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Work in the College of Education continues throughout the summer months with summer classes, events, and preparations for the fall.  The College strives to have an impact on the lives of students, alumni, and communities through its teaching, research, and service.  As our mission statement emphasizes, we focus on the development of teachers and learners who are committed to advancing the growth of students and communities.  The features in this e-newsletter showcase examples of this work, with this month specifically focusing on Jim Taylor and the CAIRS unit.
Along with planning for next year, this past month saw some major events for the College, including the Saskatchewan Principals’ Short Course.  The course brought over 115 participants and speakers together from provincial and First Nation schools, as well as from school divisions, tribal councils, the ministry, and other provincial organizations at the beginning of July for a week of collaboration, professional development, and learning together. 
In mid-July, leadership from the College of Education and the ITEP program signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kahkewistahaw First Nation during the nation’s annual powwow held on July 13th.  This MOU formally recognizes that the Bachelor of Education ITEP program will be offered at Kahkewistahaw starting in the fall.  The College is excited to build on past ITEP success in new places and acknowledges Chief Taypotat for his leadership in bringing the program to his community. 

The third week in July provided the opportunity for members of the College to help celebrate Back to Batoche, onsite, where Elder Norm Fleury opened the event with a Michif prayer.  Enjoyed by all was jigging, storytelling, cooking, fiddling, and many other cultural on-site events.  The college is proud to continue to deepen our understandings of and continue our work with the Métis community.
Enjoy leafing through this issue and staying ConnectED!
Michelle Prytula
Dean, College of Education

A Lifelong Connection

Jim Taylor has seen first-hand the influence of Indigenous education grow throughout the province.

A veteran of the education world, Taylor has been teaching as a sessional lecturer for 24 years at the U of S and has worked for a number of Indigenous education programs including the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP), Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP) and Northern Teacher Education Program (NORTEP).

Throughout his time as a lecturer through the university, he’s seen many of his former students go on to teaching jobs in a number of schools, including St. Michael and Westmount, both of which currently feature a Michif language program for elementary students.

It’s an end result that Taylor is more than happy to celebrate.

“It’s good to see that there is a real connection with what we do here at the U of S and what we see our former students teaching out in the schools. It shows the value of these programs,” said Taylor, who received the Sylvia Wallace Sessional Lecturer Award in 2015.

“I’ve seen people come back to do a master’s degree. There are even a few former students who are now in a superintendent position,” said Taylor.

Before coming to the U of S, Taylor taught with Saskatoon public schools for 30 years, including a stint in Alberta and Loreburn, Sask. But many of his career highlights were teaching off-campus through the ITEP program, which saw him putting in time on the road travelling to schools in communities such as Loon Lake, North Battleford, Big River, Beardy's & Okemasis' Cree Nation and Thunderchild First Nation. Throughout it all, he’s made several deep and lasting connections.

“I had a great experience meeting so many people through the program,” said Taylor. “I was able to teach through SUNTEP and ITEP and I was able to teach off-campus as well, as far away as the North West Territories, and they were all interesting experiences because I got to meet so many great people.”

Not all his memories are positive ones, however. While teaching through the NORTEP program in La Ronge, located nearly 400 km north of Saskatoon, Taylor recalls the forest fires that devastated wide swaths of northern Saskatchewan – communities where he has made personal connections with students.

“With the fires, it was quite bad up there for a while,” he recalls. Even so, as he nears retirement, Taylor said he is still anticipating returning to the community to teach and to reconnect with the friends he had made in the area.

“For me, that’s the biggest bonus,” said Taylor. “I’ve been able to meet so many great people. And from there, I’ve been able to watch them go off and be successful.”

Counselling Assessment Intervention and Research Services

By Kris Foster, University Relations

Learning disabilities are “invisible” but have the potential to significantly impact an individual’s ability to gain from instruction, said Tim Claypool, associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education in the College of Education.

Key to addressing this mounting issue is accurate assessment, intervention and accommodation. To that end, Claypool and a few of his colleagues launched Counselling Assessment Intervention and Research Services (CAIRS) in 2015.

“We saw a gap in the need for assessment services in Saskatoon, and in remote areas of Saskatchewan where the need is exponential,” said Claypool who serves as director of CAIRS. “The other gap was in providing our graduate students psycho-educational assessments and intervention training.”

CAIRS, Claypool continued, “is an opportunity for the public to access psycho-educational assessments service in cases where they might not be available to them for a variety of reasons from financial to the number of psychologists available. We fill a gap by linking those who need assessment with qualified professionals.”

Now in its third year, CAIRS has provided more than 300 assessments throughout the province and has been able to provide the requisite training to students in the master’s program in School and Counselling Psychology.

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Principals' Short Course Wrap Up

The Saskatchewan Principals' Short Course (SPSC) took place July 3-6 and had 115 participants from Saskatchewan provincial school divisions and First Nation authorities. 

The course's format is shaped by the Instructional, Distributed, Ethical, and Transformational Leadership frameworks.  Session leaders and presenters represent views and perspectives from Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews.  After the course participants will be able to frame their learning within the three successful components of school leadership: Establishing a Vision and Culture Conducive to Learning; Stimulating the Learning Environment; and Managing, Modeling, and Monitoring.

The Department of Educational Administration in the College of Education, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, the Saskatchewan School Boards Association, the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation, Saskatchewan School-Based Leaders, and the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents sponsor the event.  

MOU with Kahkewisthaw First Nation

The College of Education, the Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP) and the Kahkewistahaw First Nation signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Friday, July 13. Michelle Prytula, Dean of the College of Education, Chris Scribe, Director of ITEP, and Chief Evan Taypotat signed the agreement. The agreement will offer a four-year bachelor of education program on reserve.
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College participation in CMEC Symposium

Dr. Jay Wilson, Department Head, Curriculum Studies, joined Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann, VP of Indigenous Engagement, as representatives from the University of Saskatchewan at the Council of Ministers of Education Symposium on Indigenizing Teacher Education in Vancouver on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations in early July. 
The two-day symposium gathered representatives from the education sectors across the nation, along with Elders and students to share their perspectives on Indigenization in education. Topics of discussion included work in teaching language, culture and identity; Indigenous perspectives on student well-being; incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing into curriculums and creating lasting and respectful partnerships. 

Indian Teacher Education Program Director Chris Scribe was included among the experts and scholars on a panel discussing incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing into teacher education programming. He highlighted the importance of Indigenous education at postsecondary teaching faculties.

Educational Psychology and Special Education Department Head Named

Dr. Lynn Lemisko was appointed as Department Head of Educational Psychology and Special Education for a term of up to 5 years, effective July 1.
Since 2002, Dr. Lemisko has held faculty positions in the Department of Curriculum Studies and the Department of Educational Foundations, and served as graduate chair for Educational Foundations for the past year. She has also served as Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Research from 2008- 2013. During this period of appointment, Dr. Lemisko will no longer serve as graduate chair, but will maintain her position as faculty member in the Department of Educational Foundations.

The College of Education was proud to once again celebrate diversity and inclusion by particiapting in the 2018 Saskatoon Pride Parade with members of the University of Saskatchewan community in June.

Around the College - Staff Updates

The College of Education is pleased to welcome the following staff:

Kirk Veltikold - Human Resources, SBA
Nicole Betker - Communications Officer
Brittney Zaleschuk - Department Support, Curriculum Studies & Educational Psychology and Special Education
Save the Date: USASK Alumni Weekend September 20-22, 2018

The College of Education looks forward to reconnecting, engaging and celebrating the achievements of our 33,000 alumni during the USASK Alumni Weekend in September. 

Friday, September 21 - Pre-game party and football game
4 p.m. - Join us in the Bowl as we gear up for the provincial rivalry versus the Regina Rams 
7 p.m. - Football game kickoff

Saturday, September 22 - Alumni Pinning Ceremony
10 a.m. - Commit to the Educator's Profession at the Alumni Pinning Ceremony
Register Now

HonourED - Nominate now

Nominations for the 2019 induction into the College of Education Wall of Honour are open.

The Wall of Honour acknowledges the significant successes and contributions of outstanding alumni who have graduated from any of the College’s programs. Since 2007, the College has honoured over 50 alumni, all of whom have exemplified the spirit of the mission, vision, and values of the University of Saskatchewan. 
Nominate Now

EngagED to make change - Survey Still Open

Congratulations, Shelby Buell.  You are the first prize package winner! That's right - the first!

Thanks to a strong response, the College of Education is leaving the Alumni Engagement Survey open until August 15th. One lucky alumni will win another prize package. 

Complete Survey Now
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