Participating Universities

Okanagan School of Education

Simon Fraser University

Public Discussions of Education

> BC Teacher Education Roundtable (2019) will be hosted by Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo on May 2-3, 2019. More information is expected including the Roundtable theme.

BC Teacher Education Roundtable (2018) hosted by SFU Burnaby

The 2018 BC Teacher Education Roundtable, hosted by the Simon Fraser University Faculty of Education, was held May 3-4, 2018. The theme was “Beyond Inclusion: Rights, Responsibilities and Relational Pedagogies.” Eighty-two educators and administrators participated from BC teacher education programs, including Thompson Rivers University, Trinity Western University, University of BC Vancouver, University of BC Okanagan, University of the Fraser Valley, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University, and Simon Fraser University. Also in attendance were leaders from the BC Ministry of Education’s Teacher Regulation Branch, and the BC Teachers’ Federation.

The events on Thursday, May 3 began with a traditional welcome by Elder Dr. Richard Vedan from the Secwepemc First Nation and opening remarks by Dean Kris Magnusson. A stimulating keynote address, “The Architecture of Opportunity: Designing and Implementing Accommodation Measures in a Professional Teacher Education Program” was given by Patrick Gilligan-Hackett, of Gilligan-Hackett Law Firm. He emphasized the importance of our duties to accommodate those students with differences. He discussed with us some key questions and considerations for Education personnel who work with students, mentor teachers, school advisors, schools, and school districts.

This was followed by an Evening Reception at Moody Ales located along Port Moody’s Brewer’s Row and included food provided by local food trucks. As participants enjoyed the atmosphere and fare, a bluegrass band played on.

On Friday morning, May 4, in SFU’s Diamond Alumni Centre, delegates enjoyed a buffet breakfast followed by a welcome from Dean Magnusson, who greeted everyone in four different languages signifying four stages of his journey to the present.

Following the opening, Dr. Ralf St. Clair, Chair of ABCDE, presented the annual ABCDE awards. Two Teacher Educator Awards were presented, one to Dr. Wendy Carr (Associate Dean, Teacher Education in UBC Vancouver Faculty of Education), the other to Dr. Kimberly Franklin (former Dean of Education, Trinity Western University). Both have contributed significantly to teaching and teacher education in B.C. Dr. Carr has also played a major leadership role in improving French teaching and teacher education.

The Education Advocate Award was presented to Ms. Terry-Lee Beaudry, Deputy Superintendent, Central Okanagan S.D. #23, Kelowna, for her outstanding outreach, leadership, and advocacy work, and for her promotion of Indigenous Education for K-12 students and teacher education candidates.

Following the presentation of awards, a panel of experts presented their views on the Roundtable theme. Panelists were Dr. Mitchell Stoddard, Director, SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities, Brenda Taylor, Human Rights Consulting, Investigation, Mediation, Policy Development & Education, and Sheila Rawnsley, Vice-Principal, Burnaby S.D. #41.

The short addresses by panelists encouraged delegates to attend one of four discussion sessions based on topics proposed by attendees of the event using an Ed Camp format:

  1. Does Inclusion Work? What are the limitations of how we frame inclusive practice for student teachers? How might we allow for more truly inclusive spaces to flourish?
  2. One of the goals of the BCTF and the TRC Calls to Action is to increase the number of professionally certified teachers of Aboriginal ancestry. One way to do this is to educate student teachers in their home communities. How are TEPs looking at providing these opportunities?
  3. How do we support student teachers who require accommodations (to address physical and mental health needs, and developmental differences) in a way that honours the rights of the student teacher, upholds the responsibilities and standards of the program and preserves relationships with all stakeholders?
  4. How can we support beginning and experienced teaches to make anti-oppression education, SOGI curriculum and Aboriginal education a meaningful and integrated part of their practice without fear of politicization? How do we prepare them to respond to resistance?

A lunch break followed: burger builds, salads, desserts and beverages. After lunch, participants again divided into four discussion groups as follows:

  1. As we work toward creating more functional, inclusive settings, how do we help teacher candidates negotiate professional relationships with these adults and understand the distribution of responsibilities?
  2. What essential skills, dispositions and experiences do we look for in student teacher candidates when they apply to enter our programs?
  3. How do we support student teachers who require accommodations (to address physical and mental health needs, and developmental differences) in a way that honours the rights of the student teacher, upholds the responsibilities and standards of the program and preserves relationships with all stakeholders?
  4. How can we support beginning and experienced teaches to make anti-oppression education, SOGI curriculum and Aboriginal education a meaningful and integrated part of their practice without fear of politicization? How do we prepare them to respond to resistance?

Intensive discussions took place during the remainder of the afternoon, organized according to the roles participants assume in their programs including: BC Deans/Associate Deans, program administrators, practicum coordinators, and student support coordinators.


BC Teacher Education Roundtable (2017) hosted by UBC Vancouver

The 2017 BC Teacher Education Roundtable, Powering Up Practicum!, hosted by the Teacher Education Office, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia-Vancouver, was held May 11-12, 2017. Over 125 educators and administrators participated from various institutions including Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, Trinity Western University, University of British Columbia-Okanagan, University of British Columbia–West Kootenay, University of the Fraser Valley, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University and Yukon College. Also in attendance were leaders from BC Government organizations, BC Teachers’ Federation, school districts from around BC, as well as UBC faculty members, school advisors and teacher candidates.

Thursday’s events started with a traditional welcome by Elder Larry Grant from the Musqueam community and opening remarks by Dean Blye Frank and Associate Dean Wendy Carr. A rousing keynote entitled Teacher Education and the Practicum was provided by Dr. Tony Clarke, Professor in UBC’s Curriculum and Pedagogy Dept., in which he emphasized the importance of teacher education, learning-to-teach, and mentoring-to-teach as professional practices. This was followed by a reception in the beautiful Ponderosa Commons Ballroom.

On Friday morning, after, another welcome from Dean Frank and Dr. Wendy Carr, Suzanne Hoffman, Chief Educator, Ministry of Education, delivered a brief keynote, situating our work as teacher educators in the larger provincial and societal scheme of education.

Following the keynote, delegates attended two of four sessions:
• ReconciliAction projects in schools during practicum,
• In-situ, place-conscious learning in rural and remote school contexts,
• Critical mentoring and the role of school districts,
• School district/teacher education program mentoring collaborations.
Further details on each session can be found here:

After lunch, the Association of BC Deans of Education Chair Dr. Kimberly Franklin announced the recipients of the 2017 Teacher Education Awards. The Teacher Educator award was presented to Mr. James Alexander (Sandy) Hill, Instructor of Education in the University of Fraser Valley for his exceptional mentorship in its Teacher Education Program and expanding the UFV’s relationships with schools in the Fraser Valley. The Education Advocate award was presented to Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, Professor in UBC’s Educational Studies Dept. and former Associate Dean of Indigenous Education, for her lifelong service to Aboriginal Education.

Lively discussions took place during the afternoon, grouped as follows: Deans, program administrators, practicum coordinators, and student support coordinators.


BC Teacher Education Roundtable (2016) hosted by the UBC Okanagan Education Department

The 2016 Teacher Education Roundtable in Kelowna opened in the late afternoon of May 12 with a wine and cheese reception held at the Ancient Hill Winery. Dr. Susan Crichton, UBCO Director of Education, greeted everyone. In the beautiful, late afternoon, attendees enjoyed the ambience of the winery, its grounds and views. Pictures were taken of delegate groups and an array of tasty hors d'oeuvres and wines were served.

On May 13, Roundtable participants registered and gathered for an early morning breakfast buffet. The group then assembled in the Amphitheatre outside the EME Building in the bright sunshine for opening greetings given by Drs. Susan Crichton and Wendy Klassen. Wendy welcomed Dr. Bill Cohen, member of the Okanagan First Nation and faculty member at UBCO Education who brought greetings and warm wishes from the region's Aboriginal partners. Dr. Wendy Klassen outlined information for the day including the theme for the Roundtable: Curriculum-Making.

In the EME theatre following, Susan Crichton introduced Anita Chapman, Educational consultant, who gave an excellent presentation, "New Directions in the BC Curriculum" which included informative overheads and slides.

Following Ms. Chapman, Dr. Margaret MacIntyre Latta (Director of Graduate Programs, UBCO), was introduced. She presented the keynote address, "Inspirited Curriculum Making: Moving Minds/Bodies/Spirits," relating current educational changes in BC to the vision and some of the writings John Dewey, philosopher of education.

A Hands-on Maker Session followed, "Making Curriculum Come Alive," with Susan Crichton and Deb Carter presiding. Participants were grouped in twos at tables of four with tasks involving creation of a three-dimensional visual depicting implementation of the new BC Curriculum. Prior tasks included getting to know one's partner, creating and assessing each person's ideas, and seeking consensus with neighbouring pairs of participants. Each foursome arrived at an agreed plan and were expected to construct a three-dimensional model of their combined ideas using an array of available materials. This involved negotiation and collaborative partnerships. The exercise was greatly enjoyed by all.

Time was spent viewing all the models created and hearing from a designated member of each table who explained the nature and purpose of their object creatively constructed.

In keeping with the Curriculum Maker theme, the noon luncheon consisted of food items with which to make salads and sundaes.

Following lunch, Roundtable participants gathered in the theatre for the official closing ceremonies. Dr. Kimberly Franklin, Dean of TWU and Chair of ABCDE, presented the 2016 Awards to Teacher Educator of the Year, Colleen Lindsay, UBCO, and Education Advocate of the Year, Phillip Balcaen, UBCO, both of Kelowna. Following the presentations and photos, short aural reports from each of the nine BC teacher education programs were received. The host of the 2017 Roundtable was also announced: Dr. Blye Frank warmly extended an invitation to attend the Roundtable at UBC Vancouver in May of 2017. The Roundtable theme will be announced later.

Dr. Susan Crichton and Dr. Wendy Klassen gave closing remarks, in which they thanked those who had assisted in the preparation of the Roundtable helping to make it a success: Jill Dickau, Breanne Molnar, John Tyler Binfet, Stephen Berg, Catherine Broom, Karen Ragoonaden, Anne McLean, and Melissa McHugh.

Following the plenary session, breakout sessions took place in different locations: Deans, Directors, School Experience personnel, and Advisors.

At the end of the day, participants bid each other adieu and expressed their anticipation for next year's event at UBC Vancouver.

The UBCO Education team is to be commended for organizing an inspiring, thoughtful, fun-filled event. The Four Points Sheraton Kelowna Hotel and an array of restaurants in Kelowna contributed to everyone's general enjoyment of Roundtable 2016.


BC Teacher Education Roundtable (2015) hosted by TRU Kamloops

Over sixty people registered at the 2015 Teacher Education Roundtable hosted by Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. The weather was beautiful, and the sun was shining as conference-goers met on Thursday, May 7 at the Evening Meet and Greet Wine and Cheese event held in the Panorama Room of the International Building, TRU campus. Dr. Airini, Dean of TRU’s Faculty of Human, Social and Educational Development, opened the conference and introduced local First Nations friends and colleagues to bring greetings with a drumming and singing ceremony; they were joined by Indigenous neighbours (Navajo) from the southern United States. The theme of the conference was “Indigenizing Teacher Education” and conference participants extended warm words of welcome to those assembled.

The next morning, coffee and a light breakfast was served in the foyer of the Irving Barber Centre. Inside the circular assembly hall in the same building, a welcome to the Territory/Blessing was extended by Michele Canaday, followed by greetings brought by Dr. Alan Shaver, President of Thompson Rivers University.

Conference Coordinator Nan Stevens introduced the first item on the program: introductions and a short aural report from a representative of each teacher education program: UNBC, UVic, VIU, UBC, SFU, UBCO, UFV, TWU, and TRU. Following this, Christine Stewart of the BCTF brought greetings and also acknowledged the Aboriginal colleagues and guests in attendance.

Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald, Associate Dean (Indigenous Education), UBC Faculty of Education, delivered the key note address: “Indigenizing Teacher Education: Stories of Challenge, Innovation, and Transformation.”

During the late morning, conference participants were divided into two groups; each group attending successive 45-minute presentations: (1) Dr. Rod McCormick of TRU whose address was entitled  “Indigenizing Youth-A Journey of Resilience, Resistance and Renewal” and (2) a panel discussion comprised of speakers Michelle Canaday, Cheryl Sebastian, and Noreen Pankewich, who spoke about various aspects of “Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Pedagogy and Best Practices.”

Following a hot lunch prepared by local First Nations chefs and served in the Centre’s Foyer, the conference enjoyed a performance by Tiffany Adams, a 2015 TRU B.Ed. graduate.

Afternoon concurrent sessions were devoted to assemblies of (1) academic advisors, (2) program coordinators, (3) field coordinators/practica coordinators; and (4) Deans of Education. These were held in separate locations.

At the final plenary session of the day, Dr. Airini spoke, as did Paul Michel, Executive Director, TRU Aboriginal Education.

UBCO Faculty Member Wendy Klassen, invited everyone to attend the 2016 Teacher Education Roundtable to be held in Kelowna, hosted by UBCO.

Dr. Kim Franklin, Chair of ABCDE, and Dean of Trinity Western University, announced the winners of the 2015 ABCDE Awards: the Teacher Educator Award to Dr. Kathy Sanford of UVic, and the Education Advocate Award to Susan Antak, educator, Abbotsford School Board who now works with student teachers at UFV. Each was presented with an engraved plaque and a cheque. (UVic Dean of Education, Ralf St. Clair, accepted the award on behalf of Dr. Kathy Sanford, who was unable to be present.)

Following the award presentation, door prizes were drawn and were cheerfully accepted. A closing song performed by Paul Michel closed the 2015 conference.


BC Teacher Education Roundtable (2014)

The University of Northern B.C. Education department, located in Prince George, will be hosting the Teacher Education Roundtable on May 8-9, 2014. The Roundtable Chair is Dr. Peter MacMillan (, and the main on-site organizer is Ricci Dalton (

The theme of the 2014 Roundtable, as developed by the U.N.B.C Education program, is “Changing Times, Changing Roles – Weaving a New Paradigm for Teacher Education.”


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: .


BC Teacher Education Roundtable

Held May 5-6, 2011, University of Victoria, Victoria

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 Education Meaningful.”

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 event.

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 annual Roundtable.

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 Roundtable

Held May 6-7, 2010, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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 stimulating presentation.

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.


BC Teacher Education Roundtable

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 Victoria.

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 day.

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 Roundtable conference.
BC Teacher Education Roundtable

Held May 11-12, 2006 at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia.

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 student teachers.

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.

BC Teacher Education Roundtable Conference

Held May 11, 2005 
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.
75 participants

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
Vancouver, B.C.
120 participants



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