Teacher Education Program Orientation

Orientation is an important and mandatory starting point in the teacher education program.

On your first day as a teacher candidate, we have a day of engaging learning activities planned. You will find out how to prepare for the year ahead, consider important issues in education, and connect with your colleagues.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek. Dr. Cote-Meek is Anishinaabe from the Teme-Augama Anishnabai. She is currently the inaugural Vice-President, Equity, People and Culture at York University where she is leading a new division that includes the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, Human Resources and Labour Relations. Learn more about Dr. Cote-Meek’s keynote presentation “Aakode’ewin: Actions speak louder than words”.

Orientation Dates:

West Kootenay Rural Teacher Education Program (WKTEP)
Monday, August 31, 2020 | Nelson, BC

Elementary & Middle Years and Secondary
Thursday, September 3, 2020 | Online (Zoom)

Schedule for Thursday, September 3:

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Elementary & Middle Years cohort group and Secondary Inquiry group time
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.Break
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.• Welcome remarks
• Land acknowledgement
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Keynote presentation: Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek,
Vice-President, Equity, People and Culture, York University
"Aakode’ewin: Actions speak louder than words"
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.• Meet with the Education Students' Association (ESA)
• BEd Alumni Panel
(Optional)Inquiry instructors and cohort coordinators time


  • September 9, 2020 is the last day for payment of Term 1 tuition.
  • If you are new to UBC, please apply for a Student UBC card. This year, UBC will be offering both digital and physical versions of your UBCcard, and both are free.