Faculty of Education Alumnus Dr. Janet Dyment Named Australia’s Teacher Educator of the Year

Dr. Janet Dyment, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of School in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania, was recently named Australia’s Teacher Educator of the Year.

This award was given to Dr. Dyment by the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) at a conference in Brisbane, Australia in July. The aim of the award is to “recognize dedication to innovative teaching practices in teacher education at a university level,” as noted on the ATEA website.

In her positions at the University of Tasmania, Dr. Dyment has taught into many teaching specializations (e.g., health and physical education, leadership, outdoor education, social sciences) and many core teacher education units. She is known for taking an interdisciplinary approach in various curriculum contexts and seeks to make her teaching thematic, integrated, and situated in real-life contexts.

“I am deeply honoured and humbled to receive this award. I feel truly grateful for my experiences both as a PhD student and academic at Lakehead, where my passion for teacher education first began,” she says.

Dr. Dyment is a Lakehead Faculty of Education Joint PhD in Educational Studies alumnus (2005), and was a contract lecturer in Lakehead’s School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism (1999-2003).

Congratulations, Dr. Dyment, on this well-deserved recognition!

Dr. Ann Kajander’s Mathematics Research Supported through Fields Institute Grant

Dr. Ann Kajander, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, is an Expert Panel member of the Mathematics Knowledge Network, hosted by the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences.

The Fields Institute was recently awarded a five-year grant from the Ministry of Education to host the Mathematics Knowledge Network for Ontario. Within the larger network are four Communities of Practice. Dr. Kajander's project, entitled Transitions in Grade 9 Mathematics, is contained within the Critical Transitions Community of Practice.

Dr. Kajander explains that this grant will enable her to continue her research projects in conjunction with the Mathematics Knowledge Network, with a special focus on Grade 9 transitions and locally developed math courses.

"The Locally Developed courses are not evaluated by EQAO, and hence often fall outside the funding sources for school improvement. These courses, taken by some of our very neediest students, serve 7% of Grade 9 students provincially, with a slightly higher percentage locally. It's time these students' needs become more of a focus,” she explains.

The Mathematics Knowledge Network brings together diverse mathematics education stakeholders from across Ontario to mobilize evidence from research and professional practice and facilitate the use of evidence-based practices for mathematics instruction, to support improved educational achievement.

Master of Education Student Jackie Chan Wins 3M Fellowship Award

Master of Education student Jackie Chan was awarded the prestigious 3M National Student Leadership Fellowship – an award from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education that recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding leadership in their lives, at their post-secondary institution.

Jackie is the first Lakehead University student to win this award, which recognizes his many notable leadership and mentorship initiatives relating to social justice for youth, and his passionate commitment to building relationships across culture, class, and race.

One of these initiatives was Jackie’s involvement in running a land-based, well-being camp at Kingfisher Outdoor Education Centre last March. At the camp he worked with 18 Indigenous high school students as part of his research into play-based, laughter-based community building and mental health leadership.

“Before we deal with this issue of decolonizing, we have to build relationships of trust, and that can be done through laughter and play,” he explained in a recent news article.

The Kingfisher camp was part of his work with the Tikkun Indigenous Youth Project, a SSHRC-funded project out the University of Windsor exploring how young people are contributing to social healing and change.

This summer, Jackie took one of the Indigenous youth from the Kingfisher camp to Camp Arowhon, a private summer camp in Algonquin Park where he works. He also started a penpal program between Jamaican youth and elementary students at the inner-city Ogden Community Public School in Thunder Bay, and he is co-founder and director of Zen's Outdoor Leadership Camp for Youth, an NGO where he leads groups to Jamaica and Nepal to facilitate volunteer-driven service learning programs.

Dr. Lisa Korteweg is Jackie’s MEd research supervisor.

Jackie says that receiving the 3M award is “validation and motivation for me to continue on the path I am on.”

Dr. Lisa Korteweg Appointed to Interdisciplinary Adjudication Committee for the CRC Program

Dr. Lisa Korteweg, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, has joined the Canada Research Chair (CRC) program’s Interdisciplinary Adjudication Committee—a committee of invited and appointed experts across the NSERC, CIHR, and SSHRC councils.

The Interdisciplinary Adjudication Committee is responsible for making final recommendations on Canada Research Chair nominations when members of the College of Reviewers are divided. The Committee also provides policy advice on key aspects of the CRC program, and is responsible for ensuring the consistency of standards across the program.

Dr. Korteweg was invited to the Committee on account of her familiarity with the CRC program, her previous experience on SSHRC committees (as former Chair of the SSHRC Indigenous Research Panel), and her areas of research expertise.

She has accepted a three-year term as an adjudicator and will attend the next Interdisciplinary Adjudication Committee meeting in October in Ottawa.

The CRC program invests approximately $265 million each year to attract and retain up to 2,000 Chairholders in universities across Canada, with the goal of promoting research excellence in natural sciences, engineering, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

Dr. Ruth Beatty’s Indigenous Mathematics Research Contributes to Accepting Schools Award

Dr. Ruth Beatty, Acting Chair of Orillia Educational Programs, has been conducting mathematics research for several years in schools in southern and eastern Ontario. 

Working in conjunction with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and the Ministry of Education, her recent research project, “The Mathematics of Algonquin Looming,” explores how to incorporate Indigenous perspectives into the Ontario math curriculum.

One of the schools where her research was conducted, Eganville and District Public School, has recently been named as a recipient of the Premier's Accepting Schools Award.

This award “recognizes teams across the province that have done exceptional and innovative work in creating a safe, inclusive and accepting school environment,” as outlined on the Ministry of Education website.

As part of Dr. Beatty’s research, students conducted traditional Algonquin activities such as beading, which helped them to learn about patterning, algebra, fractions, and geometry.

Congratulations Dr. Beatty for this achievement, which shows how faculty research can have a significant impact.

May Issue of Education Exchange Newsletter Published

We are pleased to announce that the May issue of our Education Exchange newsletter has been published. This newsletter brings our current and former students as well as our educational partners together to share news, successes, and innovations.

To access our Education Exchange newsletter, click the following link:

Click to access Education Exchange Newsletter (May 2017) 

To see previous issues of the newsletter, visit the newsletter archives.

Fat Pedagogy Reader Wins Another Award

A recent book by Connie Russell, a professor in the Faculty of Education, and Erin Cameron, an Education PhD alumna and assistant professor at Memorial University, has won a second award! The Fat Pedagogy Reader (2016, Peter Lang) has been given a 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. Focused on addressing weight-based oppression in formal and informal educational settings, the book has been called “essential reading” and “a vital and needed piece of scholarship.”

Faculty of Education Alumnus Darren Lentz named as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals of 2017

Darren Lentz, Kingsway Park/Hyde Park Public School Principal, has been named as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals of 2017.

Darren is known for his dedication, professionalism, and enthusiasm. He is a Faculty of Education BEd and MEd alumnus, and has taught for the Faculty in several programs, including the BEd, NLIP, and AQ programs.

This prestigious award is well-deserved recognition for Darren's achievements.

For more information, visit https://www.lakeheadschools.ca/outstanding_principal/

Faculty of Education Alumnus Letizia Tremonti Named Principal of the Year by the Catholic Principals Council of Ontario

Letizia Tremonti, Principal of St. Martin School in Thunder Bay, was named Principal of the Year by the Catholic Principals Council of Ontario and selected by her peers as Outstanding Principal this year.

Letizia is a Faculty of Education BEd alumnus, who graduated with First Class Standing in 1986.

In a press release, she stated: “There have been many wonderful moments over my 31-year career but being nominated for Principal of the Year by my colleagues is one of my greatest moments.”

For more information, see the article here.

BEd Students Dave Venneri and Ryan Pasquin Help Develop Experiential Learning Model for Tutoring Program

Lakehead Orillia BEd students Dave Venneri and Ryan Pasquin have helped to develop an experiential-based learning model for Camp Couchiching’s Climbing Tree Experiential Tutoring program.

As reported in a news story, Climbing Tree Experiential Tutoring program helps students rebuild their relationship with learning through experiential teaching activities, including hands-on, active learning with props and resources, and outdoor learning. Each student’s learning style is first assessed, then the tutoring is tailored to them accordingly.

Dave Venneri notes: “This program is an amazing opportunity for students who might not excel in a traditional classroom setting to be exposed to a form of education that is more accommodating of the specific needs of students, while still fulfilling all of the Ministry of Education’s curriculum expectations.”

Dave and Ryan are completing an internship with the Camp Couchiching Community Initiative through Lakehead’s Education 4000 course.