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WestCAST 2020 | PD opportunity for up to 8 undergraduate students

The Faculty of Education will be sponsoring up to 8 undergrad students to present at WestCAST 2020!

What is WestCAST? An undergraduate conference for preservice and in-service teachers, grad students, and teacher educators hosted by Western Faculties of Education.

Where: University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, BC
When: February 19-21, 2020

Information session: Friday, October 4, 1:00 p.m. in Ed 341
Proposal writing and presentation development mentoring will be provided.
Proposals are due November 8, 2019

*Note you must be in year 2 or beyond to qualify

**The Faculty of Education will cover registration, accommodation, and travel to and from the conference


For more information, contact
Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson,
Associate Dean of Student Services and Undergraduate Programs

Faculty Members Receive Stirling McDowell Foundation Research Grants

The Faculty of Education is pleased to announce that two of our faculty along with one alumna are recipients of Stirling McDowell Foundation Research Grants:

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Dr. Jennifer Tupper, Dean, Faculty of Education
Dr. Tana Mitchell
Dr. Tana Mitchell

Dr. Jennifer Tupper has received a Stirling McDowell Foundation research grant of $19,933. She and co-investigator Dr. Tana Mitchell, who is a teacher at Balfour and former graduate student and sessional instructor in our faculty, were successful in their grant application to support their project: High school teachers working towards reconciliation: Examining the teaching and learning of residential schools.

Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson
Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson

Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson has received a research grant of $9216 from the Stirling McDowell Foundation for her project Teachers Leading Teachers: The Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit’s Facilitator Community.  Her project will explore the SPDU’s facilitator community, a professional learning community of teachers who develop and lead professional learning opportunities for their peers.

Bac Faculty Member Recipient of Research Grant From ACF

Dr. Fadila Boutouchent

Congratulations to Dr. Fadila Boutouchent who is the successful recipient of a $6,875 grant from Assemble Communautaire Fransaskoise (ACF) for her project entitled The Retention Deficit of Students in Education Programs in French in Saskatchewan: Evaluation of Students From Grades 8 to 11.

This is a notable achievement that will undoubtedly make important contributions to the research and scholarship in French education, not only in Saskatchewan, but also nationally and internationally.

Dean Tupper Co-Investigator on Successful SSHRC Insight Grant

Dr. Jennifer Tupper, Dean

Dr. Jennifer Tupper, Dean of the Faculty of Education, is a Co-Investigator on a successful Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant project entitled Aboriginal Perspectives at the Cultural Interface: Researching the Interventions. This five-year research project, involving two other scholars from the University of Manitoba, Dr. Yatta Kanu (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Frank Deer (Co-Investigator), received $229,334 in funding.

Congratulations to Dr. Tupper as she engages in this important and timely study.

Faculty Member Part of Team Researching Teachers’ Roles for Canada’s Creative Economy

Dr. Kathryn Ricketts

Dr. Kathryn Ricketts is one of the co-applicants on a successful SSHRC Insight Grant for the project entitled Reconceptualizing Teachers’ Roles for Canada’s Creative Economy. The four-year research project involves scholars from UPEI, UBC, McGill, Cape Breton University, Royal Roads University and the University of Regina, and received over $300,000 in funding.

Congratulations to Dr. Ricketts on her participation in this exciting research project.

SIDRU Research Fund Recipients

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the SIDRU Research Fund:

Dr. Xia Ji, Anna Lucero, Julie Machnaik, Dr. Marilyn Miller: $5000.
Title: Exploring a Bridging program for Internationally Educated Teachers in Saskatchewan
Category: Field Experience and Professional Development

Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose, Carrie LaVallie: $5000.
Title: Indigenous and Western based healing approaches that meet spiritual needs to strengthen relapse prevention as identified by elders
Category: General Fund

Dr. Kathleen Nolan: $5000
Title: Being and Becoming a Mathematics Teacher: Using an Integrated Noticing Framework in an Internship Learning Community
Category: Field Experience and Professional Development

The Chair of the Committee, Dr. Carol Schick, commented:

“Thank you for the opportunity to review the applications for the SIDRU Fund Competition. The field was very strong and each application has much to commend it. It is a pleasure to see the creative and solid plans that would each do much to advance high quality, justice-oriented research within our Faculty. …We are very fortunate in our faculty to receive research support from SIDRU that enables our members to advance their research agendas.”

New Mural Brightens Up a Corner of the Campus

By Costa Maragos (Reposted from U of R Feature Stories)

Each time Keith Adolph looks out of his office, he sees a work of art that brightens his day.

It’s a new mural that graces a wall at the Teaching Preparation Centre, a library and work space for education students located on the second floor of the education Building.

“It’s great. It draws me in and invites me to look at it longer,” says Adolph who is the Centre’s coordinator. “It feels like I’ve helped make this space a little more organic. It feels more like a learning space and a place for people to be in.”

The mural, called Spiritual Journey, is the work of Cliff Dubois, an artist from the Pasqua First Nation. Central to the theme are four buffalo, walking on sage, shown to signify various stages of life.

“The buffalo that are walking begin in the physical form and slowly fade, eventually making the journey to the spirit world,” says Dubois whose spiritual name is Strong Wind and is indicated by his trademark tiny tornado sketch in the lower right corner of his works. “At the end of the buffalo is a smudge with smouldering smoke that crosses the sky which represents the universe. The smudge offers purification for the soul.”

The mural became a reality thanks to the enthusiastic support of the Faculty of Education and other members of the campus community. The project was funded by the U of R’s Indigenous Advisory Circle.

Dr. Shauneen Pete, Executive Lead on Indigenization, recommended funding for the project.

“For me this project is very much in support of the Strategic Plan. Indigenizing spaces is about changing the physical spaces and by adding the signage and images,” says Dr. Pete. “This is a good way of realigning Indigenous imagery and making them prominent and normal. I can’t wait to see how our students respond to this image and the discussions it will provoke. I’m really happy with it.”

From the beginning, Adolph envisioned a mural with a First Nations theme.

“We’re on Treaty 4 land and with the Indigenization movement we see on campus, I want to be a part of that,” says Adolph. “I want the students coming into this space to feel they’re being represented.”

The mural is located in Room 228 of the Education Building. Adolph encourages you to drop by for a look.

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Mural by Artist Cliff Dubois in Teaching Preparation Centre

Artist Cliff Dubois with his mural “Spiritual Journey” in the background. Photo credit: Shuana Niessen

Make sure you stop by to see the newly painted mural entitled “Spiritual Journey” by Artist Cliff Dubois in the Teaching Preparation Centre (Ed 228). This new artwork is the result of Keith Adolph’s (Teaching Preparation Centre Coordinator) successful application for an Indigenization grant from the Indigenization Advisory Circle (IAC). Stay tuned for a story to be featured on the University of Regina Front Page. Keith will be posting an artist biography plaque on the wall as well.

Artist Cliff Dubois with Teaching Preparation Centre Coordinator, Keith Adolph. Photo credit: Shuana Niessen