March 5, 2021 | Congratulations to Dr. Leyton Schnellert, Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, on his reappointment as Eleanor Rix Professor for Rural Teacher Education for a second three-year term beginning September 1, 2021. The mandate of the Eleanor Rix Professorship is to better understand and respond to current problems and needs that exist in rural education, and to recruit, prepare and support new and practicing teachers who work in small and rural communities in British Columbia.
During his first term as Rix Professor, Dr. Schnellert received $621,300 in competitive grants as lead or co-lead investigator and $1,562,000 as co-investigator for a total of $2,183,300. Funded studies include Growing Innovation in Rural Sites of Learning (SSHRC), Co-composing an embedded, land-based Coast Salish immersion middle school (Vancouver Foundation), and Working towards relational accountability through local Indigenous ways of knowing and being (SSHRC). These projects were developed with rural and Indigenous communities, educators, and researchers to recognize and nurture place-conscious and culturally sustaining pedagogies.
Dr. Schnellert is co-chair of British Columbia’s Rural Education Advisory, academic advisor to the West Kootenay Rural Teacher Education Program, and coordinator of the Practitioner Inquiry and Place-Conscious Pedagogies M.Ed. Program. His recent publications include the edited book, Professional learning networks: Facilitating transformation in diverse contexts with equity-seeking communities; book chapter, Place-consciousness and education change networks to empower rural learners in Corbett and Gereluk’s Rural teacher education: Connecting land and people; and article, In situ hybrid spaces as generative sites for teacher preparation in McGill Journal of Education.
To learn more about Dr. Schnellert’s work, research and publications, visit his profile.