Author: Editor Ed News

Globe Theatre artists and playwright perform and discuss Us for Arts Ed students

A make-shift Theatre in the Round set the stage for Globe Theatre actors to perform short excerpts of Us for Arts Ed students and faculty.
Playwright and alumna Kelley Jo Burke talked about her experience at Camp fYrefly, where approximately 30 LGBTQ+ youth and counsellors accepted her invitation to listen to them talk about their experiences of coming together at summer camp, research she drew on in writing the script for this fictional play.

On Friday, March 2, a make-shift Theatre in the Round in the Faculty of Education drama room set the stage for Globe Theatre Actors Daniel Fong, Angela Kemp, David Light, and Kaitlyn Semple as well as Craig Salkeld, the Performance Pianist, to perform two short excerpts from Us, which is currently being performed at the Globe Theatre Main Stage.

Us is a heartwarming, brand new musical that explores what happens when LGBTQ+ youth come together in a group of peers at a summer camp. Created by award-winning playwright and radio producer Kelley Jo Burke and internationally renowned singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker, Us is an uplifting play about “coming in”—finding acceptance within yourself and in your community.” (Globe Theatre)

Arts Ed students were privileged to be part of this up-close performance and discussion as part of their PLACE experience. Playwright and alumna Kelley Jo Burke talked about her experience at Camp fYrefly, where she listened to LGBTQ+ youth and counsellors talk about their experiences of coming together at summer camp, the research she drew on in writing the script for this fictional play. Other members of the creative team, such as Director and Musical Director Valerie Ann Pearson and Set and Costume Designer Wes D. Pearce, discussed the thought behind their areas of development for the musical.

Participants in the panel discussion included Professor Emeritus James McNinch (director of Camp fYrefly), members of the creative team, and educators.

A panel presentation followed the performance moderated by Dr. Kathryn Ricketts. Panel participants discussed the importance of the play (and summer camp) for youth who have identified as LGBTQ+,  who are needing to find an Us to which they belong, and addressed current issues around diversity and inclusion.



Successful Defence

On February 28, 2018, Dr. Ian Matheson successfully defended his dissertation Unpacking Reading Comprehension by Text Type: An Examination of Reading Strategy Use and Cognitive Functioning in Poor and Typically-Achieving Comprehenders at Queen’s University, Faculty of Education.

Dr. Derek Berg (Queen’s University) served as Ian’s Supervisor and the following were his committee members: Dr. Nancy Hutchinson (Queen’s University) and Dr. Don Klinger (Queen’s University). External to Faculty was Dr. Valerie Kuhlmeier (Queen’s University), Head/Delegate was Dr. Kristy Timmons (Queen’s University), External to University was Dr. Dawn Buzza (Wilfrid Laurier) and the Chair was Dr. Anthony Goerzen (Queen’s University).

In his study, Dr. Matheson  examined how students build comprehension with different types of text. Poor comprehenders and typically achieving comprehenders, as determined by a standardized measure for general reading comprehension, were compared in their reading comprehension and reading strategy use across narrative, expository, and graphic text. Ian also examined the influence of cognitive functioning on reading comprehension, and to what extent cognitive functions can explain the difference in reading comprehension between poor and typically achieving comprehenders. This research was partially exploratory, where he aimed to validate existing research on cognitive functions, reading strategies, and reading comprehension of text, as well as to contribute new research that distinguishes between text types. Past research has shown that cognitive functions predict reading comprehension and that poor comprehenders have poorer cognitive functioning and use fewer reading strategies than their peers. However, no research to date has made distinctions between different types of text, specifically graphic text, and how cognitive functioning and reading strategy use relate to comprehension.

Admission on the Spot Events!

Thinking about becoming a teacher? Applying just got a lot easier! Attend an Admission on the Spot event near you.


The Faculty of Education, University of Regina will be assessing applications and admitting students on the spot at these events!

Watch for an event near you:

  • Prince Albert February 13, 2018, 3:30 – 7:00 pm, Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Regina  February 15, 2018, 3:30 -7:30 pm, University of Regina, Riddell Centre Multi-Purpose Room
  • Yorkton February 27, 2018, 3:30 – 7:00 pm, Parkland College
  • Calgary (South) March 7 2018, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m., Delta Calgary South
  • Calgary (North) March 8, 2018, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m., Aloft Calgary Hotel

Come Prepared!

  1. Download and answer all applicable questions on the Teacher Education Application and Profile form (download to your computer and fill the form in and print it)
  2. Attend an Admission on the Spot event and bring your:
  • Completed Teacher Education Application and Profile form
  • School-certified unofficial transcript
  • Application Fee (Check your Admission on the Spot event page for the correct application fee)

If eligible, you will receive a conditional offer of admission at the event.

*NOTE: We are not able to admit on the spot for the following programs: BEd/BKin combined degree, BEd (Physical Education), and BEd (Music).

Rural Internship Placement Scholarships!

Because of our commitment to student success and community engagement, we have created a one-time Rural Internship Scholarship!

We are able to support 50 interns, with an up to $2000 scholarship for each intern.
This scholarship can only be applied to tuition for internship.

Steps to Apply

1. Visit the Google Doc titled Internship in Rural Saskatchewan-Fall 2018 for the list of communities and schools eligible for this Rural Internship Scholarship. The spots eligible for this Scholarship are highlighted in yellow.

2. Add your name to the placement spot that has not been filled. (Those who have already signed up for internship outside of Regina will find your names already included in this Google Doc.)

3. If you have already filled out the online Internship application for interning in communities that are not on the eligible list but you would like to be considered for a community that is eligible, contact Louise by February 16, 2018 at 306-585-4521 or email:

The criteria for this Rural Internship Scholarship is successful completion of your pre-internship and recommendation from your Program area to proceed to internship.

If you have any question about this Rural Internship Scholarship please feel free to contact Louise at 306-585-4521

Maîtrise en Éducation Française

“The studies to obtain the Maîtrise en éducation française allowed me to explore various issues connected with, among other things, curriculum, language, culture and teaching strategies, all from the perspective of minority and second-language education. I had the opportunity to question, analyze and take a critical look at both my own teaching and education in general. Taking courses with other teachers in situations similar to my own made this experience all the more relevant and enriching.” Claire St-Cyr Power, Learning Resource Teacher, Conseil des écoles fransaskoises Regina, Saskatchewan (Since 2012 Claire has been working as a secondment to the Programme du baccalauréat en éducation.)



Are you a teacher working in French who has a desire for personal and professional growth? Have you been wishing for ongoing opportunity to learn from other professionals facing similar challenges? Consider pursuing your Master’s degree in French!

Through our Maîtrise en éducation française program, teachers working in French can continue their professional development in French, exploring issues specific to French language education in a minority setting.

Online and Summer Course Offerings!

This 30-credit, project-route program in curriculum and instruction consists of four online courses, two intensive summer institutes (in Saskatoon), and a project, and is completed over the course of three years.

With the program offered online and in the summer, our program is flexible and accessible, making it possible to earn a master’s degree without sacrificing quality or salary, and without over-loading your schedule. 


Cohort-Based Learning: Professional Communities of Practice!

As a cohort-based program, professional communities of practice are facilitated, enhancing the quality of learning experience for students by creating opportunity to work closely with colleagues who also work in French.

Lave and Wenger (1991; 2006) have coined the term “community of practice” to describe this essential aspect of social learning. “Communities of practice are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavor.” 

Cohort-based learning is an effective means for developing such communities.

Partnerships with Other Western Francophone Universities = Expanded Course Options CHOICES!

Because the program is offered in partnership with the La Cité, founding members of the Consortium des établissements universitaires de l’Ouest canadien pour l’offre de programmes, students can choose to take their online courses from other Consortium members: the Université de Saint-Boniface, the University of Alberta’s Saint- Jean campus, and Simon Fraser University. All of these partners will give students an abundance of courses to choose from, ensuring relevance and engagement.

All courses and assignments are in French.

For more information, contact
Dr. Laurie Carlson Berg at

Read more about this program:




New Indigenous Speaker Series

Whisperings of the Land is the theme for a new Indigenous Speaker’s Series towards understanding Indigenization. Indigenous people have always had a close relationship to the land. There has also been an historical disruption in land relocations, land desecration and pillaging for economic gain. Our presenters will relate to how the land speaks to them.

The first speaker will be Dr. James Daschuk, author of Clearing the Plains.

January 23, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Education Building, Room 210

The Indigenous Speaker Series is open to all Education faculty, staff, and students.

Student Services New Hours

Student Services Nicole Glas and Wanneta Martin on extended hours duty for first of late Tuesdays.
Not only a new name and new location, But also new hours!

To better serve students, Student Services, located on the third floor of the Education Building, will now be open over lunch hour and until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays!

New Hours:

Monday, Wednesday – Friday: 8:15 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m.

Tuesday: 8:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Summer Study Tour 2018 – Belgium

Summer Study Tour to Belgium

EFDN 498: La citoyenneté globale en éducation/Global Citizenship in Education

July 1 – July 9, 2018

Open to all Faculty of Education students in all B.Ed. Programs

Gain knowledge and expertise on key UNESCO goals for teachers from around the world!


Information Session: January 16, 2018 at noon in ED 558

For more information contact: