When Jeff Bone moved from British Columbia to Alberta with his wife and two kids to pursue a new career, he took a leap of faith. The Red Seal carpenter came to Edmonton for Alberta’s Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Bridge to Teacher Certification Program, an Alberta Education initiative where qualified journeypeople teach while earning a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree.
For alumnus Brian Hamm, ’06 BEd, who teaches history and works together with a team of five as the head ET Integrationist at Seoul Foreign High School in South Korea, the opportunity to become “Google certified” is an opportunity he says he can’t pass up.
The Google Teacher Academy is a two-day affair where teachers get to tryout Google’s upcoming products, learn about new instructional strategies and network with other technologically-inclined educators.
Hamm says he was pretty shocked to be selected this year.
By Ben Freeland
The University of Alberta’s first-ever Pride Week (March 13-22) lineup is as colourful and diverse as the rainbow flags that have come to symbolize the LGBTQ community.
“Our goals for the week are visibility, awareness and celebration,” explains Alexis Hillyard, Pride Week organizer and education coordinator with The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS). “Because this is the first Pride Week at U of A, we said ‘go big or go home.’”
Imagine you are eight years old. You’ve stepped off an airplane into sub-zero temperatures and a world of white. You’ve come from a sub-tropical country and do not speak English. Soon you’ll realize you have a new home, school, and socio-economic status.
These are some challenges immigrant students face when entering Alberta’s school system.
Joe Wu, associate professor, elementary education, has researched and taught within the context of bilingualism and English as a Second Language.
By Omar Mouallem
For an organization as unique and influential as this, the Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education (IISLE) doesn’t have the sort of “digs” you’d expect.
For alumnus Jack Reid, ’49 BEd, ’62 MEd, the decision to give to the Faculty of Education was made long ago with his late wife Audrey, ’49 BEd, ’70 EdDipl, ’71 MEd. Jack and Audrey were grateful for the opportunity to have very full and rewarding careers devoted to the education of youth and children. Jack is a former school teacher who would later go on to become principal, superintendent, and finally branch director for the Alberta Department of Education. Reid says he and Audrey, a teacher and school librarian, always knew that they wanted to give something back.
by Jesse Orjasaeter, ’12 BEd
By Vivian Lee
Picture this. Your family has just moved to Vietnam. You have been studying Vietnamese for 6 months. On one particularly unlucky day, you fall off your moped and hurt your leg. You can’t walk on it an need medical attention.