• Brock students spread holiday cheer at local school

    Brock volunteers gathered at a Thorold elementary school on Dec. 2 to create a little holiday magic for children in the local community.

    Organized by the Concurrent Education Student Association (CESA), the annual Holiday Extravaganza partnered each Brock volunteer with one of the approximately 150 students at Prince of Wales S Public School for a day of festive crafts and activities.

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  • Susan Tilley to lead International Society for Teacher Education

    Susan Tilley, a professor in Brock’s Faculty of Education, has been elected the new Secretary-General of the International Society for Teacher Education (ISfTE).

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  • Play brings Brock researcher’s work to life

    It took nine years for Snezana Ratkovic to feel fully at home in Canada. Having settled here as a refugee from the former Yugoslavia, she understands the challenge of creating a new life in an unfamiliar country.

    Ratkovic, now a research officer and instructor in the Faculty of Education, heard similar stories from other refugee women while doing her PhD research.

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  • Meet our award-winning MEd students

    Michael O’Sullivan (Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate Student Services, Research, and International) interviews award-winning Master of Education (MEd) students about their experiences in the Faculty of Education.

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  • Professor Louis Volante named CERA President-Elect

    Education Professor Louis Volante has been named President-Elect for the Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association (CERA).

    As one of the first associations to form the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), CERA has a longstanding tradition of providing scholarly leadership to the Canadian educational research community. CERA members conduct research into areas of educational assessment, program evaluation, and research methodology.

    Professor Volante commences his term this June during the CSSE annual conference which is being held at Ryerson University as part of the Congress for Humanities and Social Sciences.

    More information regarding CERA can be found online — click here.

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  • From the Diversity Advocacy Standing Committee of Faculty Board (DASC)

    To: Education Students; Staff; Faculty; and members of Faculty Board, Brock University, Faculty of Education

    January 31, 2017

    Given our role advocating for diversity in the Faculty of Education, at Brock University a statement from DASC is keeping with our mandate.

    DASC ‘WE’ Affirmation:

    We grieve the loss of beloved family members during the mosque attack on January 29, 2017.  We believe the act of violence, Islamophobia and hate is a direct contradiction to Canadian values that support and nurture diversity as a strength. We realize educators need a sense of community, care and safety where they can both share and encourage their students to have critical and meaningful conversations about race, racism, religious freedom and all forms of oppression and discrimination. We join educators across the nation in encouraging conversations that will lead to further understanding and peace.

    Respectfully in peace, love and solidarity,

    Members of DASC

    Chair, Dolana Mogadime (Faculty); and Members, Denise Armstrong (Faculty); Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker (Faculty); Kamini Jaipal Jamani (Faculty); Snežana Ratković (Staff); Tracy Crowe Morey (incoming Graduate Rep.); Helen Kosterman (Undergraduate Rep.); Kim Radersma (Former Graduate Rep)

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  • Distinguished Speaker Series returns

    The Faculty of Education is pleased to welcome Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, professor of Early Childhood Education at Western University in Ontario as their first guest in the Faculty’s Distinguished Speaker Series for 2017.

    Pacini-Ketchabaw will draw on her current research within the Common World Childhoods Research Collective, and will speak to the need to unsettle the dominance of EuroWestern knowledges in her presentation: “Common World Childhoods: Children’s Entangled Relations with the More-than-Human”.

    She reimagines what might be possible in early childhood education at a time of ecological crisis. As Donald Trump begins to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States, Professor Pacini-Ketchabaw’s talk is particularly timely.

    The talk will take place on Thursday, February 9, in room WH 202 from 12-2 p.m.

    About Pacini-Ketchabaw: Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw is a Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Education at Western University in Ontario, Canada. Her research explores conceptual and methodological framings that open up new modes of thinking and being in the world. Recent publications include Encounters with Materials in Early Childhood Education (Routledge, 2017), and Unsettling the Colonial Places and Spaces of Early Childhood Education (Routledge, 2015).  She is currently working, with her colleague Affrica Taylor, on a book entitled Children and Animals: Common World Ethics for Entangled Lives (Routledge) that experiments with multispecies ethnographies and multi-sensory and affect-focused methods to respond to colonial and ecological legacies.  She is a co-editor of the open access Journal of Childhood Studies and the Bloomsbury book series, Feminist Thought in Childhood Research.

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  • Tech Ed students back in the classroom

    January 2017 marks the beginning, or rather the return, of the Faculty of Education’s Technological Teacher Education Program.

    The program went through a temporary hiatus while curriculum updates were inserted and a targeted group of students were identified.

    “Our goal was to build a successful and sustainable program,” said Steven Khan, program coordinator. “[We want it to] help in the formation of Technological Education Teachers who are able to positively impact on students’ learning and to meet the demand for such teachers in the Province and elsewhere

    In addition to alterations to ensure the program is consistent and current, emphasis has been placed on providing candidates the ability and freedom to participate in the program while limiting the number of in-person classes.

    Students will benefit from more online courses and sessions delivered through Brock’s Learning Management System, Sakai, allowing them to continue their day-to-day careers during the program’s four-month study period, something that has proven to be of critical importance to those working in the trades.

    “We are hopeful that participants will appreciate the thought and effort that has gone into bringing a stellar team of instructors and advisers together with many years and varied experience in Technological Education to guide them through this process of becoming a teacher in today’s classroom,” said Khan. “From our other programs we know that they are going to find it extremely challenging and we hope that, like our other programs, they will all find it a rewarding and enriching growth experience.”

    The increased integration of Technological Teacher Education with other Teacher Education programs will benefit not only the future of Tech Ed, as candidates bring a great amount of knowledge and experience in fields like science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, but also prospective middle-school teachers who will have a chance to learn from those experiences as well.

    Khan offered his thanks to those who worked on the program before its hiatus saying that, “the new Technological Teacher Education program owes debts of gratitude to Bob Moulton, who served as the previous Program Coordinator, and Dr. Tony DiPetta. Both were responsible for the work in researching, designing and promoting the new program and providing leadership in the previous program as well as during this transition to the revised program”.

    Find out more about the Technological Tecaher Education program.

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  • Teacher candidate career information day

    On Wednesday, January 18 hundreds of students descended upon Brock’s Hamilton campus for an ever-important career information day.

    The event, exclusive to Brock teacher candidates, offered students the opportunity to speak with representatives from a range of Ontario school boards, private schools, First Nations boards, out-of-province, and international schools and have questions about applications, interviews, and other topics relevant to the future teacher job search.

    In addition to the school boards there were representatives from graduate programs, other degrees, and additional qualification courses to offer students additional or alternate next steps to their academic careers.

    For those students looking to have their resumes stand out amongst the throngs of hopeful teachers across the province and worldwide, Brock Career Services was on site to review and advise students’ resumes.

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  • IRC Makerspace event

    Makerspace is a huge buzzword in education, but many teachers do not know what it is or how to get started. As Makerspaces are popping up in classrooms and libraries across the country, the maker movement is giving students and teachers the time and space they need to tinker, learn, imagine, and create.

    On January 14, 2017, the IRC, in collaboration with the Faculty of Education, will be hosting our first Makerspace event. It will be a hands-on learning experience giving attendees an opportunity to explore a variety of high-tech and low-tech centres, promoting creativity, innovation, collaboration and 21st Century learning skills needed for teaching students for future careers that may not yet exist.

    After a fun day of hands-on Maker experience, you’ll leave ready to bring Maker ideas into your classroom. We’ll bring all of the supplies (and lunch); all you need to bring is your creativity and curiosity!


    A Hands-on Learning Experience
    Saturday, January 14, 2017
    8:15 am – 3:30 pm
    $15 (includes lunch)

    Please email to register

    $15 cash registration fee to be paid in person at the IRC in St. Catharines or Hamilton Campus prior to the event to confirm your spot.

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