was designed to lure a broader, cross-section of students into engineering,
but it may also help high school science teachers meet the learning outcomes
of the Ontario curriculum.
History Teachers Get Lessons on the Past
history teachers got an East coast perspective on the past at the annual
Summer Institute for Teachers of Canadian History held in July at Memorial
University in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Laurent Joncas Appointed AEFOs New Executive Director
A veteran educator who has played a key role in establishing the Colleges Investigations and Hearings department has returned to Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) as executive director.
Laurent Joncas brought 28 years of teaching experience to the College in 1997 when he became senior intake officer of the Complaints Unit. In 2000, he was appointed senior investigator. in the Investigations Unit, where he supervised the College investigators and co-ordinated case management activities. In 2001, he was appointed senior resolutions officer and was responsible for the establishment and implementation of the Colleges now-thriving dispute resolution program.
Originally from Timmins, Joncas taught at the secondary level and was an active AEFO member at the local and provincial levels for many years before becoming its provincial president in 1991. He is also a former vice-president of the Ontario Teachers Federation and education officer with the Ministry of Education.
This new appointment is in recognition of the accomplishments and leadership that Laurent Joncas has brought to the profession through his work with the College, the ministry and school boards as well as in his teacher association roles over the years, said College Registrar Joe Atkinson. He leaves us a legacy of outstanding contributions to many key College functions involved in the self-regulation of the profession. We will miss his leadership and wish him the best of luck in his new responsibilities.
New Historic Sites Study Guide
Parks Canada has developed a new study guide for teachers on Canadas historic sites for the Grade 5 to 10 curriculums.
The 62-page guide, entitled Our Roots, Our Future: Experiencing Canadas National Historic Sites in the Classroom, includes 10 student-focused activities, learning expectations, insightful tips for teachers, a comprehensive list of Internet resources, suggested assessment strategies and a video.
Parks Canada is making this guide available free, in English or French, to teachers who sign up on the Parks Canada web site during 2002. It will also be available on the web site later in the year.
The learning material is aimed at students aged 11 to 16. It includes suggestions for exploring local and national history, using primary and secondary sources, connections to provincial and territorial curriculum, performance-based assessment and evaluation strategies, and information on where to find dozens of related resources.
To obtain your free copy of the guide as soon as it is available, visit the Parks Canada web site at www.parkscanada.gc.ca and click on the Teachers Guide link. For more information, you can call Myrna Andrew at 819-997-5961 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toronto Career Fair Coming in October
The Toronto Education Training Career Fair will be held October 4 to 6 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It will provide visitors of all ages with an in-depth look at education, training, and career resources and options. The theme is Explore, Connect, Succeed.
Students will be able to experience first hand the day-to-day activities in a variety of careers and professions.
The Toronto fair is timely because of todays sophisticated job market, the growing shortage of skilled tradespeople and the double cohort issue facing Ontario high school students. Admission is free for high school students.
Exhibits, interactive displays, demonstrations and theme pavilions will be featured. Further information is available at www.etcfair.com.
Distance Learning in Teacher Education
Planners in ministries and faculties of education are called upon to make hard choices about when and how distance education can be used to expand and upgrade the skills of teachers.
The answers to these questions can be found in Teacher Education Guidelines: Using Open and Distance Learning, just published by UNESCO. The handbook describes how to plan for distance learning, how to choose the appropriate technologies, how to fund them, how to teach classroom skills and how to assess them.
Distance education is particularly important in developing countries that need to train large numbers of teachers.
The document is available free from UNESCO Documentation and Information Service, Education Sector. E-mail: email@example.com. It is also available in PDF format on the UNESCO Education web site: Teacher Education Guidelines: Using Open and Distance Learning unesdoc.unesco.org/23_images/0012/ 001253/125396e.pdf.
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