October 2017

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October 2017

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A full house for UBC alumnus (BEd’98) Prime Minister Trudeau’s Town Hall at UBC Okanagan

UBC News | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was at UBC Okanagan for a public town hall on September 6, 2017. Photo Credit: Don Erhardt

This was the first visit for Trudeau a UBC — alumnus (BEd’98) — to UBC as Prime Minister as he took questions and engaged with the audience on a range of issues. Watch Video


Justin Trudeau, BEd ’98

Justin Trudeau, BEd ’98

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a career of public service in the volunteer sector and in politics. Trudeau completed a Bachelor of Education in 1998 at UBC. After graduation, he taught French and math at West Point Grey Academy, and later at Winston Churchill Secondary School in Vancouver. Between 2002 and 2006, Trudeau served as chair of Katimavik, a national volunteer service program for Canadians aged 17 to 21 who are placed in communities across the country.

In a Macleans article, Justin Trudeau was quoted as saying, “I am exceptionally proud of having been a teacher. Regardless of whatever other job titles I hold over the course of my life, I will first and foremost be a teacher.” more

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Alumni Builder Awards

Alumni Builder Awards

Created exclusively to commemorate the 100th year of alumni UBC, the Alumni Builder Award recognizes a cross section of alumni representing all faculties who have significantly contributed to the University and enriched the lives of others, and in doing so, have supported alumni UBC’s mission of realizing the promise of a global community with shared ambition of a better world and an exceptional UBC.

Congratulations to our Faculty of Education alumni recognized with a 2017 Alumni Builder Award:

  • Marietta E. Hurst | BA’57, MEd’82
    For her contributions to UBC’s Language Sciences Initiative and dedication to literacy education.
  • Marion L. Pearson | BSc(Pharm)’82, MA’08, PhD’14
    For her many contributions to the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and her leadership of the Pharmaceutical Sciences alumni community.
  • Leon Tuey and Joan Tuey | BEd(Sec)’64
    For their philanthropic support of UBC and for enriching the lives of others in the Arts and Education.


What’s Your Inspirational Legacy?

What’s Your Inspirational Legacy?

We are asking our Alumni to make a mark on future Faculty of Education Alumni by sharing a brief inspirational quote.

During your time in the Faculty of Education at UBC, was there was a defining moment that helped shape your path, or an instructor who helped push you to the greatness you have achieved today? Please share your story to inspire generations of graduates to come.


The Legacy Project: UBC’s History Through Personal Narrative

The Legacy Project: UBC’s History Through Personal Narrative

“Great universities are not created out of construction materials and policies; they are created by people for people.”

After one hundred years, UBC today is one of the finest universities in the world thanks to the hard work, passion, and inspiration of tens of thousands of faculty, staff, and alumni. The Legacy website hopes to capture the stories of some of those people: memories, portraits, anecdotes, and descriptions of events and experiences that, taken together, make up the history of UBC.

The Legacy Project welcomes your written recollections and reminiscences for inclusion. Their hope is that members from every area of UBC will participate, whether to recall a favourite class or professor, to describe a sports triumph (or frustrating loss!), to look back on club activities, remember a favourite hangout, relive an escapade while you were in residence…anything that speaks of your interaction with UBC and its impact on your life then and subsequently.


Artist Dave Robinson stands beside Dancing Flames.

Installation of Carving Honouring Indigenous Educator

Artist Dave Robinson stands beside “Dancing Flames.” On June 13, “Dancing Flames,” a carving by Anishinabe artist Dave Robinson and commissioned by the Faculty of Education in honour of retiring Indigenous educator Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, was installed in the lobby of UBC’s Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons.

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).

SOGI 123 Education Model Launches Learning Modules for Educators & Schools

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Education Expands Across BC – SOGI 123 Launches Learning Modules for Educators & Schools

Working in collaboration with UBC Faculty of Education, SOGI 123 offers videos and presentations for educators to move their conversations with colleagues from the “why” to the “how” of SOGI-inclusive education—whether in a workshop, at a staff meeting, or on a lunch break. 48 school districts covering over 90% of BC students have signed on to support the SOGI 123 education model in their schools. The school districts are being supported by a new full-time BC SOGI Lead, Matt Carruthers.

5-Minute Learning Bursts
Learning Bursts are five-minute videos designed as catalysts for discussion. Each video features educators, students, parents, and/or community members exploring a particular area of SOGI-inclusive education. Ideal for staff meetings, small group work, impromptu conversations, and personal learning.

40-Minute Learning Modules
SOGI 1 2 3 Learning Modules are designed for engaging other educators in a customized or out-of-the-box learning experience. Each module includes three downloadable resources: a video, an editable PowerPoint presentation, and a Facilitator’s Guide—complete with speaker’s notes, discussion questions, activities, and worksheets. Ideal for lunch-n-learns, professional development days, and workshops.


Technology in Transit

Technology in Transit

Come and show everyone a cool stuff you do with technology and get a T-shirt! This is a student led one-hour lunch period for showcasing what you have done in the classroom, or what you use (an app, any technology) related to teaching and learning. The table is set in the hallway next to the library and across from the Neville cafeteria. You will be provided with a large monitor or screen, if you need. Your task is to come up with a one-page handout or any other material to share and be ready to answer or ask questions.

MOOC: Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

MOOC: Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

October 17 – December 2, 2017

Still interested in registering? It’s not too late to join the conversation today.

Engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work.


MOOC: Bringing Mental Health to Schools

Bringing Mental Health to Schools: a curriculum resource for grades 8 – 10

Launches October 31, 2017

A self-guided, fully online, classroom ready, modular mental health curriculum resource.

Mental health literacy is the foundation for mental health promotion, prevention and care and can be successfully implemented through classroom based curriculum interventions that have been scientifically shown to improve mental health related outcomes for students and also for their teachers. A Canadian-developed, nationally and internationally-researched resource, the Guide – previously delivered only through face-to-face training – is now available online through this UBC-supported program.


Seeking History, Social Studies and Social Science Teachers to participate in UBC Study

Seeking History, Social Studies and Social Science Teachers to participate in UBC Study

We are seeking grade 4-12 history, social studies, and social science teachers to participate in a UBC study.

We would like to understand the ways educators are using digital primary sources and online tools in their classes and the types of experiences they are hoping to inspire in their students when using primary sources:

  • Do social science teachers use primary sources?
  • Why do or don’t you use primary sources in your teaching?
  • What student experiences do you plan when using primary sources?
  • Do you use primary source web-based tools and if so what criteria do you use when selecting them?

To answer these questions and to think about the ways that digital primary source libraries can be developed for use in classroom environments, we are seeking responses to the survey.

The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes of your time.

Your participation is voluntary and will be kept confidential. If you complete the survey you will be entered into a randomized draw for 1 of 5 $50 Mastercard gift cards. There are no anticipated personal risks associated with your participation.

The study runs from September 2017 onwards. If you have any questions about the study, please contact diglib.research@ubc.ca.

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Information for alumni contacted by IAA

Information for alumni who have been contacted by The International Alumni Association (IAA)

alumni UBC has become aware that a USA-based organisation known as The International Alumni Association (IAA) has been contacting our alumni and offering a professional network service for a large financial fee.

Please note that alumni UBC is in no way affiliated with this organisation, which operates independently and has been contacting our alumni without our prior knowledge or consent. alumni UBC already offers comprehensive, professional networking opportunities to all alumni, including professional events, benefits, and programs and services, and we do not charge a membership fee for access to these services.

Questions? Please contact us at alumni.ubc@ubc.ca.

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