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."

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.

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.”

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.

Dr. Wayne Melville and Co-Authors Publish New Book: Building the Science Department: Stories of Success

How can a science department become a site for developing science teachers' professional learning? Building the Science Department: Stories of Success (2017, National Science Teachers Association Press) answers that question through stories from teachers, at different stages of their careers, who are working to reform science teaching and learning.

In the first half of the book, Dr. Wayne Melville and co-authors Doug Jones and Todd Campbell examine the role of A Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards in making the science department a place for building teacher professional learning. In the second half of the book, they analyze teachers’ stories and offer key questions for improving instructional practice.

“Teachers love to tell stories of their classrooms and their practices. The stories can be about their successes, their difficulties, their triumphs, and their disasters. They can be inspiring and they can be harrowing. They can also instruct, guide, and help us learn,” the authors write in the book’s foreword (p. ix).

Building the Science Department: Stories of Success follows the 2015 publication Reimagining the Science Department, by the same authors. For more information about the book, click here