Did you know that this year marks Brock's 50th anniversary?
As the Brock community prepares to host a series of celebrations and reunions surrounding this anniversary, the Faculty of Education would like to request your feedback as alumni.
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A message to BEd grads who are NOT OCT members
The change to an enhanced Teacher Education program may impact you. If are
eligible to apply for OCT membership but have not done so, the OCT states on their website, “After September 1, 2015, you will be subject to the new requirements.” Link here for more information or call the OCT at 416-961-8800 / Toll Free (Ontario Only): 1-888-534-2222.
Associate Professor wins Graduate Mentorship Award
Joe Engemann, Associate Professor in the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in the Faculty of Education, was recently recognized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies for his role as a supervisor of graduate studies.
Awarded the Graduate Mentorship Award – along with Prof. Sandra Peters from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences – Engemann was selected for his supervision of master’s students, the honour announced on April 7 during the Mapping New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference.
Each year the Faculty of Graduate Studies invites graduate students to submit nominations. Engemann was one of 11 nominees adjudicated by the Senate Graduate Studies Committee’s awards sub-committee and two graduate students, and will receive $1,000 to assist with ongoing graduate student mentorship activities as a result of the award.
“It is a tremendous honour to receive the graduate mentorship award,” says Engemann, “but it could not have happened without the dedication and enthusiasm displayed by the students with whom I have worked or without the guidance afforded to me by so many of my exemplary faculty and university colleagues.”
The award recognizes the investment that graduate faculty make day-to-day to encourage and support the success of Brock’s graduate students, Mike Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, told the crowd that gathered for the awards presentation.
“The fact that all nominees were outstanding, and the nominees put together convincing packages made the task of selection difficult indeed,” he said. “The students expressed their genuine sense of admiration and appreciation to supervisors for their support and guidance in helping them become the best they can be as researchers, teachers, and leaders in their communities.”
The letters of support for Engemann overflowed with praise from current and past students.
Engemann was described as motivating, supportive, and inspirational - “as students, we are impressed by his intellect, captivated by his experience, and motivated by his enthusiasm for our work”.
One student testimonial in support of Engemann stated that he “possesses the quality all good educators cherish - belief in his students. He believes we can achieve greatness. He believes we can alter lives. He believes we make an impact through our studies”.
Congratulations to Joe Engemann on winning the Graduate Mentorship Award.
Learn more about the Graduate Mentorship Award and how you can submit nominations for 2015.
Youth mobility visa for those under 30 allows grads to teach overseas
A youth mobility visa allows Canadians under age 30 to work in the UK with certain restrictions. With a tight job market in Ontario and a teacher shortage in the UK, recruiting agencies are increasingly looking to Ontario for qualified teachers. This winter Dr. Sheila Bennett (Chair, Department Teacher Education), Michelle Smyth (Administrative Assistant, Practicum) and Dorothy Buchanan (Partnership Coordinator) were hosted by Uteach, a recruiting agency primarily focussed on fulltime/1-year positions south of London, to explore the teaching opportunities in England. Teaching in a foreign country is not for everyone, but it could be a great way to kick-start or energize your career.
What teachers might expect to learn by teaching in England, based on conversations with Ontario teachers currently in England:
- Effective use of data to drive instruction in daily lesson planning
- A range of assessment and evaluation strategies
- Classroom management skills (not because the students are bad, but because the education system is different from Ontario’s.)
What Ontario teacher graduates bring to English classrooms based on feedback from Headmasters
- A strong understanding of differentiated instruction
- Creativity in lesson planning and delivery
- Strong content knowledge
Teachers we spoke to in England faced some challenges – many of them the same challenges all beginning teachers in Ontario face: long hours of work, learning new curriculum, not knowing how the school system works. Uteach provides Canadian teachers with several weeks of training in schools before they begin their teaching assignments to reduce these issues. Other recruiting agencies may also try to accommodate the needs of new teachers. Uteach, is one of nearly 20 international organizations attending Career Information Fair on January 10, 2014. These organizations are listed here with contact information. If you are interested in teaching abroad, this may be good place to begin. (Brock does not endorse any of these agencies and reminds grads to pursue all international engagements with caution.)