Carla Peck wins 2013 Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

“I wanted my students to leave my classes not just better informed, but more prepared to relinquish the safety of silence, more prepared to speak up, to act against injustice wherever they saw it. This, of course, was a recipe for trouble.” Howard Zinn

My first email correspondence with Dr. Carla Peck had this quote appended. It moved me right away, as I’m sure it does her students. It speaks to a feisty tenacity and belief in social justice – core to her teaching philosophy.

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Cheryl Poth wins the Provost’s Award for Early Achievement of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

For Poth, who teaches EDPY 303: Educational Assessment (a mandatory course for all pre-service teachers), these criteria are especially impressive to pull off, considering she teaches and coordinates with a team of teaching assistants in delivering nine on-campus sections of the course with an average class size of 140 students.

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2013 Faculty of Education Awards Gala

 The annual Faculty of Education Awards Gala was held this past Tuesday, April 16th.  In attendance to celebrate the hard work and commitment to excellence of the award winners were Dean Fern Snart, department chairs, faculty and students.  Here are this year's winners:

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Hope Studies Central Opens

Nobody is going to save me. I am going to die without my pain ever truly being understood by anybody. There is no way out. No one cares. Life is hard and it just gets harder. There is no future for me. I am not important anyway.

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World Teachers' Day

October 5th is the day that, since 1994, has been designated as World Teachers' Day by UNESCO. As stories unfold the world over about the impact teachers have on their students, the Faculty of Education decided that this year we would pay tribute to a few of the teachers that our students have been deeply impressed by.

We asked students to nominate an elementary or secondary teacher that really impressed a valuable lesson upon them or significantly helped them along the way.

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3M Winner: Toni Samek (SLIS) Wins National Teaching Fellowship

Recently, Maclean's magazine announced the winners of the prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Included on the 2012 list was the Faculty of Education’s own Toni Samek (PhD), who teaches in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS).

This comes on the heels of news that the University of Alberta is home to 4 out of 10 of this year's 3M National Teaching Fellowship winners.

The excitement has been felt throughout the university.

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