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.
Sean Lessard refers to his return to Edmonton as a kind of homecoming, even though he hails from the Montreal Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Maybe it’s because Lessard, who joined the University of Alberta Faculty of Education’s Department of Secondary Education this January, has a knack for creating a sense of community wherever he pursues his research and pedagogy involving Indigenous youth.
Literature presents a way for the reader to see the world from unique perspectives, but can it help create a fairer, more just society?
Ingrid Johnston, professor emerita in the University of Alberta’s Department of Secondary Education, is researching how texts taught in school can open students’ eyes to racial, cultural and other kinds of difference, as well as to social issues such as poverty and addiction, as a way of cultivating empathy and global citizenship.