTF President, and Patti Bacchus, former Chair of the Vancouver School Board (during the passage of their new trans-inclusive SOGI policy) — shared the challenges and triumphs of staying committed and strong in the face of opposition to implementing SOGI education in our schools.

Dean’s External Advisory Board Dinner

November 8, 2017

Dean Frank hosted a dinner at Sage Bistro for his External Advisory Board, where members engaged in a round-table discussion regarding the Faculty’s new strategic plan.

Attendees included:

  • Dr. Blye Frank, Dean, UBC Faculty of Education (Chair)
  • Dr. Dónal O’Donoghue, Senior Advisor to the Dean, Strategic Planning (Guest Speaker)
  • Dr. Thelma Cook, Professor Emerita, UBC Educational Studies
  • Ms. Harpreet Dhillon, Grade six teacher at Surrey’s Cindrich Elementary School and 2013 UBC Alumni Teacher Award recipient
  • Mr. Bob Poole, Regional Development Specialist for IB Americas Region of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization
  • Mr. Arnel Aliwalas, current Education Student Association (ESA) President
  • Mr. Don Shafer, President & CEO, Roundhouse Radio
  • Ms. Terry Taylor, Superintendent, School District 10

Provost Listening Tour

November 9, 2017

UBC Provost Prof. Andrew Szeri visited the Faculty of Education on a listening tour. Highlights of his visit included:

  • A tour of Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons
  • Coffee and conversations with Education faculty and staff
  • A tour of the Neville Scarfe Building, including the Emerging Media Lab (EML)
  • A round-table with graduate students
  • A round-table with Assistant Professors
  • Lunch with the senior leadership team

Prof. Szeri has informed us that he thoroughly enjoyed the tour and looks forward to continuing to hear about the good work being done by the Faculty of Education.

Prof. Andrew Szeri tours the Emerging Media Lab (EML), located in the Neville Scarfe Building.

Rix Professorship Candidate Meeting

November 9, 2017

Dean Frank met with one of three Rix Professorship candidates, Dr. Leyton Schnellert (Assistant Professor, Elementary (ETEP), Middle and Secondary (STEP) Education, Faculty of Education, UBC Okanagan).

UBC Strategic Plan Steering Committee Meeting

November 14, 2017

Dean Frank attended a UBC Strategic Plan Steering Committee meeting continuing discussions for the University’s next strategic plan.

Luncheon with National Academy of Education Administration Overseas Study Program

November 16, 2017

Dean Frank met with participants of the NAEA (National Academy of Education Administration) Overseas Study Program, mostly vice/presidents from Chinese universities, over luncheon.

BCSSA Fall Conference 2017: Embracing the Challenges and Possibilities

November 17, 2017

Dean Frank presented at the BC School Superintendents Association (BCSSA) Fall Conference as part of a panel hosted by the Ministry of Education’s Deputy Minister, Scott MacDonald, titled “Embracing the Challenges and Possibilities”. Other members of the panel were from BC Institute of Technology, Kwanten Polytechnic University, and Camosun College. Dean Frank presented some of the ways UBC’s Faculty of Education aligns with the transformation of BC curricula, shift to competency-based assessment, and need for curious, passionate, thoughtful educators.

Dr. Pasi Sahlberg (pasisahlberg.com), the leading exporter of knowledge about Finland’s educational system, delivered the keynote address at the BCSSA Conference. A response panel of representatives from UBC, SFU, BC Teachers’ Federation, BC School Superintendents, BC Principals and Vice Principals, BC School Trustees, and the Ministries of Education and Advanced Education discussed the applicability of Dr. Sahlberg’s ideas in the BC context. Dr. Wendy Carr, Associate Dean of Teacher Education, represented UBC and shared ideas about what makes BC such a high performing province in K-12 education, how teacher education factors into that performance and what comes next in order to maintain high quality educational systems.

UBC Okanagan Senate Academic Policy Committee Meeting

November 20, 2017

Dean Frank presented to UBC Okanagan’s Senate Academic Policy Committee members on the possibility of the merger of the Faculty of Education UBC Okanagan and the Faculty of Education UBC Vancouver.

Special Joint Strategic Meeting with Deans and UBC Executives

November 21, 2017

Dean Frank joined other deans and UBC executives from both UBC campuses at a UBC Strategic Plan Steering Committee meeting, continuing discussions for the University’s next strategic plan.

Faculty of Education Donor Appreciation Reception

November 21, 2017

Dean Frank joined Dr. Wendy Carr, Associate Dean of Teacher Education, and Dee Dee Sung, Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Engagement, for the Faculty of Education Donor Appreciation Reception. This reception gives students receiving awards, scholarships, or bursaries the opportunity to meet and thank their donors face to face.

L-R: Dean Blye Frank, Dr. Wendy Carr, Mrs. Joan Rush, mother of a student recipient.

Bachelor of Education Student Awards Night 2016/17

November 21, 2017

Dean Blye Frank and Dr. Wendy Carr, Associate Dean of Teacher Education, hosted the 2016/17 Bachelor of Education Student Awards Night. The Faculty of Education thanks the many donors who support the Bachelor of Education Awards Program and make this all possible.

View the complete list of award recipients

L-R: Dr. Wendy Carr, Dean Blye Frank.

Faculty of Education 2017 Fall Congregation

November 22, 2017

Dean Frank shook the hands of all of Education graduating students as the Faculty of Education celebrated its 61st Fall Congregation.

Congratulations and best wishes to our new alumni!

Transformative Educational Leadership Program (TELP)

November 24, 2017

Dean Frank gave a presentation at a Transformative Educational Leadership Program (TELP) session: Charging the Mountain – Change for Diversity and Impact in Post-Secondary.

Vancouver’s Senate Academic Policy Committee Meeting

November 27, 2017

Dean Frank presented to UBC Vancouver’s Senate Academic Policy Committee members on the possibility of the merger of the UBC Faculty of Education Okanagan and the UBC Faculty of Education Vancouver.

Internationalization Learning Day (Kelowna)

November 28, 2017

Dean Frank provided opening remarks for Dr. William Pinar’s keynote address, Internationalizing the Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, at Internationalization Learning Day 2017 at the UBC Okanagan campus. Following Dr. Pinar’s keynote, Dean Frank facilitated a question and answer session.

Dr. William Pinar, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Curriculum and Pedagogy, UBC Faculty of Education.

Jo-Anne Naslund Retirement Occasion

November 28, 2017

Dean Frank attended a retirement occasion hosted by the UBC Library for Ms. Jo-Anne Naslund, Instructional Program Librarian in the Education Library. Ms. Naslund is retiring after 35 years of service to UBC.

Dean Frank presents Jo-Anne Naslund with a gift on behalf of the Faculty of Education.

Internationalization Learning Day (Vancouver)

November 29, 2017

Dean Frank provided opening remarks for Dr. William Pinar’s keynote address, Internationalizing the Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, at Internationalization Learning Day 2017 at the UBC Vancouver campus. Following Dr. Pinar’s keynote, Dean Frank facilitated a question and answer session.

Dr. William Pinar, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Curriculum and Pedagogy, UBC Faculty of Education.

Building a Better Canada

November 29, 2017

Dean Frank attended the Building a Better Canada event held in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada at the Chan Centre. The event featured a performance by internationally celebrated pianist Robert Silverman, and talks by:

  • David Suzuki – scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation;
  • Shelagh Rogers – broadcast journalist, University of Victoria Chancellor, and long-standing honorary witness to the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada;
  • Sophie Pierre – former First Nations chief and British Columbia Treaty Commission head;
  • Trevor Linden – National Hockey League all-star and philanthropist; and
  • Wade Davis – explorer, anthropologist, author and UBC professor

Dr. David Suzuki

Faculty of Education Bake Sale

November 30, 2017

Dean Frank attended the Faculty of Education United Way Bake Sale, hosted by the Office of Research (ORE) and the Teacher Education Office (TEO).

L-R: Joel Kobylka, TEO, Dean Frank, Heather Frost, ORE.

2017 Alumni Achievement Awards Gala

November 30, 2017

In 1916, UBC’s first graduates held their convocation at the Hotel Vancouver. 100 years later, Dean Frank attended the Alumni Achievement Awards Gala at the same hotel, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.