Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell Named ACTRA “Woman of the Year”

Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell, Contract Lecturer in the Faculty of Education (Orillia), has been named 2018 ACTRA National Woman of the Year.

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists) is the union of more than 23,000 professional performers working in English-language recorded media in Canada, including television, film, radio, and digital media. Their “Woman of the Year” award is given annually, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, to an ACTRA member who uses her passion to support her fellow female ACTRA members and women within the industry.

“It is a totally energizing surprise to have this wonderful honour from my fellow Canadian media artists drop out of the sky,” said Dr. Deverell. “International Women’s Day marks a great moment for me, like ACTRA, to keep on keeping on, with relevant and delightful art, social justice, and equity for the under-represented.”

Dr. Deverell has worked as an academic, broadcaster, television producer, journalist and theatre artist, and has received numerous awards, including two Geminis and the Black Women’s Civic Engagement Network Leadership Award. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2005 for her pioneering work in broadcasting, and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the Orillia Lakehead Convocation ceremony last June.

(Photo credit: Pierre Maravel)

Dr. Pauline Sameshima Awarded SSHRC Connections Grant for Research and Innovation Community Events

Dr. Pauline Sameshima, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies, was awarded a SSHRC Connections Grant. The grant, matched with funding from the Office of Research Services, supported the first Social Innovation Forum: a full-day event that focused on community-based research addressing some of the most pressing social issues in our communities.

Co-Investigators on the grant were: Charles Levkoe, Christopher Mushquash, David Greenwood, Elaine Wiersma, Max Haiven and Collaborator: PhebeAnn Wolframe-Smith. Visioning and planning for the Social Innovation Forum was supported by Pauline Sameshima, Charles Levkoe, Elaine Wiersma, Anne Klymenko, Batia Stolar, PhebeAnn Wolframe-Smith and Rita Nicholas.

“The Forum, which was part of Lakehead University’s Research and Innovation Week 2018, was designed to showcase the impact that community-University partnerships can have on social justice and innovation,” Dr. Sameshima explains.

The Forum began with a luncheon, with keynote speaker Dr. Katherine Graham (Carleton Centre for Community Innovation) speaking on the topic of “Who’s in Charge Here? Community-Based Research and Social Innovation.”

In the afternoon, a research conversation took place between Lakehead researchers and community organizations, discussing topics of concern to Thunder Bay and the region. Recommendations from the community conversation will help inform the development of a community engaged research strategy for Lakehead University.

The evening research panel, entitled “City Limits: Addressing Social Injustice through Community-Based Research,” brought together diverse local, national, and international researchers who discussed barriers to inclusion in urban environments, and how community-based research can support potential solutions. Dr. Sameshima was the panel facilitator.

“The day’s events aimed to create dialogues on how Lakehead University’s research capacity can be utilized to inform and address challenges confronting community organizations and our city. Through the Forum, we honoured the opportunities to bring community and University together,” she says.

Dr. Ruth Beatty and Community Research Partners Win Indigenous Partnership Research Award

Dr. Ruth Beatty, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, is part of a collaborative research team that was awarded this year's Indigenous Partnership Research Award for their community-based participatory action research project, Connecting Anishinaabe and Western Mathematical Ways of Knowing.

During their five-year study, the team explored connections between the mathematics inherent in Algonquin cultural practices, primarily beading, and the mathematics content found in the Ontario curriculum. The research was conducted in partnership with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and Eganville and District Public School.

“The team collaboratively co-planned and co-taught units of instruction based on different forms of beadwork in Grades 1- 8, and documented the cultural connections and mathematical thinking that occurred. We also included instruction in Algonquin Language. Results indicate that the activities were both culturally responsive and mathematically rigorous, illustrating the power of co-designing and co-teaching mathematics as a way of creating meaningful community and classroom relationships,” Dr. Beatty explains.

The research team is made up Dr. Beatty as math education researcher; Christina Ruddy, William Dick, and Tanisha Barberstock from Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin (The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre); Danielle Blair (on contract with the Ministry of Education); Jody Alexander (Vice Principal First Nation, Metis and Inuit Education, Ottawa Carleton District School board); and teachers and administrators from Eganville and District Public School board: Mike Fitzmaurice, Heather Lett, Heather McEwen, and Anne George.

The team has created a four-part visual learning series as part of the province’s Renewed Math Strategy, available here. They are currently designing a website called "First Nations Math Voices."

Pictured below: Team members Christina Ruddy, Danielle Blair, and Ruth Beatty receiving the award.

Dr. Ellen Field Awarded SSHRC Fellowship for Research Exploring Teachers’ Understandings of Climate Change

Dr. Ellen Field, Contract Lecturer in the Master of Education program and the Bachelor of Education program (Orillia), has received a 24-month SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship in support of her research project, “Climate Change Pedagogies in Uncertain Times.”

She explains that her research “explores teachers’ understandings of climate change, views on climate change education, and climate change teaching practices. The findings will provide direction for policymakers and will suggest appropriate teacher professional development for improving climate change education within schools.”

Dr. Field’s research will include multiple case studies focused on exemplary climate change education, to highlight pedagogies that are transformative, transgressive, and already taking place in classrooms. She will be working with Associate Professor Dr. Paul Berger.

January Issue of Education Exchange Newsletter Published

The January 2018 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:

Education Exchange Newsletter (January 2018)

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

Dr. Lisa Korteweg Appointed as Advisor on National Panel for Indigenous Learning Series

Dr. Lisa Korteweg, Associate Professor, has been appointed as an external advisor on a national “Editorial Circle” panel for the Federal government’s new Indigenous Learning series.

The Indigenous Learning Series is being created to ensure that public servants have awareness and capacity to develop and implement public policies, programs, and services relevant to and reflective of Indigenous realities. It will include events, videos, facilitated online courses, workshops, armchair discussions, case studies, learning resources, and job aids for all levels of the public service.

As a member of the Editorial Circle, Dr. Korteweg will advise the Indigenous learning series' policy makers, curriculum designers, and program facilitators.

"I am very honoured to have been appointed to this national panel at this critical time of responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, and ensuring reconciliation is an educational and institutional priority of the Federal government," says Dr. Korteweg.

The series is being developed in partnership with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Professor Emeritus Dr. Bob Jickling Co-Editor of New Book: Post-Sustainability and Environmental Education

Professor Emeritus Dr. Bob Jickling has co-edited a newly published book: Post-Sustainability and Environmental Education: Remaking Education for the Future.

The publisher, Palgrave Studies in Education and the Environment, notes that the book “provides a critique of over two decades of sustained effort to infuse educational systems with education for sustainable development. Taking to heart the idea that deconstruction is a prelude to reconstruction, this critique leads to discussions about how education can be remade, and respond to the educational imperatives of our time, particularly as they relate to ecological crises and human-nature relationships. The book might, thus, serve as an introductory reader for remaking 21st century education.”

Dr. Jickling co-edited the book with Dr. Stephen Sterling (Professor of Sustainability Education at the University of Plymouth, UK). 

Science Olympics: Celebrating the Excitement of Science and Engineering

On November 10, Lakehead University’s Science Olympics Northwestern Ontario provided a unique opportunity for curious high school students to learn through doing.

Local students gathered at Lakehead University to participate in the 8th annual Science Olympics, a one-day event that challenged Grades 9-12 students to apply their knowledge of science, engineering and math in creative ways. Exciting events run by university professors and students added a competitive nature to the experience. 

“Science Olympics events are not easy, that’s why they promote teamwork – each team must apply their scientific knowledge and skills to achieve success,” said Dr. John O’Meara, Dean of the Faculty of Education.

Science Olympics Northwestern Ontario is a joint venture by Lakehead’s Faculty of Education, Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, and Faculty of Engineering. For more details and photos, see the Science Olympics Northwestern Ontario Facebook page

PhD Student Keri-Lyn Durant Leads Award-Winning Hospice Northwest Video Project: “Die-alogues: Talking to Kids About Death”

Keri-Lyn Durant, a PhD student, puppeteer, and volunteer for Hospice Northwest, developed the idea for a video project to help teach children about death and dying.

The video, produced by Hospice Northwest, won a $5,000 TBaytel Good Community award based on the number of votes it received in an online competition.

Entitled “Die-alogues: Talking to Kids About Death,” the one-minute video features Phoebe, an inquisitive sloth puppet (see picture below), voiced by Keri-Lyn, who talks to a child about the death of a grandparent.

Keri-Lyn, whose PhD research is focused on the importance of death education, says the video is aiming to “fill a gap in the Ontario elementary curriculum. We’re not teaching our kids to cope and deal with death, dying and loss. Our program is going to invite members of the community to come and discuss how we can better serve our children.”

The video can be viewed here

MEd Student Matthew O’Reilly Featured in The Walleye

Matthew O’Reilly, a visual artist and current Masters of Education student with a Social Justice specialization, is featured in the October issue of The Walleye magazine.

The article, entitled  “Matthew O’Reilly: Merging Art and Education with Social Justice,” explains that Matthew explores social and environmental justice themes in his artistic work, including climate change, mass consumption, and racial tension. Painting, ceramics, and pottery are his specializations.

"The MEd program helps me connect to the artwork I produce by versing me in a whole body of literature that supports and is relevant to my content," he says.

"When one creates art, they also create a learning experience for the viewer. So creating artwork is a lot like creating a lesson plan or lecture, and I would like to leave viewers (learners) thinking critically about the world around them."