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."

Dr. Wayne Melville Named Co-Editor of the Journal of Science Teacher Education

Dr. Wayne Melville, Professor of Science Education in the Faculty of Education, has been named a Co-editor of the Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE), the flagship journal of the Association for Science Teacher Education. Joining him as Co-editors are Dr. Todd Campbell of the University of Connecticut, and Dr. Geeta Verma of the University of Colorado at Denver. Their appointment begins January 1, 2019.

As the only English-language journal focused exclusively on science teacher education, JSTE disseminates research and theoretical position papers concerning pre-service and in-service education of science teachers, including articles offering ways to improve classroom teaching and learning; professional development; and teacher recruitment and retention at pre-K-16 levels. It is published online eight times a year and in print on a quarterly basis by Taylor & Francis.

MEd Student Dr. Cesar Poveda Publishes New Book: Sustainability Assessment: A Rating System Framework for Best Practices

While environmental and sustainability rating systems (ESRS) have assisted the development, improvement, and implementation of “green” technology and more efficient practices in the building industry around the world, other industries — including heavy industrial, oil and gas, infrastructure, manufacturing, transportation, mining and energy — beg to have such systems adopted. Sustainability Assessment: A Rating System Framework for Best Practices (2017, Emerald Insight) shows how this can be done.

“The book emphasizes the need for diversifying the design and use of ESRS. Through several years of practical experience, I became aware of not only the different social, economic, environmental, and health impacts carried by projects and organizations, but also the necessity for finding an assessment tool to measure sustainability performance in a consistent manner,” explains Dr. Poveda, who is a current MEd student, a professional engineer, and an independent researcher and consultant.   

“ESRS are widely used in the construction building industry. So, I designed a rating system framework that can be adapted to other industry contexts (e.g., mining, oil and gas, energy, heavy industrial). The textbook takes the reader through every stage of the design and adoption of the rating system framework.”

For more information about the book, click here

Bryanna Scott, PhD Student and Aboriginal Education Program Coordinator, Wins “Indspire” Scholarship

PhD student and Aboriginal Education Program Coordinator Bryanna Scott has been awarded a scholarship from Indspire's Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards program.

As noted on the charity’s website, “Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. In partnership with Indigenous, private and public sector stakeholders, Indspire educates, connects and invests in Indigenous people so they will achieve their highest potential.”

Bryanna, a citizen of the Metis Nation of Ontario, has received this national award twice in the past and is honoured that Indspire supports and contributes to the success of many of Canada's Indigenous students across all fields and levels of post-secondary education.

Dr. Connie Russell Wins 2017 NAAEE “Outstanding Contributions to Research in Environmental Education Award”

Dr. Connie Russell, Professor in the Faculty of Education, has been awarded the 2017 North American Association for Environmental Education's (NAAEE) “Outstanding Contributions to Research in Environmental Education Award” – the highest honour an environmental education researcher can receive in North America.

The award is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to research in environmental education. As noted on the NAAEE website:

“In nearly three decades as an environmental education scholar, Dr. Russell has made substantive, innovative contributions in numerous dimensions. A leader in the field at local, national, and international levels, Dr. Russell edited the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education for more than a decade and is the co-editor of the Peter Lang book series, (Re)thinking Environmental Education. Dr. Russell is recognized and admired as a generous scholar who has been an inspiring mentor to countless students and colleagues.”

This prestigious award is well-deserved recognition for Dr. Russell's research achievements.

Alumnus Keri Cheechoo Featured on CBC “Ideas” Program

Alumnus Keri Cheechoo (BEd, 2014) was a featured panelist on the CBC program “Ideas from the Trenches,” which showcases the work of outstanding PhD students across Canada. The show was broadcast from the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences this summer.

The theme of this year’s Congress was "Decolonization: The Next 150 on Indigenous Lands,” and Keri, a Cree woman from Long Lake #58 First Nation, spoke on her research addressing the state-sponsored sterilization of Indigenous women.

Noting that many Indigenous women have been coerced to undergo sterilization, Keri explains that it’s “critical that we provide that space for the narratives of these women …. They underwent these processes and they’re not able to look into their grandchildren’s eyes and see the future."

Keri is currently a PhD student at the University of Ottawa. She plans to interview women who have experienced this trauma and create poetry from their interview transcripts.

The full episode of the program can be heard here.

Attendance Research Team Wins Trustee Character Award

The Attendance Research Team, led by Dr. Christina van Barneveld, was awarded the Lakehead Public Schools’ “Trustee Character Award” for their work in developing data templates to illustrate student attendance data for elementary and secondary schools.

Members of the Attendance Research Team – Christina van Barneveld, Sophie Lis, John Loovere, Eric Fredrickson, Andrea Pugliese, Anika Guthrie, Rick Cicigoi, Rebeccah Boban and Colleen Kappel – have developed detailed templates that provide easy access to student attendance data that each school can use to examine areas of need and strength.

“When presented to school staff, the templates spark a valuable conversation about barriers to regular student attendance and the correlates of student absenteeism. Data gathered from this research is critical to the ongoing work of school and school board staff to improve student attendance. The work of the Attendance Research Team is a model for the region and has generated interest from other school boards and the Ministry of Education,” explained Lakehead Public Schools Trustee Ellen Chambers during the presentation of the award.

(Pictured below, left to right: Heather Harris, Rick Cicigoi, Rebeccah Boban, Sophie Lis, Christina van Barneveld, John Loovere, Eric Frederickson, and Anika Guthrie. Not pictured are team members Andrea Pugliese and Colleen Kappel.)

Faculty of Education Offers Modified BEd Program to Sandy Lake Community Members

The Faculty of Education, working closely with members of Sandy Lake First Nation, is offering a modified version of the Honours Bachelor of Education program to community members in Sandy Lake, Ontario.

The modified program, which began September 2017, includes an additional year to accommodate students’ work schedules. The six-year program will include online courses, face-to-face instruction in Sandy Lake, and courses in Thunder Bay. Students will travel to Thunder Bay during portions of their third and fourth year for course work, and will reside in the city for their final two years as they complete their professional program, including the practicums.

“The community of Sandy Lake has a strong commitment to education, and a long-standing relationship with the Faculty and with Lakehead University,” says Dr. Don Kerr, Acting Chair of the Department of Aboriginal Education.

“Our agreement includes a unique guarantee by the Band to ensure a minimum number of students through the first four years of the program, allowing the Faculty to be able to plan for the delivery of each year of the program, and ensuring a strong and ongoing commitment by both the Band and the Faculty to the program.”

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.”

New Book by Dr. Connie Russell and Lakehead Alumna Wins Critics’ Choice Award

A recent edited book by Dr. Connie Russell, a professor in the Faculty of Education and Education PhD alumna Dr. Erin Cameron has won a 2016 American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Award.

The Fat Pedagogy Reader: Challenging Weight-Based Oppression through Critical Education (2016, Peter Lang) brings together an international roster of highly respected authors concerned about weight-based oppression in formal and informal educational settings.

The first of its kind, the book has been described as “a major achievement of critical pedagogical scholarship…. Absolutely necessary reading and extremely timely.”

For more information on the book, go here.