AlumniED Newsletter - Spring 2011 Convocation Issue

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

Greetings and welcome to the Spring 2011 Convocation issue of our Alumni ED Newsletter.

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

This term our busy Field Experience Office placed 112 Year 6 students in 78 schools with 17 school districts. Thanks to our sponsor teachers, faculty supervisors and enthusiastic elementary and secondary students who collectively help our student teachers achieve their career and personal goals. We continue to expand our opportunities for international practicum placements. In addition to China and Belize, we now have the opportunity to send students to the BC Curriculum School in Cairo. I was able to visit there in January and it was exciting to see so many VIU grads teaching there!

Our two Masters programs; Masters in Educational Leadership and the new Masters in Special Education are both fully subscribed. Details follow.

A new Post-Degree Diploma in Online Teaching is another exciting program now under development with an anticipated start date of September 2012. The program will offer professionals with a Bachelor of Education 6 courses (30 credits) to be delivered part-time over two years. All courses will be offered fully online using the latest web-based tools and will equip graduates to work specifically in Distance Learning (DL) schools.

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.

Spring Convocation 2011

Friday, January 28th was the date of our most recent Convocation Ceremony. Along with the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Child and Youth Care recepeints over 100 Education students participated in the celebrations at Nanaimo's Port Theatre. A special feature was a vist from three of our potential future program graduates. Grads Maureen Messenger (left), Chrsitie Grant (centre) and Erin Nyhan and were joined on stage by their little ones to share in the celebrations with Chancellor Atleo and VIU President and CEO Raplh Nilson. Dean Harry Janzen noted that "Education grads are certainly doing their part to fill our BC classrooms!"

Spring convocation 2011; honouring retiree Barbara McLeod's many years of service to VIU, she led the afternoon procession as distinguished mace bearer.Honouring recent retiree Barbara McLeod's many years of service to VIU, she led the afternoon procession as distinguished mace bearer.

Photos courtesy VIU Communications and Public Relations Department.

Masters Programs are Well Under Way

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.

The M.Ed. program is offered as a cohort–based model for practicing teachers. Classes meet Friday night and Saturday up to eight times during the fall and spring semesters and the month of July for the summer session.

VIU's new 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.

Post-Degree Diploma Program Offers Continued Learning Opportunities

The Special Education Teacher Specialty (SETS) Post Degree Diploma Program is designed for BC certified teachers who wish to increase their understanding of the diverse needs of the students in the classroom. Teachers with this credential will be well-prepared for positions in school-based support services for students, such as Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers.

Courses are offered in Parksville, in Victoria, in Port Alberni, and some are offered online. During the school year, courses are offered on Saturdays (or sometimes Friday evenings/Saturdays) and during the summer months. Intake is continuous.

2010 Grads Veronica Grocott and Graham Giske on the Great Wall in ChinaFeatured Graduates

"...We just wanted to send a New Year's message from way over here in China, I think of you all on a regular basis in the classroom, thank you for all your expertise in education that has helped me so much in my own teaching. Best wishes for 2011!

Graham and I are both teaching at Sino Bright BC Offshore School in Beijing, China. He teaches Math, Planning and Canadian Studies 9 and I teach ESL 8 and 10 and Communications 11 and 12.

Here's a pic of Graham and I on the Great Wall-it's an amazing blessing to see the world and teach at the same time!"

Veronica Grocott and Graham Giske (Grads 2010)



(Really!) Recent Hirings

Four recent graduates (January 2011) from our Post-Bachalaurate Secondary cohort are off to teach and learn in China. The Maple Leaf Schools offer the BC Curriculum and these graduates will be teaching in both Middle and Secondary classrooms in Dalian and Wuhan. We wish Petra Skalicky, Mike Greenslade, Mike Collier and Jeff Laing all the best as they embark on their new adventures!

Well over 2000 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 encourage future and past VIU graduates to investigate opportunities in alternative education -- especially those who find themselves drawn to the at-risk and high-need students in their practicums and TOC work. I have found it to be an extremely rewarding career path as alternate schools provide the opportunity to make a big impact on smaller groups of students. I didn't know that I'd love it until I started doing it.

If there are any other "Alt Ed" teachers out there, I'd be interested in hearing where you are and how you are doing."
Patrick Rhode, (Grad 2003)

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