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.

January Issue of Education Exchange Newsletter Published

We are pleased to announce that the January 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 (January 2017) 

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

Dr. Sonja Grover is Co-Investigator on SSHRC-Funded Partnership Development Grant

Dr. Sonja Grover is co-investigator on a three-year, $200,000 SSHRC Partnership Development Grant awarded to The International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership (ICCRP). ICCRP establishes a new multi-sectoral partnership, including ten NGO partners and seven academic research institutions in five countries.

The partnership is investigating the relationship between child participation in international and national child protection contexts and quality of child protection outcomes. Dr. Grover will be doing case analysis on child participation in the child refugee protection context. ICCRP will conduct case study research via fieldwork and document analysis in Canada, Brazil, China, and South Africa. 

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Dr. Sonja Grover Releases New Book

Dr. Sonja Grover has published a new book with Routledge, entitled The Responsibility to Protect: Perspectives on the Concept’s Meaning, Proper Application and Value.

This edited book presents the views of various international law and human rights experts on the contested meaning, scope of application, value and viability of the principle of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). R2P refers to the notion that the international community has a legal responsibility to protect civilians against the potential or ongoing occurrence of the mass atrocity crimes of genocide, large scale war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

For more information, visit Dr. Grover's website.


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.


Dr. Gerald Walton Receives Contribution to Teaching Award

Dr. Gerald Walton has received a Contribution to Teaching award for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Committee noted that Dr. Walton is highly respectful of students, establishes an excellent learning environment, is deeply committed to social justice, and encourages critical thinking.

Congratulations to Dr. Walton on this award!

PhD Student Holly Tsun Haggarty Wins Graduate Student Award

PhD student Holly Tsun Haggarty has won a Graduate Student Award from the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (an association of Canadian Society for the Study of Education) for her Master’s thesis, entitled “Resisting Positivism: Unfolding The Epistemological Basis of Two Arts-Integrating Research Methodologies, Arts Based Research and A/r/tography.”

Holly’s thesis explores how an arts practice may be considered a research methodology and a way of knowing. Her research was supervised by Dr. Pauline Sameshima with committee member Dr. Don Kerr. Holly is continuing her research into the philosophical basis of arts-integrating methodologies in her current PhD studies.

One of the judges commented that Holly’s thesis inquiry "is excellently conceived and constructed - the level of scholarship and writing outstanding…[with] witty, reflexive poetry integrated throughout." Another noted that Holly “brings a balanced and powerful methodological synthesis to bear on this inquiry, which appropriately combines critical, creative and heuristic approaches.”

Congratulations, Holly, on this award!