October – December 2013

Book Launch

October, 2013

In October, the Dean attended the launch of Mona Gleason’s new book, Small Matters. “The first work of its kind, Small Matters explores how children faced death, endured illness, and learned to be healthy in the context of their families and communities.” – McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Small Matters Canadian Children in Sickness and Health, 1900-1940, By Mona Gleason

BC Assessment Forum

October 4 - 5, 2013

Dean Frank welcomed BC educators and other key stakeholders to the event, held in downtown Vancouver on October 4 and 5. Hosted by the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, & Special Education’s Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology (MERM) program. Dr. Joan Herman gave the keynote, and a series of panel presentations and roundtable discussions were held, focusing on key issues in the future of educational assessments in British Columbia.

Above: Dr. Frank welcomes attendees to the BC Assessment Forum.

Year of Teacher Education

October 9, 2013

October 9 marked the launch of the Year of Teacher Education.

Above: Year of Teacher Education launch. L-R: Natalie Liu, Education Students’ Association (ESA) Executive Chair; Deanna Schaper-Kotter, Education Students’ Association (ESA) Vice Chair; Dr. Blye Frank, Dean of Education; Bette Shippam, Program Coordinator—Student Services (TEO); Dr. Lorrie Miller, Program Coordinator—Student Services (TEO)

Celebrate Learning Week

October 20 - 26, 2013

As part of UBC’s Celebrate Learning Week and the Year of Teacher Education, Dr. Frank welcomed parents, teachers, candidate teachers, writers, and librarians to the Celebrate Science 2013 – Making Science Fun event at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. The Dean also presented a special tribute to Gordon Gore, UBC Faculty of Education alumnus, science educator, and founder of the Big Little Science Centre in Kamloops.

Bachelor of Education Student Awards Night

November, 2013

This special evening began with the Dean hosting an appreciation dinner for donors and the students whom they supported. Later, parents, family and friends joined them for a reception and ceremony to recognize the 2012/13 awards recipients.

Above: BEd Donor Appreciation Dinner. L-R: Mr. Colin McCaffrey (donor), Dean Blye Frank, and award recipients Sarah Dalzell, Brian Healy, Katrina Lo and Ineke Lievens.

Above: BEd Donor Appreciation Dinner. L-R: Dr. Colin Scarfe (donor), Dean Blye Frank, and Mr. David Choi (donor).

Above: BEd Donor Appreciation Dinner. L-R: Dr. Colin Scarfe (donor), Dean Blye Frank, and Mr. David Choi (donor).

Congregation 2013

The Dean extends congratulations and best wishes to the graduating classes of 2013.

Above: Keith McPherson (TEO), Dean Blye Frank, and Gary Rupert (TEO) prepare to escort the graduating class of 2013 into Congregation.

96th AGM of the UBC Alumni Association

Dr. Frank participated in the meeting, which featured a discussion led by UBC President Stephen Toope along with three alumni who are bringing about positive change in the world. Among this group was Faculty of Education alumna Harpreet Dhillon, BEd’00, Dip(Ed)’06. Harpreet was awarded the 2013 UBC Faculty of Education Alumni Teacher Award.

Above: UBC Alumni Association AGM. L-R: UBC President Stephen Toope, Harpreet Dhillon, Dean Blye Frank.

Janusz Korczak Association of Canada, Holocaust Education Centre – Jewish Community Centre

Dean Frank spoke at the Association’s AGM about the Faculty of Education and Community Engagement. Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (Ontario) Irwin Elman was keynote speaker.

Above: The Janusz Korczak Association of Canada Annual General Meeting. L-R: Olga Medvedeva-Nathoo, Lillian Boraks-Nemetz, Dean Blye Frank, Jerry Nussbaum, Irwin Elman.

Toronto Campaign Celebration 2013

November, 2013

In November, Dr. Frank joined UBC President Stephen Toope and over 150 UBC alumni and friends at The Carlu in Toronto to discuss the “Mysteries of the Brain.” UBC researchers Dr. Max Cynader, Dr. Peter Reiner, and Dr. Cheryl Wellington facilitated the discussion, which focused on traumatic brain injury, cognitive enhancement and healthy aging.

Above: Dean Frank at the Toronto Campaign Celebration. Photo courtesy of alumni UBC.

Phi Delta Kappa Dinner

Dean Frank joined colleagues and alumni at The Arbutus Club, where they discussed aboriginal students’ success.

Above: Dede DeRose and Dean Blye Frank at the Phi Delta Kappa Dinner.

Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit 2013, Toronto

The Dean attended this conference which brought together Canadian and international experts to discuss skilled labour challenges, and how educated, highly skilled populations are urgently needed by businesses, economy, and society.

United Way BBQ

November 13, 2013

The Dean joined a team of volunteers at the annual Faculty of Education sponsored event on November 13. This year’s BBQ was organized by PDCE (Professional Development & Community Engagement), and helped to raise funds to prevent child poverty, bullying, and senior isolation.

Above: Dr. Mark Edwards, Assistant Dean, and Dean Blye Frank flipping burgers at the Faculty of Education United Way BBQ.

KIN Awards Night

November 25, 2013

Dean Frank was pleased to join students, staff, faculty, family, friends, and donors at the School of Kinesiology’s gala awards night November 25 at the First Nations Longhouse. This annual event recognizes KIN students who have been recipients of academic scholarships and prizes, and the generous donors and supporters of the School.

Polish Ambassador’s Visit

December 2, 2013

The Faculty of Education hosted a visit from the Ambassador and the Consul General of the Republic of Poland on Dec. 2, 2013. The respected visitors were greeted by Dean Frank to view the bronze relief by the Polish artist Mark Rona, commemorating Janusz Korczak.

Above: (L-R): Mr. Jerry Nussbaum, President of the Janusz Korczak Association; Consul General Krzysztof Czapla of the Republic of Poland; Ambassador Marcin Bosacki of the Republic of Poland; Dean Blye Frank

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 Exhibit and School Program

December 4, 2013

Dean Frank attended a Teacher’s Preview of the exhibit, which will be on display at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre until December 4. This traveling exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum explores the imprisonment and deaths of thousands of homosexual males by the Third Reich. The school program promotes human rights and social responsibility through the lens of the exhibit.

Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE)

The Dean engaged the ACDE in a presentation on Borderless Higher Education for Refugees: The Dadaab Project. This UBC Faculty of Education initiative involves teams from Moi University (Kenya), Windle Trust-Kenya, and teachers in Dadaab refugee camps in the design of a two-year diploma program offering for refugee teachers.

Above: Students and teachers in a Dadaab classroom.

BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association (BCPVPA)

Recently, Dr. Frank attended the Association’s annual conference, Connecting Leaders: Beyond Innovation and Change, held at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport in Richmond. Keynote speakers included Simon Breakspear, founder of Nextgen Learning, and George Couros, Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division.

Above: BCPVPA Conference. L–R: Dean Frank, BCPVPA President Shelley Green, BCPVPA Executive Director Kit Krieger, Dr. Edwards, BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils President Terry Berting.

Community Field Experience (CFE)

The Dean joined Dr. Wendy Carr, Director, Teacher Education Office, at a Community Partners Information Session held at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Above: Dean Blye Frank and Dr. Wendy Carr promote the Faculty’s Teacher Education program.

Year of Teacher Education Event: Out in Schools & Erase

December 10, 2013

On Dec. 10, 2013, Dr. Frank attended a Year of Teacher Education event, sponsored by UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. The event consisted of presentations focusing on Out in Schools and the BC Ministry of Education’s program against bullying ERASE. Out in Schools harnesses the power of film to engage BC high school students in discussions around bullying, homophobia and difference.

Above: Dr. Lori MacIntosh, UBC Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, with Jen Sung, Out in Schools

University Dialogues

December 10, 2013

The Dean attended a University Dialogue on Dec. 10, 2013 as one of 23 UBC contributors to ‘Community and Patient Voices in Health Professional Education‘, a 3-year project funded by the Vancouver Foundation.

NITEP Gathering & Book Launch

December 13, 2013

On Dec. 13, 2013, Dean Frank attended a NITEP Alumni & Friends Reception at the Westin Bayshore, which featured a book launch for Dr. Verna Kirkness, a former NITEP Director. This gathering was held during the annual Aboriginal Education Conference organized by the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the Ministry of Education.

Above: Dean Blye Frank and Dr. Verna Kirkness at the NITEP Gathering and Book Launch.