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Fresh, improved and ready to connect with you better. Welcome to the updated format of ConnectED
Our online newsletter for the College of Education will now arrive in your inbox monthly to help keep you up-to-date with exciting news and stories of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. A printed magazine will also arrive yearly to highlight some of our most important and significant contributions.
Through this e-newsletter and magazine, we invite you to connect with us again, and learn about the advancements of your alma mater, your college, and your place of innovation through the work of its students, faculty, staff, and partners. This issue gives you a recap of events from the 2017-18 year. We also invite you to participate in a survey to help us better understand you, your needs and how we can work together.
Inspired by the words of U of S President Stoicheff during his address to the General Academic Assembly in April of 2017, we at the College of Education challenge ourselves to approach our work “not only on the basis of what we want to be, but what the world needs us to be”. For this reason and many others, the College continues to strategically advance its work with a focus on the needs of this province, country and world through intentional and responsive programming, impactful research, and contributions that demonstrate that we are looking outward to serve others in ways that we have never before.
As a University of Saskatchewan College of Education alumna myself, I am deeply invested in the work of this college. I have benefitted from the learning that others have acquired here, and I continue to advance in my own learning. The successes of those who have graduated from our programs is a testament to the strength of the profession as a whole, and this legacy continues.  I couldn’t have been more proud and honoured to shake the hands of the College’s nearly 450 undergraduate and graduate students earlier this month at convocation, and to be one of the first to welcome them to this inspiring and rewarding profession.
This college is your place. It is our place. Thank you for your continued contributions to and interest in the work that is done here. Our success lies in your accomplishments, and we look to you as we advance the college’s future strategically and intentionally. Without you and your support, none of this would be possible. Thank you for staying ConnectED!

Michelle Prytula
Dean, College of Education

Our Commitment - Pinning Ceremony

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) College of Education continues to welcome students to the profession with an annual pinning ceremony. The third of its kind took place on September 21, 2017. 

The pinning ceremony is an opportunity for all new teacher candidates, partners and college alumni to recognize the deep commitment that teachers make to the College and profession.  During the ceremony, students receive a pin and commit to an oath titled "The Educator's Profession" through the signing of a banner. 

Following the success of the local pinning ceremonies, the college held its first-ever out of province Alumni Pinning Ceremony in Calgary on October 5, 2017 at the request of  alumni in Alberta. It was hosted at Bishop Grandin High School.  The special event offered alumni the chance to reconnect with former classmates and colleagues from graduation years spanning 1953 - 2007.

The pinning ceremony tradition will continue with the 2018 student event planned for September 13 and the alumni event on September 22.

HonourED. AwardED.

On Saturday, January 20, the College of Education hosted its Annual Awards Day Celebration. This annual celebration recognizes the academic achievements of education graduate and undergraduate students and acknowledges the many donors who support and enhance the education of students throughout all of the college’s programs. More than over $670,000 in awards, scholarships, bursaries and other recognitions were distributed that afternoon.

During this event, the 2017–18 Alumni Wall of Honour Award recipients were recognized. These individuals were nominated by College alumni, and selected for their outstanding achievements and innovation; commitment to excellence; community engagement and leadership; and contributions to the social, cultural, and economic well-being of society.

The 2017-18 induction class included: Kim Hebert (Community and Culture), Darren McKee (Indigenous Activities), Jane Graham (Business & Philanthropy), Colette Bourgonje (Athletics), and Kim Newlove (Education).


Celebration of Research

The Celebration of Research, Scholarly, and Artistic Work is the college’s opportunity to showcase the rich, diverse, and high quality work of our graduate and undergraduate students. Presentations may be based on papers, posters, and assignments completed in class, or on theses/dissertations. Students may choose to use either the form of a poster or an oral presentation.

On April 7, the college was honoured to have Distinguished Professor Emeritus Che Kan Leong from the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education as this year’s keynote speaker. His presentation, Research is a Many Splendored Thing, was both entertaining and informative to all that attended.

Graduation Powwow

The College of Education was honoured to host the 2018 Graduation Powwow on May 30, 2018.
The annual powwow celebrates the academic achievements of graduating Métis, First Nations and Inuit students from the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan high schools. Due to weather, the powwow was moved indoors to the Education Gym.
College of Education Dean Michelle Prytula, was a part of the Grand Entry along with other University of Saskatchewan dignitaries including U of S President and Vice Chancellor Peter Stoicheff and Chancellor Roy Romanow. The masters of ceremonies included Chris Scribe, the director of the Indian Teacher Education Program. Three ITEP students also played an intregal role including head dance judge Candace Gadwa, head man dancer TJ Warren and the head woman dancer Laryn Oakes, as well as Bruce Sinclair (B. Ed’92) was the Métis dance coordinator.

Spring Convocation

A new class of 449 College of Education graduates were celebrated at the University of Saskatchewan Spring Convocation on Monday, June 4 at TCU Place.

College of Education awards included:
Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language Distinguished Graduate Award - Lisa Marie Thiessen

STF Prize - Karalie Joy Near

J. Victoria Miners Book Prize - Veronica Kmiech

Professionalism Award for Excellence in Teaching - Sarah Catherine Klatt
Dave King (B.Ed ’72) was also honoured by the U of S with one of eight honourary degrees bestowed. The university recognizes individuals who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in research, scholarly and artistic works; performed exceptional public service; contributed greatly through their professional or philanthropic activity; and demonstrated great athletic prowess.

Alternative Practicum/Internship Opportunities

In support of its strategic planning, the College of Education has added International, Adult Learning, and Community-Based practicum opportunities to the Bachelor of Education program through the following two courses:

  • EXPR 424.3 - Alternative Practicum: International Opportunities
This is an International Extended Practicum option for students. Through strategic partnerships, this course provides teacher candidates with the opportunity to engage in a formal, but time-limited (six weeks), field experience opportunity paired with collaborating teachers/mentors in international educational settings. The field experience is also intended to build relationships and networks of supports for teacher candidates who are interested in working in these international contexts.   The first opportunity will take place through a partnership in Dalian, China where students will be working in International schools.  More countries will be added next year.
  • EXPR 423.3 - Alternative Practicum: Adult Learning or Community-Based

This course provides teacher candidates with learning experiences focused on the organization of educational services and professionalism, teaching and learning, Indigenous and cross-cultural education, and working with students/clients with exceptionalities. This field experience is also intended to build relationships and networks of support for teacher candidates who are interested in working in these unique contexts.
Students then return from these experiences and enroll in EXPR 425.12 to complete the practicum requirements to meet both the Bachelor of Education program and provincial certification requirements experiential learning components.

Language Warriors

At the end of April this year, 10 students in the Masters of Indigenous Language Revitalization (MILR) successfully passed the oral defence of their projects to earn their Masters of Education degree.
The students began their journey in 2016, when the Office of First Nations and Métis Relations, at the University of Saskatchewan worked in partnership with the University of Victoria (UVIC) to deliver the MILR program at the English River First Nation Business Complex in Saskatoon. The MILR program at UVIC has been the only graduate program in Indigenous Language Revitalization in Canada. Students studied in their home communities, and travelled from Alberta, Northwest Territories, Manitoba, northern Saskatchewan and Saskatoon to attend intensive weeklong sessions through six terms to complete their program. Languages represented are Nahkawē, Nēhiyaw, Nēhithaw, Michif and Tłı̨chǫ.
Students were supported on their big day, by each other, their family members, academic support Charlotte Ross, and director of First Nations and Métis relations, Joan Greyeyes. Onowa McIvor and Trish Rosborough from University of Victoria fulfilled the roles alternately supervisor and committee member for the 10 students’ projects. Gail MacKay, from the U of S College of Education was the exam chair.
(Written by: Gail MacKay)

Students names and the titles of their projects are:
Darlene Arcand - Nēhiyawēwin Resource Guide
Robert Badger - Saskatchewan Indigenous Language Revitalization Toolkit
Jackie Buffalo - Early Years Cree Language Units and Resource Materials for Language Teaching
Randy Morin - Discovering new pathways to old teachings: The Paul Creek Method of Additional language acquisition for adult Cree language learners
Nora Wedzin - A Plan to Create a Tłı̨chǫ Resource Catalogue
Helen Garvin - ININIWAK ININIWEK: Indigenous People Speak Your Language
Anna Carriere - Bringing Cree home: Cree Activities for the Young Learner
Heather Souter - Tii parii chii.? (Are you ready?): Preparing adult learners and proficient speakers the challenge of Michif reclamation
Alexis S. McLeod - Past and Present: The Woodland Cree Written Orthographies
Laura Burnouf - Introductory Cree Handbook

Greystone Circle: Planned Giving

With a dream to make an impact on the lives of children, University of Saskatchewan College of Education students Christina Luross and Jordanne Estergaard were given the opportunity, thanks to the A. Marion Clarke Education Trust. Clarke (BEd’62) devoted her entire career to teaching young children and she established this trust through a gift in her will to support the advancement of early childhood education.
The two students in the early childhood education cohort were given the opportunity to speak of how their lives were impacted by the trust at the Greystone Circle Garden Party in May at the President’s Residence. This annual event recognizes and celebrates members who have chosen to include the university in their estate plans.
The A. Marion Clarke Education Trust re-established the early childhood undergraduate education program at the University of Saskatchewan. The program specializes in equipping future educators to best facilitate learning for students in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3. The concept of early childhood education cohorts was something Clarke believed was a foundational concept for the program. The cohorts allow the students to specialize and focus on relevant topics for specific grade levels including teaching subjects through play and inquiry-based pedagogy, as well as creating dynamic social learning environments for young children.
“If Marion Clarke was here today, my hope would be that she could see the incredible impact her gift has had on creating inspired and passionate early childhood educators in our cohort this year and the years previous,” said Luross in her speech at the event.
“This trust has allowed our cohort to exist and for us to flourish as future educators around like-minded people, who want to make a positive impact on the lives of young children. Not only is this gift benefitting the students in our cohort by creating better educators for young children, but also the communities that these future educators will be a part of. Without Marion Clarke this experience wouldn’t have been possible.”
Jordanne ended their speech with this thought, “Our hope is that people recognize the significance of the generosity from donors like you and Marion Clarke whose vision and passion has empowered students to further study early childhood education."
You too can help ambitious students achieve their goals. Consider making a gift in your will, and contact us today to discuss how your support can improve the lives of U of S College of Education students for years to come.
Trina Mortson
Gift Planning Specialist
University Relations
306-966-2116 or 1-800-699-1907

EngagED to make change

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