Faculty of Education: Best of 2010

New French module sends student teachers to Africa
Seven student teachers participated in the Professional Development Program’s first international teacher education module in the French language last fall. They spent five weeks studying and working with teachers and teacher educators in public school classrooms in Bamako, Mali, West Africa. The collaboration enriched their cultural perspective and equipped them to better respond to students’ diverse needs.

Best documentary under 30 minutes
A collaboration between the SFU Centre for Education, Law and Society, and Life is Short Entertainment, produced the award-winning DVD, Dare to Care, about the purpose of education and the role that ethical caring can play in schools and the wider community. It won the award for best documentary under 30 minutes at the Global Community Film Festival in Toronto, and the National Film Board picked up worldwide distribution rights.

Environmental school gets green light
In December, the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Board of Education approved B.C.’s first publicly funded environmental elementary school, a project developed by SFU education professors Sean Blenkinsop, Kieran Egan and Mark Fettes. The school will deliver the B.C. curriculum in tandem with student activities that nurture environmental awareness, engagement with the natural world, and community sustainability.

New book wins multicultural award
Muslim Voices in School: Narratives of Identity and Pluralism, a new book by SFU assistant professor of education, Özlem Sensoy, and Christopher Stonebanks from Bishop's University, won the National Association for Multicultural Education’s 2010 Philip C. Chinn Book Multicultural Book award. The book is a collection of compelling and inspired accounts of living Islam in relation to mainstream schooling in the West.