Education alumnus honoured for contributions to coaching

The history of Golden Bears football is full of great players, great team leaders and great coaches, but James Lazaruk is the rare instance of someone who managed to be all three. More remarkably, his time as a member of the Golden Bears coaching staff in the early 1980s coincided with a full-time career as a high school teacher and other coaching duties.

Lazaruk’s contributions to Golden Bears football and to athletics in Alberta will be recognized at the 2017 University of Alberta Alumni Awards on Monday, Sept. 25 when he is inducted into the Sports Wall of Fame.

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Principal’s big heart leads to big honour

UAlberta grad Brad Burns (94 BEd) has a simple approach to education: Practice what you TEACH. Practice understanding, practice kindness. Watch as his school and the University of Alberta join forces to tell Burns he’s getting an Alumni Honour Award.

See Burns and 20 other recipients get their awards on Monday, Sept. 25 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium by registering for free tickets to the 2017 Alumni Awards at uab.ca/AlumniAwards.

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Becoming Bishop Jane

Bishop Jane Alexander would be the first to affirm the lyric of William Cowper’s famous hymn: “God moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform.” She never dreamed as a music and special education teacher in her native England that she would one day pursue a PhD in educational psychology at the University of Alberta. Nor did she imagine that her academic career would reach “a fork in the road” that would lead her to become the bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton.

“It’s proof God has a sense of humour, I’ll say that,” Alexander said.

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Message from Dr. Jennifer Tupper, Dean of Education

I am so honoured to have joined the Faculty of Education as Dean in July 2017. As a proud alumna of the University of Alberta (BEd ’94, PhD ’04), returning after 13 years at the University of Regina represents an opportunity for me to give back to a faculty and, indeed, an institution that profoundly shaped me as a teacher, researcher and scholar.

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How I’m spending this summer: Reading comics in Berlin

For many, summer is a time for camping, outdoor sports and cold drinks on a warm patio. But for these educators, summer isn't about winding down—it's about catching up on research and writing, travelling to international conferences, and devoting time to exciting projects.

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New teacher helps students take a crack at code

Tech leaders and educators around the world are pushing for more computer coding to be taught in schools to better prepare students for the future. Jennifer Lam, who will receive her bachelor of education degree Wednesday at the University of Alberta’s spring convocation, has taken the message to heart and is proving that even Grade 1 students can learn to code.

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Message from the Dean – Spring 2017

Spring is off to an exciting start in the Faculty of Education!

In early March, we were very fortunate to welcome the Honourable David Eggen, Minister of Education, for a pre-budget talk and Q & A session with students about the Alberta government's commitment to funding for K-12 education, the current curriculum development process and other government initiatives that will impact future teachers.

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