Aboriginal Teacher Education Program takes holistic approach to teacher education

The Faculty of Education’s Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) was launched in 2002 as part of a strategy to increase the number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit teachers and school personnel in Alberta.

It is a collaborative off-campus program that allows students to complete a UAlberta degree at a local college in their community. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Education Degree with a specialization in elementary education and are almost immediately snapped up by local school boards.

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UAlberta professor is recognized internationally for literacy research

A Faculty of Education professor whose work focuses on reading development from a cross-linguistic perspective has been awarded the Richard E. Snow Award for Early Career Contributions in the field of educational psychology.

Dr. George K. Georgiou recently received the award from the American Psychological Association. The award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field within 10 years of completing their doctoral dissertation.

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Hands-on learning in the spotlight on Maker Day 2014

The days of teachers standing in front of chalkboards and using overhead projectors are long gone.

Today’s educators are often on the cutting edge of new technology that can be used to enhance students’ learning of everything from English language arts to programming logic.

On November 18, 2014, the Faculty of Education celebrated its first Maker Day with a Makerspace Conference for undergraduate students enrolled in EDU 210, Introduction to Educational Technology.

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New Canada Research Chair focused on advocating for sexual and gender minority youth

The need to support and protect sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth has never been more talked about in our province than it is today. While this vulnerable population is protected by our nation’s laws and legislation, they continue to be underserved in education and healthcare institutions.

André Grace, professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta, co-director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services (iSMSS), and newly named Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Studies, is working hard to change that.

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Dr. Paul Newton and the Teaching Principal

Far out in the northeast corner of Saskatchewan, Dr. Paul Newton learned firsthand the demands of the role of the ‘Teaching Principal.’ It’s a role that perhaps isn’t so unique; though less common in urban centers, it’s a reality in many remote Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba schools. Based on his past personal experience of carrying a 40% teaching load in addition to principal duties, he and a colleague from the University of Manitoba, Dr. Dawn Wallin, launched a pilot called “Descriptive Study of the Teaching Principal: Principals in Manitoba and Alberta.”

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Finding the right blend – the U of A partners with Aga Khan University to explore “blended learning”

By Andrew Patrick

Dr. Janet Welch is generally optimistic about the power of technology and learning, and it’s clear she has the weight of evidence supporting her. Welch is the assistant dean of Information, Technology and Computing at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education, and part of the Educational Technology Services team. She is an expert in the field of ‘blended learning’, a mix of new teaching techniques that combine face-to-face learning in classrooms with digital or online activities.

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