Teaching in a Chinese Maple Leaf School

In the middle of her summer break, Sara Cochrane (BEd ’11) agreed to come in and talk to us about her experience teaching in a Chinese high school over the past year.

Like many of our alumni, Cochrane counts family influence as being a key contributor to her career choice. “My dad is a teacher. He gave me the inside line on what teaching is all about,” she says.

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The things we carry: A profile of Carla Peck and social justice in elementary education

By Vivian Lee

Rarely can any of us articulate that moment of our childhood when we first realized that someone – a classmate, a friend, or a stranger – was different from us.

For Dr. Carla Peck, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, however, that moment and her response to it has had a resounding impact on her life’s work.

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Indigenous Teaching Gardens Open

This past Monday, the Faculty of Education unveiled its new Indigenous Teaching Gardens at an opening ceremony attended by students, staff and the public. While the Indigenous flowers, shrubs and other plants are, in many cases, still just seeds in pots, there was a strong sense amongst those who were in attendance that germination of something special has already begun.

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A New School Year Begins

Dear Education Students,

We hope you had an excellent summer. September is upon us, and we’re back to the books! We’re looking forward to crunchy leaves, crisp textbook pages, and excessively large cups of coffee on early autumn mornings. We’re also excited to have the hallways and classrooms fill up again with the lively chatter of students and teachers.

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Nicole Pratt: Pandas Hockey Player

Nicole Pratt, a current player on the U of A Pandas hockey team graciously agreed to sit down with us recently and discuss her views on women’s hockey, the BEd program and her career aspirations.

Watch the video below by clicking on it.

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Less Than 1%

In the video below, Dr. Rebecca Sockbeson, assistant professor in Educational Policy Studies shares her story with us. She talks about how much she appreciated the assistance she received during her time as a student. She relates her own ethnic heritage and story into her research and ultimately into the current need to financially support Aboriginal students.

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2009 PISA: Why Did Alberta Stand Out?

by Mari Sasano

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests 15 year-olds from 65 countries on mathematics, reading, and science. Administered every 3 years, the 2009 results echo the scores that Canada has received in the past. On each of those three scales, Canada appears near the top. However, Alberta students often better their counterparts nationally, and appear to be giving some of the highest performers- China (Hong Kong, Shanghai), Japan, Finland, Korea, Singapore- a run for their money, particularly in science.

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From Ghana to Gahna

A Global Citizenship Experience in Africa led Louis Williams to a teaching position at a First Nations reserve

One hot afternoon, Louis Williams lay down in a field to gaze at a Ghana sky, but was soon interrupted by worried students - and a cold splash of water. "The kids were asking, 'Are you sick?' while pouring water over me to make sure I was okay," he says.

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