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Dean-recommended resource for teachers and schools systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

Dean-recommended resource for teachers and schools systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andreas Schleicher, the Director of the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, published a brief document today that provides some insight into how teachers and school systems might consider responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The brief was developed from the 2018 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) that asked over 250,000 teachers and school leaders from almost 50 countries about how we might best face the diverse challenges that are in front of us.

Four main themes are presented in today’s briefing: 1) leveraging technology to support teaching and learning, 2) empowering teachers and enabling them to innovate, 3) recognizing and encouraging the social connectedness of schools as learning communities, and 4) targeting leadership efforts to make a difference.

I think it is worth the time for you to read it:

Andreas Schleicher. (2020, March 23). How can teachers and school systems respond to the COVID-19 pandemic? Some lessons from TALIS. OECD Education and Skills Today. Retrieve at

Jerome Cranston, PhD
Dean | Professor
Faculty of Education

New book: Learning to Teach Young Children

By: Anna Kirova, Larry Prochner, Christine Massing. (Dec. 2019).

Learning to Teach Young Children: Theoretical Perspectives and Implications for Practice. New York, NY: Bloomsbury.


Learning to Teach Young Children provides you with the tools to critically engage with the key concepts and beliefs in early childhood education theory and practice. The book is organized around ten propositions that are explored in relation to 30 key questions, for example:
– What does it mean to honour children’s right to be different?
– What does it mean to learn?
– How can images of childhood be used as frames for practice?

Original comic-book style illustrations are used to explore key theoretical concepts in an accessible and engaging way. The book also includes a companion website offering overviews of the key concepts covered in the book, supplementary information and references, reflective questions and case studies to support your learning.” Source

The Faculty of Education continues to operate

The Faculty of Education continues to operate.

Today, 37 faculty and staff members gathered to conduct the regular Faculty Council Meeting, but this time, due to Covid-19 precautions, the meeting was held remotely through Zoom. Because many were new to meetings conducted this way, participants were instructed by the Faculty’s Professor of Information and Communication Technologies, Dr. Alec Couros, on how to vote for motions using Zoom tools. The meeting rolled out smoothly, with a spirit of willingness on the part of faculty and staff, who are rising to the challenging and changing landscape of remote/distance post-secondary teaching, learning, and operations with courage and flexibility, alongside students.

Dean Jerome Cranston spoke to the group about this being an unprecedented time, with protocols and plans “not only changing daily, but also changing by the hour.” Expressing thanks to the admin team, Associate Deans Dr. Patrick Lewis, Dr. Pam Osmond-Johnson, and Dr. Twyla Salm, and General Administrator Rochelle Fenwick, as well as Dr. Alec Couros, the Dean encouraged everyone to continue to “be a group that is focused on caring for each other, showing compassion and showing kindness. … All the protocols have real-life implications. We need now more than ever to take care of each other.”

The U of R is prioritizing teaching as its most critical function. Today was the first day of remote classes for professors and students, and this “new norm” will continue indefinitely. Administrators continue to plan and prioritize for the future and will provide updates for students, staff, faculty, and the education sector as we move forward in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dean’s message to students, faculty and staff | Covid-19 Precautions

A Note from the Dean to the Students, Faculty, and Staff of the Faculty of Education

Let me begin by thanking everyone in the University, Faculty, and broader education-sector community for their caring and efforts. It will make a positive difference. The past 24 hours and past few days have been disconcerting for many of us and as the level of uncertainty about the impact of COVID-19 has mounted, so too has the need for us to make decisions we never could have imagined making just days ago. That is true not just for those of us who hold administrative roles in the Faculty but also for many of you.

People are understandably nervous and worried as our lives are being impacted in unsettling ways. But the past few days and weeks have demonstrated that we are also caring and thoughtful. It has also become clear how committed people are to take care of each other and our communities. In that light, I will encourage each of us to continue to focus on what we can do to support our families, students, colleagues, and the communities we live in rather than becoming frozen by the prospect of what we cannot do.

We are going to make mistakes as we try to move things forward, and things will not be perfect. However, I commit that I, the Faculty’s Administrative Team, and all of our colleagues will continue to work together in the best ways we can. Finally, I would like to express a sincere thank you to all of you for your extraordinary efforts to-date and as we continue over the weeks to come.

Jerome Cranston, Ph.D.

Dean | Professor Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Retirement celebration

On February 5, 2020 faculty and staff gathered to show their appreciation of Louise Laverdiere, who retired February 14, after 30 years of service to the University of Regina.

Louise has had varied responsibilities during her time at the U of R. She started out her career at the U of R in 1989, where she worked in Purchasing and Accounts Payable until 1997. From there she worked in Payroll for a month, and then moved to a permanent position in Supply Management where she worked doing purchasing, ordering and requisitions until July 2001. For the next nine years she worked in the Faculty of Engineering, where her portfolio included a broad assortment of responsibilities. In 2010, Louise joined the Faculty of Education where she has worked as an administrative assistant, first in the Education Graduate Studies office and then for the last nine years in the PD and Field Placement Office. For her retirement, Louise will be enjoying more time with her five grandchildren, her husband Jeff, and time at their place at Katepwa Lake.

SUNTEP Regina students engaged in project replicating Road Allowance home

Follow along the Twitter journey posted by SUNTEP Regina professor Brenna Pacholko, outlining the student project that resulted in an accurate portrayal of the interior of a Road Allowance House. The display can be viewed at the GDI Library, 2nd floor of the College West Building. They will be presenting about the project on February 27 at 7:00 pm @ the Artesian on 13th as part of  the Heritage Regina Lecture series, “gee meeyo pimawtshinawn It was a Good Life. Stories from the Road Allowance People.”

Admission on the Spot in Regina

Skip the waiting! Fast forward the admission process by attending an Admission on the Spot event!

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

February 12, 2020

4:00 to 7:00 PM

Campion College

Why come to our February Admission on the Spot?

  • Discounted application fee ($70 instead of $100)
  • Receive a free pair of limited edition U of R mittens
  • Leave the event being admitted to your faculty of choice*
  • Free housing applications, additional scholarships, & other incentives

Who can attend Admission on the Spot?

  • Current grade 12 students
  • High school graduates & mature students
  • Students who have taken other post-secondary education**
  • Students with international documents**

**Students with international or post-secondary documents can receive the discounted application fee; however, will NOT be admitted that same day. International students, or students on a study visa, are not eligable for Admission on the Spot or the reduced application fee.

What should you bring to Admission on the Spot?

  • Application Fee: $70.00 for your application fee (cash, cheque, or credit card)
  • Current High School Students: A school certified/unofficial transcript (ask your guidance counsellor or principal in advance)
  • High School Graduates: Please bring your official final high school transcript.

If you have any questions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact us at
1-800-644-4756 or at

Save the date for Education Expo 2020

The annual Education Expo is happening January 27, 202 from 10 – 2 in Gym 3. Bring your resume and connect with future employers!

Brought to you by the UR Career Education Centre and the Faculty of Education.

More information at


Alumna Monique Salud (’19)

Alumna Monique Salud (’19), who now teaches French Immersion at École Traditions Elementary School, highly recommends attending this event and keeping an open mind to the possibilities:

Salud says, “I was very set on just visiting one booth in particular. But my friends told me to be open minded and visit other booths. If I didn’t listen to them I wouldn’t have gotten a contract before convocation!”