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SSHRC Funding

July 2019 Funding announcements:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Award Recipients for Insight Development Grants: 2019-20 Competition

Applicant: Gale Russell, University of Regina.
Title: Valued Kinds of Knowledge and Ways of Knowing in Mathematics Classrooms                                         Funding: $69,732.00
Applicant: Christine Massing, University of Regina
Collaborator: Donalee Wennberg, Regina Open Door Society
Title: Co-constructing Intercultural Practice with Newcomer Families and Early Childhood Educators
Funding: $41,045.00
Applicant: Joël Thibeault, University of Regina
Co-applicants: Isabelle Gauvin, Université du Québec à Montréal;
Roy Lyster, McGill University;
Andrea Sterzuk, University of Regina.
Title: L’enseignement des verbes de mouvement en immersion française : création et mise à l’essai d’une séquence qui repose sur la didactique intégrée du français et de l’anglais.                    Funding: $26,489.00

Award Recipients for Partnership Grants: 2019-20 Competition

Applicant: Carla Peck, University of Alberta; Alan Sears, University of New Brunswick, Catherine Duquette and David Lefrançois, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Co-applicant: Michael Cappello, University of Regina (among 30 co-applicants)
Title: Thinking Historically for Canada’s Future. Funding: $2,500,000.00 over 7 years

GDI celebrates 3rd cohort of Master of Education grads

By James Oloo, Research Coordinator, Gabriel Dumont Institute

It seems like yesterday when 25 individuals gathered together at Gabriel Dumont Institute in Prince Albert to start their first day of a two-year Community-based Master of Education class. Exactly two years later, the same individuals gathered at Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club to celebrate the completion of their studies.

Congratulations to our third graduating cohort, the Class of 2019, which includes Joanne Berg; Jennifer Brown; Caitlin Crawford- Morley; Suzanne DePeel; Heather Carter; Darcie Eschyschyn; Amanda L. Fisher; Joel Hamilton; Tristan Hayunga; Elisa Hryniuk; Leanne Jordan; Joseph Kaufhold; Kari Korczak; Lazar Lafleur; Rebecca Lafond; Jodi Lentendre; Tracy Mckay; Bonnie Novotny; Rayanne Patterson; Kristin Pawliw; Christine Quennelle; Angela K. J. Rancourt; Shauna St. Amand; Robyn Stanford; and Megan Walsh.

To celebrate their achievements, Gabriel Dumont Institute held a reception for the graduates and their loved ones on July 25, 2019, where we had a number of faculty and staff who have been integral to the program’s development express their congratulations to the graduates.

Almost all the graduates are teachers at schools in the Prince Albert Area. Many knew each other or had common friends before they came to Gabriel Dumont Institute. When asked what they liked about the program, which is offered by Gabriel Dumont Institute in partnership with the University of Regina, many of the graduates mentioned “smaller classes” and the “cohort system,” in which the whole class start the program together and graduate together as a group. One said, “We have been a family for the past two years. I have learned a lot from my classmates. Even after graduation, we will maintain a strong professional learning network.”

Suzanne DePeel described the Master of Education program as “Amazing!” Caitlin Crawford-Morley pointed out that because the program is offered at an area with a big Indigenous population, “it has provided me with a culturally responsive pedagogy that not only benefits me, but will also enable my students to be successful.”

Megan Walsh liked the fact that the program is offered locally in Prince Albert thus expanding access for students who are working as they don’t have to travel or leave work to enroll in the program. Megan asserted,

“The program used instructional scaffolding technique which involved breaking down learning objectives for each class into manageable steps, and providing adequate support throughout the programs.”

The program employs a cohort-based system which enables students, usually bachelor of education degree holders who are working as teachers, to take same classes together. The focus in cohorts allows for students to think independently and engage in innovative learning while the continuity it presents could result in more effective supports and success for students. The Class of 2019 included a cohort of 25 students who started the program in the summer of 2017. They all plan to attend the fall 2019 convocation at the University of Regina later this year.

The Master of Education program head Michael Relland congratulated the graduates and thanked families and friends who were in the audience for their “support, sacrifice, and guidance,” noting that he was “so proud of this program and seeing the students grow and develop. We have always believed in the importance of making a positive change for ourselves, our students, and our country as we take steps towards reconciliation.”

The fourth cohort of 24 students commenced the Master of Education program in July 2019. As we congratulate the graduating class, we would like to extend a warm welcome to the Class of 2021 and wish them well in their studies.

Just over 70 students have graduated from the Master of Education program to date. While the program is relatively new, Gabriel Dumont Institute has played an important role in advancing Indigenous teacher education in Saskatchewan since its own founding 40 years ago. The Institute’s Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP), offered in Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert in partnership with the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan, has graduated more than 1,300 Indigenous teachers. And, in the fall of 2019, the inaugural class of the newly established Northern Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP) – to be delivered by Gabriel Dumont Institute in partnership with the Lac La Ronge Indian Band – will start their studies in Air Ronge, Saskatchewan.

Reposted with permission from https://gdins.org/gdi-celebrates-3rd-cohort-of-master-of-education-grads/

Farewells and welcome

We bid farewell and best wishes to Blair Gullickson, who retired from the position of Manager of Student Placements and Field Experiences May 31, 2019.
We welcome Jill Young-Lee, who as accepted the 2-year term position of Manager of Student Placements and Field Experiences with the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. Young-Lee comes from Prairie Valley School Division and has many years of teaching and administrative experience. Young-Lee left her position as Principal of Montmarte School to join the Faculty of Education on August 6.
We bid farewell and best wishes to Dr. Joël Thibeault who resigned his position with the University of Regina July 31, 2019. Thibeault is headed to his new position at the University of Ottawa. Though he will be missed, we wish him success.
We bid a fond farewell and best wishes to Dr. Cyril Kesten who retired his position as Professor of Business, Technology and Media education  July 31, 2019. Kesten began his well-deserved retirement after 41+ years of dedicated service to the Faculty of Education, University of Regina.

New appointment to inclusive education

Kyle Robinson joined the Faculty of Education effective July 1, 2019 in a tenure track position in Inclusive Education. Robinson is near completion of his Ph.D. from Queen’s University with an anticipated defense date in early fall 2019. Robinson obtained his Master of Education (’15) in Cognitive Studies, a Bachelor of Education (’13), and a Bachelor of Arts, Honors (’12) from Queen’s University. He taught and served as a research and teaching assistant at Queen’s for the past six years.

Robinson has been the recipient of numerous awards, honours, grants and fellowships. His research is focused on developing a socially valid model of parental advocacy for children and youth, and his scholarly interest and commitment align well with the focus of the Inclusive Education subject area’s commitment to the developmental well-being of children and youth, and to the Faculty of Education’s commitment to social justice through holistic approaches to childhood development and learning.

New appointment: Directeur of le Bac

Jean Dufresne accepted the role of Directeur of le Bac effective Jul 01, 2019 until June 30, 2021. Dufresne has been a valuable member of the Bac team over the years and most recently served as the Interim Co-Director of the Bac.

Dufresne taught with the Regina Catholic School Division and started his teaching career at Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School in 1987. Between 1994 and 1998, Dufresne was seconded to the Department of Education to work on the secondary French Immersion curriculum guide. He was curriculum developer/writer for Français immersion 10, 20, 30, and Intégré A20 and B20. Dufresne has been a valuable member of the Faculty for over 10 years, contributing immensely to the growth of the le Bac program.

New Associate Dean Appointment

Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson

Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson has accepted the appointment as Associate Dean, Student Services & Undergraduate Programs for a term of three (3) years effective July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2022.

Osmond-Johnson is a tenured Associate Professor of Educational Leadership with the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina. She also serves as the Educational Core Studies subject area chair.  Osmond-Johnson is a former high-school teacher and school administrator, and much of her research has centered on teacher professionalism and teacher professional development. In 2017, Osmond-Johnson was the recipient of the Pat Clifford Award, recognizing her research contributions. Her recent co-authored works include a national report on The Status of Educators; Professional Learning in Canada, funded by Learning Forward; and Empowered Educators in Canada, part of Linda Darling-Hammond’s Empowered Educators book series.

New lecturer to elementary education

Audrey Aamodt Photo credit: Paper Moon Photography

Audrey Aamodt joined the Faculty of Education, University of Regina July 1, 2019 as a lecturer in elementary education. Aamodt holds a Master of Arts (’10) in Environmental Education and Communication from Royal Roads University, and a Bachelor of Arts (’03), Major in Mathematics and Minor in Biology from the University of Regina.

Aamodt has successfully taught and supervised teacher interns in the Faculty of Education since 2011. She has been invested in and is a contributing member to the Faculty’s efforts to indigenize its curriculum and programs. During her graduate studies, Aamodt authored and co-authored a number of publications and engaged in a number of scholarly presentations.