In memoriam: Darcy Belanger

The Faculty of Education joins the global community in mourning the passing of alumnus Darcy Belanger (‘94 BEd), who was among the 157 lives lost on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10, 2019.

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Wiedrick collection gets out of the basement, into your browser

For decades, more than a century of Alberta’s education history has lived on in the Faculty of Education’s H.T. Coutts Library. Unfortunately, it’s lived on in a windowless room in the basement behind a locked door, accessible only by request. But thanks to a generous bequest from a former University of Alberta education professor, this archive will be available to anyone anywhere at any time.

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Faculty of Education seeks U.S. Fulbright Scholars for the 2020-21 academic year

The U.S. Fulbright Scholar competition is now open and accepting applications for the University of Alberta’s Fulbright Research Chair in Education to be taken up in the 2020-2021 academic year. To that end, the Faculty of Education is seeking help in identifying American scholars who would be prospective candidates for pursuing education research at the University of Alberta.

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Study calls for mandatory sexual health education in schools

Unfounded parental fears have always outweighed a student’s right to access comprehensive sexual health information in school, according to education professor and researcher André Grace. He says it’s time for provincial and territorial governments to put the health and safety of young people first by making sexual health education mandatory for every student.

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Games STEM teachers play

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Message from the Dean — Fall 2018

Welcome to the Fall 2018 issue of illuminate. It’s been a busy and rewarding time in the Faculty of Education, with an undergraduate program review and renewal underway, the ongoing development of a draft strategic plan, celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), and continued teaching, research, projects and initiatives for the public good.

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It takes a community to support comprehensive school health

How can schools effectively support health and wellness for students and teachers alike to provide an optimal learning environment? The Mitacs Elevate postdoctoral fellow is hoping to help provide answers about how to build healthy school communities for Albertans from kindergarten to post-secondary—then share the model with the rest of the world.

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National Youth Dialogue sparks community-based research on reconciliation

Students from nine different schools across Canada are joining together in a virtual classroom to discuss the meaning of reconciliation—and to learn how to advocate for equity and justice.

The National Youth Dialogue project, based in the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research (CGCER) at the University of Alberta, will bring together approximately 700 Grade 9 students from coast to coast to practice a crucial aspect of citizenship they might not learn otherwise.

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Listening to teachers’ voices on experiences of trauma

Awareness of how trauma impacts student wellness and learning is growing, with protocols like the Trauma Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) providing a roadmap for teachers to help create trauma-sensitive classrooms. But a University of Alberta education researcher says such protocols are incomplete without a key element: teachers’ experiences.

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