Developing a Global Perspective for Educators

Our Dreams Matter Too: Equality for First Nations Children



I imagine a Canada where every child’s dreams count. June 11 is the anniversary of the Prime Minister’s apology for residential schools but First Nations children continue to experience inequities in education, health, child welfare and other government services compared to all other children. We can do something about this! On June 11, organize or take part in an Our Dreams Matter Too walk and write letters to the Prime Minister and elected officials supporting culturally based equity for First Nations children. Continue Reading…

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Mind the Gap: UNESCO Data Game about Inequalities in Education

Imagine you are starting school in Mali. What are the chances you will complete primary school? How likely are you to go to university? Find out by playing UNESCO’s new data game, Mind the Gap. Create an avatar and take a trip around the world to learn about inequalities in education. Mind the Gap is available in both English and Français.

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Project Tembo – Recruiting Volunteer Teachers

Project TEMBO is currently recruiting qualified teachers to volunteer in a girls’ education initiative called the PASS (Primary and Secondary SUCCESS) program in northern Tanzania in Fall 2013. Teachers will work in a collaborative teaching environment with local teachers to support adolescent girls as they transition from primary school (offered in Kiswahili) to secondary school (offered in English). The program offers 40 girls living and studying in rural Tanzania with an opportunity to develop their English language skills while also strengthening their proficiency in math and social sciences. Continue Reading…

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Letters to Canada



Letters to Canada is a video documenting the thoughts of Canadian children on the unequal treatment of First Nations children in Canada. The video was produced by Dr. Cindy Blackstock (University of Alberta and First Nations Children’s and Family Caring Society) to be shown as an opening statement at the Human Rights Tribunal Hearing on First Nations Child Welfare that begins on February 25. Continue Reading…

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Social Action Project: Canadian Aboriginal Children’s Rights

This unit was designed with the intention of educating and engaging grade six students on the issue of Aboriginal children’s rights in Canada, and encouraging them to take action against injustices. Grade six students are a good target population for this social action curriculum project because they learn about the characteristics of various Aboriginal cultures, and the nature of the first contact between the European settlers and Aboriginal people in social studies. The unit is available here.

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Social Action Project: What can we do to create an ecological handprint?

In terms of social action, the goal for this unit and curriculum project is to encourage students to take individual responsibility for their ecological footprint and to spread awareness with regards to environmental sustainability. This means creating an ecological handprint instead. Our personal goal as a professional learning community is to encourage teachers to execute the lesson plans in an environmentally friendly fashion, to “lead by example”. The ideas expressed through each lesson will be mirrored by the teachers and the lessons themselves. Click here to view the unit.

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ITCS @ OCSB Peace Conference 2012

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Teacher candidates from the University of Ottawa participated as facilitators in the 2012 Ottawa Catholic School Board Peace Conference this afternoon. Inside the Teacher Candidate Studio was there to capture some initial thoughts that followed the event. It was a wonderful experience and we would like to thank all who were involved. Thank you for watching!

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Together We Learn Conference 2012

The Faculty of Education’s Comprehensive School Health Educational Research Unit and “Developing a Global Perspective for Educators / Développement d’une perspective globale pour enseignants et enseignantes” sponsored the Together We Learn: Inclusionary Practices conference on December 8, 2012 (International Day of Persons with Disabilities). This conference, designed for teacher candidates, focused on practical inclusionary strategies and practices for students with exceptionalities. View Resources…

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Inside Teacher Candidate’s Studio: Faith in Schools



Welcome back from practicum! As our first professor interview for Inside the Teacher Candidate Studio, teacher candidate Peter Osudar sat down with Joel Westheimer. Joel is the University Research chair in Sociology of Education at the University of Ottawa. He explores the ways educational theorists conceive of teaching democracy and the ways school practices embrace or challenge these conceptions. Our topic concerns faith in both the Catholic and public school systems and how religious teaching is explored in the classroom. Continue Reading…

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