Winter Newsletter | December 2021

In this newsletter...

  • New Graduate Pathway: Master of Education with coursework only
  • Welcome to Dr. Jessica Chan
  • B.A.R.K. researchers seek gr. 6 & 7 teachers for public speaking study
  • Meredith Rusk receives 2021 SSHRC Doctoral Award
  • Master's student develops principles for language learning materials
  • Congratulations to the class of 2020/2021
  • Warmest Wishes this Holiday Season

New Graduate Pathway: Master of Education with coursework only

The Okanagan School of Education is pleased to announce a new graduate degree pathway. Prospective graduate students can now pursue a Master of Education (MEd) with coursework only.

Students will plan their courses, with guidance from their assigned supervisor, to build a program that provides broad knowledge at an advanced level to inform their professional and/or applied practice. Graduates will be prepared to contribute as educational leaders in their current roles and may have further employment opportunities in K-12 and post-secondary education, school administration and education consultation, government and policy work, among other careers.

Applications are currently being accepted for September 2022. 

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Welcome Dr. Jessica Chan!

In September, we welcomed a new faculty member, Dr. Jessica Chan (she/her/hers), to the position of Assistant Professor in Language Arts and Literacy Education.

Dr. Chan is a reading researcher and teacher educator committed to advancing the science of reading for language diverse learners. Her current research investigates the relationship between language, reading, and mathematics development in school-aged children.

She will be teaching Perspectives on Reading Foundations starting in January 2022, and is currently accepting graduate students.

B.A.R.K. researchers seek gr. 6 & 7 teachers for public speaking study

B.A.R.K. researchers Camille Rousseau, PhD candidate, and Dr. John-Tyler Binfet, associate professor, are conducting a study on canine-assisted public speaking and need participants for a focus group. This study aims to: 1) understand how teachers encourage and support students’ public speaking; and 2) identify strategies to reduce anxiety and bolster speaking competence.

Participants must teach grade 6 and/or 7 students. You will be asked about how you implement and support public speaking in the classroom, including strategies you use to reduce anxiety related to public speaking. Focus groups will take approximately 1 hour in January 2022. Participants will receive a $50 coffeehouse or bookstore gift card as a token of appreciation.

If interested, please contact Camille Rousseau at with your name, school name and grade you are currently teaching.

Meredith Rusk receives 2021 SSHRC Doctoral Award

Rusk was awarded $20,000 for her doctoral research in Indigenous Education. Specifically, her research focused on how breaking down racism, power and privilege through sharing circles and conversations can help to engage and validate Indigenous knowledge systems.

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Master's student develops principles for language learning materials

“As a language instructor, you will pick up a book and have to make a decision whether to use it or not,” says Scott. “And when you go through it how do you decide if it’s effective? How do you examine it with a critical eye? That is what I wanted to figure out.”

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Class of 2020/2021

On Friday, Dec. 3 our interns completed the last day of their final practicum and the Bachelor of Education program!

Check out our Instagram post to see a few happy faces. 

Congratulations to the class of 2020/2021!

We look forward to celebrating in June. 

Warm Wishes for the Holiday Season from Dr. Jan Hare, Dean pro tem.

"Warm wishes for a safe and restful winter break. Your collective care, effort, resilience and commitment this year continue to inspire curiosity, innovation, and compassion in learning, teaching, research and our work." 

Watch the 2021 Holiday Message.

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