Category: Covid-19

Virtual Celebration of our Faculty of Education Undergrads Graduands

Attn: Faculty of Education Spring 2020 Undergraduate Graduands:

In light of the recent cancellation of the U of R’s Spring 2020 Convocation due to Covid-19, the Faculty of Education would like to showcase our graduates through an online collage or slideshow/video (Virtual Celebration) that will be posted to our Education News blog and our social media.

Graduands who have had their grad photo taken by Camera One photo: We are purchasing the permission to use a low resolution digital photo of you that is for web-viewing only, not suitable for printing, in the slideshow (any reproduction would constitute copyright infringement). We will need your permission to use this image in the Virtual Celebration. Please download the Generic-Model-Release-Form fill it in and email it to by April 18, 2020. Extended to May 31, 2020.

If you can’t complete the form due to software issues, send your written permission to the same address. We will not be able to include you unless we receive permission.

If you are graduating in Spring 2020 but didn’t get your photo done through Camera One, but would like to be included in the Virtual Celebration, please email a digital photo of yourself with your first and last name to

We are proud of your achievement and extend our congratulations to each of you for the hard work that you have done to reach this milestone.

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

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.