If you’ve had the pleasure of working with Farha Shariff (BEd ’99, PhD ‘12) or being a student in one of her classes in the Faculty of Education, you know that this dynamic educator isn’t one to slow down.
Raised by educators— her mom is a University of Alberta Education grad—Shariff sees education as less of a career path and more of a way of life. With a philosophy built on elevating the people around her, Shariff is nothing short of motivational, in and out of the classroom.
An 80,000-word thesis would take about nine hours to present. Gruelling, right? Now imagine distilling those 80,000 words into a three-minute presentation.
In 2015, the University of Alberta was listed in Times Higher Education’s ranking of the top 100 “most international” universities, moving up nine spots to number 87. Now, a visiting scholar from the United States is probing the policies and structures that support international students at UAlberta.
It is with great sadness that the Faculty of Education shares the news of our colleague Dr. Julie Long’s passing at the age of 42 on March 17, 2016.
Since Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its report last year containing Calls to Action to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, post-secondary institutions have sought ways to respond to these recommendations. Dwayne Donald suggests one consideration that should inform these efforts.
From gay-straight alliances to washroom access for transgender students, legislation and policies affecting sexual and gender minority youth in Alberta schools have been a much-discussed topic in the past few years.
Lynn McGarvey believes it’s never too early to start learning about math, but that doesn’t mean children at preschools should sit around doing sums. She says opportunities to expose young children to mathematical concepts abound in their earliest classroom experiences.
It’s been three years since the first official University of Alberta Pride Week was celebrated on campus. In human years, it’s still a toddler. But the Annual OUTreach Drag Show, which will kick off UAlberta Pride Week 2016 this Saturday, has been around for 13 years. Consider it the spirited older sister that paved the way for its younger sibling.
Amidst the devastation and chaos of the Syrian conflict, the successful relocation and settlement of refugees in Canada and other receiving nations offers a glimmer of hope in a seemingly dire, intractable situation.
But these newcomers still face many challenges in integrating with and accessing the benefits of the societies they’re joining. One such challenge is obtaining an education, especially given their unique needs beyond cultural differences, language deficits and the customary challenges faced by other migrants.