Hugh Gloster’s retirement was a quick one.
Gloster retired from his role of Superintendent of Schools and CEO for the Central Okanagan School District (23) at the end of 2015.
On Jan. 4, just a few days later, he began his new job — project manager for the renewal of the Faculty of Education program at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Throughout his 36 years in the Okanagan, the former teacher, principal, administrator, and leader, has seen it all. Gloster has occupied every education role within the public school spectrum, from administration to teaching.
During his tenure as superintendent, Gloster focused on developing a culture of collaboration, which he already sees as an emphasis in the renewed Bachelor of Education (BEd) program at UBC.
“Two heads are better than one,” said Gloster. “We must work in teams and networks to best meet the students’ needs.”
During his career, Gloster has seen many changes to the B.C. education agenda.
“When I began teaching, it used to be acceptable for teachers to go into their classrooms and work in isolation,” he said, “But we’ve learned that collaboration is the key. We must work in teams and networks to continually improve our practice and learn from each other. Building a community of learners is critical.”
Gloster brings with him an understanding of school districts and processes of school boards that will help the next generation’s educators find their fit within the renewed BEd program and their chosen careers.
“School districts want to develop students and equip them with the skills to be learners, thinkers, innovators, collaborators, and contributors,” he said. “If we can help our students acquire these skills, we will serve them well.”
Director of the Faculty of Education, Susan Crichton is thrilled that Gloster is joining UBC and is bringing such an abundance of experience.
“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Gloster to the education team,” said Crichton. “He brings a wealth of understanding and an outside perspective that ultimately benefits our students and the next generation of learners. He is a proven friend of education and learning, and we look forward to working together.”
The renewed BEd program, which launches in 2017, will equip student teachers with the ability to teach at all levels and in a variety of teaching and learning contexts. Gloster believes it will help prepare educators to face the daily challenges associated with their evolving roles.
“Each developmental stage of learning has its unique challenges and rewards,” said Gloster, who attended UBC as an undergraduate student. “Collaboration is critical.”