25-Mar-2015

In this newsletter:

  • Research Presentation: Evolving Culture of Education on PEI
  • PhD Seminar Series — Creating and Defending Your Comprehensive Portfolio
  • CELN Courses in Baker Lake and Rankin Inlet
  • Successful MEd Defense — Brittany Jakubiec
  • MEd Thesis Defense — Donna MacCormac
  • Play and Learn “en français” Summer Camp
  • Found Binder!
  • Bookstore Orders
  • Call for Nominations – Presidential Recognition Awards
  • Opportunities
  • Hurrahs!
  • Comings and Goings. And Cake.

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RESEARCH PRESENTATION: EVOLVING CULTURE OF EDUCATION ON PEI

Dr. Tess Miller’s quantitative statistics students who were engaged in a project-based course will present the findings of a research study exploring the Evolving Culture of Education on PEI in 5 key areas: Aboriginal Culture, Large-scale Assessment, Mathematics Education, Social Promotion, and Leadership. All interested in learning more about this work are welcome to attend. The presentation is on Thursday, 26-March-2015 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm in McDougall Hall, room 242.

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PHD SEMINAR SERIES – CREATING AND DEFENDING YOUR COMPREHENSIVE PORTFOLIO

UPEI faculty and graduate students are invited to a presentation titled “Creating and defending your comprehensive portfolio,” on Thursday, 26-Mar-2015 at 11:30 am in Memorial Hall, room 308. The presentation will be facilitated by Liz Townsend, Selvi Roy, Gabriela Sanchez, and Janet MacIntyre. For more information, please contact Cathy Hennessey.

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CELN COURSES IN BAKER LAKE AND RANKIN INLET

From February 14–19, 2015, the Faculty of Education, UPEI and the Government of Nunavut, Department of Education delivered two graduate-level courses to 50 Nunavut teachers, literacy coaches, vice-principals, and principals. The courses were delivered in Baker Lake and Rankin Inlet, NU. The first course was ED511: Proactive Instructional Leadership in Nunavut Communities (25 students). It was co-taught by Bev Hill and Becky Tootoo. For this course, students explored the responsibilities, roles, and tasks of principals and other educational leaders and how they foster a positive, inclusive, and culturally responsive school community. The second course was ED513: Leadership of the School Improvement Process in Nunavut Communities (with a focus on literacy instruction) (25 students). It was taught by Sheila Bacon. Not only did students learn about policy implementation and program accountability, for this course, they were engaged with current literature on literacy leadership/coaching. An overarching aim of both of these 36-hour courses is to support Nunavut educators as they embrace the historical, cultural, and educational realms of Nunavut.

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SUCCESSFUL MEd DEFENSE – BRITTANY JAKUBIEC

On 10-Mar-2015, Brittany Jakubiec successfully defended her thesis entitled, “The Lived Experiences of Female Leaders in Two University Settings: Perceived Supports, Barriers, and Challenges.” Congratulations, Brittany!

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MEd THESIS DEFENSE – DONNA MACCORMAC

Donna R MacCormac will present her Master of Education Thesis Defense on Thursday, 02-Apr-2015 at 10:00am in Memorial Hall, room 308.  Thesis Title: On Writing and Transformation: One story at a time. All are welcome to attend.

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PLAY AND LEARN “EN FRANÇAIS” SUMMER CAMP

Graduates of the BEd (français langue seconde) program will be language teachers for new Learn and Plan “en français” summer camps to be offered at UPEI from 06-Jul-2015 to 21-Aug-2015 (Monday to Friday). The camps are a partnership between UPEI Panther Academy, Canadian Parents for French PEI and the UPEI Faculty of Education. Children in Kindergarten to Grade 6 French Immersion and French Language programs who want to enjoy the summer having fun and learning in a completely French environment will enjoy days specially tailored so that children stay highly motivated while enjoying their summer program. For more information on these camps, or to pre-register your child, contact Canadian Parents for French PEI by phone at 902-368-3703 or by email.

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FOUND BINDER!

You may recall that back in January we issued a plea for the safe return of a valuable red binder that was misplaced by Julie Gagnon. We are happy to announce that the sugar pie offered as a reward for the binder’s safe return will be going to Carolyn Francis.

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In other news, Karen-Anne is happy to provide a sweet reward to the person who locates spring, which is also apparently lost.

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Karen-Anne celebrates the arrival of spring in her front yard

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BOOKSTORE ORDERS

Just a reminder to submit book orders for Spring/Summer 2015 classes to the UPEI Bookstore as soon as possible. You can conveniently order online or by email.

If there are access codes/e-books for online course content, please include the ISBN for these items in your order. The Bookstore would like to give students more choices with the convenience of being able to pick up all of their course materials on campus. Many students take advantage of the different forms of payment offered such as charging to their student account.

Please be sure to send the correct ISBN, especially for text packages and/or e-books to ensure ordering of the proper text books. If there is no text book required for a course, it would be greatly appreciated to notify the Bookstore also. Also, indicate if your course is cross listed.

If you require students to have other course materials you can email to ensure they will have sufficient quantities in the store.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – PRESIDENTIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS

Do you know a colleague who goes above and beyond and deserves to be recognized? Perhaps consider nominating them for the Presidential Recognition Awards of Merit for UPEI Faculty, Librarians and Staff.

A number of annual Presidential Recognition Awards have been created to recognize outstanding performance and dedication of our faculty and staff. These awards will be presented during a Celebration of Colleagues to be held on Monday, May 11, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 pm in McMillan Hall, W.A. Murphy Student Centre.

Nominations for both faculty and staff awards close on 07-Apr-2015.

Please visit the link for further details on the awards and the nomination process.

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OPPORTUNITIES

CALL FOR PAPERS: THE ARTS AS WHITE PROPERTY: INTERROGATING RACISM WITHIN ARTS IN EDUCATION

A call for papers has been issued for an anthology takes its inspiration from critical race theorists Derrick Bell (1989) and Cheryl Harris’s (1993) treatment of the concept of whiteness as property, where property serves a central role in structuring and justifying the hierarchical economic, social, and political relationship between whites and nonwhites. The book examines how whiteness and white supremacy manifest, and are legitimated, through discourses, visual representations, and practices of the arts in education. The deadline for submissions is 15-Apr-2015. Please visit the link for further details.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: BOOK REVIEWS EDITOR – CANADIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION

The Canadian Journal of Education (CJE) is currently inviting applications for the position of Book Reviews Editor (English). The position begins 01-Jul-2015. The call for applications will remain open until 30-Apr-2015. The Book Reviews Editor will be responsible for working with publishers to secure books to review, matching and distributing those books to reviewers, and editing and readying the final work for publication as a highlighted section of the CJE. This is an unpaid, volunteer position, and they ask for a commitment of at least two years. Details on how to apply are available in the attached document.

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HURRAHS!

BOOK CONTRIBUTION BY SEAN WIEBE

Congratulations to Sean Wiebe who has co-authored a chapter in an upcoming book, Creating Together: Participatory, Community-Based, and Collaborative Arts practices and Scholarship across Canada.   Sean’s chapter is entitled “A Poetic Inquiry on Passive Reflection: A Summer Day Breeze”.  The press release can be found here.

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COMINGS AND GOINGS. AND CAKE.

happy-sadIt is with mixed emotions that we announce several staff changes that are about to occur in the Faculty of Education.

First, we will be saying goodbye to Nicole Higginbotham, as she takes up a new role in the Registrar’s Office. While we will miss Nicole, we are happy that she has regained permanent status at the University. We appreciate your great contribution to the faculty over the last year, Nicole. We will miss you. If any faculty, instructors and staff are around the Faculty at 12:30pm on Thursday, 26-Mar-2015, please join us in Memorial 409 for cake and to say good bye and thank you to Nicole.

Next, on Wednesday, 01-Apr-2015, Rebecca Gass will be joining the staff of the Faculty of Education. Rebecca will be taking on the changed role of Admissions/Recruitment Officer which has now become a position crossing over between both the Faculty and the Registrar’s Office. Please welcome Rebecca when she joins us next week.

Also, Jill Ross will be filling in for Nicole on a temporary basis. Jill’s familiarity with our systems and exceptional knowledge of programs will be so valuable to the Faculty as we move forward. Thank you, Jill.

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