Poetic Inquiry: Enchantment of Place Wins Outstanding Book Honorable Mention Award

A recent book of poetry edited by Dr. Pauline Sameshima, professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies in the Faculty of Education, has received a 2018 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Honorable Mention Award.

Poetic Inquiry: Enchantment of Place was co-edited by Dr. Sameshima, Dr. Alexandra Fidyk (University of Alberta), Dr. Kedrick James (University of British Columbia), and Dr. Carl Leggo (University of British Columbia). The book celebrates poetry and poetic voices – theorizing and exploring poetic inquiry as an approach, methodology, and/or research method.

Dr. Sameshima extends a thank you to “Holly Tsun Haggarty and Maria Vasanelli, Education PhD students, whose work along with others in this book have made this possible.”

An awards ceremony was held at the annual meeting of the Society of Professors of Education at the American Educational Research Association meeting in New York.

For more information on the book, see here.

Bachelor of Education Student Samantha Hill Recognized During National Volunteer Week (April 15-21)

Concurrent Education (PJ) student Samantha Hill was recognized by Frontier College for her volunteer achievements in the Northern Ontario Region. As a volunteer and intern, she supported children's programs through STEM and Homework Clubs.

Master of Education Student Jacky Chan Selected as Canadian Delegate to Attend University Scholars Leadership Symposium

Master of Education student Jacky Can has been selected as a Canadian delegate to attend the 9th University Scholars Leadership Symposium at the United Nations in Bangkok next August. The week-long conference invites outstanding university students who demonstrate leadership ability and commitment to effecting positive change across the globe. 

Hosted by Humanitarian Affairs Asia and the United Nations Development Programme, the event is a leadership conference on social development for emerging world leaders. Delegates have the opportunity to explore what it means to give back to the community, and how they can respond to the needs of the marginalized with greater knowledge, skills, acts of kindness and unconditional service.

The symposium selected Jacky as a leader-delegate from Canada based on criteria of outstanding character, excellence in academics, and extracurricular strengths. 

Faculty of Education Alumna Kylie Burchat Receives Government of Canada History Award

Faculty of Education alumna Kylie Burchat (BEd, Orillia, 2017) has been recognized as one of 20 Government of Canada History Award winners for 2017. 

The goal of the Government of Canada History Awards is to connect youth to their history by honouring outstanding students and teachers who show an interest in celebrating Canadian history.

As a recipient of the award, Kylie explained, “I created a classroom activity for Grade 6 Social Studies, focusing on Communities in Canada, Past and Present. This lesson is part of a unit plan I created on multiculturalism in Canada and it focuses on refugees who are entering Canada. This lesson works toward a greater understanding of the need for inclusivity within the nation.”

The genesis of Kylie’s award-winning submission had its roots in her History and Education course work at Lakehead University.

The Government of Canada History Awards are administered by Canada’s History, an independent charitable organization whose mission is to promote greater popular interest in Canadian history. Winners were selected by a jury of history educators.

Aboriginal Education Awarded Grant for Teacher Education Programs

Lakehead University’s Department of Aboriginal Education was awarded a grant from the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) for their project entitled, “Lakehead University's Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Teacher Education Programs.” 

This grant will allow the Department of Aboriginal Education to partner with Seven Generations Education Institute and Algoma University, exploring pathways for students to enter into the Indigenous Language Teacher Diploma program, as well as the HBEd program. 

Congratulations to Bryanna Scott, Indigenous Education Programs Coordinator and Brandi Shorthouse, Administrative Assistant, for their dedication and successful work on this grant.    

Faculty of Education Well Represented at Ontario Education Research Symposium

Faculty and graduate students from the Faculty of Education attended and presented at the 2018 Ontario Education Research Symposium (OERS) in Toronto, February 28-March 2.

Attendees were Dr. Paul Cormier, Helen DeWaard, and PhD student Jessica Msofe. Dr. Tony Bartley also attended as a former member of the Ontario Education Research Panel.

Colleagues Dr. Christina van Barneveld and Dr. Ruth Beatty gave excellent team presentations, both of which were very well attended and sparked considerable audience interest and discussion in their projects.

Dr. van Barneveld and team’s presentation was entitled “Addressing Student Absenteeism in Northwestern Ontario.” Dr. Ruth Beatty and her team presented “Indigenous Knowledge at the Centre of the Mathematics Classroom.”

Pictured below, left to right: Bruce Nugent, Dr. Christina van Barneveld,  Heather Harris (current MEd student), and John Loovere at the Symposium.

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.