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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.

ADMISSION ON THE SPOT EVENTS

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: pdoffice@uregina.ca

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.)

 

MAÎTRISE EN ÉDUCATION FRANÇAISE

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 Laurie.Carlson.Berg@uregina.ca

Read more about this program: https://www.uregina.ca/education/programs/masters/maitrise-en-education-francaise.html

 

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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!

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

For more information contact: Heather.Phipps@uregina.ca

Dean of Education Appointment

Dr. Jerome Cranston (Source: University of Manitoba)

Dr. Jerome Cranston of the University of Manitoba has accepted appointment as Dean of Education at the University of Regina. The appointment is effective 1 July 2018.

Dr. Cranston is presently the Executive Director, Student Engagement & Academic Success, and Associate Professor of Educational Administration at University of Manitoba. He holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba, an MEd from the University of Lethbridge, and both the BEd and the BSc from the University of Alberta.

Prior to assuming his current role as Executive Director, he was Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. He is also an adjunct in Peace and Conflict Studies there, and a research associate with the Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice, and serves both on the Advisory Board and as a research affiliate for the Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Cranston also serves on the Board of Directors for the Gonzaga Middle School in Winnipeg, a new school developed on the Nativity School model.

Before beginning his career at the University of Manitoba, he spent 16 years in the K-12 education system as teacher, principal, and superintendent in a career that spanned Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Dr. Cranston is a scholar, practitioner, and learner in the broad field of educational administration, management, and leadership. He researches and teaches as part of a transdisciplinary international community of enquiry on topics of education, social injustice, peace, and human rights education.

Dr. Cranston’s work on teachers’ conceptions of peace in post-genocide Rwanda earned him a 2015 American Educational Research Association award in Peace Education.

Dr. Cranston characterizes himself as “an immigrant descended from tribal and Anglo-Burmese ancestors and Scottish forebears.” He writes that he is “both colonizer and also colonized, but consummately Brown and committed to building healthy and reciprocally respectful relationships across diverse communities. I am fortunate to have married my best friend and contributed to the development of three amazing grown children.”

Dr. Andrea Sterzuk will continue to serve as Acting Dean of Education until June 30, 2018.

Thanks again to the members of the Search Advisory Committee for their commitment to a thorough search process: Alec Couros, Jenn de Lugt, Rochelle Fenwick, Emily Grafton, Xia Ji, Tish Karpa, Kristina Lee, Barbara McNeil, Pamela Osmond-Johnson, and Michelle Sorenson. Thanks also to Nancy Kazeil of Human Resources and Bryanna Butz for their key contributions to the success of this search.

~Dr. Thomas Chase, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Treaty4Project inspires new way to offer treaty education in Regina

(l-r) Leia Laing, Governor General Julie Payette and Naomi Fortier-Fréçon at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Photo courtesy of VCpl Vincent Carbonneau

Naomi Fortier-Fréçon and Leia Laing are still relatively early in their teaching careers but they have already left an important legacy.

This past November, Fortier-Fréçon and Laing, both graduates of the U of R, received the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching. Governor-General Julie Payette, presented the award at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

They were recognized for co-founding the Treaty4Project in 2014 while they were teachers at Regina’s Campbell Collegiate High School.

Fortier-Freçon, while still teaching, is a U of R student once again, working on her PhD.

“When we accepted this honour we were very happy to see that our project was recognized at a national level,” says Fortier-Fréçon. “A lot of work and effort was put into this project and it was very exciting to see how this education project has evolved since it began in 2014.”

The Treaty4Project 2015 mural is on display at Regina’s Scott Collegiate. Photo courtesy of Leia Laing

The idea for the project came when Laing and Fortier-Fréçon concluded that students were not receiving the treaty education required.

So they started working on a program.

“First, the inspiration was to find a way to ‘think outside the box’ and find a creative way to teach about treaty education,” says Laing. “We were troubled by the reality that our students seemed to know very little about treaty education and when they knew something we noticed that they weren’t necessarily applying their knowledge in their lives. Therefore, they seemed to know the “right answer” on paper, but unfortunately that reality was not reflected in their actions or relationship with their friends and the community around them.”

The teachers started developing their idea. They searched for input. They approached Calvin Racette who was the Indigenous Education Coordinator with Regina Public Schools.

Racette supported the project from the beginning and suggested the teachers include Noel Starblankett, Knowledge Keeper at the University of Regina and Sandra Bellegarde, Indigenous Education Consultant with Regina Public Schools.

“Noel Starblanket was essential in the creation of this educational project,” says Fortier-Fréçon. “His presence allowed us to learn in a personal way about the importance of treaties. He also guided us regarding the respect of Indigenous protocols and offered support to our students.”

More people came onboard and the project “quickly snowballed into a group of inspired, passionate members who became the founding committee. Together we started to imagine the Treaty4Project,”says Fortier-Fréçon.

The principal aim of the project is for student to understand their generation’s relationship with Treaty 4 in Saskatchewan. The project provides students with an opportunity to engage with community members including elders, Indigenous artists, university professors, activists, and education students.

Laing had the idea to use art to help the students reflect about the meaning of treaties in a creative context. The result was a major mural project with Cri-Métis artist Ray Keighley at Regina’s Scott Collegiate in 2015.

A second mural created in 2017 and created with Cri-Ojibway artist Lloyd Dubois is on display at the library at École Elsie Mironuck Community School in Regina.

(l-r) Naomi Fortier-Fréçon, Noel Starblanket, Knowledge Keeper at the U of R and Leia Laing.

The Treaty4Project founding committee worked on organizing a youth conference to deepen the knowledge previously taught in the classroom and allow members of the community to share their stories with the students. Elders were regularly brought into classes.

More than 200 students from four high schools took part in the first conference in 2015. Two more conferences followed and now a fourth one is scheduled for 2018.

“The Treaty4Project has allowed us to have the opportunity to work in collaboration and build relationships among students, teachers and institutions and this is what we believe to be the true meaning of reconciliation,” says Fortier-Fréçon.

Says Laing: “Using personal stories from guest speakers, our students are invited to unlearn the official narrative and open their heart to other realities that they might not be aware of. Understanding these stories helped our students access a more inclusive history narrative and acknowledge that they have the privilege of living here because in the past a treaty was signed.”

Leia Laing is now teaching Grade 6 at École Monseigneur de Laval. She earned her Bachelor of Education at the U of R in 2008.

Naomi Fortier-Fréçon teaches French Immersion at École Elsie Mironuck Community School in Regina. She earned her Bachelor of Education at the U of R in 2007 and her Master of History at Université de Sherbooke in 2010. She is currently a PhD student in the Faculty of Education working under the supervision of Dr. Fadila Boutouchent.

Laing and Fortier-Fréçon say this project was made possible thanks to the support from:

Saskatchewan Arts Board
First Nations University of Canada
Faculty of Education (U of R)
The McDowell Foundation
Regina public schools

Founding Committee Members:

Noel Starblanket
Calvin Racette
Sandra Bellegarde
Monique Bowes
Hillary Ibbott-Neiszner
Dr. Angelina Weenie
Dr. Kathleen O’Reilly from First Nations University of Canada
Artists Ray Keighley and Lloyd Dubois.

The teaching team since 2015 are all U of R Education alumni:

Heather Findlay – Martin Collegiate
Tamara Ryba – Scott Collegiate
Tana Mitchell – Balfour Collegiate
Tiffany Agopsowicz – Martin Collegiate
Janine Taylor and Jessica Moser – Sheldon Williams
Elizabeth Therrien – Campbell Collegiate
Tracey Ellis – FW Johnson High School.

Other Presenters and Supporters:

Dr. Shauneen Pete (former Indigenous Lead/U of R)
Dr. Anna-Leah King (Faculty of Education)
Dr. Jennifer Tupper (Former Dean of the Faculty of Education)
Dr. James Daschuk, (U of R)
Rap singer Brad Bellegarde (aka InfoRed)
Cadmus Delorme (Chief of the Cowessess First Nation)
Dr. Mike Cappello (Education Faculty) and many more presenters from 2015 to the present day.

University of Regina feature story by Costa Maragos