AlumniED Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2011 Convocation Issue

photo of Dr. Harry JanzenDean's Message from Dr. Harry Janzen

Greetings and welcome to the Spring/Summer 2011 Convocation issue of our AlumniED newsletter. The newsletter serves to keep Alumni and teaching colleagues up to date with the good work of faculty, students and staff here in the Faculty of Education.

Convocation offers an opportunity to reflect on our students' successes over another academic year and to congratulate our deserved graduates.

This semester's Convocation celebrates the graduation of the first cohort of students enrolled in our new Bachelor of Education program. 55 enthusiastic grads are eager to begin their teaching careers after 3 years in our program.
This term, 6 school districts and 26 schools supported our student teachers on practica. Thanks to all our sponsor teachers, faculty supervisors and district elementary and secondary students who collectively help our student teachers achieve their career and personal goals.

Graduates who have been teaching for a least two years are invited to consider taking your career and education to another level by enrolling in one of our Master’s of Education Programs. The extraordinary circumstances of the recent job action at VIU have extended application deadlines for our graduate programs in Educational Leadership and Special Education.

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership provides a program of professional preparation for aspiring and practicing school leaders. Grounded in the rich educational leadership literature supplemented by extensive faculty expertise and experience, the program provides a balance of research, policy and practice. This two year 40 credit program will adhere to the design principles outlined in the Ministry of Education's Voluntary Teacher Leadership Certificate — The Emerging Design. Graduates of our program will have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and attitudes of successful leaders as outlined in the Leadership Standards for BC Principals and Vice-Principals. These competencies are central to formal and informal leadership in schools.

VIU's M.Ed. in Special Education embodies an innovative approach to the field of Special Education. Grounded in current research and evidence–based practices, our program challenges each educator to critically examine historical and contemporary Special Education policies and approaches to formulate a best practice specific to her/his own context. Faculty bring their expert knowledge and extensive experiences to guide, support and maximize student learning in each part of the program.

Graduates of the program will command content knowledge, develop skill–specific competencies and acquire relevant experiences prescribed by the BC Ministry of Education for Special Education specialist teachers, as well as, have the capacity to offer leadership in Special Education areas.
VIU Master of Education in Special Education

VIU's Faculty of Education continues to fill the need for qualified, certified and enthusiastic educators, both here and abroad. Congratulations to all our graduates-- past and present.

Dr. Harry Janzen, Dean, Faculty of Education

Spring/Summer Convocation 2011

graduating students in regalia

June 6th was the date for this term's Convocation ceremony, held twice yearly at Nanaimo's Port Theatre. This semester's celebration was just that as administration, faculty, family and friends gathered to share in our students' successes.

Of special note, Education faculty member Carolyn Bowles was the proud mace-bearer for the ceremony. Carolyn retires after many years of dedicated service to Education students in her role as instructor and Education Advisor. We wish Carolyn all the best as she heads into a happy retirement. She will be missed!

Convocastion photos courtesy VIU Communications and Public Relations Department.

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Featured Graduate: Ellie Dorosz (Grad January,2011)

Ellie and her students in Fort Nelson

"..Oh and some good news for me, I was on temporary contract covering for a teacher on sick leave but I found out yesterday that the school is hiring me on permanently even if the other teacher comes back! The principal told me they don't want to lose me to the district so they are willing to make up a position for me! How great is that!

Everything is working out great here, I'm glad I came and the adventures of teaching high school Tech/Math are definitely keeping me busy! I'm at Chalo School in Fort Nelson. Thank you, I'm very happy and excited. I'm lucky to have a job right away."

Recent Hirings

Well over 2500 students have graduated from the Faculty of Education since our inception in 1989. If you are one of them please contact us to update your employment status and be added to our growing list of graduates teaching in schools locally, nationally and internationally.

Please visit our Recent Hirings page and update your contact Information via VIU's Alumni Relations department.

Quotes from Our Graduates...

"I taught in Melbourne, Australia for one year as a TOC and had the most remarkable and memorable experience of my life! I also completed an ESL course during this time and moved on from Australia to teach in East Timor,
a developing country near Indonesia, for 3 months. I highly recommend traveling and teaching abroad. It opened my eyes to a whole new world."

Sarah Brown, Grad 2007

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