Highlights of the Dean’s recent activities
Within the Faculty
In October, the Dean attended the launch of Mona Gleason’s new book, Small Matters. “The first work of its kind, Small Matters explores how children faced death, endured illness, and learned to be healthy in the context of their families and communities.” – McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Year of Teacher Education
October 9 marked the launch of the Year of Teacher Education.
Celebrate Learning Week (October 20-26)
As part of UBC’s Celebrate Learning Week and the Year of Teacher Education, Dr. Frank welcomed parents, teachers, candidate teachers, writers, and librarians to the Celebrate Science 2013 – Making Science Fun event at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. The Dean also presented a special tribute to Gordon Gore, UBC Faculty of Education alumnus, science educator, and founder of the Big Little Science Centre in Kamloops.
United Way BBQ
The Dean joined a team of volunteers at the annual Faculty of Education sponsored event on November 13. This year’s BBQ was organized by PDCE (Professional Development & Community Engagement), and helped to raise funds to prevent child poverty, bullying, and senior isolation.
KIN Awards Night
Dean Frank was pleased to join students, staff, faculty, family, friends, and donors at the School of Kinesiology’s gala awards night November 25 at the First Nations Longhouse. This annual event recognizes KIN students who have been recipients of academic scholarships and prizes, and the generous donors and supporters of the School.
Bachelor of Education Student Awards Night
This special evening began with the Dean hosting an appreciation dinner for donors and the students whom they supported. Later, parents, family and friends joined them for a reception and ceremony to recognize the 2012/13 awards recipients.
The Dean extends congratulations and best wishes to the graduating classes of 2013.
Within UBC and Beyond
96th AGM of the UBC Alumni Association
Dr. Frank participated in the meeting, which featured a discussion led by UBC President Stephen Toope along with three alumni who are bringing about positive change in the world. Among this group was Faculty of Education alumna Harpreet Dhillon, BEd’00, Dip(Ed)’06. Harpreet was awarded the 2013 UBC Faculty of Education Alumni Teacher Award.
Janusz Korczak Association of Canada, Holocaust Education Centre – Jewish Community Centre
Dean Frank spoke at the Association’s AGM about the Faculty of Education and Community Engagement. Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (Ontario) Irwin Elman was keynote speaker.
Phi Delta Kappa Dinner
Dean Frank joined colleagues and alumni at The Arbutus Club, where they discussed aboriginal students’ success.
BC Assessment Forum
Dean Frank welcomed BC educators and other key stakeholders to the event, held in downtown Vancouver on October 4 and 5. Hosted by the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, & Special Education’s Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology (MERM) program. Dr. Joan Herman gave the keynote, and a series of panel presentations and roundtable discussions were held, focusing on key issues in the future of educational assessments in British Columbia.
Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 Exhibit and School Program
Dean Frank attended a Teacher’s Preview of the exhibit, which will be on display at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre until December 4. This travelling exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum explores the imprisonment and deaths of thousands of homosexual males by the Third Reich. The school program promotes human rights and social responsibility through the lens of the exhibit.
Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE)
The Dean engaged the ACDE in a presentation on Borderless Higher Education for Refugees: The Dadaab Project. This UBC Faculty of Education initiative involves teams from Moi University (Kenya), Windle Trust-Kenya, and teachers in Dadaab refugee camps in the design of a two-year diploma program offering for refugee teachers.
Community Field Experience (CFE)
The Dean joined Dr. Wendy Carr, Director, Teacher Education Office, at a Community Partners Information Session held at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association (BCPVPA)
Recently, Dr. Frank attended the Association’s annual conference, Connecting Leaders: Beyond Innovation and Change, held at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport in Richmond. Keynote speakers included Simon Breakspear, founder of Nextgen Learning, and George Couros, Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division.
Toronto Campaign Celebration 2013
In November, Dr. Frank joined UBC President Stephen Toope and over 150 UBC alumni and friends at The Carlu in Toronto to discuss the “Mysteries of the Brain.” UBC researchers Dr. Max Cynader, Dr. Peter Reiner, and Dr. Cheryl Wellington facilitated the discussion, which focused on traumatic brain injury, cognitive enhancement and healthy aging.
Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit 2013, Toronto
The Dean attended this conference which brought together Canadian and international experts to discuss skilled labour challenges, and how educated, highly skilled populations are urgently needed by businesses, economy, and society.