Hometown hero: first-year teacher finds success staying close to her roots

By Jane Marshall

Imagine living in a remote Northern Alberta community and wanting to attend university. It would typically involve packing up and leaving for the city, a big dose of courage, and substantial financial sacrifices.

Fortunately for Deborah Gladue-McLeod, her path to a Bachelor of Education degree didn’t force her to leave her First Nations community in Wabasca, Alberta.

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Building blocks and Batmobiles – researching math interventions for children with FASD

Katrina Kully-Martens was working as a research assistant studying educational psychology in relation to children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and she was excited to share her experience with others. But when she spoke about her work, the response was often the same.

“I talked to people of all kinds, from all educational backgrounds. And most of them said: ‘Oh, it’s so sad that they have FASD, and there’s nothing you can do about it, is there?’”

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Camp fYrefly recognized with local peace award

By Isabela C. Varela

Camp fYrefly, Canada’s only leadership program for sexual and gender minority or LGBTQ youth, is the proud recipient of Project Ploughshares Edmonton’s 2014 Salvos Prelorentzos Peace Award.

Founded in 2004 by professors André Grace and Kristopher Wells of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education, Camp fYrefly is a university-community educational outreach project that focuses on the educational, health, safety, and socialization needs of sexual and gender minority youth.

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Inspiring Young Global Citizens

A perfect mix of real world issues, technology and humour helps alumna Elissa Woolnough create classrooms full of globally minded thinkers.

Elissa Woolnough, ’97 BEd,  is pretty keen to be photographed with her classroom rubber chickens for this article, mostly because she knows her grade three students would get a total kick out of it.

It’s a fine illustration of her teaching style.

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Gay-Straight Alliances Save Lives

Recent controversy over gay-straight alliances in Alberta schools has put lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) rights into the national spotlight.

Last week, the Alberta legislature voted down a non-binding motion calling on the government to introduce legislation that would require school boards to support gay-straight alliances (GSAs) when requested by students.

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