2017 BC Teacher Education Roundtable

The Faculty of Education is pleased to welcome educators and administrators from across the province to the 2017 BC Teacher Education Roundtable conference. This year’s theme is Powering Up Practicum.

May 11 – 12, 2017
Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons
6445 University Boulevard, UBC-Vancouver

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On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the ABCDE Symposium: Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention in Teacher Education is taking place at the UBC First Nations Longhouse.Teacher education staff, student coordinators, faculty, instructors, administrators, recruiters, and educational government, organization and community leaders are encouraged to attend. Learn more about it on the NITEP website

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Powering Up Practicum – Keynote: Dr. Tony Clarke 4:00 p.m. | Ponderosa Ballroom

Badge pick up and check in opens at 3:00 p.m.

Tony Clarke will draw on his 20-year experience as a teacher educator and his interactions with colleagues locally, nationally, and internationally to share insights about better understanding and supporting the work of all those involved in the practicum in teacher education.

Dr. Clarke is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy and director of the Centre for the Study of Teacher Education at UBC-Vancouver. His research interests include teacher education, the practicum, mentoring, and self-study.

Reception 5:30 p.m. | Ponderosa Ballroom

Join us for conversation and refreshments in the Ponderosa Ballroom following Dr. Clarke’s keynote.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Welcome & Morning Refreshments 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Ponderosa Ballroom

Badge pick up and check in opens at 7:30 a.m.

Opening remarks: Dean Blye Frank
Dr. Wendy Carr, Associate Dean, Teacher Education
Suzanne Hoffman, Chief Educator, Ministry of Education

Workshop Session A 9:20 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

ReconciliACTION: Enhancing Practicum and Supporting Sustainability of Indigenous Ways of Knowing in the Classroom (PONDEROSA 1001)

Dr. Jan Hare, Melanie Nelson and Christabel Shaler

In this presentation, Dr. Jan Hare and educator, Melanie Nelson share their approach to supporting teacher candidates and school associates to plan, implement, and assess teaching and learning related to Aboriginal perspectives, content, and learning approaches during the practicum experience. They describe their preparation for the project and an e-mentoring approach that outlines strategies, communication, and materials used during a 10 week practicum.

Dr. Jan Hare is an Anishinaabe scholar and educator from the M’Chigeeng First Nation. She is the Associate Dean for Indigenous Education in the Faculty of Education at UBC and is the Director of the Native Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP). In addition, she holds the Professorship of Indigenous Education, which supports professional learning for pre-service and practicing teachers.

Melanie Nelson is an Indigenous graduate student and educator, who is of mixed ancestry from the In-SHUCK-ch and Sto:lo nations, as well as French Canadian and Danish descent. She is enrolled in the School Psychology PhD program at UBC. She was a teacher in the Lower Mainland for several years, with a focus on special education and Indigenous education. Melanie has experience teaching K-12 and adult students, and has worked in mainstream, adapted, modified, and alternate settings.

Christabel Shaler is a current teacher candidate in UBC’s BEd Secondary Teacher Education Program who has been piloting with her school advisor an ReconciliACTION project during her practicum.

In-Situ Co-Learning: Developing Teacher Candidate/ In-Service Teacher Communities of Practice (PONDEROSA 1002)

Dr. Leyton Schnellert, Donna Kozak and Susanne Maguire

Dr. Leyton Schnellert, Donna Kozak and Suzanne MaguireIn-situ university/school district collaborative inquiry prepares future teachers while integrating staff development and curriculum/system transformation. What are the possibilities when pre-service teacher education courses are offered in elementary, middle and secondary schools?


  • Dr. Leyton Schnellert, Assistant Professor at UBC-Okanagan; Academic Advisor, UBC’s West Kootenay Rural Teacher Education Program
  • Donna Kozak, Early Learning Coordinator, Central Okanagan School District; Lecturer (and doctoral candidate) at UBC-Okanagan
  • Susanne Maguire, Program Coordinator, West Kootenay Rural Teacher Education Program; seconded educator from Kootenay Lake School District

Break 10:35 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

Workshop Session B 10:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Critical Mentoring: Promising Practices in Guiding Teacher Candidates (PONDEROSA 1001)

Helena Bryn-McLeod, Monika Tusnady and Kerri Wallin
Kelsey Lee, Jack Neu, Jeff Steudel, Lawrence Jakoy and Joel Herman

(top row (l-r): Helena Bryn-McLeod, Monika Tusnady and Kerri Wallen; bottom row (l-r): Kelsey Lee, Jack Neu, Jeff Steudel, Lawrence Jakoy and Joel HermanWhat are some promising practices related to mentoring and supervising teacher candidates? How best to support teacher candidates during their school-based practicum? Hear from and interact with two groups: a recently-graduated elementary teacher candidate and her school- and faculty advisors and a current secondary teacher candidate and her advisors.

Facilitators: Rod Brown & John Yamamoto, UBC Practicum Coordinators


  • Helena Bryn-McLeod & Kelsey Lee, UBC BEd Program graduate and candidate
  • Monika Tusnady, Jack Neu, Jeff Steudel, Lawrence Jakoy, School Advisors, Surrey & Vancouver School Districts
  • Kerri Wallen & Joel Herman, UBC Faculty Advisors

Districts, Schools and Teacher Education Programs as Partners in Mentoring (PONDEROSA 1002)

Kevin Fadum, Liz Kloepper, Angus Wilson, Tashi Kirincic

Kevin Fadum, Liz Kloepper, Angus Wilson, Tashi KirincicHow do districts/schools/universities work with practicum mentors to move teaching practice forward? How do we collectively ensure that the strongest teachers are acting as mentors? How do school-based mentors contribute to and benefit from the experience?

Facilitator: Wendy Carr


  • Kevin Fadum, District Principal, Human Resources, Surrey School District & Provincial Mentoring Resource Team member
  • Liz Kloepper, Principal, Vancouver School District, Former President, Vancouver Elem Principals/Vice Principals’ Association
  • Angus Wilson, Superintendent, Mission School District & former Superintendent, Haida Gwaii School District
  • Tashi Kirincic, Teacher Mentorship Coordinator, Delta School District & Provincial Mentoring Resource Team member

Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Ponderosa Ballroom

Teacher Education Awards 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Ponderosa Ballroom

Association of BC Deans of Education (ABCDE) Teacher Educator Award

An award to a TEACHER EDUCATOR at the school or university level who has distinguished herself/himself in partnering with a teacher education program in BC. For example, a nominee may have provided exceptional mentoring of pre-service teachers for a number of years and/or may have been actively involved in partnership discussions or implementation of improvements to a post-secondary teacher education program.

Association of BC Deans of Education (ABCDE) Education Advocate Award

An award to an EDUCATION ADVOCATE, a person who has distinguished himself/herself as an advocate for Education. A nominee for this award might be one who has written thoughtful analyses of education and/or who has frequently spoken out in support of BC Education and who has given strong, consistent support to education.

Role Group Meetings 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • ABCDE Meeting (PONDEROSA 1009)
  • Student Support (PONDEROSA 1002)
  • Program Administration (PONDEROSA 1001)
  • Practicum Coordination/Faculty & School Advisors (PONDEROSA 1003)

Registration Fees

Registration Fee (Prices in effect April 12 – May 10)

Day 1 & 2 – May 11 & 12: $ 180
Day 1 – May 11: $ 20
Day 2 – May 12: $ 160


Refund and cancellation policy:
Cancellations made before April 20, 2017 will receive full refunds. After April 20, 2017, a $15 administrative fee will be charged. There are no refunds for day 1 cancellations.


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