Best of 2009: Education

Model green school seen for Maple Ridge
SFU education faculty members began working with school board, local government and environmental and community group partners on a project that could lead to a model environmental school and learning centre in Maple Ridge as early as September 2010.

Math mentoring adds up for native kids
Aboriginal kids in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside are getting a leg up on their mathematics skills, thanks to a mentorship program created by education PhD student Melania Alvarez. SFU faculty, staff and student volunteers work one-on-one with children for an hour and a half, twice a week, using games, workbooks and conversation to make math fun and easier to learn.

City stars as outdoor classroom
David Zandvliet has been teaching the education faculty’s six-week environmental education course outdoors in the Queen Charlotte Islands for 10 years. In 2009, he brought the program home to the Lower Mainland for the first time as the result of new partnership with Metro Vancouver.

Culturally inclusive curriculum boosts aboriginal learning
A five-year SFU education pilot program in partnership with local first nations in Prince Rupert that uses imaginative and culturally inclusive teaching techniques has been a resounding success among aboriginal students in terms of improved attendance and academic performance.

Prep school making the grade
Fraser International College (FIC), the private pre-university preparatory school that opened in 2006 adjacent to the university’s Burnaby campus, is meeting or exceeding all of its targets and SFU’s expectations in terms of numbers, diversity and academic performance.