With the education landscape in B.C. changing, UBC Okanagan is bringing in several experts and researchers this summer to take a look at the future of education in the province and the university is inviting the public to come out and learn more about schooling at all levels.
For the second year in a row, UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Education is presenting a Summer Speaker Series with a variety of speakers coming to the Okanagan campus to give free presentations every Wednesday for six weeks.
“Part of the mandate of the Faculty of Education is to respond to the needs of the community so we want to offer interesting talks regarding education so that community members will have the chance to discuss some of the important issues that have arisen in education,” said Karen Ragoonaden, UBC Okanagan’s coordinator of professional development. “We are all, to a certain extent, involved in education so it’s important to have as many voices as possible joining in the discussion.”
The Summer Speaker Series 2015 is part of UBC Okanagan’s Summer Institute in Education, programming hosted over the summer at the university to help with professional development.
With the provincial Ministry of Education looking at developing a new curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 12, one of the speakers will talk about the changing face of education in elementary and high schools.
“Our first speaker will be looking at innovations in teaching and about the new curriculum the provincial Ministry of Education is developing,” said Ragoonaden, who added all of the speakers will touch on how education and teaching is changing. “(Education is moving to) a holistic approach as opposed to just focussing on the academic aims and objectives. Teaching for education outcomes is looking at what is the context in which students can flourish and how to achieve the most success.”
Hosting the Summer Speaker Series is one way UBC Okanagan is looking to get more involved in the community. Ragoonaden said the university at times can be isolated from the general population but part of the mandate of the post-secondary institution is to reach out to the community and respond to its needs.
“Over the course of the last 10 years we have evolved and progressed and really respected the mandate to be part of the community and be more involved,” she said. “We have faculty members that travel up and down the valley and work closely with school districts and students. We’re hoping to showcase some of the work we are doing here in the Faculty of Education. Our graduate students are teachers in Kelowna and some of the research they are doing is mindfulness and well-being in education as well as looking at the quality and the aims of education.”
The UBC Okanagan Faculty of Education Summer Speaker Series 2015 begins July 8 and continues every Wednesday at noon until Aug. 12. For more information e-mail email@example.com.
UBC Okanagan Summer Speaker Series 2015
July 8: Rod Allen, Superintendent in Cowichan Valley
July 15: Dr. Nel Noddings – Critical Thinking and Caring
July 22: Dr. Tina Fraser – Indigenizing Knowledge
July 29: Graduate student research
Aug. 5: Faculty book launches
Aug. 12: Dr. Christopher Martin – Spencer Foundation Grant Recipient