Searching for solutions to Tanzania’s math problem

CIDA grant facilitates UAlberta project to improve training of 430 mathematics teachers in Tanzania, benefiting 13,000 students.

By Bryan Alary

(Edmonton) A team from the University of Alberta will aim to solve Tanzania’s ongoing mathematics problem, where most of the country’s students finish primary school lacking basic math skills.

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The power of words

Dr. Kristopher Wells’ research and community work focus on defeating bullying and creating tolerant, caring environments for everyone

As kids, we chanted, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” But, when bullies came calling – mocking us for whatever it was that made us different – the rhyme was no consolation.

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Alumnus champions new method of bullying prevention

As the country observes National Bullying Awareness Week (November 12 – 17, 2012), there are few who need to be reminded of what is at stake. This is especially true for students, teachers and parents whose lives have been affected by bullying. For Karen Kondor (BEd ’94), the best thing to be talking about this week is the way forward.

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Telefonplan School in Sweden

Editor's note: this article has been updated to include new information and images sent to us from Principal Jeppesen of the Telefonplan School in Sweden.

By Harrison M. Campbell

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Under the same sun: Jonathan Anuik, Métis education and the history of teaching

By Vivian Lee

A wise and ancient king once said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Jonathan Anuik, assistant professor, Educational Policy Studies, would have to agree. Sitting in front of his office window, warm sunshine streaming through the glass, Anuik reflects, “We miss much of the historical contours to phenomena in society. We act as though, whenever anything happens, that it is new. I would argue there is a longer back story to everything.”

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It Runs in the Family

Shirley Burritt’s Excellence in Teaching Award is far from the first thing you see when you walk through the front door of her west Edmonton home. Tacked up on a wall off the living room in a plain black frame, it’s a subtle reminder of 36 years teaching elementary.“She’s super modest,” says her granddaughter Brianne Burritt, 25, a recent BEd grad just beginning her foray into teaching.

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Transcendent Teaching

Waymatea’s rich voice and carefully chosen words are like a mode of transportation. Sometimes they travel to the glistening waters and white sands of the Caribbean through her reggae lyrics with Souljah Fyah, and other times they emerge as a teacher looking to break down social barriers.

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