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.
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.
It’s not unusual for someone receiving professional accolades to pay tribute to their alma mater, but Mary Beisiegel is unequivocal about the impact her time at the University of Alberta had on her professional life.
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.
Everyone seems to have an opinion on the renovation of the Stanley Milner Library. Perhaps that’s inevitable when you decide to make over a building that not only borders one side of Edmonton’s main public square, but also acts as an anchor for community-building in the urban core.
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.
He’s raised millions of dollars in support of hospital patients, the LGBTQ community and numerous other social causes, yet Salah Bachir isn’t one to brag. Far from it, in fact: Bachir is jovial, earnest and eminently humble as he discusses his philanthropic career.
What constitutes a city? Is it the sum of urban physical features within a defined boundary? Is it the bylaws and regulations that maintain order in that specific place? Do the citizens make up a city and, if so, who gets to be a citizen?
Alberta Education is currently revising the K-12 curriculum for all subject areas. According to their website, the curriculum renewal will place “a greater emphasis on 21st century competencies and literacy and numeracy across subjects and grades. This approach will help build an even stronger foundation for student success in a dynamic, global society and economy.”
This issue of illuminate echoes the theme of the Faculty of Education’s 75th anniversary by focusing on engagement. We asked some of our alumni to reflect on how teacher education at UAlberta prepared them to engage with communities both inside and outside the classroom, and why it’s important for educators to find inventive ways to connect with the public.