Category: le Bac

Faculty Spotlight | Stephen Davis, Intérim coordinateur Maîtrise en éducation française and professeur adjoint

Aujourd’hui, nous mettons en vedette Stephen Davis, professeur adjoint et étudiant doctoral dans la Faculté d’éducation à l’Université de Regina. Stephen enseigne au Baccalauréat en éducation française (le Bac) et contribue à la formation des enseignant.e.s de l’immersion française et des programmes francophones en Saskatchewan. D’ailleurs, Stephen a accepté de servir comme coordinateur par intérim de la Maîtrise en éducation française.

Stephen est passionné de l’apprentissage des langues, de l’enseignement plurilingue et de l’éducation inclusive et équitable. Il souligne l’importance de l’enseignement du français en situation linguistique minoritaire à travers les prairies canadiennes, ainsi que la valeur du plurilinguisme et de toutes langues minoritaires en Saskatchewan. Aux yeux de Stephen, les moments les plus inspirants de l’enseignement sont quand les étudiant.e.s partagent leurs connaissances culturelles et leurs répertoires linguistiques diversifiées pour apprendre ensemble.

Quant à sa recherche, Stephen s’intéresse à plusieurs sujets en éducation, y compris l’immersion française, l’éducation équitable et inclusive, l’enseignement plurilingue, la politique linguistique et l’éducation des élèves nouveaux-arrivants au Canada. Stephen a reçu une bourse doctorale du Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines (CRSH) pour explorer les expériences des élèves réfugiés et les perspectives des enseignant.e.s en immersion française à travers les prairies canadiennes. Les élèves réfugiés sont souvent exclus de l’immersion, et Stephen s’intéresse à apprendre comment adapter ces programmes pour mieux inclure et soutenir tous les élèves nouveaux-arrivants. Stephen est également impliqué dans d’autres initiatives langagières en Saskatchewan, incluant un projet pilote avec Saskatoon Open Door Society pour enseigner l’anglais comme langue additionelle aux élèves réfugiés, ainsi qu’un camp d’immersion michif. Dans son enseignement, dans sa recherche et dans son service communautaire, Stephen cherche à promouvoir la pédagogie plurilingue et l’éducation équitable et inclusive au Canada.

Si Stephen avait des conseils à offrir aux étudiant.e.s du Bac, il les encouragerait à saisir l’occasion de collaborer avec des camarades de classe provenant des communautés culturelles et linguistiques diversifiées. Les étudiant.e.s du Bac viennent de plusieurs pays autour du monde et ont tellement d’expériences valables à contribuer à l’éducation en Saskatchewan. Stephen inviterait tous les étudiant.e.s à partager leurs cultures, leurs langues, leurs perspectives et leurs expériences vécues pour contribuer à une éducation interculturelle et transformative.

Dans son temps libre, Stephen aime faire du vélo, faire du ski de fond et jouer au basketball. Il joue également du saxophone dans un groupe de jazz à l’Université de Regina. Stephen adore surtout voyager, faire du camping et passer du temps avec sa femme et leur chien.

 

Faculty Spotlight | Claire St. Cyr-Power Interim Director of le Bac

Claire St. Cyr-Power, Interim Director, le Bac. Photo by Shuana Niessen

Aujourd’hui nous mettons en vedette une ancienne étudiante de l’Université de Regina, Claire St.Cyr-Power, qui est la nouvelle directrice par intérim du Baccalauréat en éducation française (le Bac).

Claire encourage toute personne considérant une carrière en enseignement, soit en immersion française ou en français langue maternelle, de choisir le Bac pour tous les avantages que ce programme offre aux étudiants. Entre autres, « le Bac permet aux étudiants d’utiliser et de développer leurs compétences langagières en français tout au long de leurs études », nous partage Claire. D’ailleurs, elle souligne le fait que la deuxième année du programme se passe à l’Université Laval à Québec afin de permettre aux étudiants de vivre et d’étudier dans un milieu totalement francophone. Étant elle-même diplômée du Bac, Claire a vraiment apprécié tous les cours et les expériences de stage, mais plus particulièrement cette deuxième année en milieu majoritairement francophone lorsqu’elle était étudiante.

Le développement et le perfectionnement langagier des étudiants du Bac lui tiennent grandement à cœur. Selon elle, il est primordial que les enseignants en contexte minoritaire francophone soient des modèles langagiers hors pairs pour leurs élèves. Par conséquent, elle ajoute que le temps passé à l’Université de Regina et à l’Université Laval doit être maximisé à son plein potentiel afin de bien développer et perfectionner les compétences langagières du futur enseignant.

Les études de maîtrise et la recherche entamée pour son mémoire ont permis à Claire d’explorer l’importance de la communication orale et écrite dans l’enseignement et l’apprentissage des mathématiques. Le tout a consolidé sa passion pour le développement des compétences langagières. En effet, Claire continue à explorer l’importance du développement langagier dans tous ses cours. Elle affirme que le développement des habiletés langagières ne peut pas se limiter aux cours de français, mais doit s’appliquer à l’enseignent de toutes les matières.

Si Claire avait des conseils à donner aux étudiants du Bac, elle leur dirait qu’il faut saisir toute occasion d’écouter, de lire, de parler et d’écrire en français. Elle encourage ceux qui ont le français comme langue maternelle à ne pas hésiter à partager leurs connaissances et compétences langagières avec leurs collègues. Pour ceux qui apprennent le français comme langue seconde ou additionnelle, elle souligne l’importance de ne pas avoir peur de faire des erreurs et de profiter de la rétroaction qu’ils reçoivent.

Selon Claire, le proverbe «C’est en forgeant qu’on devient forgeron» dit tout. La pratique est la meilleure façon de développer la confiance et les compétences.

Spotlight on Katherine Williams – seconded lecturer, le Bac program

Aujourd’hui, nous mettons en lumière Katherine Williams. Elle est enseignante en prêt de service dans le programme du Bac. Katherine pense que les étudiants devraient envisager le programme de formation des enseignants de français, car dit-elle, « il y a tellement de possibilités d’emploi pour les diplômés en éducation française et en tant qu’enseignant.e, nous pouvons avoir un impact énorme sur nos élèves en encourageant leurs rêves pour l’avenir. »

Aider les élèves à apprendre est ce qui passionne Katherine. Elle aime particulièrement enseigner la lecture, l’écriture et les mathématiques au niveau élémentaire. Elle a récemment pris la décision de passer de l’enseignement en immersion à la formation des enseignants en français au Bac parce que, dit-elle, « Je suis passionnée par l’éducation en français des élèves de la Saskatchewan dans les écoles francophones et d’immersion. Bien que j’aime travailler avec les élèves, c’est intéressant de pouvoir avoir un impact plus large que ma propre classe élémentaire en travaillant avec des futur.e.s enseignant.e.s qui auront un jour leur propre salle de classe. »

Katherine a commencé à travailler avec des étudiants du Bac en tant qu’enseignante coopérative pour le pré-internat et a tellement aimé voir la croissance et le développement des compétences pédagogiques chez les pré-internes qu’elle s’est inspirée de se joindre à l’équipe du Bac. « En tant qu’ancienne étudiante du programme du Bac, c’est mon grand honneur de participer dans le parcours d’apprentissage des futurs enseignants en continuant la tradition d’excellence dont le programme du Bac est reconnue. J’ai hâte de partager mes expériences en tant que titulaire de classe avec les futurs enseignant.e.s et de les aider à croître et à apprendre. »

En dehors du travail, Katherine aime passer du temps avec sa famille et son chien, se promener en plein air et cuisiner.

Comme conseil aux étudiants en éducation, Katherine dit : « Soyez engagé, curieux et essayez de nouvelles choses dans votre enseignement et votre apprentissage. Rappelez-vous que nous apprenons tous en faisant des erreurs de temps en temps. Et, posez beaucoup de questions ! »

 

Retirement – Jean Dufresne

Happy Retirement to Jean Dufresne who retired at the end of June 2022. Jean has served in the Faculty of Education and the le Bac program since his secondment from the Regina Catholic Schools in 2003. In 2017, Jean accepted a position as lecturer in the Bac program and from 2019 to 2022 he served in the role of Directeur of le Bac programme. He has been an outstanding teacher educator and an important member of the Bac team. He is well-respected by colleagues across the University and within the Regina Catholic, Public, and CEF School Divisions. The Faculty celebrated with Jean on June 23, 2022.

 

Le Bac student helping to preserve Indigenous languages

4th-Year Baccalauréat en Éducation (Français) student Wahbi Zarry has beaten pandemic odds with his recently released video, 10 Days of Nakota, the second in a series of educational documentaries exploring Indigenous languages.

Produced and directed by Wahbi with director of photography and editor Tony Quiñones, the video documents Wahbi’s educational journey as he learns to speak Nakota in 10 days. The first video, 10 Days of Cree, was released in 2020. Despite the upheaval of the pandemic, including the loss of his father and uncle, Wahbi persevered to finish both his studies and the second video.

Wahbi conceived of the idea of the educational language videos after realizing how existing documentaries about Indigenous languages were slow-paced, not reflecting the vibrancy of the communities documented. “I mean there is no movement. We get the wrong idea about these communities. They are not at all like the documentaries; they are working, there are schools, there are education programs, people are fighting for their language, their culture, and I wanted to show it differently,” says Wahbi.

As a French language speaker who was born in Morocco and grew up in Paris, France, and who immigrated to Canada, where he learned English, and now Cree and Nakoda, Wahbi understands the value of language. “For me a language is what culture sounds like. Language is the mirror of culture. Losing the language is losing the communication part in a culture,” Wahbi is concerned about the loss of Indigenous languages worldwide. To save Indigenous languages, Wahbi says, we must “include the youth and create entertainment to learn this language.”

Enter: Crocus BigEagle and an entertaining video documenting Wahbi’s attempt to learn Nakota in 10 days.

Photo credit: Tony Quiñones.

In 10 Days of Nakota, 10-year-old Crocus BigEagle was Wahbi’s Nakota teacher; he smiles as he says, “She was sufficiently strict.” Their interactions are lighthearted and humorous. The final exam is conducted by the only remaining fluent speaker of Nakota, Elder Peter Bigstone (Ocean Man Nakoda First Nation). To receive his Nakota education, Wahbi moves from Ocean Man First Nation, to Regina, to Carry the Kettle Nakoda Nation, and finally to Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation. While the video’s tone is entertaining and heart-warming, that there is only one fluent speaker left is felt poignantly.

Wahbi says, “When it comes to Indigenous language in general, it is something extremely important. What kinds of structures do we have to protect these languages?” Officialization of Indigenous languages is one of the solutions Wahbi suggests: “What we do for the French language needs to happen for Indigenous languages.” Wahbi adds, “Braille and sign language should also be official languages.”

By producing these videos, Wahbi says he has learned to think differently about the concept of identity: “I grew up in Europe where the concept of identity is considered a bit of racism, or chauvinism, but in the Indigenous communities of Canada, identity means something else: language, culture, including others, it means sharing the knowledge. Now I see identity really differently than before.”

Parts of the video were intentionally filmed on the University of Regina campus. Wahbi says, “I did very good to apply to the University of Regina. It is very important to me to represent the University. Being a student here was a blessing.” Wahbi funded these videos himself as a gift, a way of giving back to Canada, a country he says, “gave me the opportunities I needed to do what I wanted to do.”

As a result of the documentaries, Wahbi has been contacted by Indigenous communities and others from around the world. His videos have cleared up a misconception that “All First Nations speak the same language.” Wahbi hopes the next video will be set in New Zealand, learning the Māori language in 10 days.

Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzIBEZIBrps

Alumnus positively influencing change

Alumnus Christian Mbanza (BEd’17–Le Bac) is currently a French Immersion Educator at École St. Mary Elementary School in Regina. You may have seen Christian in the news recently regarding his work to bring Black history into prairie classrooms.

Christian has a passion for history and it is one reason he became a teacher: “I have a passion, not only about important events throughout history, but the people who were able to influence society. I had a history teacher in high school who would always tell us that ‘those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it,’ and that continues to echo in my mind. I see how true that is throughout society today.”

Black history is a particular focus for Christian, who says, “I believe that teaching Black history is often misrepresented or ignored in general and has created a negative image and perception around Africans/African-Canadians. In order for the perception to change, we must first know the history and properly teach the history. When students, Black or White, learn about the positive contributions of Black people, whether it be in science, art, law, and so forth, they are able to gain an appreciation and a new understanding. To ensure that Black history is being implemented, I encourage teachers to use resources by Black authors, writers, artist, and refer to famous Black scientists and mathematicians and incorporate primary sources into reading lists.”

A second passion for Christian is people, especially youth, which is another reason he became a teacher: “An educator can positively influence and change the course of a person’s life and that has always been my goal in becoming an teacher,” says Christian.

After 5 years of teaching experience at the elementary level, Christian has had the opportunity to define and refine his teaching philosophy. He says, “Experience is the best teacher. I have learned that effective teachers allow their students to make connections between content and acquire new knowledge that transforms into new ideas. That is why teachers have such a crucial role in the advancement of the community. Further, I am a firm believer in the power of relationships. Strong, positive relationships between teachers and students in the classroom are fundamental to promoting academic and overall student growth.”

Christian values the B.Ed. program he took with the Faculty of Education, “The B.Ed program has shown me the importance of challenging students to be the best that they can be so that they can positively influence our community.” Earning an education degree was, says Christian, “One of the proudest accomplishments of my life… I gained a passion and found purpose in education. Education has allowed me to gain problem solving abilities from multiple perspectives and, in my opinion, it has always held an important role in shaping the future of our society.”

Offering shout-outs to former professors, Christian says, “I had some very influential professors like Clay Burlingham, who changed my entire perspective on how history was taught; Dominic Sarny, who was instrumental in teaching me about cultural pride; and Jean Dufresne, who showed me how to implement my passion into what I teach and how I teach it. A lot of how I teach has really come from my education at the University and these professors especially.”

The most memorable experience Christian had as a French le Bac student was his experience at Laval University: “As a French education student, in order to develop our skills in French, second-year students spend two full semesters in language and cultural immersion at Laval University. This experience allowed me to grow as a person, student, and a teacher. By far the most memorable experience!”

Christian has now decided to work on his master’s degree with the Faculty of Education. “Pursuing a master’s will allow me to grow as a person, and I believe that it will help me create an inclusive classroom in a diverse world, while learning and growing my passions. As an educator I believe it is very important to continue to create the necessary changes in your life and in your classroom to impact our youth and our community.”

Spring 2022 Education News

Click image to access the animated copy of Education News.

In this issue:
A note from the Dean….. 3
Change maker: Tranforming schools and society….. 4
Alumna envisions schools as environments of empowerment….. 10
Why become a teacher? To be a role model….. 16
Alumnus positively influencing change….. 20
Le Bac student helping to preserve Indigenous languages….. 22
Teaching hard truths in a positive way: Kâsinamakewin….. 24
De/colonising Educational Relationships….. 29
Study informs services and supports for South Central Saskatchewan newcomers….. 30
Equity, diversity, and inclusion research partnership agreement announced….. 32
Successful defences….. 34
Funding and awards….. 35
Published research….. 36
New book….. 38
Long service recognition….. 38
New staff|New position….. 39
Student fundraising….. 40

Alumni Spotlight: Christian Mbanza

Alumni Spotlight: We’re shining light on Christian Mbanza (BEd’17–Le Bac), currently a French Immersion Educator at École St. Mary Elementary School in Regina.

You may have seen Christian in the news recently regarding his work to bring Black history into prairie classrooms. https://www.cbc.ca/newsinteractives/features/bringing-black-history-into-prairie-classrooms

Christian has a passion for history and it is one reason he became a teacher: “I have a passion, not only about important events throughout history, but the people who were able to influence society. I had a history teacher in high school who would always tell us that ‘those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it,’ and that continues to echo in my mind. I see how true that is throughout society today.”

Black history is a particular focus for Christian, who says, “I believe that teaching Black history is often misrepresented or ignored in general and has created a negative image and perception around Africans/African-Canadians. In order for the perception to change, we must first know the history and properly teach the history. When students, Black or White, learn about the positive contributions of Black people, whether it be in science, art, law, etc., they are able to gain an appreciation and a new understanding. To ensure that Black history is being implemented, I encourage teachers to use resources by Black authors, writers, artist, and refer to famous Black scientists and mathematicians and incorporate primary sources into reading lists.”

A second passion for Christian is people, especially youth, which is another reason Christian became a teacher: “An educator can positively influence and change the course of a person’s life and that has always been my goal in becoming an teacher,” says Christian.

After five years of teaching experience at the elementary level, Christian has had the opportunity to define and refine his teaching philosophy. He says, “Experience is the best teacher. I have learned that effective teachers allow their students to make connections between content and acquire new knowledge that transforms into new ideas. That is why teachers have such a crucial role in the advancement of the community. Further, I am a firm believer in the power of relationships. Strong, positive relationships between teachers and students in the classroom are fundamental to promoting academic and overall student growth.”

Christian values the B.Ed. program he took with the Faculty of Education, ” The B.Ed program has shown me the importance of challenging students to be the best that they can be so that they can positively influence our community.”

Offering shout-outs to former professors, Christian says, “I had some very influential professors like Clay Burlingham, who changed my entire perspective on how history was taught; Dominic Sarny, who was instrumental in teaching me about cultural pride; and Jean Dufresne, who showed me how to implement my passion into what I teach and how I teach it. A lot of how I teach has really come from my education at the University and these professors especially.”

The most memorable experience Christian had as a French le Bac student was his experience at Laval University. “As a french education student, in order to develop our skills in French, second-year students spend two full semesters in language and cultural immersion at Laval University. This experience allowed me to grow as a person, student and a teacher. By far the most memorable experience!”

As advice to students, Christian says, “Obtaining a university education is more competitive and challenging than ever and it may not be easy but it is important to enjoy the process. Preparation is key. Immerse yourself in the experience and enjoy the fruits of your labor. It is important to set your goals and see them through despite how long it may take and the challenges you may face along the way.”

Education News | Autumn 2021 issue


In This Issue:

A note from the Dean…..3
Stories about Indigenous education and unmarked gravesites in Canada…..4
Artistic expressions: masinahikêwin yêkâhk/ Writing in the sand poem…..10
Inaugural Gabriel Dumont Research Chair in Métis/Michif Education…..13
Education Students’ Society Truth and Reconciliation Week events…..16
Candidate for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards 2021-2022 competition…..17
“I need to be in the quinzhee, not just talk about it!” Embodying our pedagogy…..18
Pimosayta: Learning to walk together slideshow…..21
Les étudiants du Bac mènent les activités de la Journée nationale de vérité et de réconciliation…..22
Le Bac student activities…..23
Funding and awards…..24
New faculty and staff…..26
Retirements…..27
Published research…..28

Congratulations Class of 2021 (Fall)

Congratulations to the #UREDu Class of 2021! We are proud of you and your accomplishment! We wish you all future successes.

We also recognize our Faculty award recipients:

Thor Stewart, graduating with Great Distinction, and recipient of the Bachelor of Education After Degree convocation prize.

Bushra Kainat, graduating with Distinction with her Baccalauréat en éducation secondaire, and recipient of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Award

Join the celebration! Watch the Fall 2021 Convocation via Facebook livestream on today at 2 p.m https://www.facebook.com/events/301658671463816/