UBC creates coaching program for parents of toddlers at risk for autism
UBC will create a coaching program for parents of children at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), thanks to $2.85 million in funding from the provincial government. The program, to be led by researchers in the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Medicine, will teach service providers who work with toddlers at risk for ASD to coach parents how to interact and engage with their children during daily routines, such as playtime, baths and meals.
YOUR UBC EDUCATION ALUMNI COMMUNITY
Steve Mulligan, BEd’00, MEd’08
Steve Mulligan is currently seconded part-time to the UBC Faculty of Education coordinating the Teacher Education for All (TEFA) Project, which aims to build capacity for faculty, staff and students in Teacher Education at UBC to create and provide an inclusive culture, workplace, and learning environment with a particular focus on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). Here Steve shares with us more about himself and the TEFA Project.
Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, BEd’72
After 35 years with the UBC Faculty of Education, Dr. Jo-ann Archibald (Q’um Q’um Xiiem), Indigenous scholar, author and pioneer in the advancement of Indigenous education, retires this July. Dr. Archibald shares her perspective on intergenerational learning in this feature Q&A.
Dylan Brown, BKin’13
Dylan Brown, Coach, Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey Club and Active Kids Program Manager, UBC School of Kinesiology, recently returned from the Annual National Blind Ice Hockey Tournament in Toronto. As the Assistant Tournament Director for the 5th year in a row, Dylan has long been an active volunteer and supporter in the promotion and advancement of Blind Ice Hockey in Canada.
News & Updates
Announcement of Alumni’s Choice Summer Institute
We asked, you answered! In Fall 2016, we sent out a survey to learn what is important to alumni from the Faculty of Education in your teaching profession, what would be the most relevant and meaningful learning opportunity for you at this time. Based on the feedback, we’ve developed the 2017 Alumni’s Choice Summer Institute: Teaching to Diversity – UDL & The New BC Curriculum
Professional Learning Programs – 2017 Summer Institutes
In addition to the Alumni’s Choice Summer Institute, we hope you’ll engage your teaching and learning with one of our many summer institutes. This year, we have programs in Diversity & Inclusion, French, Language & Literacy, Outdoor, Health & Physical Education, Home Economics & Food Studies, Early Childhood Education, Indigenous Ed, Multiculturalism, and Educational Technology. These are concentrated summer programs, developed and delivered by renown experts and subject area leaders.
‘The little MOOC that could’: Online course promotes Indigenous ways of knowing
Over 8,200 people from around the world, but largely from Canada, registered for the free massive open online course, or MOOC, on Indigenous education. “I call it the little MOOC that could,” said Dr. Jan Hare, PhD’01, Associate Dean of Indigenous Education. Most students registered are educators, but Hare, a member of the M’Chigeeng First Nation in Ontario, said many participants sign up out of a personal desire to learn more about reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Research on school closure and language in the digital age recognized with AERA awards
Faculty of Education alumni Dr. Natalie LeBlanc, PhD’16, and PhD candidate Ron Darvin, MEd’14, will receive research awards this week at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, April 27-May 1, in San Antonio, Texas.
Language and Literacy Education (LLED) Professor Bonny Norton effects societal change by helping children learn to read with a digital innovation, the African Storybook. This open access platform enables users to read, download, and share over 3,400 illustrated children’s stories in nearly 100 African languages, as well as English, French, and Portuguese. The easy-to-use, accessible resource helps children learn to read in their mother tongue. Research indicates that learning to read in one’s native language at an early age consistently promotes greater literacy and educational success.
Faculty of Education Website Improvements
The Faculty of Education is improving its website. We would like to ensure it fulfills its purpose and the needs of our valued alumni. Please provide your feedback.