Public Discussions of Education
BC Teacher Education Roundtable (2014)
The University of Northern B.C. Education department, located in Prince George, has offered to host the Teacher Education Roundtable in 2014. The Chair for the Roundtable will be Dr. Peter MacMillan, assisted by members of the Education faculty at U.N.B.C.
BC Teacher Education Roundtable (2013)
The May 2013 Teacher Education Roundtable was hosted by Trinity Western University in Langley. The host was Dr. Kim Franklin, Dean of Education, TWU assisted by June Smith, Administrative Assistant, and faculty members in TWU’s Education program. The theme of the conference was Teaching for the Inclusive Classroom. (More details about the conference will be forthcoming).
BC Teacher Education Roundtable (2012) hosted by University of the Fraser Valley
Held May 3-4, 2012
The 2012 Teacher Education Roundtable was hosted by the Teacher Education Program, Faculty of Professional Studies, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC. The Roundtable theme was “Teacher Education and 21st Century Learning: A ‘Complicated Conversation.’” An evening wine and cheese event opened the event. Dean Rosetta Khalideen presented greetings on behalf of UFV and the Teacher Education Program. The wine and cheese event was well attended; it following sessions organized by the BCTF Liaison committee and the Ministry of Education’s BC Teacher Regulation Branch.
The Roundtable sessions began on May 4th with approximately 70 registrants including Deans of Education, Program and Placement Coordinators, Teacher Educators, Education Advisors and Program Developers. Following the morning “coffee and conversations,” UFV Elders in Residence, Eddie Gardner and Charlotte Point, welcomed participants to traditional Sto:lo Territory with the UFV song and a prayer. Dr. Eric Davis, UFV Provost and Vice President Academic, also brought greetings. Awneet Sivia, UFV’s Teacher Education Program Department Head, introduced the Roundtable theme: “Teacher Education and 21st Century Learning” and referred to it as a “complicated conversation” (Pinar, 2000) between teacher education curricula and the changing landscape of the K-12 education system. Following this brief overview, each institution provided “5 minute snapshots” of their programs with updates focused on “one unique feature of their program and one challenge their program faced.” Presentations were made by all the BC teacher education programs: UBC Vancouver (Frank Blye), UBC Okanagan (Lynn Bosetti), SFU (Kau’i Keliipio, Ken Murray, Vandy Britton and Catherine Johnson), UNBC (Peter MacMillan), TWU (Kim Franklin), TRU (Patricia Neufeld), VIU (Harry Janzen), UVIC (Ted Riecken) and UFV (Awneet Sivia) The presentations highlighted those issues facing BC teacher education programs: enrolment declines, balancing academic requirements with practicum realities, and programmatic autonomy. Highlights included the variety of programming options, international modules, inclusion of First Nations-focused programming, inquiry-based and case- based curricula, and integration of alternate practica/field experiences.
A panel presentation followed the program briefings. Invited panelists included: Rod Allen (Superintendent, Student Achievement Ministry of Education), Dr. Karen Nelson (Superintendent Fraser-Cascades District #75), Dr. Paul Neufeld, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education SFU), and Dr. Sheryl MacMath (Faculty member, TEP at UFV). Panel members spoke about the “complicated” relationship between teacher education programs and current and future trends in the K-12 system. Mr. Allen spoke about the BCED plan and the necessity to forge a partnered approach to teacher preparation—one that is attune to these initiatives and responsive in design. Dr. Nelson presented her findings from public forums held in her school district. She highlighted the necessity in BC teacher education to respond responsibly in the areas of First Nations/Aboriginal Education and Special Education. Dr. Neufeld described a five phase project called “Teacher Education for the 21st Century (TEF 21)” which involves an environmental scan of trends that might well influence education in the coming decades, ones such as online teaching and alternate learning options. He outlined three options: de-schooling (the breakdown of schools), re-schooling (reforming schools from current conventional structures), and status quo (maintaining what is currently happening with improvements). Dr. MacMath, or her part, urged the involvement by the academy (our universities) in helping to shape the future of education and teacher education in the province.
Following the panel presentations, breakout group discussions were held in various locations to explore issues raised by the panelists. UFV Faculty Members, Barbara Salingre, Sandy Hill and Dr. Dianne Common facilitated discussions on questions arising from the panel presentations. Summaries were presented at the plenary session which followed lunch.
The lunch buffet included savoury Indian fusion food and desserts representing the fruits of the Fraser Valley region. Following lunch, groups presented discussions in a power point presentation initiated by UFV Education Librarian, Heather Compeau. Most groups mentioned the importance of teacher education programs remaining responsive and autonomous in preparing future teachers.
Following the panel presentations debrief, role-related groups met for an hour to discuss specific topics. Concurrent sessions were chaired by: Dr. Harry Janzen (Chair, Deans of Education), Awneet Sivia (Program Developers, Program Chairs/Heads, Associate Deans, Program Coordinators), Sandy Hill (Placement and Field Coordinators) and Barbara Salingre (Education Advisors). Both the Program Developers and the Program Coordinators have scheduled a follow-up meeting in the fall to continue discussions.
Following these meetings, Dr. Lynn Bosetti, on behalf of ABCDE, announced the following award recipients: Teacher Educator of the Year Award to Dr. Peter Grimmett, UBC Faculty of Education, and Education Advocate of the Year Award to Edna Terbasket, Executive Director, Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, Kelowna and member of the Okanagan Indian Band. Both award recipients gave interesting responses. As well, Dr. Kim Franklin, Dean of Education, Trinity Western University announced that TWU will host the Teacher Education Roundtable in 2013.
UFV’s Dr. Rosetta Khalideen gave closing remarks and adjourned the Roundtable, wishing everyone safe travels, and thanking all who attended the Roundtable. She made a special note of thanks to the UFV Teacher Education Program Department members for their efforts in arranging this event for the first time in the history of University of the Fraser Valley.
The panel presentations were videotaped and are available on the UFV website: www.ufv.ca/teachereducation/TERoundtable.htm .
BC Teacher Education Roundtable
Held May 5-6, 2011, University of
The Teacher Education Education Roundtable for 2011 was hosted
by the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. UVic
chose as its theme for the Roundtable, “Making Indigenous
A well-organized and friendly wine and cheese reception opened
the Roundtable on the evening of May 5, held at UVIc’s University
Club. Greetings were brought by Dr. Allison Preece, Associate Dean,
on behalf of Dr. Ted Riecken, Dean of Education, University of
Victoria who was travelling abroad.
On May 6, following a “Morning Mingle” offering breakfast
items of pastries, scones, muffins and coffee, approximately sixty
registrants, including Deans of Education, and teacher educators
from across the province, assembled in the Lam Auditorium. Dr.
Allison Preece, Associate Dean, UVic Faculty of Education, welcomed
everyone and gave a brief outline of the day’s activities.
She called upon two elders from the Songhees First Nations for
a prayer/song of welcome.
The program was organized to invite representatives of all BC
teacher education programs to share what is happening in their
programs, including any new developments and new programs. Each
representative spoke for five minutes about how their university
is dealing with the following issues: (1) Projecting a distinctive
identity in a competitive field; (2) Supply and Demand—Ethical
questions/concerns; and (3) Responding to a Diverse and Changing
Demographic. The speakers were UFV-Rosetta Khalideen; SFU-Paul
Neufeld; UBC-Rita Irwin; UBCO-Sharon McCoubrey; UNBC-Colin Chasteauneuf;
TRU-Charlie Webber and Jack Miller; TWU-Louella Neufeld; VIU-Harry
Janzen; and UVic-Allison Preece. (Also present were two representatives
of College of the Rockies in the East Kootenays where the UVic
teacher education program is delivered).
Following a break, the second plenary session consisted of a highly
interesting and inspiring panel discussion entitled “Making
Indigenous Education Meaningful in Teacher Education Programs.” Members
of the panel included: Onowa McIvor, Director of Indigenous Education,
UVic; Nick Claxton, Indigenous Advisor/Coordinator, UVic; Dawn
Smith, Sessional Instructor, UVic; Justine Durrant, Student, UVic.
Mr. Claxton showed the Roundtable participants an eight-minute
video of work undertaken by faculty and students in their Indigenous
Education program. This was followed by interactive discussion
of panellists with audience members.
At noon, a hot lunch was served in the Ceremonial Hall of the
First People’s House on the UVic Campus, consisting of delicious
seafood soup, deep-fried oysters, clam fritters, rice, soda bread,
fresh vegetable platter, and berry crumble with beverages.
Following lunch, Dr. Harry Janzen announced the 2011 winners of
ABCDE’s Awards: Mary-Lynn Epps, Nanaimo teacher, for the
Teacher Educator Award, and Chief Edward John, for the Education
Advocate Award. Both award winners were unable to be present to
accept their awards, which will be mailed to each winner.
Dr. Rosetta Khalideen also announced, following lunch, that the
2012 Teacher Education Roundtable will be held at her institution,
University of the Fraser Valley, located in Abbotsford. The UFV
Education program staff will be involved in organizing next year’s
Back in the Education building, role-related groups met for over
one hour in the afternoon to conduct their afternoon discussions
on selected topics. The groups consisted of the Field Experience
Coordinators, Program Developers, and Academic Advisors. The Deans
of Education met separately for their regular meeting during the
At 2:30 pm, a third plenary session was held in the Lam Auditorium.
It was the Signing Ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding
agreed by IAHLA (Indigenous Adult Higher Learning Association),
FNESC (First Nations Education Steering Committee) and ABCDE (Association
of BC Deans of Education). Members of the MoU Working Group present
were Dr. Jack Miller (Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops), Dr.
Colin Chasteauneuf (University of Northern B.C.), Ms. Deb Jeffrey
(FNESC) and Ms. Karen Bailey-Romanko. (The fifth member of the
Working Group, Dr. Ted Riecken, was unable to be present). Present
as an observer was Ms. Barbara Forsythe, representing the Government
of BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education.
Signatories to the MoU consisted of IAHLA’s Joe Elliott,
Chemainus First Nations, FNESC’s Barbara Balthorpe, FNESC
Vice President, and Harry Janzen, Chair of ABCDE. Members of the
audience received a copy of the MoU, and each organization received
a signed copy of the agreement.
Speakers were Jack Miller who outlined what the MoU is intended
to accomplish, and afterwards, Barbara Balthorpe for FNESC, and
Joe Elliott for IAHLA. Dr. Miller also announced that on June 16,
the Working Group will assemble to begin the hard work of more
detailed planning that will follow this agreement.
Dr. Harry Janzen thanked everyone and turned the meeting back
to the host.
Dr. Allison Preece gave some closing remarks and adjourned the
Roundtable, wishing everyone safe travels, and bidding colleagues
adieu until next year. Dr. Preece thanked key organizers of the
event, members of the Education staff--Luanne Krawetz and Mariann
Olchowy--who had been responsible for organizing an excellent day
with all of its creature comforts, care, and attention to detail.
BC Teacher Education Roundtable
The 2011 Teacher Education Roundtable Conference was held at Vancouver
Island University’s Faculty of Education.
BC Teacher Education
Held May 6-7, 2010, University of British Columbia,
The Education Roundtable was hosted by the Faculty of Education
Teacher Education Office at UBC. UBC chose as a theme
for the Roundtable, “Digital Technologies in Classrooms.” A
wonderfully-organized wine and cheese reception opened the
Roundtable on the evening of May 6, held at St. John’s
College, UBC Campus. The next morning, on May 7, approximately
fifty registrants, including several Deans of Education, and
many teacher educators representing the range of teacher education
programs in BC, participated in reviewing digital technologies
in public school classrooms. They considered the influence
of technologies on teachers and students and the possible implications
for preparing both new and experienced teachers.
In the first plenary session, UBC’s Associate Dean of
Education, Dr. Rita Irwin, welcomed the participants. The keynote
speaker, Dr. Ross
Laird, Chair of Creative Writing, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
offered his educational and cultural analyses of the relationship
of digital technologies to school populations. He invited the
audience to imagine how teacher education programs might better
prepare teacher candidates for the digital revolution.
Dr. Laird’s address was followed by a panel of current
and former classroom teachers who presently work, or have recently
worked, in programs of teacher education. Each panelist provided
examples of the influence of digital technologies on her or his
own classroom, e.g. the internet, offering each one’s pedagogical
insights and analyses. Discussion followed between audience
members and panelists; these included responses to Dr. Laird’s
Later, break-out groups consisting of forum participants met
to share personal and institutional experiences stimulated by
Dr. Laird’s address and the panelists’ comments.
Each group’s key points and conclusions/recommendations
were shared at a second plenary session. As well, digital notes
were later distributed to forum participants. While break-out
groups were in session, the Deans of Education met for a short
meeting which is regularly scheduled during the Roundtable.
As part of the closing ceremonies, the Chair of ABCDE, Dean
Ted Riecken, University of Victoria, thanked UBC for hosting
the Roundtable so admirably. He also presented the annual ABCDE
Education Advocate Award to outgoing UBC Dean of Education, Dr.
Rob Tierney, and the ABCDE Teacher Educator Award to James Blower,
Kamloops teacher, who continues to be an outstanding mentor in
his school for student teachers enrolled in the Thompson Rivers
University Teacher Education program. Each award recipient received
an engraved plaque and a sum of money from ABCDE.
Dr. Riecken announced the 2011 Teacher Education Roundtable
conference will be hosted by his institution, the University
of Victoria Faculty of Education, in early May 2011, and that
everyone will be warmly welcomed to the capital at that time.
UBC Teacher Education Office staff received many compliments
for hosting an outstanding Roundtable conference: the conference
materials, program organization, creature comforts, bountiful
lunch, and helpfulness—all were very much appreciated.
ABCDE thanked Rita Irwin, Anne Scholefield, and all the TEO staff
members for a very fine event.
Held May 7-8, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, British Columbia
||BC Teacher Education Roundtable
Held April 4, 2008 at Simon Fraser University Faculty of Education,
Burnaby, British Columbia
A stimulating Teacher Education Roundtable Conference was hosted
by Simon Fraser University Faculty of Education, Burnaby Campus,
on April 4, 2008. Dean Paul Shaker and Faculty of Education colleagues
welcomed more than five dozen persons from across the province to
the day-long event. Delegates included representatives of several
BC education partner groups as well.
After a delicious, light breakfast buffet served in a sunny classroom
overlooking a green garden, a formal welcome was issued to the conference
participants by Elder Margaret George and Dr. Stephen Smith, Director
of Professional Programs, Simon Fraser University.
The conference theme was the education of students of aboriginal
background, also the preparation of teachers of aboriginal descent.
A panel discussion highlighted several problems and themes, including
various structural impediments to the improved education of B.C.’s
First Nations and aboriginal peoples.
Speakers included Dr. Peter Grimmett (SFU), Dr. Lorna Williams (UVic),
Dr. Jo-ann Archibald (UBC), and Dr. Ted Riecken, (UVIC). A short
history of organizational involvement was drawn including mention
of the work of the ATEC (Aboriginal Teacher Education Consortium)
and FNESC (First Nations Education Steering Committee).
There was a plea for more community-based, and more on-line, learning
materials and modules, designed to increase access to learning for
aboriginal students throughout B.C.. Several speakers underlined
the need to increase transferability of courses between institutions
and the work that BC education institutions must undertake to do.
Dr. Riecken mentioned the new Masters degree in Counselling Psychology
which has an Aboriginal focus, now available at the University of
Considerable interest was expressed in organizing a provincial conference
on aboriginal education, and about various provincial strategies
to improve graduation rates and ways to prepare better new generations
of teachers, both aboriginal and non-aboriginal. The deans’ Task
Force on Aboriginal Teacher Education (issued in the Fall of 2006)
was complimented for its comprehensiveness and its outline of actions
which faculties of education, and individual instructors, professors
and department heads, could put into action.
Panelists and audience members agreed on the necessity to develop
schools as places where all students, aboriginal and non-aboriginal,
will thrive and realize their potential.
The conference reorganized into working groups (mixed membership
across the province). The groups met before and after lunch to share
ideas and to work out feasible action plans in each area of B.C and
in our post-secondary institutions.
In the concluding plenary session, Stephen Smith called upon speakers
from each group to share his or her group’s plans with the
conference. Copies of SFU’s June Beynon’s book on First
Nations Education in BC were made available for the representatives
of each program.
Warm expressions of gratitude were expressed to Kau’i Kelipiio,
SFU Faculty of Education, and to her committee for organizing the
The 2009 host institution for the Roundtable Conference is Vancouver
Island University Faculty of Education, located in Nanaimo (formerly “Malaspina
University-College”). Dean Harry Janzen and his colleagues
will organize the event, anticipated in May, 2009.
Elder Margaret George and Dr. Smith formally closed the conference.
||BC Teacher Education Roundtable
Held May 3 and 4, 2007 at UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, British Columbia
The BC Teacher Education Roundtable for 2007 was hosted by UBC Okanagan
Faculty of Education in the midst of orchard blossom time, May 3-4
in Kelowna. Dean Robert Campbell welcomed everyone. A welcome to
the Okanagan lands and conference blessing was provided by elder
Victor Antoine. Sixty-three conference participants began to share,
discuss, and plan for the future of teacher education in B.C.
The very entertaining conference keynote address was provided by
Brent Kisilivich, a teacher and activist from S.D.#22 in Vernon B.C.
Brent spoke about the need for professionalism within the education
community and stressed the importance of this for new teachers who
need to be assured they are not alone as they take on their new profession,
its high expectations, and its daunting challenges.
Kelowna’s Pearson Road Elementary School Choir provided entertainment
for the conference. Discussion groups also formed on the basis of
common interests such as the organization of school practica and
Faculty of Education program content. ABCDE held its regular meeting
during this time.
The ABCDE award for Teacher Educator of the Year was awarded to Simon
Fraser University’s Kau’i Keliipio, who is admired by
all for her tireless efforts and commitment to the profession and
to the education and teacher education of the First Nations communities.
Kau’i received a standing ovation from her colleagues and peers—truly
a touching occasion to see someone so deserving acknowledged by her
colleagues and the profession.
A very successful dinner, held at the Summer Hill Pyramid Winery,
concluded the 2007 Roundtable conference. Simon Fraser University
Faculty of Education offered their institution as host for the 2008
||BC Teacher Education Roundtable
May 11-12, 2006 at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British
Another very successful Teacher Education Roundtable Conference
was held May 11-12 2006, at Thompson Rivers University, hosted
by the School of Education. Dean Kathryn McNaughton and her Education
faculty colleagues warmly welcomed sixty-five persons who represented
the eight teacher education institutions in BC, as well as the
University College of the Fraser Valley which is launching a new
teacher education program in the province in September 2006. Delegates
from the BC College of Teachers, the B.C. Teachers’ Federation,
and the Federation of Independent Schools Associations were also
present. The Drum and Song group from Sk’elep School of Excellence
honoured the delegates with a welcome song.
The guest speaker was Dr. Terry Sullivan, Superintendent of the
Kamloops-Thompson School District #73, who addressed the conference
theme “School-University Partnerships,” including an
encouraging account of the vibrant relationships that can exist
between school districts and teacher education institutions.
Also presenting were two members of the Faculty of Education,
University of Victoria, Luanne Krawetz and Tim Hopper, who told
of their ongoing work with children, schools, and teachers in Afghanistan.
Charlotte Holten, a teacher in Victoria who has been actively involved
in this partnership, joined her university colleagues in providing
her perspective from the classroom.
ABCDE presented its second Teacher Educator of the YearAward,
this year to an outstanding Burnaby teacher, Susan Montabello.
Susan was nominated by Simon Fraser University Faculty of Education
for her remarkable work in her school, in her community, and with
The 2007 host institution for the Roundtable Conference will be UBC
Okanagan in Kelowna, while Simon Fraser University will be the host
institution in Spring 2008.
Teacher Education Roundtable Conference
Hosted by Trinity Western University School of Education, Langley
Sponsored by the Association of B.C. Deans of Education
The purpose of the conference each year is to provide a venue for
sharing ideas, discussing common concerns, and gaining new insights
into best practices for teacher education.
Faculty, faculty associates, and staff members from B.C.’s
eight approved teacher education programs were joined by representatives
from various educational stakeholder groups, including the B.C. College
of Teachers, the BCTF, and the Ministry of Education.
The program featured a keynote address by Meguido Zola, Director
of SFU’s Professional Development Program. The conference
included sessions which highlighted new developments in the various
programs, as well as other issues of concern. One focus was
implementation of the Letter of Understanding signed last year by
the Council of the B.C. College of Teachers and the Deans of Education
(ABCDE) in connection with the review and approval of teacher education
programs in the eight member institutions of the ABCDE.
The conference also included an evening panel discussion on accountability
and assessment in B.C. schools. Speakers on the panel discussion,
chaired by Dr; Paul Shaker, Dean of Education, Simon Fraser University,
included Hugh Burke (Principal, Meadowridge School, Maple Ridge),
Anita Chapman (Assistant Director, Professional Social Issues Division,
B.C.T.F.), Iain Fisher, (Teacher, North Surrey Secondary School),
Jan Hare (Language and Literacy Education, U.B.C.), Sandra Mathison
(Head, Education and Counselling Psychology and Special Education,
U.B.C.), Monica Pamer (Lead Director, Achievement and Assessment
Department, B.C. Ministry of Education), Don Truscott, (Superintendent,
Langley School District #35), and Terri Watson (President, B.C. Confederation
of Parent Advisory Councils).
Dede DeRose, Principal, Kamloops-Thompson School District #73,
was recipient of ABCDE’s first Teacher Education Award. HarroVan
Brummelen, ABCDE Chair, made the presentation.
Public Forum, “The Future of K-12 Education in B.C.”
Held in May, 2004
at the University of Northern British Columbia
Prince George, B.C.
This panel discussion, open to the public, preceded the Education Roundtable Conference held the next day. Dr. Deborah Poff, former Vice President, Academic & Provost, U.N.B.C., welcomed everyone, and introduced the moderator for the evening: Dr. Harro Van Brummelen, Dean of Education, Trinity Western University, and Chair of the ABCDE (Association of B.C. Deans of Education).
Dr. Van Brummelen, after his opening remarks, introduced the following panelists:
Mike Grant, (Dean of Education, Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo)
Ed Napier, (Superintendent, Quesnel S.D.)
Dick Chambers, (Superintendent, Prince George S.D.)
Gordon Milne, (Superintendent, Nechako Lakes S.D.)
Jim Yurkowski, (Chair, Prince George S.D. Parent Advisory Council)
Carolyn Rowland, (President Prince George S.D. Teachers’ Association)
Ben Berland (Consultant, Prince George S.D. Aboriginal Education)
Brian Chappell (Principal, Harwin Elementary School)
Barry Anderson) B.C. Government Ministry of Education)
||Public Forum, “Promises and Perils of Learning Communities”
Held in October, 2004
At the Wosk Centre for Dialogue